Serious Vintage Episode 23: A Year in Retrospect

For episode 23, Geoff Moes (@ThallidTosser on Twitter), Nat Moes (@GrandpaBelcher), and Josh Chapple (@joshchapple) bring back Andy “Brass Man” Probasco (@tmdbrassman) as a regular member of the crew. They discuss the things they missed in a year-long absence from podcasting, including Champs, format changes, and the Team Serious Invitational in December.

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Here’s the timestamped table of contents for your listening ease and enjoyment:
0:00:29 – A Year Later and All Our Predictions Were Wrong
0:42:04 – Proxy/Playtest Panic
0:57:12 – January 2016 B&R
1:03:47 – Terrible Mistakes in Drinking
Total runtime – 1:12:50

Have You Seen These Decks?

These decks were unwitting victims to the 2016 Banned & Restricted List changes.

Dragonlord

[Business] (35)
Ancestral Recall
Ancient Grudge
Auriok Salvagers
Brainstorm
Dack Fayden
Dig Through Time
Dragonlord Dromoka
Engineered Explosives
Flusterstorm
Force of Will
Gitaxian Probe
Griselbrand
Jace, the Mind Sculptor
Mental Misstep
Oath of Druids
Ponder
Pyrite Spellbomb
Repeal
Sensei’s Divining Top
Sylvan Library
Time Walk

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[Mana Sources] (25)
Black Lotus
Flooded Strand
Forbidden Orchard
Island
Library of Alexandria
Mana Confluence
Mana Crypt
Mox Emerald
Mox Jet
Mox Pearl
Mox Ruby
Mox Sapphire
Polluted Delta
Sol Ring
Tolarian Academy
Tropical Island
Tundra
Volcanic Island

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[Sideboard] (15)
Ancient Grudge
Magus of the Moat
Mental Misstep
Nature’s Claim
Nihil Spellbomb
Sphinx of the Steel Wind
Steel Sabotage
Sudden Shock
Tormod’s Crypt[/Sideboard]

Following Champs, when players should have been interested in picking up and playing the first-place list from the largest Vintage tournament of the year – few did. The Restricted List changed the format, and Brian Kelly’s genius was all but forgotten. We also point out that the list’s infinite combo using Auriok Salvagers and Black Lotus is nearly unplayable online (without a lot of work), another strike for the deck in a format that is more and more online-centric.

Blue

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Consecrated Sphinx
Magus of the Moon
Dack Fayden
Jace, the Mind Sculptor
Ancestral Recall
Chalice of the Void
Dig Through Time
Echoing Truth
Fire // Ice
Flusterstorm
Force of Will
Mana Drain
Merchant Scroll
Mindbreak Trap
Misdirection
Thirst for Knowledge
Time Walk
Treasure Cruise

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[Mana Sources] (24)
Ancient Tomb
Flooded Strand
Island
Mountain
Scalding Tarn
Tolarian Academy
Volcanic Island
Black Lotus
Mox Emerald
Mox Jet
Mox Pearl
Mox Ruby
Mox Sapphire

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[Sideboard] (15)
Ingot Chewer
Sulfur Elemental
Grafdigger’s Cage
Hurkyl’s Recall
Ravenous Trap[/Sideboard]

Similarly, The Answer (aka Blue Moon aka UR Control) disappeared after its four-of bomb Chalice of the Void was restricted. The deck was a metagame choice, doing well against Delver and Workshops with lots of flexible control. It leaned hard on Chalice, though, using it against cantrip-fueled blue opponents and skimping on its own one-drops to dodge the effect. Of course there are options to fill in the restricted cards, including potentially running Thirst for Knowledge, but the deck has largely disappeared.

New decks are coming in, too. We talk about the new prevalence of Storm, the continued existence of URx Delver, and the rise of Monastery Mentor decks in its various form. We also take a look at Shops, with more creatures, big and small.

And we talk a little about 5C Artificers:

5C

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Abrupt Decay
Ancestral Recall
Batterskull
Chalice of the Void
Demonic Tutor
Duplicant
Ethersworn Canonist
Goblin Welder
Master Transmuter
Memory Jar
Myr Battlesphere
Nether Void
Stoneforge Mystic
Sundering Titan
Time Walk
Tinker
Trinisphere
Triskelion

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[Mana Sources] (30)
Black Lotus
Cavern of Souls
Chromatic Lantern
City of Brass
Mana Confluence
Mana Crypt
Mana Vault
Mishra’s Workshop
Mox Emerald
Mox Jet
Mox Pearl
Mox Ruby
Mox Sapphire
Sol Ring
Tolarian Academy

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[Sideboard] (15)
Aegis of the Gods
Ancient Grudge
Balance
Batterskull
Grafdigger’s Cage
Inkwell Leviathan
Mindslaver
Pithing Needle
Rest in Peace
Stoneforge Mystic[/Sideboard]

Artificers, as a tribe, have a lot of crazy members, notably Goblin Welder, Master Transmuter, and Stoneforge Mystic. This deck combines all of them into one crazy bomb-throwing machine. I don’t know that any of us have particular experience with the deck, but it looks like a ton of fun.

There’s also a little about Jace, Vryn’s Prodigy, where we talk about his use in Dragon:

Dragon

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Worldgorger Dragon
Animate Dead
Dance of the Dead
Necromancy
Bazaar of Baghdad
Thoughtseize
Tasigur, the Golden Fang
Vampiric Tutor
Demonic Tutor
Timetwister
Deep Analysis
Dig Through Time
Mental Misstep
Time Walk
Ancestral Recall
Treasure Cruise
Hurkyl’s Recall
Force of Will
Intuition
Jace, Vryn’s Prodigy
Gitaxian Probe
Flusterstorm

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[Mana Sources] (21)
Mox Emerald
Mox Jet
Mox Pearl
Mox Sapphire
Mox Ruby
Sol Ring
Mana Crypt
Flooded Strand
Polluted Delta
Island
Swamp
Underground Sea
Tundra

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[Sideboard] (15)
Cavern of Souls
Plains
Tasigur, the Golden Fang
Monastery Mentor
Auriok Salvagers
Nihil Spellbomb
Steel Sabotage
Hurkyl’s Recall
Serenity
Containment Priest[/Sideboard]

Dragon may or may not be a metagame killer, but it finds great use for Jace, Vryn’s Prodigy, as both a card advantage tool and a discard outlet to get rid of unwanted cards in hand, namely Worldgorger Dragon. Having played it recently, it’s a fun deck with many strange interactions, and it has a real neat sideboard.

Overall the format still seems like it’s changing – lots of fun stuff to do, or at least try.

Things to Not Try

Following the Vintage Magic: The Gathering discussion, we look at drinks. Bad drinks.

By its own admission, Malört is “Not for the faint of heart.” I, and some others at the recent Team Serious Invitational, tried it and found it bad but not as bad as advertised. I kind of wanted to mix it with a grapefruit shandy.

The Jaegerita, however, is better. As described it’s mostly sugar and alcohol, so it can’t be too bad. Pour a glass of margarita mix and tequila, and layer a shot of Jaegermeister on top of it.

jaegerita

It looks like swampwater but it tastes like something else. I highly recommend them after great defeat, as a Jaegerita will lift one’s spirits.

On a more serious note, Josh Chapple recommends Boulevard Brewing Company’s Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale, which is apparently good with a splash of orange juice. (He recommends it on warm days, so you can prepare for it now, while it’s still winter.)

Nat has been drinking hard cider with a shot of bourbon and a splash of orange liqueur. The bourbon makes the cider a little more potent and the liqueur takes some of the bite out of the bourbon. It’s quite a combo – easy to drink but worthwhile, if you catch my meaning…

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Concluding Remarks

Thanks for listening! We hope to do more regular podcasting in 2015. We look forward to any questions or comments here or on Twitter. You can also email us at seriousvintagepodcast@gmail.com.