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1  Eternal Formats / Global Vintage Tournament Reports and Results / Re: Days of Vintage Past: The Return of Control Slaver on: July 30, 2014, 01:07:13 pm
I think that Strategic Planning would probably necessitate a third big artifact. But that's another great idea.
2  Vintage Community Discussion / General Community Discussion / Re: GenCon 2012 on: August 17, 2012, 08:14:01 pm
mike gouthro Smile Smile

come home a winner, or don't come home at all Very Happy
3  Vintage Community Discussion / General Community Discussion / Re: GenCon 2012 on: August 17, 2012, 01:47:51 pm
hopefully nothing got stolen? anyone know?
4  Eternal Formats / General Strategy Discussion / Re: [m13] Void Stalker on: July 09, 2012, 12:01:35 pm
I love the mechanic. I don't think it's a great card, but it's a very cool mechanic.
It's also cheaper than Jace, a 2/1 creature, so no, it's not completely useless. Wish it didn't tap though Sad
5  Eternal Formats / Global Vintage Tournament Reports and Results / Re: 6th Place at Vintage Champs with Minus Six on: August 09, 2011, 10:33:28 am
Excellent report and well done, Nick.
6  Eternal Formats / Global Vintage Tournament Reports and Results / Re: 2011 Vintage Champs at Gen Con on: August 09, 2011, 10:20:11 am
Rich, again, sorry about your tough break Sad. I don't know what happened afterwards, but I hope somehow you get it back (wishful thinking, but who knows...).

And I do not think that saying stuff like there is no honor and no one looks for one another is true.

Here's a story that happened to me the one time I attended Gencon, 2009.

I played in the vintage prelims on Thursday. I played my pimped out Workshop deck, foil almost everything, beta power, workshops, etc, etc... I was 1-1 going into round 3, and played against the next day Vintage Champ, Hiromichi Itou. Of course, then I (and most others) had no idea who he was.

Also, I should mention lack of sleep for 2 days due to travelling and working.

So I play him, borderline amused on how he always yells out cards loudly, but between (his and mine) poor English, we still have a pretty good time of the game. He was an excellent opponent.

Then he beats me, I am pretty out of it, I shake his hand, put my deck in my deck box, and walk away with my backpack... LEAVING THE DECK BOX ON THE TABLE.

I walk away, and about 10 minutes later, thankfully, someone (Don Campbell I think) asks me for a card from my box because he wants to... I don't actually know. I open my bag, then panic as I fumble and don't find the deck box.

You can imagine how I felt. I dash back to my table almost killing 3 people on the way, and I see the deck box still there, Itou staring blankly into space, sort of watching the match next to him. I pretty much collapse on the chair, grab the box, open it, check that a deck is still in there, hug everyone and that's the last thing I remember until the Vintage Champs.

Then Itou wins the event.

He knew what I did, and he knew that deck could pay for his trip and then some. There would be absolutely NO way in all hell I could prove he took the deck if he would have done so. And yet he did not.

And it's not like he didn't see me leave it there. The tables were not that cramped, and he could actually see a lone deckbox in the middle of the table. And he was waiting for me to get back (or so I think anyway) to grab it.

Anyway, to this day I still get shivers thinking about that night. I wrote on my hands the next day to always watch my cards, and for 2 years I never even brought traders to an event anymore.

Funny stuff: Ontario Vintage champs, 8 months later, I left my (again pimp) dredge deck at the venue, only to have it picked up by the organizer.

I really should shoot myself instead of going to more events.

But anyway, point is, there are good people, and most people are good, and people are watching out for others.

And yes, we have to do something about this stupid thieving situation...
7  Eternal Formats / General Strategy Discussion / Re: Grand Abolisher on: July 02, 2011, 08:08:41 pm
As a lands player, I am glad this doesn't stop lands like Maze of Ith. Other than that, great card.
8  Eternal Formats / General Strategy Discussion / Re: Buried Ruin on: July 02, 2011, 08:02:22 pm
mud in vintage.

lands in legacy.  replaces academy ruins
This is so much worse than Academy Ruins in lands, it's not even funny. Academy Ruins is your anti-decking win condition.
9  Eternal Formats / General Strategy Discussion / (maybe?) Jace, Memory Adept on: June 23, 2011, 09:46:26 pm
Jace, Memory Adept, Starting Loyalty: 4
Planeswalker - Jace Mythic Rare
+1: Draw a card. Target player puts the top card of his or her library into his or her graveyard.
0: Target player puts the top ten cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard.
-7: Any number of target players each draw twenty cards.

This is just bizarre, but it's Jace, so who knows?
10  Eternal Formats / Global Vintage Tournament Reports and Results / Re: Myriad Games, 2nd with "Sindbad" on: April 26, 2011, 12:58:12 pm
This report is awesome. The fact that you played Sindbad leaves me speechless. I think I play magic simply to see people do well with the absolute craziest cards ever discovered. Well done Mike.
11  Eternal Formats / Workshop-Based Prison / Re: 'Oh Shit Tezzer- !Vault! Shop Combo' on: February 14, 2011, 04:07:04 pm
I think not including City of traitors is a mistake in these builds.  You don't need all four of course, but they can be quite potent in a deck that is looking for more ways to get that three mana to cast Metalworker on turn 1.

Also a card that I'm curious about for this type of deck is Spine of Ish Sah.  With Metalworker it shouldn't be too hard to cast, then it can be one of your 3 artifacts to sac to Forgemaster.  Don't forget that you might be able to power out 7 mana from lands to get rid of a troublesome Null Rod in some cases.  I can't see one copy being detrimental to this deck.
Spine is nearly amazing I think. 7 mana is not really something you can rely having against Null Rod, but as you said, it IS possible, but the ability to kill ANY permanent is good. Keep in mind that while it doesn't deal with the Colossus Brothers like Duplicant does, for one more mana you can kill nearly anything else, like a Vault, land, random crap here and there.

Can't go wrong with one Smile.
12  Eternal Formats / Bazaar-Based Decks / Re: Bloodghasted Ichorid Primer- Looking to the future on: February 14, 2011, 03:42:40 pm
I have run BG Ichorid for about 2 years, and I can safely say that i ran it more than most people if not all people. I definitely liked to have 3-4 Dryad Arbors in it, in addition to the Bayous/Catacombs (4/1-2 i believe), and of course 4 Undiscovered Paradise/1-2 Dakmor Salvage/1-2 Petrified Field.

I can echo meadbert's statement that it currently is not the most optimal build. You do support Darkblasts and Contagions, but not having 4 Chain of Vapor is the main difference.

That's not to say it's not a good build, you rely less on Ichorid, and I personally like it more given how much I played it. I had 2 Darkblasts and 3-4 Claims maindeck, and the rest was a sideboard like this:

2 Darkblasts
2 Contagion
0-1 Claim
3 Reverent Silence
4 Unmask
whatever else

It's definitely slower and more sturdy. It's not like Dryad Arbors suddenly make you immune to graveyard hate, but there were quite a few occasions where my opponent fanned open a hand with 2 leylines, a crypt and a Jailer, and blanked for the next 5-6 turns, while i attacked with 2 Arbors and a Golgari Thug or something. This is still a deck that can draw 3 cards each turn to look for more creatures/discard if opposing decks gimp themselves like they are quite willing to do.

Ironically, the more hate the opponents bring, the less effective they become. A slow creature attack supported by anti hate like your own Leylines, Chalices and hand/artifact destruction.

Your deck doesn't really lose much by adding all these hate cards, you can still Bazaar for a few turns into 5-6 power worth of creatures on your side and just let them draw useless crap. If unstopped, of course, you blow them out of the water.

Losing CoVapor hurts a lot, but the rest goes a long way to make up for the rest.
Post board, Arbor can slow down the clock since it has summoning sickness so you cannot play Nature's claim till turn 3 which severely delays you win.  That extra turn of Bazaaring makes all the difference.
You will lose a turn of Bazaaring, correct, but you don't lose any turns in dredging if you play Arbor first turn and Bazaar the next turn. You simply lose Draw-2, because the Claim will hit a Crypt or a Leyline which means your GY is empty anyway.
13  Eternal Formats / General Strategy Discussion / Re: Tezzeret, Agent of Bolas on: February 08, 2011, 11:16:52 am
Yeah, I think that some of the arguments here were presented about Jace TMS as well. Stupid Jace... Smile

I think the most exciting thing is the fact that it is 4 mana. I mean, you do sort of need another artifact (usually a 5th mana) to make him really good (such as fighting against Jace slightly faster), but that's neither here nor there.

I will always be excited about new Planeswalkers!
14  Eternal Formats / General Strategy Discussion / Re: Blightsteel Colossus on: January 18, 2011, 02:58:46 pm
I hope it's fake or I just wasted like 5 bucks on a foil Myr Battlesphere...

Seriously, why?
15  Eternal Formats / Bazaar-Based Decks / Re: Bloodghasted Ichorid Primer- Looking to the future on: November 01, 2010, 01:24:15 pm
I am still on the fence on anything that says destroy a non-creature. Honestly, Angel of Despair is there even though it's not flashy, it's boring, it just does the job really really well.

On the *other* hand, Terastodon, while not being able to kill a creature, IS really good, and fun. Not only that, if you have 3 other permanents that you don't need, such as spare lands, mana, chalice, leylines, you could just put 18 power worth of stuff and win next turn. I did that a few times, and I don't think any other card would have helped (such as after an extirpate on bridge, or magus of the moon down)...
16  Eternal Formats / General Strategy Discussion / Re: [SCD] Grim Tutor on: October 31, 2010, 09:39:46 pm
Sorcery's aren't relevant unless they are bombs in Vintage.
Honestly, I wonder how much innovation we have missed historically because too many people believe such statements?

This isn't as bad as... for 3 mana, i want something that wins the game not "does something else". But it's pretty bad, as ELD says.

Grim Tutor is a fine card, the cost isn't too relevant in a lot of situations, especially because you can often guarantee you have another turn against Workshop beforehand.
17  Eternal Formats / Global Vintage Tournament Reports and Results / Re: Pittsburgh Throwback Vintage Results -Mr. Nice Guy Games on: October 04, 2010, 10:56:11 am
This is an amazing idea. Glad to see people had fun and hope stuff like this picks up Smile
18  Eternal Formats / Global Vintage Tournament Reports and Results / Re: [Results - Top 8] Ovinogeddon 5 - Milan (Italy) 10.-12.9.2010 on: September 28, 2010, 02:13:24 pm
The Legacy lists are pretty awesome too. Merieke Ri Berit used in the Tradewind Survival deck (one of the 2!). Very nice.
19  Eternal Formats / General Strategy Discussion / Re: Bruizar's All Seeing Eye looks at Scars of Mirrodin on: September 22, 2010, 01:00:19 pm
I don't know.  Think it would be cool to blow up your opponent's Mishra's Factory using Gorilla Shaman or Ancient Grudge?  Blow up Jace or Oath using Tinstreet Hooligan?
Gorilla Shaman still couldn't kill Factory (I suppose you can both mana sink in response to him making it a creature), and Grudge already can. Razz Did you mean workshop?
20  Eternal Formats / Eternal Article Discussion / Re: Snake City Vault aka My Black Lotuses Attack for 2 [Premium Article] on: September 20, 2010, 09:18:36 pm
I predict that Lotus Cobra will see play in decks with 4 copies of the card GUSH.
At this rate I won't be surprised if people start playing 4 Sphinx or Leviathan since it's almost trivial to get that much mana.

Very well done Brian (I assume you came up with the Lotus Cobra idea). This deck is a ton of fun, having 8 2/1s gives you a lot of options against a lot of decks. I am not sold on this being a solution to MUD yet, as I took this to a tournament this weekend and got smoked by MUD type decks (I found myself wishing I had a few more counterspells), but that's too small a sample space to judge I suppose.

Nice article Steve.
21  Eternal Formats / General Strategy Discussion / Re: [SoM] Myr Battlesphere on: September 13, 2010, 01:01:05 pm
First, and most importantly, this is as close to a Borg thing that I can remember. This card is badass.

This is also better than Pentavus, except for the little Myrs not flying. Otherwise, this thing's so good. I am starting to really love this set, even if it would turn out to be a dud. For those that know me, this set is what's going to result in my "triumphant" entrance into the scary and unwashed world of "Standard".
22  Eternal Formats / General Strategy Discussion / Re: Tinker and Bot rolled into one! on: September 09, 2010, 12:22:37 pm
A lot of people complain that stax draws useless artifacts late game. Now it can make them into a bomb! Smile

And yeah, Tinker was considered a ban worthy card once. It's not particularly cheap, not necessarily for Type 1, so it was the effect that caused people to cry out against it. Having another (more expensive) Tinker effect will be nice.

I for one welcome our new inse... i mean, all these fun cards.
23  Eternal Formats / General Strategy Discussion / Re: Slaver Fans! New card for you. on: September 08, 2010, 03:30:45 pm
Well, if the thing gets triggered, it's pretty much over. Should be anyway Smile.
24  Eternal Formats / General Strategy Discussion / Re: sylvok replica on: September 07, 2010, 08:15:45 am
Re-usability is next to useless as nobody is gonna walk into an active welder + this in the yard with his second or third Oath... they'll just Kill the Welder and then Orchard + Oath or something.
You clearly haven't played me. I laugh in the face of danger or obvious bad plays.

That being said, I *REALLY* thought the activation cost would be just sacrifice. Sad That would have made this card so great, must like Mindlock Orb *could* have been great.
25  Eternal Formats / Global Vintage Tournament Reports and Results / Re: Travis LaPlante > Chriss Browne or 2nd at Hadley on: August 31, 2010, 12:35:16 pm
I am glad you "retired" Razz. Great report Travis. Good work.
26  Eternal Formats / Bazaar-Based Decks / Re: BrassDredge at Hadley Grudge Match on: August 31, 2010, 07:36:38 am
Have you thought about playing Imperial Seal and Vampiric Tutor in place of Ancestral Recall and Lion's Eye Diamond? They're more useful for finding answers in the post-sideboard games also. 3 random cards in this deck are usually pretty bad, so Ancestral Recall is best (and only good, maybe?) when you have plenty of dredgers in the graveyard, and not when you want a Bazaar and get a Narcomoeba and Bloodghast.
I am not Andy, but I have included those (I even tested Demonic Tutor, such a terrible idea). They are not bad. Ancestral Recall, I think, is worth including, even though sometimes only to get your hand size up and of course, win with Dredgers. I wouldn't take it out.

I put IS and VT in the sideboard, clearly, to just side them in en masse with the rest of the crap that's coming in. Overall, they were never bad, although I very rarely used them. I cannot imagine them being bad, as you pretty much *have* to cast spells, and these give you either a solution, a Bazaar, or even a Narcomoeba to dredge Very Happy.
27  Eternal Formats / Northeast U.S. / Re: TMD OPEN 14-Waterbury, CT Marriott-September 11, 2010 *YUP, you read that right* on: August 23, 2010, 09:03:46 pm
12 ^ 10. Or alternatively, how many beers or hits to the head it would take for anyone to think Lil Bow Wow can act or rap or whatever the hell it is he thinks he's doing.
28  Eternal Formats / Northeast U.S. / Re: TMD OPEN 14-Waterbury, CT Marriott-September 11, 2010 *YUP, you read that right* on: August 23, 2010, 06:43:49 pm
0-2 is for punks, 0-8 is for real men. It's worth the drive just to have fun, you know, go big or go home. Top-8 or 0-8.
29  Eternal Formats / Northeast U.S. / Re: TMD OPEN 14-Waterbury, CT Marriott-September 11, 2010 *YUP, you read that right* on: August 23, 2010, 05:31:07 pm
So, after reading that post DA made, I shot a message to shock_wave and hope that we can all go to Waterbury. Yes, because of that post. Travis/Chris are just that damned good.

Is there a prize for going 0-8?
30  Eternal Formats / Canada / Re: Mississauga lotus on: August 18, 2010, 01:37:49 pm
bump it's this weekend!
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