The deck that never was

dig through time bannerDing dong, another one bites the dust, etc…

Announcement Date: September 28, 2015
Effective Date: October 2, 2015
Magic Online Effective Date: October 7, 2015

Dig Through Time is banned.
Black Vise is unbanned.

Chalice of the Void is restricted.
Dig Through Time is restricted.
Thirst for Knowledge is unrestricted.

Source: The Mothership.

I stated yesterday here that I was going to attend a Legacy event for the first time since forever. Well, this was the main deck that I sleeved up on Sunday night. Might’ve been foolish, but it didn’t actually cross my mind that the banning announcement was today.

Castlevania (“Burg” is German for “castle”, get it?)

4 Flooded Strand
3 Polluted Delta
2 Misty Rainforest
4 Wasteland
2 Tropical Island
2 Underground Sea
2 Volcanic Island

4 Deathrite Shamandigthroughtime.full
4 Delver of Secrets
3 Tarmogoyf
1 Snapcaster Mage

4 Brainstorm
4 Ponder
3 Dig Through Time
1 Sylvan Library

4 Daze
4 Force of Will
3 Spell Pierce

4 Lightning Bolt
2 Abrupt Decaye


So yeah, it was probably pretty broken anyway, and I can’t say that I’m bitter. In my humble opinion, OmniShow was a lot better at abusing Dig Through Time than Delver ever was. It’s a shame, however, that the deck looks like a blast to play. I guess I have some re-thinking to do for Saturday, huh.

What do you think of the new bannings? Leave a comment!


Ding dong, the witch is dead!

treasure cruise bannerAfter much anticipation, here’s the total tally for the new Banned and Restricted list:

No changes.

Treasure Cruise, Dig Through Time and Birthing Pod are banned.
Golgari Grave-Troll is no longer banned.

Treasure Cruise is banned.
Worldgorger Dragon is no longer banned.

Treasure Cruise is restricted.
Gifts Ungiven is no longer restricted.

So in total, I was correct about Standard, one card off from Legacy and Modern, and way off on Vintage. I thought Jesaki Ascendancy was up for the chopping block, but apparently breaking the “three-turn kill” rule wasn’t as damning after all. One of the readers also commented on this:

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I agree, I had no idea what I was talking about. I didn’t see the DCI banning Birthing Pod, again, I have no idea what I’m talking about – though in my world, knowing what one is talking about when it comes to Modern is akin to being able to recite the Bristol Stool Scale from memory.

Treasure Cruise getting the axe in both Modern and Legacy, as well as Vintage, wasn’t really surprising. It was clearly too good for the faster formats, and really needed to go. I’m glad they kept Dig Through Time in Legacy, since it’s a bit more restrictive and less objectively powerful than its common Dredge brethren.

I’ll post an in-depth view on the winners and losers in the Legacy format due to this ban tomorrow, but for now – what do you think, dear reader? Leave a comment below!


Ban season is coming up!

treasure cruise banner

Fate Reforged is almost upon us, and soon the new B&R announcement will be revealed. Here’s what I think will happen:

No changes. (still shit)

Jeskai Ascendancy is banned.
Treasure Cruise is banned.
Dig Through Time is banned.

Treasure Cruise is banned.

No changes.

Jeskai combo breaks the “turn three rule” of Modern, and the delve spells have been tearing up Modern and Legacy for quite some time. They probably need to go, although it’s a bit sad that the only real Aggro deck in Legacy (UR Delver) will be back to tier two town.

What do you think will happen on Monday? Leave a comment below!

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


Chris Pikula, the meddliest of mages

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

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.