wow congrats Nick! i am a big fan of Masticore and even it got antiquated it is still one of my favorite creatures of all time. I was wondering 3-4 years ago where the original art could be as it is maybe my favorite MTG artwork of all time (but of course i can't afford it); it turns out it is alive and well and now in your very capable hands..again congratulations Nick
@Smmenen sorry to necro this as i missed this post for not being online for weeks..i do hope Jamison's RG Beatz deck is included or mentioned in this..that deck showed that aggro/beat decks do have a place in the Vintage metagame and I'm still hoping that Zoo-like decks would proove itself again...
@downtoonelife Congrats for your 2nd place finish Kitz! I guess Ching was TOO STRONG (and that goes for ALL of us lol). When it comes to TMWA decks, you have to believe this guy; he's playing the deck FOR YEARS and we had our share of battles with each other (me on RG Beatz). Looking forward on playing against you (I'm on Zoo now) and again congrats on your finish.
@John-Cox been an RG Beatz player for a long time now and i suggest Torch Fiend because the problem with TSH is that it's more of "reactive" card; you may also have the problem of holding on to them unlike Torch Fiend/Reckless Revler that you can beat with first and then when a problem artifact comes along you just simply sac these fellows
very nice primer! i liked how the whole article was written: explanation of card choices, possible additions and even meta match ups etc. The thing that stood out for me was the "Table of Critters" and i find it very useful on how to optimally build an aggro deck in vintage. if i were to write about my Zoo primer i'll use the same method and i hope you don't mind can't wait for part two.
Wow@this merfolks list. I remember months ago when people laughed at me and said vial was trash in vintage. I guess this top 8 means it's still bad, but less trash
i guess because mental misstep is prevalent in vintage nowadays but vials are definitely NOT trash against shops. and besides, all 1 CMC spells are misstep targets, not just vials
BTW anyone has a link/ coverage of the match that features the merfolk deck?
@Smmenen I did read the whole thing Steve and it not only fascinated me about the basic principles of deck building and what not but it also took me back to a time where playing Magic wasn't as expensive compared today. I just really wished that I can turn back time and should have invested for Power during those times Again, very nice article!
I'll still be looking forward for your Zoo article even Jamison's deck will not be included sadly; I'm a Zoo player myself so I'm very sure that it will be treat. Can't wait for that
A very nice article! Reading the complete evolution of The Deck is some kind of a History lesson for not just who play Vintage but for everyone who plays Magic in general as well. Explanations regarding card choices and/or changes made me change my perception about metagaming.
I'm looking forward for your next article regarding the Zoo archetype. I hope you do mention there the RG beatz deck that took home the 2007 SCG Power 9 Event.
Thanks again Steve and great work!
My name is Neil and I'm from the Philippines. I was under a different name in the old TMD and have been a longtime lurker; I posted a few times there before but didn't get much attention. I do hope this time I can contribute more here in the new site.
I started playing Magic back in 1995 during Ice Age and I stopped when Exodus was released; I came back when Ravnica was released back in 2005. I started playing Vintage in 2008 (although unpowered).
I'm into Aggro/creature-based decks and my favorite Vintage deck of all time is the RG Beatz deck that took home the 2007 SCG Power 9 Event.
Speaking of RG Beatz anyone know where is Jamison Bryant nowadays and what he is up to? It would be nice if I can ask him a few questions regarding his deck.
I'm looking forward for more Vintage discussions and Thank you Andy for taking over the site.