It's been a while since I've posted and I've been fiddling with this deck ever since. (If you still want to see Jon Finkel's original decklist, you can find it here.)
Let's just get right down to it:
[Decklist] Counterpost Lives! v1.1
4 Rune Snag
4 Circular Logic
2 Swords to Plowshares
3 Wrath of God
Card Drawing / Tutoring / Misc.(12)
4 Life From the Loam
4 Accumulated Knowledge
2 Crop Rotation
1 Trade Routes
1 Zuran Orb
4 Mox Diamond
4 Maze of Ith
4 Bazaar of Baghdad
2 Dark Depths
4 Riftstone Portal
4 Temple of the False God
4 Tropical Island
A lot has changed ever since I broke out of the (strict) mold of the old Counterpost deck.
Let's just go down the list of recent changes:
Circular Logic. With the inclusion of Bazaar of Baghdad, everything just becomes more efficient, including the counter spells. It's a graveyard based counter and this deck's grave gets big in a hurry. You'll notice that the bazaar's represent the deck's only way to play the Circular Logic for its madness cost. In this deck, the bazaar's is all it needs. Not just because it's efficient at what it does, but also because the entire deck is based around the abuse of land. The bazaar is a land and it certainly gets abused.
Orim's Chant was one of the first cards to go during the changes. You lose card advantage and this deck is all about card advantage. It'd be nice if the win condition was a single spell or combo that just goes off and that's it, but it's not. In this deck the avatar will probably be vulnerable for a turn or phase and there might even be a blocker in the way. In this deck, you have to protect your win condition for multiple turns and the chants don't really cut it.
Life From the Loam gets bumped to four. Play testing this deck made it so obvious that the loam's were the MVPs of the deck. They're really what make this deck tick. The tempo, the consistency, the card advantage, all because of the loam.
Crop Rotation. The latest changes to the Vintage Restricted List had Crop Rotation removed. One was good. Two is better.
Bazaar of Baghdad. The biggest change of the deck (and previously mentioned). This was the obvious addition once I stepped out from the shadow of Counterpost. Last time I tried to find equivalents to all of Finkel's cards. This time I just slapped together the best possible deck. (Note: You really don't need Squee's with four copies of Life From the Loam in the deck.)
Riftstone Portal. Now with four copies, the abuse continues with the bazaars and also...
Temple of the False God. I kept on going back and forth whether or not to include Sol Ring. I decided not to. There are a lot of spell that it could help cast, but it had one thing going against it--it wasn't a land. Still, I wanted some mana acceleration to pump out the Dark Depths as fast as possible and the temples popped in my head. There were already four copies of Riftstone Portal. It was a perfect fit.
I'm sure there were other minor changes, but this is the big stuff. The bazaar really made the Careful Studies obsolete. (Again, also because it's not a land.) And the multiple copies of Trade Routes was unnecessary. With the bazaars, they were just a luxury.
And yes, there 30 mana cards in the deck. (Exactly half!) How many times do I have to repeat this? The deck thrives on land. The land is the drawing power house of the deck, the win condition, and responsible for stopped attackers. The land also maximizes the loam's potential.
I'm still attempting to create the ultimate Vintage control deck (that plays in an environment without any Power 9). I'm not there yet, but I think I got a little closer.