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1  Eternal Formats / General Strategy Discussion / Treasure Cruise on: September 10, 2014, 08:32:48 am
Treasure Cruise
7U
Sorcery

Delve
Draw 3 Cards

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Well, if it wasn't for that word "Sorcery", this would be a lot more playable. This might be something in a storm build (where you can exile your unneeded chaff in your yard), but odds are it's just not good enough.
2  Eternal Formats / General Strategy Discussion / Ulcerate on: July 04, 2014, 11:47:59 am
Ulcerate
{B}
Instant
Target creature gets -3/-3 until end of turn. You lose 3 life.

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This one kind of snuck into the spoilers quietly, but it's definitely worth a look in Vintage, specifically in Delver.  It acts similar to what Bolt does in RUG, and doesn't hurt as much as Dismember (especially if it's countered), but at the same time isn't as effective.  It is probably worth a look, but will still be fighting for space.
3  Eternal Formats / General Strategy Discussion / The Chain Veil on: July 02, 2014, 02:42:50 pm
The Chain Veil
{4}
Legendary Artifact
At the beginning of your end step, if you didn't activate a loyalty ability of a planeswalker this turn, you lose 2 life.

{4} {Tap}: For each planeswalker you control, you may activate one of its loyalty abilities once this turn as though none of its loyalty abilities have been activated this turn.

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Now, there is some debate about the actual functionality of this card, specifically as to what happens when you activate it twice in one turn.  If we assume that it does the most favorable action (one additional loyalty ability per activation), this does open the door for another potential infinite combo in Vintage, with cards that are (mostly) already used:

Version 1: Tezzeret the Seeker, Metalworker, and Chain Veil in play, 2 Artifacts in hand.  Activate Metalworker for 4, Activate Chain Veil, Use Tezz's +1 to untap Metalworker and Chain Veil, repeat.

Version 2: Ral Zalek, Chain Veil, and any mana source that can net 4 mana (e.g. Tolarian Academy) Activate Chain Veil using Mana Source, untap Mana Source and Chain Veil, repeat.

Once again, the actual rulings about this are still up in the air, but this has the potential to become a powerful combo piece.
4  Eternal Formats / Midwest U.S. / Re: Xtreme Games Monthly Vintage 6/28/2014 on: June 30, 2014, 01:52:55 pm
Things we learned:
-Soly plays, fail to fire, don't make finals tournament does fire
-Soly retires, tournament fires with 9 people, make finals

I think we're all okay with this.
5  Eternal Formats / General Strategy Discussion / Re: Boonweaver Giant on: June 30, 2014, 10:57:52 am
There are better options with this effect than Boonweaver Giant.  Bruna, for example.

Even then, I still wouldn't want to be the guy playing Bruna Oath.
6  Eternal Formats / Midwest U.S. / Re: Xtreme Games Monthly Vintage 3/22/2014 on: March 02, 2014, 12:47:42 pm
People;  I don't care HOW you get there... JUST DO IT.  They had ONE MOTHERFUCKING PERSON.   I myself am to fault as I am on Hiatus until May, but for the rest of you, THERES NO FUCKING EXCUSE.

Carp?
Beste?
Mitesh?
Jaco?
McCarthy?
King?
Fransen?
Griswald?
Seroogy?
Wochinski?
Sorrinson?
Brinkman?
Walker?


In Griswald's defense, he was there, but never actually signed up.  Still had a handful of games with him before the other events of the day fired (I still won).
7  Eternal Formats / Midwest U.S. / Re: Xtreme Games Monthly Vintage 2/22/2014 on: February 22, 2014, 09:52:22 pm
Total Attendance: 1

I WIN BY DEFAULT!
8  Eternal Formats / General Strategy Discussion / Spirit of the Labrynth on: January 20, 2014, 12:11:09 am


Downsides: 1 toughness, weak to enchantment removal, isn't a human.
Upsides: The look on most blue players faces as they try and dig for a piece of removal.

I like it in hatebears/non-blue fish. Thoughts?
9  Eternal Formats / Midwest U.S. / Re: Xtreme Games - IL - 20 Proxy 12/28 on: December 17, 2013, 06:49:13 pm
Xtreme Games will welcome the New Year by hosting a Vintage Tournament a little early!

I mean, just because I miss a couple of tournaments doesn't mean you have to reschedule them on my part...

(and yes, I will probably be there.)
10  Eternal Formats / Midwest U.S. / Re: Xtreme Games Monthly Vintage 11/23/13 on: November 13, 2013, 07:29:52 pm
I am actually in town for this one. Who else is game for slanging the Vintage cards?

Let's see.
Not in hospital: Check
Have most of a deck (not necesarily a GOOD deck): Check
Not at some random SCG/TCGPlayer/GP/PTQ/PT event: Check

I think I can make it this month.
11  Eternal Formats / General Strategy Discussion / [SCD : Theros] Purphoros, God of the Forge on: September 02, 2013, 09:54:44 pm
Purphoros, God of the Forge
3 {R}
Legendary Enchantment Creature - God

Indestructable
As long as your devotion to red is less than five, Purphoros isn't a creature.
Whenever another creature enters the battlefield under your control, Purphoros deals 2 damage to each opponent.
2 {R}: Creatures you control get +1/+0 until end of turn

6/5

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+ Combos extremely well with Young Pyromancer
+ Neither ability targets, isn't stopped by Leyline of Sanctity
+ Is indestructable, few spells commonly played in Vintage kill it (as long as your devotion is less than 5).
- Is legendary
- Costs 4
- Rare creature type/cannot be used well with Cavern.
- Requires other creatures to be good.

Thoughts?
12  Vintage Community Discussion / General Community Discussion / Re: To quote Smmenen / CHA1N5 "Someone lived the dream" Notion Thief vs JtMS on: May 22, 2013, 08:01:36 pm


Poor, poor Justin Uppal.

Still, I'm not sure it fully has a place in Vintage, solely because of its mana cost of 4.  I wouldn't be surprised if BUG started running one somewhere in its 75 coming up, but I don't think many decks would go out of their way to play it.
13  Vintage Community Discussion / General Community Discussion / Re: YMTC 4 on: May 13, 2013, 08:59:58 pm
Mass Mummification might be an interesting choice (if efficiently costed) in a Dark Times build.  It would have to have some way of not losing (Lich, Angel's Grace), but it may provide the deck a second out instead of Dark Depths.
14  Eternal Formats / Global Vintage Tournament Reports and Results / Re: 1st place at Xtreme Games 4/21 with LandStill on: April 23, 2013, 06:46:42 pm
I swear, of all the days to catch a respiratory virus...

Also, I believe Peter Tragos was the other finalist.
15  Vintage Community Discussion / General Community Discussion / Re: [YMTCIV] Enchantment Type on: April 09, 2013, 12:38:25 pm
To pull from the previous thread, something like this would be ideal for both Storm and Graveyard strategies (and will probably never happen in the current color pie):

Grim Bonfire
1 {B}
Enchantment

Sac ~: Add {B} {B} to your mana pool.
Pay 5 life, exile ~ from your graveyard: Add {B} to your mana pool.
16  Vintage Community Discussion / General Community Discussion / [YMTCIV] Enchantment Type on: April 08, 2013, 09:39:52 pm
Since no one else has created a thread about this yet, I feel it's an appropriate time to reopen discussion about YMTC4.

Latest Article: http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/feature/242c

Last Result: Black wins color choice.
Current Poll: Will the new enchantment be an Aura or not.

Now, considering there are only a handful of Auras that even see fringe play in Vintage (Dragon's Breath, Animate Dead), it won't be hard to figure out what TMD will be voting for. Still, I think this can be opened up for discussion of Black Enchantment ideas.
17  Vintage Community Discussion / General Community Discussion / Re: [YMTCIV] Color choice on: April 05, 2013, 05:33:51 pm
A "source" on MTG Salvation is saying Black won:
http://forums.mtgsalvation.com/showthread.php?t=501527

Take it for what you will, but I wouldn't doubt MTGS and their spoilers.
18  Vintage Community Discussion / General Community Discussion / Re: [YMTCIV] Color choice on: April 04, 2013, 05:37:02 pm
Dying Bonfire
1R
Enchantment

Sac ~: Add RR to your mana pool.
Exile ~ from your graveyard: Add R to your mana pool.

I know Red-based storm decks aren't en vogue in Vintage, but the last ability is the key: giving graveyard strategies a mana source when comboing off.

Probably could do the same thing with black.

Sac to Cabal Ritual with a Threshold check.

A similar green enchantment would, according to the current color pie, be able to add mana of any color, the possibilities of which scare me a little:

Tap Bazaar
Dregde 2 Grave-Trolls
Discard 2 Grave-Trolls
remove [green dying bonfire] from graveyard, adding U
Unearth Fatestitcher
Tap Fatestitcher, untapping Bazaar
Tap Bazaar
Dredge 2 Grave-Trolls...
19  Vintage Community Discussion / General Community Discussion / Re: [YMTCIV] Color choice on: April 03, 2013, 06:05:43 pm
Dying Bonfire
1R
Enchantment

Sac ~: Add RR to your mana pool.
Exile ~ from your graveyard: Add R to your mana pool.

I know Red-based storm decks aren't en vogue in Vintage, but the last ability is the key: giving graveyard strategies a mana source when comboing off.
20  Eternal Formats / General Strategy Discussion / Re: Ruric Thar, the Unbowed on: March 23, 2013, 11:05:58 pm
Ruric seems like a decent Oath target, but it doesn't have the same "I win" or "I'm just about to win" feeling like Emrakul or Griselbrand before it.  I guess if something similar to Elephant Oath were to become viable again, then it would be an option. I wouldn't be surprised seeing this in or against Show and Tell (especially as an anti-Griselbrand option).

One thing to note: that effect is symmetrical.  It burns you off non-creature spells as well.
21  Eternal Formats / Northeast U.S. / Re: Depot Power Eight Vintage Tournament & Sunday Mox Event - 6/15-6/16 on: February 25, 2013, 08:14:04 pm
I think this is one of those circumstances where, if I don't pull the trigger, I'm going to regret it.

(I'm sorry, GP Vegas)

Sign me up.
22  Eternal Formats / Midwest U.S. / Re: Xtreme Games Monthly Vintage 2/17/13 on: February 18, 2013, 08:41:32 pm
Richard (Omniscience/Show and Tell) beat Soly (Burning Oath) in the finals.  Soly then verbally abused Richard for 5 or 10 minutes.  It was embarassing and made me sad.

I took 3rd, Travis took 4th.  Both of us played Landstill.  I'll probably be back in another 3 months.
Close, but Travis only had 2 wins and did not make Top 4 (or even Top 5, who was James King who lost out a Top 4 birth on tiebreakers). Top 4 was Richard (Rector Omniscience Tell) beating me (4C Valuetown Control) 2-1, and Ben Carp (UR Landstill) who lost 0-2 to Soly (Burning Long). Richard then beat Soly 2-0 in the finals, and as mentioned the Soly-Tilt-O-Meter hit 10. Richard's deck was sick.

The field was sweet. Last time there were like 35% Workshop decks, and today there was either 0 or 1. There were a couple of Dredge decks last time and this month 0. There was at least 3 different Omniscience decks, a couple of UR Landstill decks, UWB Bomberman, 4C Control, a few Gush decks, a Burning Long, and who knows what else. It was a fun tournament, and congrats to Richard for taking the whole thing down!

Soly losing to a topdeck is kind of like a groundhog seeing its shadow.  We're all in for 6 more weeks of "Ban Blightsteel Colossus" talk.

Congrats to Richard, and hopefully next month I hope to A) have remembered to put a new deck together, and B) learned how to properly mulligan until I have actual "business".
23  Eternal Formats / Global Vintage Tournament Reports and Results / Re: Xtreme games 1/20/13 with PIX on: January 21, 2013, 10:55:28 pm
I forget the exact putback, but I'm pretty sure it was Salvagers + Counterbalance (with Force hardcast mana open).

Still, good times at the tournament.  Thanks again to Eric and Shannon for setting it up, and hopefully next month I can actually pull more "true" locals in.
24  Vintage Community Discussion / Community Introductions / Re: Introduce Yourself on: January 07, 2013, 10:46:50 pm
I believe I'm a little behind on doing so, so please forgive my belated nature.

My name is Keith Newyear, and I'm one of the remaining regular Vintage players in Northeastern Illinois.  I was introduced to the format when Mike Hajduk was still in the area, and have even gone so far as to get the majority of the Power 9 in the past year (still need to get around to grabbing the Jet though).  I must say that since starting Vintage about a year ago, I've made a lot of new friends along the way.

I find myself running into the issues of finding people to play, or at least recruiting more people into the format (the area is heavy with Legacy players).  I'm not sure the best ways of bringing people on board, but there is a growing fear that Vintage may die out locally if we don't bring in more players.

Personally, I wouldn't say I'm anywhere near the best player in the area (in any format), but I still pull in average results.  I've been toying around with the various archetypes to see which one fits best, which has lead to me gaining a rather unusual playstock over time.  However, at the end of the day, I think what I'm really looking for is someone to play what is quickly turning into one of my favorite formats against.
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