Vintage Doomsday Deck List Analysis for 2022.03.05-06

Congrats to discoverN for taking second in the Vintage Qualifier. We have a smattering of interesting choices in this week's lists as Daze slowly disappears from Doomsday.

Saturday Qualifier


discoverN (2nd Place)

Creatures (6)
Street Wraith
Thassa's Oracle

Sorceries (16)
Demonic Tutor
Doomsday
Duress
Gitaxian Probe
Merchant Scroll
Ponder
Portent
Preordain
Time Walk

Instants (20)
Ancestral Recall
Brainstorm
Dark Ritual
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
Misty Rainforest
Polluted Delta
Scalding Tarn
Snow-Covered Island
Underground Sea

Sideboard (15)
Force of Negation
Energy Flux
Fatal Push
Hydroblast
Island
Leyline of the Void
Mindbreak Trap
Steel Sabotage
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale

Vertyx_ (12th Place)

Creatures (6)
Street Wraith
Thassa's Oracle

Sorceries (15)
Demonic Tutor
Doomsday
Duress
Gitaxian Probe
Ponder
Preordain
Sleight of Hand
Time Walk

Instants (21)
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
Polluted Delta
Scalding Tarn
Underground Sea

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

revenantkioku (23rd Place)

Creatures (6)
Street Wraith
Thassa's Oracle

Sorceries (15)
Demonic Tutor
Doomsday
Duress
Gitaxian Probe
Ponder
Preordain
Sleight of Hand
Time Walk

Instants (21)
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
Polluted Delta
Scalding Tarn
Underground Sea
Watery Grave

Sideboard (15)
Island
Dress Down
Energy Flux
Fatal Push
Leyline of the Void
Mindbreak Trap
Opposition Agent
Steel Sabotage
Tasigur, the Golden Fang
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale

roter_Erzengel (30th 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
Polluted Delta
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

Folero (32nd Place)

Creatures (6)
Street Wraith
Thassa's Oracle

Sorceries (15)
Demonic Tutor
Doomsday
Duress
Gitaxian Probe
Ponder
Portent
Preordain
Time Walk

Instants (21)
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
Misty Rainforest
Polluted Delta
Scalding Tarn
Snow-Covered Island
Underground Sea

Sideboard (15)
Force of Negation
Energy Flux
Fatal Push
Hydroblast
Island
Leyline of the Void
Merchant Scroll
Mindbreak Trap
Steel Sabotage
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale

Sunday Challenge


Diem4x (3rd 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

Enrichetta (15th Place)

Creatures (6)
Street Wraith
Thassa's Oracle

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

Instants (24)
Ancestral Recall
Brainstorm
Consider
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
Misty Rainforest
Polluted Delta
Scalding Tarn
Island
Underground Sea

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

discoverN (20th Place)

Creatures (6)
Street Wraith
Thassa's Oracle

Sorceries (16)
Demonic Tutor
Doomsday
Duress
Gitaxian Probe
Merchant Scroll
Ponder
Portent
Preordain
Time Walk

Instants (20)
Ancestral Recall
Brainstorm
Dark Ritual
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
Misty Rainforest
Polluted Delta
Scalding Tarn
Snow-Covered Island
Underground Sea

Sideboard (15)
Force of Negation
Energy Flux
Fatal Push
Hydroblast
Island
Leyline of the Void
Mindbreak Trap
Steel Sabotage
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale

Preliminaries

League

Core and Differences

Core

Creatures (5)
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
Flusterstorm
Force of Negation
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 (10)
Fatal Push
Island
Leyline of the Void
Mindbreak Trap
Steel Sabotage
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale

discoverN (2nd Place) Differences

Main (6)
Duress
Fetch Land
Merchant Scroll
Portent
Street Wraith
Sideboard (5)
Energy Flux
Force of Negation
Hydroblast
Leyline of the Void
Steel Sabotage

Vertyx_ (12th Place) Differences

Main (6)
Daze
Duress
Fetch Land
Sleight of Hand
Street Wraith
Sideboard (5)
Dress Down
Energy Flux
Force of Negation
Leyline of the Void
Opposition Agent

revenantkioku (23rd Place) Differences

Main (6)
Daze
Duress
Sleight of Hand
Street Wraith
Watery Grave
Sideboard (5)
Dress Down
Energy Flux
Leyline of the Void
Opposition Agent
Tasigur, the Golden Fang

roter_Erzengel (30th Place) Differences

Main (6)
Daze
Duress
Fetch Land
Sleight of Hand
Street Wraith
Sideboard (5)
Duress
Fatal Push
Leyline of the Void
Opposition Agent
Steel Sabotage

Folero (32nd Place) Differences

Main (6)
Daze
Duress
Fetch Land
Portent
Street Wraith
Sideboard (5)
Energy Flux
Force of Negation
Hydroblast
Leyline of the Void
Merchant Scroll

Diem4x (3rd Place) Differences

Main (6)
Daze
Duress
Fetch Land
Sleight of Hand
Street Wraith
Sideboard (5)
Duress
Fatal Push
Leyline of the Void
Opposition Agent
Steel Sabotage

Enrichetta (15th Place) Differences

Main (6)
Consider
Daze
Fetch Land
Mystical Dispute
Street Wraith
Sideboard (5)
Fatal Push
Leyline of the Void
Opposition Agent
Pithing Needle
Steel Sabotage

discoverN (20th Place) Differences

Main (6)
Duress
Fetch Land
Merchant Scroll
Portent
Street Wraith
Sideboard (5)
Energy Flux
Force of Negation
Hydroblast
Leyline of the Void
Steel Sabotage

twinlesstwin (3-1) Differences

Main (6)
Consider
Daze
Duress
Sleight of Hand
Watery Grave
Sideboard (5)
Dress Down
Energy Flux
Murktide Regent

JesusPersonal (5-0) Differences

Main (6)
Daze
Fetch Land
Mystical Dispute
Portent
Street Wraith
Sideboard (5)
Energy Flux
Leyline of the Void
Murktide Regent
Opposition Agent

Total Differences

Tutors (2)
Merchant Scroll

Draw (20)
Consider
Portent
Sleight of Hand
Street Wraith

Counters (14)
12 Daze
Mystical Dispute

Discard (14)
14 Duress

L⁣⁣ands (10)
Fetch Lands
Watery Grave
Sideboard

Graveyard (10)
Leyline of the Void
Pithing Needle

Artifacts (13)
Energy Flux
Steel Sabotage

Tutors (1)
Merchant Scroll

Discard (2)
Duress

Creatures (10)
Murktide Regent
Opposition Agent
Tasigur, the Golden Fang

Counters (7)
Force of Negation
Hydroblast

Removal (7)
Dress Down
Fatal Push

Thoughts

Core: 54 Main, 10 Side


Duress seems to have replaced Daze in plenty of lists. Being proactive seems to be necessary right now. With all the Tinker decks playing plenty of mana sources, Daze just gets worse with each passing turn. Sure, Doomsday can win turn one, but the value of Daze just keeps going down and down.
My suspicion that discoverN was testing Merchant Scroll in the side seems likely true, as it moved to his main list this week. Watching a few replays from the Qualifier, I didn't actually seem him play it. But in my own testing the ability to grab a counter before going off, or Ancestral Recall or Dig Through Time made it feel nicer than Daze in a number of situations.
I imagine twinlesstwin was testing if Consider was better than a Street Wraith, and while there are benefits of being able to dig deeper, I doubt giving up on the speed is worth it. Mystical Dispute has all but disappeared from lists, and Sleight of Hand is proving to be slightly more popular than Portent. Getting the card now can be very important, and we're not likely using Portent on our opponents these days.


Other than discoverN choosing to not play any creatures in the sideboard, there's nothing particularly unique this week. Hydroblast has yet to catch on, and Dress Down is less popular. I've been very impressed with its ability to buy me time and get me out of sticky situations, but it clashing with Thassa's Oracle is a serious concern.

My gut feeling is Bazaar decks are going to be rampant soon, so I wouldn't remove any of the hate from the sideboard. Energy Flux has been proving to be a solid card against Tinker, but I've also noticed Flusterstorm has been rotting in my hand while my opponents have tons of mana available. It might be time a Volcanic Island and some Pyroblasts, but they unfortunately do not pitch to Force of Will.

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