The idea I had with survival was to get some bloodghasts or phoenix's is the graveyard and then play a free hollow one (or two).

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hi, i'm playing a similar deck.
before was without FOW, now i'm trying a new version
// 61 Mazzo
// 4 Artifact
1 Black Lotus
1 Mox Emerald
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Skullclamp

// 21 Creature
4 Hollow One
4 Vengevine
4 Squee, Goblin Nabob
4 Basking Rootwalla
4 Bloodghast
1 Ingot Chewer

// 1 Enchantment
1 Survival of the Fittest

// 15 Instant
2 Ancient Grudge
1 Flusterstorm
1 Ancestral Recall
1 Crop Rotation
4 Force of Will
2 Mindbreak Trap
3 Mental Misstep
1 Brainstorm

// 16 Land
4 Bazaar of Baghdad
3 Tropical Island
2 Misty Rainforest
3 Volcanic Island
3 Scalding Tarn
1 Riftstone Portal

// 4 Sorcery
1 Time Walk
3 Careful Study

// 15 Sideboard
// 3 Artifact
SB: 2 Pithing Needle
SB: 1 Grafdigger's Cage

// 12 Instant
SB: 2 Ancient Grudge
SB: 2 Flusterstorm
SB: 3 Rending Volley
SB: 2 Pyroblast
SB: 3 Nature's Claim

i know there are only 15 blue cards... but it's not easy cut other cards to add blue ones.

@giomon79 crop rotation would be a snap-cut for me, possibly for misstep #4

Kinny 5-0'd a MODO league with this list. I had the honor of being one of the opponents he slaughtered, and holy crap this deck is fast.

@hierarchnoble that’s me! I’ve really enjoy playing it. Have since changed Wheel of Fortune to Sylvan Library.

@wfain said in Hollow One:

@hierarchnoble that’s me! I’ve really enjoy playing it. Have since changed Wheel of Fortune to Sylvan Library.

Nice, and GGs again! I'm going to try to make time to stream this sometime soon, the deck is hilarious, powerful, and a breath of fresh air. Do you have any tips for people playing this that might not be completely obvious at first glance?

@hierarchnoble honestly I’m not sure how to verbalize them 🤷🏻♂️ The range of keeps is somehow higher and lower than you might expect. Sometimes Survival is all you want to do, sometimes Bazaar is your plan, and others you just cast some Rootwallas and attack a bunch while they play Preordains. Sideboarding is difficult sometimes- I usually cut a Vengevine and a Hollow One until I know what their plan of hate is going to be (Faithless Looting and DRS are others that can be shaved if you expect Leyline or RiP)

I’ll think about it some and maybe try to write up some tips. But for sure practice with it before you take it into a league, it isn’t always easy to figure out what you’re supposed to be doing!

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Posted a 4-1 in league tonight. Lost the last round to aggro shops. His game 1 had 3 dudes on 1 and Lodestone, Metamorph on 2. Game 3 was very close and I think I made a mistake but I’m not totally sure, I think I should’ve won to go 5-0 but 🤷🏻♂

I’ll try to do a walk through of a few games or something this weekend

@wfain Any Chance of recording some gameplay? I tried picking up the deck but mulligans and sideboarding are hard as hell.
That being said this deck is exactly what I imagined as a survival deck in vintage soon as hollowone spoiled so thank you for figuring out a list.

Edit: What are your thoughts on a single memnite to enable low mana vengevine plays?

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@bleedth3sky I hadn’t consider memnite, could let us make vine off 1 forest. I’ll try one out! Great idea!
I’m also gonna mess around with Bomat Courier instead of Faithless Looting for a few practice games just for fun.
Sideboarding can be tricky. Usually shave a Vengevine and a Hollow One until you know which hate to play around. You don’t need Wonder vs anything but Dredge, maybe Shops, and Young Pyromancer decks. I’ll often cut Vamp Tutor against counterspell decks. Forest can go out if your opponent doesn’t have Wasteland.
I can’t record anything, no. Best I can do is some screen shots. I’ll try to post some tomorrow.

@wfain I've been messing around with your list minus Libraryand 1 Dork and am trying running impactful 3-drops to follow up a countered survival. The only two I really found were Dack who plays great with all the creatures and Leovold as a straight hatebear against Bargain storm and PO decks which are very hard to win vs if we don't explode.

Shops tho no matter what seems unwinnable. Kataki helps but fetching for white then drawing looting sucks and ballista makes sure birds are never around. Ingot chewer isn't good enough when they board into an aggro plan and flood the board so maybe try and jam energy flux's like landstill with ingot chewers to clear spheres? Or is EoT Hurkyls and try and play like storm the plan?

Teeg also seems really bad vs PO decks as they just go turbo tinker mode and win with blightsteel which teeg doesn't stop.

@bleedth3sky I actually beat shops quite often. Usually they aren’t fast enough on the board. I’ve also changed my list a tiny bit. I’ll show it in another post.


I've got an image of the deck and some tips in this doc. I'll update it whenever I make changes or think of some tips to add.

@wfain I putzed around with this deck on stream tonight, and it's incredibly fun. Please keep us posted on any changes you make and such. I look forward to playing it more in the future!

@oestrus Do you have a link to a VOD of the stream? I'm always looking for more vintage streams to watch other than VSL or The Atog Lord himself on youtube.

@bleedth3sky I played two or three matches with the deck towards the end of this stream. Otherwise, I'll try doing a full League or two sometime this week.

I gotta be honest, I'm not in love with the Recall, Time Walk, and the Tutors. But I'm also not sure what I would replace them with. Street Wraith, perhaps? I don't know.

@oestrus I like them all tho have never cast Time walk in the deck yet. I personally run 3 street wraiths instead of his bomats and memnite since I just dont have bomats. You could go for a grindy build with 4 returning squee 4 bazaar and 4x bloodghasts take after modern hollowvine on crack with bazaar? Probably go heavier in black and run some Gurmags then too and a leovold main.

also nothing feels quite as good as winning with 3 rootwalla's attacking on t3 with Deathrite backup and gaea's cradle to boost. Vintage tis a silly place.

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