Vintage Temur Monkey Walkers by Yuta Takahashi
Since Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer is getting more and more popular in Modern and Legacy, people have been wondering – is it better than Deathrite Shaman? Yuta Takahashi took that question to another level and decided to play Ragavan side by side with Deathrite Shaman in the only format you’re allowed to – Vintage – and succeeded by winning the most recent Vintage Challenge on Magic Online with Temur Monkey Walkers.
Funnily enough, in his winning deck list, Yuta doesn’t even include Black Lotus, the most iconic (and probably most powerful) Magic card ever. It’s a technical choice and not just a meme. Black Lotus gives you a huge jump in mana but you have to use that mana immediately and the risk of having Black Lotus in this deck is that you’ll just two-for-one yourself or, even worse, just never use the extra mana.
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer in this format might even be better than it is in Legacy. You have four Moxes that’ll let you dash it on turn one and aim for the opponent’s Moxes and Ancestral Recall. On top of that, in Vintage, there’s a lot fewer removal spells and creatures, meaning that it’s very possible for your Ragavan to go unchecked as long as you’re dealing with the unfair threats your opponent throws at you.
Oko, Thief of Crowns is great at pressuring your opponent, while the other three (Wrenn and Six , Dack Fayden and Narset, Parter of Veils) are there to guarantee you various sources of card advantage via land destruction, artifact stealing or depriving your opponent of card advantage.