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To Err is Vintage

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A common impression of Vintage is it’s all about brutally unfair strategies. Between decks like Dredge and Storm looking to end the game as early as turn one, Mishra's Workshop decks trying to lock the opposition out, and Oath of Druids and Time Vault decks which interact minimally before comboing out to win, it’s easy to understand why this might be the case. Despite that, there’s still plenty of space in Vintage for a streamlined aggro deck to put up awesome finishes. Check out this build from DaDawson:


This deck features all manner of cards I’ve never seen in a Vintage deck before. The core idea is relatively straightforward, though. Use Noble Hierarch and Moxen to power out hateful creatures to prevent your opponents from profitably executing their unfair strategy. Between Thalia, Guardian of Thraben and Scab-Clan Berserker to punish your opponents for capitalizing on efficient spells, and Qasali Pridemage and Containment Priest to fight against unfair decks, it’s not hard to assemble a draw which can threaten lethal relatively quickly while disrupting your opponent.

You also gain the additional upside of being able to utilize Cavern of Souls to make sure your threats resolve, as well as Mayor of Avabruck to function as a Lord for all of your Dark Confidants and Grand Abolishers. Not only that, you also have access to Mantis Rider to function as a pseudo burn spell, which is particularly important when you’re going to be racing Monastery Mentor in the air.

Speaking of Monastery Mentor, this deck seems particularly well equipped to fight against that strategy. Between Thalia and Scab-Clan Berserker to punish their cheap spells, Reflector Mage to get Monastery Mentor itself out of the way, and even sideboarded Izzet Staticasters to clear up the tokens, this deck is more than capable of just locking down opposing Monastery Mentors, which is a great place to be in the current Vintage metagame.


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