Vintage Doomsday Deck List Analysis for 2021.03.01-07

Big week. Huuuge week. Doomsday won the Showcase Challenge (Well, it was a prize split, but still, top 2!). Lots of decks to go through. Let's get started.

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
Daze
Demonic Consultation
Flusterstorm
Force of Will
Gush
Mental Misstep
Mystical Tutor
Vampiric Tutor
Lands (13)
Fetch Lands
Island
Underground Sea

Artifacts (3)
Black Lotus
Mox Jet
Mox Sapphire

Enchantments (1)
Necropotence

Sideboard (11)
Fatal Push
Island
Leyline of the Void
Steel Sabotage

Enrichetta's Differences

Main (5)
Dig Through Time
Fetch Land
Force of Negation
Mystical Dispute
Portent
Sideboard (4)
Library of Alexandria
Mindbreak Trap
Opposition Agent
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale

Diem4x's Differences

Main (5)
Dig Through Time
Fetch Land
Force of Negation
Mystical Dispute
Portent
Sideboard (4)
Duress
Mindbreak Trap
Opposition Agent
Tasigur, the Golden Fang

MaxMagicer's Differences

Main (5)
Dig Through Time
Fetch Land
Force of Negation
Mystical Dispute
Portent
Sideboard (4)
Duress
Mindbreak Trap
Opposition Agent
Tasigur, the Golden Fang

Matti (18th Place) Differences

Main (5)
Duress
Fetch Land
Force of Negation
Mystical Dispute
Sideboard (4)
Annul
Defense Grid
Duress
Fatal Push

ScreenwriterNY's Differences

Main (5)
Cling to Dust
Dig Through Time
Mystic Sanctuary
Mystical Dispute
Treasure Cruise
Sideboard (4)
Duress
Gurmag Angler
Opposition Agent
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale

discoverN (8th Place) Differences

Main (5)
Dig Through Time
Fetch Land
Force of Negation
Mystical Dispute
Portent
Sideboard (4)
Library of Alexandria
Mindbreak Trap
Opposition Agent
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale

IdraftTheBeatz (26th Place) Differences

Main (5)
Dig Through Time
Fetch Land
Force of Negation
Mystical Dispute
Portent
Sideboard (4)
Library of Alexandria
Mindbreak Trap
Opposition Agent
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale

bja (5-0) Differences

Main (5)
Dig Through Time
Duress
Fetch Land
Force of Negation
Sensei's Divining Top
Sideboard (4)
Library of Alexandria
Mindbreak Trap
Opposition Agent
Tasigur, the Golden Fang

Total Differences

Draw (15)
Cling to Dust
Dig Through Time
Portent
Sensei's Divining Top
Treasure Cruise

Counters (14)
Force of Negation
Mystical Dispute

Discard (3)
Duress
Lands (8)
Fetch Lands
Mystic Sanctuary

Sideboard

Artifacts (1)
Annul

Discard (4)
Duress

Disruption (1)
Defense Grid

Creatures (11)
Gurmag Angler
Opposition Agent
Tasigur, the Golden Fang

Lands (4)
Library of Alexandria

Counters (6)
Mindbreak Trap

Removal (5)
Fatal Push
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale

Thoughts

Once again we see Matti running a Duress over Dig Through Time. I'm still not sold on Annul, but I like seeing it. No copies of Watery Grave made it in this week, but there's one Mystic Sanctuary. Life matters a lot when Deathrite Shaman is out in numbers. Matti also bucks trends by not only running no Opposition Agent, but also no Delve creature.
Saturday's Top 8 had three copies of Doomsday, one Breach, one Prison Shops, one Jeskai, one Bant Archon and one BUG. Sunday's featured four DRS decks, one Aggro Shops and a Bant Archon deck along with the two Doomsday decks. Although BUG and Breach came out in high numbers, Doomsday still managed to do well.
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale is dropping off, and this makes sense. Bazaar pilots have been saying the increase in BUG has made for tougher tournaments for them. I haven't missed it, but I'll keep it ready for any resurgence.
What I find interesting is that three copies of Flusterstorm has become agreed upon. While it might be a liability if Shops decks begin to rise again, packing these copies seems to keep Breach at bay.
With BUG and Doomsday numbers this high, I am leaning towards discoverN's list this weekend. In the side I will likely drop Library of Alexandria for either a Duress or another Opposition Agent.


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