Expect the commentary for these events to get more brief due to their regularity. More in-depth analysis is now possible as we are able to aggregate the results from multiple events, so we'll probably do a monthly "State of MTGO Vintage" with those results. This past event both Ryan and I were able to play, Ryan coming in second with Jeskai Mentor, and me finishing in 9th after an unfortunate misclick on Stream was followed up by mana screw. Despite that, I walked away with 50 extra play points and 10 treasure chests (which would sell for ~24 tix). This is a considerable improvement over the old Power 9s in which I would have gotten my entry fee back, but no more. The EV for these events is excellent and if anyone has online Power, I highly encourage you to participate. Full details are here.
Link to the top 32 decklists: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/mtgo-standings/vintage-challenge-2017-05-28
- Pedroj - Foundry Shops (Tangleless)
- Diophan - Jeskai Mentor
- Maegwiny - Foundry Shops
- Anssi A - Jeskai Mentor
- Isomorphic - Academy Combo
- Mlovbo - Ravager Shops
- Mr. Random - Foundry Shops (More Vehicles - No Ravagers)
- Hermoine_Granger - Jeskai Delver
I wanted to discuss two trends that I've been noticing in the metagame. No, not whether the DCI was correct or incorrect - in my opinion, it's far too early to tell. No, not based on this event, Shops is the best deck - a 49 player event is too small of a sample size to draw such conclusions. These trends have to do with personal observations of the metagame.
Several Shops players have started to cut Tangle Wire from their builds. This started with Jazza, who top 8'd the past 2 events (winning one outright), while finishing in the top 16 in this event. Pedroj adopted this strategy and won the tournament. I'm not saying that this is the correct direction for Vintage Shops players to take, but it certainly has merit and should be noticed by the Paper community.
Similarly, I've noticed that I have been less than happy with Jace, the Mind Sculptor in Mentor. I've found him to be poor against Delver, Shops, and Eldrazi where he is both difficult to cast and easily pressured. I've found him to be mediocre against Paradoxical Outcome (on both sides of the matchup). He is a sorcery speed 4 drop that only Brainstorms the turn he is cast, and savvy opponents will generally him resolve then aim to end the game on the next turn while their opponent is tapped out. I haven't been alone in this - if you look at Ryan's deck, you'll notice that he does not run Jace, running an extra Mentor and Snapcaster Mage. My approach was different, running Gifts for value where it enabled some pretty decent lines with JVP and Snapcaster Mage. It also allowed me to sit back on Mana Drain and operate more at instant speed, which improved my matchup against the two Outcomes opponents I played. Who's approach is right? Again, I don't know. This is meant as food for thought.
Major thanks to Twitch user ValanLuca who helped put in round data while I was streaming. This allowed me to suffer through Choice Chamber in between rounds, hopefully providing more entertainment for my viewers than entering numbers into a spreadsheet. Thanks and congratulations to @diophan. And lastly, a very happy birthday to Dragonlord @brianpk80. Questions? Comments? Have at it.