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http://www.gatheringmagic.com/natmoes-040616-you-were-too-good-lodestone-golem/

Here's my brief overview of the Lodestone Golem restriction. I tried to keep a level head about things despite being frustrated with how the process appears to have gone.

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After a long hiatus due to staffing issues, for episode 32, Geoff Moes (@ThallidTosser on Twitter), Nat Moes (@GrandpaBelcher), and Josh Chapple (@joshchapple) talk about Guilds of Ravnica.

http://www.eternalcentral.com/serious-vintage-episode-32-talking-guilds-of-ravnica-with-its-lead-editor/

Here’s the timestamped table of contents for your listening ease and enjoyment:
02:24 – How Cards Are Made
09:03 – Listener Questions on GRN
32:10 – Lunch and Dinner in Seattle
38:38 – Invert // Invent and Being an Editor
Total runtime: 46:44

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Vintage landed hard on Cleveland, Ohio, last weekend. I'm sure some were dredging Christmas decorations up from the basement or doing their holiday shopping, while, paradoxically, some angry rogues were swearing mild oaths at the weather, recently turned cold and colorless. (Did that get everyone? Doesn't matter. I Mar-do what I want.)

Anyway, 14 hale and hardy gamers braved the early winter rain to come to Cleveland on December 1 and throw down in an exclusive Team Serious invite-only event. We had several bow out due to illness, and two (Jake Hilty and Steve Sasala) had alternating schedules and so shared the same Mardu Hatebears list, for a total of 13 decks in the metagame. There were mana cookies and burrito delivery, and the Jaeger and (ugh) Malort flowed like wine.

Commentary on the Twitch stream was provided by Andy "Brass Man" Probasco and Jimmy "The Allcat" McCarthy, an there was plenty of Middle School and Old School between rounds. We got the videos on YouTube so viewers can enjoy!

After five rounds of Swiss, a tie-breaker round to finish the top four, and the two elimination rounds, one player stood above the rest: Frank Singel, playing Lands.

Frank is now the second two-time winner of a Team Serious Invitational!

1. Frank Singel - Lands
2 Bayou
4 Bazaar of Baghdad
1 Bojuka Bog
3 Dark Depths
1 Forest
1 Ghost Quarter
1 Glacial Chasm
1 Karakas
1 Maze of Ith
4 Riftstone Portal
1 Savannah
1 Strip Mine
1 Taiga
2 The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale
4 Thespian's Stage
1 Verdant Catacombs
4 Wasteland
2 Wooded Foothills
3 Ancient Grudge
1 Chalice of the Void
2 Crop Rotation
4 Exploration
2 Manabond
1 Fastbond
4 Life from the Loam
2 Mental Misstep
1 Mox Diamond
1 Mox Emerald
1 Mox Jet
3 Null Rod

Sideboard
1 Abrupt Decay
2 Assassin's Trophy
1 Chains of Mephistopheles
1 Crop Rotation
4 Dark Confidant
2 Grafdigger's Cage
2 Nature's Claim
2 Stony Silence

2. Steve McGrew - Paradoxical Outcome
1 Blightsteel Colossus
1 Monstary Mentor
1 Snapcaster Mage
4 Paradoxical Outcome
2 Hurkyl's Recall
2 Repeal
4 Force of Will
3 Preordain
2 Night's Whisper
1 Brainstorm
1 Vampiric Tutor
1 Brainstorm
1 Ancestral Recall
1 Time Walk
1 Demonic Tutor
1 Tinker
1 Yawgmoth's Will
1 Dig Through Time
1 Treasure Cruise
1 Mox Pearl
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Mox Jet
1 Mox Ruby
1 Mox Emerald
1 Black Lotus
1 Mana Crypt
1 Sol Ring
1 Mana Vault
3 Mox Opal
2 Voltaic Key
1 Time Vault
2 Sensei's Divining Top
4 Flooded Strand
1 Misty Rainforest
1 Scalding Tarn
2 Underground Sea
1 Tundra
2 Island
1 Tolarian Academy
1 Library of Alexandria

Sideboard
3 Tormod's Crypt
1 Karakas
2 Containment Priest
2 Hurkyl's Recall
1 Fragmentize
2 Kambal, Consul of Allocation
2 Flusterstorm
2 Karn, Scion of Urza

3. Adam Yurchick - Paradoxical Outcome
4 Paradoxical Outcome
1 Dig Through Time
1 Yawgmoth's Will
1 Mind's Desire
1 Timetwister
1 Tendrils of Agony
1 Monastery Mentor
1 Snapcaster Mage
4 Force of Will
1 Flusterstorm
2 Repeal
2 Hurkyl's Recall
2 Sensei's Divining Top
1 Gitaxian Probe
1 Brainstorm
1 Ancestral Recall
3 Preordain
1 Ponder
1 Merchant Scroll
1 Demonic Tutor
2 Night's Whisper
1 Time Walk
1 Mox Jet
1 Mox Emerald
1 Mox Ruby
1 Mox Pearl
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Black Lotus
4 Mox Opal
1 Lotus Petal
1 Mana Crypt
1 Sol Ring
1 Mana Vault
1 Library of Alexandria
1 Tolarian Academy
3 Underground Sea
2 Island
2 Scalding Tarn
1 Polluted Delta
1 Misty Rainforest
1 Flooded Strand

Sideboard
2 Island
1 Karakas
2 Mystic Remora
2 Flusterstorm
2 Karn, Scion of Urza
2 Hurkyl's Recall
1 Defense Grid
3 Tormod's Crypt

4. Justin Waller - BUG
3 Polluted Delta
3 Scalding Tarn
1 Strip Mine
3 Tropical Island
3 Underground Sea
3 Wasteland
1 Island
3 Deathrite Shaman
1 Jace, Vryn's Prodigy
2 Leovold, Emissary of Trest
2 Snapcaster Mage
1 Tarmogoyf
1 Ancestral Recall
3 Assassin's Trophy
1 Brainstorm
1 Demonic Tutor
1 Dig Through Time
1 Flusterstorm
4 Force of Will
1 Gitaxian Probe
1 Gush
1 Mana Drain
4 Mental Misstep
1 Mindbreak Trap
1 Night's Whisper
1 Ponder
3 Preordain
1 Thoughtseize
1 Time Walk
1 Treasure Cruise
1 Black Lotus
2 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
1 Mox Emerald
1 Mox Jet
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Null Rod

Sideboard
1 Abrupt Decay
1 Assassin's Trophy
2 Energy Flux
1 Flusterstorm
2 Grafdigger's Cage
4 Leyline of the Void
2 Nature's Claim
1 Null Rod
1 Wasteland

13 players
5 Blue
1 BUG Control
2 Paradoxical Outcome
2 Oath (1 Archon, 1 Tyrant)
2 Shops
1 Ravager MUD
1 Two-Card Monte
2 Aggro
1 Mardu Hatebears
1 Colorless Eldrazi
2 Dredge
1 Creeping Chill and Lotleth Giant
1 Dredge & Dragons
1 Lands
1 Ravnica Rogue Combo (Oops All Spells)

Thanks to everyone who came out and participated! We'll have more Invitationals in the future, and look out for Team Serious Open announcements here on The Mana Drain starting in the new year!

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For episode 36, Geoff Moes (@ThallidTosser on Twitter), Nat Moes (@GrandpaBelcher), and Josh Chapple (@joshchapple) are joined by Erin Campbell (@OriginalOestrus) to talk about a bunch of fun Vintage topics including the importance of the community, the Vintage Super League, Dredge, and Two-Card Monte. She also helps us depart a little from our usual “discerning” food-and-drink discussion to a more “picky” angle.

http://www.eternalcentral.com/serious-vintage-episode-36-magic-we-love-and-foods-we-hate-with-erin-campbell/

Here’s the timestamped table of contents for your listening ease and enjoyment:
00:27 – Erin and the Vintage Community
33:20 – Preparing to Crush the VSL
40:28 – Nat Hate Drafts Onions
Full runtime – 1:03:53

We're also selling shirts, with multiple colors and styles to choose from. Last time (three years ago) we used the profits to upgrade mics and some of our live Magic streaming equipment!

https://teespring.com/stores/serious-vintage-podcast
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For episode 35, Geoff Moes (@ThallidTosser on Twitter), Nat Moes (@GrandpaBelcher), and Josh Chapple (@joshchapple) talk about Lands (the deck, not the card type) with Frank Singel, winner of the recent Team Serious Invitational.

http://www.eternalcentral.com/serious-vintage-episode-35-frank-tsi-steveland-and-lands-in-vintage/

Here’s the timestamped table of contents for your listening ease and enjoyment:
00:28 – Frank Singel: Landing Hard on Vintage
33:20 – A Time Vault Tangent
40:28 – Holiday Foods
Full runtime – 0:54:37

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The Vintage some people would enjoy is not the Vintage other people enjoy. I like the current format and would oppose anything this drastic to change it, partly because it would stop feeling like Vintage.

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For episode 38, Geoff Moes (@ThallidTosser on Twitter), Nat Moes (@GrandpaBelcher), and Josh Chapple (@joshchapple) talk with Matt Hazard (@winedope) about the most recent invitational Vintage tournament he held at his house, and how you can host similar local events.

http://www.eternalcentral.com/serious-vintage-episode-38/

00:30 – Matt Hazard, Magic Man
01:00 – Just Because We Haven’t Adequately Tested London Mulligan Doesn’t Mean We Can’t Share Extremely Uninformed Opinions About It
08:20 – The Return of the Hazardvitational and How to Host Your Own
Total runtime: 40:43

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I have an article on Lodestone's restriction coming out tomorrow (4/6), but I also wrote about some cards in Shadows Over Innistrad that piqued my interest. Obviously Thing in the Ice is in there. Let me know what you think!

http://www.gatheringmagic.com/natmoes-040416-shadows-over-vintage/

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Twenty-four players met at a secret compound in Ohio to battle in Vintage. When the smoke had cleared, one man stood atop a heap of broken bodies, twirling his moustache and laughing like a madman.

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CngE_kBXEAA5CZW.jpg

Congrats to Ben Perry, and thanks as always to Geoff and Sarah Moes for hosting these crazy shindigs (hootenannies?). Everything was great. Top four divided up an Underground Sea, Tundra, EMA Box, and Tropical Island; 5th–8th got Wastelands. Jimmy McCarthy in 9th place got a ceramic eggplant:

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CnhbrbAXEAAipvB.jpg

Top Eight Decklists in order of finish:

1st: Ben Perry – Two-Card Monte
4 Mishra’s Workshop
4 Ancient Tomb
4 Mana Confluence
4 Gemstone Mine
1 Tolarian Academy
1 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
1 Black Lotus
1 Mox Jet
1 Mox Ruby
1 Mox Pearl
1 Mox Emerald
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Sol Ring
1 Mana Crypt
1 Mana Vault
4 Leyline of the Void
4 Helm of Obedience
4 Painter’s Servant
4 Grindstone
4 Goblin Welder
2 Red Elemental Blast
1 Pyroblast
1 Ancient Grudge
2 Defense Grid
1 Memory Jar
1 Wheel of Fortune
1 Ancestral Recall
1 Tinker
1 Demonic Tutor
1 Demonic Consultation
1 Vampiric Tutor

Sideboard:
1 Trinisphere
1 Ancient Grudge
1 Balance
2 Ensnaring Bridge
2 Abrupt Decay
2 Nature’s Claim
2 Containment Priest
4 Leyline of Sanctity

2nd: Brian Fisher – Burning Omniscience Oath
1 Griselbrand
1 Emrakul, the Eons Torn
3 Show and Tell
4 Preordain
1 Time Walk
1 Demonic Tutor
3 Burning Wish
1 Brainstorm
2 Flusterstorm
2 Impulse
4 Force of Will
3 Mental Misstep
1 Vampiric Tutor
1 Mox Emerald
1 Mox Ruby
1 Mox Pearl
1 Mox Jet
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Black Lotus
1 Mana Crypt
4 Oath of Druids
3 Omniscience
2 Jace, The Mind Sculptor
4 Forbidden Orchard
2 Tropical Island
1 Misty Rainforest
2 Underground Sea
1 Scalding Tarn
1 Ancestral Recall
2 Flooded Strand
1 Island
1 Volcanic Island
2 Polluted Delta

Sideboard
1 Show and Tell
1 Enter the Infinite
4 Leyline of the Void
1 Yawgmoth’s Will
1 Toxic Deluge
3 Abrupt Decay
1 Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite
1 Tendrils of Agony
2 Ancient Grudge

3rd: Jake Hilty – Thalia Tribal
4 Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
4 Thalia, Heretic Cathar
4 Thorn of Amethyst
3 Containment Priest
4 Eldrazi Displacer
1 Mox Emerald
1 Mox Jet
1 Mox Pearl
1 Mox Ruby
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Black Lotus
1 Mana Crypt
1 Sol Ring
1 Lotus Petal
3 Thought-Knot Seer
4 Wasteland
1 Karakas
1 Strip Mine
4 Ancient Tomb
5 Plains
4 Cavern of Souls
1 Batterskull
1 Umezawa's Jitte
2 Stoneforge Mystic
4 Phyrexian Revoker
2 Caves of Koilos

Sideboard
4 Rest in Peace
2 Kataki, War's Wage
2 Aegis of the Gods
2 Grafdigger's Cage
2 Spirit of the Labyrinth
2 Swords to Plowshares
1 Crucible of Worlds

4th: Nat Moes – Bant Mentor
4 Monastery Mentor
3 Tarmogoyf
2 Vendilion Clique
2 Snapcaster Mage
1 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
4 Force of Will
2 Mental Misstep
2 Flusterstorm
2 Swords to Plowshares
1 Hurkyl’s Recall
1 Echoing Truth
4 Preordain
3 Gush
1 Ancestral Recall
1 Brainstorm
1 Ponder
1 Time Walk
1 Treasure Cruise
1 Dig Through Time
1 Mystical Tutor
1 Merchant Scroll
4 Flooded Strand
2 Misty Rainforest
3 Tundra
3 Tropical Island
2 Island
1 Plains
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Mox Pearl
1 Mox Emerald
1 Black Lotus
1 Mana Crypt
1 Lotus Petal

Sideboard
2 Swords to Plowshares
2 Disenchant
2 Pithing Needle
2 Containment Priest
2 Hurkyl’s Recall
2 Mindbreak Trap
1 Nihil Spellbomb
1 Steel Sabotage
1 Surgical Extraction

5th: Matt Hazard – Depths-Still
4 Dark Depths
4 Thespian's Stage
4 Polluted Delta
2 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
2 Island
3 Underground Sea
4 Wasteland
1 Strip Mine
1 Black Lotus
1 Mox Jet
1 Mox Sapphire
4 Force of Will
4 Mental Misstep
1 Flusterstorm
1 Mindbreak Trap
4 Standstill
1 Ponder
1 Ancestral Recall
1 Brainstorm
1 Time Walk
4 Vampire Hexmage
1 Demonic Tutor
1 Vampiric Tutor
1 Demonic Consultation
4 Thoughtseize
3 Preordain
1 Spell Snare

Sideboard
1 Steel Sabotage
3 Hurkyl's Recall
2 Grafdigger's Cage
2 Pithing Needle
1 Flusterstorm
2 Teferi's Response
1 Spell Snare
2 Illness in the Ranks
1 Innocent Blood

6th: Kevin Cron – Tamiyo’s Angels
3 Stoneforge Mystic
2 Snapcaster Mage
3 Spell Queller
1 Consecrated Sphinx
1 Moat
2 Tamiyo, Field Researcher
1 Umezawa’s Jitte
1 Batterskull
1 Sensei’s Divining Top
1 Ponder
1 Ancestral Recall
1 Time Walk
2 Fact or Fiction
1 Dig Through Time
1 Brainstorm
3 Swords to Plowshares
4 Force of Will
2 Mana Drain
3 Mental Misstep
2 Flusterstorm
1 Black Lotus
1 Sol Ring
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Mox Ruby
1 Mox Pearl
1 Mox Emerald
1 Mox Jet
1 Karakas
1 Library of Alexandria
4 Flooded Strand
3 Misty Rainforest
3 Tundra
2 Tropical Island
2 Island
1 Plains

Sideboard
2 Path to Exile
2 Nature’s Claim
2 Steel Sabotage
1 Forest
1 Containment Priest
2 Rest in peace
1 Flusterstorm
1 Balance
1 Supreme Verdict

7th: C.J. Moritz – Moonunit Zappa
4 Magus of the Moon
4 Painters Servants
1 Blightsteel Collossus
2 Gorilla Shaman
2 Goblin Welder
4 Force of Will
3 Red Elemental Blast
2 Pyroblast
1 Ancestral Recall
1 Time Walk
1 Dig Through Time
1 Tinker
1 Brainstorm
3 Thirst for Knowledge
2 Grindstone
1 Sensei's Divining Top
1 Jace, The Mind Sculpter
1 Tezzeret
1 Voltaic Key
1 Time Vault
1 Mox Jet
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Mox Ruby
1 Mox Pearl
1 Mox Emerald
1 Black Lotus
1 Sol Ring
1 Mana Crypt
4 Volcanic Island
3 Scalding Tarn
3 Wasteland
1 Strip Mine
4 Island

Sideboard
4 Surgical Extraction
3 Grafdigger's Cage
2 Energy Flux
1 Sphinx of the Steel Wind
3 Grim Lavamancer
2 Rattata

8th: Nam Q. Tran – Ravager Stax
4 Sphere of Resistance
4 Thorn of Amethyst
4 Tangle Wire
4 Smokestack
2 Crucible of Worlds
4 Arcbound Ravager
4 Phyrexian Revoker
3 Triskelion
1 Karn, Silver Golem
1 Phyrexian Metamorph
1 Lodestone Golem
1 Black Lotus
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Mox Jet
1 Mox Ruby
1 Mox Emerald
1 Mox Pearl
1 Sol Ring
1 Mana Crypt
1 Tolarian Academy
1 Strip Mine
4 Ancient Tomb
4 Wasteland
4 Mishra's Factory
4 Mishra's Workshop
1 Buried Ruin
1 Ghost Quarter

Sideboard
4 Grafdigger's Cage
3 Ghost Quarter
2 Wurmcoil Engine
2 Tormod's Crypt
2 Relic of Progenitus
1 Umezawa's Jitte
1 Sword of Fire and Ice

Metagame Breakdown

8 Mentor
-- 4 Esper Mentor
-- 1 Four-Color Mentor Gro
-- 1 Sylvan Mentor
-- 1 Bant Mentor
-- 1 Jeskai Mentor

6 Other
-- 1 Two-Card Monte
-- 1 Depths-Still
-- 1 Tamiyo's Angels
-- 1 Moonunit Zappa
-- 2 Dragon

3 Eldrazi
-- 1 Thalia Tribal
-- 1 White Eldrazi
-- 1 Tribal Eldrazi

2 Dredge

2 Shops
-- 1 Aggro Stax
-- 1 MUD Aggro

2 Dark Petition Storm

1 Burning Omniscience Oath

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http://www.eternalcentral.com/serious-vintage-episode-34-were-gonna-need-a-montage-eternal-weekend-2018-wrap-up-with-nam-tran/

In episode 34, Geoff Moes (@ThallidTosser on Twitter), Nat Moes (@GrandpaBelcher), and Josh Chapple (@joshchapple) bring North America Vintage Champs finalist Nam Tran on to wrap up Eternal Weekend and talk about what got him to the finals.

Here’s the timestamped table of contents for your listening ease and enjoyment:
00:29 – Nam Q. Tran: Vintage Finalist
37:05 – Eating Out in Pittsburgh Recap
55:50 – Outro
Full runtime – 0:56:50

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Ah, TMD, where "playable" so often just means "Vintage legal."

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Obviously I won't stop anyone from participating in this exercise; your free time is your own. Here's my take, though. Vintage already struggles with legitimacy issues. We've all heard the arguments—it's too broken, too fast, too expensive, too elitist, too hard to learn, too unbalanced, and so on. The only reason Vintage matters at all is because it's still a Wizards sanctioned format, one that holds value because it's the oldest and all the cards are legal. The "Damn The Man" approach of creating a new B&R list because players can supposedly manage it better just makes the format a gigantic joke.

That said, have fun playing Magic.

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http://www.eternalcentral.com/serious-vintage-episode-27-ohio-style-dining/

We put together a city guide to Columbus for players who will be visiting for GP Columbus in June or Eternal Weekend in October. Suffice to say, there's going to be plenty of options. Have a listen! And if you're from the area, let us know if you think there's anything we missed!

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From Kristoffer Jonassen (@BrainStoyrm) via Twitter

There was one sanctioned Vintage event at GP Prague:
28 players
Kristoffer Jonassen, Dark Petition Stoyrm, 5-0

Other decks included
Eldrazi
Shops
Mentor
Storm
Thirst
Humans
Merfolk

"This is my list, it's pretty stock -1 library, +1 island. The list is probably not very good atm. Should have a number of Dread of Nights in the board against Thalia + Vryn Wingmare

"The metagame was quite different, I saw atleast several other Eldrazi, Shop, Mentor, Storm and several Thirst decks. There were a few budget decks as well, at least a humans list and a merfolk list.

1 Badlands
2 Scalding Tarn
1 Island
4 Polluted Delta
1 Swamp
1 Tolarian Academy
3 Underground Sea

1 Ancestral Recall
1 Brainstorm
2 Cabal Ritual
2 Cabal Therapy
1 Chain of Vapor
4 Dark Petition
4 Dark Ritual
1 Demonic Tutor
4 Gitaxian Probe
2 Hurkyl's Recall
1 Mind's Desire
1 Ponder
1 Tendrils of Agony
4 Thoughtseize
1 Time Walk
1 Timetwister
1 Vampiric Tutor
1 Wheel of Fortune
1 Yawgmoth's Will

1 Black Lotus
1 Lion's Eye Diamond
1 Lotus Petal
1 Mana Crypt
1 Mana Vault
1 Mox Emerald
1 Mox Jet
1 Mox Pearl
1 Mox Ruby
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Necropotence
1 Sol Ring
1 Yawgmoth's Bargain

SIDEBOARD
4 Ancient Tomb
3 Defense Grid
1 Empty the Warrens
3 Ravenous Trap
1 Rebuild
2 Mindbreak Trap
1 Hurkyl's Recall"

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For episode 33, Geoff Moes (@ThallidTosser on Twitter), Nat Moes (@GrandpaBelcher), and Josh Chapple (@joshchapple) talk with Josh McCurley (@infant_no_1) about Eternal Weekend and the food of Pittsburgh.

http://www.eternalcentral.com/serious-vintage-episode-33-forest-bear-goes-to-eternal-weekend-2018/

Here’s the timestamped table of contents for your listening ease and enjoyment:
00:24 – Slinging Cards with Josh McCurley
03:26 – “Josh, What’s the Vintage Metagame?”
42:21 – Eating Out Pittsburgh
53:03 – Outro
Full runtime – 54:16

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This is a list I've been playing recently. It has strong matchups against other Shop decks (depending on how Revokers appear), Storm, and Dredge. Against the rest of the field it has opportunities to either go broken with the Two-Card Monte combs or to play a more usual Workshop win with Lodestone Golem, Thorn of Amethyst, and other attackers. Kuldotha Forgemaster helps tie things together and provides another quick-win combo with Blightsteel Colossus.

Two-Card Muddy
4 Grindstone
4 Painter
4 Helm
4 Leyline
4 Serum Powder
4 Lodestone Golem
4 Thorn of Amethyst
4 Kuldotha Forgemaster
1 Blightsteel Colossus
1 Chalice of the Void
1 Trinisphere
1 Memory Jar
4 Mishra's Workshop
4 Ancient Tomb
4 Cavern of Souls
2 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
5 Mox
1 Mox Opal
1 Sol Ring
1 Mana Vault
1 Mana Crypt
1 Black Lotus

Sideboard
4 Leyline of Sanctity
3 Phyrexian Revoker
2 Razormane Masticore
1 Platinum Angel
1 Wurmcoil Engine
1 Witchbane Orb
2 Pithing Needle
1 Crucible of Worlds

Postboard, Leyline of Sanctity (with the maindeck Serum Powder) makes the Storm and Oath matchups very winable. Revoker and Pithing Needle come in to preempt Dack Fayden, as well as to support a stronger Workshop Prison plan if necessary. Razormane Masticore and the other creatures help against Workshops and creature decks that might run Revoker or Null Rod.

Regarding a few cards specifically:
Serum Powder has been great. I know other Workshop decks have used it specifically to solidify the manabase, and it does a good job of that here. Obviously it also helps assemble one or both of the two-card combinations, particularly getting turn-0 Leyline of the Void into play. The free, personal draw-7 thing is pretty good. If you don't like the card, I would consider cutting it for 2–3 black tutors and additional Urborgs or other black lands. You could also just add more mana and cards to get with Forgemaster (namely Sundering Titan).

Tutors were inconsistent and incongruent with the Thorns and Lodestones. Obviously this is one of the drawbacks of playing this version of Two-Card Monte over the five-color version.

Cavern of Souls is really good. I've been playing them as four-ofs in all of my recent Shops builds and have loved them. Getting a Lodestone Golem or especially Forgemaster to stick is a great feeling. There's so little drawback even if they're not always able to make something uncounterable.

Memory Jar is one of my more frequent Forgemaster targets and is great even hardcast. A group of us was talking today, wondering why more Shops decks don't play it as a one-of. I understand why not, but it's very good in more combo-centric versions.

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We had 16 players show up the day before Easter for a great local event in Columbus, Ohio. When Swiss rounds were over, four stood atop a burning heap of garbage and decided immediately to split and go to dinner.

  1. Craig Kuchar - Dark Depths Shops
  2. Nat Moes - Two-Card Muddy
  3. Rick Gideon - UR Hellkite Control
  4. Charles Rolko - Dredge

The rest of the field included:
Painter's Servant Combo
Blue Moon
Grixis Thieves
Dragon Combo
Doomsday Combo
Vision Skeins Thief
Control Oath
Miracles
Burn

Top four lists in order of finish:

1. Craig Kuchar - Dark Depths Shops
4 Thorn of Amethyst
4 Sphere of Resistance
4 Tangle Wire
3 Phyrexian Revoker
4 Lodestone Golem
4 Arcbound Ravager
3 Triskelion
3 Phyrexian Metamorph
1 Sword of Fire and Ice
1 Umezawa's Jitte
1 Batterskull
1 Trinisphere
1 Black Lotus
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Mox Jet
1 Mox Ruby
1 Mox Emerald
1 Mox Pearl
1 Sol Ring
1 Mana Crypt
1 Strip Mine
1 Tolarian Academy
1 Ghost Quarter
2 Thespian Stage
2 Dark Depths
4 Mishra's Workshop
4 Wasteland
4 Ancient Tomb

4 Grafdigger's Cage
3 Tormod's Crypt
2 Crucible of Worlds
2 Mindbreak Trap
2 Relic of Progenitus
1 Batterskull
1 Dismember

2. Nat Moes - Two-Card Muddy
4 Grindstone
4 Painter's Servant
4 Helm of Obedience
4 Leyline of the Void
4 Serum Powder
4 Lodestone Golem
3 Thorn of Amethyst
4 Kuldotha Forgemaster
1 Blightsteel Colossus
1 Chalice of the Void
1 Trinisphere
1 Memory Jar
4 Mishra's Workshop
4 Ancient Tomb
4 Cavern of Souls
2 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
1 Tolarian Academy
1 Mox Emerald
1 Mox Jet
1 Mox Pearl
1 Mox Ruby
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Mox Opal
1 Sol Ring
1 Mana Vault
1 Mana Crypt
1 Black Lotus

Sideboard
4 Leyline of Sanctity
2 Phyrexian Revoker
2 Razormane Masticore
1 Thorn of Amethyst
1 Platinum Angel
1 Wurmcoil Engine
1 Witchbane Orb
2 Pithing Needle
1 Crucible of Worlds

3. Rick Gideon - UR Hellkite Control
1 Ancestral Recall
1 Brainstorm
2 Consecrated Sphinx
2 Flusterstorm
4 Force of Will
2 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
4 Mana Drain
3 Mental Misstep
1 Misdirection
3 Preordain
2 Snapcaster Mage
1 Time Walk
1 Treasure Cruise
2 Lightning Bolt
3 Thundermaw Hellkite
1 Dack Fayden
1 Black Lotus
1 Crucible of Worlds
1 Mana Crypt
1 Mox Diamond
1 Mox Ruby
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Sol Ring
2 Cavern of Souls
2 Flooded Strand
2 Island
2 Mana Confluence
1 Mountain
4 Scalding Tarn
1 Strip Mine
4 Volcanic Island
3 Wasteland

Sideboard
1 Dack Fayden
4 Grafdigger's Cage
3 Hurkyl's Recall
2 Mindbreak Trap
2 Pyroblast
3 Steel Sabotage

4. Charles Rolko - Dredge
4 Bazaar of Baghdad
4 Mana Confluence
4 Undiscovered Paradise
1 Dakmor Salvage
4 Petrified Field
4 Golgari Grave-troll
4 Stinkweed Imp
4 Cabal Therapy
4 Bridge from Below
3 Golgari Thug
1 Flamekin Zealot
1 Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite
2 Dread Return
4 Ichorid
4 Serum Powder
4 Leyland of the Void
4 Narcomoeba
4 Bloodghast

SB:
3 Wispmare
4 Ingot Chewer
4 Nature's Claim
4 Sudden Shock

Our next Ohio event is 4/9 in Sandusky. See you there! http://themanadrain.com/topic/46/4-9-sandusky-oh-team-serious-open-and-nyse-qualifier