I’ve read the first few posts, so forgive me if this was answered somewhere after that: what is the counter to this strategy? It seems like RIP alone isn’t great, nor Swords/Balance, but a combination of graveyard hate and creature control is needed to beat this deck. Is Jeskai the worst matchup?
I get 11.4%, not 12.6%.
That looks to me about the same as the odds of dredge failing to find Bazaar, no?
It's not a Sorcery, it's a Creature.
You got me
@brass-man The thing that makes it hard to evaluate is that this card is easily maindeckable. Just like Deathrite rendered GY strategies much worse in Legacy not because it was the best hoser, but because it was a 4-of everywhere G1.
Against Shops and Xerox this is at it's worst, but even against them it has applications, specially if you land it very early. As I said before, you'll probably side them out on the draw against Shops, for example, but there are good reasons to leave them in on the play - just being able to get to your turn 2 knowing there is not going to be a Sphere or Rod in play is awesome.
I’m inexperienced building Vintage decks. Would you please explain to me how this is maindeckable? Pitchable to FoW I get. But it’s a sorcery that doesn’t appear to me to prevent any opponent from executing 90% of their gameplan.
Bob-Jace control plays Leovold, and Grixis Thieves plays Notion Thief, but this card appears nowhere near as strong as those to me. Am I wrong?
This think is going to exhaserbate the mental misstep problem to new level.
I am not familiar with this problem, but I’m pretty sure people were only casting Dark Ritual when they had a land in play anyway
Best answers for this card are bolt, plow, fatal push, and likely abrupt decay.
Really? I would rank Pyroblast a tier above all of those personally.
@evouga This card makes me want to learn when SBAs are checked.
On another note, what deck wants this effect? Landstill? I can’t imagine even control decks caring about this more than e.g. Stony Silence for paradoxical/shops. And I think that unlike most 2-drops, this is not castable turn-1 almost ever, and that that makes it significantly worse than Chalice against moxen.
It seems to me this card is at its best against Survival when compared to other hate cards.
It's been awhile, but I got my ducks in a row and I want to hear from you!
I'm interested in hosting a small tournament on MTGO - no entry cost, but where participants record their matches and so I can put them in a playlist on Youtube.
The format: "Historical Vintage" - any deck that could ever have been Vintage legal, starting from the inception of the Vintage B&R list. I want to see people piloting the best decks of all time head-to-head.
I can provide a small prize pool of MTGO cards: the Power 9 (Black Lotus, Ancestral Recall, Time Walk, Timetwister, Mox Sapphire, Mox Jet, Mox Ruby, Mox Emerald, Mox Pearl) and 2 Mishra's Workshop. I can put these virtual cards up as prizes because it seems to me like it'd be a fair exchange for getting to see a bunch of sweet matches that we normally don't get from official sources.
Would anyone be interested in participating in an event like this?
Any suggestions? Questions?