This seems bad enough that none of the good names are commenting on this thread yet good enough that @Soly isn't ripping everyone that commented a new one.
Best posts made by hierarchnoble
RE: Vintage Restricted List Discussion
I do try to rock 5-C Humans now and again. I'd hardly call that deck "mainstream." Actually I've been trying it out again in this "Tangle-Wire-Less" Shop metagame and it kinda curb stomped shops the couple times I played it. Ancient Grudge and Mantis Rider were both complete houses in the matchup and the new Crucible on Legs did some good work as well. I will ALWAYS love to innovate my way out of things first before writing off a metagame.
Ramunap Excavator is a snake-person and therefore doesn't have legs.
RE: Sub-Forum in Vintage Strategy for Shitty Single Card Discussion Threads
I hardly notice the subforums at all since I just click the unread button when I visit.
RE: SMIP # 68: Hour of Devastation Vintage Set Review
I'm trying to make you proud, @Smmenen. Here's what I'll be beta testing in the post-HOU metagame:
Oshawa Stompy 2K17
By Mike Noble
Artifacts (7)4 Null Rod
RE: Cards to unrestrict
Sorry to burst everyone's bubble, but Mikaeus also grants +1/+1 in addition to undying. Walking Ballista can't die to state-based effects, you need the sacrifice outlet from the original example to sacrifice the 1/1 Ballista to start the chain and each loop after removing the counter. I never thought an anthem effect could make a card worse.
[C17] Teferi's Protection
Teferi's Protection - 2W
Instant - Rare
Until your next turn, your life total can't change and you have protection from everything. All permanents you control phase out. (While they are phased out, they're treated as though they don't exist. They phase in before you untap during your untap step.)
Exile Teferi's Protection.
I can't help but raise an eyebrow at uniquely-worded effects. It has many different marginal uses, including acting as a Fog effect, a Gilded Light effect, and as an odd Counterspell for targeted and global removal. It has the color requirements that make it castable in Mentor and White Eldrazi, as well as the many Fish variants that run white. It also plays combo with Balance, Balancing Act, and Restore Balance. Whether it's a deck's backbone, simple utility, or unplayable, it's worth throwing it into the TMD den of wolves.
RE: Extremely Random - Chicken Pieces pointed out like Chess Pieces
Pork chops are ruining the format and should either be banned or errata'd into bacon.
RE: How did you start playing Vintage?
I started M:tG with Fallen Empires at a Christmas party when I was 8, playing it at summer camp every year up until I was 13. I eventually caught wind of competitive playing and spent a year reading EVERYTHING I could find on the game. I started drafting with Mirrodin and constructed with Fifth Dawn, hitting some GP success with Aluren in Extended (67th at 7-2 with no byes, missing day 2 on tiebreakers). I eventually fell in love with 5-color/250, leading me to buy a set of power and duals over the next few years to make my deck perfect. As Vintage players lamented the death of their format with Brainstorm's restriction (hi Lodestone!), I decided to put my power to greater use by entering my first Vintage tournament. I brewed the well-named Terrible Stax deck, a UB Stax variant that cut three of 5C Stax's colors and replaced them with hits like Mindlock Orb and the Leyline of the Void + Helm of Obedience combo. I won my first event in the Philly area, leaving me with 40 more duals and a love for the format. I've since traded all my cards in for a college education including room and board, but the local community is so strong that a "hey, I have a free weekend" Facebook post is often met with a flurry of people asking me what they can lend me.
RE: Eternal masters roughly one month away, where's the hype (and further spoilers)?
I'm hoping for an updated Glowrider, Waterfront Bouncer and Hammer Mage to avoid judge calls over creature types.
This deck idea came about because I wanted to abuse Channel and I have a set of Goblin Charbelchers that I was gifted on my 30th birthday that everyone present signed. I love the idea of the Blue Charbelcher deck that Andy Habermehl and Jesse James De Marco pioneered, as well as the MODO builds that incorporated green for extra mana and tutoring. I think the deck has enough access to green now that Channel isn't unreasonable.
However, that's the point where I decided to actually be unreasonable. With Channel in the mix, why not incorporate the Lich's Mirror combo? With a Channel active it's basically a non-blue Timetwister just for me! If you Gitaxian Probe at two life with it in play your new hand has eight cards!
The following is a very rough draft, pulling together what I know about UG Charbelcher with Lich's Mirror and Personal Tutor. This has not been tested or optimized, and may have very obvious errors, but that's what discussion is all about. Enjoy!
4 Elvish Spirit Guide
1 Black Lotus
1 Lion's Eye Diamond
1 Lotus Petal
1 Mana Crypt
1 Mox Emerald
1 Mox Jet
4 Mox Opal
1 Mox Pearl
1 Mox Ruby
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Ancestral Recall
4 Gitaxian Probe
1 Mana Vault
4 Mental Misstep
1 Mystical Tutor
3 Personal Tutor
1 Sol Ring
4 Land Grant
4 Living Wish
4 Goblin Charbelcher
4 Force of Will
4 Lich's Mirror
1 Tropical Island
2 Mishra's Workshop
1 Tolarian Academy
4 Nature's Claim
1 Reclamation Sage
3 Leyline of Anticipation
1 Kuldotha Forgemaster
1 Emrakul, the Aeons Torn
RE: R&D is completely incompetent
Do we know that they missed it, and were not deliberately introducing a two card combo into Stanard?
No, we don't. It's snowing here in Philly, however, so people saying the sky is falling are technically correct.
Mike Noble's Terrible Fish Decklist Dump Thread
As some of you may know, my name is Mike Noble, and I love Fish decks. Occasionally I'll see a spoiler that inspires me to build a Fish deck including it, it'll get sent to @SamwiseKimchi over text, and I'll never actually build it, test it, or even look at it again. These decks are very formulaic looking due to being prototypes, but hopefully my heart is in the right place.
My recent brews have been inspired by this decklist: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/archetype/vintage-wub-37001
I like this deck for a few reasons. It's simple, only really containing mana, creatures, power, and a Chalice of the Void. It doesn't have any Misstep targets outside of Ancestral Recall. There is extensive mana so that Wasteland doesn't break our ability to actually cast spells.
Since I sold out a few years ago, the month before the first Eternal Weekend, I've been operating on a budget. You'll see a lot of my brews reflecting this, as I try to actually stretch the colors so that Mana Confluence is more appealing than dual lands.
I'll keep this initial post as an introduction. I hope to post many starting points for everyone to enjoy. Feel free to comment and make adjustments as you see necessary, but remember, these aren't done and I may never play them.
RE: Cards to unrestrict
The following gem that won a Black Lotus at a 54-man event in the gool ol' days would be my starting point for a 4 Fastbond deck. While we don't have access to 4 Brainstorm anymore, we do have access to a full set of Crop Rotation and Regrowth, let alone the fact that the card pool has probably doubled since this deck won.
By Brian Cox
Spells (15)1 Regrowth1 Tinker
Artifacts (16)1 Mox Jet
Enchantments (6)1 Fastbond
Sideboard (15)4 Null Rod
RE: SMIP Podcast # 69: Three Months Later AKA The Q2 Metagame
I'm almost done this episode, and I've really enjoyed it despite the subject matter. Everyone has a list, a wish for a format where "their" deck(s) are playable, and it's incredibly hard for most players to be objective about their analysis. It's especially difficult to slog through when the loudest players lack data analysis skills, rules knowledge, or sometimes even any history of actually playing. I myself have fallen victim to severe misinformation about how Old School works, and gotten angry when that resulted in muddled and contradictory information. I know what it's like to be wrong and lash out instead of cooling down and learning, and I wish others would also take the time to learn before expressing an opinion. My wish, whether I'm an Any Given Weekend player or just borrowing the most recent 4-0 hatebear deck because Top Deck Games is having a Mox event, is for the format to survive. And you, Steve and Kevin, are showcasing an intent to save the format. Thank you.