This Week in Vintage — External Extravaganza 7!

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Howdy folks! As I noted last week, we're taking a bit of a sidetrack this week to talk some more about Vintage instead of Legacy. Primarily we're going to be talking Eternal Extravaganza 7!

Eternal Extravaganza 7

Eternal Extravaganza 7's Vintage event took place Sunday, September 17th in Philadelphia, boasting a $7,000 prize pool and $2,000 for the winner of the event. Since the restrictions of Monastery Mentor and Thorn of Amethyst, the format has been slowly shaking out the kinks here and there. Decks like Workshops are still good—but not as oppressive—and Paradoxical Outcome Storm decks are definitely creeping around.

So it was with great surprise that the event was taken down by none other than the original format predator itself: Dredge.

Let's take a quick look at the Top 16 before diving into some lists.

As we can see, Workshops is still a supremely popular choice in the format, and I don't see that changing anytime soon. Any format where you can play four Mishra's Workshop is always going to draw people to play that strategy thanks to the truly busted artifacts that exist these days.

But in the end, it was Dredge that won the day. And not just any form of Dredge, but a little list we like to call Sunny Dredge or as it's well known by its cuter nickname: "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia."

Sunny Dredge — Ryan Glackin | 1st Place EE7 Vintage

Creatures (27)
4 Bloodghast
3 Fatestitcher
1 Flame-Kin Zealot
4 Golgari Grave-Troll
2 Golgari Thug
2 Ichorid
4 Narcomoeba
4 Stinkweed Imp
3 Sun Titan

Instants/Sorceries (8)
1 Ancestral Recall
4 Cabal Therapy
3 Dread Return

Artifacts (8)
1 Black Lotus
1 Lion's Eye Diamond
1 Lotus Petal
1 Mox Sapphire
4 Serum Powder

Lands (13)
4 Bazaar of Baghdad
3 City of Brass
2 Dakmor Salvage
4 Undiscovered Paradise

Sideboard (15)
3 Gurmag Angler
4 Hollow One
4 Nature's Claim
4 Serenity

What a seriously awesome and powerful looking list. Watching Ryan's finals match, it was clear to see that the Sun Titan version of Dredge is both explosive and powerful. In his first game he used a Fatestitcher and two Bloodghast to cast Dread Return on a Sun Titan, which retrieved a Bazaar of Baghdad from his graveyard, re-triggering the Bloodghasts to enter the battlefield once again.

 

What's also severely interesting is the newer tech for sideboarding for Dredge. Dredge is often noted as a format predator for a various number of reasons, one of those being that it is fast and explosive and Bazaar of Baghdad is an extremely powerful card. Thus, most of the rest of the format tends to carry hate in the sideboard to deal with the deck. How does Dredge adapt to this? Well, playing Hollow One and Gurmag Angler both seem like a really good way! Hollow One especially combos with Bazaar of Baghdad to make zero-mana 4/4s as early as turn one.

Ryan's list is pretty great, and I cannot wish him well enough on showing that Dredge is still the format predator and just on a solid showing. Congrats, Ryan!

Moving forward, let's take a look at the other big name in the room, Workshops! Primarily, Michael Scheffenacker's 2nd place Shops list.

Workshops — Michael Scheffenacker | 2nd Place EE7 Vintage

Creatures (27)
4 Arcbound Ravager
2 Chief of the Foundry
4 Foundry Inspector
2 Hangarback Walker
1 Lodestone Golem
3 Phyrexian Metamorph
4 Phyrexian Revoker
3 Precursor Golem
4 Walking Ballista

Artifacts (15)
1 Black Lotus
1 Chalice of the Void
1 Mana Crypt
1 Mox Emerald
1 Mox Jet
1 Mox Pearl
1 Mox Ruby
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Sol Ring
4 Sphere of Resistance
1 Thorn of Amethyst
1 Trinisphere

Lands (18)
4 Ancient Tomb
4 Mishra's Factory
4 Mishra's Workshop
1 Strip Mine
1 Tolarian Academy
4 Wasteland

Sideboard (15)
2 Dismember
4 Grafdigger's Cage
1 Powder Keg
2 Ratchet Bomb
1 Spatial Contortion
2 Tormod's Crypt
3 Wurmcoil Engine

While Thorn of Amethyst indeed got restricted—cutting heavily into Workshops' side—the damage done appears to be pretty minimal, as the deck has mostly doubled down on running more efficient threats like Walking Ballista. Shops appears to be as strong as it ever was in paper, with several players on the deck making it into the Top 16.

Another deck that ended up making some minor waves with two showings in the Top 16 was a BUG/Sultai Leovold list that takes some inspiration from Legacy.

BUG Leovold — Mike Canzanella | 10th Place EE7 Vintage

Creatures (15)
4 Dark Confidant
4 Deathrite Shaman
3 Leovold, Emissary of Trest
1 Ramunap Excavator
2 Snapcaster Mage
1 Trygon Predator

Instants/Sorceries (19)
2 Abrupt Decay
1 Ancestral Recall
1 Brainstorm
1 Demonic Tutor
1 Fatal Push
1 Flusterstorm
4 Force of Will
1 Green Sun's Zenith
2 Mental Misstep
1 Ponder
1 Spell Snare
1 Time Walk
1 Timetwister
1 Vampiric Tutor

Artifacts (7)
1 Black Lotus
1 Mox Emerald
1 Mox Jet
1 Mox Sapphire
3 Null Rod

Lands (18)
1 Bayou
1 Forest
1 Misty Rainforest
2 Polluted Delta
1 Strip Mine
1 Swamp
2 Tropical Island
2 Underground Sea
4 Verdant Catacombs
3 Wasteland

Sideboard (15)
2 Energy Flux
3 Grafdigger's Cage
4 Leyline of the Void
1 Llawan, Cephalid Empress
2 Mindbreak Trap
2 Nature's Claim
1 Toxic Deluge

Seemingly taking several pages out of Legacy's Handbook, the appearance of Leovold, Emissary of Trest is no real surprise to anyone. The card is powerfully strong, especially when combined with power cards like Timetwister. (Personal note: I couldn't even begin to form words how awful and glorious a Timetwister with a Leo in play would be.)

I suspect that emergence of these lists means that Vintage is finally catching onto how strong some of these cards really are. Another very interesting inclusion in this list is the Green Sun's Zenith target of Ramunap Excavator, making a Crucible of Worlds effect on a stick very good when you can tutor it up and then continually lock them out of the game with Wasteland.

Leaning back towards the unfairest of unfair Vintage archetypes, Storm continues to be relatively interesting how that it has fully adopted Paradoxical Outcome as the real MVP of the deck.

Paradoxical Storm — Wilson Hunter | 14th Place EE7 Vintage

Creatures (1)
1 Monastery Mentor

Instants/Sorceries (31)
1 Ancestral Recall
1 Brainstorm
1 Chain of Vapor
1 Demonic Tutor
3 Empty the Warrens
4 Force of Will
1 Gitaxian Probe
1 Hurkyl's Recall
1 Merchant Scroll
1 Mystical Tutor
4 Paradoxical Outcome
1 Ponder
4 Preordain
1 Tendrils of Agony
1 Time Walk
1 Timetwister
1 Vampiric Tutor
1 Wheel of Fortune
1 Windfall
1 Yawgmoth's Will

Artifacts (15)
1 Black Lotus
1 Lotus Petal
1 Mana Crypt
1 Mana Vault
1 Mox Emerald
1 Mox Jet
3 Mox Opal
1 Mox Pearl
1 Mox Ruby
1 Mox Sapphire
2 Sensei's Divining Top
1 Sol Ring

Lands (13)
1 Ancient Tomb
3 Flooded Strand
1 Island
2 Misty Rainforest
1 Scalding Tarn
1 Tolarian Academy
1 Tundra
2 Underground Sea
1 Volcanic Island

Storm continues to be as powerful and as insane as ever, and Paradoxical Outcome makes it even crazier by acting as a second Hurkyl's Recall that also draws cards. (Sidenote: The EE7 Deck List site did not have a Sideboard listed for this deck at all!)

Finally, our last list to look at is a supremely fair list for Vintage, U/R Delver.

U/R Delver — Brenden Mccarley | 9th Place EE7 Vintage

Creatures (9)
4 Delver of Secrets
2 Snapcaster Mage
3 Young Pyromancer

Instants/Sorceries (28)
2 Abrade
1 Ancestral Recall
1 Brainstorm
1 Dig Through Time
4 Force of Will
1 Gitaxian Probe
1 Gush
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Mental Misstep
1 Ponder
4 Preordain
2 Spell Pierce
1 Time Walk
1 Treasure Cruise

Artifacts (5)
1 Black Lotus
1 Mox Ruby
1 Mox Sapphire
2 Null Rod

Lands (18)
2 Flooded Strand
1 Island
1 Library of Alexandria
1 Mountain
4 Scalding Tarn
1 Strip Mine
4 Volcanic Island
4 Wasteland

Sideboard (15)
1 Abrade
1 By Force
2 Flusterstorm
4 Grafdigger's Cage
1 Pithing Needle
3 Pyroblast
2 Ravenous Trap
1 Smash to Smithereens

A relatively fair strategy, this deck still gets to jam some powerful cards early and quickly thanks to the acceleration in the format, while at the same time also being able to potentially stick a turn one Null Rod and protect it with Force of Will. Some interesting cards to note that show up in this list are copies of Abrade and By Force!

Wrapping Up

EE7 proved to be a stellar event with some insanely cool Vintage action, but now that we've wrapped up with it, it's time to start pondering what U.S. Eternal Weekend is going to look like. Will Workshops reclaim its throne as the best deck in the format once more? Or will decks like Dredge and Storm rise to combat them? We'll know in a few weeks time what happens, so stay tuned!

Until next time!

Joseph Dyer is an avid Legacy enthusiast. He's admin of the /r/NicFitMTG subreddit, as well as a regular participant on the Source and MTGLegacy subreddits. His knowledge of the Legacy format is deeply rooted in constant analysis, playtesting, and lots of discussion of the format. Joseph's primary accomplishments include a 10–5 finish at GP Columbus 2016 with Rhino Fit, and a 32nd place finish at a SCG Columbus Legacy Classic with Sneak Fit. 

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