Vintage Doomsday Deck List Analysis for 2020.11.28-29

This week we didn't see a Doomsday list in the League Data. There are still five lists to go over. We have one list from Saturday's Challenge and four from Sunday's.

Saturday Challenge (2020.11.28)

Sunday Challenge (2020.11.29)

The Core

Core

Creatures (4)
Street Wraith
Thassa's Oracle

Sorceries (12)
Demonic Tutor
Doomsday
Gitaxian Probe
Ponder
Preordain
Time Walk

Instants (20)
Ancestral Recall
Brainstorm
Dark Ritual
Daze
Demonic Consultation
Dig Through Time
Flusterstorm
Force of Will
Gush
Mental Misstep
Mystical Tutor
Vampiric Tutor
Lands (11)
Fetch Lands
Underground Sea

Artifacts (3)
Black Lotus
Mox Jet
Mox Sapphire

Sideboard (7)
Leyline of the Void
Steel Sabotage

We have two interesting choices this week:

  • MaxMagicer did not play Necropotence.
  • SingPanMan chose to splash Red for four copies of Pyroblast split between the main and side.

Necropotence is often sided out against aggro matchups. Does the deck need it? Its power is undeniable, and likely more useful in a world with Hullbreacher, but "kill your darlings". I'm not surprised to see Treasure Cruise in their list.
All the Hullbreacher talk explains SingPanMan splashing Red for Pyroblasts. (Although decks built around it did not seem to do that well.) Cutting Cling to Dust and a Flusterstorm makes sense for this swap.

MaxMagicer (20th Place) Differences

Draw (2)
Street Wraith
Treasure Cruise

Counters (3)
Flusterstorm
Mystical Dispute

Discard (1)
Duress

Bounce (1)
Chain of Vapor
Lands (3)
Fetch Lands
Island
Watery Grave

Sideboard (8)
Mystical Dispute
Duress
Fatal Push
Tasigur, the Golden Fang
Leyline of the Void
Gurmag Angler
Chain of Vapor

Cherryxman (14th Place) Differences

Draw (4)
Necropotence
Street Wraith
Treasure Cruise

Counters (1)
Force of Negation

Discard (1)
Duress

Bounce (1)
Chain of Vapor
Lands (3)
Fetch Lands
Island

Sideboard (8)
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale
Tasigur, the Golden Fang
Flusterstorm
Island
Surgical Extraction
Duress
Eliminate

revenantkioku (17th Place) Differences

Draw (4)
Cling to Dust
Necropotence
Peek
Street Wraith

Counters (3)
Flusterstorm
Force of Negation
Mystical Dispute
Lands (3)
Fetch Land
Island
Watery Grave

Sideboard (8)
Leyline of the Void
Hurkyl's Recall
Mindbreak Trap
Tasigur, the Golden Fang
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale
Cavern of Souls
Eliminate

SingPanMan (22nd Place) Differences

Draw (3)
Necropotence
Peek
Street Wraith

Counters (3)
Force of Negation
Pyroblast

Bounce (1)
Chain of Vapor
Lands (3)
Snow-Covered Island
Volcanic Island

Sideboard (8)
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale
Opposition Agent
Leyline of the Void
Island
Pyroblast

ecobaronen (25th Place) Differences

Draw (3)
Necropotence
Sleight of Hand
Treasure Cruise

Counters (4)
Daze
Flusterstorm
Mystical Dispute

Discard
Lands (3)
Fetch Lands
Island
Watery Grave

Sideboard (8)
Leyline of the Void
Hurkyl's Recall
Fatal Push
Island
Duress

One more interesting difference, which I thought could be a mistake, is Sleight of Hand in ecobaronen's list. I reached out to him and this is what he said.

Definitely an interesting bit of tech for these match-ups that I am curious to try myself. Acting almost as a fifth Preordain isn't a bad deal either.

Sideboard

Sideboard Totals

Bazaar (25)
19 Leyline of the Void
Surgical Extraction
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale

Shops (24)
Hurkyl's Recall
20 Steel Sabotage

Discard (4)
Duress

Creatures (6)
Gurmag Angler
Opposition Agent
Tasigur, the Golden Fang
Lands (4)
Cavern of Souls
Island

Counters (5)
Flusterstorm
Mindbreak Trap
Mystical Dispute
Pyroblast

Removal (7)
Chain of Vapor
Fatal Push
Eliminate

Sideboard Differences

Bazaar (14)
Fatal Push
Leyline of the Void
Surgical Extraction
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale

Shops (4)
Hurkyl's Recall

Discard (4)
Duress

Creatures (6)
Gurmag Angler
Opposition Agent
Tasigur, the Golden Fang
Lands (4)
Cavern of Souls
Island

Counters (5)
Flusterstorm
Mindbreak Trap
Mystical Dispute
Pyroblast

Removal (3)
Chain of Vapor
Eliminate

Nothing too different here compared to last week. SingPanMan is still trying two copies of Opposition Agent. I have to say in my own testing I haven't found a time where it's been great. Usually it eats a counter (as well as one of our Dark Rituals). It slows down the opponent's mana base while not helping us resolve Doomsday. That all said, it must be a hoot to play in the mirror. Not to mention forcing the opponent to use one of their precious counters is not exactly a bad thing.

The Vintage Showcase Challenge is this week, so it'll be interesting to see how we place here. I am expecting Hullbreacher to be on the downswing. Non-Dredge Bazaar decks would be my guess for the most played. Tuned Xerox lists featuring a Hullbreacher or two and no wheels would be my second guess.

Best of luck to all you Doomsdayers playing!