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Dec 30 2007 12:30am
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The Oddball Roundup #6


Standard with Vanguard
Tribal Wars Standard

Standard with Vanguard Review



Hi folks welcome back to the Oddball Roundup.  Weatherlight release events canceled some events but Wizards has made up for that with 3x events for the holidays.  Today we'll look at the Vanguard, Singleton, and Classic 3x events.  Tune in next week, or better yet log onto MTGO this weekend to play in Prismatic and Tribal events. 

 Standard with Vanguard

Standard with Vanguard 3x 12/22/07 46 Players
Placing Deck Vanguard
1 UW High Toughness Mirri the Cursed
2 UG Fearies Heartwood Storyteller
4 UB Fearies Heartwood Storyteller
4 UB Control Dakkon Blackblade
8 Mono Red Dragonstorm Squee, Goblin Nabob
8 GB Elves Heartwood Storyteller
8 UG Fearies Heartwood Storyteller
8 GB Rock Jhoira of the Ghitu

Heartwood Storyteller avatars were all over the event and took four slots in the top eight.  Mirri the Cursed showed that even after being weakened it is an avatar to be feared easily winning every match in the top eight.

Buy You a Drank's UG Fearies Heartwood Storyteller Avatar
Lands - 23
10 Island
6 Forest
3 Vivid Creek
2 Faerie Conclave
2 Gemstone Mine
Other Spells - 6
3 Familiar's Ruse
3 Psionic Blast
Creatures - 31
4 Scryb Ranger
4 Spellstutter Sprite
4 Pestermite
4 Scion of Oona
3 Mistbind Clique
3 Mystic Snake
2 Sower of Temptation
3 Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir
3 Spectral Force
1 Draining Whelk
Sideboard - 15
4 Rune Snag
3 Vesuvan Shapeshifter
3 Riftwing Cloudskate
1 Jace Beleren
1 Thorn of Amethyst
3 Tormod's Crypt


Fairies are probably the strongest Standard deck to port to Vanguard using Heartwood Storyteller.  It has strong matchups versus much of the field however it has little chance to win versus Mirri the Cursed or  Ashling the Pilgrim based decks.  I feel that next week you should be prepared to see more Mirri decks and fewer Heartwood decks but I could be wrong.



Singleton 3x 12/22/07 57 Players
Placing Deck
1* RWu Aggro
2* GUr Aggro
4 RG Aggro
4 RGb Aggro
8 RBG Goblins
8 UB Control
8 RG Aggro
8 UB Control

Well this top eight looks very different from ones we've seen in the past.  Six slots are taken by aggro decks based on red.  UB control managed to hang onto two slots despite loosing Upheaval but both control players lost to aggro in the quarter finals.  Lorwyn is having quite an impact on the format.  I saw: Lash Out, Briarhorn, Oblivion Ring, planeswalkers, Oona's Prowler, the black goblins, Eyes of the Wisent, Sower of Temptation, and Cryptic Command.  The next few weeks will show if the banning of Jitte, Upheaval, and Flash had a negative effect on the format or not.

Blade's RG Aggro 4th
Lands - 23
Barbarian Ring
Bloodstained Mire
Centaur Garden
4 Forest
Forgotten Cave
Ghitu Encampment
Karplusan Forest
Keldon Necropolis
Mishra's Factory
Mossfire Valley
3 Mountain
Skarrg, the Rage Pits
Stomping Ground
Tranquil Thicket
Treetop Village
Windswept Heath
Other Spells - 17
Call of the Herd
Elephant Guide
Lava Dart
Lightning Bolt
Loxodon Warhammer
Moldervine Cloak
Sword of Fire and Ice
Volcanic Hammer
Garruk Wildspeaker
Sudden Shock
Creatures - 20
Burning-Tree Shaman
Dryad Sophisticate
Eternal Witness
Flametongue Kavu
Fyndhorn Elves
Grim Lavamancer
Gruul Guildmage
Kavu Titan
Kird Ape
Llanowar Elves
Phantom Centaur
River Boa
Rumbling Slum
Troll Ascetic
Wild Mongrel
Ohran Viper
Spectral Force
Sideboard - 15
Dwarven Blastminer
Hull Breach
Moment's Peace
Plow Under
Sulfuric Vortex
Viridian Zealot
Xantid Swarm
Eyes of the Wisent
Krosan Grip
Magus of the Moon
Sulfur Elemental


Red based aggro decks did very well this event.  The question becomes, what version do you run?  Reg/green aggro has the longest linage in Singleton and this list shows why it has always been a good deck.  Green offers the deck  under-costed large bodies.  Red brings burn for the control opponent's face and for creatures in the aggro mirror.  Both colors offer some amazing sideboard cards like Briarhorn and Magus of the Moon.  Check my archives for Singleton goblin lists, these are still not played by many people but have been putting up fairly consistent top eights.  The goblins deck is less consistent but much more explosive than other aggro decks with key cards like Goblin Recruiter and Goblin Ringleader.



Tribal Wars Standard

I'm pretty sure Tribal Wars fired.  However by the time I got around to checking out replays on Wednesday the event had disappeared from system.  This weekend has the 3x Tribal event so I'm sure next week I'll have plenty of info for you.


Classic 3x 12/23/07 48 Players
Placing Deck
1* Affinity
2* Dredge
4 Dredge
4 Mono Black Rack
8 WB Aggro
8 UB Stiflenought
8 Flashnought
8 Five Color Zoo

Classic saw a large number of combo and aggro decks in the top eight. We've taken a look at most of the t8 archetypes already so I think I'll show you one type of deck that has not put up many results recently but used to be pretty popular.

Walkerdog's BW Aggro 8th

Lands - 19
4 Mishra's Factory
3 Bloodstained Mire
4 Windswept Heath
4 Godless Shrine
2 Plains
2 Swamp
Other Spells - 21
4 Swords to Plowshares
4 Duress
2 Thoughtseize
3 Chainer's Edict
2 Smother
3 Hymn to Tourach
3 Gerrard's Verdict
Creatures - 20
2 Isamaru, Hound of Konda
4 Dark Confidant
4 Jotun Grunt
4 Samurai of the Pale Curtain
3 Serra Avenger
3 Aven Mindcensor
Sideboard - 15
4 Disenchant
4 Leyline of the Void
3 Kataki, War's Wage
2 Smother
2 Dodecapod

This BW deck echoes Chris Pikula's deck from the Finals of GP Philadelphia 2005, a Legacy event.  It has discard to disrupt the opponent's game plan with black and white creatures that can also disrupt the plans.  Personally I don't know about three mana spells in a deck with nineteen lands but I guess it works out.  If you're looking for an aggro control deck that is not Threshold this might be what you want.

Standard with Vanguard Review

This week we have the review of the last four Standard with Vanguard events including the most recent 3x.  Anyone who has been reading the Oddball Roundup will not be surprised to see the metagame dominated by Heartwood Storyteller and Dakkon Blackblade decks.  Both took 10 of 32 top eight slots and both made the finals three times.  No other avatar saw the top eight more than twice.  On the following table the black dots represent a top eight and the red dots a top eight and finals appearance.  The percents are based on the thirty one decks I know of and rounded to the nearest percentage point.

Vanguard Top 8s Percent Top 8 Finals/Top 8 Ratio
Heartwood Storyteller 32% 30%
Dakkon Blackblade 32% 30%
Squee, Goblin Nabob 6% 0%
Ashling the Pilgrim 6% 0%
Chronatog 6% 0%
Mirri the Cursed 3% 100%
Prodigal Sorcerer 3% 100%
Oni of Wild Places 3% 0%
Akroma, Angel of Wrath 3% 0%
Jhoira of the Ghitu 3% 0%
Unknown 3% 0%

The Vanguard metagame has no easy answer right now.  Heartwood or other creature based decks can do well against Dakkon decks.  However they will loose to Mirri the Cursed and some of them will loose to mono red Dragonstorm.  At this point I think the best advice I can give is to run whatever deck and avatar you like the most and feel most comfortable with.  Any deck right now will face some good matchups and some bad matchups in an event so I think you just have to pick a good deck, play well, and get lucky.



We saw three of the five holiday 3x events this past weekend and with two 3x events this weekend things should be exciting.  While I'm not happy to be missing the Prismatic 3x event I'm happy it is being held.  I encourage everyone reading to play in both 3x events next weekend with generous prizes to 32nd place and low turnouts they are worth your time and tickets.  Next week we'll back on schedule I apologize but Christmas kept me pretty busy this week.  And everyone play in the Prismatic 3x so they keep putting them on the schedule!



by Buy You a Drank (Unregistered) (not verified) at Sun, 12/30/2007 - 20:59
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For those of you who might be curious, my deck would have had a better mana base and a more focused sideboard, but I worked with the cards I had.  Also, I would advise against playing faeries as there will be plenty of hate for them in the future.  Overall nice article, I enjoy the crazy formats.