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@Soly It absolutely feels like both of those things from time to time. It's got some topdecks that are pretty amusingly bad. I agree with the general sentiment that dark petition storm is just a better deck, I just don't enjoy playing it nearly as much.

@hankzhong I have yet to try a DPS and oath hybrid. I'd be very concerned about getting into sticky situations with the oaths without things like memory's journey or gaea's blessing in the deck. I've found that to be an unfortunate necessity when burning wish is gone. I think @Smennen played something like that in the VSL this past season so I'll have to go back and check that out a little closer.

@Smennen Thank you for the updated list. Is city of solitude serving mostly as a fifth defense grid? I'm a big fan of your content so please keep doing what you do!

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I've tried dark petition as a wish target (not a great idea...) and as a two of in the maindeck of a list that wasn't playing FoW. I wasn't able to come up with anything that felt like it really improved on what the deck was doing but it certainly seems like a card that could help. This is where I feel like I need more input from seasoned vintage players who actually know what they are doing.

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Glad to see TMD back! I figured I start a deck discussion thread for my favorite vintage deck, burning tendrils. I'm an online vintage convert but have listened to Steve and Kevin's podcast long before the format was available online and was always fascinated with this mish-mash of burning long and oath.

The deck is not currently popular and I think it suffers from fairly severe consistency issues but I still have a blast playing it. I'm not a vintage expert so I won't really speculate on what the deck needs to be competitive at a high-level however I do think it is perfect for "casual" vintage play online or in paper.

Here are a few sample decklists I've played that are heavily influenced by Steve Menendian and his burning tendrils bible which was a huge help to me when first starting out with the format. The first is a fairly standard list with duress and some missteps for protection while the second is configured to play force of will and misdirection. I personally prefer versions like the first list that are explosive and force the opponent to answer a series of powerful plays rather than trying to protect my own.

Burning Tendrils
2 Griselbrand

1 Black Lotus
1 Chrome Mox
1 Lion's Eye Diamond
1 Lotus Petal
1 Mana Crypt
1 Mana Vault
1 Mox Emerald
1 Mox Jet
1 Mox Pearl
1 Mox Ruby
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Ancestral Recall
1 Brainstorm
4 Dark Ritual
4 Duress
1 Mana Vault
2 Mental Misstep
1 Ponder
1 Sol Ring
1 Vampiric Tutor
4 Burning Wish
1 Demonic Tutor
2 Hurkyl's Recall
4 Oath of Druids
1 Time Walk
1 Necropotence
1 Timetwister
1 Tinker
1 Wheel of Fortune
1 Windfall
1 Empty the Warrens
1 Memory Jar
1 Yawgmoth's Bargain

2 City of Brass
4 Forbidden Orchard
1 Gemstone Mine
3 Mana Confluence
1 Tolarian Academy

SB
3 Ancient Tomb
2 Nature's Claim
1 Shattering Spree
1 Thoughtseize
1 Void Snare
2 Hurkyl's Recall
1 Laboratory Maniac
1 Show and Tell
1 Yawgmoth's Will
1 Diminishing Returns
1 Tendrils of Agony

Pitch Burning Tendrils
2 Griselbrand

1 Black Lotus
1 Lotus Petal
1 Mana Crypt
1 Mox Emerald
1 Mox Jet
1 Mox Pearl
1 Mox Ruby
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Ancestral Recall
1 Brainstorm
1 Mana Vault
3 Mental Misstep
1 Mystical Tutor
1 Ponder
4 Preordain
1 Sol Ring
1 Vampiric Tutor
4 Burning Wish
1 Demonic Tutor
2 Hurkyl's Recall
4 Oath of Druids
1 Time Walk
1 Timetwister
1 Tinker
1 Wheel of Fortune
1 Windfall
4 Force of Will
1 Memory Jar
2 Misdirection
1 Mind's Desire
1 Yawgmoth's Bargain

2 City of Brass
4 Forbidden Orchard
1 Gemstone Mine
3 Mana Confluence
1 Tolarian Academy

SB
3 Ancient Tomb
2 Nature's Claim
1 Shattering Spree
1 Thoughtseize
1 Void Snare
2 Hurkyl's Recall
1 Laboratory Maniac
1 Show and Tell
1 Yawgmoth's Will
1 Diminishing Returns
1 Tendrils of Agony

I'd like to hear what people think about the deck and if they have any ideas for improving it, playing it, or just general comments they may have.