Serious Vintage Episode 22: Gifts Regiven

For episode 22, Geoff Moes (@ThallidTosser on Twitter), Nat Moes (@GrandpaBelcher), and Josh Chapple (@joshchapple) invited Andy “Brassman” Probasco to talk about the recent changes in the Vintage metagame: Treasure Cruise’s restriction, Gifts Ungiven’s unrestriction, and the arrival of Fate Reforged.

Here’s the timestamped table of contents for your listening ease and enjoyment:
00:27 – Treasure Cruising Into the Sunset
10:03 – Gifts Unrestricted
44:54 – Monk Business
55:15 – Outro
Total runtime – 53:23

Show Notes

I don’t want to cover too much here because the discussion was so lively and fairly comprehensive. We were all surprised but not shocked by Treasure Cruise, but the big topic was Gifts Ungiven, hence our special guest. You can read Brassman’s collected SCG articles here, and a lot of that content will be worthwhile for seeing where Gifts Ungiven came from and where it might go in the future. The first Gifts Era was a high point for Vintage and its writing, so there is a wealth of historic and historical information on that site from Brassman, Stephen Menendian, and others.

Anyway, here’s Brassman’s Empty Gifts list circa 2007, shortly before Gifts Ungiven was restricted. He talks about it being his favorite variant.

Empty Gifts 2K7, by Andy Probasco

Business (36)
Tormod’s Crypt
Ancestral Recall
Dark Ritual
Force of Will
Gifts Ungiven
Hurkyl’s Recall
Mana Drain
Mystical Tutor
Skeletal Scrying
Vampiric Tutor
Demonic Tutor
Empty the Warrens
Merchant Scroll
Tendrils of Agony
Time Walk
Yawgmoth’s Will

Mana Sources (24)
Lotus Petal
Black Lotus
Mox Emerald
Mox Jet
Mox Pearl
Mox Ruby
Mox Sapphire
Mana Crypt
Sol Ring
Tolarian Academy
Library of Alexandria
Polluted Delta
Flooded Strand
Underground Sea
Volcanic Island
Snow-Covered Island
Sideboard (15)
Pithing Needle
Tormod’s Crypt
Hurkyl’s Recall
Red Elemental Blast
Empty the Warrens

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