Howdy folks, it's Joe again and we're here with more sweet sweet Team Vintage Super League recap!
This week is the other half of the Top Four Semifinal Matches, featuring none other than The Academy (Rich Shay, Brian Kelly, Andy Markiton) vs Team Channel Fireball (Luis Scott-Vargas, Josh Utter-Leyton, Matt Nass, Sam Pardee). The winner of this past week will progress to the TEAM VINTAGE SUPER LEAGUE FINALS! ARE YOU READY FOR SOME VINTAGE?!
As always, you can find this week's decklists right over here.
This week found Matt Nass and Sam Pardee unavailable to play, with Team CFB subbing in some new talent in the form of Andy Baeckstrom.
The decks that were banned this week were Dredge on both sides of the fence (apparently neither team wanted to deal with the graveyard menace).
Semifinals Round 1 Recap - The Academy vs Team CFB
You can watch the vod for this week here:
Right off the bat we have Brian Kelly (on HATE STILL) versus Luis Scott-Vargas (on Esper Outcome)!
On the play, Brian makes a Turn 1
Time Walk which does resolve, despite LSV having triple
Force of Will in hand. He leads on
Standstill which does get Forced. LSV drops a
Time Vault off some Moxen, and passes back to Brian. Brian attempts to jam a
Stony Silence, which gets
Force of Will'ed. LSV tries to resolve
Sensei's Divining Top but it meets the great limiter
Mental Misstep, before passing back to Brian. Brian makes a
Standstill and passes turn. LSV draws a
Night's Whisper but passes back under the
Standstill. Both players play draw go for quite some time as Brian builds up his bevy of countermagic and LSV skips a turn with
Time Vault to untap it. This continues for several turns until LSV tries to break the Standstill with
Paradoxical Outcome on Brian's end step, allowing Brian to draw 3 cards. Brian
Brainstorm's in response, tucking back some things. Brian flashes in
Sulfur Elemental and then
Flusterstorm's LSV's Paradoxical. LSV casts
Night's Whisper and filters a bit, taking an extra turn with
Time Vault. He finds a
Library of Alexandria before going to his extra turn and goes on that plan quickly with the
Time Vault turn. Brian draws a
Wasteland and uses it on LSV's
Tolarian Academy. LSV goes for
Paradoxical Outcome, getting hit by
Mana Drain. LSV flashes in
Snapcaster Mage in response, targeting a
Paradoxical Outcome in the graveyard, putting one on the stack. Brian responds with
Force of Will and slams through to his main phase to ETERNALIZE
Champion of Wits! He passes a turn and LSV casts
Snapcaster Mage on his main phase. Snapcaster targets
Night's Whisper in order to get some draw action going, finding his fourth
Paradoxical Outcome. Brian swings in and snaps back
Time Walk, and then casts
Demonic Tutor to find
Dig Through Time. He draws
Gush on his extra turn, casting it by floating a blue and a red. He casts
Dig Through Time, locating another
Force of Will and
Ancestral Recall. He deploys
Chalice of the Void on 1 counter. LSV tries to go for the
Paradoxical Outcome, getting it
Force of Will'ed and conceding to Brian Kelly.
LSV kicks things off with a Turn 1 land, resolving an
Ancestral Recall on Brian's upkeep. Brian starts off with a
Gitaxian Probe, casting two Moxen and passes turn. LSV plays a
Mox Pearl and passes, going for
Snapcaster Mage into flashing back Ancestral, getting it
Flusterstorm'ed by Brian. Brian
Demonic Tutor's for
Black Lotus and Snapcaster's into
Gitaxian Probe to cast
Standstill. LSV cracks the
Standstill, giving Brian 3 cards but also casting
Time Walk. On his extra turn LSV finds a
Paradoxical Outcome, drawing a bunch of cards and going for Snapcaster into
Time Walk. On his extra turn LSV goes to the races and finds a second
Paradoxical Outcome, forcing the concession from Brian.
Brian kicks things off in Game 3 with a
Standstill on Turn 1 forcing the game into a very draw-go style, making LSV crack it on his end step with a
Brainstorm. LSV draws into some better action with
Night's Whisper before passing the turn. Brian plays a
Strip Mine, passing to end step to LSV attempting to
Paradoxical Outcome on his end step. It gets
Flusterstorm'ed and LSV untaps to go for a second
Paradoxical Outcome. Brian tries to
Pyroblast it, but LSV
Mental Misstep's it and goes to the races, earning the concession.
Team CFB up 1-0!
Rich Shay kicks things up a notch on Esper Xerox! LSV opens a on
Library of Alexandria, passing turn. Rich starts with
Gitaxian Probe, going on a
Duress to take LSV off the Library plan. LSV doesn't play anything, getting his Library
Strip Mine'ed by Rich. LSV finds a
Mystic Remora trying to force it through which Rich allows to resolve. He then throws out
Ancestral Recall which Rich tries to
Force of Will, getting
Force of Willed back. LSV draws into
Time Vault /
Voltaic Key combo off
Black Lotus with enough mana to make it happen, earning the concession from Rich.
Rich goes for a Turn 1
Demonic Tutor, getting
Ancestral Recall. LSV plays Library on the draw and passes. Rich plays
Cavern of Souls and jams
Kambal, Consul of Allocation uncounterable. LSV counters Rich's Ancestral, and Rich follows up with
Fragmentize on a
Mox Opal. LSV jams the Vault/Key combo, and gets in with a
Snapcaster Mage to earn a concession from Rich.
Team CFB on the map at 2-0 under the capable hands of LSV.
Andy Markiton jumps into the fray with his Stax list! On the play, Andy drops a Turn 1
Sphere of Resistance off two Moxen. LSV does nothing but draws a
Mana Crypt and passes turn. Andy drops a
Phyrexian Revoker naming
Black Lotus and goes to the races. His second Revoker names
Sol Ring. The THIRD Revoker names
Mana Crypt, shutting LSV off of his biggest artifact mana sources. LSV continues to not find a land and passes turn. Another
Sphere of Resistance pushes through the concession from LSV.
LSV kicks things off with a
Sleight of Hand, passing turn. Andy tries to go for a
Trinisphere, getting it Forced. LSV runs out a
Mana Vault and heads back to Andy. Andy tries to run out a
Tangle Wire, getting it
Steel Sabotage'd by LSV. Andy plays a
Wasteland and hits LSV's
Underground Sea. LSV does nothing and passes back to Andy playing out a
Smokestack. He manages to run out a second
Smokestack. LSV dumps the Library, and
Demonic Tutor's for
Ancestral Recall. He finds some mana sources and passes back to Andy. Andy sacs one
Smokestack, ramps the other to two counters, and then drops
Karn, Scion of Urza to create a construct. LSV drops Snapcaster into Ancestral finding a
Paradoxical Outcome and a
Tolarian Academy on his draw. He rips the first Outcome, and draws into Snapcaster flashing back the Outcome. He finds a THIRD Outcome, and draws into a
Fragmentize on the Construct token. Andy drops two permanents to
Strip Mine to hit
Tolarian Academy. LSV skips his turn to
Time Vault, forcing Andy to take another turn with
Smokestack set to 2. He sacs the Stack, playing
Bazaar of Baghdad to try to draw some gas. He tries to cast
Crucible of Worlds, but it meets
Steel Sabotage. LSV Snapcaster's into another
Paradoxical Outcome. Andy concedes to Game 3.
Andy goes on the play with a
Leyline of Sanctity pregame, casting
Chalice of the Void on 0 counters. Andy drops a
Sphere of Resistance and passes turn. LSV draws
Black Lotus and passes turn. LSV
Repeal's the Chalice to go to his turn to be able to cast the Lotus to be able to cast
Monastery Mentor through the Sphere. Andy runs back out the Chalice on 0 and tries to resolve
Thorn of Amethyst which gets
Force of Will'ed by LSV. LSV swings for the fences with the Monks, passing turn. Andy plays a Revoker naming
Sensei's Divining Top. LSV gets to
Ancestral Recall into
Dig Through Time, finding a
Time Walk and earning the concession from Andy.
LSV ON FIRE AT 3-0! TEAM LSV!
Rich Shay back on the docket with Ravager Shops! Rich leads on a
Foundry Inspector off an
Ancient Tomb and
Mox Ruby on the draw. LSV Forces it, drawing
Ancestral Recall. LSV casts
Monastery Mentor, which gets promptly copied by Rich's
Phyrexian Metamorph. He runs out a
Sphere of Resistance and passes turn. Rich runs out a
Foundry Inspector and
Arcbound Ravager and passes. LSV plays a land and passes, while Rich runs out a
Trinisphere which gets hit by
Steel Sabotage. The game progresses as Rich goes to combat, while LSV casts
Dig Through Time to pump and try to get ahead, trading with the opposing Mentor. Rich runs out two Revokers naming
Time Vault and
Sensei's Divining Top specifically. LSV goes to the races trying to get board presence with his own Mentor. LSV just continues to keep going bigger and wider, drawing
Hurkyl's Recall to seal Game 1.
Rich mulligans to 6, dumping a Turn 1
Foundry Inspector into play. LSV goes into
Sleight of Hand on Turn 1, finding a
Black Lotus. Rich tries for a
Lodestone Golem, getting it
Force of Will'ed by LSV. Rich finds another
Foundry Inspector, casting a
Phyrexian Revoker naming
Black Lotus. LSV casts
Hurkyl's Recall to windmill slam
Snapcaster Mage into
Sleight of Hand to find another artifact mana source. Rich re-deploys, bringing the pain to LSV with a small army of dudes, which LSV takes and goes to 4 life. End step he
Hurkyl's Recall's and is able to
Snapcaster Mage for
Paradoxical Outcome, finding a
Time Walk to keep moving forward. Rich re-deploys, getting his Ravager countered by
Steel Sabotage. Rich tries to run out
Chalice of the Void for 2, but LSV uses
Steel Sabotage on flashback to put
Phyrexian Revoker back into Rich's hand. LSV brings the Snapcaster beats and takes the team series!
LSV SCREAMS INTO THE TEAM VINTAGE SUPER LEAGUE FINALS AT AN AMAZING 4-0!
Notable Decklists - The Academy
The Academy brought some serious spice to the table this week, especially with the inclusion of Brian Kelly's Hate-Still deck. Let's take a look at their lists.
Brian Kelly's Hate-Still | Team Vintage Super League
2 Dack Fayden 1 Jace, the Mind Sculptor 1 Gurmag Angler 1 Sulfur Elemental 1 Champion of Wits 2 Snapcaster Mage 1 Tasigur, the Golden Fang 1 Time Walk 1 Ponder 1 Gitaxian Probe 1 Demonic Tutor 1 Gush 1 Fire // Ice 1 Brainstorm 1 Mana Drain 3 Mental Misstep 1 Ancestral Recall 1 Mindbreak Trap 2 Flusterstorm 4 Force of Will 1 Dig Through Time 1 Pyroblast 1 Black Lotus 1 Mox Sapphire 1 Mox Pearl 1 Mox Ruby 1 Mox Jet 1 Chalice of the Void 1 Mox Emerald 4 Standstill 1 Stony Silence 1 Island 2 Tundra 1 Wasteland 3 Flooded Strand 2 Misty Rainforest 3 Polluted Delta 1 Library of Alexandria 2 Underground Sea 2 Volcanic Island 1 Strip Mine 1 Mindbreak Trap 3 Tormod's Crypt 1 Rest in Peace 3 Containment Priest 1 Steel Sabotage 1 Peacekeeper 1 Pyroclasm 1 Sudden Shock 1 Firespout 2 Hurkyl's Recall
Hate-Still is a pretty powerful name for this deck, and it shows. Maindeck hate cards like
Sulfur Elemental combined with an Eternalize dude in the form of
Champion of Wits under
Standstill is great.
Andy Markiton's Stax | Team Vintage Super League
4 Phyrexian Revoker 1 Lodestone Golem 4 Sphere of Resistance 1 Chalice of the Void 3 Null Rod 3 Ensnaring Bridge 1 Trinisphere 3 Crucible of Worlds 1 Thorn of Amethyst 3 Smokestack 1 Black Lotus 1 Mox Emerald 1 Mox Jet 1 Mox Pearl 1 Mox Ruby 1 Mox Sapphire 2 Tangle Wire 1 Sol Ring 1 Sorcerous Spyglass 1 The Immortal Sun 1 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth 1 Tolarian Academy 1 Strip Mine 4 Mishra's Workshop 4 Ancient Tomb 1 Ghost Quarter 4 Wasteland 3 Mishra's Factory 2 Bazaar of Baghdad 1 The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale 1 Buried Ruin 2 Karn, Scion of Urza 1 Null Rod 1 Ensnaring Bridge 1 The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale 4 Leyline of the Void 1 Dismember 2 Silent Arbiter 1 Grafdigger's Cage 4 Leyline of Sanctity
Stax is a sweet archetype in Vintage, thanks to the sheer power of
Mishra's Workshop making it a severely viable deck. What I love about this list is the singleton copy of
The Immortal Sun. Super spicy.
Notable Decklists - Team CFB
Even though Team LSV submitted multiple decklists, we only really got to see one of them played, so lets look at a list we saw (well, the only list we saw) and one we didn't (so, all of them).
Luis Scott-Vargas's Esper Outcome | Team Vintage Super League
1 Monastery Mentor 2 Snapcaster Mage 1 Demonic Tutor 3 Night's Whisper 4 Sleight of Hand 1 Treasure Cruise 1 Time Walk 1 Dig Through Time 2 Repeal 1 Hurkyl's Recall 4 Paradoxical Outcome 4 Force of Will 1 Brainstorm 1 Ancestral Recall 1 Gush 1 Steel Sabotage 1 Sol Ring 1 Mox Sapphire 1 Mana Vault 1 Mox Ruby 1 Mox Pearl 3 Mox Opal 1 Mox Jet 1 Mox Emerald 1 Mana Crypt 2 Sensei's Divining Top 1 Black Lotus 1 Time Vault 2 Voltaic Key 1 Mystic Remora 3 Underground Sea 1 Tundra 1 Tolarian Academy 1 Polluted Delta 1 Library of Alexandria 1 Flooded Strand 2 Snow-Covered Island 1 Misty Rainforest 2 Scalding Tarn 3 Hurkyl's Recall 2 Snow-Covered Island 1 Mystic Remora 1 Steel Sabotage 1 Karakas 2 Flusterstorm 2 Mental Misstep 1 Gitaxian Probe 1 Massacre 1 Fragmentize
It was insane to see LSV 4-0 with this deck, but it definitely worked well and he played it to a very solid tee.
Team LSV's Jeskai Cheons | Team Vintage Super League
2 Jace, the Mind Sculptor 2 Dack Fayden 1 Monastery Mentor 1 Snapcaster Mage 2 Jace, Vryn's Prodigy 1 Gitaxian Probe 1 Ponder 3 Preordain 1 Treasure Cruise 1 Time Walk 1 Dig Through Time 1 Gush 4 Mental Misstep 2 Pyroblast 1 Mana Drain 2 Lightning Bolt 4 Force of Will 2 Flusterstorm 1 Brainstorm 1 Ancestral Recall 1 Fire // Ice 1 Opt 1 Mox Sapphire 1 Mox Ruby 1 Mox Pearl 1 Black Lotus 1 Search for Azcanta 2 Stony Silence 4 Volcanic Island 2 Tundra 1 Strip Mine 1 Polluted Delta 1 Library of Alexandria 1 Island 1 Flooded Strand 1 Misty Rainforest 4 Scalding Tarn 1 Teferi, Hero of Dominaria 1 Pyroblast 1 Mindbreak Trap 2 Scab-Clan Berserker 2 By Force 1 Mountain 1 Null Rod 4 Shattering Spree 1 Wasteland 2 Simian Spirit Guide
Affectionately named Jeskai Cheons (for LSV's long-time love of his life), this deck is very powerful. Between
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria and
Monastery Mentor this deck is pretty indicative of the strength of Jeskai in the current Vintage metagame.
Alright folks, next week is the big week! THE TEAM VINTAGE SUPER LEAGUE FINALS! And we're right here with our coverage with TEAM SNAPCARDSTER VS TEAM LSV (CFB)!
The action will be super hype, so be sure to stay tuned, and as always... until next time, may all your Magic be ETERNAL!