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@oestrus it’s typically not used, and it’s very situational. I mainly put it on the list as an additional option for people to consider. You are correct that dread returning it doesn’t really do much in the short term at all, and hard casting it would be very difficult. I actually haven’t tried it out myself either, but it has enough going for it that I felt it deserved at least some mention. I have seen it used a couple times in Dredge/Reanimator lists. But I’m thinking it’s more of a niche card that only works in certain builds and is very very situational.

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Re: Dredge going into Summer 2017

I wrote an updated primer for playing Vintage Dredge. It’s based off of a lot of current lists from the past couple of months. Hope it helps anyone looking to play the deck!

Here’s the link to the primer:

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A four of seems like a lot, but since cards like Brainstorm and Probe are restricted (and mental misstep is in the format too), it makes sense. Although I feel like three to two is a good starting number.

Come to think of it, Chart a Course might actually better in Vintage than in Legacy because of Mistep and the restricted list.

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Yeah Chart a Course just feels really good to play sometimes. Especially in awkward spots where we run out of relevant spells to cast, but still have a bunch of stuff on board.
Thank you!

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I wrote a guide to building and playing UR Delver if you guys wanna check it out:

Also have you guys tried Chart a Course? By no means is it a deck breaking card, but it’s honestly not bad, and it helps solve some issues we have late game. I feel like it’s worth trying in some builds, especially Aggro focused ones.

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Hello everyone on The Mana Drain! I am the owner of the website, and we are looking for people who would be interested in writing some specific Vintage content.

Throughout my time playing Magic, I've grown to really adore this format and it has become one of my favorites to play. However as I've gotten more into Vintage, I've realized there just simply aren't many people in the community that actually discuss it, create content about it, or even really pay attention to it. And even worse yet, there are many who have huge misconceptions about what the format represents. In light of this, I would like to start really pushing some good quality Vintage content on our website, in hopes of making Vintage more accepted among the broader community. It would be really cool if Sylvan Studies could become a place that players can go to if they want to really learn in depth about various Vintage strategies. Now by no means do I want to take away what The Mana Drain has. I think that this website is an absolutely amazing place, and it should remain such. But I want to create even more places that are havens for Vintage.

Anyways in order to put this Vintage "revival" plan into action, I'd like to start posting a good amount of high quality and in depth deck techs and format discussion articles related to Vintage. But alas my team and I are only a couple people, and we are by no means experts on every single deck in the format.

So, if you are really really passionate about a certain strategy in Vintage, and want to raise awareness for the format, by all means please PM me here, respond to this thread, or email me at so we can start discussing and posting amazing deck techs for everyone to enjoy! Alternatively you can also DM us on Twitter or Facebook as well.

Types of content we are looking for:

  • Deck Techs
    • Deck analysis
    • Card Guides
    • Sideboarding Guides
    • What cards to play in what metas
  • Vintage Discussion, Personal experience articles, etc
  • Articles about the state of Vintage
  • Guides for starting your own local Vintage Leagues
  • Articles that help to discuss many of the misconceptions people have about the format

A HUGE emphasis goes on deck techs, since it would be really awesome to have techs written by true masters of their respective craft.

Thank you all, and long live Vintage!