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« on: October 28, 2014, 11:44:48 am »

Well this is a tournament report I wasn't expecting to be writing and especially not after my testing on Saturday night against cutlex in our hotel room (Note: Do not test your worst matchup the night before the event, it will only make you want to audible which is wrong). 

I wanted to do a quick recap of the weekend and then an actual tourney report for all those poor souls who couldn't attend Champs cause it is/was/will continue to be the 2nd best event in Vintage MTG (after the Twaun Serious Invitational).  If you just want to read about the event skip to Sunday below.

Wake up with a slight sore throat and a runny nose, but otherwise no big deal.  I fill my mason jar with coffee, kiss my girlfriend for good luck, and carry my way-to-much-crap downstairs to meet Jerry and G in the yangtime mobile.  We stop by Dunkin Donuts across the street to double down on coffee and then fly off to the wilds of Cleveland to pick up Nam.  After picking him up and looking skeptically at the remaining room in the car that will hold Caffrey on the way back to the Cleve, we are on our way.  At least, we would have been, but we also had to stop by Paul's house (just a tiny bit out of the way) to pick up Charles's cards that he would like to see signed by the artists at champs. We meet Paul and get the cards in what could only appear to be a drug deal to the other patrons in the parking lot of cracker barrel.  We have a filling and decent enough breakfast at same Cracker Barrel and set off for Philadelphia only about 2.5 hours later than Jerry would have liked (which he was totally fine with Neutral). 
We proceed to do what magic players always do: Talk about magic, or specifically what team serious always does: Talk about poop decks!

I want to play a deck with 4x Engineered Explosives and 4x Abrupt Decay.
- Jerry Yang

We can totally make Rip Helm work in a blue deck in vintage.
- Everyone in the car

If you want to beat the other workshops decks you should totally play 2-card monte, plus it blows up yards for free.
- Myself, thank goodness Nam didn't listen to me.

If you guys are making this Rip Helm deck, I am definitely not playing Black Guy Combo.
- G, he did play it.

I want to play UR GAT with 4 treasure cruise.
- Jerry Yang

You know what Terra Nova absolutely can never beat in their 75?  Island Sanctuary!
- Myself

I want to play Control Oath with delve cards.
- Jerry Yang

This actually resulted in some useful realizations since A) We convinced Caffrey to play the Rip Helm deck with the extra set of power Team Serious had with them at champs and B) I was the only one in the car (and seemingly on Team Serious) who had any idea what he was playing at champs, other then Josh McCurly on a similar deck.

Speaking of which here is my self designed (just kidding it is a Yangtime special from 2008 or 2009) list from champs:
Drawing/Tutoring (22)
4 Gush
2 Dig Through Time - Absolutely absurd all day, let me play much more aggressively, 2 is probably the correct number.
1 Brainstorm
4 Preordain
1 Ancestral Recall
2 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
2 Regrowth - One of my favorite cards in this deck, and currently in vintage.
1 Noxious Revival - See above and also, lived the dream against dredge by time walking by putting back a Grave Troll Rd 5.
1 Gifts Ungiven - I feel like this card has fallen out of favor and I don't know why.
1 Demonic Tutor
1 Vampiric Tutor
1 Merchant Scroll
1 Mystical Tutor

Protection/Preventing Other Broken (11)
4 Force of Will
4 Thoughtseize - Play 4 thoughtseize if you are doing anything broken, was SO good for me all day.
1 Hurkyl's Recall
1 Nihil Spellbomb - Last minute addition, again thanks to Jerry, was great all day.
1 Abrupt Decay - Last minute addition, not awesome, would have preferred chain of vapor, MBT, or Fluster.

Misc Broken stuff (3)
1 Fastbond
1 Yawgmoth's Will
1 Time Walk

Win Conditions (3)
1 Tendrils of Agony
1 Tinker
1 Blightsteel Colossus

Mana (21)
1 Black Lotus
1 Mox Emerald
1 Mox Jet
1 Mox Pearl
1 Mox Ruby
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Sol Ring
1 Mana Crypt
1 Island
1 Snow-Covered Island
2 Underground Sea
2 Tropical Island
1 Tolarian Academy
4 Scalding Tarn
2 Polluted Delta

SB: 2 Pithing Needle
SB: 2 Engineered Explosives
SB: 4 Oath of Druids
SB: 3 Forbidden Orchard
SB: 2 Griselbrand
SB: 2 Ravenous Trap

I did come up with the sideboard all by myself, and I was really happy with it, changed to 2 Rav trap from 2 more needle and it was awesome for me since I played dredge 2x.

This list is definitely the most fun I have had in vintage that didn't involve casting 2 mana draft unplayables and making people tilt.  It really is true, to paraphrase Snoop Trogg, play the deck that makes you the most excited, and with which you are most comfortable.  I have been playing a variation of this list for 6 months, Jerry has been playing Burning Oath for more than a year, and Nam was born with foil-y shops pieces in his hands.  Everyone else picked their deck basically the night before champs.

[Interruption concluded]

Anyhow, after a successful 7 hour bullshit session we arrive to philly amidst some serious traffic, and props once again for not just murdering us all out of rage while dealing with crazy drivers all over the damn place.  Once again, it is good to live in a fake city, and have fake traffic.  The young guy party room checks in/ Sam joins the party (he came up with Greg "nicest person on the planet" Price and avoided the traffic) and we head out to meet up with Jimmy McCarthy, Soly, Jaco, and Danny Friedman: the latter two of whom had been playing their own mini champs of "old school" while drinking classy alcohol in Jaco's hotel room.  We all converge on Nan Zhou and literally have a table of 7 (the old school guys came a bit later) of what Jerry tells us to order the Beef Brisket Noodle soup (either hand-shaved or hand drawn).  Jerry did not lead us astray.  We destroy this food and then head out in search of alcohol.  Jerry, G and I get sidetracked by a restaurant that has soup dumplings (!) and the others head to a bar.  We also hatch 1 of several good plans to spend the rest of our lives traveling, eating and playing magic and getting paid for some reason. 

At this point we realize that liquor stores are closing soon in PA (and there aren't a lot of options for buying liquor anyhow) so Jerry and I venture forth to try and buy supplies so that we are not forced to drink only the Fireball and "yangtimes" (yeagarbombs for the uninformed) that were brought along by our compatriots across state lines. He and I settle on some Laphroaig single malt and Kraken rum, but sadly no beer, since that can only be purchased at a beer distributor and not a liquor store :\. 

Eventually, we all converge on the hotel room and start drinking in earnest, as well as, hearing Jimmy disparage our thoughts about UW Helm, and welcome JR to the mix when he got off work.  As it turned out JR had actually already tested island sanctuary in Vintage (how is that even possible?!) and explained why it is not, in fact, amazing, or even really playable.  While we are all busy being friends and having fun, Jimmy and Jerry rehash many of the discussions and realize that is might be possible to make "8-duress Gat" work with Treasure Cruise which gets them both very excited. They go so far as to write up a list, and when Jerry and I make the trek to our Hotel in New Jersey (about 15 minutes away) I realize how excited Jerry is when he builds the deck and opts to stay up until almost 2am testing it with me (?!), the open bottle of Laphroaig probably didn't hurt.

We decide that while Gat could work the way you wanted it to, the meta that it was designed to dominate bears little resemblance to one which has run rampant with deathrite shaman, and young pyromancer, and Jerry is once again without a decklist.  We go to bed, and Jerry, good guy that he is, goes to pick up Caffrey at 6am as he was arriving on his flight from Vegas to join in the fun. 


When Jerry wakes up the 2nd time we are ready to start the eating challenge of the day and meet up with Jimmy and Soly at the Dutch Eating place at Reading Terminal Market. Once again Jerry's suggestion of the "short stack" of pancakes is the overwhelmingly agreed upon choice, and we are all very happy with this.  Word of advice to any who go here, you only need the short stack, these pancakes are gigantic. We also get 2 Apple Dumplings to split between the 4 of us (and later Caffrey when he arrives) they are so massive and rich that we cannot finish them.

Next stop convention center for registration, picking up playmats, dropping off soly for Vintage prelims, and checking in with the guys playing legacy.  The hall is busy, and we get our first inklings from Nick that this is going to be a big tournament.  The artists table is also incredibly impressive, if I had a little more cash ready at this tournament I may have tried to buy an original piece of magic art from RKF or of Calcite Snapper!

The next stop on the food tour was Di Bruno Bros Market for Roast Pork sandwiches and our own created cheese and charcuterie boards including Duck Prosciutto (!), my favorite cheese (garrotxa), and a 5-year aged gouda from WI based on Jimmy's recommendation. The pork was a little worse than last year, but still a really tasty, and well constructed sandwich.  Also, still better than any cheesesteak, by a country mile.  This was also just a pleasant way to eat a meal, chatting constructing bites, and not feeling like we were in any rush. 

We planned on heading to a good whiskey bar next since it was well past noon, but we were sidetracked by a french bakery called Miel Patisserie (I think) where we bought some macaroons which were eaten during champs and were really delicious, light and full of flavor.  At the whiskey bar we ended up on the second floor (this seems to be more common in Philly than a lot of cities) and got some good suggestions from the waiter for whiskies to try.  All were delicious, but I believe the Talisker 10-year was the overall favorite of the table. 

Our group then added a few people, and then promptly split into two groups to accommodate more restaurants in limited time.  Jerry lead a group in the direction of Temple University for Bulgogi Beef Cheesesteaks and Jimmy Sam and I headed over to Barbuzzo.  We got and split 3 small plates and some truly excellent cocktails.  The bone marrow was rich and very delicious, but my favorite small plate was the roasted pear bruschetta, savory and really fantastic. It was also the first time I had tried flat apple cider, it was very dry, served in a wine glass, and I would for sure try it again some time.

From there we met back up with Jerry, and Nam and added Jaco and JR to the mix at good dog.  Though the prices on drinks were high, and the waitstaff was not the most helpful, my food at least was really excellent.  I split a grilled cheese with smoked gouda, slab bacon and roasted apples with Jimmy, and split a duck pot pie with Jerry that had shitake mushrooms and star anise in it.  Really excellent.  Sadly they did not have the Lamb Belly sandwich and I fear that was just a fleeting menu item, never to be heard from again.

Lamb Belly

Thinly sliced lamb belly brined in red wine, roasted then lightly grilled, topped with spiced oven roasted tomatoes, pickled red onions, arugula & lemon aioli on rosemary focaccia

Anyhow, JR and Jaco are not overly satisfied, and the Handy Nasty has been on the docket for awhile so we plan on heading out the mid 30s block since they have an opening at about 9pm, and G is planning on meeting us.  This meal is probably one of the best of the whole trip, but I will let Jerry describe it, as it was all on him for ordering and served family style.  Suffice it to say that we wanted spicy delicious sichuan and it was delivered.  Once again a really great overall meal experience and walking to and from the restaurant lead to some more speculation/deck descriptions/claims about best decks, and one tidbit from JR that inspired a conversation in the car on the way back to Jersey with Jerry about what sort of shell might be good with Treasure Cruise and Dig Through Time in the future.

Anyway, we finally arrived back our hotel and began talking to cutlex and Kevin Poenisch who had driven in that day and were staying with us.  They were both actually pretty sure about what they were playing (gasp!) and given that the tournament was the next day we decided to build a deck for Caffrey (see below), Jerry, and get in some testing.  Let me just say that Terra Nova is the scariest deck in vintage in my opinion.  That thing is a monster.  Jerry after days of theory crafting, testing and vacillating finally decides to play the deck that he is most comfortable with Burning long, with the addition of a couple of Digs and 6 duress effects.  We eventually go to sleep much later than we had planned, after making a shower schedule for the morning to insure max sleeping time for Jerry and myself, since we were already reg'd for the tournament and had filled out our decklists.

Vintage champs has officially arrived and we are ready for some action.  After handing Caffrey his decklist, acquiring the power for it from various parties (we literally had a whole extra set between us though Soly/Jimmy did forgot a mox at JR's), and asking what everyone was playing (apparently a lot of decisions in the young man party room had been fueled by Yangtimes and made at 1am) we were ready to game.

Rd 1 Control Slaver -Tony from Michigan
Tony was a really good guy, and I believe he drove own with Cron. He thinks I look familiar and he eventually realizes I am an idiot from Ohio so he must have met me at a TSO. He was playing a pretty spicy list with Dack Fayden, Intuition AK, welder and other goodies, that made me want to play slaver.  Game 1 probably was the most "vintage-y" of the whole day and really set the tone for the deck.  I won the die roll and played land, mox jet, preordain and picked up a vampiric tutor to go with my regrowth, lotus and yawg will.  My opponent goes turn 1 mystical > tinker, AK to draw tinker and cast it to get myr battlestation emptying his hand.  At this point I am pretty confident that I can just win before his bot kills me, so I end step get ancestral with vamp.  My turn 2 involves ancestral regrowth ancestral and tinker> Blightsteel with force back up and a yawgmoth's will in hand.  I didn't lose this game.  While I lost game 2 I saw his welders, gorilla shamans and other dudesweats and decided to side in the oath package.  He didn't see it coming.  I eventually take down the match 2-1.
Record (1-0)

Rd 2 Dredge - Unknown guy
Sorry I don't remember this guy's name and it appears I didn't write it down, but after he rolls out his My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic playmat, and riptide shuffles his deck about three times I realize this probably going to be an interesting round.  I open up an initial hand with my miser's Nihil Spellbomb and a regrowth and realize this guy is almost assuredly on dredge (or is just a crazy person given the intense shuffling) so I keep my 7 and am rewarded. I actually managed to spellbomb him twice, but the 2nd one is minimal and because he had the mainboard chewers to force my hand, and his two bazaars allow him to capitalize before I can find a win condition.  I manage to land an oath and blightsteel him out in game 2.  Then in game 3 an early needle on bazaar, plus a timely ravenous trap allow me enough breathing room to land oath > griselbrand. 
Record (2-0)

Rd 3 Gush Tendrils/Young Pyromancer - Josh McC (infant_no1)
Sadly paired against a friend, but happily both at 2-0 with decks everyone else had pooped on.  We high fived and began our match.  In game 1 I cast one of the more interesting Digs of the day.  I was trying to go off this turn but I was going to be light on mana.  I knew I was going to be utilizing Will, but the Dig itself took 2 mana, and I was going to be very light.  The dig had a Force of Will in it, but also a Fastbond and Lotus, and I had a Gush in the yard and one still in hand.  I was definitely taking Lotus, but I realized that if the counter was there I was probably going to get boned, so I took the force and then immediately started regretting it.  Josh hadn't countered my Dig, he probably didn't have anything, etc.   Anyway, I start going off using gush, and some other stuff to generate storm and mana, and go for will. It resolves, and now I am really kicking myself.  I start to bring back lotus and Josh tells me to wait, and shows me steel sabotage.  I force and because of the two counters I manage to hit 10 storm and kill him even though I couldn't reuse both the gushes in the yard.  I am still not confident it was the correct move, but it worked.  Josh of course knows my 75 and is hip to the plan, but he has Young Pyromancers as a trump to my all-in tendrils plan, so I decide to move in the combo anyhow and Oath Griselbrand makes the game pretty straightforward.
Record (3-0)

Rd 4 Mud - Blaine Christiansen
I knew this guy was a name vintage player, but I couldn't remember his deck.  We chat for a little bit, and then we sit down to a game, and he just dominates me with shops.  Then I remember what he plays Sad.  I bring in the Oath plan and it 1) really surprises him, and 2) works and we are back at even, but now he is bringing in his hate.  I mull in game 3 and keep a hand with pithing needle, mox emerald, oath, force, blue card, and preordain.  Not a great hand, but almost certainly better than any 5 since it allows for some protection and oath off any land.  His turn one is as follows workshop into grafdigger's cage (which I force), chalice 0.  I draw my card, find something that is not a land and pass.  His turn 2 is buried ruin returning cage, play the cage and then play chalice 1.  I did not win this game.
Record (3-1)

Rd 5 Dredge - unknown dredge player from DC
Another really nice guy, that I forgot the name of.  He talks about not playing vintage a whole lot, but definitely loving every minute he gets to play.  We talk about home towns and it turns out he knows a guy I used to game with in New Orleans who moved to DC.  Sadly he gets hit by the mull train and goes down to 3 cards but they are a pretty good 3 with Unmask x2 and a bazaar.  Not the best, but pretty close for a dredge player.  Anyway, it takes him a bit to find a dredger and I put it back on top with noxious revival to time walk.  I ultimately find a nihil spellbomb as well via tutoring and he only manages to put me to 11 before I can tinker blightsteel.  In game 2 he mulligans to 4, and I manage to get a couple needles in play before storming him out on turn 4.
Record (4-1)

Rd 6 MUD - Alex, Josh's Friend from TX
Another nice guy, who we didn't realize was from Josh McC's crew until after the match was over and we were talking about the sideboard.  Just as a side note, what started as a slight sore throat and a runny nose, was at this point turning into pretty intense sickness, I guess not a lot of sleep and a lot of alcohol probably hadn't helped that.  At any rate I spent the day carrying around a pretty thick packet of paper towels and heading to the bathroom to get new ones every other round, and to continuously blow my nose.  I say this not to excuse the punt I committed in game 2 but to help explain it.  Game 1 was pretty typical, he played some lock pieces including a couple tangle wires.  I floated mana and then bounced his board with hurkyl's which gave me the opportunity to land tinker bot, and he didn't have a metamorph.  In any event game 2 rolls around and I have an opener which includes force, preordain, mox emerald, timewalk, land, vampiric tutor, and an orchard.  So I force his turn 1 play, and then take my turn with the plan of time walk, upkeep vamp for oath, and presumably win.  However, I fetch with my non orchard land and say to myself, ah yes vamp was part of this plan, and i don't want to shuffle twice, announce vampiric tutor.  Then I realize what I just did.  Ugh.  Anyway, of course his next turn is null rod wasteland, and I never recover enough to actually play my oath, but on the plus side I also do not need to actually play my orchard before he beats me.  I did, however, write the word punt on my notepad and underline it 3 times.  So in game 3 when I play oath according to Josh:
(10:39:14) infant_no_1: you surprised the shit out of him with your oath s/b plan
.  So griselbrand and darksteel make an appearance, and I make sure to get extra permanents in play so that tangle wire won't save him.  He was a really pleasant opponent, and I hope the Texas crew make it onto the boards here, and up to a TSO at some point.  Maybe if the New Orleans food trip ever happens we can arrange for a TSO and have those guys meet us in NOLA.
Record (5-1)

Round 7 Notion Thief Combos! -Matt
Another funny guy, this time from central PA.  I encouraged him to make the trip out for a TSO at some point, but I don't think it will happen too soon as he is a med student and it would be a far trip for him.  In any event he looks just about as sick as me, and seems to be sort of down even though we are table 9 or so and both doing pretty well magic-wise on the day.  Game 1 - has a lot of back and forth between thoughtseizes, counters, and not a lot of draw spells, so I knew he was on UBx good cards with drain, but beyond that I wasn't totally sure, but I managed to draw a Dig in the mid game and set up an amazing yawg tendrils turn, when he scoops basically to yawg will resolving (which I appreciated).  Game 2 we are playing back and forth again, and then all of the sudden he slams a notion thief, and my hand of Preordain, Gush, Jace and some sundry other stuff, doesn't seem quite so good.  Then he Tinkers for memory jar and starts giggling, I like this guy!.
You never forget the first time you get Thief Jar-d.
- Guy sitting next to us. 
Almost as good as thief timetwister
-my opponent. 
I did not win this game, but I did see that he also had the salvagers combo, trinket mage, and 3 nihil spellbombs.  Time to turn into Oath.  This plan took him by surprise.  I think he dropped after that to go to sleep, I hope you feel better today man.
Record (6-1)

Round 8 UW Landstill - Keith
Another awesome guy from PA, and this was his first Champs and first year playing vintage and he was super pumped to be there.  I did what you normally do against Landstill and just draw way more cards from him game 1 and storm out for the victory without seeing much of his deck than tundras a library some factories and a standstill and blue cards.  I side in my needles and get ready for game 2.  In this game he plays mystic > Batterskull and TNN with counter back up, and I realize this is a different MU than I had thought.  I bring in the oath plan, and continue the wildly surprising my opponents with oath and blowing them through the wall.  This one was interesting because our first game was pretty long and he had an EE for my first oath so turn 0 was called the turn I played oath.  Then I played time walk.  I had exactly enough time to take him from 18 down to 0 with my griselbrand.  I wished him good luck, and told him I hoped he could win some money to get the power for his deck (he was borrowing from a friend), and told him to come by a TSO if he ever wanted to hangout with some FIFOs.
(Record 7-1)

At this point I think I will be able to draw and get some food and maybe rest my brain for a minute, but when they put up standing I am in 9th place and I am not excited about being able to draw.

Round 9 UR Delver - Dario
I notice that a lot of the people ahead of us are playing out the last round (we were at table 5) including Nam and Roland Chang which means that there are likely a couple of slots freed up for me to sneak into top 8 with a draw.  I offer that to my opponent, and he says his breakers are bad and he doesn't think he can.  We shuffle up and start to play.  In game 1 he goes turn 1 delver, but I manage to resolve tinker when I am at 5 life and blighsteel gets there.  I side in the oath plan, and feel pretty good.  The game goes on, and i resolve oath, but he has been beating down with a delver and I am at 5.  When my blightsteel oaths into play (if it had been griselbrand, I think I can't possibly lose this game but whatever).  I have a force in hand, a blue card, and an abrupt decay, but I have a mana crypt in play.  My opponent flashes in snapcaster on the end of my turn and then goes to his turn and plays a Young Pyromancer, in response, I play Abrupt Decay (which my opponent's friend talks to me about for like 10 minutes after the match) on his Delver.  My thinking is if i don't kill his Delver I can still lose this game pretty easily since I go down to 2, and one missed flip on crypt kills me, and I need to do it now, in case he has any counter spell to get another blocker off his pyromancer.  I don't know if this was right or I should have killed my crypt. It ends up being irrelevant as I activate oath during my upkeep to try and have some insurance in the form of griselbrand as a blocker and proceed to deck myself.  :\  At this point my opponent seeing that I am on Oath (presumably a bad MU) and tilted from decking myself with Oath asks if I still want to draw.  I snap accept, thinking that I am ahead of this guy on breakers and several players ahead of us are playing so a couple people are getting knocked out, in addition I need to blow my nose and drink some water and stop thinking in the off chance that I have to play more magic today.  My opponent then checks with a judge (presumably to make sure he doesn't do anything illegal) and turns back and asks me about a prize split.  I think about it and say, if one of us doesn't top 8 and the other does we can split otherwise, we are both happy or we get the same prize anyway so it doesn't matter.  He accepts and we shake hands.
(Record 7-1-1) 22 points

I then nervously wait around for 35 minutes, but proceed to eat almonds, drink a couple bottle of water and try to make myself feel not sick or exhausted. 

The announcement come and Abe gets to his portion of talking where he describes 5 people at 22 points with 4 more slots remaining.  I think I am locked at this point, but it turns out I am the odd man out, because Roland beat Blaine to secure being on the play for the whole top 8, my breakers got worse and Dario my opponent from the last round had jumped me to get into top 8.

Still felt pretty awesome to get up there, and I still made more money than I had hoped.  There was a little confusion with what "split" means, but I happier to blame the language barrier and give Dario the benefit of the doubt, especially since the split resulted in me getting a time vault more than I would have gotten after all.  In addition, with my winnings I pulled down a mana drain, and was able to give Nam some store credit to augment his, for letting me borrow his ancestral, which I didn't almost lose in the car on the way back to cleveland at all.

At this point I was almost delirious, and thankfully Nick said he would handle my prize splitting for me so I could meet up with the guys at the hotel, eat some dinner and go to the hotel around 2am.  I was apparently tired enough that I decided I was friends with Smennen and showed him my deck and made pleasant conversation.  I also got good wishes from everybody, and probably felt the best about 9th place that I could have, thanks for the kind words everybody, especially JR who has felt the 9th place pain himself.

Thanks especially to Jerry for all the help with the deck, and generally being a really accommodating guy the whole weekend, including Road Warrioring up and driving both to and from Philly. 

Also, props to Nam on the top 8.  It seems like we are starting a trend of top 8 for you top 16 for me, so if you want to game together again, just let me know.

It was great to see everyone and let's see if we can get a couple more guys in the top 8/16 next year!

Hurray Team Serious the current 6th, 9th, and 16th best Vintage players in the world!

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« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2014, 02:07:28 pm »

Pro story, I really enjoyed it.  I got a chance to BS with Blaine some this weekend.  Good dude.  Though he was my first loss on the day, mostly due to that exact same Buried Ruins.  Absent that land, I might have had a chance to pull the match out. >.<
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« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2014, 02:26:10 pm »

Congrats on a strong finish, I am jealous of all that food, we weren't able to make the trip due to real life things...

He was a really pleasant opponent, and I hope the Texas crew make it onto the boards here, and up to a TSO at some point.  Maybe if the New Orleans food trip ever happens we can arrange for a TSO and have those guys meet us in NOLA.

Let me know if you do ever make it down to Louisiana.  Although we are on the other side of the state from New Orleans, we might be able to get a tournament going or something.  There are a few of us who own power and a few more who would happily play with proxies.  If Texas folk would join us, we might have a reasonable attendance I'd guess.

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« Reply #3 on: October 28, 2014, 03:23:27 pm »

The Texas folk will drive for Vintage! Especially if I get a chance to get my first loss off a teammate again Smile

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« Reply #4 on: October 28, 2014, 03:46:19 pm »

Nice write up. I'm glad to see some of the other top decks instead of just the Top 8. Sometimes there are minor things that separate a Top 8 deck from Top 16 in tournaments of this magnitude. Would have been fun to see a Storm deck in the Top 8.

I am drawing a blank though on one of the acronyms you used in the write-up. "MBT"? Why can I not figure out what that is! LOL.
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« Reply #5 on: October 28, 2014, 03:55:43 pm »

Nice write up. I'm glad to see some of the other top decks instead of just the Top 8. Sometimes there are minor things that separate a Top 8 deck from Top 16 in tournaments of this magnitude. Would have been fun to see a Storm deck in the Top 8.

I am drawing a blank though on one of the acronyms you used in the write-up. "MBT"? Why can I not figure out what that is! LOL.

Thanks, and it was Mind Break Trap.  Yeah but for 1.6% of OMW% I would have top 8'd.
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« Reply #6 on: October 28, 2014, 04:20:51 pm »

Nice report and entertaining commentary.  Sounds like the event was a lot of fun for everyone.  Wished I could have attended, but at least Card Titan streamed, which I followed all day (much to the chagrin of my wife).  Congrats on a strong finish!

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« Reply #7 on: October 29, 2014, 08:43:30 am »

I was your 8th round opponent. If I would have won my last round I feel like I could have pushed you into the top 8 so I apologize for that but those matches where very interesting and extremely fun! Congrats on the 9th though I ended at 29th
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« Reply #8 on: October 29, 2014, 08:45:06 am »

Congratulations on the great showing. Luck favors the prepared!

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« Reply #9 on: July 02, 2015, 11:53:07 am »

Congratulations on getting 9th place!  I would be very happy with that result. 

What are some example post board changes?
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« Reply #10 on: July 17, 2015, 08:06:10 am »


Thanks for the congrats.  I think most of the time for changes post board against shops it was something like:
-4 Gush
-1 Will
-1 Fastbond
-1 Nihil Spellbomb
-2 Regrowth
-1 Merchant Scroll
-1 Tendrils
-2 Jace

+ entire sideboard less rav traps?  I might have left one more card in and only added in 1 Griselbrand, it is tough to remember.

Against delver, i just brought in the griselbrands, oaths and orchards, cut tinker> bot, hurkyl's a land or two, nihil spellbomb, and maybe the jaces.  And just tried to only do broken things.

That all being said, I would not be playing this deck these days.  It has a really rough MU with most of the current stax decks, you usually lose game 1. Surprise them game 2, and then get crushed game 3 when they just bring in their oath hate.  Also the aggro control decks with 4 Dig 4 Gush 4 Preordain and the restricted draw spells, just out draw you, though the oath board helps.  I think this will be better if Dig gets restricted.  If you are going to play it and figure out how to make the Shops MU better, please shoot me a pm.  This is my favorite deck of all time.

If you do decide to play it, please cut AD for chain of vapor, it is much better as a storm enabler, and card in general.  I was upset about drawing a spell with 2 non-blue colored mana symbols basically every time.

Sorry it took me awhile to respond, I didn't think anyone still read these things.
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