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About me

Left Vintage in 2007 to pursue other hobbies but came back in 2015 starting with 93/94 and then creeping back into Vintage once again. I enjoy the community and interactions, less interested in winning events.

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posted in Single-Card Discussion read more

Counterintuitive to the current shops aggro plan. I was excited initially, but after thinking about it I quickly cooled on the idea.

posted in Decks read more

@mdkubiak prolly just missed it honestly. i knew about the interaction too from the Tusk Talk podcast but I was most likely just caught up in the game. I would have had mana too because in that specific game i had roughly 10 mana at my disposal.

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@thecravenone I have to be one of the worst people to ask for a tourney report since i didn't anticipate getting very far and I didn't take any notes, but i will go from memory to the best of my ability.

I tend to go to Top Deck Games for Vintage as my monthly event. Past that I might get some testing with a really good local who usually pilots something with Paradoxical Outcome in it but he keeps it spicy so i never really know what to pin him on. I have been "off" Vntage for the past few months, the combination of other games and too much FB saturation (BnR whining mostly) soured the format a bit for me so I opted to step away for a bit. I had Shops built still, taking a cue from Will Dayton and Nick DiJohn by adding more threats, chaning the deck from a prison deck to an aggro deck with prison elements. I also play BUG, but I was 2-3 months into my break and started to feel like I wanted to play something else. I don't have a huge collection, but I could piece together 2 Card Monte for under 100 bucks while proxying the Ancestral Recall and Timetwister. Naturally I opted for Ben's list because its what I have seen. I follow Ben since he plays Old School and I also enjoy that format. I asked him for his list and I built it.

I end up driving to TDG myself. I often pool down with Dan Miller, but he was staying for both events and I was not so I opted to drive. After arriving I greet the crowd, knowing most of them quite well (I feel the Northeast Vintage scene is very open and friendly, and we all seem to know each other). After greeting Dan Miller, Joe Brennan, Sullivan Brophy and a few others I write down my decklist and pay, readying myself for round one. we ended up with 23 players for the day, which was on the low side compared to other events i have been to at the shop, but it didnt matter to me.

Round one versus Miles Agag

Miles is one of the staff from TDG, and he gives me a playmat to use since I forgot mine. I know he often plays shops, so I prepare for that. Game one he wins the die roll and opens with Workshop, Mox Jet and an Arcbound Ravager, and passes. I open with Mana Confluence, Mox Ruby and Black Lotus. I then cast Painter's Servant naming Blue. On his turn he plays a wasteland, destroys my Confluence and plays a Revoker, naming Helm of Obedience, he swings with Ravager and passes. On my turn I play another Confluence and a Mana Crypt, cast Demonic Consultation for Grindstone, cast it and grind him for the game. After a bit of confusion on what he just faced we sideboard. I bring in the usual MUD hate, plus balance and Sphinx. He opts to go first and he ends up mulling for to 5 or 4, keeping a hand with lands but no threats. We durdle for a bit, my hand is mana heavy but light on action. He plays a few threats that I answer in time with my effects, and i am slowly losing life to my own Crypt. After some measur eof time I manage to tutor into Painter/Stone and kill him.

Round two versus Mike Gutner

Sorry if your first name isn't Mike, I am terrible with names. Mike is a guy I see often at these events and we always end up chatting. He often pilots something blue based and I saw he was playing with PO during my walking around time before the event. Our first game I put Leyline into play from my opener. He opens up with a fetchland and passes. I open with a Workshop and a Mox, casting a Grindstone and passing. We dance a bit for a few rounds, he is missing land drops while I Grind him each turn for value. I start playing Helms as well, drawing the wrong pieces and tons of sources but no tutors. Once turn he opts to go off with a Yawgwill, forgeting I have Leyline in play he fizzles out and passes. I end up drawing a tutor for the right piece and Grind him down. Game two was a mull to five for him that banked on a single Mox that I Claimed. He sat on no lands for the rest of the game as I slow grinded him with a combination of Stone and Helm, manually milling him out of the game.

Round three versus JP Kohler

This match was very quick. We chatted through most of it so my memory of it is poor. Game one I assembled Painter/Stone very quickly, I lose the Painter to a MM/RED/Fluster battle but topdeck another painter to kill. Game two was the same effect but I had Leyline in play and had a Helm countered and I played a second to kill. JP gave me some pointers and pitfalls of the deck, as he ran it to great success before. I opted to adhere to his advice, adding a tormod's crypt to my board, cutting the city.

Round four ID with Sam Canstrucci

We opted to ID, which is the first time I ever ID'd in an event

Round five ID with Sullivan Brophy

We also opted to ID, securing out spots in t8.

T8 - Everyone split.

The Top 8 had a lot of Shops, Dredge and BUG in it, so I feel if I had played the games I might have been able to pull some more wins but I was just psyched to get to where I was.

I hope this report was interesting and helpful. I will definitely take notes at EW.

posted in Decks read more

i just top 8'ed for the first time on 10+ years with Ben's version of this deck. i didn't drop a game all day. Played into Shops, Outcome Tendrils and RUG.

posted in Vintage Community read more

The Community is more important than the Self. In a game, the opponent is not your enemy. The enemy is yourself. Your opponent is simply there to test your strengths and weaknesses. If anything, you should thank your opponent regardless of the outcome. Your opponent makes you better.

If you resort to bashing a person in real life or on a chat screen you do not deserve to be part of this community. In this you are both a coward and a buffoon.

posted in BUG read more

I built BUG as a side project in Vintage. 15 proxies makes the venture rather easy. I find the deck rewarding, and while I normally play Shops, I would describe BUG as a more interactive build that has a small but interesting fanbase. The natural idea evolved from legacy builds, but I really didn't pull the trigger until I was Jeremy beaver pilot a BUG build with Managorger Hydra in it into a T8 at a recent EE Vintage event. Managorger is interesting because it has natural applications against shops, which have a hard time removing one, and other blue decks, who often churn out enough CA to make the Hydra huge really quickly. In all of this I understand that Hydra is a fringe choice at best, and if you are still reading this you are probably scoffing at the idea of even considering the card. This is fine, it is just how I like playing the deck, you will find several deviations from the norm in my deck, but I enjoy it. Some takeaway you can gather regardless of build:

1-2 Null Rods Main
2-3 Leovold
2+ DRS

My build:

3 Leovold, Emissary of Trest
3 Managorger Hydra
3 Deathrite Shaman
2 Trygon Predator
1 Notion Thief
4 Force of Will
3 Preordain
3 Mental Misstep
1 Ancestral Recall
1 Stifle
1 Misdirection
1 Mindbreak Trap
1 Time Walk
1 Treasure Cruise
1 Gush
1 Ponder
1 Brainstorm
1 Dig Through Time
3 Abrupt Decay
1 Demonic Tutor
1 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
2 Null Rod
1 Black Lotus
1 Mox Emerald
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Mox Jet
4 Misty Rainforest
3 Polluted Delta
3 Tropical Island
3 Underground Sea
2 Island
1 Forest
1 Strip Mine

SB

3 Nature's Claim
2 Tormod's Crypt
2 Yixlid Jailer
2 Virulent Plague
1 Snuff Out
1 Dismember
1 Mindbreak Trap
1 Flusterstorm
1 Grafdigger's Cage
1 Ravenous Trap

posted in Vintage Community read more

@p3temangus I played a great deal while active duty in the USMC. Stationed in Okinawa I found a literal hole in the wall store (about the size of a gas station bathroom). Guy had faded GW models and a ton of cards. I blew many paychecks there buying P9. Later, while stationed in California I used to drive to LA for vintage. This was 2004-2005. I remember psychatog was everywhere. I played Legion Land Loss, maindeck null rods and ravenous baloths. I loved that deck so much.

posted in Vintage Community read more

As a fellow Pennsylvanian, I'm sure we will be crossing paths soon enough. I normally attend TDG's monthly vintage events, but also philly larger events and Baltimore. Looking forward to meeting.

posted in Vintage Strategy read more

I am proxying Dredge after NYSE. I am going with traditional Unmask Dredge. If I like it enough I will move on a set of Bazaars but i'm not too worried about it.

posted in BUG read more

Played my first games with BUG today into shops. Still heavily proxied but went 2-3 in all games. Playing with Trygon Predator main was a goal of mine. Still a ton to learn.