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.

The Dredge of Glory – An Introduction to Manaless Dredge in Vintage

Dredge is a historical powerhouse in Vintage. Graveyard mages fueled by the unholy alliance of Ichorid, Bazaar of Baghdad, and Golgari Grave-Troll have consistently put up results. The deck has fought Mishra’s Workshop decks for the title of ‘Premiere Colorless Deck’ and occasionally won – including a Vintage Championship. There have been many iterations of the deck, with the non-Dredge maindeck components being the key marker that set one apart from another. In some cases this has consisted of free disruption like Chalice of the Void and Unmask. In others acceleration like Breakthrough and Brainstorm is the norm. In the current environment, it most often consists of anti-hate cards like Nature’s Claim, Ingot Chewer, and Chain of Vapor. Of course, the graveyard portion of the deck is highly modular and virtually anything can be run in the remaining space, provided the mana costs and mana-production align.

Everyday Eternal Podcast Episode 25: Back in Black (and Green)

In episode 25 of #EverydayEternal, Sam Craven (@thecravenone), Julian Knab (@itsJulian23), and Matt Pavlic (sdematt), talk recent tournament results across both Vintage and Legacy. Matt and Julian regale with recent tournament results in each format. Julian tells us about his win at Prague Eternal, and Matt talks about why winning Feels So Good.


N.Y.S.E. Open II Report: When 2nd Place Is Good Enough

“If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants.”
-Isaac Newton

Never forget the people that helped you get to where you are today.

I’ve taken advice and suggestions about Vintage from anyone and everyone since I started playing competitive Vintage seriously in 2007. The insight and knowledge I’ve gleaned in that time has undoubtedly made me the player I am today.

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.