Howdy folks and welcome to another week of a TEAM VINTAGE SUPER LEAGUE! I'm your recap host Joe, and we're gonna be going over all the great wonderful stuff that happened this week.
Week 7 brought to us another Round 2 match with TEAM CHANNEL FIREBALL (Luis Scott-Vargas, Josh Utter-Leyton, Matt Nass, Sam Pardee) vs THE BLUE CRAB CLUB (Seth Manfield, Jarvis Yu, Ari Lax)!
As always, you can find this week's decklists right over here.
Week 7 Recap - Team CFB vs Blue Crab Club
You can watch the vod for this week here:
We start off with Sam Pardee on STAX vs Ari Lax on Dredge! Both players mulligan to 6, Ari finding a
Bazaar of Baghdad in his opening play. Sam goes on a
Black Lotus with a
Crucible of Worlds, attempting to blow up Ari's Bazaar. Ari dumps a
Golgari Thug combo in the yard with a
Prized Amalgam. His draw step dredges don't find much, and Sam plays his own
Bazaar of Baghdad to accelerate his own draws. Ari manages to find a
Ichorid out of his yard, and gets his
Prized Amalgam as well as Zombie token off
Bridge from Below. The beatdown plan continues with Ari continuing to recur more and more creatures. Ari attacks with just the
Narcomoeba, and continues to put pressure on Sam. Sam finds an
Ensnaring Bridge but is left with 1 card in hand, allowing the
Narcomoeba to punch in. However, Sam is able to empty his hand, putting Ari's creatures under the Bridge. Sam does things to continue drawing to empty his hand, but does end up getting stuck with another single card in hand. However, the combination of
Bottled Cloister is enough to close the door on Game 1.
Ari starts things off in Game 2 with
Bazaar of Baghdad into
Unmask with a single
Hollow One on Turn 1. Sam kicks off with a
Wasteland and a
Grafdigger's Cage. Sam draws into a
Ghirapur Orrery, emptying his hand to make an
Ensnaring Bridge to lock out the combat step. Ari struggles to find a red source for
Ingot Chewer, while Sam plays a
Leyline of the Void with
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth and Ari concedes.
Team CFB steps out on the leaderboard at 1-0!
Up at bat is Seth Manfield with Sylvan Mentor! Seth off the bat mulligans, with a very solid 6, starting off with
Gitaxian Probe, drawing into
Ancestral Recall. The Ancestral draws him into double
Force of Will to be able to deal with Sam's
Trinisphere. Seth goes into an extra turn off
Time Walk, getting
Dack Fayden into play. He keeps back a
Snapcaster Mage and an
Ancient Grudge. Sam goes deep on digging, trying to locate a
Phyrexian Revoker to deal with Dack. He finally finds one, but Seth makes
Jace, the Mind Sculptor, getting rid of the Revoker to steal Sam's
Crucible of Worlds, stealing the win.
Both players keep, and Sam starts off with
Sphere of Resistance. Seth goes onto Turn 1 land, Mox, Mox through the Sphere, finding himself an
Ancient Grudge off a
Gitaxian Probe. He manages to Grudge the Sphere, but gets his
Tundra blown up by
Wasteland. Sam tries for a
Crucible of Worlds, getting it countered by
Force of Will drawn off
Ancestral Recall. Seth keeps up with the
Tangle Wire, spending various
Ancient Grudge's on Sam's problem cards. Seth makes
Jace, the Mind Sculptor, getting rid of a drawn
Managorger Hydra. Jace draws Seth into several pieces of strong cards, earning the concession from Sam.
Blue Crab Club ties it up at 1-1!
KCI Master Matt Nass leads the charge with VINTAGE ELVES! Seth starts things off on the play however, leading on a strong Turn 1
Monastery Mentor play. Matt tries for Turn 1
Nettle Sentinel, but it gets promptly
Mental Misstep'ed. Seth gets to make a Turn 2
Jace, the Mind Sculptor, earning a concession from Matt.
Matt starts off with
Nettle Sentinel into attempting to try to resolve
Ancestral Recall but it gets promptly countered by
Force of Will. Matt goes on the aggressive, resolving a
Heritage Druid and a
Null Rod, while Seth tries to hunt a second land. Matt manages to
Green Sun's Zenith into
Leovold, Emissary of Trest. Matt swings in, with Seth flashing in
Containment Priest to kill one of the
Heritage Druid's. Matt continues the pressure, earning a
Swords to Plowshares on his Leovold after resolving
Time Walk. On his extra turn he gets a
Deathrite Shaman off
Green Sun's Zenith. Seth resolves a
Gush, and then casts
Fiery Confluence to deal 2 to all creatures and blow up a
Null Rod, but Matt is able to get his Deathrite back to his hand thanks to
Wirewood Symbiote. Seth manages to pull ahead at 2 life with
Dack Fayden, drawing into several good cards, however Matt manages to GSZ for a Deathrite. Seth digs hard to try to find an answer, but is unable to find anything and concedes to Game 3.
Seth kicks off Game 3 with a
Sleight of Hand before just passing the turn while Matt makes a Turn 1
Nettle Sentinel, but gets his
Tropical Island blown up by
Strip Mine and his Sentinel eaten by
Swords to Plowshares, but he manages to hit a second Tropical. Both players work back and forth as Seth draws into several
Mental Misstep and a
Fiery Confluence. Matt makes a
Glimpse of Nature, which Seth allows, allowing him to draw a few cards, but not much. Seth makes a
Monastery Mentor and some spells to make some tokens. Matt makes a second
Glimpse of Nature, drawing hard into his deck as he overcommits a bunch of resources to the board with
Fastbond, dropping himself into lethal range for
Fiery Confluence. Seth makes a lethal Confluence for the match.
Blue Crab Club steps it up to 2-1!
Up to bat is Luis Scott-Vargas on a list that affectionately was referred to online as UW Cheons! (A deck named after Luis' all-time favorite person, Paul Cheon) It's a sweet deck with
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria in it! LSV starts off kinda fair with just a fetchland, where Seth starts off with
Ponder off a
Mox Sapphire. LSV draws a
Library of Alexandria to start going on the Library draw plan allowing him to go onto
Time Walk to continue to draw even more cards. On his extra turn he slams
Stony Silence, which shuts Seth out of his red spells as he continues to not draw any further red sources. He finally finds a red source, trying to land a
Young Pyromancer that eats a
Mana Drain. LSV gets a Jace into play, finding a second one off the
Brainstorm effect. The second Jace seals the deal for a concession to Game 2.
Seth opens up on a Turn 1
Young Pyromancer, setting up some early attacks. LSV plays nothing but lands for several turns to set up holding up
Mana Drain. Seth tries to make
Merchant Scroll, getting it drained. LSV pushes for a
Jace, the Mind Sculptor, with it getting hit by
Pyroblast. LSV responds with
Flusterstorm, and Jace resolves. LSV casts
Balance, getting it eaten by
Mindbreak Trap. LSV tries to fight over it, but it ultimately gets left by the wayside. Seth's team of Elementals brings the pain, earning a concession from LSV.
LSV opens on a land with an
Ancestral Recall which he tries to fire up on Seth's upkeep, getting it hit by
Mental Misstep. LSV makes a
Search for Azcanta, but it gets eaten by
Wear // Tear. Seth gets
Sylvan Library on the table, drawing and keeping the two additional cards on his next turn. Jace comes down on LSV's side. Seth tries to Ancestral, getting it ripped by
Mental Misstep. Jace gets countered by
Force of Will, and Seth makes a
Monastery Mentor with
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria attempts to make an appearance, getting blasted by the Blast. LSV finds no action and concedes the match.
Blue Crab Club takes a definitive lead at 3-1!
LSV is back against the wall on Something Fishy! (Paradoxical Outcome) He starts off with
Mystic Remora, but gets his opening land
Strip Mine'ed. LSV does draw into a
Black Lotus into
Monastery Mentor. Seth starts digging hard for an answer, trying for a
Time Walk that gets
Flusterstorm'ed, giving LSV another Monk token. Seth makes a
Young Pyromancer to try and get above the Mentor, but LSV draws a
Mox Sapphire off a
Vampiric Tutor into
Dig Through Time that finds a
Mox Emerald and a
Mana Crypt to keep the pressure up on prowess. Seth goes into
Snapcaster Mage ->
Time Walk to try to find an answer. He casts
Treasure Cruise to find an answer, but finds nothing, conceding to Game 2.
Seth makes a Turn 1
Library of Alexandria but LSV goes into a Turn 1
Voltaic Key with
Tolarian Academy and
Mystic Remora. The two fight over a
Sol Ring with LSV winning the fight. LSV tries for
Paradoxical Outcome with double
Sensei's Divining Top on the stack. The two fight over the single
Paradoxical Outcome with several
Force of Will, but LSV loses the fight. However, LSV's second
Paradoxical Outcome manages to stick and go off into
Time Vault /
Voltaic Key combo, earning a concession.
CFB kicks it up a notch, coming at 2 wins to make the record 3-2!
Jarvis Yu takes the charge ahead for BCC, piloting 4C Wilson Storm! He kicks it off with a
Sensei's Divining Top, as does LSV with a no-land hand and
Mox Opal to be able to cast
Ponder. Jarvis also cantrip's off
Gitaxian Probe and passes turn. LSV gets a bunch of advantage with his own durdling, passing the turn with
Flusterstorm mana and
Force of Will. Jarvis tries for
Paradoxical Outcome, getting it countered by the
Flusterstorm. LSV makes a
Monastery Mentor and goes to the races with it and makes
Snapcaster Mage into
Time Walk giving LSV the win.
Jarvis kicks things off right off the bat with a Turn 1
Monastery Mentor. LSV tries to kick together a
Mystic Remora off two Moxes, but it gets countered. LSV proceeds to
Paradoxical Outcome into
Time Vault /
Voltaic Key combo to take the match.
CFB tying it up at 3-3!
Seth Manfield jumps into the fray for the last match on Esper Xerox! LSV tries for a Turn 1
Sensei's Divining Top but gets it countered by
Mental Misstep. Seth makes a Turn 1
Thoughtseize snagging a
Black Lotus and makes a Turn 1
Jace, the Mind Sculptor. LSV tries for a
Paradoxical Outcome, drawing 2 cards but finding not much to go off with. Seth's
Thoughtseize followup takes
Dig Through Time, leaving up
Mental Misstep for
Mana Vault. Seth eventually resolves a
Monastery Mentor into a
Time Walk earning a concession from LSV.
LSV starts with Turn 1
Library of Alexandria, going on the Library plan early into a
Mystic Remora. Seth makes a
Painful Truths, drawing 3 cards and losing 3 life. LSV runs out the Remora, getting it countered, but goes deep into
Paradoxical Outcome and gets
Time Vault /
Voltaic Key for the win.
Both players start off Game 3 rather fair, with
Dark Confidant coming down on Turn 2 for Seth. Seth also makes
Kambal, Consul of Allocation, using
Strip Mine to get rid of one of LSV's lands. However, LSV has a
Karakas to answer the Kambal. Seth makes a Jace, finding some great action but LSV deploys a
Monastery Mentor with
Flusterstorm backup. Jace bounces the Mentor and Seth
Thoughtseize's through a counter war to take it. However, LSV draws a million cards off two
Ancestral Recall (one cast from hand and the other flashbacked by
Snapcaster Mage) to swing in at Jace. Bob takes one for the team and Jace brainstorms into a
Disenchant, but not much else action is found by Jace. LSV's
Paradoxical Outcome's into
Snapcaster Mage with a single Monk token in play to take the series.
CFB comes through to steal the Match Series at 4-3!!!!!
Notable Decklists - Team CFB
Team CFB brought some superb spice this week, with such awesome stuff such as Elves and UW Cheons. Let's take a look at the lists.
Matt Nass' Elves! | Team Vintage Super League
4 Nettle Sentinel 4 Heritage Druid 4 Wirewood Symbiote 4 Quirion Ranger 4 Elvish Visionary 1 Birchlore Rangers 1 Reclamation Sage 1 Dryad Arbor 3 Deathrite Shaman 1 Leovold, Emissary of Trest 4 Glimpse of Nature 1 Time Walk 4 Green Sun's Zenith 1 Ancestral Recall 2 Skullclamp 1 Black Lotus 1 Mox Emerald 1 Mox Sapphire 1 Fastbond 4 Gaea's Cradle 2 Tropical Island 2 Forest 4 Verdant Catacombs 4 Misty Rainforest 1 Bayou 1 Scavenging Ooze 2 Mindbreak Trap 2 Sylvan Library 2 Flusterstorm 3 Nature's Claim 3 Null Rod 2 Tormod's Crypt
Elves in Vintage!
Skullclamp!!! This deck is sweet.
LSV's UW Cheons | Team Vintage Super League
3 Jace, the Mind Sculptor 1 Jace, Vryn's Prodigy 2 Snapcaster Mage 1 Balance 1 Fragmentize 1 Supreme Verdict 1 Time Walk 1 Treasure Cruise 1 Ancestral Recall 1 Brainstorm 1 Dig Through Time 2 Flusterstorm 4 Force of Will 3 Mana Drain 4 Mental Misstep 1 Mindbreak Trap 2 Swords to Plowshares 1 Opt 1 Black Lotus 1 Mox Pearl 1 Mox Sapphire 1 Sol Ring 2 Search for Azcanta 1 Stony Silence 4 Flooded Strand 4 Island 1 Library of Alexandria 1 Misty Rainforest 1 Plains 1 Polluted Delta 1 Scalding Tarn 1 Strip Mine 4 Tundra 2 Wasteland 2 Teferi, Hero of Dominaria 1 Swords to Plowshares 1 Stony Silence 1 Hurkyl's Recall 2 Containment Priest 2 Disenchant 2 Energy Flux 2 Grafdigger's Cage 2 Rest in Peace 2 Tormod's Crypt
Of course, cute decks name aside, this list is really awesome and it's great to see cards like
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria in Vintage. Being able to draw a card and hold up
Mana Drain mana? Yeah. That's good.
Notable Decklists - Blue Crab Club
The Blue Crab Club brought some great decks as well, from Dredge to Esper Xerox. Let's take a look at their lists.
Seth Manfield's Sylvan Mentor | Team Vintage Super League
2 Dack Fayden 1 Jace, the Mind Sculptor 1 Managorger Hydra 1 Monastery Mentor 2 Snapcaster Mage 1 Young Pyromancer 1 Fiery Confluence 1 Gitaxian Probe 1 Merchant Scroll 1 Ponder 4 Sleight of Hand 1 Time Walk 1 Treasure Cruise 1 Ancestral Recall 2 Ancient Grudge 1 Brainstorm 1 Dig Through Time 1 Flusterstorm 4 Force of Will 1 Gush 4 Mental Misstep 1 Pyroblast 2 Swords to Plowshares 1 Black Lotus 1 Mox Emerald 1 Mox Jet 1 Mox Pearl 1 Mox Ruby 1 Mox Sapphire 1 Sylvan Library 1 Island 1 Library of Alexandria 1 Misty Rainforest 1 Polluted Delta 4 Scalding Tarn 1 Strip Mine 2 Tropical Island 2 Tundra 4 Volcanic Island 2 Ancient Grudge 1 Flusterstorm 1 Pyroblast 3 Containment Priest 1 Mindbreak Trap 2 Wear // Tear 1 Stony Silence 1 Grafdigger's Cage 2 Tormod's Crypt 1 Mountain
This deck is incredibly powerful, with loads of cards that are very well positioned against Shops-like decks, and built to operate under
Stony Silence. Solid deck, solid plays from Mr. Manfield on this.
Seth Manfield's Esper Xerox | Team Vintage Super League
3 Jace, the Mind Sculptor 2 Dark Confidant 1 Jace, Vryn's Prodigy 2 Kambal, Consul of Allocation 1 Monastery Mentor 2 Thoughtseize 1 Demonic Tutor 1 Tendrils of Agony 2 Preordain 1 Vindicate 2 Fragmentize 1 Time Walk 1 Duress 1 Yawgmoth's Will 1 Ancestral Recall 3 Force of Will 3 Opt 4 Mental Misstep 1 Mindbreak Trap 2 Path to Exile 1 Brainstorm 1 Black Lotus 1 Mox Emerald 1 Mox Jet 1 Mox Pearl 1 Mox Ruby 1 Mox Sapphire 1 Lotus Petal 4 Flooded Strand 1 Island 1 Library of Alexandria 1 Misty Rainforest 2 Polluted Delta 1 Scalding Tarn 1 Strip Mine 3 Tundra 3 Underground Sea 1 Fragmentize 3 Containment Priest 1 Disenchant 1 Painful Truths 1 Swords to Plowshares 2 Stony Silence 3 Tormod's Crypt 1 Plains 2 Flusterstorm
Xerox decks are well positioned against other blue decks, and this deck is no exception. It put up a strong fight against LSV, but in the end it was unable to push through a win unfortunately.
That's all the time we have this week folks! Tune in NEXT WEEK FOR THE HYPE GRUDGE MATCH! That's right folks, it's the last match of Round 2, with TEAM CARDSPHERE taking on the HORNET QUEENS!
Brace yourself kids, we're in for a bumpy ride ahead.
Until next time, may all your Magic be eternal!