I also know there has been some debate here recently insofar as speed vs. diversity, and I for one have no problem with adding a modicum of speed to encourage said diversity. I've been on both sides of a first-turn kill plenty of times, but that's just POWER VINTAGE to me and I love it. I expect I'm entirely on the fringe of this community here in many respects, but I'd advocate unrestricting/unbanning cards like Strip Mine and Chaos Orb (truly the most powerful card ever) to really shake things up in the format. In any event, I surely always enjoy TMD for these discussions.
I had to bump this topic because of a hilarious marathon game I just played on Cockatrice with me on White Hatebears and my opponent on UW Landstill
It went something like this:
I get my opponent down to 1 life and with a Revoker in play naming Jace. He then lands a Moat with me at 14 life and him with 16 cards left in his library and a Faerie Conclave in play.
New plan: Let's deck him with Palace Jailer! He attacks into me with Faerie Conclave making him the Monarch. I then Strip his Faerie Conclave with a Thalia 2.0 in play, setting him back 2 turns of damage. Things are back in my favor!
He then gets rid of my Revoker and starts Jace fatesealing me. Gets me down to 2 life and Jace ultimates himself with 8 cards in hand and 0 cards in his library, and I win the following turn by playing Leonin Relic-Warder on his Moat and attacking with my bears.
One of my favorite wins will always be back in the day at the SCG Chicago P9 tournament. My opponent was playing a Mindslaver deck, and after a grueling battle he was at 5 life, but finally got the lock on me. Smugly he asked "GG?" to which I merely pointed at my Juggernaut and reminded him that it HAD to attack I think I ended up 10th place.
Alright - time to think of this again.
Burning Oath mirror against Nick Coss 2013 at Gencon - he casts SHow and Tell, adn we both put GrizzlyBeard into play. I forgot the rule change on legends, nick reminds me, draws 14, and I assume I'm dead. But he wiffs, and I get him.
I have won EASILY a dozen games by "Ancestral - Target you" against opponents on Doomsday throughout the years.
I've used Mindslaver on opponents with Demonic Consultation in hand back in the day (Questing Pheldagriff), as well as the occasional Necropotence or Yawgmoth's Bargain.
One of my favorites is hitting opponent for 15 via Bolt, Bolt, Bolt, Snapcaster Bolt, Snapcaster Bolt.
Palace Jailer strikes again!
I just won another hilarious game where my opponent was decked because of becoming the Monarch.
Hatebears against UBR Pyromancer: My opponent plays a turn 2 Young Pyromancer but I manage to slow him down with Thalia 1.0 and Glowrider. On my turn 5 I play a Palace Jailer targeting his Pyromancer, but he then Bolts my Thalia in response, making just enough tokens to attack and become the Monarch next turn with 45 cards left in his library. Shit, I'm dead. Well, turns out I'm not, as I manage to lock him out with some Thorn effects, Kambal and eventually Sanctum Prelate at 1 and 2.
This is the final board state:
@griselbrother Remind me never to play you if you can use a 3rd account or a friend to ghost. Then again, I never use Cockatrice anymore because it's a terrible program.
I don't think anyone would bother to ghost on cockatrice, because why would you? I've never experienced anything suspect anyway. I think cockatrice is a fine program considering the fact that it's free.
@griselbrother My comment is the fact your screenshot shows both players hands, which you can't do if you're playing in the game. Aso, on cockatrice you're always the bottom player - so it's suspect you're on the top AND you can see both hands.
Eh, it's just a screenshot from the replay where you can see both player's hands and in the replay, the bottom player is always the one who created the game.
I have two that stand out for me.
One was at a small proxy tourney a few years ago. I was playing vs some kind of Storm deck with my Oath of Druids. I kept a hand with FoW+Blue, Mox, land, Tinker, Yawgwill, Voltaic Key, blank.
I counter his first attempt to go off and put down the Key, but fail to draw mana while he draws nothing but mana. Eventually, both of us drawing blanks for what feels like forever, he hardcasts (!) a Darksteel Colossus, and starts beating down.
At six life, I draw what I thought would be my last card - a mox Sapphire. I think for about five minutes, before coming up with the correct sequence here: Play Mox, Cast Tinker for Lotus. Sac Lotus for BBB, cast Yawgwill. Recast Lotus, Mox from 'yard, Recast Tinker using Lotus mana for Time Vault, activate with the mana from the re-played Mox for infinite turns.
That was the first time I realised I was actually capable of finding small holes like this to eke out a win.
The other one was even better. It was sometime after that, and I was playing Two Card Monte vs Gush Storm. My opponent had succesfully gotten rid of Leyline and managed to kill a Helm. I had a Welder, an artifact, and an untapped Ancient Tomb in play, when he begins to storm off. Ritual, ritual, ritual, Demonic for Yawgwin, recast the rituals, recast demonic. At this point I say: "Hold it, I want to respond. Tap Welder, sac artifact, to get my Helm back in play, tap Tomb to activate it for 1. Ok?" He thinks for a minute, shrugs, then tries to put a card in his 'yard. At this point I say, "hold it, your deck is now removed from game.", and he goes "What?" "Read Yawgmoth's Will. It Leylines you..." He looked so dejected after that, I actually felt sorry for him.
But yeah. I won a game, and the match, because my opponent resolved a Yawgwin. How often has that happened in the history of Magic?