March 2012 Banned & Restricted Update

The DCI has announced their quarterly updates to the Banned and Restricted lists today, and for Vintage and Legacy there are no changes! Standard, Extended, Modern, Legacy, Vintage No changes. Innistrad Block Constructed [card]Intangible...

Xtreme Games Vintage 11-20-2011 Top 8 Decklists and Video Roundup

On November 21 2011 at Xtreme Games in Lindenhurst, IL (USA), a Vintage showdown was held. A car full of players from the Ohio chapter of Team Serious drove out, and a number of local players from throughout Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana all made the trek, giving us 26 players in all, duking it out for the cash money.

Thanks go out to Xtreme Games owners Eric and Shannon for hosting yet another great Vintage tournament, and continuing to support the community when few others do. Props also go out to Jimmy Lord of the Cats McCarthy for awesome audio-video coverage. Check out the Top 8 results and decklists, a metagame breakdown, and a video roundup after the jump!

Scars of Mirrodin Type 4 Set Review

Welcome back to Eternal Central for yet another Type 4 Set Retro-Review! This time we’ll be looking at Scars of Mirrodin. In our quest to form the ultimate Type 4 stack and help you tweak yours, we are going back and exploring in depth all of the last couple of years worth of sets to see what may have been lost in the shuffle.

I’m going to be going back through all of the last sets of the last couple of years and writing Retro-Reviews for the things I didn’t pay enough attention to for Type 4, and this is the second in that series. So join us as we delve into the secrets of Scars of Mirrodin in this Retro-Review!

Mirrodin Besieged Type 4 Set Review

Welcome back to Eternal Central for another Type 4 set review! This time we’ll be looking at Mirrodin Besieged. What’s that, you say? Mirrodin Besieged in an old set that came out like 9 months ago in February 2011?

Yeah, yeah; I know. But I never looked through it in its entirety to explore the full potential the set would have on Type 4 stacks across the globe. I’m going to be going back through all of the last sets of the last couple of years and writing Retro-Reviews for the things I didn’t pay enough attention to for Type 4, and this is the first in that series. After researching and reviewing in preparation for this article, I can say that Mirrodin Besieged is a very good set in terms of Type 4 applicability, and is full of cards that are likely to make your stack better. So if you haven’t already added all of the Mirrodin Besieged cards to your own Type 4 stack, or are just curious what I think is good, giddy up and join me for a Retro-Review!

Innistrad Type 4 Set Review

The full Innistrad spoiler is now out, and that means it’s time for set reviews from everybody and their mother. But this is no ordinary set review, this is a set review specifically for Type 4! Woohooooo!

For the uninitiated, Type 4 is a casual game with a shared stack/deck of cards, infinite mana, and the ability for each player to cast up to only one spell a turn (one on your turn, one on player 2’s turn, one on player 3’s turn, etc.). The full rules and an introduction can be found here, courtesy of our very own Stephen Menendian.

Ultimately, each builder of a Type 4 stack will determine the flavor and play style of their stack by how it is constructed, with the delicate balance of creatures, tutors, removal, counterspells, and everything else. They will also dictate the power level by what spells are deemed acceptable or too powerful. No matter how your stack is constructed each new set ultimately brings forth a few new interesting cards. With the Innistrad spoiler now in the wild, join us as we review all of the top contenders for slots in your ever expanding Type 4 stack!

September 2011 Banned & Restricted Update Instant Analysis

The DCI has announced their quarterly updates to the Banned and Restricted lists, and there are some major changes in Vintage, Legacy, Modern, and Extended!

Vintage
Fact or Fiction is no longer Restricted.

Legacy
Mental Misstep is Banned.

Modern
Blazing Shoal is Banned.
Cloudpost is Banned.
Green Sun’s Zenith is Banned.
Ponder is Banned.
Preordain is Banned.
Rite of Flame is Banned.

Extended
Jace, the Mind Sculptor is Banned.
Mental Misstep is Banned.
Ponder is Banned.
Preordain is Banned.
Stoneforge Mystic is Banned.

These are some major changes to every widely played format outside of Standard (where Jace and Stoneforge are already Banned). What does this mean for these formats? Check out our Instant Analysis after the jump!

Vaulting Through Ohio – Vintage in Sandusky

Earlier this year the members of Team Serious, that is, my teammates, decided there wasn’t enough Vintage action going on in the great Ohio valley, so they decided to do something about it and organized a tournament at POP! in Sandusky, Ohio (USA) for July 2nd, 2011. Team Serious extraordinaire Nat Moes of Charbelcher fame traveled in from the DC area and took down the whole thing with Wizards.dec. Yep, seriously. You can find all the sick decklists from that tournament here, courtesy of Asian assassin and rap battlemaster Twaun007.

I couldn’t make it to that tournament, but was determined to make it to the next one to support the posse and to sling Vintage cardboard with the world’s finest. New Subaru Outback in tow (RIP Honda), on extremely short notice (like less than a week away) I convinced my teammates the Lord of AllCats aka Jimmy McCarthy to drive down from Wisconsin with Mike Solymossy aka The Salad aka Soly aka Mr. Pink aka “I can’t be tilted” and to carpool out with me across three states. I was determined to dominate both sandwiches and Vintage alchemists. Read on for more details of my road trip Vaulting Through Ohio, leaving a wake of tattered sandwiches and dreams crushed beneath my feet.

Gen Con 2011 Vintage Champs Top 8 Videos

For those who weren’t able to watch the live stream of the 2011 Vintage Champs Top 8, the archived videos are now available.

Top 8 Quarterfinals
Ryan Glackin (Cat Stax Fever) defeats Joe Brown (Painter) – no video
Paul Mastriano (Bob Gush) defeats Rich Shay (Gush Storm) 2-1 – no video
Stephen Menendian (Bob Gush) vs Joseph Bogaard (BUG Fish) – video below

Modern Format Official Announcement and Banned List

Wizards of the Coast has officially announced the Modern constructed format today, and with it comes some pretty big news about what the format will look like. After their initial analysis of what the decks looked like at the Community Cup using the Unified Modern format deck construction rules, they have introduced a new very large Banned list for the format going forward. Check out all the details after the jump!

Gen Con 2011 Eternal Event News

Welcome to Eternal Central’s coverage of GenCon 2011! Scroll down below for Vintage and Legacy results as they stream in. We will be updating this periodically throughout the weekend as news, results, and tidbits flow in from the Internet and our friends on site, so keep hitting the F5 to refresh all weekend and keep it locked to EC for your Eternal news!