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1  Vintage Community Discussion / General Community Discussion / Re: Vintage Super League: Who Would You Like to See? on: March 18, 2015, 05:06:10 pm
1. Paul Cheon/Kenji Egashira - Both are high profile members of the streaming community, and can provide great commentary alongside their strong audiences.  Either would be great, as they are essentially the same role.
2. Nick Coss - Nick's strong background in the format not only brings strong community support, but his skills with decks such as Minus 6 and Burning Oath would bring diversity to the VSL league.
3. Ryan Glackin - Perhaps the unsung hero of Vintage Champs, Glackin has top 8'd Champs three times with three entirely different decks (with entirely no color overlap!).  He's a dark horse in the community and is loved by all.
2  Vintage Community Discussion / General Community Discussion / Re: What kind of sleeve(s) do you use to protect your Vintage deck(s)? on: March 12, 2015, 05:39:54 pm
I single sleeve in either Ultra Pros or the cheapest available on-site.  My only value loss was when I accidentally folded the corner of my Tarmogoyf.
3  Vintage Community Discussion / General Community Discussion / Re: Vintage Super League Season 2 Week 4-6 Predictions & Discussion on: March 11, 2015, 08:07:40 pm
Merfolk is performing well but from an entertainment perspective I hope nobody plays Merfolk ever again. Watching Legacy in VSL isn't great theater IMHO.

4  Vintage Community Discussion / General Community Discussion / Re: Vintage Super League Season 2 Week 4-6 Predictions & Discussion on: March 11, 2015, 02:29:45 pm
Randy Buehler,

Thank you for acknowledging the power of Cavern of Souls into True-Name Nemesis.  I think you could get away with Brainstorm, and make your Treasure Cruise more relevant, if you included a few Flooded Strands or the like in your deck.  Other than that, I like where your head was at, as the deck generally doesn't maximize True-Name Nemesis.  When the Lightning Bolt deck can accidentally flood the board with free creatures as well as remove its Islands from play at a moment's notice, it's nice to have a 3/x (or larger!) that completely invalidates their speed bumps.  I wish you, as well as anyone that decides to emulate you, the best of luck the rest of the season.
5  Eternal Formats / General Strategy Discussion / Re: [DKT] Rending volley on: March 10, 2015, 09:39:26 pm
Oh cool, a cheaper Combust.
6  Vintage Community Discussion / General Community Discussion / Re: Unusual but correct plays on: February 12, 2015, 09:08:12 pm
I've countered my own spells for a larger Tarmogoyf a handful of times.
7  Eternal Formats / Northeast U.S. / Re: N.Y.S.E. Open III - Power Eight, Workshops & Bazaars Tournament - 6/26 - 6/28 on: February 12, 2015, 08:59:07 pm
This is certainly an event.
8  Eternal Formats / Null Rod Based Aggro / Re: Noble Fish: GUW variants here! on: January 22, 2015, 10:59:17 pm
Where are all the new cards?  Containment priest, Thalia, Aegis of the Gods, Spirit of the labyrinth, Rest in peace, ect.?

In the board, I imagine.  I wreck face in game one and specialize afterwards.
9  Eternal Formats / Null Rod Based Aggro / Re: Noble Fish: GUW variants here! on: January 19, 2015, 09:11:46 pm
Here's my napkin version of the maindeck now that Big Blue has the best draw spells again:

4 Meddling Mage
4 Noble Hierarch
4 Qasali Pridemage
3 True-Name Nemesis
2 Trygon Predator

4 Force of Will
4 Gitaxian Probe
3 Daze
3 Mental Misstep
3 Path to Exile
3 Stony Silence
1 Ancestral Recall
1 Time Walk

1 Black Lotus
1 Mox Emerald
1 Mox Pearl
1 Mox Sapphire

4 Misty Rainforest
4 Tropical Island
3 Tundra
3 Wasteland
1 Forest
1 Strip Mine
1 Windswept Heath
10  Eternal Formats / Null Rod Based Aggro / Re: Human Ingenuity on: November 02, 2014, 09:52:32 pm
I like the look of that a lot more. Have you tested this against the recent Delver monstrosity?

No testing to speak of yet, but I'm rarely one that does so.  I'll probably proxy it up for random goldfishing to make sure opening hands work, that was pretty much the extend of my testing during my Noble Fish days.

Yeah, it looks better now, it's incredible how many good creatures are available in Vintage now. I still miss stony silence in the main, but I understand that this deck has no manipulation and there are a bunch of decks unaffected by SS.

What I don't like is the apparently fragility of the manabase. Hierarch seems a must; a misstep on it, a well placed wasteland and you go into trouble. And magus of the moon probably means shuffling again (but with delver increasing, moon decks should not be played at all).

This is something I'll discover as it plays out, but I imagine most hands want to play out in a way that favors a 1C card first turn (Confidant, Thalia) and a CD card second turn (Pikula, Shardless).  With ten pieces of fast mana and ten rainbow lands, this seems very possible.  Noble Hierarch is not the primary curve plan, but plays a secondary role nicely.

Containment Priest is a must in this, but I've posted enough untested edits for now.
11  Eternal Formats / General Strategy Discussion / Re: [C14] - Containment Priest on: November 02, 2014, 03:53:26 pm
Not to stifle this interesting discussion about what the motivation was for designing this card, but I can authoritatively say that it was indeed designed with Vintage in mind. White is pretty underrepresented in Vintage. Oath and Tinker put a lot of pressure on aggro-control decks, so I thought that GW Beats and similar decks could use a little help. The fact that the card hoses one of my least-favorite Commander cards, Deadeye Navigator, was icing on the cake!

White underrepresented?  Challenge accepted.
12  Eternal Formats / Null Rod Based Aggro / Re: Human Ingenuity on: October 30, 2014, 02:57:28 pm
I don't like Misstep just for opposing Missteps, we have way better things to be doing with our spots. Otherwise, deck looks pretty interesting. I'd think you might want to look for Spirit of the Labyrinth in there but I understand it's not a Human and thus harder to cast reliably. Also, Green Suns Zenith and Dryad Arbor look like they could easily have a home.

I agree with both the Mental Misstep and Spirit of the Labyrinth comments.  Given that the deck contains Shardless Agent, I was already hesitant with that interaction (although it certainly didn't cause troubles when I played him alongside Daze in Me Fish), and perhaps the deck could go up to 4 Shardless Agent without any truly dead cascade triggers.  This was carried over from Man Bear Fish, but I could just as easily sideboard or omit them for a non-Human answer to the impending metagame.

MD
4 Dark Confidant
3 Elvish Spirit Guide
4 Mayor of Avabruck
4 Meddling Mage
4 Noble Hierarch
4 Phyrexian Revoker
4 Shardless Agent
3 Spirit of the Labyrinth
4 Thalia, Guardian of Thraben

3 Abrupt Decay
3 Path to Exile

1 Black Lotus
4 Cavern of Souls
2 Gemstone Mine
1 Karakas
4 Mana Confluence
1 Mox Emerald
1 Mox Jet
1 Mox Pearl
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Strip Mine
3 Wasteland

SB
3 Aegis of the Gods
3 Grafdigger’s Cage
3 Kataki, War’s Wage
3 Rest in Peace
3 Stony Silence
13  Eternal Formats / Null Rod Based Aggro / Re: Human Ingenuity on: October 30, 2014, 12:48:44 pm
I remixed Samantha Reichert's "Man Bear Fish" deck with a few upgrades and swaps, but this'll be my starting point for Human Aggro in 2015:

MD
4 Dark Confidant
3 Elvish Spirit Guide
4 Mayor of Avabruck
4 Meddling Mage
4 Noble Hierarch
4 Phyrexian Revoker
3 Shardless Agent
4 Thalia, Guardian of Thraben

3 Abrupt Decay
4 Mental Misstep
3 Path to Exile

1 Black Lotus
4 Cavern of Souls
2 Gemstone Mine
1 Karakas
4 Mana Confluence
1 Mox Emerald
1 Mox Jet
1 Mox Pearl
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Strip Mine
3 Wasteland

SB
3 Aegis of the Gods
3 Grafdigger’s Cage
3 Kataki, War’s Wage
3 Rest in Peace
3 Stony Silence
14  Eternal Formats / Null Rod Based Aggro / Re: Noble Fish: GUW variants here! on: December 23, 2013, 03:23:57 pm
Thanks for the list Mike!! I had built an Esper Aggro-Control deck for the upcoming tournament, but didnt feel 100%, so I went looking for other ideas and fell into your list.  I tend to always go back to noble fish right before a tournament. I took what you had and changed it to my meta/play style.  I ended up Top 4, splitting a 14 man tourney and only lost 1 game all day.  Here's the list I showed up with today at the TSO in Sandusky, OH. I had originally gone for a 3/3 split on NH and DS but shifted it to 4/2 in favor of DS.  I had multiple DS out a few times and really wanted double black to abuse that activation but couldn't. 3/3 might be the better split.

4 Deathrite Shaman
2 Noble Hierarch
4 Qasali Pridemage
2 Vendilion Clique
3 Tarmogoyf
1 True-Name Nemesis
2 Trygon Predator

1 Black Lotus
1 Mox Emerald
1 Mox Pearl
1 Mox Sapphire

1 Abrupt Decay
1 Flusterstorm
1 Ancestral Recall
1 Brainstorm
3 Daze
4 Force of Will
3 Mental Misstep
2 Swords to Plowshares

1 Time Walk

3 Stony Silence

3 Flooded Strand
4 Misty Rainforest
1 Savannah
1 Strip Mine
3 Tropical Island
2 Tundra
1 Underground Sea
3 Wasteland

SB: 4 Grafdigger's Cage
SB: 1 Yixlid Jailer
SB: 2 Ravenous Trap
SB: 2 Trygon Predator
SB: 1 Swords to Plowshares
SB: 2 Flusterstorm
SB: 2 Kataki, War's Wage
SB: 1 Steel Sabotage

Thank you for the kind words!  Congratulations on your success with the deck, and I both see and appreciate the changes that you made with the baseline model that I posted.

Unfortunately there are many factors in my life and in the Vintage community that make competitive Magic as a whole, and Vintage specifically, something that I don't want to be a part of anymore.  When I made my post, I didn't expect it to turn into the inaugural post of a new thread, and I regret that I will not be able to provide it any upkeep or change.  By not being a part of the playing community, my ability to update a metagame deck properly will be poorly executed, and therefore I will not be making any additions to this thread.  I wish anyone that plays this softly sung archetype much success in their future.
15  Eternal Formats / Null Rod Based Aggro / Noble Fish: GUW variants here! on: December 05, 2013, 02:10:01 pm
Me Fish as of 12.05.2013

2 Deathrite Shaman
4 Meddling Mage
4 Noble Hierarch
4 Qasali Pridemage
3 True-Name Nemesis
2 Trygon Predator

1 Ancestral Recall
1 Black Lotus
1 Brainstorm
3 Daze
4 Force of Will
3 Mental Misstep
1 Mox Emerald
1 Mox Pearl
1 Mox Sapphire
3 Stony Silence
3 Swords to Plowshares
1 Time Walk

3 Flooded Strand
4 Misty Rainforest
1 Savannah
1 Strip Mine
3 Tropical Island
2 Tundra
1 Underground Sea
3 Wasteland

SB:
1 Abrupt Decay
3 Grafdigger's Cage
2 Kataki, War's Wage
1 Mental Misstep
2 Ravenous Trap
1 Steel Sabotage
1 Swords to Plowshares
2 Trygon Predator
1 Unexpectedly Absent
1 Wasteland

This is an untested build that I would run if I were to play in an event in the Northeast with guaranteed 32+ people.  Such a field would be expected to have nearly identical showings of the five major pillars, with the exception of Workshops being in slightly stronger attendance at the loss of Dredge players.  True-Name Nemesis is interesting as a replacement for Vendilion Clique that trades utility against combo for utility against aggro-control, something that should be more defining in the post-Eternal Weekend metagame.  I do not know if it is better, as only time or testing will tell.
16  Eternal Formats / Global Vintage Tournament Reports and Results / Re: TO Report: The Players Guild 11/30/13 on: December 01, 2013, 04:33:20 pm
17  Eternal Formats / Northeast U.S. / Re: Top Deck Games 2013 Eternal Series UPDATED WITH NEW INFO! on: November 26, 2013, 11:13:28 am
I'll be there!
18  Eternal Formats / Northeast U.S. / Re: Top Deck Game's 2013 Eternal Series on: November 20, 2013, 04:36:45 pm
Any updates?

Nope.
19  Eternal Formats / Northeast U.S. / Re: Top Deck Game's 2013 Eternal Series on: November 13, 2013, 08:33:07 am
Wondering the status of this event? It's been getting bantered about on Facebook by the guys in the region and we're a little fuzzy on the details. Any word coming down the pipeline? Psyburat? Iron_Chef?

We're working on finding a weekend for it, hopefully in December.
20  Eternal Formats / Northeast U.S. / Re: Eternal Weekend Coverage on: November 06, 2013, 11:33:48 am
I'm sure nick will also post a to report at some point. I am curious to see what other unpowered decks did well

Now I know how Rodney Dangerfield feels.
21  Vintage Community Discussion / General Community Discussion / Re: A Tale of Possible Cheating and Definite Poor Sportsmanship at Vintage Champs on: November 04, 2013, 06:57:13 pm
Honestly Will, no one likes losing to you and your boyish looks.
22  Eternal Formats / Northeast U.S. / Re: The Eternal Weekend & Vintage Champs comes to Philadelphia Nov. 1st-3rd, 2013 on: October 30, 2013, 03:19:39 pm
TRAVEL ADVISORY

Our eyes in the sky...



... have informed us that the BEN FRANKLIN BRIDGE is CLOSED SUNDAY, from 7:45 AM to 9:30 AM, to host a charity 10K.  Although I'm sure you could plow a golf cart through the participants, I would advise you use the BETSY ROSS or WALT WHITMAN bridge instead.  Either way, please give yourself plenty of time if you need to pass through South Jersey into Philadelphia.
23  Eternal Formats / Northeast U.S. / Re: The Eternal Weekend & Vintage Champs comes to Philadelphia Nov. 1st-3rd, 2013 on: October 29, 2013, 07:12:58 pm
It's not the TO's fault

This is key.  We'd order 500 cases of Commander 2013 if we could.
24  Eternal Formats / Northeast U.S. / Re: The Eternal Weekend & Vintage Champs comes to Philadelphia Nov. 1st-3rd, 2013 on: October 29, 2013, 11:51:45 am
Nick,

Will Card Titan have an ample supply of Commander product?  I went to the website, and don't see anything specific about it that might answer my question.

Since the cards become available and legal this weekend, it would really suck if players couldn't access the new cards.  

We will be bringing about 40 sets of all 5 decks to the event, with tentative prices as follows:

Eternal Bargain: $49.99
Nature of the Beast: $39.99
Power Hungry: $39.99
Mind Seize: $59.99
Evasive Maneuvers: $39.99
All Five Copies (limit once per customer): $149.95 (MSRP!)

Remember, this only represents Card Titan's inventory of the product.  With over a half dozen other dealers at the event, all of which are aware of the hype around cards such as True-Name Nemesis, Unexpectedly Absent and Toxic Deluge, there should be ample supply at the event for all attendees.
25  Eternal Formats / Northeast U.S. / Re: The Eternal Weekend & Vintage Champs comes to Philadelphia Nov. 1st-3rd, 2013 on: October 25, 2013, 07:27:21 am
I'm prereged!

I can't wait to meet you, as well as the rest of the non-Northeast Vintage community, next weekend!
26  Eternal Formats / Global Vintage Tournament Reports and Results / [TO Report] 10.19.13 - $2,000 Vintage Event - The Prelude To Eternal Weekend! on: October 21, 2013, 04:12:04 pm
Hey Guys!

We had an outstanding tournament this past Saturday to set the stage for the upcoming World Championship!  With 38 players in attendance, we were proud to crown Tom Dixon as the big winner of the weekend.  We thank all of our players for attending, and we look forward to seeing everyone in two weeks!

Metagame Breakdown

All Names Are Final:

Espresso Stax: 5
BUG Fish: 3
Metalworker MUD: 3
UBR Jace-Vault: 3
Dredge: 2
Griselbrand Oath: 2
Human Fish: 2
RUG Delver: 2
Affinity: 1
Burning Oath: 1
Forgemaster Shops: 1
Golden Gun Oath: 1
Keeper: 1
Maniac Doomsday: 1
Merfolk: 1
Mill.dec: 1
Sneak & Show: 1
The Mountains Win Again: 1
The Plateaus Win Again: 1
UR Landstill: 1
UW Bomberman: 1
UWB Boberman: 1
Vintage Restoration: 1
Workshop Goodstuff: 1


Playoff Decklists


First Place
Tom Dixon
"I am my Brother's Keeper"


3 Deathrite Shaman
1 Gorilla Shaman
1 Phyrexian Metamorph
1 Snapcaster Mage

1 Abrupt Decay
1 Ancestral Recall
1 Ancient Grudge
1 Black Lotus
1 Brainstorm
1 Crucible of Worlds
1 Demonic Tutor
4 Force of Will
2 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
1 Lightning Bolt
1 Mana Crypt
2 Mana Drain
1 Mental Misstep
2 Mindbreak Trap
1 Mox Emerald
1 Mox Jet
1 Mox Pearl
1 Mox Ruby
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Sol Ring
2 Spell Snare
1 Steel Sabotage
1 Tezzeret the Seeker
1 Time Vault
1 Time Walk
1 Tinker
1 Vampiric Tutor
1 Voltaic Key
1 Yawgmoth's Will

1 Island
1 Library of Alexandria
1 Misty Rainforest
2 Polluted Delta
2 Scalding Tarn
1 Strip Mine
2 Tropical Island
2 Underground Sea
2 Volcanic Island
4 Wasteland

SB:
2 Abrupt Decay
1 Crucible of Worlds
4 Grafdigger's Cage
3 Ingot Chewer
1 Red Elemental Blast
3 Tormod's Crypt
1 Trinisphere


Second Place
Brad Jarman
"Send More Paramedics"


4 Bloodghast
2 Fatestitcher
1 Flame-Kin Zealot
4 Golgari Grave-Troll
3 Golgari Thug
3 Ichorid
3 Ingot Chewer
4 Narcomoeba
4 Stinkweed Imp
1 Sun Titan

4 Bridge from Below
4 Cabal Therapy
2 Dread Return
3 Mental Misstep
4 Serum Powder

4 Bazaar of Baghdad
4 City of Brass
2 Dakmor Salvage
4 Undiscovered Paradise

SB:
3 Chain of Vapor
1 Darkblast
1 Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite
3 Firestorm
1 Ingot Chewer
4 Nature's Claim
2 Wispmare


Third Place
John Grudzina
"RUG Delver"


3 Delver of Secrets
3 Snapcaster Mage
4 Tarmogoyf
2 Vendilion Clique

1 Ancestral Recall
1 Ancient Grudge
1 Black Lotus
1 Brainstorm
1 Fire // Ice
2 Flusterstorm
4 Force of Will
4 Gush
4 Lightning Bolt
3 Mental Misstep
1 Mox Emerald
1 Mox Ruby
1 Mox Sapphire
3 Preordain
2 Spell Pierce
2 Steel Sabotage
1 Time Walk

3 Flooded Strand
1 Island
4 Polluted Delta
3 Tropical Island
4 Volcanic Island

SB:
2 Ancient Grudge
1 Dismember
3 Grafdigger's Cage
2 Nature's Claim
2 Ravenous Trap
3 Red Elemental Blast
2 Trygon Predator


Fourth Place
Justin Kohler
"Red Deck Wins"


2 Auriok Salvagers
1 Aven Mindcensor
4 Trinket Mage
2 Vendilion Clique

1 Aether Spellbomb
1 Ancestral Recall
1 Black Lotus
1 Engineered Explosives
1 Flusterstorm
4 Force of Will
1 Grafdigger's Cage
4 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
1 Mana Crypt
4 Mana Drain
3 Mental Misstep
1 Mox Emerald
1 Mox Jet
1 Mox Pearl
1 Mox Ruby
1 Mox Sapphire
2 Sensei's Divining Top
1 Sol Ring
3 Spell Snare
1 Thirst for Knowledge
1 Time Walk

2 Cavern of Souls
4 Flooded Strand
3 Island
1 Plains
2 Polluted Delta
1 Tolarian Academy
3 Tundra

SB:
1 Devout Witness
2 Disenchant
1 Grafdigger's Cage
1 Path to Exile
1 Pithing Needle
2 Rest in Peace
2 Steel Sabotage
4 Swords to Plowshares
1 Tormod's Crypt


Fifth Place
Greg Fenton
"Nick Membrez is the Nintendo World Champion"


2 Griselbrand

1 Abrupt Decay
1 Ancestral Recall
1 Black Lotus
1 Brainstorm
1 Demonic Tutor
2 Flusterstorm
4 Force of Will
2 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
1 Mana Crypt
3 Mana Drain
1 Memory's Journey
4 Mental Misstep
1 Mindbreak Trap
1 Misdirection
1 Mox Emerald
1 Mox Jet
1 Mox Pearl
1 Mox Ruby
1 Mox Sapphire
4 Oath of Druids
2 Show and Tell
1 Sol Ring
1 Time Vault
1 Time Walk
1 Vampiric Tutor
1 Voltaic Key
1 Yawgmoth's Will

2 Flooded Strand
4 Forbidden Orchard
3 Island
2 Polluted Delta
1 Strip Mine
2 Tropical Island
3 Underground Sea

SB:
2 Abrupt Decay
4 Leyline of the Void
3 Nature's Claim
2 Nihil Spellbomb
2 Pithing Needle
1 Show and Tell
1 Steel Sabotage


Sixth Place
Michael Mahr
"Wind-Up Toys"


4 Lodestone Golem
2 Steel Hellkite
2 Triskelion

1 Black Lotus
4 Chalice of the Void
3 Crucible of Worlds
1 Mana Crypt
1 Mox Emerald
1 Mox Jet
1 Mox Pearl
1 Mox Ruby
1 Mox Sapphire
2 Ratchet Bomb
4 Smokestack
1 Sol Ring
4 Sphere of Resistance
4 Tangle Wire
3 Thorn of Amethyst
1 Trinisphere

4 Ancient Tomb
1 Buried Ruin
4 Mishra's Factory
4 Mishra's Workshop
1 Strip Mine
1 Tolarian Academy
4 Wasteland

SB:
3 Dismember
2 Duplicant
4 Grafdigger's Cage
2 Relic of Progenitus
2 Serrated Arrows
2 Tormod's Crypt


Seventh Place
Joel Lim
"Reel Fish"


4 Cursecatcher
4 Lord of Atlantis
4 Master of the Pearl Trident
1 Master of Waves
3 Merrow Reejerey
3 Phantasmal Image
4 Silvergill Adept
1 Waterfront Bouncer
 
1 Ancestral Recall
1 Hurkyl's Recall
4 Force of Will
3 Mental Misstep
2 Daze
1 Steel Sabotage
1 Time Walk
1 Black Lotus
1 Mox Sapphire
3 Null Rod
 
4 Cavern of Souls
9 Island
1 Strip Mine
4 Wasteland

SB:
3 Dismember
2 Ghost Quarter
3 Grafdigger's Cage
1 Hurkyl's Recall
1 Pithing Needle
3 Steel Sabotage
2 Tormod's Crypt


Eighth Place
Vasa Balakrishnan
"BUG Fish"


4 Dark Confidant
4 Deathrite Shaman
1 Scavenging Ooze
3 Snapcaster Mage
1 Trygon Predator
1 Vendilion Clique

3 Abrupt Decay
1 Ancestral Recall
1 Black Lotus
1 Brainstorm
1 Demonic Tutor
4 Force of Will
2 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
3 Mental Misstep
1 Mox Emerald
1 Mox Jet
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Null Rod
2 Spell Pierce
2 Spell Snare
1 Steel Sabotage
3 Thoughtseize
1 Time Walk
1 Vampiric Tutor

1 Bayou
2 Misty Rainforest
1 Strip Mine
2 Tropical Island
2 Underground Sea
4 Verdant Catacombs
4 Wasteland

SB:
2 Flusterstorm
3 Nature's Claim
2 Snuff Out
4 Tarmogoyf
1 Trygon Predator
2 Umezawa's Jitte
1 Vendilion Clique
27  Eternal Formats / General Strategy Discussion / Re: [COMM] Sydri, Galvanic Genius on: October 20, 2013, 10:03:29 am
Sydri is not a competitive card.  The competitive aspect of Vintage holds no place for a card that requires such a large amount of work for so little payoff. 
28  Eternal Formats / General Strategy Discussion / Re: [COMM] Widespread Panic on: October 20, 2013, 09:58:56 am
Why do horrible and clearly unplayable cards always get discussed here?

Because there isn't a lot more else to discuss. This card has an effect that mostly target Vintage, so might as well discuss it.

There's always the option of not discussing something.  There's no posting quota to hit.

Every deck that places with this card in it represents a soft, casual tournament not indicative of a competitive spirit or mindset.
29  Eternal Formats / Northeast U.S. / Re: The Eternal Weekend & Vintage Champs comes to Philadelphia Nov. 1st-3rd, 2013 on: October 18, 2013, 07:14:18 am
Hey Nick, if I preregister today, is there still a chance I will get a playmat?

Yes.
30  Eternal Formats / General Strategy Discussion / Re: [COMM] Sydri, Galvanic Genius on: October 17, 2013, 02:56:28 pm
I don't know about you guys, but my Dark Confidant doesn't cost mana to activate... or three different colors of mana.

Not necessarily.  Would you play this?

SuperBob WB
2/1 Duder
U: Reveal the top card of your library.  Lose life equal to its casting cost and put it into your hand.

I'd play that.

No, it's not a real card.
I don't know about you guys, but my Dark Confidant doesn't cost mana to activate... or three different colors of mana.

Not necessarily.  Would you play this?

SuperBob WB
2/1 Duder
U: Reveal the top card of your library.  Lose life equal to its casting cost and put it into your hand.

I'd play that.

Well duh, it still costs less than Sydri.  Wink
Everything is over-costed these days. See the idea of negative casting costs (some argue that this already exist with phyrexian mana. We all understand that things need to cost as little as possible in Vintage. My point is that some decks are extremely successful in slowing the game down, that they can play cards that give incremental value (with or without an activation cost) over the course of several turns.

During my testings with Human decks, I noticed that there was 1 slot available for something like Gorilla Shaman. I even tried Karn at some point because Humans is very well at acceleration and it really is not a big deal to reach 5 or more mana at turn 3. With Cavern, Noble, Deathrite, City of Brass and so on. Life was always a big deal for Humans because of Dark Confidant, City and sometimes Snuff Out. I can see Sydri taking up that slot in all honesty. It really doesn't always have to be super fast to have an effect on the board. IF I would play this, it would never be more than 1 copy though.

It's certainly an if statement, not a when, since you don't play in competitions.  Sydri is not part of an optimized strategy.  Also, if you're trying Karn in your Fish decks, you're digging way too deep and wasting your time.
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