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Josh Aitken
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Longtime player but mainly lurker now. You can find me on Cockatrice under this name.

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@jaco said in Vintaholics Anonymous:

The thing unique about Vintage is that it is specifically dedicated to be the eternal resting home for the hideous design mistakes of Magic past and present, even if we seek some semblance of balance every now and then. It is supposed to be wild and ever-changing.

Yup. One of the most interesting things Vintage does for me is seeing cards that were originally rarely played when released becoming bombs now that they interact with a card considered unplayable in a new set. A perfect example for me was what happened to flash when newer creatures came out. I've had a playset of them since Mirage as I bought a bunch of it when it came out. They just sat in my binder.

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As someone that started playing by buying unlimited starters and packs, the current permanent centric play feels more like the real origins of the game. The first time I saw a deck that didn't feel like really playing magic was when Prosbloom hit. That was not Magic to our playgroup.

I stopped playing at the beginning of the Urza block because it didn't feel like the same game. I got back into it right before Mirrodin block hit because I was working in a comic shop part time in Jasper Alberta. It was all young kids who just discovered it, and myself and a couple of older guys were teaching them. It reminded me why I got back into the game. They were all trying to cast ridiculously inefficient creatures that looked cool. It reminded me of turning Lord of the Pit, Shivan Dragon and Force of Nature sideways ftw.

I love Vintage, but it has never really felt like true Magic to me. The spell and combo centric nature of it was just a product of being able to cherry pick the top 1% of the cards available over decades of sets.

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Man... "sacrifice a food" is going to really irk me this block. I had a feeling this was going to end up being the templating, but seeing it on the card is another thing.

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I'm not a shops player, but I'm curious why none of the Karn Creator decks I've been seeing have a Relic of Progenitus maindecked to allow you to exile your own countered and destroyed artifacts to bring back with Karn. Modern decks have been using Tormod's Crypt, but the Relic would be better long term. Relic also exiles it self to be recycled.

Is there just not enough maindeck room?

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It also hoses Workshop pretty good.

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I'm just using the free trial on Project Alpha, and happened to check out the episode of Spellslingers out today. Joseph Gordon-Levitt has a pretty decent collection. Gotta love Timming all your opponents creatures. The game reminded me of what it was like when I first started back in the 90s. I'd recomend giving it a watch if you have a membership.

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Considering how much flack WotC has been getting for card quality, the least they could have done was check to make sure the preview card they would show on camera wasn't warped. You had one job Wizards.

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@withmk2 Nice! It took me a bit to find you on facebook to ask for it. Thanks for sharing your list. Feel free to hang out with the rest of us when you have the time. Congrats again on the title.

Here's the decklist typed up:

// Survival Salad

// 60 Maindeck
// 7 Artifact
1 Thorn of Amethyst
1 Black Lotus
1 Mox Emerald
1 Mox Jet
1 Mox Pearl
1 Mox Ruby
1 Mox Sapphire

// 26 Creature
4 Basking Rootwalla
4 Vengevine
4 Hollow One
4 Noble Hierarch
3 Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
1 Wonder
2 Elvish Spirit Guide
1 Squee, Goblin Nabob
1 Hooting Mandrills
1 Manglehorn
1 Spell Queller

// 7 Enchantment
4 Survival of the Fittest
3 Stony Silence

// 1 Instant
1 Ancestral Recall

// 18 Land
4 Bazaar of Baghdad
2 Tropical Island
1 Forest
3 Savannah
2 Misty Rainforest
2 Verdant Catacombs
2 Wooded Foothills
2 Windswept Heath

// 1 Sorcery
1 Time Walk

// 15 Sideboard
// 4 Artifact
1 Chalice of the Void
1 Null Rod
2 Grafdigger's Cage

// 9 Creature
1 Kataki, War's Wage
4 Containment Priest
2 Squee, Goblin Nabob
1 Wispmare
1 Fairgrounds Warden

// 2 Enchantment
1 Energy Flux
1 Stony Silence