XIII MTG Old Frame League Winner Prize. Foil Demonic Tutor.

XIII MTG Old Frame League

The summer season in the Northern Hemisphere may have slowed down a little bit the pace, but there is no stopping the Old Frame machine. Between July and September 2022 we celebrated the XIII MTG Old Frame League in our classic Old Frame Vintage format.

Twelve players registered for the league, leaving us with three very competitive groups. As usual, the pairings were aleatory, but we kept in consideration the time zone and IRL needs of every player to the best of our possibilities. So don’t let worries on how you can combine the league with other commitments stop you for joining us!

XIII MTG Old Frame League Groups.
Groups of the XIII MTG Old Frame League.

A single round-robin was the first step for all of the participants in order to get their hands on one of the coolest prizes ever. An altered foil Demonic Tutor. Our second custom-made altered foil prize (after the Mystical Tutor of the XII MTG Old Frame League).

XIII MTG Old Frame League Winner Prize. Foil Demonic Tutor.
XIII MTG Old Frame League Winner Prize. Foil Demonic Tutor.

This league saw an impressive 10 different archetypes played with only two players running Hulk Smash and two commanding The Perfect Storm as the only duplicates. It was awesome to see some cards being played in the league for the first time, like Biorhythm.

After the group stage was over, there was a tie for the best second that meant an extra tie-breaker match had to be played. David Aparicio‘s High Tide vs Phil Thorson‘s Elves. And what a match it was! Pity no one recorded it!

XIII MTG Old Frame League Group Standings.
Standings after the group stage of the XIII MTG Old Frame League.

Top 4

David managed to beat the Elves in the tie-breaker and thus we had our semi-finals pairings! Aparicio was to play Karl Akbari, while Dave Kaplan would face Juan Espadas.

XIII MTG Old Frame League Brackets.
Top 4 pairings of the XIII MTG Old Frame League.

The first semifinal was an incredible match. Juan Espadas was running Bear Deck Wins while Karl Akbari played Hulk Smash. The match was streamed live as a collaboration with Youtube’s Old School MTG Channel and commented live by the channel owner, Resti, and Vedast Sanxis (in Spanish). Here is the video of that match.

In the second semifinal Dave Kaplan, one of the greatest performers in the Old Frame Vintage format, beat David Aparicio 2-1 with his TPS to make it 4 final appearances in only five leagues. The previous three had finished with him victorious, would the streak continue?

Finals

Everything was ready for the XIII MTG Old Frame League Final. And it would be the third time Karl Akbari and Dave Kaplan would face each other in the last match of the tournament after the VIII and IX league.

In fact, with the exception of the X League, that was played in the Old Frame Commander format, Dave and Karl had won the last four leagues, and one of them was about to win it again.

Unfortunately for Karl, the third encounter of both players in the Final was not the charm. Dave Kaplan made it an impressive 4 out of 4 in finals won and 4 out of 5 tournaments played. The first player ever to win 4 leagues and thus, the current king of Old Frame Vintage. Definitely worthy of the foil Demonic Tutor.

Congratulations Dave on the win, and Karl, it seems like you have found yourself a final boss. Best of luck in the next league! The last league of 2022!


Would you like to try your luck and skill against Dave, Karl and the rest of us? The registration for the XIV MTG Old Frame League Online will be open on this link until Monday October 31st.

Join us either on Discord or Facebook as we continue to work on bigger and better tournaments both in Old Frame Vintage and the rest of Old Frame formats.

MTG Old Frame League Decks

Here is a complete list of the decks that played the XIII MTG Old Frame League, for your inspiration and to study the metagame!

The Perfect Storm – Dave Kaplan – First Place

The Perfect Storm - Dave Kaplan - First Place.

ARTIFACTS (14)

1 Black Lotus
1 Grim Monolith
1 Lotus Petal
1 Mana Vault
1 Mana Crypt
1 Memory Jar
1 Mox Emerald
1 Mox Jet
1 Mox Pearl
1 Mox Ruby
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Sol Ring
1 Time Vault
1 Voltaic Key

INSTANTS (18)

1 Ancestral Recall
4 Brainstorm
4 Dark Ritual
4 Force of Will
1 Hurkyl’s Recall
1 Meditate
1 Mystical Tutor
1 Red Elemental Blast
1 Vampiric Tutor

SORCERIES (14)

1 Demonic Tutor
4 Duress 1 Merchant Scroll
1 Mind’s Desire
1 Tendrils of Agony
1 Timetwister
1 Time Walk
1 Tinker
1 Wheel of Fortune
1 Windfall
1 Yawgmoth’s Will

ENCHANTMENT (2)

1 Necropotence
1 Yawgmoth’s Bargain

LANDS (12)

1 Flooded Strand
1 Island
4 Polluted Delta
1 Swamp
1 Tolarian Academy
3 Underground Sea
1 Volcanic Island

SIDEBOARD (15)

1 Chain of Vapor
2 Hurkyl’s Recall
1 Library of Alexandria
1 Mind Twist
3 Phyrexian Negator
1 Pyroblast
1 Pyroclasm
1 Rack and Ruin 2 Red Elemental Blast
2 Tormod’s Crypt

Hulk Smash – Karl Akbari – Second Place

Hulk Smash - Karl Akbari - Second Place.

ARTIFACTS (7)

1 Black Lotus
1 Mox Emerald
1 Mox Jet
1 Mox Pearl
1 Mox Ruby
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Sol Ring

CREATURES (2)

2 Psychatog

INSTANTS (26)

4 Accumulated Knowledge
1 Ancestral Recall
4 Brainstorm
3 Cunning Wish
1 Fact or Fiction
4 Force of Will
1 Gush
2 Intuition
4 Mana Drain
1 Mystical Tutor
1 Vampiric Tutor

SORCERIES (9)

2 Deep Analysis
1 Demonic Tutor
2 Duress 1 Merchant Scroll
1 Regrowth
1 Time Walk
1 Yawgmoth’s Will

LANDS (16)

3 Flooded Strand
2 Island
1 Library of Alexandria
4 Polluted Delta
2 Tropical Island
4 Underground Sea

SIDEBOARD (15)

1 Berserk
1 Chain of Vapor
1 Crumble
2 Duress
1 Hurkyl’s Recall
2 Misdirection
1 Naturalize
2 Pernicious Deed
1 Skeletal Scryings
1 Smother
1 Snuff Out
1 Stifle

Bear Deck Wins – Juan Espadas – Semi-Finalist

Bear Deck Wins - Juan Espadas - Semi-Finalist.

ARTIFACTS (7)

1 Black Lotus
1 Mox Emerald
1 Mox Pearl
1 Mox Sapphire
3 Null Rod

CREATURES (12)

4 Meddling Mage
4 Nimble Mongoose
4 Werebear

INSTANTS (21)

1 Ancestral Recall
4 Brainstorm
2 Daze
1 Fact or Fiction
4 Force of Will
1 Gush
2 Opt
4 Stifle
2 Swords to Plowshares

SORCERIES (2)

1 Merchant Scroll
1 Time Walk

LANDS (18)

2 Flooded Strand
1 Island
4 Polluted Delta
1 Strip Mine
3 Tropical Island
3 Tundra
4 Wasteland

SIDEBOARD (15)

1 Arcane Laboratory
1 Balance
1 Blue Elemental Blast
2 Compost
1 Disenchant
1 Hydroblast
1 Mana Drain
1 Misdirection
3 Naturalize
1 Null Rod
2 Swords to Plowshares

High Tide – David Aparicio – Semi-Finalist

High Tide - David Aparicio - Semi-Finalist.

ARTIFACTS (5)

1 Black Lotus
3 Candelabra of Tawnos
1 Mox Sapphire

INSTANTS (31)

1 Ancestral Recall
1 Brain Freeze
4 Brainstorm
1 Chain of Vapor
3 Cunning Wish
1 Fact or Fiction
4 Force of Will
1 Frantic Search
4 High Tide
2 Impulse
3 Mana Drain
3 Meditate
1 Mystical Tutor
2 Turnabout

SORCERIES (6)

1 Merchant Scroll
1 Mind’s Desire
1 Time Spiral
1 Time Walk
1 Timetwister
1 Windfall

LANDS (18)

3 Flooded Strand
11 Island
1 Library of Alexandria
3 Polluted Delta

SIDEBOARD (15)

3 Back to Basics
1 Brain Freeze
2 Defense Grid
2 Disrupt
1 Hurkyl’s Recall
1 Hydroblast
1 Meditate
1 Misdirection
1 Stroke of Genius
1 Stifle
1 Turnabout

Elves – Phil Thorson

Elves - Phil Thorson.

ARTIFACTS (2)

1 Black Lotus
1 Mox Emerald

CREATURES (33)

1 Anger
3 Birchlore Rangers
3 Deranged Hermit
4 Fyndhorn Elves
4 Llanowar Elves
4 Multani’s Acolyte
4 Priest of Titania
4 Quirion Ranger
1 Squee, Goblin Nabob
1 Sylvan Messenger
4 Wirewood Symbiote

INSTANTS (1)

1 Ancestral Recall

SORCERIES (4)

2 Biorhythm 1 Demonic Tutor 1 Time Walk

ENCHANTMENTS (4)

4 Survival of the Fittest

LANDS (16)

1 Bayou
1 Forest
4 Gaea’s Cradle
1 Taiga
1 Tropical Island
4 Windswept Heath
4 Wooded Foothills

SIDEBOARD (15)

2 Defense Grid
4 Duress
1 Genesis
1 Nantuko Vigilante
3 Naturalize
1 Null Rod
1 Spore Frog
2 Tormod’s Crypt

Rector Trix – Alexander Caviris

ARTIFACTS (9)

1 Black Lotus
1 Mana Crypt
1 Mana Vault
1 Mox Emerald
1 Mox Jet
1 Mox Pearl
1 Mox Ruby
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Sol Ring

CREATURES (4)

4 Academy Rector

INSTANTS (14)

1 Ancestral Recall
4 Brainstorm
1 Crop Rotation
4 Force of Will
2 Misdirection
1 Mystical Tutor
1 Vampiric Tutor

SORCERIES (13)

4 Cabal Therapy
1 Demonic Tutor
1 Donate
2 Duress
1 Merchant Scroll
1 Regrowth
1 Time Walk
1 Timetwister
1 Yawgmoth’s Will

ENCHANTMENTS (6)

1 Form of the Dragon
2 Illusions of Grandeur
1 Mind Over Matter
1 Sylvan Library
1 Yawgmoth’s Bargain

LANDS (12)

1 Flooded Strand
1 Library of Alexandria
1 Phyrexian Tower
2 Polluted Delta
1 The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale
2 Tropical Island
2 Tundra
2 Underground Sea

SIDEBOARD (15)

2 Avoid Fate
1 Chain of Vapor
1 Crumble
1 Disenchant
1 Humility
1 Mind Twist
1 Misdirection
2 Null Rod
1 Seal of Cleansing
2 Stifle
2 Swords to Plowshares

UW Fish – Óscar Canedo

ARTIFACTS (3)

3 Null Rod

CREATURES (16)

4 Meddling Mage
4 Savannah Lions
4 Spiketail Hatchling
4 Weathered Wayfarer

INSTANTS (15)

1 Ancestral Recall
3 Daze
4 Force of Will
1 Misdirection
3 Stifle
3 Swords to Plowshares

SORCERIES (1)

1 Time Walk

ENCHANTMENTS (4)

4 Standstill

LANDS (22)

1 Faerie Conclave
4 Flooded Strand
1 Island
1 Library of Alexandria
4 Mishra’s Factory
1 Plains
1 Polluted Delta
1 Strip Mine
4 Tundra
4 Wasteland

SIDEBOARD (15)

2 Disenchant
3 Energy Flux
3 Hydroblast
1 Misdirection
1 Null Rod
2 Rootwater Thief
1 Seal of Cleansing
1 Stifle
1 Swords to Plowshares

Stax – Nicholas Santini

ARTIFACTS (30)

1 Black Lotus
2 Grafted Skullcap
1 Karn, Silver Golem
1 Mana Crypt
1 Mana Vault
1 Memory Jar
2 Mind Stone
1 Mox Emerald
1 Mox Jet
1 Mox Pearl
1 Mox Ruby
1 Mox Sapphire
4 Smokestack
1 Sol Ring
4 Sphere of Resistance
4 Tangle Wire
1 Time Vault
1 Triskelion
1 Voltaic Key

CREATURES (6)

4 Goblin Welder 2 Gorilla Shaman

INSTANTS (1)

1 Ancestral Recall

SORCERIES (2)

1 Tinker
1 Wheel of Fortune

ENCHANTMENTS (1)

1 In the Eye of Chaos

LANDS (20)

1 Ancient Tomb
1 Mishra’s Factory
4 Mishra’s Workshop
4 Shivan Reef
1 Strip Mine
1 Tolarian Academy
4 Volcanic Island
4 Wasteland

SIDEBOARD (15)

2 Blood Moon
2 Ensnaring Bridge
2 Pyroblast
3 Rack and Ruin
2 Red Elemental Blast
4 Tormod’s Crypt

Canadian Dreadnought – Kim Karl Pfeiffer

ARTIFACTS (4)

1 Black Lotus
1 Mox Emerald
1 Mox Ruby
1 Mox Sapphire

CREATURES (12)

4 Nimble Mongoose
4 Phyrexian Dreadnought
4 Werebear

INSTANTS (25)

1 Ancestral Recall
4 Brainstorm
2 Daze
4 Fire / Ice
4 Force of Will
1 Gush
1 Pyroblast
4 Stifle
4 Vision Charm

SORCERIES (1)

1 Time Walk

LANDS (18)

4 Flooded Strand
4 Polluted Delta
1 Strip Mine
3 Tropical Island
3 Volcanic Island
3 Wasteland

SIDEBOARD (15)

3 Annul
2 Cursed Totem
1 Hydroblast
1 Misdirection
2 Naturalize
1 Pyroblast
2 Pyrostatic Pillar
2 Red Elemental Blast
1 Sylvan Library

Dumptruck – Víctor M. Martínez

Dumptruck - Víctor M. Martínez.

ARTIFACTS (5)

1 Black Lotus
1 Mox Jet
1 Mox Pearl
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Sol Ring

CREATURES (11)

2 Exalted Angel
4 Meddling Mage
3 Ophidian
2 Phyrexian Negator

INSTANTS (16)

1 Ancestral Recall
4 Brainstorm
1 Fact or Fiction
4 Force of Will
4 Mana Drain
1 Mystical Tutor
1 Swords to Plowshares

SORCERIES (8)

1 Demonic Tutor
3 Duress
1 Time Walk
2 Vindicate
1 Yawgmoth’s Will

LANDS (20)

1 City of Brass
2 Flooded Strand
1 Island
1 Plains
3 Polluted Delta
1 Strip Mine
4 Tundra
3 Underground Sea
4 Wasteland

SIDEBOARD (15)

1 Blue Elemental Blast
1 Disenchant
1 Ebony Charm
1 Energy Flux
1 Exalted Angel
1 Hurkyl’s Recall
1 Moat
2 Null Rod
1 Serenity
2 Stifle
2 Swords to Plowshares
1 Tormod’s Crypt

The Perfect Storm – Vedast Sanxis

ARTIFACTS (11)

1 Black Lotus
1 Lotus Petal
1 Mana Vault
1 Mana Crypt
1 Memory Jar
1 Mox Emerald
1 Mox Jet
1 Mox Pearl
1 Mox Ruby
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Sol Ring

INSTANTS (19)

1 Ancestral Recall
4 Brainstorm
2 Cabal Ritual
1 Chain of Vapor
4 Dark Ritual
4 Force of Will
1 Hurkyl’s Recall
1 Mystical Tutor
1 Vampiric Tutor

SORCERIES (15)

1 Demonic Tutor
4 Duress 2 Grim Tutor
1 Merchant Scroll
1 Mind’s Desire
2 Tendrils of Agony
1 Timetwister
1 Time Walk
1 Tinker
1 Wheel of Fortune
1 Yawgmoth’s Will

ENCHANTMENTS (2)

1 Necropotence
1 Yawgmoth’s Bargain

LANDS (12)

2 Bloodstained Mire
4 Polluted Delta
1 Swamp
1 Tolarian Academy
3 Underground Sea
1 Volcanic Island

SIDEBOARD (15)

1 Bayou
1 Chain of Vapor
1 Coffin Purge
3 Hurkyl’s Recall
1 Hydroblast
1 Massacre
1 Mind Twist
1 Red Elemental Blast
1 Time Vault
1 Voltaic Key
3 Xantid Swarm

Hulk Smash – Attilio Bragantini

ARTIFACTS (7)

1 Black Lotus
1 Mox Emerald
1 Mox Jet
1 Mox Pearl
1 Mox Ruby
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Sol Ring

CREATURES (2)

3 Psychatog

INSTANTS (24)

4 Accumulated Knowledge
1 Ancestral Recall
4 Brainstorm
3 Cunning Wish
4 Force of Will
3 Intuition
4 Mana Drain
1 Mystical Tutor

SORCERIES (9)

2 Deep Analysis
1 Demonic Tutor
3 Duress 1 Merchant Scroll
1 Time Walk
1 Yawgmoth’s Will

LANDS (17)

3 Flooded Strand
2 Island
1 Library of Alexandria
2 Polluted Delta
2 Tropical Island
3 Volcanic Island
4 Underground Sea

SIDEBOARD (15)

1 Artifact Mutation
1 Berserk
1 Blue Elemental Blast
3 Coffin Purge
1 Fire / Ice
1 Lim-Dûl’s Vault
1 Mind Twist
1 Naturalize
2 Pernicious Deed
3 Red Elemental Blast