I built a straight reanimator/ storm deck that did well. 4x cabal ritual 4X dark rit, add artifact mana and go for it. plan A was reanimate. plan B was hard cast grizz. plan C was tendrils. It worked pretty well but it might just be the 2nd best graveyard strategy in vintage.
I have built a LOT of stasis.
hard to kill people with a black vice in a world full of moxen and a deck with no taxes.
here are my suggestions.
you need 4 forsaken city. especially if you run howling mine.
agree with the above, time vault is necessary.
replace the noble hierarc with garruk wildspeaker. the hierarc is the only creature in your deck and it will eat STP all day. ramanup excavator or crucible would be good too to play misty rainforest and fetch all your trops and islands.
replace regrowth with elvish spirit guide to enable t1 stasis
ditch the mox opal and seat of synod for 2 basic island
ditch the thwart for a root maze
replace natures claim for jace beleren and a maindeck mindbreak trap
for zombie infestations, I'd go with a crop rotation plan and get the tabernacle or possibly a glacial chasm. this would make ramanup better too by cycling the glacial chasm and never paying life.
ill try to find some of my old lists that I lost a lot with....
Excellent points from everyone.
- I thought the tourney would be full of dredge and shops. Even though I was defeated by Kelly on oath last year I decided to specifically build a PO deck to beat dredge and shops.
- After extensive testing, I did indeed main board hurkly's recall, chain of vapor, and a ton of shops hate. I went 3-0 vs shops and 1-0 vs dredge but I lost to misstep decks because I took mine out for a better shops game.
- I used to argue with folks about nerfing misstep to hurt shops but as I play more I am seeing the logic.
- I decided to stop packing so much dredge hate in the future. Instead I'm going to go all in and just race them which should open more sideboard slots for oath and shops.
I think most folks play so little vintage that the good players have an enormous advantage. Understanding the key cards in matchups can propel most any deck deep into the tourney.
I will say that I played a lot of capable players this year. The meta felt fine and I think that there are viable options for decks other than dredge, oath, PO, and shops that can win but you do need to be prepared to play all of these decks.
I was on almost the same paradoxical list as last year. its running 3 chain of vapor main and no misstep. I got rolled by a kambal in the first match, then beat shops twice, beat dredge, lost to pyromancer in round 5. Round 6 I won against a deck I think was shops but I went off t1 in game 1 and the poor guy mulled to 4 game 2. I got to see his beautiful alpha lotus and that was about it. Round 7 opponent had trinisphere t1 on the play game 1. I won game 2 and he had trinisphere t1 game 3 (again!) which I forced. He then dumped lotus, null rod still in t1 game 3. Unfortunately I pitched a chain of vapor to the FOW and kept my time walk (because I had planned to tinker for a blightsteel with FOW backup but it cost me the game).
Next year I need to take it a little easier at old school. I played a very good player round 1 and I was just trying not to puke on him.
Saturday I was playing old school in the hall and Joe Brennan walked up and remembered my name from our feature match last year and commented that it was a great match. Class act.
I don't think the sky is falling with the top 8 representation. I'd look at the names and not the decks.
All this is fine with me except making an announcement a couple days before EW.
I'm flying early the day after the announcement so I won't have time to test or get cards. If PO crushes everything between now and then and they have to restrict it, what are we supposed to do?