Decks of tournaments past: Birdshit

Birdshit, or “Birdsh!t” as it was sometimes stylized as a work-around on different english-language message boards with their language filters, was a deck in Vintage back around 2005-2007. I regard it as somewhere between Fish and Noble Fish in its evolution, and it is pretty close to the UGw Threshold that was around the same time one of the best decks in Legacy. Vintage is a different sort of game most of the time, however, and it forced me to make some strange main-deck choices. The list:

Birdshit, fall of 2006
4 Flooded Strand
2 Polluted Delta
1 Strip Mine
4 Wasteland
4 Tropical Island
3 Tundra
3 Elvish Spirit Guide

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4 Nimble Mongoose
3 Werebear
4 Meddling Mage
2 Kataki, War’s Wage

2 Swords to Plowshares
4 Brainstorm
3 Mental Note
3 Stifle
4 Daze
4 Force of Will
2 Misdirection
3 Null Rod

Sideboard:
1 Swords to Plowshares
3 Ray of Revelation
4 Sacred Ground
4 Arcane Laboratory
3 Oxidize

A couple of things to note about the list – Vintage is a crazy format, and was so even back then. It amazes me how we even hoped to compete without the power nine cards, but we made due with Elvish Spirit Guides over moxes and Brainstorms over Ancestral Recalls. The list above pre-dates Tarmogoyf, it pre-dates Ponder and it obviously pre-dates Stony Silence, which is why it plays the suboptimal choices instead. Mental Note might seem like a poor card, but it cantrips, it combos well with Brainstorm in case I don’t have a fetch, and it quickly fills the graveyard for Nimble Mongoose and Werebear. Only two Swords to Plowshares might seem iffy at best, but again, Vintage is a very different beast from Legacy, and I didn’t feel I’d need more.

The tournament itself:

R1: Rector Tendrils (0-2)
R2: Landstill (2-1)
R3: Illusionary Mask.dec (2-1)
R4: TNT (2-1)
R5: Gro, ID

QF: Gifts (2-1)
SF: Uba Stax (0-2)

Overall, I’m in no way displeased with a 3-1-1 and a semifinal loss with the list above. It could probably be built better, but it worked okay for the day.

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