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@prn Awesome to hear UW Eldrazi worked for you! What did your manabase look like? When I tested UW, I swapped my 4 Plains for 4 Adarkar Wastes and had huge issues casting Lavinia. Some lists are also playing Tundra, and while that would definitely make casting your blue cards a lot easier, I don't see a way of fitting Tundras into the list that I like.

@gRR Kataki's issue against Shops is that he can be Ballista'd really easily - you kinda need Kataki and either Null Rod or Revoker to protect him. I still like Kataki, but Flux is definitely much stronger if you can resolve it. Tabernacle is a great idea, though - would love to hear how it works for you.

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@thewhitedragon69 And we'll have a consolation Misstep waiting for you

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@stuart said in 5/4 - Romancing the Stones - Proxy Vintage (Austin, TX):

Payout: 100% of entry fees go to the top Top 4; unique proxy card and invite to year-end championship for 1st Place

Aaaaaand here it is! Texas brands galore:
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Location: 4th Tap Brewing (10615 Metric Blvd)
Entry Fee: $10
Registration: 12:30 registration, with a 1:00 start time
Payout: 100% of entry fees go to the top Top 4; unique proxy card and invite to year-end championship for 1st Place
Proxy limit: Unlimited proxy
Proxy rules: While we love real cards and beautifully-rendered proxies, it’s more important to us that you’re just here and playing. As such, we’re not instituting any proxy rules or guidelines.
Decklists: We will be collecting decklists to post online after the event.

Wanna know what the competition looks like? Check out our previous events here, or read our analysis of the 2018 Romancing The Stones metagame.

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Discussion's kinda quiet around here, but it's a pretty interesting time in Eldraziland. In addition to the rise in Colorless Eldrazi, White Eldrazi pilots have been making some cool innovations. The one that jumps out to me: trimming Phyrexian Revoker. 6 months ago, I would have told you that that card will always be a 4-of until Shops gets it restricted. But now, we're not only seeing lists trimming down to 3 copies, we're seeing as few as 1 and 0 copies! I love it. Revoker's ability and CMC are obviously great, but I've had plenty of Hurkyl's blowouts when my board is overly reliant on Revoker. It seems like Eldrazi pilots are realizing that their best shot in the meta is to simply sidestep all the hate targeted at Shops.

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I wanted to play Eldrazi at Romancing The Stones yesterday, but I grabbed the wrong deckbox and went a nice 1-4 on Xerox. 😢 . Oh well.

I was pretty interested in trying out Lavinia. Unfortunately, in the 2 weeks leading up to the event, I didn't have time for any actual games. However, I still wanted to do some quick testing to see how castable Lavinia was in a list replacing 4 Plains with 4 Adarkar Wastes. After 100 goldfishing hands, here's what I found

  • Lavinia was in my opener: 29 hands
  • Castable Turn 1: 7 hands
  • Castable Turn 2: 9 hands
  • Castable Turn 3+: 13 hands
  • Drew her on Turn 3+ and still couldn't cast: 8 hands

In other words, in 100 hands I drew Lavinia a total of 37 times, of which I had difficulty casting her 21 times. To me, that's really problematic for a deck that wants to make lock pieces every single turn. Of course, goldfishing doesn't mean all that much, but it was an interesting little test for me. Would love to hear how she's been for other people!

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RtS10 is almost here! Some quick reminders beforehand:

  • Please bring $10 cash for entry
  • We'll have blank decklists on site, but it saves time to fill one out in advance
  • Lazarus's parking lot is pretty small, but there's free unlimited parking on 4th and Chicon (two blocks south)

In addition, remember that we have the following loaner decks available if you're too lazy to build your own!

  • Ravager Shops
  • White Eldrazi
  • Bant Survival
  • UWR Xerox
  • UW Landstill
  • Inferno Oath
  • PO
  • Dredge
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Good writeup, but I'm wondering: was Colorless Eldrazi showing up because it's actually good, or were people just playing it because Shops was bugged on MTGO and this was the closest replacement?

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Nice, I was hoping they'd keep this going. Prize pool seems reasonable; given the price of power, I understand how they can't offer a full set.

(I won't be able to make this for a variety of reasons, but really enjoyed the last Power 9 and highly recommend it.)

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Event poster's still MIA, but we've got our 1st-place proxy! 0_1552923587785_IMG_6193.jpg