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Let’s take a break from Strixhaven Analysis and let’s lead to the shores of a remote island: the one called Vintage Format!
I’m going to show you a very interesting take on an evergreen archetype in this format, Golos Stax.
Mono Brown decks, also known as Mono Artifact decks, had been around in Vintage for a very long time and this is because of the incredible sprint that cards like Mishra’s Workshop, Tolarian Academy, and the moxes can provide to cast hate-cards like Trinisphere and Chalice of the Void as early as turn one, and that’s generally a solid strategy against the predominant blue decks that monopolize the meta. These hate cards are generally followed by expensive win conditions such as Wurmcoil Engine.
GOLOS STAX – DECKLIST
The list that I’m going to talk about has some spicy cards in it. Here it is!
So, what do we have here?
We are merging the solid and already tested Golos Stax toolbox strategy, with the Leyline of the Void and Helm of Obedience combo.
The very first important thing to understand about why we are doing this is because of the extreme presence of graveyard-based decks in the format. Dredge and Underworld Breach Combo
are powerful and popular decks that we need to address and 4 Leyline of the Void in our maindeck is certainly a nice way to deal with that hitch.
Furthermore, this kind of Prison decks tend to be really good at locking games but not at finishing them and sometimes, it becomes impossible to beat decks that have some kind of inevitability and having a fast, reliable combo in the deck can win us a lot of games from nowhere (the Time Vault/Mirage Mirror combo is sketchier to assemble since the Vault is limited to 1 copy).
GOLOS STAX – MAIN DECK
Of course, we have 4 copies of Golos, Tireless Pilgrim as it is a very efficient way to ramp up mana, to block opposing creatures and, most importantly, having acces to utility lands such as The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale, Bojuka Bog, Karakas (that we can use to bounce our own Golos!) and to win the game with another good combo with Dark Depths/Thespian’s Stage.
We play all the Moxes, Black Lotus, Mana Crypt and Sol Ring to increase the chances of playing Thorn of Amethist or Sphere of Resistance on our first turn so it is really important to keep hands with at least 1 of these hate cards, since combo decks in vintage are really explosive and they can win quite easily on turn 1 or 2.
We play 1 copy of Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth that we can fetch for with Golos‘s ability in order to cast Leyline of the Void just in case we draw them later in the game. We can also cast them with the help of the Black Lotus, of course.
Even if we’re playing three different combos in our deck, we are not a combo deck and our main goal is to lock our Opponent as much as possible.
I love the versatility of the deck, and I think that it is very well positioned in the meta thanks to its many angles of attack.
GOLOS STACK – SIDEBOARD GUIDE
Regarding the sideboard, it is pretty straight foreward. Although Stony Silence effects are great in Vintage, unfortunately Karn, the Great Creator is restricted to one copy per deck and building our sideboard accordingly and then play only one copy of it, is not a path that I would recommend to follow.
Let’s see how I would face the most popular matchups in the format.
Basically, our plan is to attack them from all the angles as this is not an easy matchup due their counterspells, Collector Ouphes and removal for permanents.
Mirrors are not that good in an empy board and that’s the reason I like to cut them after sideboard.
Stonecoil Serpents are good in the matchup as they can’t be targeted by Abrupt Decay.
As we’ve already said, we are kinda prepared for these graveyard matchup with our maindeck, but things get tricky as they’ll have access to 4 copies of Force of Vigor post board: try to not expose too many graveyard hate cards at the same time (keep one in your hand, if you can), and always take mulligans if you don’t have at least one piece of hate in your opening hand.
I probably would not side in anything except for 2 copies of Crucible of Worlds since our denial strategy is already pretty effective against them and Wasteland their lands every turn is generally enough to win.
Postboard could be rough because they have 4 Shattering Spree and their removal comes in form of Swords to Plowshares so Stonecoil Serpent is not that good. A good lock and the Helm combo will get us the game.
Very important is to figure out how equipped they are against the Marit Lage combo during game 1 since lists can vary a lot.
This is one of those match up I mentioned early when I was talking about fast combos to use against decks that have inevitability. We side in Stonecoil Serpent beacuse they can at least trade with some of their attackers.
I would say that Golos Stax is a good one to start playing the Vintage Format as it requires key principles to keep in mind and it is capable to do very broken stuff which makes possible to win a lot even if you’re not familiar with the format.
I hope that this read might be useful to the some of you who wanted to give Vintage a try, it is pretty fun to play with the strong Power 9 cards and broken strategies between a modern match and the next one.
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