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1  Vintage Community Discussion / General Community Discussion / Re: Show Yourself, The Mana Drain - 2010/2011 on: March 29, 2011, 09:31:23 pm
wassup suckahs

2  Eternal Formats / Northeast U.S. / Re: Myriad Games Vintage: Saturday, September 4th, 2010 on: August 31, 2010, 07:23:55 pm
I can't tell you how tempted I am to clear my Saturday schedule ans play in this,

Are Copag cards legal in type 1 yet?
3  Eternal Formats / Northeast U.S. / Re: TMD OPEN 14-Waterbury, CT Marriott-September 11, 2010 *YUP, you read that right* on: August 31, 2010, 07:10:01 pm
Happened upon the invite to this in my spam folder today. holy shit memories. if I didn't have a prior work commitment I'd be coming down just to act foolish and drink too much.  I'm sure that there will be a number of you going down that are more than capable of filling this role in my stead. 

Reading this thread has brought back many many fond memories of playing with those of you whose names are worth remembering such as......

nope sorry drawing a blank.  anyway have a great time all and don't forget that in the absence of a bottle opener the Hotel has provided you with a bible that work just as well
4  Eternal Formats / Global Vintage Tournament Reports and Results / Re: My first vintage tournament (Breda), but but not my last on: August 25, 2008, 03:55:19 pm
- My friend Frank for joining me on the vintage adventure
- My opponents for being friendly competitive players who obviously enjoyed the game
- Rudy for being a good trader
- Marske for being critical about my first deck ideas and forced me to reconsider around 90% of the deck

I was unaware that my deck had become this worldly but Frank is indeed a precocious little scamp.  I'm glad the two of you had a good time.  Welcome to Vintage I hope you have a good job to support the addiction and no significant other to leave disappointed and alone at home
5  Eternal Formats / Global Vintage Tournament Reports and Results / Re: Frank gets Top 4 on: August 25, 2008, 03:51:25 pm
You were an enjoyable opponent indeed.  To further cement the fact that I lack a soul, I have to disagree with how you won game three.  If I can recall correctly, it was a win by playing your academy into mine, nerfing the only permanent mana source I saw that game over the course of 4-7 consecutive turns of draw-go.  I'm glad you got there, as you were at 2 life by way of your own mana crypt and 2 serendibs munching away at your life total.  A highly amusing match!

You are absolutely correct I really wish I had time earlier in the week and earlier in the evening to write this up while it was still fresh but my schedule has been crappy lately.  I really wanted to include more info like our trip to Fuddruckers and my consuming an entire 1 lb cheeseburger.

a fun side note for Dan, Trinity (my 4 year old) loves 'Feed The Kitty' we play it all the time.
6  Eternal Formats / Global Vintage Tournament Reports and Results / Frank gets Top 4 at Myriad Games on: August 25, 2008, 12:14:04 am
I'll start by saying that it's now been over a week since this tournament and my grasp of the facts as they relate to each match up is tenuous at best.  As such I'll extend my apologies to each of my opponents as really they are the only ones who will care.  The rest of you are probably just killing time at work or taking a short break from facebook/myspace and don't expect usefull information in a tournament report from a guy that was maindecking control magic and sided in four Serendib Efreets almost every single game 2.

Section One:  The Preparation

Not having played magic at all in just over a year I came into this tournament with absolutely no idea what the current Vintage meta looked like.  as such I did what I always do when returning to an activity after a long hiatus,  I threw together a pile of crap loosely based on decks that seemed interesting to me and added some cards that I just enjoy playing like control magic and fact or fiction.  then I fill a side board with crappy cards that don't really help me much but serve to entertain me in the later rounds of a tournament (by which time I'm usually x-2-x ing my way back into national anonymity) in this case four revised copies of Serendib Efreet.  I also looked at the most recent banned and restricted list and shed a tear for brainstorm. 
That said here's the list that everyone could beat once but no one could beat twice (I lost every game 1 the entire day but didn't lose a match)

FRANK, a.k.a. Frank (take that Dan)
4x Force of Will
4x Mana Drain
1x Mox Sapphire
1x Mox Emerald
1x Mox Jet
1x Mox Pearl
1x Mox Ruby
1x Black Lotus
1x Ancestral Recall
1x Time Walk
4x Goblin Welder
3x Volcanic Island
3x Underground Sea
1x Tolarian Academy
1x Sol Ring
1x Tinker
1x Brainstorm
4x Thirst for Knowledge
1x Darksteel Colossus
1x Demonic Tutor
1x Vampiric Tutor
1x Yawgmoth's Will
1x Fact or Fiction
1x Mystical Tutor
1x Merchant Scroll
3x Flooded Strand
3x Polluted Delta
3x Painter's Servant
1x Trinket Mage
2x Grindstone
1x Mindslaver
1x Mana Crypt
1x Control Magic
2x Sensei's Divining Top
1x Empty the Warrens
1x Island

3x Red Elemental Blast
4x Serendib Efreet
4x Skeletal Scrying
1x Echoing Truth
1x Repeal
1x Stifle
1x Pyroblast

Ok so I suppose a couple of these card choices deserve an explanation so here's a short list of justification


Control Magic.  this is probably the card that jumps into everyones mind when they read this list,  but just hear me out here.
control Magic is really really cool, most people completely overlook the fact that control magic allows you to take a creature that your opponent controlls and for a paltry four mana gain control of that creature permanently.  you don't have to give it mack till it dies or the game is over.  you can attack with it, use all of it's special cool abilities and totally rag on your opponent the entire time in a sing song voice saying "I've got your creature, I've got your creature" back in the late 90's at my home store in Concord NH (the birthplace of Proxy vintage) control Magic was, to steal a saying from the times,  the bees knees.  along with other fantastic cards like Drain life, Clone, Serra Angel and the nearly unstoppable Mahamotti Djinn.  I really don't understand  what caused these fantastic cards to fall out of favor but I think they are perched for a swooping return to the forefront of the Vintage Metagame.  after all one more set of restrictions and 6 mana cost creatures will probably be playable again.

Fact or Fiction:  I'm not going to lie here, I know that the whole Gifts ungiven thing if supposedly like way better and totally kick ass but every time I cast it I look through my deck like six times and get really frustrated and confused,  as I only intend to play the game once a year or so and then only for fun I feel no obligation to myself or my peers to run an optimal or even good deck when I do play and as such I just ran fact or fiction instead.

Painter's Servant / Grindstone:  I looked at the New thing and said to my self "wow, a 2 card colorless combo that comes out for a totalled 3 mana and resolves for another 3, that's usefull in a deck that runs welders and tutors."  I don't really think I need to say much more, this only won me one game and spend the vast majority of the day in my box while Serendib Efreet took home the glory, and rightly so.


Serendib Efreet:  It shouldn't come as a surprise that a 7 turn clock that erodes your own life and comes out for 3 was an auto-include for a guy that's fond of running pains reward and left team Meandeck 'cuz he "wasn't feeling it" (actually I left team Meandeck twice, the first time was just practice) this

REB / Pyroblast: These cards are good in any deck in vintage, and a deck that runs painter's servant should probably have at least one or 2 in the main deck. whats odd here is that I didn't run them in the main and with the exception of one game that I can remember they were never in the deck at the same time as the painter's servant at all.


MWS is my program of choice and so I loaded the above list into it and substituted Servant of Volrath for Painter's Servant.  I then proceded toe thoroughly Goldfish it twice and I was good to go.

Section the Second:  Holy shit this guy is playing Serendib Efreet

I get to Myriad early to find two of my compatriots and fellow doublemidnight alumni waiting outside for the store to open. Andrew Fox and Seth Patterson. We chit chat for a bit till Dan's trusty employee Tom ( I think it's Tom, might be Tim, one of the two for sure)  Ton/Tim open the door and we start filling out reg sheets.  Fox starts designing a deck from the ground up and people start to filter in.  I wont bore you with the details of the hour of schmoozing we do before the tourney I'll just cut right to the games.

Round One:  Bill Copes playing Stax
Bill seems like a nice buy till I see that he's playing Stax and realize (by way of a concrete Magic formula I learned from my 4th grade math teacher) he has no soul.

Game one, I lose to stax, I can't really remember what happened here but he was playing Stax so if you've played in a vintage tourney in the last 5 years you have some idea of how it went.

now that I know that I'm playing against the Antichrist I side out my combo and side in four serendib Efreets, the results were fairly predictable.

Game Two, I win with Serindib Efreet

Game Three, I  win with Serindib Efreet

Round Two:  Jeff Rogers pretending not to play belcher (but actually playing belcher)
Jeff Rogers likes to mislead people, which is fine if you are me but not if you are you. you shouldn't mislead people, it's mean and as we all know mean people suck
Game One:  Jeff wins the die roll and drops a Taiga I say "dude It will kick ass if you drop a kird ape" he responds with that would be sweet and drops a tinder wall,  having played less than 10 games of magic in the past 2 years It doesn't occur to me that he is probably playing belcher and not RG beats.  I'm a sucker and he wins game one

Game Two,  now I know what he is up to and so I side in stifle and hope for the best.  I get it.  I stifle his first belcher activation and then weld out the belcher.  ha ha, take that,  I then combo off for the win

Game Three,  similar to above but he doesn't get the belcher out
this is the only Match that I don't side in the Efreets, it's a miracle that I won.

Round three Craig Dupre playing Izzet Control a deck created by a Brittish guy who is trying to take over the country, I haven't figured out how yet but I'll prove it some day

Game one: he plays Izzet guildmage and wins with it.

Game two: I side in Efreets and Rebs and win with DSC

Game Three: not sure how I won but I did

Top 8

(I'm tired so I'm going to just steal from his post 'cuz it's about right by my recollection)

Top 8 Tyler

Game 1 I bust out a huge amount of Empty the Warrens tokens and I saw none of his deck.  I thought he was playing a painter combo deck, but as it turns out, it was basically a welder control deck.

Game 2 I boarded out my robots, as I expect to kill him with his own combo.  He had boarded out the combo in favor of Serendibs, and I die despite getting Slaver online, and having access to Tinker.  He was at one life, and I had missed attacking with Welder to bluff Thirst several times in the early game. 

Game 3 An early Serendib chips away at the life totals and Welder joins in, while Duress starts to clear the way for me.  Gorilla Shaman keeps his Welder at bay, but I'm mana flooded hard.  I end up in bad shape, seeing only mana and Mindslaver off Top.  I eventually have a chance to stack the draw from Top, and Tap to draw, which would have given me Black Lotus and Mindslaver in hand for the hardcast and activation.  I don't make the play, and I end up losing.  Had I made the play, I would have been able to use his welder to recur slaver enough times to draw into Mystical for Yawgmoth's Will.  The total number of turns would have actually been enough to kill him with his own Serendib damage.  The delayed turn from not using top optimally would have been acceptable, if he didn't tinker on his turn into a Mindslaver of his own.  He wanted to get DSC, but it was in his hand, so he grabbed slaver disappointedly.  Had he been able to grab DSC, I would have been able to begin my Slaver turns and get there. 

ELD for losing to me finally after more than 6 years
Dan for holding the best tourneys in the country
and Fuddrucker's for allowing me to consume a 1 lb bacon cheeseburger and squeeze as much cheese sauce onto my fries as I want

my schedule for not allowing me to play any more frequently
7  Archives / Tournament Announcement Forum / Re: Myriad Games Vintage Tournament - Saturday, August 16th on: August 16, 2008, 11:25:30 pm
you misspelled Frank Wink
8  Archives / Tournament Announcement Forum / Re: Myriad Games Vintage Tournament - Saturday, August 16th on: August 15, 2008, 10:31:36 pm
Pre-reg me please Wink and put me down for a cookie or 12.
9  Archives / Tournament Announcement Forum / Re: Myriad Games Vintage Tournament - Saturday, August 16th on: August 08, 2008, 08:23:16 pm
I'm coming to this event, it will be my first since last august. only myriad vintage could make me pick up these silly paper time wasters yet again.

can't wait to eat mana cookies and draft Mike's pile.
10  Eternal Formats / Global Vintage Tournament Reports and Results / Re: When Ponies Attack! 4th in Norwich on: April 17, 2008, 07:52:50 pm
Damn you Kyle for making me want to play Vintage again, nice deck, have to love shoving it down the throats of irresponsibly broken crap stacks.

Well done sir
11  Vintage Community Discussion / General Community Discussion / Re: Booze thread? on: August 10, 2007, 09:42:48 pm
Sam Addams Hefeweizen.

Orgcandman can tell you what I use to open them
12  Vintage Community Discussion / General Community Discussion / Re: VOTE STEVE FOR THE MAGIC INVITATIONAL on: August 10, 2007, 09:31:08 pm
I'll vote as soon as it lets me register
13  Archives / Tournament Announcement Forum / Re: Myriad Games Vintage Tournament - Saturday, August 11th on: July 24, 2007, 10:41:13 pm
pre-reg me please
14  Archives / Tournament Announcement Forum / Re: Myriad Games Vintage Tournament - Sunday, July 1st on: June 12, 2007, 11:13:52 pm
I miss mana cookies.
15  Vintage Community Discussion / General Community Discussion / Re: TMD Recipes on: June 12, 2007, 11:07:44 pm
Old family recipe I've been using for years


one bottle scotch whiskey
one glass
Ice cubes to taste

combine scotch and Ice (if used) in glass stir briefly and enjoy.

this ones a sure fire hit that you'll keep coming back to as a staple.

great to see Z back on the boards. I'll get down to myriad one of these days.
16  Vintage Community Discussion / General Community Discussion / Re: Myriad Games Bonus Tournament sans Yawgmoth's Will? on: March 06, 2007, 11:29:35 pm
My only question, and I think the only relevant question anyone can ask is where are we going for dinner after?

But of course!  Razz

this isn't answering my question, I asked 'where' not 'if,' going out after is a forgone conclusion.
17  Vintage Community Discussion / General Community Discussion / Re: Myriad Games Bonus Tournament sans Yawgmoth's Will? on: March 05, 2007, 10:34:24 pm
My only question, and I think the only relevant question anyone can ask is where are we going for dinner after?
18  Archives / Tournament Announcement Forum / Re: Myriad Games Vintage - Saturday February 10th on: February 01, 2007, 10:18:07 pm
guess I'm going to have to come get a mug Wink

EDIT: and some cookies

2ND EDIT: going to have to get my Mug and cookies in March.
19  Archives / Tournament Announcement Forum / Re: Myriad Games Vintage - Saturday November 11th on: November 09, 2006, 12:02:19 am
mmmmmm. cookie
20  Archives / Tournament Announcement Forum / Re: Myriad Games Vintage - Saturday September 30th on: September 28, 2006, 10:43:04 pm
Always a good time at Myriad
21  Archives / Tournament Announcement Forum / Re: July 29-30 (Waterbury, CT) -- TMD OPEN 9 -- Official Thread on: July 28, 2006, 09:04:17 pm
see you all in 12 hours
22  Archives / Tournament Announcement Forum / Re: Myriad Games Vintage Tournament Saturday July 15th on: July 12, 2006, 10:16:34 pm
you're mean
23  Archives / Tournament Announcement Forum / Re: Myriad Games Vintage Tournament Saturday July 15th on: July 11, 2006, 11:35:14 pm
Wish I could be there to win a new T-shirt
24  Archives / Tournament Announcement Forum / Re: July 29-30 (Waterbury, CT) -- TMD OPEN 9 -- Official Thread on: June 07, 2006, 10:41:02 pm
I'll be there and more than happy to pay $30-35 for entry

Money well spent in my opinion
25  Archives / Tournament Announcement Forum / Re: Myriad Games Vintage Tournament Saturday June 3rd on: May 31, 2006, 11:08:13 pm
I can't make it and I'm really pissed about it, have to go to a lame graduation party for a cousin of my wife's

have fun
26  Archives / Tournament Announcement Forum / Re: Myriad Games Vintage Tournament Saturday May 13th on: May 12, 2006, 10:03:57 pm
mmmmm   cookies
27  Archives / Tournament Announcement Forum / Re: Myriad Games Vintage Tournament Saturday May 13th on: April 20, 2006, 10:29:09 pm
I'd vote against dissension being legal for the same reasons that we always decide to wait till a set actually becomes legal (save last waterbury day 2) it would end up causing too much confusion for those who don't check the boards regularly or get their info from another source, as I understand it there are already many flyers circulating for this tourney and if they said dissension would be legal I'd be more for it, but they don't so I think that it's a little late to be making this decision.

Sry, just my 2 cents
28  Archives / Tournament Announcement Forum / Re: Next TMD Open? on: April 06, 2006, 08:29:23 pm
I love comming down to waterbury as much as the next dude, but finding another hotel to me is logistical insanity, it raises the cost to attend by almost twice for most people (due to the increased room rate) and also it would be a pain for groups of people traveling with one car to go back to the hotel and sleep if one person is in the t16 (usually lasting till after 3-4 o'clock in the AM)

staying at the marriot and room hopping after scrubbing hard to me is as great a part of the tourney as the cards themselves.

please please please don't hold this memorial day weekend
29  Archives / Tournament Announcement Forum / Re: Next TMD Open? on: April 02, 2006, 10:27:08 pm
I'm actually quite sure I could make that.
30  Archives / Tournament Announcement Forum / Re: Myriad Games Vintage Tournament Saturday April 8th on: March 26, 2006, 10:45:06 pm
I'm really looking forward to this. see y'all there

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