The Clash at the Cradle Vintage Report

Our first Clash at the Cradle Vintage Event had 37 players paying out to the top 8. To be honest I was a bit nervous being my first big event outside Depot. I couldn't be happier with the event. Everything went on on time and very smoothly. The vintage judge staff was amazing with little or no problems. We are doing this again but on a Saturday next time. We are working on a date but I'm hopeful for November but its too early yet.

The Comic Book Depot next 2 vintage events is FNM May 5th at 8pm and May 28th 1k NYSE qualifier.

Here is the top 8 deck list.
Clash at the Cradle Vintage top 8 and Decklists-

1st- Chris Hanson

Deck name- “Understanding merchant Scroll for Gush”

Deck list-

1x Black Lotus
1x Sol Ring
1x Mox Sapphire
1x Mox ruby
1x Mox Emerald
1x Mox Pearl
1x Mox Jet
1x Mana Vault
1x Mana Crypt
1x Mox Opal
1x Sensei’s Divining Top
1x Time Vault
1x Voltaic Key
1x Engineered Explosives
4x Flooded Strand
1x Tolarian Academy
1x Library of Alexandria
3x Tundra
2x Underground Sea
1x Island
2x Baleful Strix
1x Jace, Vryn’s Prodigy
1x Snapcaster Mage
1x Tezeret the Seeker
1x Sphinx of the steel wind
1x Jace, the Mind Sculpter
1x Merchant Scroll
1x Dig Through Time
1x Gush
1x Time Walk
1x Brainstorm
1x Ponder
1x Tinker
1x Ancestral Recall
1x Gitaxian Probe
4x Force of will
1x Flusterstorm
3x Mental Misstep
4x Paradoxical Outcome
1x Balance
1x Moat
1x Yawgmoth’s will
1x Vapmiric Tutor
1x Demonic Tutor
1x Forsake the Worldly

Sideboard-

1x Plains
1x Supreme verdict
1x Disenchant
1x Swords to plowshares
1x Hurkyl’s recal
1x Steel Sabotage
1x Engineered Explosives
1x Pithing Needle
1x Tormod’s Crypt
2x Containment Priest
4x Leyline of the Void

2nd Place- John Grudzina

Deck list-

4x Flooded Strand
1x Island
1x Library of Alexandria
3x Mishra’s factory
1x Plains
2x Polluted Delta
1x strip mine
3x Tundra
2x Volcanic island
4x Wasteland
1x Black Lotus
1x Mox Sapphire
1x Mox Pearl
1x Emrakul, The Promised End
2x Snapcaster Mage
2x Jace, the mind Sculptor
1x Ancestral Recall
1x Time Walk
1x Brainstorm
1x Treasure Cruise
1x Dig Through Time
4x Standstill
3x Mental Misstep
2x Pyroblast
3x Mana Drain
4x Force of Will
4x Swords to Plowshares
1x Engineered Explosives
1x Moat
1x Supreme Verdict
1x Stony Silence
1x Crucible of Worlds

Sideboard-

1x Grafdigger’s Cage
1x Pyroblast
1x Enlightened Tutor
1x Path to Exile
2x Fragmentize
1x Disenchant
1x Stony Silence
2x Rest in Peace
2x Containment Priest
1x Arcane Laboratory
1x Mishra’s Factory
1x Tormod’s Crypt

3rd Place- Hank Zhong

Decklist-

4x Oath of Druids
1x Griselbrand
1x Emrakul, The Aeon Torn
4x Preordain
1x Ponder
1x Gitaxian Probe
1x Brainstorm
1x Ancestral Recall
1x Time Walk
1x Dig Through Time
1x Trasure Cruise
1x Gush
1x Demonic tutor
1x Vampiric Tutor
1x Engineered Explosives
4x Deck Fayden
2x Jace, the Mind Scultpor
1x Sylvan Library
1x Mox Sapphire
1x Mox Emerald
1x Mox Jet
1x Mox Ruby
1x Mox Pearl
1x Black Lotus
2x Tropical Island
1x Library of Alexandria
1x Strip Mine
4x Force of will
3x Mental Misstep
1x Flusterstorm
1x Pyroblast
4x Forbidden Orchard
1x Misty Rainforest
1x Scalding Tarn
1x Flooded Strand
1x Polluted Delta
1x Island
2x Volcanic Island
2x Underground Sea

Sideboard-

2x Tormod’s Crypt
2x Pithing Needle
1x Ravenous Trap
1x Dread of Night
2x Null Rod
1x Pyroblast
3x Abrupt Decay
3x Anceint Grudge

4th Place- Joe Brennan
Deck Name- “Who needs gush?”

Decklist-

1x Mox Sapphire
1x Mox Emerald
1x Mox Jet
1x Mox Ruby
1x Mox Pearl
1x Black Lotus
1x Sol Ring
1x Ancestral Recall
1x Time Walk
1x Gush
3x Mental Misstep
1x Ponder
1x Brainstorm
1x Mystical Tutor
4x Force of will
3x Mana Drain
3x Monastery Mentor
2x Jace, Vryn’s Prodigy
1x Vendilion Clique
1x Consecrated Sphinx
2x Dack Fayden
2x Jace, the Mind Sculptor
1x Chandra, Torch of Defiance
1x Treasure Cruise
1x Dig Through Time
1x Balance
3x Swords to Plowshares
1x Engineered Explosives
1x Narset Transcendent
1x Library of Alexandria
1x Karakas
2x Island
3x Volcanic Island
3x Tundra
1x strip Mine
2x Polluted Delta
2x Scalding Tarn
1x Misty Rainforest
1x Flooded Strand

Sideboard-

2x Rest in Peace
2x Containment Priest
3x Pyroblast
1x Supreme Verdict
2x Engineered Explosives
2x Wear // Tear
1x Swords to Plowshares
2x Pithing Needle

5th Place- David Ata

Deck list-

1x Dig through Time
1x Treasure Cruise
4x Force of will
1x Gush
1x Jace, The mind Sculptor
2x Dack Fayden
4x Monastery Mentor
1x Time Walk
1x Merchant Scroll
1x Stoney Silence
2x Jace, Vryn’s Prodigy
4x Preordain
4x Mental Misstep
1x Ponder
1x Brainstorm
1x Gitaxian Probe
2x Pyroblast
2x Flusterstorm
1x Ancestral Recall
3x Swords to Plowshares
1x Mox Sapphire
1x Mox Emerald
1x Mox Jet
1x Mox Ruby
1x Mox Pearl
1x Black Lotus
4x Flooded Strand
1x Polluted Delta
1x Scalding Tarn
1x Misty Rainforest
1x Library of Alexandria
1x Strip Mine
2x Island
2x Volcanic Island
3x Tundra

Sideboard-

1x Plains
3x Fragmentize
1x Swords to Plowshares
1x Stoney Silence
1x Energy Flux
1x balance
1x Rest in Peace
3x Grafdigger’s cage
3x Containment Priest

6th Place- Nick Detwiler

Deck List-Blitzkrieg Shops

1x Mox Sapphire
1x Mox Emerald
1x Mox Jet
1x Mox Ruby
1x Mox Pearl
1x Black Lotus
1x Chalice of the Void
1x Mana Crypt
4x Walking Balista
4x Arcbound Ravager
4x Phyrexian Revoker
4x Sphere of Resistance
4x Steel Overseer
4x Thorn of Amethyst
3x Chief of the Foudnry
3x Foudnry Inspector
1x Trinisphere
1x Lodestone Golem
2x Pithing Needle
1x Strip Mine
1x Tolarian Academy
4x Ancient Tomb
4x Mishra’s Factory
4x Mishra’s Workshop
4x Wasteland

Sideboard-

3x Dismember
4x Graffdigger’s Cage
4x Porcelain Legionaire
1x Foundry Inspector
1x Pithing Needle
1x Tormod’s Crypt
1x Ghost Quarter

7th Place- Travis Compton
Deck Name- “Irish Laundry”
Alternate Deck Name- “Untap Upkeep Dredge”

Deck List-

4x Bazaar of Baghdad
4x Mana Confluence
4x Undiscovered Paradise
3x Petrified Field
2x Dakmor Salvage
4x Serum Powder
4x Bridge From Below
4x Cabal Therapy
4x Unmask
2x Dread Return
1x Ashen Rider
1x Elesh norn, Gand Cenobite
1x Iona, Shield of Emeria
4x Golgari Grave-Troll
4x Stinkweed Imp
3x Golgari Thug
4x Narcomebia
4x Bloodghast
3x Ichorid

Sideboard-

4x Ingot Chewer
4x Serenity
4x Abrupt Decay
3x Wispmare

8th Place- Adam Cohen

Deck List-

1x Library Of Alexandria
4x Forbidden Orchard
4x Polluted Delta
1x Misty Rainforest
1x Volcanic Island
2x Underground Sea
2x Tropical Island
1x Island
4x Oath of Druids
1x Pyroblast
2x Jace, the Mind Sculptor
1x Dack Fayden
3x Abrupt Decay
1x Yawgmoth’s Will
1x Ancestral Recall
1x Ponder
1x Brainstorm
1x Dig Through Time
1x Vampiric Tutor
1x Treasure Cruise
1x Time Walk
1x Tinker
1x Demonic Tutor
1x Ancient Grudge
3x Mental Misstep
4x Force of Will
2x Mana Drain
1x Mox Sapphire
1x Mox Emerald
1x Mox Jet
1x Mox Ruby
1x Mox Pearl
1x Black Lotus
1x Mana Crypt
1x Sol Ring
1x Time Vault
1x Voltaic Key
1x Sphinx of the Steel Wind
2x Griselbrand

Sideboard-

1x Blazing Archon
1x Engineered Explosives
2x Pithing Needle
1x Tormod’s Crypt
1x Toxic Deluge
4x Leyline of the Void
2x Flusterstorm
1x Ancient Grudge
2x Nature’s Claim
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Thank you for the tourney report. The venue was great and the tournament ran very smoothly. The judges were great. Overall, it was a great event. I look forward to being at the next one.

Thank you Jostin. Im glad you had a good time. I hope I see you next time at Depot.

This event was awesome, great prize payout and what a cool place to hold a tournament! I had the privilege of taking this one down (first tournament win ever BTW, though i have come close so many times) and I couldn't have had a better time with my vintage friends! My competition all day was fierce and every game seemed like an epic battle (the kinds of games you play vintage for.) I want to thank Alan and the depot team for organizing the event, and will I def be going to the next one they put together at the cradle!
Cheers!
Chris

Nice first place list! This type of Paradoxical Control deck seems pretty good (Brian Kelly has been playing something in the same vein although going with some other card choices). I really like the inclusion of Forsake the Worldly (I didn't know that card but it seems very good), but I would be a bit worried only playing 12 lands.

@Griselbrother thanks for commenting! Forsake the Worldy was pretty good, i didn't have time to test that card specifically before the event but i liked a lot of the elements of the card. On the day it did it's job, exiled an oath and cycled a few times (the fact that its never a dead draw and kills null rod/stony was the main reason i played it). I have been brewing brewing paradoxical lists since the card was spoiled (seeing the obvious raw potential of the card) and was happy to see Brian K was doing similar things. I will admit I did steel his moat tech, never really dawned on me to play it in this style of deck but it was absolutely killer all day. As far as the land count, it does seem a bit light at first glance but i have been on 12 + 1sb for a while and it honestly feels like its in a real good place. I think I only mulliganed once all day and my prior testing has yielded similar results.

@Chiaroscuro said in The Clash at the Cradle Vintage Report:

@Griselbrother thanks for commenting! Forsake the Worldy was pretty good, i didn't have time to test that card specifically before the event but i liked a lot of the elements of the card. On the day it did it's job, exiled an oath and cycled a few times (the fact that its never a dead draw and kills null rod/stony was the main reason i played it). I have been brewing brewing paradoxical lists since the card was spoiled (seeing the obvious raw potential of the card) and was happy to see Brian K was doing similar things. I will admit I did steel his moat tech, never really dawned on me to play it in this style of deck but it was absolutely killer all day. As far as the land count, it does seem a bit light at first glance but i have been on 12 + 1sb for a while and it honestly feels like its in a real good place. I think I only mulliganed once all day and my prior testing has yielded similar results.

I've been playing various Paradoxical builds lately and except for the most agressive of builds, I've always settled on 14 lands, but I might try going to 13 instead. Can you comment on the 2x Baleful Strix? I understand why they're there, but I'm just curious how they've been playing out as they strike me as the weakest card in the list.

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@Griselbrother So baleful strix is def the worst card in the list, but i think its invaluable in what it does for the deck. It synergizes really well with outcome, turns on your opals (and thoughcast if you r playing it) and provides you much needed time to set up your kills. I kind of think of it as the bridge card that gets you from early to late game as fast as possible. its def worse now with the printing of ballista, but in awkward matchups its an easy card to cut. Its the kind of card im rarely sad to see. I also don't think it belongs in every paradoxical list (def not the more balls out combo lists). my list is trying to be the hard control deck that turns into combo kills on a dime (at least thats what im going for :)).

@Griselbrother Strix also flies over moat... if thats relevant lol 😄

There is a lack of Eldrazi in the local LI scene that is any paradoxical decks tough matchup and Strix really shines there.

Amazed at how many ran Library! It's always been good but has it just been heating up again recently or is it just me not paying attention. Been itching to brush the dust off of mine...

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