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Has anyone tested Unmask in anything outside of Dredge? I've been considering the card for a while and feel that there could be merit to running it in a combo or even B-based control deck. Consider:

  • It has the same card disadvantage as FoW, but can also be hardcast with more ease.
  • Whilst proactive and requiring a different skill set to FoW it can still play the same role of stopping opposing counter magic and game-winning plays.
  • The knowledge gained from a T1 Unmask can give you a major advantage in a game.
  • It can't be cast T0, which of course can leave you vulnerable for a turn.

Any throughts on this?

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I'm getting back into Vintage lately and really liking the look of building a Steel City Vault deck. However, I'm a bit bored of the usual Force of Will-based decks so I'm looking at making my list more B-based.

Here's a first draft of my current list.

Creatures (4):
1 Inkwell Leviathan
2 Goblin Welder
1 Trinket Mage

Nonmana Artifacts (6):
1 Aether Spellbomb
1 Mindslaver
1 Nihil Spellbomb
1 Sensei's Divining Top
1 Time Vault
1 Voltaic Key

Instants (10):
1 Ancestral Recall
1 Brainstorm
4 Dark Ritual
1 Fire // Ice
1 Mystical Tutor
1 Thirst for Knowledge
1 Vampiric Tutor

Sorceries (13):
1 Balance
1 Demonic Tutor
4 Duress
1 Ponder
1 Regrowth
1 Tendrils of Agony
1 Thoughtseize
1 Time Walk
1 Tinker
1 Yawgmoth's Will

Enchantments (2):
1 Necropotence
1 Yawgmoth's Bargain

Planeswalkers (3):
2 Dack Fayden
1 Tezzeret the Seeker

Mana Rocks (10):
1 Black Lotus
1 Lotus Petal
1 Mana Crypt
1 Mana Vault
1 Mox Emerald
1 Mox Jet
1 Mox Ruby
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Mox Pearl
1 Sol Ring

Lands (12):
4 Gemstone Mine
1 Glimmervoid
3 Mana Confluence
1 Seat of the Synod
1 Tolarian Academy
2 Vault of Whispers

The main aim of the deck is to win via Time Vault combo, but it does have several other win conditions too:

Dark Ritual-based combo with Yawgmoth's Will
Mindslaver lock
Tinker -> Inkwell Leviathan

This is only a first draft and I'm looking for suggestions, though I would like to retain a focus on B rather than going down the Force of Will route.