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1  Eternal Formats / Workshop-Based Prison / Re: Sideboarding with Workshop Aggro on: January 14, 2016, 04:09:48 pm
I still prefer Relic of Progenitus over Tormod's Crypt.  Maybe I'm just greedy, but the ability to draw a card was always invaluable to me.
2  Eternal Formats / General Strategy Discussion / Re: The actual effect of Restricting Chalice on: November 03, 2015, 11:50:27 am
I'd say the actual effect of restricting Chalice is this:

1. Weakened Shops.

Nailed it.  One thing for sure is that it's nice to see blue decks getting more diversity, it's about time they made a comeback. 

Appy polly logies for this side comment, but you have to be on point with your Tanglewire triggers.  I remember a game where the opponent QUICKLY said "tap then sack?" during their upkeep trying to sacrifice a tapped permanent to Smokestack.  No, it's clearly not the same as cheating, I'm just stressing that you need to keep your head in the game and don't get lazy with your triggers.
3  Eternal Formats / General Strategy Discussion / Re: The actual effect of Restricting Chalice on: October 28, 2015, 04:18:21 pm
Shops aren't going away. They're just not going to be the clear best deck anymore.

Just curious, when were Shops the clear best deck?  Most tournament results don't support that statement.  I agree that Shop decks will not vanish, but I honestly predict Chalice will get unrestricted.....eventually.  It will probably take a few restriction cycles though.
4  Vintage Community Discussion / General Community Discussion / Re: Shrinking Vintage in Southern US (mainly TX) on: October 28, 2015, 12:42:42 pm
I haven't sold any of my stuff, but I recently checked what my collection is worth.  Fucking wow.  Even the Wastelands are worth money???  There is just no way I'm bringing those cards out of my house.  I don't even want to pile shuffle them anymore.  What the hell happened???

And I just found out Chalice of the fucking Void is restricted???  WHY!?  Jesus wept for vintage...
5  Eternal Formats / Workshop-Based Prison / Re: Winter Orb Stax on: June 20, 2013, 02:56:44 pm
I don't agree that Rishadan Port is outdated, but it seems really bad in combination with a Winter Orb themed deck.  If you don't have a mox or Metalworker, then tapping two of your lands to tap one of your opponents isn't effective.  If Orb stays in, those Ports could become Factories.

Is Winter Orb even a viable option in Vintage?  I would flat out say no because there are better options, but it isn't a "bad" card I suppose.
6  Eternal Formats / General Strategy Discussion / Re: Legendary Rule Change 23rd May 2013 on: May 28, 2013, 01:08:37 pm
I fail to see how this change in the legendary rule makes Norin the Wary any better.
7  Eternal Formats / General Strategy Discussion / Re: Young Pyromancer on: May 22, 2013, 05:43:01 pm
It's aggressive (2/1), under three mana, creates permanents, and multiple copies in play are a good thing.  Broken, no.  Vintage playable, hell yes.  Red has needed decent cards like this for the longest time.
8  Eternal Formats / General Strategy Discussion / Re: Favorite Vintage Playable Card on: May 22, 2013, 05:39:13 pm
Smokestack.  That card has won more games for me than any other.
9  Eternal Formats / General Strategy Discussion / Re: Best of the Best on: April 27, 2013, 09:27:01 am
Since you have Beast Within for green, I wonder if Chaos Warp for red has any merit.
10  Eternal Formats / General Strategy Discussion / Re: - I missed this, you did too - it's the Dredge of Gatecrash on: January 23, 2013, 03:12:33 pm
A win-con that only costs 4 mana and uses a landless Belcher mana base??  Sign me up.
11  Eternal Formats / General Strategy Discussion / Re: Thespian's Stage on: January 18, 2013, 07:35:55 am
And here I thought the guy on the right was Sisqo...

Nice utility land, but it's in competition with cards like Ghost Quarter, Rishadan Port, and Buried Ruin to name a few.  I don't know about other shop players, but I'm already out of room when it comes to my mana base.  But sure, it's worth testing out.
12  Eternal Formats / Workshop-Based Prison / Re: My take on Espresso Stax on: December 03, 2012, 09:45:48 am
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His Shop list at GenCon was the last really innovative thing that I've seen in the U.S. that wasn't from New York.
That is precisely one of the last shop lists that caught my eye.  That and Lotushead actually using Trading Post was the last thing that made me go "hmmmm" because I've already seen it otherwise.

For the record you are probably right about 5c Stax.  I really do not care one bit about 5c Stax that although it is capable of getting wins, I find it to be an inferior deck.  It is a contender for sure.  Come on, there are FIVE colors.  There are almost endless possibilities for you guys in NEW YORK to work with.  Have fun with that.  I'll be busy playing what I feel is a better deck.

Hey, why don't you run Serum Powder anymore?  Isn't Serum Powder the reason you dubbed it Espresso Stax?  Without Serum Powder, Espresso Stax is pretty much just Stax......of course unless you don't run Smokestack.  Then you got me.  But I realize talking more about that might lead to a red text discussion so I will leave it at that.  Hopefully as a mod you can respect my wish to not go against any rules.

When did I forget about Rishadan Port???  I think that card is crazy good.  My list runs 4 of those bad boys.  I have a very potent and probably the SLOWEST Stax list out there.  But never mind I'm not in New York and don't get to go to tournaments so you won't ever see it.  My bad.

As for Maze of Ith and Serrated Arrows....Cool stuff, but those are cards better left to the sideboard in my opinion.  For the record all THREE cards are at least mentioned in the original MUD primer by Arthur Tindemans which I assume you have read even though you are in New York.

Yes, I have been playing Stax-type decks for ages.  Yes, I still feel I learn all the time and that's the beauty of the game.  You are fortunate to have a vintage scene in New York and I am envious because I do not.  I still find your "three guys in New York" comment to be myopic and I'm sure others (hello, Europe?) feel the same way.

Please keep up the good work in New York, which is apparently the last bastion of Workshop technology.  I guess I will have to keep my thoughts on Workshop decks out of TMD.  That's fine by me.
13  Eternal Formats / Null Rod Based Aggro / Re: The Dark Times Primer on: November 17, 2012, 05:02:11 pm
I wonder if Surgical Extraction would be better than Extirpate, since many times you will have only 1 mana available to you. 

With a decent amount of artifacts, why not run Phylactery Lich in the Obliterator slot?  It is definitely worth a test.

Deathrite Shaman might be worth a shot too.
14  Vintage Community Discussion / General Community Discussion / Re: [Current] Best Team in the NFL? on: November 12, 2012, 09:20:45 am
Texans vs Bears was all about defense, and of course creating turnovers.  What a shame Solider Field doesn't have a roof.

Any new thoughts regarding NFL teams after this weeks games???
15  Eternal Formats / Workshop-Based Prison / Re: My take on Espresso Stax on: November 12, 2012, 09:18:12 am
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I would really love to see some innovation and work in Shops that didn't come from three guys in New York.

That's a very myopic comment.  I'll be completely honest here too, the last "innovation" I have seen regarding Shop decks would be decks with Trading Post and Buried Ruin performing well.  Everything else is way to obvious for anyone (or any 3 players) to take credit for.  I'm actually curious now as to what cards these 3 players claim to have pioneered for Stax.

A Stax deck will look like a Stax deck despite any other names tacked on.  There won't be too many differences, or you are most likely playing an aggro deck at that point.

For anything totally mind blowing to be added to a Shop deck, we need new printings.  Otherwise, we have all seen it before.

16  Vintage Community Discussion / General Community Discussion / Re: [Current] Best Team in the NFL? on: November 05, 2012, 11:44:09 am
The Texans keep getting better.  They might actually make it to the super bowl this year, but if not it will be soon enough.
17  Eternal Formats / Eternal Article Discussion / Re: Serious Vintage - Ep. 1 - podcast on: October 01, 2012, 04:59:01 pm
This is the best version of Low Rider I've ever heard!  Keep up the good work Smile
18  Vintage Community Discussion / General Community Discussion / Re: My Hitler video... on: October 01, 2012, 03:26:32 pm
The reason is that people are overly sensitive on many, many levels.  God forbid if someone is offended and get's their feelings hurt by looking at something they do not have to look at, listen to, or read.  Most people are a bunch of pansies imho.
19  Eternal Formats / General Strategy Discussion / Re: Deathrite Shaman on: September 17, 2012, 03:51:12 pm
It's not the most powerful card, but it's solid disruption worthy of a few maindeck slots imo.  If you play your own fetches, it acts as a semi-reliable mana producer.  The 2 damage, and to a lesser extent gaining 2 life, will prove quite handy for the kind of decks that would run this.  Definitely worth testing in Vintage.
20  Eternal Formats / Workshop-Based Prison / Re: 2 MUD Styles on: August 17, 2012, 08:05:43 am
Then you just assume those cards are in your hand when you need them, and you also assume they won't be countered.  The problem I see is that when you take into account Mana Crypt and Ancient Tombs, sometimes the 7/7 hitting two times is game.  The point I was trying to address is that I don't want a 2/1 creature in the Oath matchup even though he is not a dead card, I get that part.  FYI I run Revokers main, and will continue to sb them out in the Oath matchup.  Believe it or not, Griselbrand isn't the only Oath creature.  Wink
21  Eternal Formats / Workshop-Based Prison / Re: 2 MUD Styles on: August 16, 2012, 12:30:58 am
Doesnt matter that much to me, but I dont like casting Revoker and them getting a "vanilla" 7/7 flying lifelinker.  By all means help them trigger Oath if you want.
22  Eternal Formats / Workshop-Based Prison / Re: 2 MUD Styles on: August 15, 2012, 10:44:02 pm
Since I play a more controllish version of MUD, I usually end up negating moxen with my Revokers.  I always sideboard them out when I'm playing against Oath.
23  Eternal Formats / Workshop-Based Prison / Re: Mud Stax aka Postal Workers on: July 31, 2012, 10:48:14 am
Congrats on the win!  Did you ever get two Posts online and if so, how was it?  Any matches where you would want 4 of these?
24  Vintage Community Discussion / General Community Discussion / Re: GenCon 2012 on: July 18, 2012, 08:20:08 am
I've never been, but I assume that the Vintage event is non-proxy.  Can anyone confirm/deny that?  The site doesn't seem to be the easiest to navigate, any links with that info would be much appreciated.
25  Eternal Formats / Workshop-Based Prison / Re: Mud Stax aka Postal Workers on: July 13, 2012, 01:14:42 pm
I think MUD decks have to run 4 Ancient Tombs, anything less would be uncivilized.  And as you stated, I think you can reduce the amount of Metalworkers since you have 3 Crucibles.

I'm interested in testing the card as well, the only problem is that I don't have room in my MUD deck for it and it's hard to imagine taking something out for Trading Post, but I'll see what I can do.
26  Eternal Formats / Creative / Re: Griffin Chain Combo on: July 12, 2012, 08:19:28 pm
I wonder if adding  a copy of Birthing Pod would help.  Empath would be able to get your Griffin if you Pod him out.  Noble/Bird -> Wall  -> Empath is going to be slow, but still might get you on track.  Just a thought.
27  Vintage Community Discussion / General Community Discussion / Re: GenCon 2012 on: July 04, 2012, 10:49:33 am
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If you're heading out to GenCon this year, and it's your first time, DO NOT PICK UP YOUR BADGE IN THE WILL CALL LINE.  Seriously.  Get there at the wrong time and you'll have several thousand people waiting in the same line.

Trying to get some buds with me to hit GenCon for the first time this year.  So you get a badge to get in, or is the badge for the Vintage event?  Where do you get the badge so you dont have to wait in a 1k line???  Also, any other good tips for first timers?
28  Eternal Formats / Null Rod Based Aggro / Re: GWB Beats, the best beatdown right now on: May 06, 2012, 02:55:04 pm
Phyrexian Revoker seems decent vs Griselbrand and is easy to cast.
29  Eternal Formats / General Strategy Discussion / Re: Angel of Jubilation on: April 19, 2012, 09:13:31 pm
For 1W that would be awesome.  Great vintage-related ability.  Horrible casting cost.  The end.
30  Eternal Formats / General Strategy Discussion / Re: Dangerous Bet, Long is back? on: April 19, 2012, 05:43:01 pm
I thought about tossing this in a R/G belcher list.    Belcher plays enuf risky cards as is.
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