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.
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 Dragon Combo, by Nat Moes and JR Goldberg
Hellkite Control, by Rick Gideon
1 Ancestral Recall
2 Consecrated Sphinx
1 Dig Through Time
4 Force of Will
2 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
3 Mana Drain
3 Mental Misstep
2 Snapcaster Mage
1 Time Walk
1 Treasure Cruise
3 Lightning Bolt
3 Thundermaw Hellkite
1 Dack Fayden
Mana Sources (26)
1 Black Lotus
1 Mana Crypt
1 Mox Ruby
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Sol Ring
1 Cavern of Souls
2 Flooded Strand
2 Mana Confluence
4 Scalding Tarn
1 Strip Mine
4 Volcanic Island
1 Dack Fayden
4 Grafdigger’s Cage
3 Hurkyl’s Recall
2 Mindbreak Trap
3 Steel Sabotage
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.)
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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