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1  Vintage Community Discussion / General Community Discussion / Re: Favorite Magic Plays on: November 09, 2011, 06:45:51 pm
At SCG power 9 Rochester, I was playing a UWb Landstill deck and my opponent was on Oath, this is right after Orchard was printed and Mean Deck Oath was the new hot thing.

In game two i had sided in 4 Extract. I go turn one Extract you, my opponent reads the card, and sighs heavily. We play draw go for a few turns, and on turn 4 i rip Yawg Will, and cast it with Extract as my only card in the yard, my opponent concedes. Turn 4 win with Landstill!!!
2  Vintage Community Discussion / General Community Discussion / Re: Rumors/Previews/mtg.com articles on: September 19, 2011, 10:56:10 am
Correct me if I'm wrong (and I am pretty damn sure I'm wrong), but does this do silly things with Sundial of the Infinite?

Yes that works and is really amusing, just remember to play your other spells pre combat!
3  Vintage Community Discussion / General Community Discussion / Re: Rumors/Previews/mtg.com articles on: September 13, 2011, 01:36:01 pm
So these seem interesting.

Strategic planning sort of upgrade.

KRec that can pitch to force, and hits more cards, and is one cheaper to flashback. If any decks still play that card they get an upgrade.

Forbidden Alchemy 2u
Instant (C)
Look at the top four cards of your library. Put one of them into your hand and the rest into your graveyard.
Flashback 6b
Illus. David Rapoza
55/264

Memory's Journey 1u
Instant (U)
Target player shuffles up to three target cards from his or her graveyard into his or her library.
Flashback G
Illus. Slawomir Maniak
66/264
4  Vintage Community Discussion / General Community Discussion / Re: MTGChicago // Stasch Kuras // SKuras // Scam on: October 26, 2010, 11:02:00 am
Concerning Pros wearing Mtg Chicago shirts.

I was at GP Toronto on the weekend and there were a lot of pros wearing these shirts. I have a friend who spent some time in Japan and knew some pros and could translate for me when talking to Shuuhei Nakamura and Kazuya Mitamura, I asked them about the shirts. Essentially they weren't happy about wearing them and they didn't know he was a thief and bad at the time but they had agreed to wear them and were paid to wear them for 1 full year, and they said after that time is up they will stop as a lot of people have come up to them and raised concerns, but they felt obligated as they had agreed and been paid already. I don't necessarily agree with their position to honor their agreement but i certainly understand it and i can't fault them for that. 

As far as i can tell all the pros who this happened to are in the same boat, and it seems that MtgChicago paid a bunch of these people probably at the beginning of the PT season. So hopefully come January we won't see this shirt around at events and in coverage anymore.
5  Vintage Community Discussion / General Community Discussion / Re: New Magic Humor Video (The Legacy Metagame) on: October 18, 2010, 03:30:57 pm
These are hilarious, keep them coming.
6  Vintage Community Discussion / General Community Discussion / Re: Rumors/Previews/mtg.com articles on: September 16, 2010, 09:03:16 am


This seems like the better guy of that cycle. I like drawing cards and blue guys with no activation way better than White critters with activations.
7  Eternal Formats / General Strategy Discussion / Re: Riddlesmith on: September 16, 2010, 08:59:46 am
This guys seems really interesting.

None of the other ones in this cycle really power themselves up, but this one can chain a bunch of activations together, especially if you have two out. I can see this working really well in some sort of Welder/Will type deck.
8  Eternal Formats / General Strategy Discussion / Re: Darksteel juggernaut on: September 16, 2010, 08:51:54 am
Really interesting!!!
This guy can see play in MUD lists.
Supose you play, shop double moxen, or shop, crypt and chalice of the void, this guy will enter play as an indestructible 2/2 in the first turn. After that, each Sphere, Crucible, Rods and Golens will make it bigger, so in theory it will attack and disrupt at the same time, since you will make it bigger.!!!

I like it a lot!!!

Actually this guy would be a 3/3 in your example as he does count himself.
9  Vintage Community Discussion / General Community Discussion / Re: Rumors/Previews/mtg.com articles on: September 13, 2010, 10:55:01 am
Screw that - Shop, Mox, This T1 seems straight worse than Lodestone or Jugs

FTFY
10  Eternal Formats / General Strategy Discussion / Re: Is Lightning Bolt Relevant Again? on: August 23, 2010, 03:22:11 pm
Of the 5 relevant cards in the first list, REB kills 2 of them, and pyroclasm kills 2, that doesn't seem like a good comparison.

Also how does Top stop your opponent from Brainstorming every turn?
11  Eternal Formats / General Strategy Discussion / Is Lightning Bolt Relevant Again? on: August 23, 2010, 11:08:02 am
I've been out of Vintage for a while now, but i try to keep up reading top 8 lists and articles and i'm always thinking of new ideas. Recently Shockwave has been trying to stimulate some local vintage interest and it got me thinking, is Lightning Bolt undervalued right now?

Here are relevant things that are Tier 1 that bolt straight up kills in the format:

Jace TMS (assuming they Bstorm first)
Trygon Predator
Lodestone Golem
Dark Confidant
Metal Worker

A little less relevant but still not bad:

Juggernaught
Goblin Welder
A Spirit token to buy a turn against oath
Tezz after a search activation
Everything that isn't a Tarmogoyf in Noble Fish
Gorilla Shaman

I know usually in vintage removal or burn are discounted as not worth it, but if Natures Claim and Spell Pierce are fine maindeck choices Bolt seems pretty decent right now too, as far as limited removal/answers go.
The fact that this can hit Planeswalkers seems fairly relevant over something like swords to plowshares. Obviously people can play around that, but that is only if they know it's there and only if they can afford to do the +2 at that time.

I guess this leads to the question, what sort of deck would want to run Bolt?

Anyone have any thoughts on this?
12  Vintage Community Discussion / General Community Discussion / Re: Survey at MTG.com on M11 on: July 21, 2010, 12:38:45 pm
Do you know what sucks about these surveys? they say it is mac compatible on firefox, and it's simply not true. I don't know anyone who can get this to work on the "select 3 out of the whole set" who is on this set up.

I have no idea where or how to send my gripe to wizards, i've contacted a few people who know people at wizards over a year ago, but they haven't changed anything, so i only get to do half of the survey, and i don't even know if they count that.  Sad
13  Vintage Community Discussion / General Community Discussion / Re: Rumors/Previews/mtg.com articles on: June 28, 2010, 11:32:58 am

RDWs has serious issues beating Baneslayer.  This card means you dont have to use 2 burn spells on it which should translate into an extra 2 damage to your opponent.  Seems good enough to play.  Flameslash gets played because its one card that takes out wall of omens, rhox war monk and helps take down BSA this card does all of that plus cant be countered for one extra mana.
Honestly the mistake here was printing Baneslayer in the first place.  They've been doing this to themselves pretty frequently lately, with Bitterblossom, Bloodbraid Elf, and Baneslayer Angel, and Baneslayer is the easiest to recognize as busted.  The same manacost used to get you a 4/4 flier with two positivie abilities, not you get a 5/5 with five positive abilities!  In addition to nearly invalidating whole opposing strategies, like RDW, it also removes any conversation about the other very powerful white finishers in Standard right now, like World Queller, Battlegrace Angel, Admonition Angel, or the forthcoming Sun Titan.  Even at  {4} {W} {W} it would be quite strong,  {3} {W} {W} is just a joke.  Iit would see play in Standard at  {2} {W} {W} {W} {W}.

Now Standard is full of these inelegant 'solutions', like Volcanic Fallout, Great Sable Stag, Combust and Plummet.

But baneslayer isn't even that great in standard at the moment. I'm fine with Plummet and Combust as they aren't totally narrow, they are good against multiple cards. I do agree that it sucks that otherwise playable cards like World Queller get squeezed out, but it doesn't squeeze out everything. Queller has seen some sideboard action and i'm pretty sure Sun Titan is unique and different enough that it should see some play.
14  Vintage Community Discussion / General Community Discussion / Re: Rumors/Previews/mtg.com articles on: June 25, 2010, 11:03:20 am
I was specifically talking about BBS style things. I totally agree that CES is way better in Noble fish and what not, but i wouldn't write this new phid off completely just cause it is worse comparatively in that one deck.
15  Vintage Community Discussion / General Community Discussion / Re: Rumors/Previews/mtg.com articles on: June 25, 2010, 10:14:10 am
The thing is, you can't play Selkie on the first turn so easily. The thing that makes Phid so good, is that having 2 off colour moxes, or a mana crypt or a mox and a sol ring will let you cast it on turn 1, selkie is very hard to cast on turn 1, without running something like chrome mox or petals etc.

The casting cost also works a lot better with colorless lands. Which is huge in a deck like BBS, it also works better with drain.

The casting costs are worlds apart.
16  Vintage Community Discussion / General Community Discussion / Re: Rumors/Previews/mtg.com articles on: June 25, 2010, 09:27:34 am
Scroll Thief
{2}u
Creature - Merfolk Rogue    Common
Whenever Scroll Thief deals combat damage to a player, draw a card.
1/3

So better Ophidian with tribal synergies? Seems good.

Is there potential for an old school BBS ? would you want to run more than 4 phids?
I could see 6 or 7 giving you a lot of redundancy for a first turn phid.
17  Vintage Community Discussion / General Community Discussion / Re: How on God's Green Earth is there not a World Cup Thread? on: June 24, 2010, 09:28:13 am



18  Vintage Community Discussion / General Community Discussion / Re: Free online play at Gamesiplay.net on: June 16, 2010, 12:42:06 pm
Wow as a mac user who doesn't have MWS i really look forward to trying this out, though i'm a little afraid it will suck up all my free time that isn't already magic based.
19  Vintage Community Discussion / General Community Discussion / Re: MTGChicago // Stasch Kuras // SKuras // Scam on: May 17, 2010, 01:26:42 pm
Leaving you the consumer screwed since you could have pre-ordered from a reputible dealer (SCG or ChannelFireball) who will FILL ORDERS AT A LOSS TO THEMSELVES.

Actually ChannelFireball has a pretty bad reputation of doing exactly this as well with their pre sales.
20  Vintage Community Discussion / Non-Vintage / [Toronto Canada] Legacy Mox Jet Tournament @ DG - Sat, June 26th on: May 12, 2010, 10:31:17 am
Posting for the TO

Quote
Dueling Grounds is hosting a Legacy Constructed tournament for a Mox Jet! Entry is $20 and all participants receive a DG score pad. Deck lists must be provided. Prizes for the top 8. 1st place wins a Mox! Places 2 - 8 win store credit based on attendance.

Scan of the Mox Jet will be uploaded ASAP.

No preregistration - just show up the day of the event. Doors open at 11:00 a.m. and tournament begins at 12:00 p.m. There will be a 20 minute lunch break after round 1. We're located right BESIDE Pizza Pizza, Subway's around the corner, tons of other places within 5 min. walk.

Directions:
http://www.dueling-grounds.com/location.html

Parking is available on Brock Ave., the Dufferin Mall or a pay lot just north of bloor.

Please note no food is allowed in our store. Drinks are fine and we sell pop, juice and water for $1.
_________________
Wayne Mittlestead
Owner, Dueling Grounds
http://dueling-grounds.com/
416-534-DUEL (3835)


Hope to see everyone there!
If you have any questions post them here or the MTGOntario thread (you need an account) and i will pass them on to the TO. You can also contact the store and TO.
21  Eternal Formats / Creative / Re: Bloodghast Tezzeret on: May 07, 2010, 12:26:10 pm
I'd so run a gate to phyrexia in the board. Seems awesome with bloodghast.
22  Vintage Community Discussion / Non-Vintage / Re: Toronto Legacy for a Mox Tournament @ Dueling Grounds - Sat, April 3rd on: April 06, 2010, 12:01:00 pm
33 Players

I was unable to get decklists, however there were a number of people who did not want their lists posted, and while i disagree with this, it wasn't my event so not my call to make.

You can go here if you want the names of the Top 8
http://mtgontario.com/index.php?name...ewtopic&t=7633
Shockwave on these forums was the Landstill player in top 8 and i was the guy running Contaminated Demons

Top 8 was:

UBR Faeries defeating NO Bant (Madrid list)
UR Painter defeating UW Landstill
UWb Control defeating ANT
UGW faerie/trinket aggro control beating Contaminated Demons (Bg)

Top 4:
UWb Control defeating UBR Faeries
UR Painter defeating UGW faerie/trinket aggro control

Top 2:
UR Painter split with UWb control


The painter list was running Intuition AK's and trinket mages. Back to Basics was in the board or main, not sure.
The UWb control was mostly UW i'm not sure what the black was for maybe just board, it ran humility and back to basics, vedalken shackles. It top 8'd the 46 player event the day before.
The UGW faerie/trinket aggro control was not running counter top, it had spell stutters, war monks, Vclique, goyf, and trinkets with all the usual suspects in force, daze and swords etc. It also ran Mutavaults over wastelands.

Thanks to everyone who came out.
23  Vintage Community Discussion / General Community Discussion / Re: Why Alien, Aliens, Alien 3, and Alien: Resurrection is the ‘Best’ Alien Movie on: March 16, 2010, 09:57:22 am
No love for Alien Vs. Predator?

JK


I seriously love all the films with the 4th coming in last for being too cheesy and trying to cover to much ground. I never understood the hate for number 3, i always thought it was solid. That being said i still voted for Alien.
24  Eternal Formats / Eternal Article Discussion / Re: [Free article]Breaking Through: Bonding With Vintage by Conley Woods on: March 15, 2010, 10:03:23 am
I can't really see a good reason not to just run black as your splash.
Maindeck you have 2 E tutors, which could just as easily be a vamp and demonic.
In the sideboard it's mostly white for anti creature stuff but that could just as easily be black removal.

The only down side of going black is that horizon canopy and karakas in the board are a little less potent, but you are running bojuka bogs so it evens out.

I think if you did go black you could maybe reduce the Selkies for Bob's as you already have tops and CB, it just seems like there is more synergy there.
25  Vintage Community Discussion / Non-Vintage / Toronto Legacy for a Mox Tournament @ Dueling Grounds - Sat, April 3rd on: March 11, 2010, 01:15:43 pm
Posting for a local tournament:

Quote
Originally Posted by mittlestead
Dueling Grounds is hosting a Legacy Constructed tournament for a Mox Ruby! Entry is $20 and all participants receive a DG score pad. Deck lists must be provided. Prizes for the top 8. 1st place wins a Mox Ruby in Very Good condition. Places 2 - 8 win store credit based on attendance.

No preregistration - just show up the day of the event. Doors open at 11:00 a.m. and tournament begins at 12:00 p.m. There will be a 20 minute lunch break after round 1. We're located right BESIDE Pizza Pizza, Subway's around the corner, tons of other places within 5 min. walk.

Directions:
http://www.dueling-grounds.com/location.html

Parking is available on Brock Ave., the Dufferin Mall or a pay lot just north of bloor.

Here's a scan of the Mox Ruby:

http://dueling-grounds.com/mtg_prize.htm

Definitely one of the better ones I've seen. I value it at $360 so after 18 players it ALL goes into the prize pool for 2nd to 8th.

Please note no food is allowed in our store. Drinks are fine and we sell pop, juice and water for $1.

Wayne Mittlestead
Owner, Dueling Grounds
http://dueling-grounds.com/
416-534-DUEL (3835)
26  Vintage Community Discussion / General Community Discussion / Re: MTGChicago // Stasch Kuras // SKuras // Scam on: February 16, 2010, 02:48:57 pm
Saito  was wearing a MTGChicago.com t-shirt at GP:Oakland so hes still going.

I was surprised to see this too, maybe Saito doesn't really know what has gone on. Saito is one of the best in the game and really well liked so he must have been paid a decent chunk for that.
27  Vintage Community Discussion / General Community Discussion / Re: What are the stiffest card protectors available? on: January 21, 2010, 03:52:42 pm
Maybe it's just the batches in my city but every set of those sleeves (regardless of picture) have been super terrible just like all other ultra pro products i've tried since 1998.

i guess YMMV.
28  Vintage Community Discussion / General Community Discussion / Re: What are the stiffest card protectors available? on: January 21, 2010, 12:01:37 pm
I've had nothing but bad experiences with the Magic brand sleeves. I've had a lot of them split or peel, or have imperfections where the clear part is too big for the back so they wobble and are totally marked. The Nicol bolas ones i bought out of the 80 i'm down to 64, which is really lame as if i lose many more i can't even sleeve a deck.

I've had the best results thickness wise with dragon shields and i've never had them split. That being said they are pretty thick and sometimes curve a lot. Also in the 100 count boxes usually 50 are one size and the other 50 are a different size, which is irritating but manageable.

So my experiences are totally opposite to FFY's.

I suggest just buying a couple different types and seeing what you like.
29  Vintage Community Discussion / General Community Discussion / Re: Feedback: Largest NA Vintage event? on: December 18, 2009, 02:05:51 pm
I think having it in Canada as opposed to somewhere just on the other side of the border is a mistake. I think there are a lot more magic playing Canadians with passports than Americans. Being close to NE and Montreal seems less important now a days compared to 3 or more years ago, their scenes are a shadow of their former selves from what i understand.

All that being said, i'll dust off my vintage and play in this for sure, and if for whatever reason i can't play, i will donate to the prize pool, maybe even both.
30  Eternal Formats / Creative / Re: Ghast Deck on: December 18, 2009, 01:14:20 pm
Land:
1 Marsh Flats
2 Misty Rainforest
4 Bloodstained Mire
6 Swamp
2 Forest
3 Bayou

Seriously? Seriously?
Give me one good reason that 4 of these are not Verdant Catacombs.
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