Deleted Scenes from The Eternal Spotlight: How to import a deck.

[This blog post consists of material that was originally intended for my article series “The Eternal Spotlight”. After writing¬†this section, I decided that while it was good information to have, I would cut it, post it here, and add a link to it. I’m sure that the majority of my readers either know or do not otherwise need this information, and I didn’t want to make people have to waste time scrolling past it. Those of you who need this info hopefully found it here. Thanks! And if you ever wanted to know a little more about me, you can browse my other blog posts and you can even be the first person to like them. Seriously, this place is like a supermassive black hole on the information superhighway. Nobody actually has read it, as far as I can tell. ENJOY IT!]

How to add a new deck to your arsenal.

This part, like the deck lists that came before it, is geared towards new players. If this isn’t applicable to you, I’m sorry. For those of you who want to build one of these decks, Importing the lists is the easiest way.

Simply find one of these decks in downloadable form (Wizard’s articles will have this feature, as will MTGGoldfish), or create it yourself by adding all of the cards to a simple text file.

To make a simple text file that MTGO can read, follow exactly the format of the following deck list. This is a list for one of my Steel City Vault decks (you can just cut and paste this list too, if you want to use it!


2 Dack Fayden
4 Mana Confluence
1 Ponder
1 Gifts Ungiven
4 Seat of the Synod
3 Thoughtcast
2 Burning Wish
2 City of Brass
1 Imperial Seal
1 Memory Jar
1 Tolarian Academy
1 Yawgmoth’s Will
1 Vampiric Tutor
4 Force of Will
1 Hurkyl’s Recall
1 Mox Pearl
1 Regrowth
1 Black Lotus
1 Time Walk
1 Mox Ruby
1 Timetwister
1 Ancestral Recall
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Mox Emerald
1 Wheel of Fortune
1 Mox Jet
1 Sol Ring
4 Mox Opal
1 Mana Crypt
1 Mystical Tutor
1 Lotus Petal
1 Time Vault
1 Mana Vault
1 Tinker
1 Demonic Tutor
1 Brainstorm
2 Goblin Welder
2 Voltaic Key
1 Fire/Ice
1 Thirst for Knowledge
1 Ancient Grudge

1 Void Snare
1 Vandalblast
1 Myr Battlesphere
2 Nihil Spellbomb
3 Nature’s Claim
1 Tendrils of Agony
1 Transmute Artifact
1 Mind Twist
1 Windfall
1 Balance
2 Flusterstorm


As long as your deck list looks like that, and all of the cards are spelled and capitalized correctly, MTGO will recognize it if you import the list.


Then, click on add new deck, import, and pick the appropriate list. Once you’ve got the deck you want to play, add the missing cards to your wishlist with a right-click.


MTGOTraders bots will have every card that you’re missing at a reasonable cost, so you can just go to one of their bots and start a trade, and use the “Search Tools” / “Wishlist” selections to get everything you need in an instant.


This entire process is very fast, but if you want to take your time you can also build from scratch the old-fashioned way. If any of my readers try this method, and have trouble, you can look for me online and I’ll give you a hand. I don’t know how many players don’t know about this deck importing feature, but for those it helps I think it’s worth the space in this article.

[In the end, as I mentioned previously, I didn’t want to use up the space in my article. I felt that it would be too annoying to those who didn’t need the information]

So folks, that’s how you import a kick-ass Vintage deck. Now go make that deck and lay the smack down!

While you’re at it, leave a comment if you read any of my other blog posts. I could probably find the time to write more if I knew people wanted to read it!

Joe Islandswamp Fiorini

The King of Nothing.