Manaleak.com 2016 Eternal Weekend Top 8 Decklists & Summary (Modern, Legacy, Vintage & Oldschool), by Andrew Quinn

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Manaleak.com 2016 Eternal Weekend Decklists & Summary (Modern, Legacy, Vintage & Oldschool)

Thank you so much!

WOWSERS, what a fantastic weekend! We’d like to firstly thank each and every single one of you for turning up at the Manaleak.com 2016 Eternal Weekend, and for making it such a memorable experience. We’d also like to say a special thank you to our judging team and members of the community who did a fantastic job especially with helping relocate the whole tournament to another floor within the space of an hour or so. We’ve talked to the building management and the other business involved about this to ensure that nothing like this ever happens again.

And without further ado, lets take a quick look at each championship!

2016 Eternal Weekend Legacy Championship

2016 Eternal Weekend Legacy Championship
2016 Eternal Weekend Legacy Championship

On the first morning of our Eternal Weekend, 76 players turned out to play in our second Legacy championships. With £500 cash and a trophy on the line, everyone was eager to claim the top spot. Legacy is the most diverse format in the game and with 8 distinct archetypes (once we discount Mark Aylett’s take on ‘Elves’) in the Top 8, that statement seems to be supported. The day was clearly a victory for veterans of the format too, with 3 of our Top 8 competitors having to miss out on the Oldschool championships that evening, to instead play out the Top 8 of this event. If you’ve ever wanted to get into Legacy, these decklists are a fine example of the range of decks available to you, along with at least 20-30 more possible archetypes out there for you to try at home!

2016 Legacy Championship Top 8 Decklists

Sebastian Amrogowicz, Izzet Prowess

Creatures: (13)
Bedlam Reveler
Delver of Secrets
Monastery Swiftspear
Stormchaser Mage

Spells: (31)
Blood Moon
Brainstorm
Chain Lightning
Daze
Force of Will
Gitaxian Probe
Lightning Bolt
Ponder
Price of Progress
Lands: (16)
Arid Mesa
Flooded Strand
Island
Misty Rainforest
Mountain
Polluted Delta
Scalding Tarn
Volcanic Island

Sideboard: (15)
Blood Moon
Dismember
Flusterstorm
Pyroblast
Rough // Tumble
Smash to Smithereens
Spell Pierce
Sulfuric Vortex
Surgical Extraction

Mark Aylett, Miracle “Elves”

Creatures: (3)
Snapcaster Mage

Planeswalkers: (3)
Jace, the Mind Sculptor

Spells: (28)
Blood Moon
Brainstorm
Council’s Judgment
Counterspell
Entreat the Angels
Force of Will
Ponder
Sensei’s Divining Top
Swords to Plowshares
Terminus
Lands: (22)
Flooded Strand
Island
Karakas
Plains
Scalding Tarn
Tundra
Volcanic Island

Sideboard: (15)
Blessed Alliance
Blood Moon
Containment Priest
Flusterstorm
Izzet Staticaster
Keranos, God of Storms
Pyroblast
Rest in Peace
Supreme Verdict
Vendilion Clique
Wear // Tear

Tom Brown, 4 Colour Bant

Creatures: (18)
Deathrite Shaman
Leovold, Emissary of Trest
Noble Hierarch
Stoneforge Mystic
True-Name Nemesis

Planeswalkers: (2)
Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
Jace, the Mind Sculptor

Spells: (20)
Batterskull
Brainstorm
Daze
Force of Will
 Stifle
Sword of Fire and Ice
Swords to Plowshares
Umezawa’s Jitte
Lands: (20)
Flooded Strand
Misty Rainforest
Polluted Delta
Scrubland
Tropical Island
Tundra
Underground Sea
Wasteland

Sideboard: (15)
Abrupt Decay
Ethersworn Canonist
Flusterstorm
Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
Invasive Surgery
Meddling Mage
Path to Exile
Rest in Peace
Zealous Persecution

Nicolas Genieis, Infect

Creatures: (12)
Blighted Agent
Glistener Elf
Noble Hierarch

Spells: (28)
Become Immense
Berserk
Brainstorm
Flusterstorm
Force of Will
Invigorate
Ponder
Vines of Vastwood
Lands: (20)
Flooded Strand
Forest
Inkmoth Nexus
Misty Rainforest
Pendelhaven
Tropical Island
Tundra
Windswept Heath

Sideboard: (15)
Absolute Law
Echoing Truth
Krosan Grip
Meddling Mage
Necropede
Null Rod
Pithing Needle
Rest in Peace
Surgical Extraction

James Heath Cooper, Death ‘n’ Taxes

Creatures: (26)
Banisher Priest
Flickerwisp
Mother of Runes
Phyrexian Revoker
Recruiter of the Guard
Sanctum Prelate
Serra Avenger
Stoneforge Mystic
Thalia, Guardian of Thraben

Spells: (11)
Aether Vial
Batterskull
Sword of Fire and Ice
Swords to Plowshares
Umezawa’s Jitte
Lands: (23)
Cavern of Souls
Karakas
10 Plains
Rishadan Port
Wasteland

Sideboard: (15)
Council’s Judgment
Ethersworn Canonist
Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
Intrepid Hero
Leonin Relic-Warder
Orzhov Pontiff
Path to Exile
Pithing Needle
Rest in Peace
Sword of Light and Shadow

John Ingham, Shardless Countertop

Creatures: (16)
Baleful Strix
Deathrite Shaman
Glissa the Traitor
Shardless Agent
Tarmogoyf

Planeswalkers: (2)
Jace, the Mind Sculptor

Spells: (21)
Abrupt Decay
Ancestral Vision
Brainstorm
Counterbalance
Force of Will
Sensei’s Divining Top
Toxic Deluge
Lands: (21)
Bayou
Forest
Misty Rainforest
Island
Polluted Delta
Swamp
Tropical Island
Underground Sea
Verdant Catacombs
Wasteland

Sideboard: (14)
Baleful Strix
Counterbalance
Counterspell
Dread of Night
Flusterstorm
Glissa the Traitor
Maelstrom Pulse
Night of Souls’ Betrayal
Nihil Spellbomb
Sensei’s Divining Top
Spell Pierce
Toxic Deluge
Umezawa’s Jitte
Vendilion Clique

Manveer Samra, Eldrazi

Creatures: (23)
Eldrazi Mimic
Endbringer
Endless One
Matter Reshaper
Reality Smasher
Simian Spirit Guide
Thought-Knot Seer

Spells: (12)
Chalice of the Void
Dismember
Thorn of Amethyst
Umezawa’s Jitte
Warping Wail
Lands: (25)
Ancient Tomb
Cavern of Souls
City of Traitors
Eldrazi Temple
Eye of Ugin
Mishra’s Factory
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
Wasteland

Sideboard: (15)
Dismember
Endbringer
Leyline of the Void
Pithing Needle
Ratchet Bomb
Thorn of Amethyst
Warping Wail

Rod Smith, Elves

Creatures: (30)
Birchlore Rangers
Craterhoof Behemoth
Deathrite Shaman
Elvish Visionary
Fyndhorn Elves
Heritage Druid
Nettle Sentinel
Quirion Ranger
Reclamation Sage
Wirewood Symbiote

Spells: (11)
Glimpse of Nature
Green Sun’s Zenith
Natural Order
Lands: (19)
Bayou
Dryad Arbor
Forest
Gaea’s Cradle
Pendelhaven
Windswept Heath
Wooded Foothills

Sideboard: (15)
Abrupt Decay
Cabal Therapy
Null Rod
Pithing Needle
Reclamation Sage
Thoughtseize
Umezawa’s Jitte

2016 Eternal Weekend Modern Championship

2016 Eternal Weekend Modern Championship mtg
2016 Eternal Weekend Modern Championship

An incredible 78 players turned out to crown our Modern Championship on Sunday. Modern’s incredible diversity ALSO failed to disappoint with 8 totally different deck types gracing the Top 8! Although Infect managed to take the top spot in Legacy, the supposed best deck in the format didn’t reach the top cut this time around. Murmurs echoed around the room of Ad Nauseam decks taking down a lot of key players and local player Keiran Randazzo took a spot in Top 4 with the deck. Another local, James Allen, took a spot in the final with an interesting take on Bogles, splashing red for Modern all-star Temur Battle Rage, before being stopped in his run by none other than Rob Catton, piloting the British favourite: Blue/White Control.

2016 Modern Championship Top 8 Decklists

James Allen, Red Bogles

Creatures: (12)
Gladecover Scout
Kor Spiritdancer
Silhana Ledgewalker
Slippery Bogle

Spells: (27)
Daybreak Coronet
Ethereal Armor
Gryff’s Boon
Hyena Umbra
Rancor
Spider Umbra
Spirit Mantle
Temur Battle Rage
Lands: (21)
Dryad Arbor
Forest
Horizon Canopy
Plains
Razorverge Thicket
Stomping Ground
Temple Garden
Windswept Heath
Wooded Foothills

Sideboard: (15)
Blessed Alliance
Grafdigger’s Cage
Leyline of Sanctity
Path to Exile
Rest in Peace
Stony Silence

Kurt Brown, Eldrazi ‘n’ Taxes

Creatures: (29)
Blade Splicer
Eldrazi Displacer
Flickerwisp
Leonin Arbiter
Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
Thought-Knot Seer
Tidehollow Sculler
Wasteland Strangler

Spells: (8)
Aether Vial
Path to Exile
Lands: (23)
Caves of Koilos
Eldrazi Temple
Ghost Quarter
Godless Shrine
Plains
Shambling Vent
Swamp

Sideboard: (15)
Anguished Unmaking
Blessed Alliance
Dismember
Ethersworn Canonist
Kambal, Consul of Allocation
Rest in Peace
Spellskite
Stony Silence
Worship
Zealous Persecution

Rob Catton, Azorius Control (0)

[d]Creatures: (10)
Kitchen Finks
Restoration Angel
Snapcaster Mage
Wall of Omens

Planeswalkers: (1)
Gideon Jura

Spells: (23)
Ancestral Vision
Blessed Alliance
Cryptic Command
Detention Sphere
Mana Leak
Negate
Path to Exile
Runed Halo
Spell Snare
Sphinx’s Revelation
Supreme Verdict

Lands: (26)
Celestial Colonnade
Flooded Strand
Glacial Fortress
Ghost Quarter
Hallowed Fountain
Island
Mystic Gate
Plains
Tectonic Edge

Sideboard: (15)
Blessed Alliance
Celestial Purge
Crucible of Worlds
Dismember
Dispel
Elspeth, Sun’s Champion
Ghostly Prison
Negate
Rest in Peace
Runed Halo
Stony Silence
Surgical Extraction
Vendilion Clique

Francesco Giorgio, Jeskai Prowess

Creatures: (16)
Mantis Rider
Monastery Swiftspear
Snapcaster Mage
Stormchaser Mage

Spells: (26)
Gitaxian Probe
Gut Shot
Lightning Bolt
Lightning Helix
Mutagenic Growth
Serum Visions
Surgical Extraction
Twisted Image
Vapor Snag
Lands: (18)
Arid Mesa
Flooded Strand
Hallowed Fountain
Inspiring Vantage
Island
Mountain
Plains
Sacred Foundry
Seachrome Coast
Scalding Tarn
Spirebluff Canal
Steam Vents

Sideboard: (15)
Anger of the Gods
Bedlam Reveler
Deflecting Palm
Grim Lavamancer
Lone Missionary
Molten Rain
Pyroclasm
Stony Silence
Surgical Extraction
Wear // Tear

Keiran Randazzo, Ad Nauseam

Creatures: (5)
Laboratory Maniac
Simian Spirit Guide

Spells: (35)
Ad Nauseam
Angel’s Grace
Lightning Storm
Lotus Bloom
Pact of Negation
Pentad Prism
Phyrexian Unlife
Serum Visions
Sleight of Hand
Spoils of the Vault
Lands: (20)
Darkslick Shores
Gemstone Mine
Island
Plains
Seachrome Coast
Temple of Deceit
Temple of Enlightenment
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth

Sideboard: (15)
Boseiju, Who Shelters All
Echoing Truth
Ethereal Haze
Hurkyl’s Recall
Leyline of Sanctity
Slaughter Pact
Spellskite
Thoughtseize

Usama Sajjad, Dredge

Creatures: (25)
Bloodghast
Golgari Grave Troll
Insolent Neonate
Narcomoeba
Prized Amalgam
Stinkweed Imp
Scourge Devil

Spells: (15)
Cathartic Reunion
Conflagrate
Faithless Looting
Life from the Loam
Darkblast
Lands: (20)
Blood Crypt
Bloodstained Mire
Copperline Gorge
Dakmor Salvage
Mountain
Steam Vents
Stomping Ground
Wooded Foothills

Sideboard: (15)
Ancient Grudge
Bojuka Bog
Collective Brutality
Darkblast
Gnaw to the Bone
Lightning Axe
Nature’s Claim
Vengeful Pharoah

Pete Ward, Death’s Shadow (0)

[d]Creatures: (19)
Death’s Shadow
Monastery Swiftspear
Steppe Lynx
Street Wraith
Tarmogoyf
Wild Nacatl

Spells: (24)
Become Immense
Gitaxian Probe
Lightning Bolt
Mishra’s Bauble
Mutagenic Growth
Temur Battle Rage
Thoughtseize

Lands: (17)
Arid Mesa
Blood Crypt
Bloodstained Mire
Godless Shrine
Overgrown Tomb
Sacred Foundry
Stomping Ground
Verdant Catacombs
Windswept Heath

Sideboard: (15)
Ancient Grudge
Dismember
Faith’s Shield
Forest
Inquisition of Kozilek
Orzhov Charm
Path to Exile
Phyrexian Unlife
Pyroclasm
Ravenous Trap
Tarmogoyf

George Youens, Tron

Creatures: (8)
Spellskite
World Breaker
Wurmcoil Engine
Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger

Planeswalkers: (6)
Karn Liberated
Ugin, the Spirit Dragon

Spells: (27)
Ancient Stirrings
Chromatic Sphere
Chromatic Star
Expedition Map
Lightning Bolt
Oblivion Stone
Sylvan Scrying
Lands: (19)
Forest
Grove of the Burnwillows
Sanctum of Ugin
Urza’s Mine
Urza’s Power Plant
Urza’s Tower

Sideboard: (15)
Firespout
Ghost Quarter
Grafdigger’s Cage
Nature’s Claim
Relic of Progenitus
Sudden Shock
Thragtusk
Warping Wail
Wurmcoil Engine

2016 Eternal Weekend Vintage Championship

2016 Eternal Weekend Vintage Championship
2016 Eternal Weekend Vintage Championship

Whilst probably the least accessible format the game has to offer, Vintage is always a sight to behold and our Top 8 has stacked with British Vintage experts playing a wonderful variety of decks. For me, the major story has to be the influence of Kaladesh on the format. With so many cards, including the Power 9, available to Vintage players, it’s remarkable for even 1 card for a Standard set to show up in Vintage decklists, but no fewer than FOUR cards from the popular set made their way into our Top 8. Fleetwheel Cruiser, Inventors’ Fair, Paradoxical Outcome and even Torrential Gearhulk all made appearances, with Paradoxical Outcome effectively creating its own new archetype of deck. Vintage is a terrific format, one with a sweet amount of things on show and we can’t wait to see it again next time round!

2016 Vintage Championship Top 8 Decklists

Jim Brophy, ‘Cars’

Creatures: (8)
Lodestone Golem
Phyrexian Metamorph
Phyrexian Revoker

Spells: (33)
Black Lotus
Chalice of the Void
Crucible of Worlds
Fleetwheel Cruiser
Mana Crypt
Mox Emerald
Mox Jet
Mox Peral
Mox Ruby
Mox Sapphire
Smokestack
Sol Ring
Sphere of Resistance
Tanglewire
Thorn of Amethyst
Trinisphere
Lands: (19)
Ancient Tomb
Inventors’ Fair
Mishra’s Factory
Mishra’s Workshop
Strip Mine
Tolarian Academy
Wasteland

Sideboard: (15)
Batterskull
Dismember
Grafdigger’s Cage
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale
Tormod’s Crypt
Wurmcoil Engine

Tom Brown, Mentor

Creatures: (7)
Jace, Vryn’s Prodigy
Monastery Mentor
Vendilion Clique

Planeswalkers: (4)
Dack Fayden
Jace, the Mind Sculptor
Narset Transcendent

Spells: (33)
Ancestral Recall
Balance
Black Lotus
Brainstorm
Dig Through Time
Flusterstorm
Force of Will
Gitaxian Probe
Gush
Mental Misstep
Mox Emerald
Mox Jet
Mox Pearl
Mox Ruby
Mox Sapphire
Mystical Tutor
Ponder
Preordain
Swords to Plowshares
Time Walk
Treasure Cruise
Lands: (16)
Flooded Strand
Island
Karakas
Library of Alexandria
Misty Rainforest
Pollued Delta
Scalding Tarn
Strip Mine
Tundra
Volcanic Island

Sideboard: (15)
Containment Priest
Path to Exile
Pithing Needle
Pyroblast
Rest in Peace
Stony Silence
Supreme Verdict
Wear // Tear

Alastair Kennedy, Bomberman

Creatures: (3)
Auriok Salvagers
Dragonlord Dromoka

Planeswalkers: (1)
Jace, the Mind Sculptor

Spells: (38)
Ancestral Recall
Black Lotus
Brainstorm
Dig Through Time
Flusterstorm
Force of Will
Mana Drain
Mental Misstep
Moat
Mox Emerald
Mox Jet
Mox Pearl
Mox Ruby
Mox Sapphire
Oath of Druids
Ponder
Preordain
Pyrite Spellbomb
Sensei’s Divining Top
Standstill
Swords to Plowshares
Time Walk
Treasure Cruise
Lands: (18)
Flooded Strand
Forbidden Orchard
Island
Library of Alexandria
Mishra’s Factory
Misty Rainforest
Tropical Island
Tundra

Sideboard: (15)
Balance
Ceremonious Rejection
Energy Flux
Ethersworn Canonist
Flusterstorm
Moat
Ravenous Trap
Rest in Peace
Surgical Extraction
Supreme Verdict
Swords to Plowshares

Bryan Connolly, 1-Land Belcher

Creatures: (7)
Notion Thief
Simian Spirit Guide

Planeswalkers: (1)
Dack Fayden

Spells: (51)
Ancestral Recall
Black Lotus
Brainstorm
Chrome Mox
Day’s Undoing
Demonic Tutor
Expedition Map
Force of Will
Gitaxian Probe
Goblin Charbelcher
Leyline of Anticipation
Lion’s Eye Diamond
Lotus Petal
Mana Crypt
Mana Vault
Memory Jar
Mox Emerald
Mox Jet
Mox Opal
Mox Pearl
Mox Ruby
Mox Sapphire
Pact of Negation
Paradoxical Outcome
Sol Ring
Time Vault
Time Walk
Timetwister
Tinker
Voltaic Key
Wheel of Fortune
Windfall
Lands: (1)
Tolarian Academy

Sideboard: (15)
Defence Grid
Grafdigger’s Cage
Gut Shot
Hurkyl’s Recall
Mental Misstep
Mishra’s Factory
Tezzeret the Seeker
Tormod’s Crypt
Void Snare

Tommy Hayward, Landstill

Creatures: (4)
Dragonlord Ojutai
Snapcaster Mage

Planeswalkers: (2)
Jace, the Mind Sculptor

Spells: (33)
Ancestral Recall
Black Lotus
Brainstorm
Counterspell
Crucible of Worlds
Dig Through Time
Disenchant
Engineered Explosives
Flusterstorm
Force of Will
Mental Misstep
Moat
Mox Pearl
Mox Sapphire
Sensei’s Divining Top
Sol Ring
Spell Snare
Standstill
Supreme Verdict
Swords to Plowshares
Time Walk
Treasure Cruise
Lands: (21)
Flooded Strand
Island
Library of Alexandria
Minamo, School at Water’s Edge
Mishra’s Factory
Scalding Tarn
Strip Mine
Tundra
Wasteland

Sideboard: (15)
Arcane Laboratory
Disenchant
Energy Flux
Grafdigger’s Cage
Moat
Plains
Rest in Peace
Stony Silence
Supreme Verdict
Swords to Plowshares

Steve Rich, Merfolk

Creatures: (24)
Cursecatcher
Harbinger of the Tides
Lord of Atlantis
Master of the Pearl Trident
Merrow Reejerey
Phantasmal Image
Silvergill Adept
True-Name Nemesis

Spells: (16)
Ancestral Recall
Black Lotus
Daze
Force of Will
Mental Misstep
Mox Sapphire
Null Rod
Time Walk
Lands: (20)
Cavern of Souls
11 Island
Strip Mine
Wasteland

Sideboard: (15)
Ceremonious Rejection
Dismember
Grafdigger’s Cage
Hurkyl’s Recall
Pithing Needle
Steel Sabotage
Tormod’s Crypt

Ben Twitchen, Paradoxical Mentor

Creatures: (5)
Monastery Mentor
Torrential Gearhulk

Planeswalkers: (1)
Tezzeret the Seeker

Spells: (44)
Ancestral Recall
Balance
Black Lotus
Brainstorm
Demonic Tutor
Dig Through Time
Force of Will
Gitaxian Probe
Lotus Petal
Mana Crypt
Mana Vault
Mox Emerald
Mox Jet
Mox Opal
Mox Pearl
Mox Ruby
Mox Sapphire
Paradoxical Outcome
Sensei’s Divining Top
Sol Ring
Thoughtcast
Time Vault
Time Walk
Tinker
Treasure Cruise
Urza’s Bauble
Vampiric Tutor
Voltaic Key
Wheel of Fortune
Lands: (10)
Flooded Strand
Misty Rainforest
Scalding Tarn
Seat of the Synod
Tolarian Academy
Tundra
Underground Sea

Sideboard: (15)
Ceremonious Rejection
Fragmentize
Helm of Obedience
Hurkyl’s Recall
Leyline of the Void
Rest in Peace
Swords to Plowshares

Patrick Van Beek, Bomberman

Creatures: (2)
Auriok Salvagers
Griselbrand

Planeswalkers: (4)
Dack Fayden
Jace, the Mind Sculptor

Spells: (33)
Ancient Grudge
Ancestral Recall
Balance
Black Lotus
Brainstorm
Demonic Tutor
Dig Through Time
Engineered Explosives
Flusterstorm
Force of Will
Gitaxian Probe
Lotus Petal
Mana Crypt
Mental Misstep
Oath of Druids
Preordain
Pyrite Spellbomb
Sensei’s Divining Top
Sol Ring
Standstill
Vampiric Tutor
Lands: (21)
Flooded Strand
Forbidden Orchard
Island
Library of Alexandria
Mishra’s Factory
Polluted Delta
Strip Mine
Tropical Island
Tundra
Underground Sea
Volcanic Island
Wasteland

Sideboard: (15)
Blazing Archon
Disenchant
Energy Flux
Gut Shot
Hurkyl’s Recall
Massacre
Nature’s Claim
Pithing Needle
Swords to Plowshares
Tormod’s Crypt

2016 Eternal Weekend Oldschool Championship

2016 Eternal Weekend Oldschool Championship
2016 Eternal Weekend Oldschool Championship

The Oldschool Championship has got to be one of the most enjoyable Magic events to run. The Oldschool players set a perfect example for how Magic: the Gathering should be played, and it was a real pleasure just watching the warm friendship on display. Here is a copy of Alastair Kennedy’s Oldschool report.

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Firstly, I’d just like to say thank you to all who were able to make it, and to Manaleak.com. A great weekend, hopefully we see Eternal UK Weekend Three in 2017.

Alastair Kennedy Eternal Weekend Oldschool Decklist: Version 3.0

Alastair Kennedy Eternal Weekend Oldschool Decklist
Alastair Kennedy Eternal Weekend Oldschool Decklist

A significant improvement over the London MKM red splash v2.2, Mountains really are sh*t. I dropped the Tax/Loot in an effort to speed the deck up a little, on reflection I’m unsure if it was faster, but don’t think Tax is necessary (I’m seeing less LD, but happy with 1-2 Tax in the SB).

LoA remains king, Moat the backbone, Forcefield a useful crutch, and Universe + CoP Red over-performed as people realised that throwing bolts was correct. Transmute is very strong, with Book doing what Book does, and Orb on demand.

I’m not sure splashes for Black, Green, and Red offer great improvement. Red I just don’t get; Black is of course strong with DT and Twist; although it is Green I’d favour with Library and Regrowth. What I can’t reconcile is the mana hungry and colour demands of WW and UU; City starts to hurt real quick, not to mention Blood Moon, Sinkhole, Bottle, and Rain being relevant.

Rnd 1 – Rich: Mono Black

T1 Hippy in G1 and G2 is not what I want to see. StP G1 and Preacher G2 bought me time, and I’m happy to ignore Knights despite their depicted horsemanship breaching a Moat. It’s just time after that. First time playing Rich, super clear game-state and communications; a pleasure.

2-0 (1-0)

Rnd 2 – Steven: RUG

I can’t recall this one too well, I’ve written Ape/Serendib/Gargoyle; and under G1 Moat, and G2 Serra x2 which was a race getting there at 4 life.

2-0 (2-0)

Rnd 3 – Jon: WW

Wow this deck is aggressive, stemmed the bleed at 3 life G1, with a wasp victory over 19 more turns and 3-cards in library (Jon should have made me do the last 3 damage with my 3 draw-steps remaining). So, with 10 minutes left, not enough 2/1 were drawn. We took a look at the list, and suspect I’ll see RW next time we play.

1-0 (3-0)

Rnd 4 – Jason: GWR Aggro/Zoo

This was unpleasant (not Jason, his damn deck), tight play, no mistakes and aggressive. I never felt that this was in any way certain; my first loss of a game. G3 was somewhat unfair: T1 Sapphire, Island, Walk into T2 Recall, Island, Lotus, Moat. Truly a better opening than any I had in Vintage, sorry Jason, you don’t expect this in Oldschool.

2-1 (4-0)

Rnd 5 – Karl: BRU

Karl has perhaps the absolute worst top-deck skill’s I’ve ever encountered; or the bearer of an innate ability to shuffle lands and spells into two separate piles. Universe did some work G2, but Karl was more unlucky than I was good.

2-0 (5-0)

Quarters – Jim: UR Counter-Burn

G1 in true Jim style, I’m Stripmine’d and beaten down with a T2 Lotus-Serendib followed with two Factory. G2 I control and push through with Serra (I think). G3, close, very close with Jim’s LoA doing some work, he’s facing lethal but one mana short of a fireball for 11; with a Counter for my Disenchant on his Lotus, he doesn’t top-deck land, LoA draws the land but lost 1 mana with the LoA, Serra gets there.

2-1 (6-0)

Semi – Karl (Rnd 5):BRU

G1 Karl rips all land or no land, after seven games over three events. of doing one or the other, I can’t remember which way around this one was; 1-0 to variance. G2 Karl’s got a very strong hand, land + 3 rocks for a T2 twister. My forced mull was just the better 7, although Universe was essential. Karma will hit and I fully expect Karl to crush me next time.

2-0 (7-0)

Final – Tommy: UR Counter-Burn

He’s never played the format, his deck is good, and he doesn’t make mistakes when he puts his mind to it. So good in fact that he makes T1 LoA which sets the tone, and whilst I start to stabilise I’m on the back foot and it’s a never ending steam of bolt – psionic – bolt. G2, I open with some rocks, whilst Tommy again outplays me with a T1 LoA !! My rocks get me a T2 Orb and my strike rate stays positive. The deck does what it does, counter what I need, get the scoop at the right time. G3, T1 I outplay Tommy with my own LoA. This deck is almost unbeatable with LoA active, which I think got mine’d at some point, but far too late to matter.

2-1 (8-0), 15-3 overall

That’s it, 3am finish and far too much drunk (comparative, excluding Chris). Looking forward to the next event, and the opportunity to win perhaps the greatest prize in Magic, Jim’s jacket.

Development continues… LoA remains too good for this narrow card pool.

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Vintage

Fantastic again, great turn-out and very happy to make a second Top 8. My build of Oath-Still was wrong, but I like the concept and will be stealing some of Patrick’s ideas (thank you in advance). Sorry to Andrew on the clock, but on the proactive/aggro side I’d have scooped a lot earlier G1. Too many close games… David and Mark especially. If you’re reading this Jim… those are the last 3 card’s I’m ever giving you for free! Punished badly, and thank you.

See you at the next one!

That just about wraps up our 2016 Eternal Weekend. I sincerely hope everyone had a great time! Look out for our next event which should be around June next year! We will be waiting for you!

Manaleak.com Eternal Weekend Top 8 Decklists & Summary (Modern, Legacy, Vintage & Oldschool), by Andrew Quinn
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