376 players showed up in Pittsburgh to play in Vintage's most prestigious event of the year. The tournament ended with the matchup most emblematic of the past few months: Paradoxical Outcome versus Ravager Shops. Congratulations to Brian Coval for becoming our new North American Vintage Champion!
- Brian Coval - Esper Paradoxical
- Nam Tran - Ravager Shops
- Kyle Dorgan - Esper Paradoxical
- Rich Shay - Ravager Shops
- Matt Sperling - RUG Pyromancer
- Eliot Burk - UW Landstill
- Marshall Arthur - Bant Survival
- Cosmo Kwok - Grixis Thieves
Although I have my complaints about the current state of vintage, that's quite the diverse top 8 after last year's!
Even though it didn't win the event, the story of the tournament for me was Survival solidifying itself as a real force. There are at least 3 builds (Bant, Bant+R, and BUG) all with their advantages. The winrate here likely overstates its power slightly: a small group of dedicated pilots came with it, and due to the price of the deck I imagine many skimped on hate and practice against such a small expected share of the metagame.
Classification notes: "Other" was mostly monored, but there weren't quite enough to warrant breaking it out as a separate archetype. If you have any objections to how we classified your deck, or spot an error, send us a PM.
Thanks as always to @ChubbyRain for his considerable help, and to @Jaco for scanning the decklists so soon after his Old School tournament concluded!