GenCon 2014 Friday Vintage – Decklists, Metagame Breakdown, and Pictures

Magic at GenCon 2014 was a mild success, and the largest of the Vintage tournaments was held on Friday, August 15 2014. With the move of Vintage and Legacy Champs events offsite to the new ‘Eternal Weekend’ in Philly there were fewer players than in years past, but people still traveled from as far as California and the Carolinas in to Indianapolis in order to spar in the gentlemen’s format. Friday’s event drew 62 players to battle for an invite to the GenCon Invitational (where you win an all-expenses paid trip to next year’s GenCon), as well as various mediocre sealed product.

We’ve posted the Top 16 decklists in the first section, then noted all decks by player for a metagame breakdown in the next section, and then added pictures from our Twitter feed from our live coverage of the event in the final section.

July 2014 Banned & Restricted Update – No Changes to Vintage/Legacy/Modern; Cataclysm & Oloro, Ageless Ascetic Banned in Duel Commander

The DCI has announced their quarterly updates to the Banned and Restricted lists today, and there are no changes in any format.

The judges that run the Duel Commander Banned List(ie. ‘French Banned List’ for 1v1 Commander) have announced the following changes:
Oloro, Ageless Ascetic is banned as a Commander
Cataclysm is banned

NYSE Vintage Open 2 – All 92 Decklists & Metagame Breakdown

NYSE 2 is in the books, and had a great turnout. With $100 entry fee just to get in the door, the field was packed with talented and dedicated Vintage players, and the results did not disappoint. There were established archetypes performing well, tweaks on existing decks, and new technology seeping into the metagame from different angles. Nick Detwiler (aka Prospero) has done a fantastic job promoting Vintage in the northeast (running tournaments) and online (moderating on TheManaDrain), and should be applauded at every opportunity for his hard work in the community, and his love of the format.

We’ve posted the Top 8 decklists in the first section, broken down all decks for a metagame breakdown in the next section, and then posted the full decklists from all 92 competitors in the final section (alphabetically, by last name, first name). To find a specific deck by player name or deck type, press CRTL+F to bring up the Find function in your browser, and then type in your search string.

February 2014 Banned & Restricted Update – Deathrite Shaman Banned, Wild Nacatl & Bitterblossom Unbanned in Modern

The DCI has announced their quarterly updates to the Banned and Restricted lists today, and Deathrite Shaman has been Banned in Modern, while Bitterblossom and Wild Nacatl have been Unbanned in Modern! There are no changes in any other format.

Modern
Deathrite Shaman is Banned.
Bitterblossom is Unbanned.
Wild Nacatl is Unbanned.

Standard, Extended, Legacy, Vintage, Block Constructed
No changes.

GP Brisbane Vintage Side Event Top 8 Decklists

Courtesy of our friend Joshua Butler (@VintageFamilar) we bring you the Top 8 decklists and wrap-up from the GP Brisbane Vintage Side Event (sanctioned!).

“GP Brisbane was a blast and it would not have been complete without a touch of Sanctioned Vintage. In the end, we had 25 brave souls, powered up and ready to battle make their way into the hall to find out who would remain standing in the end. Five very interesting rounds ensued with what could have been a feature match, both due to the calibre of players and the decks involved. Overall this event was great and we had a heap of people watching from the sidelines.

At the end of the Swiss, it was the BUG Fish deck (BUG Fish won the previous Australian Vintage event) who would be on the play for the entire top 8. Unfortunately for our BUG player, he fell in the Semi’s to our eventual second place player. At the end of the day it was Robert Bartlet, running BC Stax who reigned supreme over the other 24 players taking home. Robert was also notable as the only player running Workshops in this event. Robert left the venue with a foil Rare/Mythic Theros Sheet.”

Ovino 8 2013 Legacy Top 16 Decklists and Standings

The huge annual Ovino tournaments were recently held, and 407 people duked it out for a studly prize pool in Milan (Italy) on September 28 2013. Vladimir Padve (UR Delver) bested Ilya Sherbakov (Dark Depths Maverick) in the finals.

We are proud to bring you the Top 16 decklists from the Ovino 8 2013 Legacytournament, as well as the complete final standings.

Ovino 8 2013 Vintage Top 8 Decklists and Standings

One of the largest Vintage tournaments of the year was recently held in Milan (Italy) on September 29 2013, and 150 player came out to battle for a deep prize pool and accompanying glory. Daniel Scherer (Grixis Control) defeated Alexey Isupov (Grixis Control) after surviving a Top 8 filled with 7 blue decks and 1 Dredge deck.

We are proud to bring you the Top 8 decklists from the Ovino 8 2013 Vintage tournament, as well as the complete final standings.