Top 8 Vintage – Player Profiles

Posted in Event Coverage on August 5, 2011

By Nate Price

A longtime member of the Pro Tour and Grand Prix coverage staff, Nate Price now works making beautiful words for all of you lovely people as the community manager for organized play. When not covering events, he lords over the @MagicProTour Twitter account, ruling with an iron fist.
Name: Stephen Menendian
Age: 31
Hometown: Columbus, Ohio
How long have you been playing Vintage? 17 years
How many times have you played in the Vintage Championship, and what was your best finish? 7 times, with one win
Where do you play Vintage locally? The Soldier
What deck did you play, and why?Bob/Gush control, because Bob and Gush are two of the top draw engines in Vintage. Paul Mastriano is playing my deck too
What is the coolest recent innovation or new card to hit Vintage?Slash Panther
What is your favorite Vintage-only card?Gush
If you could take home another recommissioned piece of art, like the Time Walk being given away here today, what would you like to see done?Sol Ring

 

Name: Joseph Charles Brown
Age: 30
Hometown: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
How long have you been playing Vintage? Actively since 2010, casually since Revised
How many times have you played in the Vintage Championship, and what was your best finish? This is my first Vintage Championships
Where do you play Vintage locally? Alternate Universe in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, Full of Win Games in Clarks Summit Pennsylvania, Topdeck Games in Westmont, New Jersey
What deck did you play, and why? Bishop's Painter. The Vintage metagame has become very blue heavy, and this version prey on blue decks
What is the coolest recent innovation or new card to hit Vintage? Mike Noble creating Slash Panther.dec
What is your favorite Vintage-only card?Timetwister
If you could take home another recommissioned piece of art, like the Time Walk being given away here today, what would you like to see done?Time Vault

 

Name: Paul Mastriano
Age: 29
Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
How long have you been playing Vintage? 1996 – when they called it "Type One"
How many times have you played in the Vintage Championship, and what was your best finish? Played four times, made the top 8 three times, won in 2008.
Where do you play Vintage locally? Blue Bell, Pennsylvania and New York
What deck did you play, and why? Meandeck Gush-Bob – I play a tournament almost every weekend and my teammates and I felt the two best decks were Gush and Suicide Jace Vault. Our deck is a combination of the two.
What is the coolest recent innovation or new card to hit Vintage? The Show and Tell Oath deck
What is your favorite Vintage-only card?Time Walk
If you could take home another recommissioned piece of art, like the Time Walk being given away here today, what would you like to see done? Awesome Vintage-only staples: Mana Drain, Mishra's Workshop, Mana Crypt, Sol Ring, Bazaar of Baghdad, Tolarian Academy, Library of Alexandria, Time Vault

 

Name: Rich Shay
Age: 30
Hometown: Norwood, Massachusetts (currently in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
How long have you been playing Vintage? Since Unlimited
How many times have you played in the Vintage Championship, and what was your best finish? Four times, second place
Where do you play Vintage locally? The university center at Carnegie Mellon University
What deck did you play, and why?Gush. It is explosive and powerful, and also able to drag opponents into long games. It combines good qualities of control decks and combo decks
What is the coolest recent innovation or new card to hit Vintage?Mental Misstep and cutting Time Vault
What is your favorite Vintage-only card?Gush, since Brainstorm and Mindslave see play in other formats
If you could take home another recommissioned piece of art, like the Time Walk being given away here today, what would you like to see done?Library of Alexandria! Or… Bazaar of Baghdad!!! Also, Library of Alexandria (especially).

 

Name: Joseph Bogaard
Age: 23
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
How long have you been playing Vintage? 7-8 years
How many times have you played in the Vintage Championship, and what was your best finish? I have played twice – this is my best finish
Where do you play Vintage locally? I don't have anywhere
What deck did you play, and why? BUG Fish, because I felt comfortable with it after the preliminaries on Thursday, and it has strong pre-board games vs blue and workshop decks.
What is the coolest recent innovation or new card to hit Vintage?Jace, the Mind Sculptor is still good even in a format with Ancestral Recall and Black Lotus
What is your favorite Vintage-only card? I love casting Yawgmoth's Will, even though I am not playing it today
If you could take home another recommissioned piece of art, like the Time Walk being given away here today, what would you like to see done?Bazaar of Baghdad, Library of Alexandria, Mana Drain, Mishra's Workshop, Tolarian Academy, Sol Ring, Yawgmoth's Will

 

Name: Ryan Glackin
Age: 31
Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
How long have you been playing Vintage? Semi-competitively, about 5 years. Casually, forever.
How many times have you played in the Vintage Championship, and what was your best finish? Four times. I made top 8 last year
Where do you play Vintage locally? Alternate Universes, Blue Bell. Brothers Grimm, Selden New York, soon to be Top Deck Games, Westmont New Jersey.
What deck did you play, and why? Cat Stax Fever, because I've been running pretty well with it lately. Also because blue decks give me headaches
What is the coolest recent innovation or new card to hit Vintage?Slash Panther and Phyrexian Metamorph. Decks built by Mike Noble consisting mostly of 4-ofs.
What is your favorite Vintage-only card?Slash Panther! Meow!
If you could take home another recommissioned piece of art, like the Time Walk being given away here today, what would you like to see done?Mishra's Workshop
Name: Mark Hornung Jr.
Age: 23
Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
How long have you been playing Vintage? Two years
How many times have you played in the Vintage Championship, and what was your best finish? Twice, with my best finish so far being 17th.
Where do you play Vintage locally? With Nick Coss or Nick Detwiler
What deck did you play, and why? It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia [Sun Titan Dredge] because Matt Elias said I am a pro deck flipper.
What is the coolest recent innovation or new card to hit Vintage? Mike Noble creating Mike Noble Fish and Cat Stax Fever
What is your favorite Vintage-only card?Bazaar of Baghdad (obv!)

 

Name: Nicholas Coss
Age: 26
Hometown: Moorestown, New Jersey
How long have you been playing Vintage? Eight years.
How many times have you played in the Vintage Championship, and what was your best finish? Three times, 11th last year, top 8 this year
Where do you play Vintage locally? I run the Philadelphia area Vintage tournaments, so I don't get to play as often as I like. NYSE tournaments are great when I get the chance to play.
What deck did you play, and why? "Minus Six" AKA Worldgorger Dragon combo. It is very resilient for a combo deck, and it is very fast.
What is the coolest recent innovation or new card to hit Vintage? Mike Noble seeing the power of Slash Panther, and creating "Cat Stax Fever"
What is your favorite Vintage-only card?Yawgmoth's Bargain
If you could take home another recommissioned piece of art, like the Time Walk being given away here today, what would you like to see done?Bazaar of Baghdad, Mishra's Workshop or Mana Drain

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