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1  Eternal Formats / Global Vintage Tournament Reports and Results / Re: Team Serious Open Results - Columbus, OH 8/15 on: September 15, 2015, 04:38:48 pm
Speaking of which, why are there no recent-ish threads to discuss Belcher variants?  In addition to the Blue Belcher list that Randy and Pikula helped popularize in the Vintage Super League, there the R/G variant that GrandpaBelcher had been working on and the U/G one that Danny Batterman played at Vintage Champs (

Is there a thread for Belcher and I just missed it?
2  Eternal Formats / Northeast U.S. / Re: The Eternal Extravaganza 3!!!!!! on: September 10, 2015, 11:08:30 am
Awesome, very excited for this!

@Calvin240sx: will there be Legacy or something else on Saturday 10/24, or is the Sunday 10/25 Vintage going to be the only event?
3  Eternal Formats / Global Vintage Tournament Reports and Results / Re: N.Y.S.E. Open III - Official Tournament Report on: July 02, 2015, 01:35:20 pm
Great report! Will definitely try to make it for the next one.

Also, pretty cool to see Splinter Twin in the top-16!
4  Eternal Formats / Northeast U.S. / Re: TJ's Collectibles Presents GP Atlantic City on: March 31, 2015, 08:26:29 am
Awesome news!

What are "Prize TIX", though, and how much real world currency do they equate to?
5  Eternal Formats / Global Vintage Tournament Reports and Results / Re: Vintage at GP Cleveland Results - 3/15 on: March 18, 2015, 09:35:03 am
Thanks for the report, Nat.

Do you plan to write about your deck?  I'd be interested to hear about how it played, why you moved away from Green/Fastbond like the build you previously wrote about (, etc.
6  Eternal Formats / Global Vintage Tournament Reports and Results / Re: Eternal Extravaganza TO Report on: March 18, 2015, 08:56:10 am
Great event, Calvin; it was super fun to play Legacy and Vintage and I look forward to the next one!
7  Vintage Community Discussion / Casual Forum / Re: Type 4 [Eventide] on: July 18, 2008, 02:08:38 pm
Yeah, all good points. I guess I was thinking in too Limited a mindset (pun intended, Wink), since there are already tons of ways of getting rid of creatures with card advantage attached in some form.

8  Vintage Community Discussion / Casual Forum / Re: Type 4 [Eventide] on: July 17, 2008, 02:55:21 pm
Not to derail the main conversation, but what do people think of Snakeform? I think the fact that it cantrips makes it potentially playable in Type 4.

9  Vintage Community Discussion / Casual Forum / Re: Type 4 [Eventide] on: July 17, 2008, 01:56:38 pm
@ Luiggi - I don't think it would be too powerful.  Nucklavee has made me interested in playing with Eternal Witness.  Without the errata you're purposing it's not strong enough.

That's a good point. I don't currently have Witness in there, but it seems strictly better than something like Izzet Chronarch, which I do have and has been awesome in my experience. Having a toughness of 1 instead of 2 doesn't really seem like such a problem in a format like Type 4, since just about anything that will kill one will kill the other.

I've got Remand in my stack, but not Memory Lapse, though I suppose it could be in there. I have Hinder, which can function like a Memory Lapse if necessary, but that obviously does a much better job of getting rid of an annoying spell.

10  Vintage Community Discussion / Casual Forum / Re: Type 4 [Eventide] on: July 17, 2008, 11:25:23 am
Nucklavee   {4} r/u r/u
Creature - Beast
When Nucklavee comes into play, you may return target red sorcery card from your graveyard to your hand.
When Nucklavee comes into play, you may return target blue instant card from your graveyard to your hand.

That's another card with great potential and killer color restrictions.

I was thinking of just manually crossing out the "red" and "blue", so that it just returns any sorcery and any instant to your hand. Too powerful?

11  Vintage Community Discussion / Casual Forum / Re: TIMESPIRAL in TYPE 4 on: October 19, 2006, 01:14:09 pm
Yeah, I can definitely see him as being underpowered... If I find something in my stack that feels less powerful, or that hasn't been up-to-snuff maybe I'll try him out a bit.

12  Vintage Community Discussion / Casual Forum / Re: TIMESPIRAL in TYPE 4 on: October 18, 2006, 01:16:47 pm
I wanted to get people's opinion of Vhati il-dal, since I hadn't seen him mentioned. I guess he's not really a Time Spiral card, but now he's much easier to find and add to people's stacks... He seems pretty good to me, since you can use him offensively and defensively, but I wanted to get some second opinions.

13  Vintage Community Discussion / Casual Forum / Re: TIMESPIRAL in TYPE 4 on: September 28, 2006, 12:19:29 pm

I don't rate any of those cards very high. They seem too narrow (Avoid Fate, Vesuva) or too slow (Magus of the Mirror). I admit I liked some of them in the beginning (like Mirror) but after thinking about them some more ... Maybe Sengir Nosferatu, although like already said, Mist Dragon or Tatsumasa are better.

I don't rate them particularly high, either. I just suggested them as possible alternatives for people with weaker stacks, are just getting into it, etc.

Currently the only TS cards I put into my stack are:

Bogardan Hellkite (Flash is great; ability is great; he's a Dragon)
Evangelize (might not be good enough, but since there are generally not that many creatures in play, could be busted)
Fortune Thief (might be too weak)
Haunting Hymn (seems good, can be great)
Krosan Grip (obviously better than a vanilla Disenchant/Naturalize)
Lim Dul the Necromancer (might be too fragile, but I want to give it a try)
Molder (obviously better than a vanilla Disenchant/Naturalize)
Mystical Teachings (I'd missed this when looking at the spoiler the first time, and I tend to not run that many tutors, but it seems quite good)
Return to Dust (obviously better than a vanilla Disenchant/Naturalize)
Sudden Death (seems awesome)
Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir (da bomb)
Thelonite Hermit (nice Morph)
Urza's Factory (twice as good as Vitu-Ghazi, which can get annoying if left unchecked)
Vesuvan Shapeshifter (cool ability)
Voidmage Husher (cool ability, but might end up being sort of weak)
Wipe Away (nice trick)
Word of Seizing (I love Split Second)

I also put in a foil Nicol Bolas, which I was fortunate enough to trade for on the day of the Pre-Release. The other guy valued it at $7-$8, Smile.

Question: how many spells that can only kill artifacts/enchantments does everybody run? I'm trying to gauge whether I have too few/many...

14  Vintage Community Discussion / Casual Forum / Re: TIMESPIRAL in TYPE 4 on: September 25, 2006, 12:33:18 pm
Some other cards that haven't been mentioned and might be worth trying:

- Sudden Shock (depends on how many low-toughness utility creatures are in your stack)
- Avoid Fate (if you don't already have it)
- Ith, High Arcanist (another Maze of Ith effect, but attached to a body)
- Magus of the Mirror (might be too vulnerable [like Magus of the Jar and Magus of the Disk], but could be good)
- Sengir Nosferatu (similar to Mist Dragon in its unkillability, except it dies to Wrath effects)
- Thelonite Hermit (Deranged Hermit #2, except you can't abuse a CIP trigger)
- Vesuva (copies good lands or kills legendary ones)
- Careful Consideration (not much card advantage, but good card selection, as well as a discard outlet)
- Haunting Hymn (instant-speed discard; better if played on your turn, though)
- Smallpox (could be pretty busted)

15  Vintage Community Discussion / Type 4 / Re: Type 4 Stack Lists and Resources on: September 25, 2006, 12:09:05 pm
I'll need to take some time and look over your list more carefully (there's always some good stuff that I  haven't found to include in my list) but I see that you got JACOWNED! in there, which is freakin' awesome.  More people should include Jacowned!, it's the shit.

Pardon my ignorance, but what's "Jacowned!"?

16  Vintage Community Discussion / Type 4 / Re: Type 4 Stack Lists and Resources on: September 21, 2006, 08:51:05 am
what t4 is

Type 4 = best casual format ever, Smile.

I've already gone through my stack and separated ~20 cards that I know I can replace with busted Time Spiral ones after this weekend.

17  Vintage Community Discussion / Casual Forum / Re: Legacy Weapon, Clone and Azorius Guildmage in Type 4 on: September 13, 2006, 10:23:30 am
I like the idea of making Azorius Guildmage legendary, because in recent games he's just been so busted that I was thinking about removing it from my stack altogether. And while I don't play with Legacy Weapon (I personally think it's too powerful), this situation seems like a nightmare!

18  Eternal Formats / Miscellaneous / Re: Pitch Long on: August 01, 2006, 01:58:16 pm
U/W Fish is much easier than SS.  They have Rods or Chalices.  The deck can run them over.  I'm not sure what U/B/W lists you played against but if the deck has lots of guys (18+) and include True Believer than you are probably in trouble.

So against them you bring in the bounce? What do you take out?

The decks I played against ran stuff like Bobs, Meddling Mages, Stifles, Force of Will, Duress, Null Rods, Chalice, Kataki/Flux/Lab in the SB, etc. So basically a hybrid of SS and U/W Fish, I think.

TK: looking forward to your report. Please include how you sideboarded, if possible, Smile.

19  Eternal Formats / Miscellaneous / Re: Pitch Long on: August 01, 2006, 10:08:55 am
I can see that the SS matchup is pretty rough... What about stuff like U/W Fish, or U/B/W SS (I played against this deck 4 times at Waterbury with my 2-Land Belcher, and it was sad times)?

Also, what cards does everyone generally side out? I know what comes in in the major matchups, but pulling cards is always the hardest thing to figure out...

20  Eternal Formats / Global Vintage Tournament Reports and Results / Re: Kird Ape: In Memoriam (1994-2006) *Waterbury 3rd place report* on: August 01, 2006, 10:01:15 am
I'd like to hear a bit more about Jotun Grunt, too. Have you ever played him on turn 1?

Great report, by the way, as always.


21  Vintage Community Discussion / Casual Forum / Re: Coldsnap T4 Cards on: July 13, 2006, 04:10:42 pm
Isn't Controvert too busted? It seems like it would get really annoying really quickly. I'm hesitant to put it into my stack because I'm 90% sure it'd come out almost immediately.

I personally didn't put Sunscour into my stack, since it's ACC isn't manageable a large portion of the time (I believe White is the color with the least amount of cards in my stack), the whole regeneration problem, and that I already have a lot of board-sweepers.

I generally agree with Paul re: the cumulative upkeep enchantments, but Phyrexian Etchings seems really strong if it's not Disenchanted immediately, and Hibernation's End can be really good after a turn or two. I'm willing to give those two a shot; not so Cover of Winter.

Two other cards worth mentioning:

- Adarkar Valkyrie: especially good since you can steal an opponent's creature as it's dying. Once this is up-and-running it'll be really troublesome. Plus it's a 4/5 flyer with vigilance, which ain't too shabby.

- Blizzard Specter: yes, it's a 2/3, but it has evasion and two pretty great abilities. Its bounce ability seems really good in a format with as few permanents as Type 4.

22  Eternal Formats / Global Vintage Tournament Reports and Results / Re: Ongoing Waterbury Results on: January 29, 2006, 10:45:14 pm
Congrats to Josh and GAT.  I hope he posts a tournament report as I am very curious as to what he played.

I spoke to him on the phone a few hours ago, and he said he'll try to post something later this week. His success with GAT just goes to show you that in this format the key is knowing your deck inside and out and having tons of experience with it.

23  Vintage Community Discussion / General Community Discussion / Re: What has TMD been listening to lately? on: January 27, 2006, 10:56:17 am
"One Night in Bangkok" is from the musical "Chess", written by the two dudes from ABBA and Tim Rice. Murray Head is one of the singers from the original cast recording.

My most-listened to lately:

- NIN, "The Downward Spiral"
- Manu Chao, "Clandestino" and "Próxima Estación Esperanza"
- Paul Oakenfold, various live mixes
- Rent, movie soundtrack and original Broadway cast recording
- Nobuo Uematsu, various Final Fantasy soundtracks (mostly VI, VII and X)

24  Eternal Formats / Miscellaneous / Re: 2-Land Belcher on: January 24, 2006, 09:42:51 am
I've been playing with 2 maindeck Dark Confidants lately, and they've been excellent every time I've drawn them. To make room I cut the 3rd Duress and the 4th Welder (moving him to the SB, to Living Wish for). They're quite easy to play on turn 1 if we have him in our opening hand, and we still have the SB copy to Living Wish for, if we don't draw one.

Yes, he's not fast, but he's still awesome. This deck almost never does damage to itself (except with Bargain, Channel, Vamp Tutor and Imperial Seal, and those should generally win you the game when they resolve), so Bob's drawback isn't bad, really. He also helps topdeck more threats, since, as everyone knows, Belcher has a lower threat density than some other combo decks. He also swings for 2, and it's nice to know that we have a backup plan, however bad it might be. You'd be surprised at how quickly a Bob and an Elvish Spirit Guide can pile on the damage if you've got nothing else going on. Plus Bob helps us need to flip fewer cards to go lethal with our first Belcher activation, which is also nice.

The real question is the one that Meddling Mage presented in his article on Bob: should we be running Night's Whisper instead? Possibly we should, but I just haven't had time to try it myself. Night's Whisper will obviously never be bad (unless we're at 2 life), so it's probably worth a shot.

I also cut the City of Brass from the SB in favor of a Wooded Foothills, as someone suggested in another thread, and it's been really nice. The one hypothetical situation that makes me doubt this change is the following: say we currently have access to a certain color of mana (Black from our Bayou, or Red from our Taiga), and we need more mana of that same color. If that happens then Wooded Foothills is useless, since it will only be able to fetch the other dual that we have left in our library. Additionally, it doesn't give us any mana if both Bayou and Taiga aren't in our library anymore... Having said that, though, this hasn't come up in my testing yet, so I'm inclined to stick with this change a little more.

If I end up going to Waterbury this weekend there's a very good chance I'll play this deck, but my trip is still up in the air (I was here at work until 1:15am last night, so if I have a few more nights like that this week then I'll probably want/need to stay home and relax this weekend, Wink).

Anyway, hope this helps.

25  Vintage Community Discussion / General Community Discussion / Re: Ravnica cards for Type 4? on: January 11, 2006, 11:51:07 am
Nice, Smile. I'll take a look!

26  Vintage Community Discussion / General Community Discussion / Ravnica cards for Type 4? on: January 11, 2006, 11:21:03 am
Hi everyone,
I just wanted to get an idea of what Ravnica cards people have added to their Type 4 stacks. I've recently started adding some, like Reroute, the Transmute spells (I put in the set of Shred Memory, Dimir Machinations, Dimir House-Guard and Brainspoil, to have Transmute for 2cc through 5cc), Grozoth (can be wicked busted), Twisted Justice and a few others, but I wanted to see what good ones I should throw in there.

27  Vintage Community Discussion / General Community Discussion / Re: What are some essential PS2 games? on: December 13, 2005, 12:48:06 pm
Dragon Quest VIII is supposed to be really good. I'm about 10 hours into it, and so far so good!

I also really enjoyed Lego Star Wars,  Cool.

28  Vintage Community Discussion / General Community Discussion / Re: Funny Pictures Thread on: December 09, 2005, 11:28:44 am
Obviously you don't understand humor!

Dude, reading is tech. I said I DO think they're funny, even without understanding the "O RLY" bit, that I'd never come across before.

Quote from: Hi-Val
If you don't grasp the humor in O RLY owls, there's no hope of explaining it.

Once again, reading is tech. Wink.

Having said that, thanks for the links, bardo. They were very helpful.


29  Vintage Community Discussion / General Community Discussion / Re: Funny Pictures Thread on: December 08, 2005, 05:38:08 pm
Can someone explain the owl photos? I think they're pretty funny without fully understanding their significance, so I imagine they'll become even funnier once I do, Smile.

30  Vintage Community Discussion / General Community Discussion / Re: "I did a stupid thing" on: November 16, 2005, 04:50:01 pm
WOW. That was unbelievably funny.

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