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@popedeuce37

I really haven't had a chance to test that rough draft just yet.

I do have a few more thoughts on the use of channel though.

One idea would be to utilize oath of nissa and channel to cast any/all planeswalkers. I also think a list like this could also use interplanar beacon from war.

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@englishnh

I did a brew of a r/g eldrazi list a couple months back.

That said, I started rebrewing the list, depowered it, and updated with WAR, MH1 and M20 in mind.

Here's my rough draft.

1 Domri, Anarch of Bolas
1 Chalice of the Void
3 Lightning Bolt
1 Kaervek's Torch
3 Collector Ouphe
4 Ancient Stirrings
4 Force of Vigor
1 Channel
2 Sylvan Library
3 Boreal Druid
4 Thought-Knot Seer
4 Reality Smasher
4 Elvish Spirit Guide
1 Wrenn and Six
2 Karn, the Great Creator
2 Taiga
4 Eldrazi Temple
4 Ancient Tomb
4 Wasteland
1 Strip Mine
4 Wooded Foothills
2 Forest
1 Mountain

<Sideboard>
3 Grafdigger's Cage
2 Blood Moon
1 Trinisphere
2 Scavenging Ooze
1 Mycosynth Lattice
2 Pyroblast
2 Nature's Claim
2 Goblin Cratermaker

posted in Survival read more

A few cards that I have been testing recently has been Unsettled Mariner (if you plan to stay Bant (UGW) or 4 color (not red).

With all the force of vigor going around, it sounds like a nice way to protect your stuff.

I'll have to try out scavenging ooze. That completely missed my radar.

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So much hustle and bustle has been happening over the summer to the vintage format, but what will happen once the dust settles?

Alternate Worlds in Hunt Valley, MD will be holding two Sanctioned Vintage Trials on August 24th and 25th.

Come out and earn some byes for the 2019 North American Vintage Championship!

If interested, then follow the link below:
https://www.facebook.com/events/2818140921589357/

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@thewhitedragon69 said in How do I beat Karn, the Great Creator:

@desolutionist I tend to build my decks to fight/go under strategies. Shops fighting hurkylls is a great example of fighting on the wrong axis. Karn tends to be in mana-ramp decks. Hitting the mana ramp helps. Narset tends to be in blue decks fighting blue decks, where "draw" is their axis. Hit the draw mechanic/dodge using so much draw.

Could a blood moon deck with SSG, tombs, ESG, stop the karn/shop ramp? Maybe. Would be decent vs bazaar as well if you could consistently drop a turn 1 moon effect. Could that same deck run grudges, rebs, rods, and other things? Sure. Can it run quick, sizable creatures to be a decent clock as well? Sure. Would this type of deck work overall? I dunno, maybe. Maybe not. Worth a try.

Regarding blood moon style lists, Troy Sands took down an NYSE Qualifier with a r/w list, but also implemented Karn of its own as additional null rods and access to an artifact toolbox.

Not sure if that's what you are aiming at there, @Thewhitedragon69.

For quick reference, his list is reposted below:

Troy Sands
Deck Name: Crazy 8s

4 City of Traitors
4 Ancient Tomb
2 Arid Mesa
2 Plateau
5 Mountain
1 Plains
1 Black Lotus
1 Mox Ruby
1 Lotus petal
4 Simian Spirit Guide
4 Goblin Rabblemaster
4 Legion Warboss
2 Hazoret the Fervent
4 Magus of the Moon
4 Blood Moon
4 Stony Silence
4 Null Rod
4 Karn, the Great Creator
2 Ensnaring Bridge
3 Fiery Confluence

<Sideboard>
1 Trinisphere
1 Chalice of the Void
1 Mox Pearl
1 Black Vise
1 Ensnaring Bridge
1 Mycosynth Lattice
1 Eidolon of Rhetoric
4 Containment Priest
4 Rest in Peace

I played against this deck in the swiss rounds. I was on Stax and got locked out.

I also saw this deck win off of a mycosynth lattice lockout via black vise.


Regarding beating Karn specifically, I am starting to see a number of players in my local area starting to swap out a number of mental missteps for either spell pierce or ceremonious rejection.

posted in Vintage Tournaments read more

Is this event scheduled to be streaming on Friday (6/7)?

posted in Vintage News read more

This might be the card that will make r/g eldrazi a thing.

Time to start brewing!

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This event was cancelled for May 24th.

Several of the players that normally come ended up staying in and waiting for the tournament the next day (the NYSE Qualifier).

That said, Alternate Worlds will be taking a break from Vintage events for June and July but will resume again in August.

Until then!

posted in Official Tournament Results read more

Thank you everyone that came out today.

Without your support and the support of the vintage community, this event would not have been possible.

10 players came out for the event to battle for the NYSE Qualifier Invite.
The tournament went 5 rounds of swiss with a cut to Top 4.

Without further ado, here are the top 4 decklists:

1st - Troy Sands
Deck Name: Crazy 8s

4 City of Traitors
4 Ancient Tomb
2 Arid Mesa
2 Plateau
5 Mountain
1 Plains

1 Black Lotus
1 Mox Ruby
1 Lotus petal
4 Simian Spirit Guide
4 Goblin Rabblemaster
4 Legion Warboss
2 Hazoret the Fervent
4 Magus of the Moon
4 Blood Moon
4 Stony Silence
4 Null Rod
4 Karn, the Great Creator
2 Ensnaring Bridge
3 Fiery Confluence

<Sideboard>
1 Trinisphere
1 Chalice of the Void
1 Mox Pearl
1 Black Vise
1 Ensnaring Bridge
1 Mycosynth Lattice
1 Eidolon of Rhetoric
4 Containment Priest
4 Rest in Peace


2nd - Marc Frias
Deck Name: Stax

4 Mishra's Workshop
4 Ancient Tomb
3 Mishra's Factory
2 City of Traitors
4 Wasteland
1 Strip Mine
1 Crystal Vein
1 Tolarian Academy
1 Inventors' Fair

2 Grim Monolith
1 Black Lotus
1 Mana Crypt
1 Sol Ring
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Mox Jet
1 Mox Pearl
1 Mox Ruby
1 Mox Emerald
4 Phyrexian Revoker
1 Lodestone Golem
1 Phyrexian Metamorph
4 Sphere of Resistance
1 Thorn of Amethyst
1 Trinisphere
4 Tangle Wire
3 Smokestack
1 Chalice of the Void
1 God-Pharaoh's Statue
3 Karn, the Great Creator
1 Karn, Scion of Urza
1 Ugin, the Ineffable
1 Crucible of Worlds
1 Ensnaring Bridge
1 Voltaic Key

<Sideboard>
1 Crucible of Worlds
1 Ensnaring Bridge
1 Phyrexian Metamorph
1 Skysovereign, Consul Flagship
1 Razormane Masticore
1 Witchbane Orb
1 Time Vault
1 Mycosynth Lattice
1 Sorcerous Spyglass
2 Grafdigger's Cage
2 Tormod's Crypt
2 Dismember


3rd - William Dayton
Deck Name: Academic Eldrazi

4 Ancient Tomb
4 Cavern of Souls
4 Eldrazi Temple
4 Mutavault
1 Strip Mine
1 Tolarian Academy
4 Wasteland

2 Endless One
1 Phyrexian Metamorph
4 Phyrexian Revoker
4 Reality Smasher
4 Thought-Knot Seer
3 Walking Ballista

1 Black Lotus
1 Chalice of the Void
4 Karn, the Great Creator
1 Mana Crypt
1 Mana Vault
1 Mox Emerald
1 Mox Jet
1 Mox Pearl
1 Mox Ruby
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Sol Ring
4 Sphere of Resistance
1 Thorn of Amethyst
1 Trinisphere

<Sideboard>
1 Contagion Engine
1 Crucible of Worlds
3 Dismember
4 Grafdigger's Cage
1 Mycosynth Lattice
1 Phyrexian Metamorph
1 Pithing Needle
1 Ratchet Bomb
1 Tormod's Crypt
1 Walking Ballista


4th - Joel Lim
Deck Name: Ravager Shops

1 Tolarian Academy
1 Strip Mine
4 Mishra's Workshop
4 Wasteland
4 Mishra's Factory
4 Ancient Tomb

1 Lodestone Golem
4 Phyrexian Revoker
4 Arcbound Ravager
4 Foundry Inspector
4 Walking Ballista
4 Steel Overseer
2 Chief of the Foundry
4 Precursor Golem
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Mox Emerald
1 Mox Pearl
1 Mox Ruby
1 Mox Jet
1 Black Lotus
1 Sol Ring
1 Mana Crypt
1 Thorn of Amethyst
4 Sphere of Resistance
1 Chalice of the Void
1 Trinisphere

<Sideboard>
2 Powder Keg
2 Dismember
4 Grafdigger's Cage
2 Ratchet Bomb
2 Sorcerous Spyglass
1 Chief of the Foundry
2 Phyrexian Metamorph

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@fsecco

since this thread is about 5c stax, i'll just pm my list.

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@griselbrother

Yes. I brewed a r/g eldrazi list at the monthly vintage event that I attended last month. I based the idea around r/g eldrazi from modern.

I used channel to karn-lattice lock and cast eldrazi.

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Less than a week to go for our NYSE Qualifier event.

Come on out and earn your entry into one of the biggest Vintage events of the Summer!

Please make note that if you intend to play with proxies/playtest cards for this event, then review the particular proxy/playtest card requirements as defined by the NYSE Proxy/Playtest Card Guidelines.

See you Saturday!

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Come on out and get some last minute testing prior to our NYSE Qualifier on Saturday (5/25) and the upcoming SCG Con Power 9 Series event in two weeks (6/7)!

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@rawpk

I used to run Ravenous Trap in my list, but eventually decided to switchover to just Leyline of the Void. How do you sideboard for the matchup?

A lot of dredge lists in my area are pitch dredge lists, so sometimes my Ravenous Traps would be plucked out of my hand with Cabal Therapy before I could use them and/or get countered with Force of Will, so I decided to make the switch.


I haven't played Survival since WAR became legal, but Deputy of Detention had been an all-star when I ran it.


Regarding the Bant versions of survival, I found myself regularly outpaced by Paradoxical Outcome decks. Sure you could go 'full throttle' and jam out vengevines, but if you do not get it done in one swing, then they could combo off and it'll be over. Additionally, a lot of lists are bringing in Grafdigger's Cage to prevent this move, so you're already playing a slower, more methodical plan in this case.

Switching to the hatebear strategy (Thalia, Gaddock Teeg, etc) would work more consistently than the 'full throttle' plan, but without any interaction on their turn (aka countermagic), it felt very vulnerable to Karakas and Balance.

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@TheManAdrian

Have you considered finding space for Force of Will?

Deputy of Detention has always felt like a good replacement for Fairgrounds Warden, and a solid answer to anything (especially since you cut black).

If you expect a lot of Shops, then consider 2-3 Energy Flux in the sideboard and some number of Nature's Claim.

I find 2 Stony Silence and 1 Kataki, War's Wage should suffice in the main against shops. You can consider putting the 3rd one in the sideboard.

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Alternate Worlds is planning their monthly vintage event for May.

Here are the details:
Date: May 24th, 2019
Format: Vintage, unlimited proxy/playtest cards
Location: 10854 York Rd, Cockeysville, MD 21030
Time: 7PM
Cost: $10
Prize Pool: 2.5 standard legal packs (or the equivalent in store credit) per person. Rewards based on record and attendance.

Duration: 3 Rounds.

Please let the store know at altworldstore@comcast.net if you have any questions.

Link to the Facebook event is below:
https://www.facebook.com/events/557510311422524/?event_time_id=570416690131886

*Also, make note that on the following day, 5/25, we are holding an NYSE Qualifier.

More information on this is located on our separate TMD event information with the link provided below for convenience:
http://themanadrain.com/topic/2545/05-25-2019-hunt-valley-md-alternate-worlds-nyse-open-vi-qualifier-max-15-proxy-playtest-cards

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Make note that Alternate Worlds' regularly scheduled monthly vintage event will be held the day before, so come early and get some last minute testing in beforehand. Details on this event will be in a separate post.

Additionally, this event is also two weeks away from the advertised SCG Con Power 9 series event held in Roanoke, VA, so it will be a great opportunity to get some additional practice for that event as well!

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7 players came out this past Friday to experiment with War of the Spark cards and the London mulligan.

The London mulligan produced mixed reviews, and several War of the Spark cards made an immediate impact.

Thanks again to all those that came out.

May's vintage event will coincide with an NYSE Qualifier that same weekend, so keep yourself posted on more details to follow.

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The NYSE Open is one of the most lucrative and illustrious tournaments for the Vintage community.

Held in New York each time, this tournament typically takes place during the summer months and brings people from many surrounding states.

Every year, the NYSE Open produces one of the most generous payouts on this side of the world, giving away multiple pieces of power and several Vintage format staples as prizes to top finishers!

However, there are only so many spots available for this event.

How would you like to secure your spot to such a lucrative tournament?

Alternate Worlds is hosting a NYSE Qualifier for the NYSE VI Open in July on May 25th.

Here are the details in a convenient format:
Date: May 25th, 2019
Format: Vintage, maximum 15 proxies allowed.
-Proxy guidelines will follow the NYSE guidelines and is detailed below.
Duration: Swiss rounds based on attendance with cut to Top 4 or 8 as required.
Location: Alternate Worlds - 10854 York Rd, Cockeysville, MD 21030
Time: 10:30AM Registration, 11AM Start
Cost: $30
Head Judge: Ben Pollin
Prizes:
-Entry into the NYSE for the winner.
-Store credit based on attendance and awarded to top finishers.


Proxy Guidelines (as per NYSE Open VI Rules):
"Most everyone on these forums knows what a proxy is. A proxy, for the N.Y.S.E. Open, will be defined as the following:
A Magic: the Gathering card with the full name, card type (instant, sorcery, land, artifact, creature, enchantment, planeswalker), full mana cost and text clearly displayed. This can be done in one of two ways:

  1. Using a Sharpie, not pen or pencil, to fill in the required text on a card where it can clearly be read. Revised lands are excellent for this, new commons and uncommons aren't usually, as they're darker, and far tougher to read.

  2. Using acetone to remove certain text from a card that's close to the intended proxy (i.e. Lotus Bloom, with certain words removed to proxy a Black Lotus, Ancestral Visions with certain words removed to proxy an Ancestral Recall).
    Take pride in your proxies! Your opponents should know at all times what your proxies are.

Using 15 Swamps to make your proxies is a bad idea, as it's going to create confusion. If you're proxying Moxen, please use a land from each appropriate color to make a proxy for each according Mox (i.e., your Mox Sapphire is on an Island, your Mox Jet is on a Swamp, your Mox Pearl is on a Plains, etc.).
Please use your best judgment when creating your proxies; we know what will and what won't be easily recognizable.

Your opponents should not ever be at a disadvantage because you don't own the cards. There is nothing wrong with using proxies as you slowly pick up the cards that you need to play Vintage, but please consider your opponents while you're making them, as we're out to make this an enjoyable experience for everyone involved. One of my favorite aspects of the Vintage community is that we look out for each other, whether it's constant vigilance to counter potential thievery, or the day to day stuff that mostly goes unnoticed. Let's all do what we can to make this event as special as we can for our fellow aficionados of Magic's greatest format.

If you're worried that your proxies may not pass muster, please speak to the head judge of the event before the event starts. Leave enough time to create new proxies, if necessary.

Using paper printouts of card faces and gluing them to cards is not acceptable! This alters the thickness of the cards, making the cards marked for all intents and purposes. Please don't do this, as the judges will be instructed to consider these as marked cards, and enforce punishment according to DCI Competitive REL event regulations!"


Link to the NYSE Qualifier Facebook event is below:
https://www.facebook.com/events/428373611296914/

Link to the NYSE VI Open Event is below:
https://www.facebook.com/events/407307236507086/

Please let the store know at altworldstore@comcast.net if you have any questions.

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Alternate Worlds is planning their monthly vintage event for April.

Here are the details:
Date: April 26th, 2019
Format: Vintage, unlimited proxy/playtest cards
Location: 10854 York Rd, Cockeysville, MD 21030
Time: 7PM
Cost: $10
Prize Pool: 2.5 standard legal packs (or the equivalent in store credit) per person. Rewards based on record and attendance.

Duration: 3 Rounds.

Please let the store know at altworldstore@comcast.net if you have any questions.

Link to the Facebook event is below:
https://www.facebook.com/events/557510311422524/?event_time_id=570416683465220

Additional Notes:
(1) I would like to advocate for testing out the imminent London mulligan rule at this event.

(2) If some are interested in testing cards to be released in the upcoming set (in this case, War of the Spark [WAR]), then feel welcome.