In the Lab – Vintage Polymorph

Due to the current Vintage metagame, that bores me to oblivion, I’m currently testing new stuff in order to find a balance between the fun and the win rate. If I’d play for winning I’d probably play Dredge. If I wouldn’t care about the fun then I’d probably play MUD. But since I’m somewhere in between those 2, I feel the need to do something!

You’ve seen me trying to design new stuff such as the Jacerator deck. A deck that, despite the fact that it isn’t played a lot, has achieved excellent results at mid/large tournaments around Europe. Jacerator is good because of the current metagame. Playing 4 Tarmogoyf maindeck plus a bunch of Nature’s Claim, Jace, the Mind Sculptor or  Trygon Predator makes this deck a true “metagame deck”. Current Vintage metagame is so stuck that everywhere you go you’ll find the exact same decks. That’s what makes Jacerator good! Anyways, I’m not here to speak about Jacerator!

So, today I’m going to try to explain why Polymorph might be good in Vintage.

[Video] Xtreme Games 08-15-2010 Finals Game 1 – Jerome Yanchick vs Jimmy McCarthy

Xtreme Games held a Vintage tournament for a Time Walk and other nice prizes on 08-15-2010. After the 5 rounds of Swiss, then Quarterfinals, and then Semifinals, Jerome Yanchick (Team Empire) was left to battle Jimmy McCarthy (Team Serious, Team Meandeck) for a Time Walk. Jerome is pictured on the left piloting 5C ‘Empire’ Stax, and Jimmy is on the right piloting ‘Serious’ Bomberman. Check out the video of Game 1 after the jump!

[Video]: LCV6 July – Rubén González VS José Luís Gallego Final G1

We’ve finally reached the finals of the July’s LCV6 (Catalan Vintage League) and this time is José Luís Gallego who’s facing the revolutionary Storm City Bond from Rubén González. José Luís is playing an Oath deck featuring Tezz/Vault/Key. Will Oath be a better contender for Rubén than Albert’s Dark Tezz or Manuel’s Selkie Fish? Find it out after the break!

Top8 Decklists and Metagame Breakdown of the LCV6 – July 2010

Thanks to the excellent work done by Roger Riera (aka gRR!!) we can enjoy, again, of this excellent metagame breakdown and decklists from the July’s LCV tournament.

The winner’s deck, named Storm City Bond by Rubén González, brings a new ray of light in this metagame filled with MUD/Fish/VaultKey/Oath/Dredge. If you haven’t had the chance to see the videos of Rubén playing SCB you can enjoy them at our Eternal Central TV.

1st

[Maindeck]2 City of Brass (58)
Island
Scalding Tarn
Polluted delta
Misty Rainforest
Flooded Strand
Tolarian Academy
Tropical Island
Underground Sea
Volcanic Island
Black Lotus
Mox Emerald
Mox Jet
Mox Pearl
Mox Ruby
Mox Sapphire
Sol Ring
Mana Crypt
Mana Vault
Senseis Divining Top
Ancestral Recall
Time Walk
Timetwister
Brainstorm
Merchant Scroll
Mystical Tutor
Gush
Gifts Ungiven
Fact or Fiction
Repeal
Hurkyls Recall
Force of Will
Mana Drain
Misdirection
Jace, the Mind Sculptor
Ancient Grudge
Empty the Warrens
Wheel of Fortune
Demonic Tutor
Vampiric Tutor
Yawgmoths Will
Tendrils od Agony
Regrowth
Fastbond[/Maindeck]
[Sideboard]3 Ingot Chewer (12)
Tarmogoyf
Duress
Relic of Progenitus
Tormods Crypt
Yixlid Jailer
Pyroclam
Massacre[/Sideboard]

The rest of the decklists, metagame breakdown, etc… after the break!

Xtreme Games 08-15-2010 Top 8 Decklists & Coverage

Xtreme Games of Lindenhurst, IL (USA) hosted their monthly Vintage tournament this weekend (unsanctioned, like most in the USA). 20 people showed up to battle it out for the following prizes:
1st Place – Time Walk (Unlimited)
2nd Place – Mana Drain
3rd Place – $25
4th Place – $25

Jimmy McCarthy of Team Serious and Team MeanDeck went undefeated with Blue-White Bomberman to win the tournament, and to claim the Time Walk.

Once again the owners of Xtreme Games (Eric and Shannon) put on another smooth and well run event with nice prize support, so our compliments to them. We have Top 8 decklists, a full metagame breakdown, pictures, and more. There are a lot of interesting choices in the Top 8 decklists (specifically Jimmy McCarthy’s Bomberman list, Mike Hadjuk’s ‘Empire Blue’ list, and Mike Solymossy’s Doomsday lists). Check it out after the jump!

[Video]: LCV6 July – Rubén González VS Manuel Navascues Top8 G2

While we make some time before the GENCON Legacy coverage begins, let us entertain you with the second game from the quarterfinals of the last Catalan Vintage League (LCV) between Manuel Navascues (Selkie Fish) and Rubén González (Storm City Bond).

We saw Rubén defeat Manuel on game 1 due to the mana screw that Manuel suffered on the early game. Game 2 long, intense and full of surprises. Are you gonna miss it? The video, as usual, right after the break.

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:

[Video]: LCV6 July – Rubén González VS Manuel Navascues Top8 G1

Starting today, we’ll be releasing the many videos we recorded during the Catalan Vintage League (LCV) last weekend in Badalona. The attendance to this tournament was of 50 players fighting for a Mint & Signed Beta Taiga among many other dual lands.

First match is between Rubén González with Storm City Bond and Manuel Navascues with Selkie Fish. The video and Ruben’s list, right after the break!