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Played Flash Rector past weekend at my local Vintage tournament.

Deck (61 cards):
3 Academy Rector
1 Griselbrand
1 Emrakul, Aeons Torn
1 Spellseeker

1 Omniscience
1 Yawghmoths Bargain

1 Ancestral Recall
1 Ponder
1 Treasure Cruise
1 Dig Through Time
3 Preordain
1 Gush
1 Brainstorm
1 Gitaxian Probe

2 Show and Tell
1 Merchant Scroll
1 Demonic Tutor
1 Vampiric Tutor
1 Flash
1 Diabolic Intent
1 Time Walk

4 Force of Will
3 Mental Misstep
1 Flusterstorm
3 Cabal Therapy

5 Moxes
1 Black Lotus
1 Sol Ring
1 Mana Crypt
1 Cavern of Souls
2 Boseiju
3 Island
3 Underground Sea
2 Tundra
2 Flooded Strand
3 Polluted Delta

4 Leyline of the Void
2 Containment Priest
2 Fragmentize
1 Balance
2 Echoing Truth
2 Hurkyls Recall
1 Tinker
1 Blightsteel Colossus

The meta is mostly blue based and past few times some Oath and Dredge were also played. For this reason, I had in my SB Leyline, Containment Priest and Fragmentize.

First round was against Landstill, which I won with 2:1. First game was a win thanks to Boseiju and Diabolic Intent -> got Omniscience into play thanks to Academy Rector and with Diabolic Intent searched for Emrakul so I could play it for free. Second game lost due Snapcaster and Mishras Factory beatdown. Third game I won in extra turns thanks to Tinker/Blightsteel Colossus into Time Walk.

Second round lost 0:2 to MUD, the deck was too fast for me with 1st turn into Sphere of Resistance/Trinisphere etc.

Third round against another Landstill with 1:2 (actually a draw, but I conceded to opponent so he had better chance for top4). First game I won thanks to Diabolic Intent into Emrakul again. Second game lost due didn't draw anything and opponent had Scavenging Ooze in play for several rounds and later on Jace TMS too. Third game was a draw, no conclusion after 5 extra turns. But he had clear hand and board advantage.

Fourth round against Worldgorger Dragon combo with 2:0. First game played Show and Tell into Emrakul, however opponent then started his combo loop in his turn with no further other targets -> infinite loop and therefore a draw. Second and third game I won with Diabolic Intent into Omniscience/Emrakul again.

Fifth round against Notion Thief control with 2:1. First game won again with Diabolic Intent into Omniscience/Emrakul. Second game lost due Notion Thief in play and had Omniscience in my hand - getting Yawgmoths Bargain into play through Academy Rector would be useless. Third game won thanks to Griselbrand beatdown despite opponent having 2 Notion Thief in play.

Finished the day with 3:2 and was quite happy with the deck. MVP was Diabolic Intent, this card was really worth it when it resolved. Spellseeker, Merchant Scroll and Gush felt rather useless to me or I was never able to effectively use them. Would probably rather add another Omniscience and 2 tutors such as Imperial Seal and Mystical Tutor or another Preordain.

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How are you mulligan with this deck? Mulligan until you get a Bazaar in your hand and Rootwalla/Hollow One/Vengevine? Any strategy on when to keep your hand?

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Maybe this card can be an additional tool for a Thopter/Foundry and Skullclamp deck?

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I used to play this deck:
3 Dark Confidant
3 Noble Hierarch
3 Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
2 Thalia Heretic Cathar
2 Vengevine
3 Tocatli Honor Guard
4 Phyrexian Dreadnought
2 Varolz, the Scar-Striped

4 Cavern of Souls
4 Mana Confluence
2 Bayou
1 Savannah
1 Scrubland
4 Verdant Catacombs
1 Forest
5 Moxes
1 Black Lotus

2 Abrupt Decay
2 Null Rod
3 Survival of the Fittest
4 Duress
2 Thoughtseize
1 Demonic Tutor
1 Fragementize

It is slower than the Bazaar Engine and I had trouble against control decks which were able to cast Tinker-Colossus in 2nd or 3rd turn.

This deck goes more midrange imo and I like the engine with Tocatli - Phyrexian Dreadnought or Varolz and then scavenge Phyrexian Dreadnought for the 12 counters.

But will try the Bazaar Engine and kick out Tocatly, Phyrexian Dreadnought, Varolz and Thalia Heretic out. However, gonna keep Stony Silence (replacing Null Rod) and Thalia Guardian of Thraben in maindeck - my meta is mostly control here.

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@kaluma How many times did you get the engine Bazaar - Vengevine - Hollow One running?

I am also playing a Survival list, but without Bazaar, Vengevine and Hollow One. Instead I am running more hate with Thalia, Guardian of Thraben, Spirit of the Labyrinth, Varolz - Scar Striped, Tocatli Honor Guard and Phyrexian Dreadnought.

I had lots of trouble against control with Tinker - Blightsteel Colossus on second or third turn.

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Has someone tried to add Diabolic Intent? Cast Diabolic Intent and sacrifice Academy Rector -> search for Yawgmoths Bargain and put Omniscience into play through Academy Rector and then play Bargain for free. Or instead of Bargain just any of the other combo cards (Emrakul, Griselbrand etc.).