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How much shake up is too much

$200 worth. If I have to spend more than $200 because a new set comes out, I'll be vaguely annoyed before doing it anyway.

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@smmenen said in London Mulligan Coming to MTGO:

That's pretty insane. It also means it's really incumbent on Vintage players on MTGO to try to make the case, one way or the other. Dredgeapolooza.

Given my experience with WotC, this would be a lost cause. Play how you will but trying to make your case is tilting at windmills. Step outside and, if you're not in the Houston area, take a deep breath. Enjoy things that aren't Magic for a moment.

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A week before the only Legacy GP of the year, they're going to configure MTGO to play by a different set of rules than real magic. Fucking awesome.

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I played Grixis Phoenix a few weeks ago but unfortunately did not save the decklist.

My build was more like a modified Grixis Pyromancer deck. With 4 Cabal Therapies, some number of Thoughtseizes, and of course 4 Buried Alive, looting and other GY powering effects weren't really necessary.

Here's the one pic I took that has a lot of cards in it that should give an idea of what my decklist looked like.

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In an effort to improve local turnout, I've started posting more on FB and Twitter in the days leading up to our events. Just about every SEO person out there will tell you that a post with pics gets more clicks. To that end, my posts usually have a [usually very lazy] Magic joke attached. Here's the most recent ones. Feel free to use them for promoting your own local events.

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@chubbyrain said in Proposed New Mulligan Rule for Mythic Championship London:

If anyone is curious, the odds of finding a 4-of in a 60 card deck with 6 mulligans (as 7 mulligans serves no point) is (1-0.40)^6 = 4.7%

I think Markdown may have fucked your math display here. (1-0.40)^6 is .6^6 is 5.6 . Also, I'm pretty sure the odds of finding a four-of in six to-seven mulligans is far higher than 4.7% .

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@nedleeds said in Is Vintage a digital format now?:

MTGO doesn't simulate the paper experience of reading an opponent, bluffing and handles a massive amount of the rules for you (missed Ichorid triggers, etc.).

I once had a player message me to tell me that they thought I had something due to the amount of time it took me to respond to something. Then they played around that "bluff" for the rest of the game.

In reality, I had run to the bathroom while on the clock.

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Link to annoucement post

More results, pics, and other cool shit at

Sunday, seventeen brave warriors paid a visit to Houston's most metal brewery to do battle in Magic's best format.


Unfortunately, our TO forgot to bring blank deck sheets, so there aren't decklists to post 😞

But here's some pictures!

After a last minute audible due to grabbing the wrong deck, JoAnn crushes Arjune.

Middle school between rounds

Phoenix vs Merfolk - is this Modern?

Greatness at any cost.

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@moorebrother1 said in Is Vintage a digital format now?:

On the other hand, if there is a proxy event then players can play whatever they want. Do they pick the β€œbest” deck or the most fun deck. I often see players who are not regulars in Vintage play either the most β€œbusted” deck (fast, and fun) or what they think is the best deck (Shops, Xerox, PO, etc…).

IMO, this is the primary reason that the MTGO metagame is always going to be different than the sanctioned paper metagame. You can completely switch decks for less than the cost of a paper blue dual land.

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Reminder that this is tomorrow!

If you're not in the mood to put together your own deck, Ben has Survival, PO, Xerox, Shops, Merfolk, and Czech Pile to lend out!

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Houston and Austin both have frequent events but nothing in the DFW area, to my knowledge.

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@aelien said in How many tokens do you bring?:

If the tokens are creature tokens and can exist in different states, than i think bringing a couple is helpful.
one token + dice for each untapped and tapped elemental token maybe. you could go above and beyond by including tokens that are summoning sick and stuff like that

I usually use 3 pyro tokens in this configuration, unless the board state gets confusing enough to warrant tokens for every elemental

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@stuart It wasn't the game that kept me away - it was the cooking. Several people requested I make my 36 hour ribs again, so I needed to babysit those all weekend.

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Saturday, Romancing The Stones returned to Austin in full force. 27 mages came out to Hopfields to kick off the 2019 season! After five rounds of swiss, our top 4 was 2018 Champion Bryan Hockey (on PO), Peter Gustafson (Dredge), Jake Baltz (Grixis Xerox), and new-to-vintage Alex Bosserman (BUG Oath). Jake gave Hockey a good run for his money in the finals, but ultimately, PO showed its stuff and Bryan took home the HEB Library.

Some shoutouts:

  • Eric Miller went an impressive 4-1 on Vintage Infect, missing top 4 on breakers!
  • First-timers Alex Bosserman, Patrick Merrill, Tom Ronan, and Rick Butkus – thanks for showing up!
  • If Brian Tweedy had showed up, this would have been our largest-ever Vintage event.



  1. Bryan Hockey – Lavinia PO
  2. Jake Baltz – Grixis Xerox
  3. Peter Gustafson – Dredge
  4. Alex Bosserman – BUG Oath
  5. Alex Zavoluk – Dredge
  6. Eric Miller – Infect
  7. Ian Files – Blue Moon
  8. Rob Connolly – Moon Stompy
  9. Sam Katz – Inferno Oath
  10. Stuart Ziarnik – DPS
  11. Patrick Vincent – Ravager Shops
  12. Patrick Merrill – Bant Survival
  13. Tim Everett – BUG Oath
  14. Bobby Scheidemann – Niv Mizzet Oath
  15. Jeff Lubinski – Lavinia Survival
  16. Paul Vouga – Inferno Oath
  17. Tom Ronan – Ravager Shops
  18. Jack Bellingrath – UW Landstill (LIST MISSING)
  19. Jacob Zernick – Lavinia Survival
  20. Ian Jefferies – Ravager Shops
  21. Sang Jung – BUG
  22. Chris Huckabee – UWR Control
  23. Heather Zeis – Inferno Oath
  24. Kai Schafroth – DPS
  25. Joseph Amaya – RUG Pyromancer
  26. Mike O’Malley – Managorger Pyromancer
  27. Rick Butkus – Bazaarless Dredge


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@john-cox Hah! I didn't even read the list. That's just my default response to anyone who posts a list with no information.

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@elmo said in Tickle me Elmo:

thoughts and edits is what I'm asking for

I think that is a list of Vintage legal cards.

What do you think?

Is there a reason you chose those cards, or this deck, over a more commonly-played deck?

How has your testing gone?

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Sunday February 17th The Lone Star Lhurgoyfs return to Houston's 666th most metal brewery: Brash Brewing Company!

Date: Feb 17, 2019
Location: Brash Brewing Company 508 W Crosstimbers Rd, Houston, TX 77018 [MAP]
Registration Time: 12:30 PM
Event Begins: 1:00 PM
Entry Fee: $10 - EXACT CHANGE ONLY
Payout: 100% in cold hard cash!
Proxy limit: Unlimited proxy
Proxy rules: Don't make us need to make a proxy rule!

About Brash Brewing

Getting there: [MAP] Google Maps places 508 a bit off. If you're heading West on Crosstimbers, be in the right lane. Immediately after some apartments, you'll see a small driveway with a tall wooden fence and then some more apartments. That driveway is where you want to be! [pic]

Beers: Be warned - Brash exclusively makes strong beers. If yoremoteu're going to have more than a couple, you should definitely have a DD or use Uber/Lyft!

Most of the tables at Brash are picnic style tables so a playmat would definitely be a good idea.


Cash: We payout ~100% of entry fee in cash top top 4.

Brash has offered a free crowler of beer to our first place winner.