Vintage Doomsday Deck List Analysis for 2022.02.06-07

Tinker, Aggro Shops, Hogaak and 4C DRS were the most played decks this weekend.
As long as Tinker remains the top deck, Doomsday is going to have to look towards speed and disruption while trying to respect the remaining decks in the format.

Saturday Challenge


MaxMagicer (2nd Place)

Creatures (6)
Street Wraith
Thassa's Oracle

Sorceries (14)
Demonic Tutor
Doomsday
Duress
Gitaxian Probe
Ponder
Preordain
Sleight of Hand
Time Walk

Instants (22)
Ancestral Recall
Brainstorm
Dark Ritual
Daze
Demonic Consultation
Dig Through Time
Flusterstorm
Force of Negation
Force of Will
Gush
Mental Misstep
Mystical Tutor
Vampiric Tutor

Artifacts (3)
Black Lotus
Mox Jet
Mox Sapphire

Enchantments (1)
Necropotence
Lands (14)
Flooded Strand
Island
Misty Rainforest
Scalding Tarn
Underground Sea

Sideboard (15)
Island
Duress
Fatal Push
Leyline of the Void
Mindbreak Trap
Opposition Agent
Steel Sabotage
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale

Vertyx_ (15th Place)

Creatures (6)
Street Wraith
Thassa's Oracle

Sorceries (13)
Demonic Tutor
Doomsday
Gitaxian Probe
Ponder
Portent
Preordain
Time Walk

Instants (23)
Ancestral Recall
Brainstorm
Dark Ritual
Daze
Demonic Consultation
Dig Through Time
Flusterstorm
Force of Negation
Force of Will
Gush
Mental Misstep
Mystical Dispute
Mystical Tutor
Vampiric Tutor

Artifacts (3)
Black Lotus
Mox Jet
Mox Sapphire

Enchantments (1)
Necropotence
Lands (14)
Flooded Strand
Island
Misty Rainforest
Polluted Delta
Scalding Tarn
Underground Sea

Sideboard (15)
Island
Duress
Energy Flux
Fatal Push
Leyline of the Void
Mindbreak Trap
Opposition Agent
Steel Sabotage
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale

duke12 (31st Place)

Creatures (6)
Street Wraith
Thassa's Oracle

Sorceries (13)
Demonic Tutor
Doomsday
Gitaxian Probe
Merchant Scroll
Ponder
Preordain
Time Walk

Instants (23)
Ancestral Recall
Brainstorm
Dark Ritual
Daze
Demonic Consultation
Dig Through Time
Flusterstorm
Force of Negation
Force of Will
Gush
Mental Misstep
Mystical Dispute
Mystical Tutor
Vampiric Tutor

Artifacts (3)
Black Lotus
Mox Jet
Mox Sapphire

Enchantments (1)
Necropotence
Lands (14)
Flooded Strand
Island
Misty Rainforest
Polluted Delta
Scalding Tarn
Underground Sea

Sideboard (15)
Island
Duress
Fatal Push
Leyline of the Void
Murktide Regent
Opposition Agent
Steel Sabotage
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale

Qualifier

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 (22)
Ancestral Recall
Brainstorm
Dark Ritual
Daze
Demonic Consultation
Dig Through Time
Flusterstorm
Force of Negation
Force of Will
Gush
Mental Misstep
Mystical Tutor
Vampiric Tutor
Lands (14)
Fetch Lands
Island
Underground Sea

Artifacts (3)
Black Lotus
Mox Jet
Mox Sapphire

Enchantments (1)
Necropotence

Sideboard (10)
Island
Leyline of the Void
Opposition Agent
Steel Sabotage
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale

MaxMagicer (2nd Place) Differences

Main (2)
Duress
Sleight of Hand
Sideboard (5)
Duress
Fatal Push
Mindbreak Trap
Steel Sabotage

Vertyx_ (15th Place) Differences

Main (2)
Mystical Dispute
Portent
Sideboard (5)
Duress
Energy Flux
Fatal Push
Mindbreak Trap

duke12 (31st Place) Differences

Main (2)
Merchant Scroll
Mystical Dispute
Sideboard (5)
Duress
Fatal Push
Murktide Regent
Steel Sabotage

Bullwinkkle6705 (21st Place) Differences

Main (2)
Mystical Dispute
Portent
Sideboard (5)
Murktide Regent
Steel Sabotage

ConnorM426 (3-1) Differences

Main (2)
Merchant Scroll
Mystical Dispute
Sideboard (5)
Duress
Fatal Push
Hurkyl's Recall
Steel Sabotage

Vertyx_ (5-0) Differences

Main (2)
Mystical Dispute
Portent
Sideboard (5)
Duress
Energy Flux
Fatal Push
Mindbreak Trap

Total Differences

Tutor (2)
Merchant Scroll

Draw (4)
Portent
Sleight of Hand

Counters (5)
Mystical Dispute

Discard (1)
Duress
Sideboard

Graveyard (1)
Hurkyl's Recall

Artifacts (6)
Steel Sabotage
Energy Flux

Discard (5)
Duress

Creatures (5)
Murktide Regent

Counters (3)
Mindbreak Trap

Removal (10)
10 Fatal Push

Thoughts

The main differences are really slim this week, and the sides are almost identical as well.


Merchant Scroll showing up again tells me that players are wanting to find Force of Will to resolve Doomsday or trying to get more card advantage with Ancestral Recall. While our targets are slim, taking a turn to find what we need might be helpful. Then again, we see this in a Preliminary and 31st place list. My money is on a cantrip being a better use of the slot.
Main discard also seems like a solid choice if we are dealing with a high number of blue decks, plus it can always take a sphere-effect from Shops. Assuming we get to make a turn one play.


Legacy players have been trying a more tempo build of Doomsday that plays Murktide Regent in the main. It's become a common one-of in Vintage sides, but Bullwinkkle6705 decided to put in a play-set to juke matchups. Against non-Pyroblast decks, it is a fearsome clock, but I worry there are too many Pyroblasts out there to make it effective enough.
I'm feeling it may be time to go back to two copies of Opposition Agent to make sure we are putting out threats at every possible moment to tax these Tinker decks.


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