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  • SCG Madison Top 16 Report – Sneak and Bargain

    Have you ever played with Necropotence or Yawgmoth’s Bargain? Odds are, if you like doing unfair things and have been playing Magic since Urza’s Block, or are a Vintage player, you’ve probably lusted for more cards and more power. The dark side of Magic compels you to sacrifice and trade your soul for power. Griselbrand is that dark side.

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  • So Many Insane Plays – Meandeck Open Report – 10th Place with Meandeck Gush Control

    I’ve had a spectacular run since July, making 6 consecutive Top 8’s, until I placed 9th in the Sandusky, Ohio Team Serious open in December. I decided to rectify that failing at the Meandeck Open, but fell short once again. Check out all the details in full technicolor after the jump!
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  • So Many Insane Plays – Trends & Predictions for 2012 & A Vintage Tournament Report

    (Editor’s Note: This former Downloadable Product has now been made free to all customers. Enjoy!)

    Welcome Vintage addict, and happy holidays. In this article, I will present my final tournament report of the year, in which I narrowly missed Top 8 on account of a few critical play errors. I took more detailed post-match notes than in recent tournaments, so I may delve more deeply into game states. This kind of analysis is among the most pedagogically helpful for Vintage readers, and will hopefully be entertaining as well. But perhaps just as important is my analysis of the trends of the format and my predictions for 2012.
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  • So Many Insane Plays – Understanding Remora Gush

    (Editor’s Note: This former Downloadable Product has now been made free to all customers. It has also been retitled from the previous title ‘So Many Insane Plays – Remora Gush: The Final Evolution of Gush in 2011.’ Enjoy!)

    The Vintage metagame is deep and rich. There are more options than ever for the Vintage player. Blue pilots can choose between Confidant/Jace decks, Snapcaster Control, Gush decks at the top tier, and a myriad of other choices such as Standstill, Oath, Painter, or Fact or Fiction-based decks. Combo pilots can choose among Confidant TPS, Worldgorger Dragon Combo, and now Doomsday. Workshop players can choose among aggressive builds, like Slash Panther, controlling builds, like Nick Detwiler’s Espresso Stax, and more combo oriented builds, like the Kuldotha Forgemaster decks that are rampant in Europe.
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  • So Many Insane Plays – Top 8 With Doomsday at Waterbury, and Forward Thinking

    Last week Stephen Menendian unveiled an explosive new Doomsday deck. This week he provides a detailed tournament report, including a blow by blow account of battling his way to the Top 8 of the esteemed Waterbury/TMD Open 15 tournament, including an epic match with the legendary Chris Pikula.
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  • So Many Insane Plays – From Confidant to Cobra Gush: First Place in Sandusky

    Today, Stephen Menendian unveils his post-Vintage Champs deck of choice. The recent Team Serious Open in Sandusky, Ohio, provided a battle ground in the post-Champs metagame, with many of Vintage’s brightest minds in attendance. After the dust settled Stephen was crowned the winner, piloting an innovative take on Cobra Gush. He gives an in depth look at his card choices and reasoning, and looks at each of his games in this tournament, turn through turn, detailing the decision tree and ramifications of in-game actions.
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  • Vaulting Through Ohio – Vintage in Sandusky

    Earlier this year the members of Team Serious, that is, my teammates, decided there wasn’t enough Vintage action going on in the great Ohio valley, so they decided to do something about it and organized a tournament at POP! in Sandusky, Ohio (USA) for July 2nd, 2011. Team Serious extraordinaire Nat Moes of Charbelcher fame traveled in from the DC area and took down the whole thing with Wizards.dec. Yep, seriously. You can find all the sick decklists from that tournament here, courtesy of Asian assassin and rap battlemaster Twaun007.
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  • Bazaar of Moxen 2011 Legacy Decklists, Reports, and Video Roundup

    Bazaar of Moxen 2011 Legacy Decklists, Reports, and Video Roundup

    The 2011 Bazaar of Moxen has just concluded, and we are happy to report to you that it was the largest privately held Legacy tournament to have ever taken place to date, with an astonishing 633 players playing Legacy in beautiful Annecy, France. With the help of the tournament organizers and the WatchDaMatch coverage team we are proud to bring you the Top 16 decklists from the Legacy main event!
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  • Report – France Vintage Championship Top 8

    Thanks to Belcherized and Maitre Yoda (two French players), the 2010 France Vintage Championship was held this past weekend. I’d like to begin my report by thanking and congratulating them for the organization of the tournament and their support of Vintage. We had a great weekend, and even though it was a Sunday, 69 players came here to compete for the chance to be the new French Vintage Champion. Last year, I lost in the Finals against Camille Fenet in a Selkie mirror match. This year, as I didn’t want to play creatures anymore I decided to play the deck I played at Bazaar of Moxen 4 (BOM).

    Check out my decklist and the report after the break!

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  • X and Owen – Winning Vintage Worlds 2010

    For my latest article I’m excited to write about how I recently won the Vintage World Championship at GenCon Indy 2010. I’ve played in the event the past 3 years now, with a Top 8 appearance the first time, and some poor play leading to a loss while playing for Top 8 last year which was pretty disheartening, to the point where I didn’t even want to play in the tournament this year. But thanks to David Ochoa for providing me the decklist and to my amazing friends for lending me the cards. Without further adieu here is the decklist that I (along with Bob Maher and David Williams) ended up playing.
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  • Second Place With Belcher at GenCon Indy 2010 Legacy Champs

    Matt Hazard of Team Serious recently finished second at the Legacy Champs event at GenCon. In the final game of the tournament he activated Goblin Charbelcher targeting his opponent to win the 2010 Legacy Championship, only to have his [CENSORED] Taiga revealed 5 cards down! Check out his decklist(s), thoughts, and full tournament report of how he got there after the jump!

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  • Winning with UW Serious Bomberman at Xtreme Games Vintage 08/15/10

    Jimmy McCarthy of Team Serious and Team Meandeck fame recently won the Xtreme Games Vintage tournament this past weekend with UW Serious Bomberman. He went an awesome 7-0-1 in the event, including 14-0 in games played! Read his report and decklist after the jump!

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  • Second with UBG Landstill in Legacy (Cambrils 8/08/2010)

    Few days ago we heard from this Legacy tournament being held in Cambrils (about 100km from Barcelona) and organized by a couple of “oldies” that nowadays own a bar called “Rock Star“. The winner of the tournament would win 2 FBB Scrublands, the finalist 2 Revised Dual Lands and the semifinalists some Fetchlands. In the end, the turn out wasn’t that impressive (20+) and they decided to keep the prizes for the 1st and 2nd and remove the top4 fetchlands. Fair enough! (The entrance fee was 14€ and that included a HUGE sandwich and a drink).

    The following report explains my tournament performance playing UBG Landstill and How I met GOD playing from the inside of Toni Calero’s body.

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  • GenCon Indy 2010 Live Coverage!

    As promised last weekend, we are running live coverage of the GenCon Indy 2010. We’ll try to gather as much information as possible about the Legacy and Vintage events as updates flow in, and of course, we’ll be featuring the live streaming from GGSlive.com.

    The Legacy LIVE coverage should start around 17:00 CET


    More information will be published after the break:

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  • [Report]: Winning with Jacerator in Vintage. By Deathknight

    Our partner from the french GT Team, Camille Brunel aka Deathknight, has shared his latest victory report at Game Center (Paris July 2010) with us at our forums. The tournament wasn’t specially big but what we like about the report is that he used a deck that is being discussed a lot on our forum boards: Jacerator.

    [Report – English]: Winning with Jacerator in Vintage. By Deathknight (GCP – July 2010)

    [Report – French]: Winning with Jacerator in Vintage. By Deathknight (GCP – July 2010)

  • MTG BARATO Vintage News and Results!

    The second day of the 1st MTG BARATO Open is officially finished.

    Despite the awesome prizes for this tournament, an incredibly low amount of players showed for the Vintage event. Only 43 players came but the organizer (Filippo Lietti, aka TroppoRicco) in the end decided to keep the prize structure so people would enjoy their time. Thank you Filippo for making such an amazing eternal weekend and despite the low turn out still keep the prizes!

    The 8 best players from the swiss were:

    1. Oscar Canedo 16 points (MUD)
    2. Subirana, Roger 14 (UW Fish
    3. Fernandez Martin, Cesar 13 (Solution)
    4. Relat Goberna, Ferran 13 (UGR Fish)
    5. Morla, Tomas 13 (MUD)
    6. Ragull, Guillem 13 (Repeal Tendrils)
    7. Rodea, Guillermo 13 (Mana Ichorid)
    8. Aldo Fernandez 13 points (Mana Ichorid)

    TOP8:

    • Oscar Canedo (MUD) VS Aldo Fernández (Mana Ichorid) 2-0
    • Ferrán Relat (UGR Fish) VS Tomás Morla (MUD) 2-0
    • Guillem Ragull (Repeal Tendrils) VS César Fernández  (Solution) 2-1
    • Guillermo Rodea (Mana Ichorid) VS Roger Subirana (UW Fish) 2-0

    TOP4:

    • Oscar Canedo (MUD) VS Ferrán Relat (UGR Fish) 0-2
    • Guillem Ragull (Repeal Tendrils) VS Guillermo Rodea (Mana Ichorid) 0-2

    FINAL:

    Ferrán Relat (UGR Fish) VS Guillermo Rodea (Mana Ichorid) 1-2

    Congratulations for Guillermo Rodea for winning the 1st Vintage MTG BARATO Open and to the rest of the top8 players. Special mention to my friend Guillem Ragull who top8ed in both Legacy and Vintage events!

    The top8 decks are VERY REPRESENTATIVE of what’s vintage now. 2 Dredge, 2 MUD, 2 FISH, 1 Storm Combo and 1 Solution deck. Guillem’s deck is viable due to the high amount of basic lands he has and the awesome game plan that Empty the Warrens provides. César’s deck has an insane amount of good cards that are focused against the current metagame and proved again to work as intended.

    There were few other representative decks types like Oath or Goblins. The big loser of this tournament is Vault/Key. 0 (zero) top8 players managed to go through this Null Rod battlefield and Ichorid fest.

    I’d like to make some pros and cons about the tournament:

    PROS:

    • To Filippo, who organized everything in such a marvelous way. The place where the tournament was held was extremely nice, clean, etc… and despite the quality downgrade on the power 9 pieces, he kept the whole prize structure.
    • To everyone that came to Valencia this weekend to play Eternal.
    • To the italian mafia! See you in Milan soon!

    CONS:

    • Where the hell was the people on Sunday?

    Tomorrow you’ll be able to find the decklists for the Legacy and, if not very tired, the Vintage tournaments. The videos will be released as soon as possible. I’ve recorded LOTS of videos, but I’m going to need a fastest way to edit them. I can’t spend 2h/video if I wanna post the 30-40 videos that I might have recorded. I don’t have that much free time right now.

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  • MTG BARATO Legacy News and Results!

    First day of the 1st MTG Barato Open is officially finished.

    Hugo López and Antonio Escamilla decided to split the final prize of this awesome 138 players tournament!

    The 8 best players from the swiss were:

    1. Guillem Ragull 21 points (RG Goblins)
    2. Antonio Escamilla 20 points (Landstill)
    3. Alex del Valle 19 points (Reanimator)
    4. Francisco Segura 19 points
    5. Antonio Romero 19 points (Zoo)
    6. Josué López 19 points
    7. David Gómez 19 points (Survival)
    8. Hugo López 19 points

    TOP8:

    • Guillem Ragull (RG Goblins) VS Hugo López (BANT) 0-2
    • Antonio Romero (Zoo) VS Francisco Segura 2-0
    • Alex del Valle (Reanimator) VS Josué López 2-0
    • David Gómez (Survival) VS Antonio Escamilla (Landstill) 1-2

    TOP4:

    • Hugo López (BANT) VS Antonio Romero (Zoo) 2-1
    • Alex del Valle (Reanimator) VS Antonio Escamilla (Landstill) 1-2

    FINAL:

    Split between Hugo and Antonio.

    The videos will come as soon as possible. I also recorded some random games from important players during the event.

    The metagame was, as expected, REALLY aggro. Lots of Goblins, lots of Merfolks and insane amount of Zoo players. One player reached the semifinals with Reanimator, proving that, in the end, the deck might not really need Mystical Tutor that much.

    Right now I don’t have a lot of time, as we are heading for dinner soon. On my way back, I’ll try to update this post with some pictures and more detailed data of the event. I got all the lists and will post the Top8 decklists asap. The rest of the analysis will be made by César Fernández in a similar way than he did for the last BOM4.

    Remember that tomorrow we’ll have the Vintage Event!

  • Top4 split at Legacy Black Lotus (22/05/10)

    The Legacy tournaments at the Black Lotus Store in Barcelona are probably the biggest weekly events in the world. With an average turn out that might hit the 35 players, Black Lotus has become an excellent place to practice Legacy at a real high level. You might find there players like Lluis Restoy (GP Madrid Top8), Ricard Tudurí (GP Winner) or Adrià Romero (who recently made top9 at the BOM4).

    In the past I used to go every Saturday to the Legacy tournaments, but now, due to my job I can’t hardly get any Saturdays off. And those that I can, I usually make them match with the Vintage tournaments from the LCV6.

    Anyways, so this past Saturday I managed to go and I won! Well, even though I really wanted to play because I felt I could defeat easily any of the top4 decks (Reanimator, Zoo and Survi-Auriok) I agreed on splitting the Top4 because the other 3 guys really wanted to, and I was a bit tired.

    I expected the following metagame: Zoo, Reanimator, ANT, Merfolks and Countertop (thopters, progenitus, etc). That’s what the usual players play around there. Then there’s always some people with random decks like Belcher, White Staxx, etc… My predictions were almost perfect since there were a lot of combo decks (ANT, Reanimator), some Zoo, and also some Thopter/CounterTop decks.

    The night before the tournament I prepared my ANT deck to fight that metagame. I can advance you that this is probably the best sideboard I’ve brought to a tournament. I’m really satisfied with the result and I felt I had answers for absolutely all the matchups that I could face. So this is the list:

    Main deck: 4cANT by Jordi Amat
    4 Dark Ritual
    4 Cabal Ritual
    4 Lotus Petal
    4 Lion’s Eye Diamond
    4 Brainstorm
    4 Mystical Tutor
    4 Infernal Tutor
    4 Polluted Delta
    3 Underground Sea
    3 Ponder
    3 Duress
    3 Orim’s Chant
    2 Flooded Strand
    2 City of Traitors
    2 Chrome Mox
    2 Sensei’s Divining Top
    1 Ad Nauseam
    1 Tendrils of Agony
    1 Ill-Gotten Gains
    1 Chain of Vapor
    1 Tundra
    1 Scrubland
    1 Tropical Island
    1 Island

    Sideboard:
    4 Carpet of Flowers
    3 Path to Exile
    2 Nature’s Claim
    1 Reverent Silence
    1 Krosan Grip
    1 Angel’s Grace
    1 Slaughter Pact
    1 Tendrils of Agony
    1 Tropical Island

    I’m not gonna talk about the main deck choices because the list is pretty standard (15 lands – including 2 City of Traitors, 6 protection spells – including Orim’s Chant, 1 Tendrils, 1 bouncer, etc…). But I do wanna talk about the sideboard.

    Path to Exile (3): This card proved to be the MVP of the tournament. And that’s the second time I performed excellent thanks to them. Let’s see it’s advantages:

    • It kills Gaddock Teeg, Ethersworn Canonist, Iona, Shielf of Emeria, as well as Tarmogoyf (BANPLZ!), Wild Nacatl, etc…
    • It’s white, so you’ll probably kill Ioona 100% of the times with it.
    • We run more than 1 copy, so we can use it more aggressively to kill an early menace that will save us some health points. Killing a turn 1 Wild Nacatl with a Path to Exile, if your game plan is slow, can turn into a huge advantage.
    • Nobody expects Path to Exile.

    Disadvantages:

    • It’s white, so you’ll need to fetch for white. That usually isn’t a problem, but it’s not the same as playing Slaughter Pact (which I also run).
    • It’s more sensible to Daze/Spell Pierce since it costs more than Slaughter Pact.

    Carpet of Flowers (4): In a metagame where blue is everywhere, this card seems the right call. Merfolks disruption is based on the “pay X more or counter this spell” (aka, Daze, Spell Pierce and Curse Catcher), and Carpet of Flowers brings lots of extra mana for free every turn. The only spell you should care about when playing against Merfolks is Force of Will.

    The other reason why I run Carpet of Flowers nowadays is because control players expect you to play Dark Confidant Side Board, and they won’t side out their removal. Like this we achieve:

    1. We accelerate for free everyturn
    2. Opponent is playing with dead cards

    Due to this version being 4 colors, Carpet of Flowers will fix our mana base pretty nicely. You’ll have the white, the green, blue or black whenever you’ll need it.

    Nature’s Claim (2) + Reverent Silence (1) + Krosan Grip (1): Our worst match up is obviously anything running CounterTop. We can’t have our silver bullets all with the same mana cost, and that’s why I opted to have Nature’s Claim, Krosan Grip and Reverent Silence.

    Chalice @1 hurts us a lot, but you should be able to Mystical Tutor for Krosan Grip in response to his Chalice, and get rid of it quite easily. Else, just try to combo out with the double LED + Infernal Tutor Kill.

    Angel’s Grace (1) + Tendrils of Agony (1): Since I expected some Zoo decks, Angel’s Grace was a must include! I can’t play combo decks without 2 Tendrils of Agony but it didn’t fit in the main deck, so I finally opted to add it to the SB.

    Against Zoo/Aggro decks, my usual sideboard plan is: +1 Angel’s Grace, +1 Tendrils of Agony, +3 Path to Exile, +1 Slaughter Pact (and if I expect Thorn of Amethyst like from Affinity, then I add the 2 Nature’s Claim + Krosan Grip), -2 Duress (I always leave 1 Duress, just in case you need to check for a trap :P), -3 Ponder, -1 Tropical Island (unless I have to add the green sideboard spells).

    So this was more or less my sideboard strategy. My main game strategy was always to go for the double LED + Infernal Tutor Kill passing through Ill-Gotten Gains. I believe I killed like that around 90% of the times. I’ve been playing Iggy Pop/ iPop Negation / ANT for such a long time, that when I need to combo, I have it so clear that I know exactly what is needed to execute a certain amount of storm at any given situation. The fact that I reduced the amount of Ad Nauseam to 1 makes this plan my primary choice of kill.

    I won’t explain my rounds with detail as I didn’t take accurate notes from the games. I’ll try to write about certain plays that were relevant during the tournament.

    Round 1: Gonzalo Balot with random deck. 2-0

    • Gonzalo was a new player in the scene and he actually didn’t know how to play at all. I helped him understand the game a bit better after I won him 2-0 in less than 10 minutes. I tried to make him understand the phases, construction of the decks, etc… He took notes and I think he’ll be better prepared next time.

    Round 2: Alex Mateu with Survi/Auriok. 2-1

    • Alex is actually one of the best players of the national Legacy scene. If you search him on deckcheck, you’ll discover a certain amount of good results.
    • Game one I cast a turn 2 Ad Nauseam for the win. Game 2 he casts 3 Meddling Mage in 5 turns without any deck manipulation… I killed his first one with Path to Exile, then the second one named Ad Nauseam and the 3rd named Path to Exile, so my only chance was to find Mystical Tutor, for Slaughter Pact and then combo (I had Nauseam and mana enough). I never found the Mystical nor the Pact. Game 3 I believe I combo him on first turn with a Infernal Tutor Kill.

    Round 3: Oscar Mesegué with Reanimator. 2-1

    • Yet another excellent player with a lot of wins at the LCL/Black Lotus Store tournaments.
    • He managed to get Ioona (naming black) into play game 1. I didn’t had many chances since she would kill me before I could actually bounce Ioona. But, I insisted and didn’t surrender, as I wanted to make him believe I could actually bounce Ioona. So I tried to Mystical Tutor at some point, which he obviously countered with FoW (+ Blue card when he only had 2 cards left) fearing a Wipe Away. I told him he did well countering my Mystical as I would have probably won 😛 So he actually believed me, and in second game, he put Ioona into play again naming blue! But I had Path to Exile to remove her 😛 I won the same turn I played the Path to Exile. Game 3, he had turn 1 Entomb, and he placed on his GY… Inkwell Leviathan, fearing my Path to Exile again. It was obviously a bad choice, as the squid never got to attack (I had a Path in my hand, anyways)

    Round 4: My friend, and ex-team mate, Oliver Satizabal aka Owli with Zoo. ID

    Round 5: Daniel Sanchez with Spring Tide. ID

    Top8: Pedro Grati with ANT. 2-1

    • I don’t know him that much. I know he’s performing well in pokemon formats, so I guess he’s a good player. BUT, I actually saw him play at round 5 (scouting FTW!), and I saw him play terribly bad. Misplays, wrong choices, etc… He told me after his last round, he’s not used to play combo. O RLY? 😀
    • Anyways, so Game one he casts DOUBLE duress on his first turn, and I win on my first turn! How? Check this out kids! My hand was: LED + Dark Ritual + Ancient Tomb + Lotus Petal + Cabal Ritual + Brainstorm + Sensei’s Divining Top. His double duress hits my Brainstorm and Sensei’s Divining Top. My topdeck was Infernal Tutor, and you know how the story ends 😛
    • On game 2, he had a strong play, but I slow him down with an Orim’s Chant in response to his Infernal Tutor. He searches Ad Nauseam (Mistake) which he can’t cast. I eot Mystical Tutor for Duress and take his Nauseam away. We both were at top deck but I had Sensei’s Divining Top. He drew a bomb before I found anything with the Top on 4 turns… He played Sadistic Sacrament so we moved onto game 3.
    • Last game was a normal game, I Duress him turn 1 and comb on turn 3 via Ritual + LED + Infernal Tutor -> Ill-Gotten Infernal Tutor for Infernal Tutor for Tendrils for a total Storm of 10.
    • As Pedro said “It happened what it should have happened”.

    In the end, I accepted splitting the Top4 prizes.

    The rest of the top8 went like this:

    Sergi Herrero (Reanimator) VS Oscar Mesegué (Reanimator)

    Àlex Mateu (Survi/Auriok) VS Daniel Sanchez (High Tide)

    Jordi Amat (ANT) VS Pedro Grati (ANT)

    Aldo Fernandez (Landstill) VS Oliver Satizabal (Zoo)

    I’ll post the Top8 decks as soon as possible. Meanwhile, this is how the metagame looked like:

    • 3 ANT (Top8 + Top4)
    • 1 Landstill (Top8)
    • 1 High Tide (Top8)
    • 2 Merfolks
    • 2 Dredge
    • 2 Dark Depths (1 Countertop, 1 BG Hate)
    • 3 Zoo (Top4)
    • 2 Reanimator (Top8 + Top4)
    • 2 Rogue deck
    • 1 Alluren
    • 1 Survival (Auriok Combo) (Top4)
    • 1 Thopter/CounterTop
    • 1 Fatestalker
    • 1 Belcher
    • 1 Canadian Threshold
    • And a couple of lost lists

    So, to conclude with something, let me just say…

    REAL MEN PLAY COMBO!

  • ICBM Retro Vintage Open 1 Results

    Vintage players have either grown to love or hate the card Gush, and the effect that it had on the metagame over the past half decade during the times when it was allowed to be played. When Gush (and Brainstorm, Flash, Merchant Scroll, and Ponder) landed on the Restricted List again on June 1 2008 many people were saddened by the news, as the “Gush Metagame” was one full of interaction, excitement, many interesting deckbuilding ideas, and of course the broken plays that Vintage players are accustomed to.

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