Decks to Beat
Cycling is good because it can get you to great cards faster, and because it can trigger more dredges, faster.
But cycling is also bad because cards that cycle do basically in the graveyard. And you need there to be a high density of cards that do great things from the graveyard, like Ichorid, Amalgam, Bridge, Cabal Therapy, Bloodghast, Dread Return, and Hogaak.
Cycling cards can do the former, but crowd out the latter.
In dredge, roughly 1/3 of the deck should be disruption, 1/3 should be reanimation (including self-reanimation) and/or offense, and 1/3 should be the dredging package (Bazaar, Serum Powder, and Dredgers).
So, for example, in my list from the Vintage playoff here, the breakdown is:
20 dredging package
Cycling basically fits into the dredging package, usually on the assumption that you can get to disruption faster as well, but it really hollows out your reanimation suite.
I'd love to play in one of these, but as someone who lives about a 3 hour drive away a 6pm start is at least a couple hours too late. I learned about this event last year from Robert but the drive for an Indy area player is just too much.
I'm guessing you guys gets a lot of people wanting to play both trials, but is it possible to do them on different days? Like a Saturday/Sunday or even Saturday/ following Saturday? Seems like you could pull people from Chicago/Indy/Detroit a little easier that way, but maybe I'm wrong about that.
In any case I hope you have a great turnout.
If I still lived in the area, I'd go.
Your life is short.
Too short to spend it doing something that brings you suffering.
There are many games and many hobbies and many communities.
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You can make a good faith effort to understand why someone may not come to the same conclusions as you, and you can decide to engage them on those terms or decide not to engage them at all.
There are places on the internet where you can talk to people who are actually involved in the vintage banned and restricted process.
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