Deep Analysis – Eternal Weekend

Deep-Analysis

This weekend Card Titan hosted the Eternal Weekend, which involves both the North American Vintage Championship and the North American Legacy Championship.

When you think of formats that have been around for almost 23 years, you would think that most of the cards would be long since out of print.  Well, there were a number of recently released cards (and many recent reprints) that have made there mark in both Legacy and Vintage.  The reason that I bring attention to such an event as this is due to the perception that they are dying formats.  Star City Games decided that they are going to CUT Legacy events again in 2017.  If you want more of these events, make sure that you are both competing in them and voicing your opinion over the lack of these events to places like Star City that host events.

I have bold faced all cards printed or reprinted in the last 2 years.

2016 NA Vintage Championship – Top 8 Decklists

Michael VanDyke – Eldrazi and Taxes

1 Black Lotus
1 Mana Crypt
1 Mox Emerald
1 Mox Jet
1 Mox Pearl
1 Mox Ruby
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Sol Ring
4 Ancient Tomb
4 Cavern of Souls
2 Eldrazi Temple
1 Karakas
5 Plains
1 Strip Mine
4 Wasteland
3 Containment Priest
4 Phyrexian Revoker
4 Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
4 Thorn of Amethyst
1 Chalice of the Void
4 Eldrazi Displacer
3 Thalia, Heretic Cathar
4 Thought-Knot Seer
4 Reality Smasher

SIDEBOARD
2 Aegis of the Gods
1 Batterskull
1 Dismember
2 Disenchant
2 Grafdigger’s Cage
1 Mangara of Corondor
1 Null Rod
2 Pithing Needle
2 Stoneforge Mystic
1 Umezawa’s Jitte

So this Vintage list is a take on what players see in both Modern and Legacy, the death and taxes deck.  This deck incorporates a fast clock than the normal white weenie style deck as it uses Eldrazi to close the game fast after getting its lock in place.

Joseph Bogaard – Landstill

1 Black Lotus
1 Mox Pearl
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Sol Ring
4 Flooded Strand
2 Polluted Delta
3 Tundra
3 Island
1 Plains
1 Strip Mine
4 Wasteland
3 Mishra’s Factory
1 Library of Alexandria
1 Engineered Explosives
1 Crucible of Worlds
1 Moat
1 Sensei’s Divining Top
1 Supreme Verdict
3 Swords to Plowshares
4 Standstill
2 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
2 Snapcaster Mage
1 Emrakul, the Promised End
1 Brainstorm
1 Ancestral Recall
1 Time Walk
1 Dig Through Time
1 Treasure Cruise
4 Force of Will
3 Mana Drain
3 Mental Misstep
1 Mindbreak Trap
1 Flusterstorm

SIDEBOARD
2 Rest in Peace
2 Grafdigger’s Cage
2 Energy Flux
3 Containment Priest
1 Swords to Plowshares
1 Hurkyl’s Recall
1 Kataki, War’s Wage
2 Ethersworn Cannonist
1 Disenchant

Landstill is a control deck that has been around since the printing of the card Standstill from Odyssey.  This enchantment makes it so that if any player plays a spell, the other player gets to draw 3 cards and the enchantment is destroyed.  The deck uses Mishra’s Factory, a recently reprinted uncommon in Eternal Masters, as it’s way to attack your opponent while not casting spells.

Brian P – Gush Mentor

1 Black Lotus
1 Mox Emerald
1 Mox Jet
1 Mox Pearl
1 Mox Ruby
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Sol Ring
1 Ancestral Recall
1 Time Walk
1 Time Vault
1 Timetwister
4 Force of Will
1 Brainstorm
1 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
1 Ponder
1 Mana Vault
1 Mana Crypt
2 Voltaic Key
4 Monastery Mentor
3 Mental Misstep
2 Flusterstorm
1 Demonic Tutor
1 Vampiric Tutor
1 Mox Opal
1 Tezzeret the Seeker
1 Repeal
3 Thoughtcast
1 Yawgmoth’s Will
3 Sensei’s Divining Top
2 Mystic Remora
1 Hurkyl’s Recall
4 Flooded Strand
2 Polluted Delta
2 Tundra
2 Underground Sea
1 Tolarian Academy
2 Island
1 Seat of the Synod

SIDEBOARD
4 Leyline of the Void
1 Toxic Deluge
1 Ensnaring Bridge
2 Fragmentize
2 Engineered Explosives
1 Plains
1 Mystic Remora
1 Mindbreak Trap
1 Notion Thief
1 Aethersworn Canonist

Joe Brennan – Narset and Friends

1 Black Lotus
1 Mox Emerald
1 Mox Jet
1 Mox Pearl
1 Mox Ruby
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Karakas
1 Vendilion Clique
1 Brainstorm
1 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
1 Narset Transcendent
1 Treasure Cruise
1 Dig Through Time
1 Flusterstorm
1 Mystical Tutor
1 Balance
1 Time Walk
1 Library of Alexandria
1 Ponder
1 Strip Mine
1 Island
1 Ancestral Recall
2 Flooded Strand
2 Polluted Delta
1 Scalding Tarn
2 Misty Rainforest
2 Volcanic Island
3 Tundra
4 Swords to Plowshares
2 Gitaxian Probe
2 Dack Fayden
3 Jace, Vryn’s Prodigy
4 Force of Will
3 Monastery Mentor
2 Preordain
3 Mental Misstep
3 Gush

SIDEBOARD
3 Rest in Peace
1 Supreme Verdict
2 Stony Silence
1 Path to Exile
2 Pithing Needle
2 Pyroblast
2 Containment Priest
2 Wear // Tear

Gush Mentor deck is quite powerful.  Monastery Mentor is 100% busted in Vintage.  Cards like Gush (a card banned in Legacy), Dack Fayden, and Jace, Vyrn’s Prodigy power out massive amounts of cards to make Monastery Mentor lethal in short order.

Derek Gallacher (budget decklist)

DECK
1 Lodestone Golem
1 World Breaker
1 Crucible of Worlds
1 Phyrexian Metamorph
1 Spatial Contortion
2 Dismember
3 Thorn of Amethyst
4 Null Rod
2 Elvish Spirit Guide
1 Faerie Macabre
2 Endbringer
3 Endless One
4 Thought-Knot Seer
4 Reality Smasher
4 Phyrexian Revoker
1 Chalice of the Void
1 Strip Mine
4 Eldrazi Temple
3 Ancient Tomb
4 Wasteland
4 Cavern of Souls
1 City of Traitors
3 Ghost Quarter
3 Eye of Ugin
1 Karakas
1 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth

SIDEBOARD
2 Grafdigger’s Cage
3 Leyline of Sanctity
1 Dismember
1 World Breaker
1 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
1 Helm of Obedience
4 Leyline of the Void
1 Trinisphere
1 Umezawa’s Jitte

This is an odd deck in the Top 8, but it proves that you can play a budget deck in Vintage and still do well.  Again, Eldrazi cards from Oath of the Gatewatch show up as the finishers for the deck.

Andrew Markiton – Stax

1 Black Lotus
1 Mana Crypt
1 Mox Emerald
1 Mox Jet
1 Mox Pearl
1 Mox Ruby
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Sol Ring
1 Tolarian Academy
4 Ancient Tomb
4 Wasteland
4 Mishra’s Workshop
1 Strip Mine
4 Eldrazi Temple
4 Thorn of Amethyst
1 Chalice of the Void
1 Trinisphere
4 Sphere of Resistance
4 Tangle Wire
1 Lodestone Golem
1 Phyrexian Metamorph
4 Triskelion
4 Phyrexian Revoker
4 Arcbound Ravager
4 Thought-Knot Seer
2 Hangarback Walker

SIDEBOARD
2 Dismember
4 Grafdigger’s Cage
2 Relic of Progenitus
2 Karakas
2 Crucible of Worlds
2 Tormod’s Crypt
1 Wurmcoil Engine

Jacob Kory – Stax

1 Mox Emerald
1 Mox Jet
1 Mox Pearl
1 Mox Ruby
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Sol Ring
1 Tolarian Academy
4 Ancient Tomb
4 Wasteland
4 Mishra’s Factory
4 Mishra’s Workshop
1 Strip Mine
1 Inventor’s Fair
1 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
2 Mutavault
4 Null Rod
4 Smokestack
3 Crucible of Worlds
4 Thorn of Amethyst
1 Chalice of the Void
1 Trinisphere
4 Sphere of Resistance
4 Tangle Wire
1 Lodestone Golem
1 Phyrexian Metamorph
4 Phyrexian Revoker
1 Karn, Silver Golem

SIDEBOARD
2 Dismember
4 Grafdigger’s Cage
3 The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale
2 Ghost Quarter
2 Ratchet Bomb
2 Wurmcoil Engine

Stax is an old school prison deck that is powered by Mishra’s Workshop (a legacy banned card).  Workshop based decks power out artifacts that are taxing on your opponent’s mana (Trinisphere, Tangle Wire, Lodestone Golem, Thorn of Amethyst) and then uses mana removal effects (Strip Mine, Wasteland, Smokestack).

Hiromichi Ito – Car Shops

1 Black Lotus
1 Mana Crypt
1 Mox Emerald
1 Mox Jet
1 Mox Pearl
1 Mox Ruby
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Sol Ring
1 Tolarian Academy
3 Ancient Tomb
4 Wasteland
4 Mishra’s Factory
4 Mishra’s Workshop
1 Strip Mine
4 Thorn of Amethyst
1 Chalice of the Void
1 Sword of War and Peace
1 Trinisphere
4 Sphere of Resistance
4 Tangle Wire
1 Lodestone Golem
2 Phyrexian Metamorph
2 Porcelain Legionnaire
2 Triskelion
4 Phyrexian Revoker
4 Foundry Inspector
1 Skysovereign, Consul Flagship
4 Fleetwheel Cruiser

SIDEBOARD
3 Dismember
4 Grafdigger’s Cage
2 Spine of Ish Sah
1 Relic of Progenitus
2 Null Rod
2 Karakas
1 Wurmcoil Engine

This is another Workshop deck but this one is using the new vehicles from Kaladesh.  Not only that, this Car Shops deck as it’s called, even uses Foundry Inspector as both a way to make artifacts cheaper and as a way to crew Fleetwheel Cruiser and Skysovereign, Consul Flagship.

Reid Duke – Paradoxical Storm – 22nd place

1 Island
1 Volcanic Island
2 Underground Sea
4 Polluted Delta
1 Tolarian Academy

2 Grim Monolith
1 Lion’s Eye Diamond
4 Mox Opal
1 Lotus Petal
1 Mana Crypt
1 Mana Vault
1 Mox Pearl 
1 Sol Ring
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Mox Jet
1 Mox Ruby  
1 Mox Emerald
1 Black Lotus
2 Defense Grid
1 Sensei’s Divining Top 
1 Memory Jar

4 Gitaxian Probe
4 Force of Will
1 Chain of Vapor
1 Ancestral Recall
1 Ponder
1 Brainstorm
1 Preordain
1 Windfall
1 Tinker
1 Merchant Scroll
1 Mind’s Desire
1 Time Walk
1 Yawgmoth’s Will
1 Wheel of Fortune
1 Demonic Tutor
1 Timetwister
4 Paradoxical Outcome
1 Tendrils of Agony

SIDEBOARD
3 Tormod’s Crypt
2 Hurkyl’s Recall
2 Flusterstorm
1 Chain of Vapor
1 Defense Grid
1 Island
1 Pyroblast
1 Mindbreak Trap
1 Toxic Deluge
1 Empty the Warrens
1 Blightsteel Colossus

Despite not Top 8ing, no deck had more buzz than Paradoxical Outcome based decks.  Some ran Monastery Mentor while some ran Tendrils of Agony but either way was an absolute beating.  I haven’t seen so many cards drawn for 4 mana in my entire life.  Insane!  One game, Reid Duke played a Tendrils and had 38 Storm copies on the stack.  Gross.

2016 NA Legacy Championship – Top 8 Decklists

Mike Lanigan – Jeskai Eldrazi

4 Eldrazi Mimic
4 Endless One
3 Eldrazi Displacer
3 Eldrazi Obligator
4 Thought-Knot Seer
4 Reality Smasher
1 Drowner of Hope
4 Chalice of the Void
3 Thorn of Amethyst
1 Umezawa’s Jitte
3 Warping Wail
2 Dismember
4 Ancient Tomb
4 Eldrazi Temple
3 Eye of Ugin
1 Karakas
4 Cavern of Souls
4 Aether Hub
4 Corrupted Crossroads

SIDEBOARD
3 Drowner of Hope
1 Relic of Progenitus
1 Urborg, Tomb Yawgmoth
4 Leyline of the Void
1 Pithing Needle
1 Thorn of Amethyst
1 Warping Wail
1 Batterskull
2 All is Dust

Eldrazi became a staple in Legacy once all the cheaper ones were dropped in Oath of the Gatewatch but mostly the ones that saw play involved mostly the colorless ones.  This is the first list I’ve seen running 3 colors in legacy.  Having Obligator allows for some great tricks against decks like Sneak and Show or Reanimator.

Macenzie Doyle – Death and Taxes

4 Mother of Runes
4 Thalia Guardian of Thraben
4 Stoneforge Mystic
3 Phyrexian Revoker
4 Flickerwisp
2 Recruiter of the Guard
1 Mirran Crusader
1 Sanctum Prelate
1 Mangara of Corondor
2 Serra Avenger
4 Aether Vial
1 Sword of Fire and Ice
1 Umezawa’s Jitte
1 Batterskull
10 Plains
4 Wasteland
4 Rishadan Port
3 Karakas
1 Flagstones of Trokair
1 Cavern of Souls

SIDEBOARD
2 Containment Priest
2 Council’s Judgement
2 Enlightened Tutor
2 Rest in Peace
1 Grafdigger’s Cage
1 Ethersworn Canonist
1 Cataclysm
1 Pithing Needle
1 Path to Exile
1 Wilt-Leaf Liege
1 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar

 

Pengyu Chen – Death and Taxes

9 Plains
4 Wasteland
4 Rishadan Port
1 Horizon Canopy
1 Cavern of Souls
3 Karakas
4 Swords to Plowshares
1 Umezawa’s Jitte
1 Batterskull
1 Sword of Fire and Ice
4 Aether Vial
3 Phyrexian Revoker
3 Flickerwisp
1 Spirit of the Labyrinth
4 Stoneforge Mystic
2 Serra Avenger
2 Thalia, Heretic Cathar
4 Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
3 Recruiter of the Guard
3 Mother of Runes
2 Sanctum Prelate

SIDEBOARD
1 Council’s Judgment
1 Manriki-Gusari
2 Ethersworn Canonist
2 Enlightened Tutor
1 Seal of Cleansing
2 Containment Priest
2 Rest in Peace
1 Sword of Light and Shadow
2 Cataclysm
1 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar

David Bauman – Death and Taxes

4 Sword to Plowshares
1 Umezawa’s Jitte
1 Batterskull
1 Sword of Fire and Ice
1 Banisher Priest
2 Sanctum Prelate
2 Recruiter of the Guard
2 Phyrexian Revoker
2 Thalia, Heretic Cathar
4 Stoneforge Mystic
1 Serra Avenger
4 Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
4 Mother of Runes
4 Flickerwisp
4 Aether Vial
9 Plains
1 Horizon Canopy
2 Cavern of Souls
4 Wasteland
4 Rishadan Port
3 Karakas

SIDEBOARD
1 Leonin Relic-Warder
1 Council’s Judgement
2 Ethersworn Canonist
1 Cataclysm
1 Veteran Armorer
2 Rest in Peace
2 Path to Exile
1 Containment Priest
2 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
1 Pithing Needle
1 Disenchant

The big recent winner of the Legacy sweepstakes was Death and Taxes.  Cards from Conspiracy 2: Take the Crown such as Sanctum Prelate and Recruiter of the Guard pushed Death and Taxes up the power chain.  The Prelate helps against one of its number 1 foes, Miracles by shutting off cards at that casting cost while the Recruiter either pulls the silver bullets, control creatures or the power creatures to finish the game.

Daniel Miller – Miracles

4 Brainstorm
1 Counterspell
4 Force of Will
3 Predict
4 Swords to Plowshares
1 Wear // Tear
3 Snapcaster Mage
4 Sensei’s Divining Top
1 Arid Mesa
4 Flooded Strand
5 Island
1 Karakas
1 Mountain
2 Plains
3 Scalding Tarn
2 Tundra
1 Volcanic Island
1 Council’s Judgement
2 Entreat the Angels
3 Ponder
3 Terminus
1 Supreme Verdict
4 Counterbalance
3 Jace, the Mind Sculptor

SIDEBOARD
1 Back to Basics
2 Containment Priest
1 Engineered Explosives
2 Flusterstorm
1 Moat
1 Pyroblast
1 Red Elemental Blast
1 Rest in Peace
2 Vendilion Clique
1 Wear // Tear
1 Enlightened Tutor
1 Surgical Extraction

I hate this deck.  HATE.  I was so happy to see this deck lose in the finals.  Seriously giddy.

Kurtis Frazer – R/B Reanimator

4 Reanimate
4 Exhume
4 Animate Dead
4 Entomb
4 Dark Ritual
4 Lotus Petal
4 Thoughtseize
4 Unmask
4 Faithless Looting
3 Griselbrand
4 Chancellor of the Annex
1 Tidespout Tyrant
1 Sire of Insanity
1 Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite
4 Bloodstained Mire
Polluted Delta
3 Badlands
1 Bayou
2 Swamp

SIDEBOARD
3 Reverent Silence
3 Abrupt Decay
2 Pithing Needle
3 Stronghold Gambit
2 Collective Brutality
1 Archetype of Endurance
1 Iona, Shield of Emeria

Reanimation strategies have been around a long time.  It is odd to see a RB version over a UB version since blue offers countermagic to protect the pieces but it was strong enough to get him to the Top 8. Collective Brutality gives some extra discard, removal and life gain to the deck as well.

Jarvis Yu – Grixis Delver

2 Gurmag Angler
3 Snapcaster Mage
2 True-Name Nemesis
4 Deathrite Shaman
4 Delver of Secrets
4 Brainstorm
4 Force of Will
4 Ponder
4 Daze
3 Abrupt Decay
3 Spell Pierce
4 Lightning Bolt
2 Volcanic Island
3 Underground Sea
4 Wasteland
2 Tropical Island
4 Flooded Strand
4 Polluted Delta

SIDEBOARD
1 Umezawa’s Jitte
1 Sulfur Elemental
2 Flusterstorm
2 Pithing Needle
2 Thoughtseize
2 Dismember
3 Surgical Extraction
2 Painful Truths

Delver decks have been a staple of Legacy since the card first flipped in Innistrad.  The addition of delve cards has only helped that archetype.

Oran Kremen – G/B Turbo Depths

3 Not of this World
4 Crop Rotation
2 Expedition Map
4 Thoughtseize
1 Duress
2 Inquisition of Kozilek
4 Vampire Hexmage
4 Elvish Spirit Guide
3 Pithing Needle
4 Lotus Petal
4 Sylvan Scrying
1 Into the North
1 Sylvan Library
4 Thespian’s Stage
4 Dark Depths
3 Bayou
4 Verdant Catacombs
1 Bojuka Bog
3 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
1 Sejiri Steppe
1 Ghost Quarter
1 Snow-Covered Forest
1 Snow-Covered Swamp

SIDEBOARD
1 Winter Orb
4 Chalice of the Void
3 Abrupt Decay
1 Pithing Needle
3 Surgical Extraction
1 Crucible of Worlds
1 Karakas
1 Krosan Grip

Dark Depths is a hot card in legacy.  Typically, you see it in Lands decks as its finisher in normally a long grindy deck.  This build was designed to put out Marit Lage and protect him to win.

Nicol_Bolas@MTGDeckTechs.com

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