So Many Insane Plays – The “So Do You Wear a Cape?” Book Review

Enthusiast Titus Chalk has authored a brilliant, page-turning history of Magic: The Gathering sprinkled with entertaining anecdotes, remarkably deep insights, and journalistic treasures. Chalk’s brisk narrative, brimming with behind-the-scenes stories that reflect painstaking investigatory work, traces the broad arc of Magic’s 20+ year history. Chalk sketches the development of the game, its unbridled growth, and [...]

So Many Insane Plays Podcast Episode 34: Vintage Tactics – Cantrips

Kevin Cron and Steve Menendian analyze Vintage tactics: cantrips. Also, Old School Magic, Titus Chalk’s So Do You Wear a Cape?, and Magic card prices.

Everyday Eternal Podcast Episode 18: Discard Dis Card

In episode 18 of #EverydayEternal, Sam (@thecravenone), Jacob (@mtgkoby), and Matt (sdematt) discuss discard as an element of Legacy Magic. The focus is on one mana targeted discard, but we also delve into some of the more popular non-targeted options as well.

Serious Vintage Episode 19: Tales from the Drinking Bracket

For episode 19, Geoff Moes (@ThallidTosser on Twitter), Nat Moes (@GrandpaBelcher), and Josh Chapple (@joshchapple) recount their exploits at and after the most recent Team Serious Open in Columbus Ohio. As a preview, our combined record was 6-9.

Summer Starts with Magic – Announcing Prague Eternal 2014

(Editor’s Note: the following message is from a longtime reader and supporter of Eternal Central, who also is now organizing tournaments in Europe. Please check out this special announcement of a brand new large scale European tournament. Support Vintage everywhere!) My name is Jan “ZUZY” Zuskac, and I am from Czech Republic. I have been [...]

There and Back Again – Miracles Philosophy & Sideboarding

Hello, and welcome to my second article here on Eternal Central. My last article was about my success at GP Paris with my beloved Miracles deck. It is arguably the best deck in the metagame as of now, but somehow it’s still lacking popularity, especially in the US. But why is this? Miracles is a [...]

Grand Prix Paris Finalist Report with UWR Miracles

After my incredible run I felt an obligation to write a report. I would have been glad to say win, win, win, win, win, win, and win, but it will only be win, win, win, win, win, win…and loss. I ended up finishing second at the Grand Prix in Paris. First of all, I will [...]

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So Many Insane Plays – The “So Do You Wear a Cape?” Book Review

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Enthusiast Titus Chalk has authored a brilliant, page-turning history of Magic: The Gathering sprinkled with entertaining anecdotes, remarkably deep insights, and journalistic treasures. Chalk’s brisk narrative, brimming with behind-the-scenes stories that reflect painstaking investigatory work, traces the broad arc of Magic’s 20+ year history. Chalk sketches the development of the game, its unbridled growth, and the myriad debates and issues surrounding it, from the complaints of fundamentalist parents over the ‘demonic’ elements of the game, to the emergence of the Pro Tour (with its heroes and villains), the business of the game, from its initial financing to its sale to Hasbro (with Richard Garfield pocketing a cool $100 million, no less), to the growth of the secondary market, to the wrangling over the Reserved List. It’s all covered.
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So Many Insane Plays Podcast Episode 34: Vintage Tactics – Cantrips

Kevin Cron and Steve Menendian analyze Vintage tactics: cantrips. Also, Old School Magic, Titus Chalk’s So Do You Wear a Cape?, and Magic card prices.

Featured

Everyday Eternal Podcast Episode 18: Discard Dis Card

In episode 18 of #EverydayEternal, Sam (@thecravenone), Jacob (@mtgkoby), and Matt (sdematt) discuss discard as an element of Legacy Magic. The focus is on one mana targeted discard, but we also delve into some of the more popular non-targeted options as well.

Featured

Serious Vintage Episode 19: Tales from the Drinking Bracket

For episode 19, Geoff Moes (@ThallidTosser on Twitter), Nat Moes (@GrandpaBelcher), and Josh Chapple (@joshchapple) recount their exploits at and after the most recent Team Serious Open in Columbus Ohio. As a preview, our combined record was 6-9.

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Everyday Eternal Podcast Episode 17: The Europeans Take Over

In episode 17 of #EverydayEternal, Grand Prix Paris semifinalist Philipp Schönegger and Bazaar of Moxen 2013 champion Julian Knab (@itsJulian23) chat with Matt and Jacob (@mtgkoby) about their experiences at Grand Prix Paris. We jump around a bit, but the main focus for today is the specific choices made in Philipp’s Miracles decklist. Julian and [...]

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Summer Starts with Magic – Announcing Prague Eternal 2014

(Editor’s Note: the following message is from a longtime reader and supporter of Eternal Central, who also is now organizing tournaments in Europe. Please check out this special announcement of a brand new large scale European tournament. Support Vintage everywhere!) My name is Jan “ZUZY” Zuskac, and I am from Czech Republic. I have been [...]

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There and Back Again – Miracles Philosophy & Sideboarding

Hello, and welcome to my second article here on Eternal Central. My last article was about my success at GP Paris with my beloved Miracles deck. It is arguably the best deck in the metagame as of now, but somehow it’s still lacking popularity, especially in the US. But why is this? Miracles is a [...]

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