GP Melbourne "Big Tix" Vintage Event



  • Also available here: http://mtgvintageadventures.blogspot.com.au/2016/03/gp-melbourne-vintage-winning-decklists.html

    On the third of March 14 brave souls made their way to the GP Halls to compete in the “Big Tix” Sanctioned Vintage event. This was an extremely disappointing turn out as the previous Melbourne GP event had 50 players. As the event was only Swiss + 1 with no top 8, was poorly advertised, and had no guaranteed prizes this was not as surprising as it may have been otherwise. Having the event of day 1 of the main event did not help matters. As it was, the Vintage stalwarts prepared their Moxen for what would be an exciting event.

    As the event was Swiss + 1 there were 5 rounds of Magic to be played. At the conclusion of the event, it was Graham King who stood unopposed with a 5 – 0 record on BUG fish. Graham has been a huge force in the Australian Vintage scene for many years and adding another major event to his title only cements him as one of Melbourne’ best.

    As we could not receive the final standings from the organiser we only have the final results.
    1) Graham King – BUG Fish (15 points)
    2) Luke McCoy – Dredge (10)
    3) Socrates Stavropoulos – Suicide Tendrils (10)
    4) Joshua Butler – Urb Painter (9)
    5) James O'Rourke – RW Beats (9)
    6) Sarven McLinton – Gush Control (9)
    7) Timothy Tai – Survival Mask (9)
    8) Nicholas Zappacosta – BUG Fish (9)
    9) Nicholas Chmielewski – Grixis Control (6)
    10) Ben McCoy – Tezzeret (6)
    11) William Wong – Grixis Control (6)
    12) David Brotchie – Standstill (3)
    13) Jeremy Kajfes – Dredge (3)
    14) Corey Elliot – Mentor Salvagers (0)

    X – 2 or better decklists
    Graham King – BUG Fish (15 Points)
    1 Island
    1 Polluted Delta
    4 Misty Rainforest
    3 Underground Sea
    2 Tropical Island
    1 Bayou
    4 Wasteland
    1 Strip Mine

    1 Black Lotus
    1 Mox Sapphire
    1 Mox Jet
    1 Mox Emerald

    4 Deathrite Shaman
    4 Dark Confidant
    3 Trygon Predator
    2 Vendilion Clique
    2 Tarmogoyf
    2 Snapcaster Mage
    1 Notion Thief
    1 Tasigur, the Golden Fang

    4 Force of Will
    3 Mental Misstep
    2 Spell Pierce
    3 Stifle

    4 Abrupt Decay
    1 Ancestral Recall
    1 Time Walk
    1 Brainstorm
    1 Hurkyl’s Recall

    Sideboard:
    4 Leyline of the Void
    1 Grafdigger’s Cage
    2 Yixlid Jailer
    2 Mindbreak Trap
    2 Seeds of Innocence
    2 Nature’s Claim
    1 Forest

    Luke McCoy – Dredge (10 Points)
    4 Bazaar of Baghdad
    2 Dakmoor Salvage
    1 Petrified Field
    3 Mana Confluence
    4 Undiscovered Paradise

    4 Serum Powder

    4 Bridge from Below
    4 Leyline of the Void

    3 Ingot Chewer
    3 Golgari Thug
    1 Flame-kin Zealot
    4 Golgari Grave-Troll
    4 Narcomoeba
    4 Stinkweed Imp
    4 Bloodghast
    1 Fatestitcher
    3 Ichorid

    2 Dread Return
    4 Cabal Therapy

    Sideboard:
    2 Serenity
    2 Wispmare
    2 Petrified Field
    1 Ingot Chewer
    3 Nature’s Claim
    4 Barbarian Ring
    1 Riftstone Portal

    Socrates Stavropoulos – Suicide Tendrils (10 Points)
    2 Underground Sea
    2 Swamp
    2 Island
    1 Misty Rainforest
    1 Bayou
    4 Polluted Delta

    1 Black Lotus
    1 Lotus Petal
    2 Chrome Mox
    1 Mana Crypt
    1 Mana Vault
    1 Mox Emerald
    1 Mox Jet
    1 Mox Sapphire
    1 Sol Ring

    1 Necropotence
    1 Yawgmoth’s Bargain

    1 Ancestral Recall
    1 Brainstorm
    4 Gitaxian Probe
    1 Mystical Tutor
    4 Pact of Negation
    1 Preordain
    2 Quicken
    1 Timetwister
    4 Ad Nauseum
    3 Cabal Ritual
    4 Dark Ritual
    1 Demonic Tutor
    4 Duress
    3 Tendrils of Agony
    1 Yawgmoth’s Will

    Sideboard:
    2 Chain of Vapor
    2 Extirpate
    3 Hurkyl’s Recall
    1 Praetors Grasp
    2 Slaughter Pact
    1 Tropical Island
    4 Xantid Swarm

    Joshua Butler – Urb Painter (9 Points)
    4 Scalding Tarn
    1 Polluted Delta
    1 Misty Rainforest
    3 Island
    3 Volcanic Island
    2 Underground Sea
    1 Tolarian Academy
    1 Strip Mine

    1 Black Lotus
    1 Mana Crypt
    1 Mox Emerald
    1 Mox Jet
    1 Mox Pearl
    1 Mox Ruby
    1 Mox Sapphire
    1 Sol Ring
    2 Grindstone

    3 Painter’s Servant
    1 Blightsteel Colossus
    2 Jace, Vryn’s Prodigy

    1 Dack Fayden

    4 Force of Will
    4 Pyroblast
    3 Mental Misstep
    3 Thirst for Knowledge
    2 Gush
    1 Misdirection
    1 Dig Through Time
    1 Brainstorm
    1 Ancestral Recall
    2 Thoughtseize
    1 Yawgmoth’s Will
    1 Demonic Tutor
    1 Treasure Cruise
    1 Time Walk
    1 Tinker

    Sideboard:
    1 Mindbreak Trap
    1 Duress
    1 Toxic Deluge
    1 Shattering Blow
    1 Shattering Spree
    3 Ingot Chewer
    1 Mountain
    2 Grafdigger’s Cage
    4 Leyline of the Void

    James O’Rourke – RW Beats (9 Points)
    1 Mountain
    2 Plains
    1 Karakas
    4 Arid Mesa
    1 Marsh Flats
    4 Cavern of Souls
    3 Plateau
    1 Strip Mine
    3 Wasteland

    1 Mox Ruby
    1 Mox Pearl
    1 Umezawa’s Jitte

    4 Simian Spirit Guide
    3 Prophetic Flamespeaker
    4 Containment Priest
    4 Leonin Arbiter
    3 Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
    4 Spirit of the Labyrinth
    3 Phyrexian Revoker
    3 Mother of Runes
    1 Hammer Mage
    1 Gorilla Shaman

    4 Swords to Plowshares
    3 Sudden Shock

    Sideboard:
    4 Grafdigger’s Cage
    3 Ingot Chewer
    1 Hammer Mage
    1 Phyrexian Revoker
    2 Kataki, War’s Wage
    1 Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
    1 Sudden Shock
    2 Red Elemental Blast

    Sarven McLinton – Gush Control (9 Points)
    4 Misty Rainforest
    1 Polluted Delta
    1 Flooded Strand
    2 Underground Sea
    2 Tropical island
    3 Island
    1 Tolarian Academy
    1 Library of Alexandria

    1 Black Lotus
    1 Sol Ring
    1 Mana Crypt
    1 Mox Sapphire
    1 Mox Jet
    1 Mox Ruby
    1 Mox Emerald
    1 Mox Pearl
    1 Time Vault
    1 Voltaic Key

    1 Fastbond

    2 Jace, the Mind Sculptor

    1 Blightsteel Colossus
    1 Snapcaster Mage
    1 Trygon Predator

    4 Force of Will
    2 Mana Drain
    2 Mental Misstep
    2 Flusterstorm
    4 Gush
    1 Ancestral Recall
    1 Dig Through Time
    1 Brainstorm
    1 Ponder
    2 Preordain
    1 Merchant Scroll
    1 Demonic Tutor
    1 Vampiric Tutor
    1 Time Walk
    1 Tinker
    1 Tendrils of Agony
    1 Hurkyl’s Recall
    1 Steel Sabotage

    Sideboard:
    2 Nihil Spellbomb
    1 Grafdigger’s Cage
    1 Ravenous Trap
    1 Yixlid Jailer
    2 Trygon Predator
    2 Nature’s Claim
    1 Hurkyl’s Recall
    1 Forest
    1 Notion Thief
    1 Mental Misstep
    1 Abrupt Decay
    1 Illness in the Ranks

    Timothy Tai – Survival Mask
    2 Bayou
    1 Tropical Island
    1 Taiga
    1 Forest
    3 Verdant Catacombs
    2 Misty Rainforest
    3 Mana Confluence
    2 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
    2 Dark Depths

    1 Black Lotus
    1 Mox Emerald
    1 Mox Jet
    1 Mox Pearl
    1 Mox Ruby
    1 Mox Sapphire
    2 Illusionary Mask

    4 Phyrexian Dreadnaught
    2 Varolz, the Scar-Striped
    2 Vengevine
    1 Basking Rootwalla
    3 Vampire Hexmage
    2 Deathrite Shaman
    4 Dark Confidant

    4 Survival of the Fittest

    4 Thoughtseize
    3 Mental Misstep
    2 Abrupt Decay
    1 Demonic Tutor
    1 Vampiric Tutor
    1 Ancestral Recall
    1 Time Walk

    Sideboard:
    1 Chains of Mephistopheles
    3 Red Elemental Blast
    4 Nature’s Claim
    3 Artifact Mutation
    3 Nihil Spellbomb
    1 Yixlid Jailer

    Nicholas Zappacosta – BUG Fish
    4 Wasteland
    3 Polluted Delta
    1 Forest
    1 Island
    3 Verdant Catacombs
    1 Tropical Island
    1 Misty Rainforest
    2 Underground Sea
    1 Bayou
    1 Strip Mine

    1 Black Lotus
    1 Mox Emerald
    1 Mox Jet
    1 Mox Sapphire

    2 Null Rod

    4 Dark Confidant
    4 Deathrite Shaman
    2 Trygon Predator
    2 Jace, Vryns Prodigy
    2 Snapcaster Mage
    1 Notion Thief

    4 Mental Misstep
    2 Flusterstorm
    1 Steel Sabotage
    1 Spell Pierce
    4 Force of Will
    1 Brainstorm
    4 Abrupt Decay
    1 Ancestral Recall
    1 Time Walk
    1 Ponder
    1 Dismember



  • Zero Shops, Zero Delver, Zero Gush Mentor...wow, what an odd event.


  • TMD Supporter

    Shops hate still present in the sideboards or main decks, looking at the deck lists.



  • Melbourne has been know for having a very shops heavy meta hence the sideboard hate, we were quite surprised it didn't show up



  • As I wrote on my blog post I felt that the lack of shops was due more in part to the lack of pleyers rather than the choice of people to not bring shops.

    @ChubbyRain The last place deck is 99% a Gush mentor list. It had a thrown a single salvager in there so I felt I had to make note of that.


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