Islandswamp talks about Eternal Extravaganza 6 and Gush in Vintage!
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Vintage 101: Eternal Extravaganza Six!
Vintage 101: Unmasking Dredge
Islandswamp talks about tuning Dredge for different kinds of metagames
RE: Vintage Leagues 'coming' to MTGO
@kistrand I know 11 people personally at my one LGS that have vintage online, but we cannot play dailies as we all work whilst dailies are firing (11am-1pm).
This is me with the added spice of working during the monthly events. I haven't played a match of online vintage in months now :/
I used to play a few Dailies a week at least. Partly I stopped because the changes to payouts and entry fees annoyed me, but mostly it has to do with the fact that as my son has gotten older he has needed my time even more than before. He used to go to bed earlier and it wasn't as exhausting because he was smaller.
By the time the one daily I could possibly play in occurs it's 10 pm my time and I'm dead tired from work/parenting/cleaning the hurricane-like damage he causes in the house, etc. The thought of playing magic at that point is just not appealing. Every time I end up playing I'm not even really liking it whether I'm winning or not.
Now if I could hop on and play a few league matches when I actually feel the desire to play I would be so much happier. I find the game enjoyable when I'm not half-asleep.
Keep in mind that the power nine challenge would still be happening each month so there would be a monthly big tournament. AND I bet if the people who love those dailies and challenges could prove they'd fill up more than one a month they'd add another one. What if there was a league going at all the time and a Friday or Saturday night tournament as well? Seems like that could be arraigned.
RE: Banned and Restricted Announcement 3/13/2017 or I Always Feel like Somebodies Watching Meeeee....
I was wishing for a new bicycle and didn't get it. I fucking hate this game.
Vintage 101: More Masters Sets Please!
Islandswamp talks about the return of Fetchlands and Vintage in the desert!
RE: Hippoath -- New deck strategy
@rikter don't be so short-sighted, Rune-Scarred Demon can get ANY Hippo. That's like 4 hippos in one.
That has to be good, right? Hippothetically speaking.
I guess you can't run a non-hippo in the deck, otherwise you'd be a HippoCrite.
RE: Hippoath -- New deck strategy
Rune Scarred Demon is six cents on MTGO right now. Just get that and take out all the bad cards. It's certainly not the best creature, but it's big, it flies, and it tutors. New Emrakul isn't exactly a great target, but it's able to be hard cast and it's only two bucks right now.
RE: In a small proxy-allowed tournament, what would you like to win?
I don't drink beer, but if you have some crack I'll smoke it.
Nice proxies are my preference.
Vintage 101: Thirst for Data
Islandswamp talks about the Power Nine Challenge and data mining in Vintage!
This week's article goes over a couple decks from the Power Nine Challenge and I also discuss the recent issue of data collection/dissemination on Magic Online. For those of you who are unaware Lee Sharpe and other MTGO people were talking about how they either plan to or want to start sharing far less data about MTGO results.
Basically they (WotC) are worried that the data leads to Standard being solved too fast and that exacerbates the problems they're having with the flagship format. This MAY be true for Standard, I don't play it so I have no real opinion. I made the argument that I feel most Vintage players want more data and not less though.
If you happen to read the article and have an opinion of data in Vintage please consider leaving a comment on MTGGoldfish itself. Comments left on MTGGoldfish are more likely to be read by a Wizard's employee I think.
I kind of wish I had written more about the data issue, but I feel that I should tread lightly around such issues as I do not wish to draw the ire of WotC. Plus I didn't have enough time to poll the community about their opinions on the matter.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy it! Take care!
Your Friendly Neighborhood Islandswamp
RE: LCV 2017 -February Edition - 26th of February - 30 Players - Top16 Decklists
@PeAcH any chance you can post this to MTGGoldfish? Let me know if you need help doing it. FYI I found out that the website can read any card name in the lists regardless of capitalization as long as the spelling is correct.
RE: White Eldrazi
In skimming this thread, it sounds like Shops is the worst matchup.
This deck, when I've played against it, seems to have a painfully good game against Oath. What cards are you typically afraid to face (whether in an Oath deck or other deck)?
I got knocked out (at 2-2) of the Power 9 today because of White Eldrazi with main-deck Containment Priest. I'm trying to figure out if this is just a 70-30 bad matchup, or if I have some options at improving the odds.
You could try different versions of Oath. I know that on the surface Griselbrand and pals seem bad against it, but I always had better luck when my Oath targets were scarier than Sun Titan.
I tried the Sun Titan deck for a little bit, and the games where I won by Oathing into the combo felt like games I would have won with my other decks anyway. I never had that many times where I assembled the combo without Oath, especially not enough to make me super happy about having to have Saheeli Rai in my deck.
The tactics that worked best for me against White Eldrazi are Blazing Archon, as it's Karakas proof, and blinking it doesn't help them much. It gave me enough time to find pithing needles (of which I never run less than two in the SB).
Engineered Explosives is decent too, as popping it for two is a good way to remove thalia and thorns all at once. Toxic Deluge is another decent play, but it is much more expensive to play through thorns so you have to be careful.
I will note that even with everything I could do to make the matchup better it still wasn't great. I had to rely on getting the quickest possible hand. Usually a turn one Oath into something, or Show and Tell an important target just as quickly. The great thing about Griselbrand in these instances is that even if they have the Displacer or Karakas immediately, you still have a chance to draw seven cards, and that often times gave me a way to crawl back into a game.
If you're dead-set on the Saheeli plan, you'll have to come up with a different method for dealing with the deck in the colors your playing. Engineered Explosives might be your best bet in that case. Balance is also pretty decent, but restricted obviously.
RE: Vintage 101: Evolution
@themonadnomad I don't know. That belongs to Kael Williams, and I forget his TMD name so I can't tag him. He has an entire set and I agree they're very nice. I'd like to have some myself, as I'm not going to be buying real power anytime soon (probably ever).
MTGGoldfish Article - Vintage 101: Vintage on a Budget
Islandswamp goes over some budget Vintage decks, including one for under $100!
I don't normally say this, but if you know someone who wants to get into Magic Online Vintage, please pass this along to them. The idea here is to show people that the cost of MTGO Vintage play is much lower than it has been