Starting a new format is an interesting, intoxicating experience.  

Seeing so many with a new fire in their eyes, brewing, testing, trying things out, approaching the game they love in a brand new way, is exhilarating.

Even the brief exposure in Vegas had players remarking that the next spoiler season would different for them, with much more attention to be paid to the name next to the paint brush.  


While most of that is likely due to a desire for additional resources and options for deck building, anything that puts the focus on the artist is a win in my book.

Every player, from the complete neophyte to the grizzled veteran, is impacted by the art of the game.  Memorization aide.  Reference point.  Flavor foundation.  Each card provides a unique window into the world of Magic and enhances the experience.

I have high hopes that Vintage Artist Constructed will continue to grow and inspire more and more people to see Magic through a new lens, playing the game they love while celebrating the work of the artists that bring it to life.

Schedule of Events

I’ve already received a bunch of inquiries about when the next Vintage Artist Constructed event will be held.




While I would love nothing more than to run events at every GP and SCG Open on the schedule, sadly my time and resources are limited.

Luckily, I’m an unrepentant nerd with a supportive wife, so I will be making it out to a few more events this year and you’ll have a few more opportunities to try out the format if you missed GP Vegas.

  • Gen Con
  • Eternal Weekend
  • Illuxcon
  • GP Seattle (Maybe)

I am still in the process of working out the details with the respective tournament organizers of these events but the hope is to have these run as sanctioned, official events with prizes, ideally from the prize wall or what have you.

Barring that, I’ll run them as social meet ups ala GP Vegas and give away some OMA swag and hopefully snag a willing judge (thanks again Lloyd) to run the actual event.

Either way, there will be a few more opportunities to play the format in the near future, as long as you want to wait for me.

Grow It Yourself

Vintage Artist Constructed is a fun idea that hooks players much like EDH did to me when I was first exposed to it.  The additional restrictions provided by the format kindles the imagination and excites the deck builder in all of us.

Don’t be surprised if, soon after the concept sinks in, you find yourself frantically searching Artist Names in Gatherer or (use this one, it’s better), trying to remember who illustrated this or that powerful card.


[card]Tinker[/card]?  $8.00

[card]Blightsteel Colossus[/card]?  $20.00

No Basic Lands illustrated by Chris Rahn?  Daggers

Welcome to the struggle.

Like all fun, engaging ideas, it’s likely that Vintage Artist Constructed will find an audience of its own and grow past its confines here at OMA.  That is certainly my sincere hope.

To help make that happen, and provide a larger, more interactive space for those interested in the format to gather, I created a Facebook group: Vintage Artist Constructed

Upcoming events, deck ideas, complaints about the expense of Rebecca Guay Plains; now we have another outlet with which to communicate and coordinate, complain and congratulate.

The Facebook Group is the ideal place to stage meet ups and tournaments where I can’t set something up myself.  If you are passionate about the format or just want to have a good time with some fellow art enthusiasts, share an event in the group and help grow the community.

My experience with OMA has taught me that I can’t do it alone, so I challenge you to take up the flag of the format and engage your own community.



My Twitter coverage of the initial Vintage Artist Constructed tournament in Vegas attracted enough attention that #VintageArtistConstructed started trending.  Searching the hashtag afterwards and finding other completely unrelated topics piling on the boat was a new experience, #5 in Richmond (?) for the weekend attracts attention it appears.


After using it for a while, the Twitter/Instagram hashtag #VintageArtistConstructed is a bit of a mouthful, it can probably be shortened to #mtgvac to save on characters.  I’ll use both for a little while but will likely switch to the shorter option once we get closer to the next event.  If you have an strong feelings on the matter, let me know.

Feedback Loop

We’ve only had one event.  It was certainly a fun event, but the format is beyond new.  As such, any talk of additional restrictions or drastic changes to the format is a bit premature.

However, I’m always interested in feedback and want to make the format as engaging as possible, so here is a poll for you to let me know what, if any changes, you think we should consider making in the future.

Select all of the options that you think are appropriate:

Bonus Deck List

While availability may be an issue for some, Chippy’s [card]Isochron Scepter[/card] [card]Orim’s Chant[/card] deck looks to be quite powerful.  Honestly, it’s on my watch list as potentially too powerful.

Here is a quick list I put together that you might want to test out and let me know how it goes (maybe on the Facebook Group perhaps).

[deck title=Chippy Scepter Chant] [Creatures] 4 Precursor Golem
3 Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon
2 Dakmor Lancer
2 Spellskite[/Creatures] [Spells] 4 Doom Blade
4 Orim’s Chant
4 Ostracize
4 Grim Monolith
4 Isochron Scepter
2 Consume the Meek
2 Bonehoard[/Spells] [Lands] 13 Swamp
10 Plains
2 Island[/Lands] [Sideboard] 4 Augur of Skulls
4 Faith’s Fetters
3 Plague Spitter
2 Consume the Meek
2 Spellskite[/Sideboard][/deck]