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Location: 4th Tap Brewing (10615 Metric Blvd)
Entry Fee: $10
Registration: 12:30 registration, with a 1:00 start time
Payout: 100% of entry fees go to the top Top 4; unique proxy card and invite to year-end championship for 1st Place
Proxy limit: Unlimited proxy
Proxy rules: While we love real cards and beautifully-rendered proxies, it’s more important to us that you’re just here and playing. As such, we’re not instituting any proxy rules or guidelines.
Decklists: We will be collecting decklists to post online after the event.

Wanna know what the competition looks like? Check out our previous events here, or read our analysis of the 2018 Romancing The Stones metagame.

posted in Eldrazi read more

Discussion's kinda quiet around here, but it's a pretty interesting time in Eldraziland. In addition to the rise in Colorless Eldrazi, White Eldrazi pilots have been making some cool innovations. The one that jumps out to me: trimming Phyrexian Revoker. 6 months ago, I would have told you that that card will always be a 4-of until Shops gets it restricted. But now, we're not only seeing lists trimming down to 3 copies, we're seeing as few as 1 and 0 copies! I love it. Revoker's ability and CMC are obviously great, but I've had plenty of Hurkyl's blowouts when my board is overly reliant on Revoker. It seems like Eldrazi pilots are realizing that their best shot in the meta is to simply sidestep all the hate targeted at Shops.

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I wanted to play Eldrazi at Romancing The Stones yesterday, but I grabbed the wrong deckbox and went a nice 1-4 on Xerox. 😢 . Oh well.

I was pretty interested in trying out Lavinia. Unfortunately, in the 2 weeks leading up to the event, I didn't have time for any actual games. However, I still wanted to do some quick testing to see how castable Lavinia was in a list replacing 4 Plains with 4 Adarkar Wastes. After 100 goldfishing hands, here's what I found

  • Lavinia was in my opener: 29 hands
  • Castable Turn 1: 7 hands
  • Castable Turn 2: 9 hands
  • Castable Turn 3+: 13 hands
  • Drew her on Turn 3+ and still couldn't cast: 8 hands

In other words, in 100 hands I drew Lavinia a total of 37 times, of which I had difficulty casting her 21 times. To me, that's really problematic for a deck that wants to make lock pieces every single turn. Of course, goldfishing doesn't mean all that much, but it was an interesting little test for me. Would love to hear how she's been for other people!

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RtS10 is almost here! Some quick reminders beforehand:

  • Please bring $10 cash for entry
  • We'll have blank decklists on site, but it saves time to fill one out in advance
  • Lazarus's parking lot is pretty small, but there's free unlimited parking on 4th and Chicon (two blocks south)

In addition, remember that we have the following loaner decks available if you're too lazy to build your own!

  • Ravager Shops
  • White Eldrazi
  • Bant Survival
  • UWR Xerox
  • UW Landstill
  • Inferno Oath
  • PO
  • Dredge
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Good writeup, but I'm wondering: was Colorless Eldrazi showing up because it's actually good, or were people just playing it because Shops was bugged on MTGO and this was the closest replacement?

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Nice, I was hoping they'd keep this going. Prize pool seems reasonable; given the price of power, I understand how they can't offer a full set.

(I won't be able to make this for a variety of reasons, but really enjoyed the last Power 9 and highly recommend it.)

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Event poster's still MIA, but we've got our 1st-place proxy! 0_1552923587785_IMG_6193.jpg

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Working from the assumption that Vintage is in a bad place, I find all of @brianpk80's proposed restrictions to be completely reasonable. Not sure about the bannings, though I see where he's coming from. Now, as someone who enjoys contemporary Vintage I'm less sure about all this, but I still think this was a well-reasoned piece.

Vintage Singleton sounds fucking miserable, though.

posted in Xerox read more

Amateur question: what are you guys boarding out against Dredge? Bolt seems like an easy cut, but then are you looking at . . . countermagic? Snapcasters (because of Cage)? Artifact destruction?

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(poster's delayed cause of SXSW - hopefully we'll have it done soon!)

Location: Lazarus Brewing (1902 E 6th St)
Entry Fee: $10
Registration: 10:30 registration, with an 11:00 start time
Payout: 100% of entry fees go to the top Top 4; unique proxy card and invite to year-end championship for 1st Place
Proxy limit: Unlimited proxy
Proxy rules: While we love real cards and beautifully-rendered proxies, it’s more important to us that you’re just here and playing. As such, we’re not instituting any proxy rules or guidelines.
Decklists: We will be collecting decklists to post online after the event.

Wanna know what the competition looks like? Check out our previous events here, or read our analysis of the 2018 Romancing The Stones metagame.

posted in Vintage Strategy read more

Some type of White, GW, or Junk Hatebears comes to mind. Otherwise Moon Stompy (which you mentioned) sounds right.

posted in Xerox read more

@ChubbyRain that makes sense! I'd been thinking Abrade was useful for its flexibility and dodging Misstep, but you're probably right that Bolt is just better. I'll give that a whirl.

posted in Xerox read more

I don't yet own Trops, Tundras, or a Library, but wanna try this Xerox thing out. I put together this UR list:

4 Snapcaster
1 JVP
3 Pyromancer
3 Dack

1 Ancestral
1 Brainstorm
1 Ponder
1 Probe
1 Flusterstorm
2 Spell Pierce
4 Misstep
4 Preordain
1 Time Walk
4 Force of Will
1 Gush
1 Cruise
1 Dig

2 Pyroblast
2 Bolt
2 Abrade

1 Lotus
1 Ruby
1 Sapphire

4 Volc
2 Island
1 Mountain
7 fetches
1 Strip Mine
2 Wasteland

1 Pyroblast
2 Null Rod
4 Shattering Spree
4 Cage
4 Leyline

In testing it's been solid so far, but open to suggestions from experienced Xeroxers.

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Excellent decision to include the Lhurgoyfs.

posted in Vintage Strategy read more

UR Delver is reasonable without power - I played it in a side event at SCGCon last summer and had a good time. @Thewhitedragon69 is right that you absolutely won't be optimal without Lotus et al - you're giving up all your most busted plays, and you'll have a harder time clawing back into the game when you're losing - but you'll still be able to play and win games of Magic. Access to stuff like Null Rod will do a bit to close the gap between you and the powered players, and you can mess around with cards people don't normally play around in Vintage (Daze, Price of Progress, etc).

Landstill sounds reasonable to me, though I don't have any experience with the archetype. You might also be able to make something Jundy work.

I would avoid decks trying to do unfair things.

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I have a lot of family in CT, so I’m in the state not infrequently. Do any stores run Vintage, or is there any underground Vintage scene?

posted in Eldrazi read more

UW Lavinia Eldrazi has recently been supplanting straight White Eldrazi. Does anyone here have experience playing with/against Lavinia Eldrazi? I’m curious how castable Lavinia and sideboard Energy Flux have been for people - does 4 Adarkar Wastes get the job done, or are some Tundras necessary? And does Lavinia bring enough to the table to justify making our already-shaky manabase even worse?

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Per the title, how many copies of a given token do you bring when you're playing a token generator?

I'm building a Pyromancer deck. Historically, I've brought 1 token and marked it with dice. I'm wondering, though: should I try to bring enough tokens to have actual copies for each one? And if so, how many should I plan on having with me?

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To quickly expand on what @thecravenone posted: Houston has Vintage every 3-4 weeks hosted by the Lhurgoyfs. Austin has a series called Romancing The Stones that meets every ~6 weeks. Both are 100% proxy.

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The crew met up last night and mapped out our calendar for the first half of 2019. Sharing it here for folks who plan in advance! Venues TBD, but here are the dates:

March 30th
May 4th
June 8th

(Sorry for the big gap between our last event and the next one, but SXSW is going to consume one of our TO's lives for the next 6 weeks. Texans desparate for some Vintage action are, of course, encouraged to attend our Houston brethren's events in the meantime.)

Edit: 4/27 changed to 5/4 to avoid prerelease weekend.