Serious Vintage Episode 24: The MTGO P9 Challenge

For episode 24, Geoff Moes (@ThallidTosser on Twitter), Nat Moes (@GrandpaBelcher), Josh Chapple (@joshchapple), and Andy “Brass Man” Probasco ()@tmdbrassman look at some recent Vintage Magic: The Gathering results, namely the recent MTGO Power 9 Challenge, and the Team Serious Open. It’s one of our longest episodes ever, and we have lots of detail and discussions of the decks, and their relation to the Vintage metagame.

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Here’s the timestamped table of contents for your listening ease and enjoyment:
0:00:27 – Power Nine Challenge and Team Serious Split Format Recap
1:02:05 – Unsolved Mysteries of the VSL
1:02:28 – Deck Choice in Vintage
1:29:56 – Pizza!
Total runtime – 1:38:49

What’s New in Vintage

Now that Vintage is available through MTGO, there are sizeable events online. It’s a reasonable way to look at what’s going on in the format. More than looking at a 20-player online or offline event, anyway. The results from the January 20 MTGO Power 9 Challenge (with 100 players!) are here, and we look at the top 16 decks.

While TheManaDrain.com is being refurbished by the capable hands of our own Brass Man, the decklists from the Team Serious Open are unavailable (we’ll update this post when they are up). The two we talk about most are below, featuring Dragons and more Dragons!

Worldgorger

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Worldgorger Dragon
Animate Dead
Dance of the Dead
Necromancy
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
Bazaar of Baghdad

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[Mana Sources] (22)
Black Lotus
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]

Hellkite

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Ancestral Recall
Brainstorm
Consecrated Sphinx
Dig Through Time
Flusterstorm
Force of Will
Jace, the Mind Sculptor
Mana Drain
Mental Misstep
Misdirection
Preordain
Snapcaster Mage
Time Walk
Treasure Cruise
Lightning Bolt
Thundermaw Hellkite
Dack Fayden

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[Mana Sources] (26)
Black Lotus
Mana Crypt
Mox Ruby
Mox Sapphire
Sol Ring
Cavern of Souls
Flooded Strand
Island
Mana Confluence
Mountain
Scalding Tarn
Strip Mine
Volcanic Island
Wasteland

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[Sideboard] (15)
Dack Fayden
Grafdigger’s Cage
Hurkyl’s Recall
Mindbreak Trap
Pyroblast
Steel Sabotage[/Sideboard]

I’ll note here (as I believe I did in the audio as well) that I lose regularly to Thundermaw Hellkite in testing. We also talk about the most recent slate of Vintage Super League decks. Information for them can be found through that website.

Seriously, though, what’s up with those sideboarded Moxes?

If you’re at a loss deciding what to play in Vintage, we give some suggestions to that end. Thanks to everyone who participated in my impromptu Twitter poll. There’s a lot that goes into choosing, but the greatest suggestion comes from Jerry Yang: “Play whatever gives you a boner.” (Feel free to paraphrase for your own genitalia.)

Pizza Power!

We wrap up by talking about some of our favorite pizza places.

Some of the places we mention:
Jet’s Pizza – Detroit-style crusty pizza available in the Midwest. It’s really good. And they made heart-shaped pizza’s for Valentine’s Day.
Via 313 – Detroit-style pizza that Josh had in Texas. Balsamic reduction, man.
Bennie Blanco’s – A late-night slice in Denver that Josh enjoys.
Pizza Papalis – Geoff’s favorite place in Toledo also in Michigan. He’s never had the Chicago-style there.
Harvest Pizzeria – Nat’s favorite place in Columbus. Try the Spicy Yuma!
Ernesto’s Old World Pizza – After Brass Man said there was no good pizza in Boston, he remembered this place and raved about it. Get it by the slice.
Antonio’s Pizzas – Brass Man also likes this by-the-slice place in Providence, Rhode Island.
Frank’s Pizza and Grill – This is the giant calzone-style stuffed pizza place in Maryland that Nat couldn’t remember.

As you can see from the list, we like pizza. Who doesn’t like pizza?

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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.

Nat Moes

Nat Moes lives in Columbus, Ohio, and plays Vintage and Legacy with a group of idiots with the audacity to call themselves Team Serious. He is responsible for spreading the plague that is Goblin Charbelcher and has few Magic: the Gathering accolades to speak of aside from some tournament T8s. He is a cohost of the Serious Vintage podcast.