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  • Old School Magic 93-94 – Turbo Stasis

    Welcome to Old School Month on Eternal Central. We’re looking at a different Old School 93-94 deck each day of the month. Today’s deck is Turbo Stasis, which is a combo control deck utilizing the legendary Alpha card Stasis.
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  • Old School Magic 93-94 – UGW Titania’s Prison

    Welcome to Old School Month on Eternal Central. We’re looking at a different Old School 93-94 deck each day of the month. Today’s deck is UGW Titania’s Prison, named for playing the Blue-Green-White color combination, with Titania’s Song as a kill condition in a prison deck.
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  • Old School Magic 93-94 – Pink Weenie

    Welcome to Old School Month on Eternal Central. We’re looking at a different Old School 93-94 deck each day of the month. Today’s deck is Pink Weenie, named for playing small/weenie creatures in a Red and White (Pink) shell.
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  • Old School Magic 93-94 – RUG Tempo

    Welcome to Old School Month on Eternal Central. We’re looking at a different Old School 93-94 deck each day of the month. Today’s deck is RUG, named for playing RUG (Red-Blue-Green) colors, along with cards that support a mana-efficient tempo-based plan of attack.
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  • Old School Magic 93-94 – Legendary Naya Bounce

    Welcome to Old School Month on Eternal Central. We’re looking at a different Old School 93-94 deck each day of the month. Today’s deck is Legendary Naya Bounce, named for playing Legendary creatures in the Naya colors (Red-Green-White), and bouncing them with Karakas.
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  • Old School Magic 93-94 – 5C Underworld Dreams Combo

    Welcome to Old School Month on Eternal Central. We’re looking at a different Old School 93-94 deck each day of the month. Today’s deck is 5 Color Underworld Dreams Combo, appropriately named for trying to kill the opponent with Underworld Dreams.
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  • Old School Magic 93-94 – Blood Diamond

    Welcome to Old School Month on Eternal Central. We’re looking at a different Old School 93-94 deck each day of the month. Today’s deck is called Blood Diamond, for the presence to both Blood Moon and Diamond Valley. One sees a fair amount of Old School play, while the other is pretty rare.
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  • Old School Magic 93-94 – JunkShop Reanimator

    Welcome to Old School Month on Eternal Central. In our first primer we’ll take a look at a cool hybrid strategy that I refer to as “JunkShop Reanimator.” Junk for the colors black, green, and white (which historically has been referred to as “Junk,” for old Pro Tour decks), Shop for the Mishra’s Workshops that help fuel the deck, and Reanimator for the reanimation spells that help bring back our fatties.
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  • Understanding Gush, 3rd Edition (a Post-Restriction Update)

    EC Press is proud to present Stephen Menendian’s Understanding Gush: Strategies and Tactics (3rd Edition). For the first time in over five years, Stephen’s expert guide and master class on Gush strategies in Vintage has been revised, updated, and expanded.
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  • Magic Deck Building Statistics

    Some years ago, a few friends and I had a conversation about a quintessential Magic question: “How many one-drops should I play in my aggro deck?”
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  • How to Make a Flowchart

    Play mistakes are an inescapable part of Magic: The Gathering. I make my fair share, and in tournament matches, streams, and video replays I have seen elite players make their share of blunders. One common cause of blunders is the lack of a mental flowchart of how to play your cards. I like to think of this as the “default” line of play, which the player can reject in favor of an alternative when circumstances warrant but absent specific information should be followed. In some cases this information can be conveyed in a logical tree that could be displayed as a flowchart, but often it will be a rule of thumb or insight into play-style that is conveyed in other ways.
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  • So Many Insane Plays – Notes on the State of Vintage, January 2017

    Vintage is a singular format. It is a format of deep strategy and broad possibilities. In the eyes of its proponents (like myself), Vintage is the epitome of what Magic should and can be. Years of accumulated printings seamlessly interacting in unimaginable ways. It is the legacy of Dr. Richard Garfield’s vision for the game, and the closest approximation to that vision. As time rolls onward, Vintage players increasingly appreciate that this is a format that can be enjoyed for a lifetime.
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  • Schools of Magic: History of Vintage – 2004

    With this epic installment of his History of Vintage series, Stephen recounts the decks, tales of glory, and mighty tournament contests that defined Vintage in 2004. This was the year that Type I was rebranded as “Vintage,” the 2nd Type I Championship at GenCon, and the emergence of the StarCityGames Power Nine Series. It was also a fascinating year in which cards like Gifts Ungiven, Trinisphere, and Forbidden Orchard were printed, and in which Doomsday was unrestricted, and once again broke out with a mind-bending combo. This chapter reveals all this, and much more!
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  • A Guide to Playing Pitch Dredge in Vintage

    The Pitch Dredge deck that I have been writing about and advocating for the past couple of years is performing well, and may well be considered the premier Vintage Dredge deck. This variant, which emphasizes counterspells, has out-placed the older variant featuring permanent destruction (or counter-hate_ in 5 out of the last 5 major events for which placement data is available. While Bazaar of Moxen’s October 2016 published results did not include any Dredge decks, the Vintage Championship at Eternal Weekend as well as the past four Power 9 Challenges on Magic Online all featured a finish by Pitch Dredge ahead of any other Dredge variant finish. I wish my congratulations to the various pilots – even with the best deck it takes skill and luck to perform well at a large event. Here’s a sample decklist from a recent event:
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  • Top 8 at 2016 Vintage Champs NA with White Eldrazi

    Considering this is my first article, I feel compelled to introduce myself. My name is Mike VanDyke. I’m a physics professor from central Texas, and I’ve been playing Magic since 1994. The first tournaments I played in were shortly after the creation of Type 2, and Magic has served as my primary competitive outlet for most of my life.
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  • Old School 93-94 at Eternal Weekend 2016 – Decklists and Photo Report

    The third annual Eternal Central Old School tournament at Eternal Weekend is in the books, with some familiar faces, and a lot of newcomers as well. Players traveled from New Zealand, Spain, Canada, and all over the USA to do battle in the ancient ways. With over 100+ players pre-registered, between last minute withdrawls and no-shows, we had 86 players come out to do battle, making this the largest (yet) Old School 93-94 event held anywhere to date.
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  • EC Old School at Eternal Weekend 2016 Live Coverage

    Below are live pairings, results, and pictures from the third annual Eternal Central Old School 93-94 tournament, held at Eternal Weekend 2016. With a handful of cancellations from the 102 people pre-registered, we have 86 people playing today. Tournament structure is Straight Swiss + 1 (7 rounds + 1 = 8 total rounds; no extra playoff).
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  • Revenge of the Living Dead

    I placed second in the August 2016 Power 9 Challenge with a Vengeful Pharaoh variant of my Pitch Dredge deck. I was streaming the event live, and the video archive can be found in the embedded YouTube playlist at the bottom. But first, a few points of analysis.
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  • EC Press Presents: Understanding Gush, 3rd Edition

    EC Press is proud to present Stephen Menendian’s Understanding Gush: Strategies and Tactics (3rd Edition).

    For the first time in over five years, Stephen’s expert guide and master class on Gush strategies in Vintage has been revised, updated, and expanded. At a time when Gush decks have never been more central to the Vintage metagame, this book is a timeless and essential primer to one of the most sophisticated and challenging strategies in the Vintage format. Persistently misunderstood and generally misplayed, Gush requires many simultaneous decisions and precise timing. Maximizing all of the advantages offered by Gush demands deep understanding and strategic insight. This book presents a comprehensive theory of Gush, all of the advantages derivable from Gush, and a complete range of strategies and tactics.
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  • The Return of the King: TMD Open 17 Winner’s Report

    Before The Mana Drain Open 17 was announced, I secretly hoped that TMD Open 16 would be the last one, and that I would get to reign as champion unopposed, indefinitely. Upon the announcement of TMD Open 17, part of me was excited to venture back to Connecticut to defend my title, but another part of me was worried that I would not be able to live up to the expectations that my performance at TMD Open 16 had set. At that tournament I didn’t drop a match and was 14-2 in games on the day. All those wins came after the head judge asked me not to play with my newly altered Trinisphere (courtesy of Roland Chang), which prompted me to switch from Martello Shops to Terra Nova 10 minutes before the player meeting, as my Terra Nova list didn’t play Trinisphere.
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  • NYSE4 Vintage Open – ALL Decklists and Metagame Breakdown

    NYSE 4 was played a little while ago, and was another example of great tournament organizing, coupled with lots of community support. A (NYSE) record 157 players attended, with entrance fees of $100 pre-reg or $125 same day, and players traveled from all over the country. Nick Detwiler (aka Prospero) continues to do yeoman’s work promoting and supporting Vintage, even as the format’s recent changes have made him and others wary.
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  • Unpowered Vintage Eldrazi (aka JacoDrazi) – A Double Tournament Report

    If you’re reading this, you’re probably aware that I recently piloted a fully unpowered Vintage Eldrazi deck to a near Top 8 at the famed NYSE IV tournament in early June. As in no Moxen, no Mishra’s Workshops, and not even a Mana Crypt or Sol Ring – all by choice.
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  • Grand Prix Los Angeles 2016 Old School 93-94 – Decklists and Photo Report

    This past weekend during Grand Prix Los Angeles a 93-94 tournament was hosted by Channel-Fireball, using their own custom rules (Alpha through Fallen Empires, restricted Strip Mine, most other rules nearly the same as EC’s B&R List). 16 players showed up to battle 4 rounds of straight Swiss, including players from Arizona, Oregon, Washington, and California primarily.
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  • Chicago Old School 93-94 May 2016 – Decklists and Photo Report

    This past weekend the Chicago Old School group hosted a small 93-94 tournament, and we had 15 players show up to battle, including a number of local players, and players from Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio, and Texas!
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