Eternal Insight Podcast Episode 2: Reflections from Eternal Weekend, with Danny Batterman

Danny Batterman, the founder of Team Degen and a great innovator creating decks like Steel City Vault, and the newly crowned Living Wish-based Blue Goblin Charbelcher deck dubbed “The People’s Cannon,” has been part of the Vintage community for a long time. With his team that apply Pro Tour-level preparation and secrecy towards Vintage events, they are starting to make waves in the Vintage community with an extremely solid player base that is growing steadily. In this interview we touch base upon Danny’s personal history with Magic, and an in-depth look into the members of Team Degen and the evolution of “The People’s Cannon,” along with his tournament report from Vintage Champs. Clocking in at almost two and a half hours, Danny’s assessment of the metagame, card choices, and the people he chooses to associate and develop cutting edge decks with shows us the blossoming and amazing Vintage community we all associate with.

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Eternal Insight Podcast Episode 1: Reflections from Eternal Weekend, with Brian Kelly

Brian Kelly has been an ambassador for sportsmanship and friendliness in Vintage Magic for the past few years following his return to Magic: the Gathering. He is a great role model and excellent player who shows great respect and humility towards his peers. On August 24th, 2015 he made Magic history by becoming the Vintage World Champion, a title held by such prestigious players as Roland Chang, Stephen Menendian, and Owen Turtenwald. He was gracious enough to take the time to go over how a deck of his own design, dubbed by the community as “Brian Kelly Oath,” or as he as aptly named it “Dragonlord Salvagers Oath.” Brian was able to post an impressive 9-1 record in the Swiss rounds and then won in the Top 8 to become champion. We go on a trip through his history as a Magic player, and everyone who helped him along the way to this momentous achievement. or the next hundred or so minutes we take a glimpse into what has crafted the nicest and most sportsmanlike players I have ever met into a force to be reckoned with. A person who I have the great pleasure to be friends with, and I know has had a positive influence on everyone he has met. So, for the first installment of “Reflections from Eternal Weekend,” I have the great pleasure to present the Vintage World Champion, Brian Kelly.

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