Vintage Doomsday Deck List Analysis for 2021.01.16-17

Congrats to discoverN on the back to back challenge victories running the same list! There's some interesting things to look at this week, so let's get digging.

Saturday Showcase Challenge

Sunday Challenge

Preliminaries

League


Core and Differences

Core

Creatures (6)
Street Wraith
Thassa's Oracle

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

Instants (20)
Ancestral Recall
Brainstorm
Dark Ritual
Demonic Consultation
Dig Through Time
Daze
Force of Will
Flusterstorm
Gush
Mental Misstep
Mystical Tutor
Vampiric Tutor
Lands (13)
Island
Fetch Lands
Underground Sea

Artifacts (3)
Black Lotus
Mox Sapphire
Mox Jet

Enchantments (1)
Necropotence

Sideboard (8)
Steel Sabotage
Leyline of the Void
Island

discoverN (1st Place) Differences

Draw (1)
Portent

Counters (3)
Force of Negation
Flusterstorm
Mystical Dispute
Lands (1)
Fetch Land

Sideboard

Graveyard (1)
Leyline of the Void

Creatures (1)
Opposition Agent

Lands (1)
Library of Alexandria

Counters (1)
Mindbreak Trap

Removal (3)
Fatal Push
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale

Clone9 (5-0) Differences

Draw (1)
Peek

Counters (2)
Flusterstorm
Force of Negation

Bounce (1)
Chain of Vapor
Lands (1)
Watery Grave

Sideboard

Graveyard (3)
Leyline of the Void
Ravenous Trap

Creatures (2)
Opposition Agent

Removal (2)
Fatal Push
Snuff Out

Diem4x (27th Place) Differences

Draw (1)
Sleight of Hand

Counters (2)
Flusterstorm
Mystical Dispute

Discard (1)
Duress
Lands (1)
Watery Grave

Sideboard

Graveyard (1)
Leyline of the Void

Discard (1)
Duress

Creatures (2)
Gurmag Angler
Opposition Agent

Counters (1)
Force of Negation

Removal (2)
Fatal Push
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale

Nammersquats (3-1) Differences

Draw (1)
Treasure Cruise

Counters (1)
Force of Negation

Discard (1)
Duress

Bounce (1)
Chain of Vapor
Lands (1)
Fetch Land

Sideboard

Graveyard (1)
Surgical Extraction

Discard (1)
Duress

Creatures (1)
Tasigur, the Golden Fang

Counters (1)
Flusterstorm

Removal (3)
Eliminate
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale

DinoBelcher_BogBoyz (26th Place) Differences

Draw (1)
Treasure Cruise

Counters (1)
Force of Negation

Bounce (1)
Chain of Vapor
Lands (2)
Duress
Fetch Land

Sideboard

Graveyard (1)
Leyline of the Void

Discard (1)
Duress

Creatures (2)
Opposition Agent
Tasigur, the Golden Fang

Counters (1)
Flusterstorm

Removal (2)
Fatal Push
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale

MaxMagicer (4-0) Differences

Draw (1)
Opt

Counters (2)
Flusterstorm
Mystical Dispute

Discard (1)
Duress
Lands (1)
Watery Grave

Sideboard

Graveyard (1)
Leyline of the Void

Discard (1)
Duress

Creatures (2)
Gurmag Angler
Opposition Agent

Counters (1)
Force of Negation

Removal (2)
Fatal Push
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale

Total Differences

Draw (6)
Opt
Peek
Portent
Sleight of Hand
Treasure Cruise

Counters (11)
Mystical Dispute
Flusterstorm
Force of Negation

Discard (4)
Duress

Bounce (3)
Chain of Vapor
Lands (6)
Fetch Lands
Watery Grave

Sideboard

Graveyard (8)
Leyline of the Void
Ravenous Trap
Surgical Extraction

Discard (4)
Duress

Creatures (10)
Tasigur, the Golden Fang
Gurmag Angler
Opposition Agent

Lands (1)
Library of Alexandria

Counters (5)
Force of Negation
Flusterstorm
Mindbreak Trap

Removal (14)
Eliminate
Fatal Push
Snuff Out
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale

Thoughts

Four Street Wraith has become almost standard. Speed is important right now. Everyone was only running one draw spell in their flex slots this week. (Well, three if we count two of the extra Street Wraiths.) But here was quite some variance. MaxMagicer's use of Opt is curious. I'd prefer the information Peek provides, even though Opt digs deeper. discoverN is still on Portent, and after a few games with it, I have to admit it is a strong card.
Everyone was on a Watery Grave or an extra Fetch Land. We also had the normal variety of counters, bounce and discard show up.
Nothing particularly stands out in the sideboards this week. Fatal Push was generally preferred over Eliminate. Snuff Out is interesting, but the cost seems high. Gurmag Angler is still a "mirror breaker" of choice, but Opposition Agent is likely better.

Since discoverN did so well this weekend, I decided to give his list a spin. I found it to be solid. (That's obvious.) But after a couple of games with it, I missed the interactions offered by Chain of Vapor and Duress. The fact that his list runs neither surprises me. Still, those cards may be for helping you not lose more than they are there to help you win.

I would likely drop one Flusterstorm for either Chain or Duress main and put the other in the side. But then again, I am not winning back-to-back challenges.

I have to admit, I had my doubts about Library of Alexandria. But after opening with it a few times against Xerox decks, I'm in love. One opponent got upset in chat, claiming they were "90-10" to win the game, ignoring that I drew six cards with Library. The beauty of Library and Necropotence should be obvious. Although it happens rarely.


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Best of luck to everyone playing!