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^ re: The 4x Wrenn & Stimpy, and 4x maindeck Force of Vigor, I wanted to maximize their gameplay during our limited playtesting. but Force of Vigor still seems great; they replaced Ancient Grduges, and the Disenchant effect gets most graveyard hate. btw there are 20 non-FoV green cards in the deck.

Wheel seems good when dumping your hand (via T1 Fastbond, or via T1 Exploration plus Bazaar-ing), and works with the “Tombstone Icon” cards (Life from the Loam and Riftstone Portal, and maybe Ancient Grudge).

re: 3 Thespian's Stage & 2 Dark Depths, idk how many is best. maybe it's 1/1, maybe 4/3.

the maindeck toolboxes (for 8-12 land tutors) is a The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale (creature hate) and a Bojuka Bog (graveyard hate). but Bojuka Bog both enters tapped and is off-color, which really sucks.

no clue about the Sideboard. even with golgari grave troll restricted, I assume Dredge is still Tier-One, abd any graveyard deck will suffer during the sideboard games. so, I don't know if the countermeasure is a transformational sideboard, or more disenchant interaction, or what.


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Brewed a “Gruul Lands” deck:


4 Fastbond
4 Exploration

4 Wrenn and Six

1 Wheel of Fortune
4 Life from the Loam
4 Gamble
4 Crop Rotation

4 Force of Vigor
1 Mental Misstep

Chalice of the Void
1 Sphere of Resistance

Mox Ruby
Mox Emerald
Black Lotus
1 Mox Diamond

4 Bazaar of Baghdad
1 The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale
2 Dark Depths
3 Thespian's Stage
2 Riftstone Portal
1 Strip Mine
4 Wasteland
1 Bojuka Bog
2 Taiga
2 Wooded Foothills
1 Mountain
1 Forest


4 Leyline of the Void
4 Pyroblast
1 Glacial Chasm
1 Karakas

I playtested it with a friend today, and it won matches against Survival and Aggro Shops (so extrapolating mathematically, this deck can't lose).

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@smmenen thanks!

I just printed it out, can't wait to playtest it with my playgroup this weekend.

for posterity:

  • scans of every decklist are at:

  • and here's Cron's "Niv-Mizzet Grixis" as text:

2 Deathrite Shaman
3 Snapcaster Mage
1 Tasigur, The Golden Fang
1 Niv-Mizzet, Parun

2 Mystic Remora
2 Dack Fayden
1 Jace, The Mind Sculptor
1 Chandra, Torch Of Defiance

1 Night's Whisper
3 Preordain

1 Ponder
1 Treasure Cruise
1 Brainstorm
1 Gitaxian Probe
1 Demonic Tutor
1 Dig Through Time
1 Time Walk
1 Ancestral Recall
1 Gush

2 Lightning Bolt
2 Shattering Spree
4 Force Of Will
4 Mental Misstep
2 Pyroblast

Black Lotus
Mox Sapphire
Mox Ruby
Mox Jet

Strip Mine
Library Of Alexandria
4 Scalding Tarn
2 Polluted Delta
3 Volcanic Island
3 Underground Sea
1 Island
1 Mountain

4 Leyline Of The Void
2 Ravenous Trap
2 Shattering Spree
2 Pyroblast
2 Annul
1 Flusterstorm
1 Pithing Needle
1 Engineered Explosives

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@smmenen do you have a link to Cron's Niv Mizzet deck? I googled around but couldn't find it anywhere.

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@brass-man just heard the Brian Kelly episode, and I loved it! Do you (or the podcast) have a patreon? I'll definitely give at least $2/mo.

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also, does anyone have advice about tournament organization, with which I have no experience with (nor am i an mtg judge), or can put me in touch with someone who does? like, price support, publicity, location, admission caps, dealing with time issues or otherwise, etc.

currently, I just play with my housemates and other friends. I'd be more than happy to plan the event, but I wouldn't want vintage players (who I won't personally know) to not have a good time, from my not planning or communicating it correctly 😕

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ah, thanks!

yeah, I've been to Eudo for prereleases, but even with fifteen proxies, and scavenging some of my old cards, PO costs about $1,200 on paper 😞

(Though, I'd pay $400 for a hypothetical 30-proxy tournament).

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(sorry if this is off-topic, I'm new to the mana drain, but)

Are there any full-proxy vintage tournaments in the Bay Area? / Where do I find out about these events? 6

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@JACO @hierarchnoble

Yeah, I'd prefer to buy a physical book, so I'm waiting for an edition update.