I feel like this card has potential. 7 GY is easy to reach. Repeatable card filtering seems good too.
EDIT: better picture link as I'm on mobile: https://m.imgur.com/a/t0BSp
@albarkhane we only have room for so many lock pieces and I felt like tangle wire is the least useful for me at the time. However I can definitely see a case for tangle wire. I would probably cut some number of uba mask or smoke stacks for a couple. If I was playing normal stax, it would be easy as I wouldn't have slots for welders. However welder is one of my favorite cards so by playing it, I have to give up 1 lock piece.
I plan to sleeve up welder shops again. I figured tokens make stax bad and pyromancer tokens are more easily dealt with than mentor. Here is my current list.
Deck: Vintage Uba Shops.dec
Counts : 60 main / 15 sideboard
4 Goblin Welder
4 Phyrexian Revoker
1 Lodestone Golem
1 Sundering Titan
1 Black Lotus
1 Chalice of the Void
1 Mana Crypt
1 Mox Emerald
1 Mox Jet
1 Mox Pearl
1 Mox Ruby
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Sol Ring
3 Null Rod
4 Sphere of Resistance
1 Thorn of Amethyst
3 Crucible of Worlds
3 Uba Mask
3 Ancient Tomb
3 Barbarian Ring
3 Bazaar of Baghdad
4 Mishra's Workshop
1 Strip Mine
1 Tolarian Academy
3 Tormod's Crypt
3 By Force
3 Grafdigger's Cage
1 Null Rod
3 Ensnaring Bridge
2 The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale
I think I will move 3 ensnaring bridge to the main and do -1 sundering titan, -1 smokestack, and -1 uba mask if the meta ends up changing to a lot more creature decks such as BUG.
My 2 cents. I think the format needs to be changed. I don't think restricting a sphere is the best course of action. I think if we ignore finances, the best course would be to restrict shops, unrestricted chalice, unrestrict gush, and restrict mentor. I play stax, and I think chalice will give us a more diverse shops representation. Now you can run aggro or stax. Shops restriction will hurt, but we can still turn 1 thorn with city or tomb.
However we can't really ignore finances, and I think restricting shops will kill the format faster than shops predominance. Perhaps unrestricted gush, restrict mentor, unrestricted chalice OR loadstone, restrict sphere of resistance.
I think the DCI should have a laissez faire approach to the B&R list. If we go back to the Chalice or Lodestone ban, it seems that it was made because of people complaining about "fun". I don't think either should have been restricted because they were shop's answer to blue card advantage (you can disagree with me on this). I have some pet cards that I would love to play again (restrict revoker + ballista please for Goblin Welder), but I don't think we should use personal preference to determine the B&R. Now, some people think that we should because at the end of the day, Magic is a game and a game is meant to be fun. I respect that opinion, but I disagree.
What's fun for one person is not the same for another. As a result of it's subjectivity, I think the default, purest way to go about the B&R is to go by objective "brokenness." I don't think Gush was fun. I think it's stupid and boring. However, I don't think it was inherently "broken" either. It canabalized blue, yes, but it also got WRECKED by thorns. If we go to rock-paper-scissors of pregush restriction, i'd argue that big blue > shops > gush > big blue. The issue was that people enjoyed gush more than big blue, despite the poorer shops matchup. This lead to people who play big blue to feel bad because they have to face more gush decks than expected. However, that's an issue with preference, and not "brokenness."
tl;dr I think the B&R should be used for brokenness, not fun. One man's trash is another man's Goblin Welder.
And to be clear, my post may be incoherent because i'm tired AF from studying. I'm also a Goblin Welder fanboy so the whole Gush vs. Mana Drain discussion doesn't really bother me as I would play Mishra's Workshop regardless.
Tucati Honor Guard
Creature - Human Soldier (R)
Creatures entering the battlefield don't cause abilities to trigger.
It blocks 2/2s. Seems very narrow for vintage, but it does hit snapcaster. Seems like it'd be stronger in formats like modern where ETB effects are a premium.
Perhaps in Vintage, it can be seen in some sort of Dreadnought hatebear type deck?
The entire B&R argument can be summed up as:
"Paper's too OP we should restrict it; but Scissors are fine" ~ Rock.
A B&R should not be used to cater to pet decks. I think the format is adapting fairly well, as we tend to see different decks on the weekly challenge top 8s. Who knows, maybe more blue decks top 8 because people like playing blue. May dredge doesn't top as much because people think it's boring.
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