Vintage Tourney @ Worlds

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By Lord of the Squirrels on Sunday, August 12, 2001 - 09:07 pm:

I want to thank everyone here for getting me the info I needed on BSB. It played very well for me at the tournament! I ended up 3-2, due to a bad case of mana screw in the second round, and then in the fourth round I lost to the savage top decking skills of long time pro Bob Maher Jr. No excuses, I could have played a little better that game, but I still think I did well given my opponent. My deck was a little less than perfectly tuned, but the tournament gave me some great ideas about what to do with it. Primarily, I am thinking of moving 2 B2B to the main deck in place of wastelands, and also removing mystical for Merchant Scroll. Say what you will about it, but I think that stroke is still a great addition to the deck, and it won me at least 2 games. So anyways, without further ado, here is my decklist and sideboard:

7 Fun Artifacts
16 Island
1 Library
1 Academy
2 Waste
1 Strip

2 Morphling
2 masticore

1 Ancestral
1 Walk
1 Twister (yes, i played twister)

4 FoW
3 Mana Drain
3 Mana Leak
2 Counterspell
2 Misdirection

4 Impulse
3 FoF
1 Stroke
1 Mystical Tutor

2 Keg
1 Disk

Tormods Crypt
4 B.E.B.
2 B2B
1 Teferi's Response
3 Gainsay
2 Keg
and my "super" mirror match tech:
2 Mana Maze
Now this card is only for thise who believe that luck is truly a part of the game. It is a total double edged sword, and can, at times, kill it's controler. But I feel that the advantage it can give is so overwhelming that it needs to be included. Basically, if it is in play, it makes every spell you play uncounterable. Morphling? Can't respond with a blue spell. Masticore can be countered though, right? Not if you play it correctly. Just put masticore on the stack, and before passing priority to your opponent, play a blue spell such as impulse. Therefore, the last spell announced was blue, and can no longer be responded to with a counterspell. Fun huh? I realize that this card is risky, but I did get it out in one game on turn one, and my turn 2 morphling proceeded to make short work of the game. Turns out my opponent had a FoW in hand, and didn't think the maze was good enough to counter. Either way, it's an interesting card if nothing else.

I'd appreciate any input that people could give, especially from anyone who was at the tournament! Thanks a lot guys!

-Dan Powers, Lord of the Squirrels

By ahappyclown on Monday, August 13, 2001 - 01:30 am:

I also ran 2 Mana Mazes and man, were they fun...although I did lose one game because of them (confused the heck out of my opponent though). Against BBS, Impulses became like Abeyance before they errata'd it. I was running a U/B control variant. By the way...who won the tournament and with what? I had to leave before it was over, due to lack of sleep and the long drive home. I went 2-3(yeah byes) in case anyone was wondering.


By Deranged Parrot (Parrot) on Monday, August 13, 2001 - 10:23 am:

First, if you're not running 4 Morphling, 4 Fact or Fiction and 4 Mana Drain, you're suboptimal. Also, you need 4 Back to Basics in the combined deck and sideboard. I don't like your counter base either- I am of the opinion that you need at least 4 force 4 drain 4 leak 3 misdirect, only becuase the issue early is not how many counters you have, but how many you can cast. Vanilla Counterspells are not worth it until you have all of the above.

I personally feel that the kernel of BBS is someting like the following:

7 Fun Artifacts
3 Strip/Waste
16 Island
1 Library

4 Morph OR 3 Morph 4 Impulse
2 Keg

4 Force
4 Leak
4 Drain
3 Misdirect

4 Fact or Ficton
1 Walk
1 Ancestral

Which leaves 6 slots to play with.

You have

1 Academy
1 Disk
1 Twister
1 Stroke
1 Mystical
4 Impulse

If you're going to use a tutor, Merchant Scroll is the right one. I think that 27 mana is correct right now, and Academy is the correct one to cut if you're maindecking back to basics. I think that Legend is right about Masticore being a sideboard card- it's really annoying to draw in a control-on-control matchup since you can't even force with it.

I'm using

3 Back to Basics
2 Counterspell
1 Keg


By Boltbait, the Master of the Hunt (Boltbait) on Monday, August 13, 2001 - 12:27 pm:

Who ended up playing? I ended up not going because of work... What deck won?

By Jelal (Jelal) on Monday, August 13, 2001 - 01:02 pm:

Although I wasn't there, I heard that the top 4, consisting of Carl Winter (with BBS), Maher Jr. (Keeper), and 2 other people split the prize. Pustilnik, for some reason, only went 2-2-1, failing to make top 8.

By Nevyn, the Village Idiot (Nevyn) on Monday, August 13, 2001 - 02:22 pm:

I didnt watch the finals.

Pustilnik I think got some poor matchups (and drawing with we in round 1 didnt help either).

There was a B/W Pox deck in the top 8 , and I guess it made it to the finals because i know it won a quarterfinal versus my BBS opponent from round 2.

Marco Toso made top 8 with keeper (with some top secret sideboard tech, hehe), saw a back to basics, and conceded so he could make his bus home.

I believe Matt placed around 12th place at 3-2.

I didnt hear how trancefusion did in the last round, but the best he could have finished was 3-2 with poor tiebreakers.

By Lord of the Squirrels on Monday, August 13, 2001 - 03:01 pm:

My buddy was playing the b/w pox deck, and he crushed 3 mono blue decks along the way to top 4. Insane draws on the first turned helped in one of the match ups, where I believe that he duressed, and hymned off a ritual, then dropped a lotus, sacked it played will, ritualed duressed a second time, hymned and demonic tutored for a negator. Not too shabby if I do say so myself.

By Marco A Toso on Monday, August 13, 2001 - 07:07 pm:

I hope to post a tournament report later this week...

Nevyn: I thought up some more top secret sideboard tech that I will reveal in my report...

By Gizzard on Monday, August 13, 2001 - 07:36 pm:

So which pro's did you see playing T1 at Worlds?

I am trying to decide who to vote for (for the Invitational.) I'll think about adding Bob Maher to the list even though he was too lazy to write his report last year. :-( Pustilnik is already in as #4 in Pro Points.

By Razor (Razor) on Tuesday, August 14, 2001 - 12:27 am:

I'd like to see the Top 8 decklists if anyone has any.

BTW, my friend Lam Phan went to the semis with only a Mox Sapphire, and Time Walk of the P9 in his Mono-U.

I saw one player drop two Planar Voids, was he the Pox guy?

I look forward to your report Marco.


By squash86 on Tuesday, August 14, 2001 - 12:43 am:

Heh... I was the pox guy, so i guess there's enough interest to make a report. Look for a post!

By Marco A Toso on Tuesday, August 14, 2001 - 01:24 am:

squash86: Are you the won I drew against in the fifth round? How did you do?

By CHA1N5 (Chain5) on Tuesday, August 14, 2001 - 12:25 pm:

Did Maher have Oath in his Keeper?


By Jelal (Jelal) on Tuesday, August 14, 2001 - 01:23 pm:

Carl Winter went to the semis with only Ancestral, Walk, and Sapphire for p9...

4 Force of Will
4 Mana Drain
4 Fact or Fiction
4 Morphling
4 Impulse
3 Mana Leak
3 Powder Keg
3 Misdirection
3 Back to Basics
1 Nevinyrral's Disk
1 Stroke of Genius
1 Time Walk
1 Ancestral Recall
1 Sol Ring
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Mana Crypt
1 Library of Alexandria
1 Strip Mine
1 Tolarian Academy
18 Island

I think that was it.

By Marco A Toso on Tuesday, August 14, 2001 - 01:34 pm:

I played Carl in the first round of the Top 8. I conceeded both games so that I could catch my bus home. He was well on his way to winning the first game, thanks to Back to Basics, and it would have been tough to have won the next two games. Not impossible, but difficult. And it wasn't worth missing my bus for. Good to see his deck list though.

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