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1  Eternal Formats / Null Rod Based Aggro / Re: The Mountains Win Again! on: January 19, 2009, 09:22:43 am
Perhaps you could play Ingot Chewer? It gets around Chalice pretty easily, and has a big body if you don't evoke it.
2  Eternal Formats / Creative / Re: [Premium Article] So Many Insane Plays -- The Parfait Ambush! on: January 11, 2009, 07:01:20 pm
It seems to me that Glowriders would slow this deck down quite a lot, since most of Parfait's spells are non-creature ones.

By the way, what do you think of the following card for Parfait?

Path to Exile
W
Instant
Uncommon
Remove target creature from the game. Its controller may search his or her library for a basic land card, put it into play tapped, then shuffle his or her library.

The card is in MTG Salvation's partial Conflux spoiler.
3  Eternal Formats / Creative / Re: [Premium Article] So Many Insane Plays -- The Parfait Ambush! on: November 01, 2008, 03:11:54 am
I've updated the list I posted above to reflect the changes suggested in later posts. I'm still not sure about only having two StP:s maindeck, though. But what to cut for a third one?

Also, I don't think Gathan Raiders is optimal for this deck. Even without Land Tax/Scroll Rack, it's hard (and inadvisable) to empty your hand with this deck, since you have spells like Chant, Abeyance, StP, and Argivian Find that you want to keep in your hand until the opportune moment.
4  Eternal Formats / Creative / Re: [Premium Article] So Many Insane Plays -- The Parfait Ambush! on: October 30, 2008, 02:00:50 pm
Question is, what to cut from that list? Maybe a Magus could go, since you'd have four Moon effects anyway, but besides that?
5  Eternal Formats / Creative / Re: [Premium Article] So Many Insane Plays -- The Parfait Ambush! on: October 30, 2008, 08:51:17 am
I tinkered around with this list for a bit and I found cutting cutting a Find and a Swords to Plowshares (along with swapping a Plains for a Mountain) for two copies of Blood Moon to be pretty effective. Compounding the decks mana denial goals with color denial proved to simply fold many decks. It has a similar effect to Aura of Silence in the workshop match-up and helped make Aven Mind Censor EVEN better. That said, turning top-decked Wastelands into mountains was unfortunate some times, but the symmetry was far out weighed by its power. It could easily be that Magus of the Moon is better but being able to tutor up and recur Blood Moon seems superior to me.

Why not play both? Then perhaps a list could look something like this:

Cherry Parfait

2 Mountain
9 Plains
1 Strip Mine
3 Wasteland

1 Black Lotus
4 Mox Diamond
1 Mox Jet
1 Mox Pearl
1 Mox Ruby
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Sol Ring

4 Aven Mindcensor
4 Ethersworn Canonist
3 Magus of the Moon

2 Abeyance
2 Argivian Find
4 Aura of Silence
1 Balance
1 Blood Moon
1 Enlightened Tutor
4 Land Tax
2 Orim's Chant
4 Scroll Rack
2 Swords to Plowshares
1 Zuran Orb

SB: 2 Abeyance
SB: 2 Moat
SB: 2 Orim's Chant
SB: 3 Red Elemental Blast
SB: 1 Rule of Law
SB: 1 Swords to Plowshares
SB: 3 Tormod's Crypt
SB: 1 Wheel of Sun and Moon

I haven't tested the list yet, so I'm just throwing it out there for criticism and whatnot.

EDIT: Enlightened Tutor added - I must've missed that the first time.
EDIT2: -1 Magus of the Moon, -1 Plains, -1 Swords to Plowshares: +2 Argivian Find, +1 Wasteland
6  Eternal Formats / Null Rod Based Aggro / Re: The Mountains Win Again! on: October 15, 2008, 05:32:23 am
Black Vise then?
That would be a decent source of damage, but it's inhibited by Chalice @ 1, so if you play Chalice, it might not be as good.
7  Eternal Formats / Null Rod Based Aggro / Re: The Mountains Win Again! on: October 15, 2008, 03:48:14 am
On the other hand, if you play Spheres, Canonists, Glowriders, Chalices, and other prison pieces, your opponent shouldn't be able to actually play (m)any spells, and therefore, s/he doesn't recieve any damage from Pyrostatic Pillar.
8  Eternal Formats / Null Rod Based Aggro / Re: The Mountains Win Again! on: October 10, 2008, 11:47:39 am
I don't have any other prison pieces to be honest.  Just Mindscensor, Magus, Canonist, Glowrider, and Thorns, and maybe the odd Blood Moon or Rule of Law.
Perhaps the following changes can be made to my list:
-4 Sphere of Resistance
-3 Umezawa's Jitte
+4 Null Rod
+2 Blood Moon
+1 Plains

How does that sound?
9  Eternal Formats / Null Rod Based Aggro / Re: The Mountains Win Again! on: October 10, 2008, 12:37:35 am
I don't have any other prison pieces to be honest.  Just Mindscensor, Magus, Canonist, Glowrider, and Thorns, and maybe the odd Blood Moon or Rule of Law.

But I'm not really happy with my list at the moment.  Glowrider, Magus, and Mindcensor are all 3 mana which makes the deck slow and very accelerant reliant.  Have you found that to be a problem?  When you get one of them early with some decent follow ups, the deck is good.  Otherwise, not so great. 
That's why I've found 2-mana artifacts - like Chalice @ 1, Thorn, and Sphere to a lesser extent - to be so good: You can play them on turn 1 with an Ancient Tomb (or any combination of two of land, Diamond, and Spirit Guide), and they delay the opponent enough for you to land your 3-mana threats.
10  Eternal Formats / Null Rod Based Aggro / Re: The Mountains Win Again! on: October 09, 2008, 02:54:43 pm
For the record, Canonist isn't one sided.
Technically, it isn't, but I think this deck will rarely be playing more than one non-artifact spell per turn anyway. It's far more devastating for your opponent.

I don't see the Spheres, it's too symmetric imo.  9 spheres is enough. [...] Chalice is an interesting call.  I kinda don't like it in mine since it interferes with mox and Lavamancer though.  I would also definitely run REB in the side.
I can see that becoming a problem as well. The question is, what to replace it with? I'd like to keep Chalice and the whole "prison" theme of the deck, so perhaps some other hindering effect would be good to replace it with. And I agree that Ingot Chewer seems better than Gorilla Shaman. It also evades the problem of Chalice @ 1 preventing you from playing Shaman. That's also a disadvantade of playing REB - it's inhibited by Chalice.
11  Eternal Formats / Null Rod Based Aggro / Re: The Mountains Win Again! on: October 09, 2008, 07:28:08 am
Hello everyone - long time no see. I used to play this deck (the B/R version with Jagged Poppet) a while ago, and I liked it. It did pretty well, too - I ended up 13th in the Swedish Vintage Championship, despite not having any P9. Back then, I was interested in the R/W version as well, but never got around to playing it, for various reasons.

With the addition of Shards of Alara, I think R/W TMWA has recieved a great card in Ethersworn Canonist. It's like a one-sided Rule of Law, with a 2/2 body, and for one less mana. Sounds perfect for this deck! So I decided to throw a list together and see how it would look. This is what I came up with:

4 Ancient Tomb
2 Flooded Strand
7 Plains
3 Plateau
2 Windswept Heath

3 Mox Diamond
1 Sol Ring

4 Aven Mindcensor
4 Ethersworn Canonist
4 Glowrider
2 Gorilla Shaman
4 Magus of the Moon
4 Simian Spirit Guide

4 Chalice of the Void
4 Sphere of Resistance
4 Thorn of Amethyst
1 Trinisphere
3 Umezawa's Jitte

SB: 4 Aura of Silence
SB: 2 Blood Moon
SB: 3 Ghostly Prison
SB: 3 Pithing Needle
SB: 3 Tormod's Crypt

Keep in mind that I don't have access to P9, and I'd like to be able to play this in non-proxy tournaments, so I chose Mox Diamond instead. This deck runs enough lands (18, to be precise) to be able to play a land turn 1 and still have one to discard to Diamond. The reason why I only play 3 Diamonds is because I only want to see it in my opening hand - it becomes useless later on, because of all the Sphere effects. By then, I could just play the land instead, but as an opening accelerant, it's pretty good.

I also borrowed Smmenen's Parfait tech (Aura of Silence), but I put it in the SB instead of maindeck, since I already have 13 Sphere effects. Also, it costs three mana, which means that I often can't play it turn 1, as I can with Thorn and Sphere.

To summarize, I know it's a budget version, but I still think it could be decent. I haven't tried it, though. What do you think?
12  Eternal Formats / Miscellaneous / Re: [Premium Article] Understanding How We Play Magic on: December 10, 2007, 08:51:47 am
Good article, and a nice introduction to our thinking process.

I liked this one:


I imagine the components of Magic can be represented in a way similar to the above image as well. And, like the corporation with its focus (improperly) divided on different parts of its supply chain delays, we Magic players must divide our focus on the various components of our game. Are there any parts of Magic you think is very important but most players don't focus enough on? And conversely, do you think we place too much importance on certain parts of our gameplay?
13  Eternal Formats / Global Vintage Tournament Reports and Results / Re: [Report] View from the Mountainside: Swedish Vintage Nationals *13th* on: November 07, 2007, 10:29:13 pm
Quote
Perhaps the card for the win was Flash's turn 1 Ancestral Recall and Stax only playing Mana Vault for its opening turn.  Maybe.

Yeah, I know, but that was simply the moment that game actually ended. The match seemed to have been won before that, as you say.
14  Eternal Formats / Global Vintage Tournament Reports and Results / Re: [Report] View from the Mountainside: Swedish Vintage Nationals *13th* on: November 07, 2007, 09:18:32 am
Alright, here are the decklists:

1st: Mikael Lindén - Flash
CREATURES (10)
4 Protean Hulk
4 Virulent Sliver
1 Heart Sliver
1 Elvish Spirit Guide
  SORCERIES (5)
4 Merchant Scroll
1 Demonic Tutor
  INSTANTS (27)
1 Vampiric Tutor
4 Flash
4 Pact of Negation
3 Summoner’s Pact
4 Brainstorm
1 Misdirection
4 Force of Will
1 Echoing Truth
1 Mystical Tutor
1 Ancestral Recall
2 Daze
1 Chain of Vapor
   ARTIFACTS (6)
1 Mox Jet
1 Mox Emerald
1 Lotus Petal
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Mana Crypt
1 Mox Pearl
  LAND (12)
2 Underground Sea
3 Flooded Strand
4 Polluted Delta
2 Tropical Island
1 Island
   SIDEBOARD
4 Dark Confidant
3 Duress
3 Reverent Silence
4 Leyline of the Void
1 Sylvan Safekeeper

2nd - Niklas Grip - Stax
CREATURES (6)
4 Goblin Welder
1 Karn, Silver Golem
1 Triskelion
  SORCERIES (2)
1 Time Walk
1 Tinker
  INSTANTS (1)
1 Ancestral Recall
   ARTIFACTS (32)
4 Tangle Wire
1 Mox Jet
1 Mox Pearl
1 Black Lotus
1 Mox Ruby
1 Mox Emerald
1 Mox Sapphire
4 Chalice of the Void
4 Smokestack
4 Sphere of Resistance
3 Thorn of Amethyst
1 Mana Vault
1 Sol Ring
1 Memory Jar
1 Crucible of Worlds
1 Mana Crypt
1 Grim Monolith
1 Trinisphere
  LAND (19)
4 Mishra’s Workshop
4 Wasteland
2 Ancient Tomb
1 Tolarian Academy
4 Volcanic Island
2 Shivan Reef
1 Strip Mine
1 Flooded Strand
   SIDEBOARD
3 Tormod’s Crypt
2 Viashino Heretic
2 Pyrostatic Pillar
2 Rack and Ruin
2 Pyrite Spellbomb
2 Crucible of Worlds
2 Triskelion

The rest is mixed up - the decklist page just says that the decks placed "in top 8", and not in which order.

3rd-8th: Joakim Almelund - Oath
 CREATURES (2)
1 Spirit of the Night
1 Akroma, Angel of Wrath
  ENCHANTMENTS (3)
3 Oath of Druids
  SORCERIES (3)
1 Time Walk
1 Yawgmoth’s Will
1 Demonic Tutor
   INSTANTS (31)
3 Stifle
3 Disrupt
3 Mana Leak
3 Intuition
4 Force of Will
4 Mana Drain
1 Vampiric Tutor
1 Ancestral Recall
4 Brainstorm
4 Accumulated Knowledge
1 Mystical Tutor
  ARTIFACTS (2)
1 Mox Pearl
1 Mox Emerald
  LAND (19)
2 Tropical Island
1 Volcanic Island
1 Underground Sea
2 Island
3 Flooded Strand
4 Forbidden Orchard
4 Wasteland
1 Strip Mine
1 Library of Alexandria
   SIDEBOARD
3 Fire // Ice
4 Leyline of the Void
3 Red Elemental Blast
2 Trickbind
2 Ancient Grudge
1 Rack and Ruin
 
3rd-8th: Björn Olsson - Keeper
CREATURES (3)
2 Exalted Angel
1 Platinum Angel
  ENCHANTMENTS (3)
3 Mystic Remora
  SORCERIES (7)
3 Duress
1 Time Walk
1 Tinker
1 Demonic Tutor
1 Yawgmoth’s Will
   INSTANTS (23)
4 Force of Will
4 Mana Drain
1 Red Elemental Blast
1 Misdirection
1 Ancestral Recall
2 Cunning Wish
2 Fire // Ice
4 Brainstorm
1 Echoing Truth
3 Skeletal Scrying
  ARTIFACTS (7)
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Mox Ruby
1 Mox Jet
1 Mox Pearl
1 Black Lotus
1 Sol Ring
1 Mana Crypt
  LAND (17)
4 Underground Sea
3 Tundra
1 Polluted Delta
4 Flooded Strand
2 Volcanic Island
2 Wasteland
1 Strip Mine
   SIDEBOARD
3 Energy Flux
4 Leyline of the Void
1 Fire // Ice
1 Swords to Plowshares
1 Darksteel Colossus
1 Rack and Ruin
1 Disenchant
1 Extirpate
1 Pyroblast
1 Red Elemental Blast
 
3rd-8th: Erik Ferm - GATr
 CREATURES (5)
4 Quirion Dryad
1 Psychatog
  ENCHANTMENTS (1)
1 Fastbond
  SORCERIES (11)
4 Duress
1 Demonic Tutor
4 Merchant Scroll
1 Time Walk
1 Yawgmoth’s Will
   INSTANTS (24)
4 Brainstorm
4 Gush
3 Opt
4 Force of Will
2 Mana Drain
2 Misdirection
1 Vampiric Tutor
1 Mystical Tutor
1 Ancestral Recall
1 Cunning Wish
1 Fire // Ice
  ARTIFACTS (5)
1 Black Lotus
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Mox Jet
1 Mox Ruby
1 Mox Emerald
  LAND (14)
3 Underground Sea
2 Tropical Island
1 Volcanic Island
1 Island
3 Polluted Delta
3 Flooded Strand
1 Library of Alexandria
   SIDEBOARD
1 Berserk
1 Hurkyl’s Recall
1 Mox Pearl
1 Pyroblast
1 Echoing Truth
1 Snuff Out
1 Oxidize
1 Ancient Grudge
1 Rack and Ruin
1 Volcanic Island
3 Red Elemental Blast
2 Pithing Needle
 
3rd-8th: John Luc - Sui Black?
 CREATURES (7)
4 Dark Confidant
3 Withered Wretch
  ENCHANTMENTS (1)
1 Necropotence
  SORCERIES (19)
3 Tendrils of Agony
4 Duress
4 Cabal Therapy
4 Hymn to Tourach
2 Night’s Whisper
1 Demonic Tutor
1 Yawgmoth’s Will
   INSTANTS (10)
4 Dark Ritual
4 Cabal Ritual
2 Snuff Out
  ARTIFACTS (6)
4 Chalice of the Void
2 Null Rod
  LAND (17)
12 Swamp
4 Wasteland
1 Strip Mine
   SIDEBOARD
3 Contagion
2 Smother
2 Unmask
2 Coffin Purge
1 Tendrils of Agony
1 Leyline of the Void
4 Phyrexian Negator
 
3rd-8th: Martin Eriksen - GATr
 CREATURES (5)
4 Quirion Dryad
1 Psychatog
  ENCHANTMENTS (1)
1 Fastbond
  SORCERIES (11)
4 Duress
3 Merchant Scroll
1 Demonic Tutor
1 Yawgmoth’s Will
1 Time Walk
1 Regrowth
   INSTANTS (24)
4 Force of Will
4 Brainstorm
4 Gush
1 Cunning Wish
1 Vampiric Tutor
1 Mystical Tutor
2 Mana Drain
1 Red Elemental Blast
2 Misdirection
1 Ancestral Recall
3 Opt
  ARTIFACTS (5)
1 Mox Emerald
1 Mox Ruby
1 Mox Jet
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Black Lotus
  LAND (14)
3 Polluted Delta
3 Flooded Strand
3 Underground Sea
2 Tropical Island
1 Volcanic Island
1 Island
1 Library of Alexandria
   SIDEBOARD
1 Berserk
1 Fire // Ice
3 Pyroblast
2 Rack and Ruin
1 Oxidize
1 Volcanic Island
1 Blue Elemental Blast
1 Firestorm
1 Submerge
2 Stifle
1 Mana Drain
 
3rd-8th: Magnus Karlsson - Uba Stax
 CREATURES (5)
4 Goblin Welder
1 Duplicant
   ARTIFACTS (32)
3 Null Rod
3 Sphere of Resistance
2 Uba Mask
4 Smokestack
4 Tangle Wire
4 Chalice of the Void
3 Crucible of Worlds
1 Trinisphere
1 Mana Crypt
1 Sol Ring
1 Mox Pearl
1 Mox Jet
1 Mox Emerald
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Mox Ruby
1 Black Lotus
  LAND (23)
3 Barbarian Ring
4 Mountain
1 Rishadan Port
1 Mishra’s Factory
1 Tolarian Academy
4 Mishra’s Workshop
1 Strip Mine
4 Bazaar of Baghdad
4 Wasteland
   SIDEBOARD
2 Slice and Dice
1 Duplicant
3 Ensnaring Bridge
3 Red Elemental Blast
3 Granite Shard
3 Viashino Heretic
15  Eternal Formats / Miscellaneous / Re: The Mountains Win Again on: November 06, 2007, 04:36:07 pm
Just throwing an idea out there: what are people's opinions on Sinkhole in the deck? Complements Magus of the Moon nicely because it can destroy the opponent's basic lands. I haven't tested it or anything, but anyway.
16  Eternal Formats / Miscellaneous / Re: The Mountains Win Again on: November 05, 2007, 02:27:32 am
People at SvenskaMagic have suggested playing Phyrexian Negator instead of Jagged Poppet. What do you think about that idea?
Personally I think Negators seem a bit slow without Rituals, but then again, Poppet costs three mana as well.
17  Eternal Formats / Miscellaneous / Re: The Mountains Win Again on: November 04, 2007, 05:25:02 pm
If he Forced the Duress, I would probably use the SSG to cast Pyroblast instead (or play the Ruby before the Duress, since it's relatively unlikely that your opponent will counter a Mox anyway), since he apparently has something very important in hand that he doesn't want to lose. You give up the 2nd-turn Magus (unless you draw another mana source, which is relatively likely, considering that you have 20 of them left in your deck), but you Duress/Thoughtseize away his important bomb card. I chose to cast Duress first mainly because it can't be Misdirected, but that depends on what deck your opponent is playing. If you suspect that your opponent is playing a deck that relies on creatures (like Fish, for example), then Thoughtseize might be the way to go.
18  Eternal Formats / Global Vintage Tournament Reports and Results / Re: [Report] View from the Mountainside: Swedish Vintage Nationals *13th* on: November 04, 2007, 04:20:58 pm
Do you think you can get us t8 decklists?

They're not up on SvenskaMagic yet, but I'll post them here as soon as they are.

This is what I know at the moment:

1st - Flash
2nd - U/R Stax
3-4th - GAT
3-4th: ????
5-8th: Monoblack Aggro
5-8th: Keeper
5-8th: ????
5-8th: ????
19  Eternal Formats / Miscellaneous / Re: The Mountains Win Again on: November 04, 2007, 04:04:57 pm
when you play 1st, what should you do with this opening hand :
Bloodstained Mire, Mox Ruby, SSG, Thoughtseize, Duress, Pyroblast, Magus of The Moon

*mulligan is an option too  Wink

That's a really good hand! I'd play it like this:
1st turn - Fetch basic Swamp with Bloodstained Mire, play Duress, then play Mox Ruby (you play the Ruby after playing Duress because you really need Ruby to resolve, so you have three mana next turn). Now you have taken your opponent's best card, and you still have Pyroblast mana up.
2nd turn - Remove SSG for mana, play Magus of the Moon (unless your opponent had double Force of Will). If you drew a land this turn, you could play Thoughtseize first and then Magus.
20  Eternal Formats / Global Vintage Tournament Reports and Results / Re: [Report] View from the Mountainside: Swedish Vintage Nationals *13th* on: November 04, 2007, 03:53:53 pm
Thanks! Smile

I wish I could have taken some more pictures, but it's a little difficult to pilot both a camera and a Magic deck at the same time.

Btw, consider you did right with fetches basic due your match against oath and then you win the game. .it wont came along you will have 4-2 records because of you will face different opponents with different deck and probably stronger than your last two. .but really educational experience that you have. .thanks for sharing. .

Well, that's true, but if I had won the Oath match, I would probably have faced more GAT decks, and that would be a good thing since it's my best matchup. Of course, as you say, my opponents would have been stronger, but still.
21  Eternal Formats / Miscellaneous / Re: The Mountains Win Again on: November 04, 2007, 11:59:42 am
I played TMWA at the Swedish Vintage Nationals this weekend. Here's my report. Enjoy!

My decklist, for reference:

The Mountains Win Again

4 Badlands
4 Bloodstained Mire
1 Mountain
2 Polluted Delta
7 Swamp

4 Dark Confidant
4 Goblin Vandal
4 Jagged Poppet
4 Magus of the Moon
4 Simian Spirit Guide

4 Duress
3 Extirpate
1 Lotus Petal
2 Pyroblast
4 Pyrokinesis
4 Terminate
4 Thoughtseize

SB: 3 Cruel Edict
SB: 4 Red Elemental Blast
SB: 4 Shattering Spree
SB: 4 Yixlid Jailer
22  Eternal Formats / Global Vintage Tournament Reports and Results / [Report] View from the Mountainside: Swedish Vintage Nationals *13th* on: November 04, 2007, 11:56:16 am
(Note: Originally, I was going to name this report “View from the Mountaintop”, but since I didn’t finish in Top 8, I can’t really do that.)

This past weekend, at Borås Game Convention (which is kind of like GenCon but smaller), the Swedish Vintage Nationals were held. I was really excited to attend because this was my first larger Vintage tourney ever. Up until then, I had only played in one small tourney, which didn’t go too well (here’s my report on that one).

For this tournament, I decided to play a new version of The Mountains Win Again, despite my previous failure with the deck. I felt that the additions and revisions I had made to this version would make it better than last time. My changes consisted of, mainly, adding Dark Confidant and, because of that, changing all the expensive spells in the deck to much cheaper versions. A lot of boost came from the new Lorwyn card Thoughtseize, which works wonders in a deck like this.

The metagame for this tournament seemed to include lots and lots of GAT decks, with the remaining decks being a mixture of Flash and Stax as well as one or two copies of various decks, like Ichorid and Oath. Since the GAT matchup is among my best ones, I expected a relatively good result.

This was the decklist I played:

The Mountains Win Again

4 Badlands
4 Bloodstained Mire
1 Mountain
2 Polluted Delta
7 Swamp

4 Dark Confidant
4 Goblin Vandal
4 Jagged Poppet
4 Magus of the Moon
4 Simian Spirit Guide

4 Duress
3 Extirpate
1 Lotus Petal
2 Pyroblast
4 Pyrokinesis
4 Terminate
4 Thoughtseize

SB: 3 Cruel Edict
SB: 4 Red Elemental Blast
SB: 4 Shattering Spree
SB: 4 Yixlid Jailer

This was an official, sanctioned tourney, so no proxies were allowed, and therefore I couldn’t play Black Lotus, Mox Jet and Mox Ruby like I did last time. I added Lotus Petal and two Swamps instead. I do think TMWA can do rather well without power, since it only plays three of them normally, and it has Simian Spirit Guides and Lotus Petal to provide fast mana as well.

The tournament started at 9:00 AM, Saturday morning. I had gotten a good 8 hours of sleep, so I felt refreshed and well prepared to face… whatever it was that I was going to face. There were 36 people playing in this tournament, and there would be 6 rounds of Swiss followed by a Top 8. This meant that a 4-2 record probably would be good enough.

I didn’t take any notes while playing, so the recounts of my games will not be too long.

Round 1: Erik Ferm with GATr

My first opponent in this tourney was Erik. I’ve met him before, though I have not played against him. I think he placed well in a Vintage Nationals about 3-4 years ago, but that was the last I had heard about him. I was defeated in two quick games, despite Extirpating both Gush and Merchant Scroll in game two. I simply had too few threats while he had answers for the ones I did have. No really memorable plays in this round.

Record: 0-1 (0 points)

Oh well, this happens to everyone once in a while. Nothing to get sad about. Moving on to:

Round 2: Karl Nord with StifleNought GAT

Karl Nord is also known as egget on StarCityGames. He’s the one who makes all those awesome alterations and proxies. He also has a lot of really cool tattoos, as well as some mean Magic playing skills. Unfortunately (for him), he was manaflooded both games, and I got Magus of the Moon online during game one, I think. In game two, he played a Dreadnought and Stifled the comes-into-play triggered ability. I had Red Elemental Blast, Siman Spirit Guide, and two Terminates in hand, as well as some other card I don’t remember. So at the end of his turn, I play Terminate targeting his Dreadnought. He plays Force of Will, I remove Simian Spirit Guide and play REB. He Forces again! Nice hand! Fortunately for me, his hand was empty by then, so on my turn, I played another Terminate, which got through. The next turn I played a Jagged Poppet, and a few turns after that, I had won.

Record: 1-1 (3 points)

Round 3: Joakim Almelund with Oath

Joakim seems to have a newfound liking for the Eternal formats. Previously, I had only seen him play Standard, so I didn’t think he was much of a Vintage and Legacy person. But apparently he is (which is a good thing, I think – more players to the format). Anyway, I won the first game on the backs of a pair of Jagged Poppets. In game two, he made the first-turn play of Orchard, Mox, Oath. Next turn, he put a Spirit of the Night into play, and it was over shortly thereafter. In the third game, I made a seemingly trivial but actually crucial misplay on turn two: I fetched a Badlands instead of a basic Mountain, knowing Joakim had Wastelands in his deck. This might not seem like such a big deal, but it would become deciding some turns later when I had a Badlands and a basic Swamp as my only lands. He gets Akroma, Angel of Wrath with Oath of Druids, and then Wastes my Badlands. If I had fetched that basic Mountain instead on turn two, I would have had two lands to play the two Cruel Edicts I had in hand. Apparently he didn’t have Gaea’s Blessing in his deck either, so if I had gotten his two creatures, I would have won. But, as it were, I had only one land, and therefore I lost that game.

Record: 1-2 (3 points)

I didn’t think much about the mis-fetch directly afterwards, but eventually it would become the only reason I probably didn’t get into the Top 8. Continue reading to find out.

Round 4: Rikard Johansson with Welder Survival

Rikard is a nice fellow who plays an important part in the maintenance of the main Swedish Magic: the Gathering site SvenskaMagic. I won the first game mainly due to Magus of the Moon turning his Workshops and Taigas into Mountains, as well as me killing his Masticore with double Pyrokinesis (it regenerates). I then proceeded to lose games two and three, despite having both Goblin Vandal and Shattering Spree in both games. Juggernaut can be a real pain sometimes.

Record: 1-3 (3 points)

At this point, I knew I was out of contention for the Top 8, but I decided to continue playing anyway to at least finish decently. This was my first time playing this version of TMWA, too, so I wanted to try it out a bit more. At least I knew for sure I wasn’t going to finish last. Apparently, some guy played Wall.dec. No, that’s no joke – he really did. His main win condition consisted of blocking an attacking creature with one of his Walls, then casting Glyph of Destruction on it, and then using Fling to sacrifice it and deal 10 damage to his opponent. This he had to do twice to win one game, in a format overpopulated with Force of Will and where there’s rarely any creatures attacking unless it’s for the win (like a giant Dryad), and with him having no counters, “combo” protection, or draw engine whatsoever. Oh well, at least that meant that we had a sure contender for last place.

Round 5: Patrik Fransson with U/R Magus Fish

I knew Patrik from before, and we both had a 1-3 record and thus neither of us had any pressure to finish well, so this match was really friendly and fun. I won in two games with Magus of the Moon and Jagged Poppet after Extirpating his Grim Lavamancers.

Record: 2-3 (6 points)

Round 6: Roland Johansson with GAT

I knew this guy from before, too. I also helped him design his deck before the tournament, so I knew down to the last card exactly what he was playing. This included knowing that he didn’t play any Opts (he played 4 Mana Drains instead), and thus he would be more vulnerable to a resolved Magus of the Moon. That was exactly what happened in both games 1 and 2. He was new to playing GAT, too, so I guess he didn’t play as well as he would have done with a little more experience with the deck. Not to say that he isn’t an experienced Vintage player – he usually plays Storm Combo and has done so ever since Tendrils of Agony was first printed.

Final Record: 3-3 (9 points) - 13th Place

Now you understand why I said that the mis-fetch in round 3 was the only reason I didn’t get into Top 8. Had I won that game, I could have had a 4-2 record, and thus probably could have placed 5th -8th. At least I learned an important lesson: Every little decision you make can eventually become the difference between success and failure, even things as seemingly trivial as choosing what land to fetch. I still finished decently at 13th place, though, so I wasn’t too disappointed after all.

I’m really happy with how the deck worked out. Even though I didn’t face any Ichorid decks, and therefore never sideboarded my Yixlid Jailers, there were still two of them in the tournament, so I would probably have been happy to have the Jailers had I faced either of them.

Oh, I almost forgot – I took some pictures during the tournament. I’ll include them here for you to view: (Note: All the pictures in this report were taken with my cell phone camera, so they may not be of the best quality. Just so you know.)


This is me, the morning before the tournament. I need a new haircut or something.


The site where the tournament took place. Really nice, bright and spacious. I study at this school (Borås Högskola) so I know the place pretty well.


Another part of the school (the library).


My deck, which I really enjoyed playing despite the meager 3-3 record.


Some early-round action. Yes, that’s an Illusion of Grandeur on the right side of the table.


One of the more interesting games in the tournament. Flash vs. Ichorid, and Flash has triple Leyline of the Void in play. Both decks are in beatdown mode, with Ichorid’s Narcomoebas and Golgari Thug facing Flash’s Virulent Slivers. The Ichorid player is at one life while the Flash player is at twelve. Later, one of Ichorid’s Narcomoebas gets killed, and the game goes into a stalemate. Time is called, and then on the final additional turn, the Flash player topdecks a Protean Hulk. He Flashes it into play, then sacrifices it, and puts only a Heart Sliver into play (the only Hulk-able creature he had left in his library) and attacks with his three 1/1s versus Ichorid’s two.


Trygon Predator (Flash) vs. Demonic Consultation (Stifle Nought).


Quarterfinals 1: Stax vs. Keeper (!). Stax has some serious board advantage.


Quarterfinals 2: Monoblack Aggro (!) vs. GAT.


Finals: Stax vs. Flash. The deciding moment – Flash plays the deck’s namesake card for the win.

Well, that’s it for this time. This was my first real tournament report, so I hope you enjoyed it!
I’ll gladly accept any constructive criticism on how to improve my reporting skills.
23  Eternal Formats / Miscellaneous / Re: The Mountains Win Again on: October 26, 2007, 06:44:47 am
If I can find someone to lend me 4 Thoughtseizes, this is what I'll be playing at a double tourney next weekend:

4 Badlands
4 Bloodstained Mire
1 Mountain
2 Polluted Delta
7 Swamp

4 Dark Confidant
4 Goblin Vandal
4 Jagged Poppet
4 Magus of the Moon
4 Simian Spirit Guide

1 Blood Moon
4 Duress
3 Extirpate
3 Lightning Axe
1 Lotus Petal
2 Pyroblast
4 Pyrokinesis
4 Thoughtseize

SB: 3 Cruel Edict
SB: 4 Red Elemental Blast
SB: 4 Shattering Spree
SB: 4 Yixlid Jailer

Lightning Axe has proven to be very good, especially with Confidant and Jagged Poppet, and a lot easier to cast than Terminate.

It's two no-proxy tourneys, so that's why there are no Moxen or Lotus this time.
However, getting ahold of 4 Thoughtseize can be tricky. And it seems like there's no good replacement in this version of the deck either. Do you have any idea what I could replace 4 Thoughtseize with if I don't find anyone who can lend me a playset?

Also, I think that although this deck can be good at abusing Extirpate, the best deck with that card is probably some deck with Wastelands.
24  Vintage Community Discussion / General Community Discussion / Re: The Invitational on: October 20, 2007, 01:28:51 am
Hey, rules question on Steve's card:

If a player has a Sphere of Resistance in play, and you play Twilight Tutor, you have to pay an additional {1} to play it. Can you search for an additional card by paying the extra cost with colored mana? For example, can you pay  {B} {R} {G} and search your library for a sorcery and a creature? Or pay {U} {U} {B} and get two instants?
25  Eternal Formats / Miscellaneous / Re: The Mountains Win Again on: October 18, 2007, 02:11:03 pm
While we're speaking of Goldmeadow Harrier and the like, what about Rathi Trapper in the B/R version? Or would you rather play removal?
26  Eternal Formats / Miscellaneous / Re: The Mountains Win Again on: October 16, 2007, 10:54:14 am
Man-Prison no henkyaku! ^_^

Interesting Tokyo list. What interests me the most is the fact that the deck contains twelve Sphere effects.
27  Eternal Formats / Miscellaneous / Re: The Mountains Win Again on: September 27, 2007, 02:02:33 pm
Nice!

Sylvain Larochelle's list seems a lot like BDW gone Vintage. Not as much disruption, and more of a pure aggro deck.

Also, lol:
Quote
4th - Lany Chabot Laroche
[some cards]
3 Magnus of the Moon
[more cards]
28  Eternal Formats / Miscellaneous / Re: The Mountains Win Again on: September 23, 2007, 03:56:26 am
IIRC there was a red card from prophecy that allowed you to sacrifice a mountain to deal three as you choose.  I can't recal the casting cost right now though :/

I think you mean this:

Flameshot  {3} {R}
Sorcery
You may discard a Mountain card from your hand rather than pay Flameshot's mana cost.
Flameshot deals 3 damage divided as you choose among any number of target creatures.

Perhaps the Lightning Axe slot would be better filled with Lightning Bolt so that it an call the opponent in a pinch. If the main concern is killing ginormous dryads and/or togs, perhaps Cruel/Imperial Edict would be better in that slot, or maybe even Sudden Shock.

For two mana, Terminate feels like the best option. Pitches to Pyrokinesis, too. I tried to get the mana costs in the deck down as low as possible, but perhaps I overdid it a little... 2-mana removal spells aren't affected by Chalice set to 1, either.
29  Eternal Formats / Miscellaneous / Re: The Mountains Win Again on: September 22, 2007, 07:02:45 pm
Snuff Out still better than Lightning Axe for me since its free cost.
In non-Confidant TMWA, yes. But it costs 4 mana, which is a little too much in a deck with Confidant. Not to mention the fact that you pay 4 life to cast it most of the time. That hurts...
30  Eternal Formats / Miscellaneous / Re: The Mountains Win Again on: September 22, 2007, 09:18:15 am
With Thoughtseize, I think I'll be trying out a version of the deck with cheaper mana costs and Dark Confidant.

A preliminary list:

4 Dark Confidant
4 Goblin Vandal
4 Jagged Poppet
4 Magus of the Moon
4 Simian Spirit Guide

1 Black Lotus
1 Blood Moon
4 Duress
3 Extirpate
3 Lightning Axe
1 Mox Jet
1 Mox Ruby
2 Pyroblast
4 Pyrokinesis
4 Thoughtseize

Sideboard:
3 Cruel Edict
4 Leyline of the Void
4 Red Elemental Blast
4 Shattering Spree

What do you think about it?
Lightning Axe was the best mana-cheap removal I could come up with that didn't hurt you (e.g. Vendetta) or wasn't too conditional (e.g. Ghastly Demise). It actually seems surprisingly good in this deck, despite the fact that it isn't even played in TSP block decks. 5 damage for 1 mana is really nice, and you can afford the spare card a lot of the time, especially with Confidant. And this deck has been known to break otherwise unplayable cards before, right?
A revealed Pyrokinesis hurts a lot, but hey, lots of decks play both FoW and Confidant, so why not?
I have my doubts about Goblin Vandal, but it is very good vs. Stax/Workshop aggro, a matchup I experienced to be rather difficult during my latest tourney. Against other decks, it eats Moxen, just like Shaman. They might become something else, though.

I've considered Ankh of Mishra and Pyrostatic Pillar, but my main concern is that you hurt yourself too much with them in a deck already full of cheap spells and life loss. The other card rkmancer posted, Thorn of Amethyst, seems nice too, but this version is still playing lots of cheap noncreature spells. Paying an additional 1 for each of them seems to slow you down quite a bit.
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