After a lengthy delay, we are proud to belatedly bring you the results of the inaugural Eternal Central Old School 93-94 Tournament, held at Eternal Weekend 2014 in Philadelphia (PA, USA). You’ll find pairings, standings, decks, and action shots below. Enjoy!
This is how it ends. “How may cards in hand?” The single worst question anyone can ask you in an Old School tournament. One could argue for a ban, as Brian Weissman did in the mid-90s. Whichever way you look at it, Mind Twist is a hell of a card.
When Monastery Mentor was spoiled I immediately knew it was the kind of card that could draw me away from my lord and savior, Mishra. Other creature strategies have risen to prominence over the last few years, mainly centered around Delver of Secrets, but I never felt the urge to sleeve the insect up. I’m not a fan of Delver of Secrets as a magic card or the URx shells it resides in for Vintage. My reasoning is that I get so few chances to play paper Vintage, so when I do I don’t want to play a Legacy deck. For this same reason I don’t want to play something like BUG Tempo in Vintage, or Merfolk, even though they may be viable decks. I want to do borderline broken things with my own spells, or I want to oppress others and make them wish they hadn’t gotten in the car that morning. Hence my affinity for Workshops. On the surface, Monastery Mentor seemed to be on a different level of broken than these other creature pillars, so I set out to put a deck together with it.
(Editor’s Note: This Downloadable Product, originally released January 9 2015, has been updated February 13 2015, to account for the recent restriction of Treasure Cruise, and the incorporation of Dig Through Time in Vintage Delver.)
In his first major deck primer in over a year, and fresh off his win of Season 1 of the Vintage Super League, Stephen Menendian delves into the depths of Vintage Delver, with over 50 pages of in-depth content. With a comprehensive look at building the deck piece by piece, executing the game plan, sideboarding strategy, and in-game tactics, this is something no serious Vintage fan should miss.
For our last installment of #GiftsWeek, we thought it appropriate to leave you with a double-dose of devastating decklists. There are so many insane creations being concocted in labs around the globe, and here are two that we have been enjoying recently.
FINALLY! They unrestricted Gifts Ungiven. I like it because it is a very skill intensive card, and I know many of you will agree. Some months ago I dreamt of this very moment, and I wanted to test what I had imagined, so I swapped the Intuitions and Accumulated Knowledges with more copies of Gifts to test in my “Burning Robadeck” deck. I liked what I saw, so my first approach to share with you is detailed below.
It amazes me how many new Vintage players are out there, and, moreover, how many never played during the Gifts era. In some ways, the Gifts era was the peak period of involvement in the game and the format for myself. It was the height of the StarCityGames Power 9 series circuit, and much more. It was a time of enthusiasm and discovery.
In continuing with our rollout of #GiftsWeek here on Eternal Central, I wanted to share with you a deck that has been drifting under the radar for the past year or so, and has only been strengthened with the recent unrestriction of Gifts Ungiven. A deck that can attack from numerous angles, and a deck that is no doubt the most fun I’ve had playing Vintage in years. That deck is Gifts Rector Omniscience.
The recent restriction of Treasure Cruise in Vintage meant that we were going to rewind a few months to the pre-Khans of Tarkir and pre-Cruise era. But this time we get additional information. We know that aggro-control strategies are hitting hard (being it Wasteland decks, or Delver ones), preying on Blue decks that have thus far been ill-equipped to handle the onslaught of powerful and efficient creatures. Workshops are also preying on this, as Chalice of the Void is more potent than ever, and Wasteland can be crushing against low mana ratio decks. Oath of Druids being a natural predator to both of these strategies has vaulted it to the forefront as well. And last but not least, we have the unrestriction of the previously format-defining Gifts Ungiven.
Hello guys, the heat is on! I am in the mood for writing about my favorite card of all time, so take this article with a grain of salt. I am slightly biased about what is the coolest / techiest / most insane card in Magic’s history – Survival of the Fittest!
Hello and welcome to my first Vintage article! Vintage? Why would a Legacy fanatic write about Vintage? I had the opportunity to experience this format a few weeks back at the Prague Eternal event, and did rather well while also enjoying myself, and wanted to share that fun with you.
Like many others, I have heard a lot about the legend of Ovinogeddon. It is the second largest non-WotC run Eternal tournament in Europe (only behind the grand Bazaar of Moxen). It takes place every year in Milano, Italy’s most expensive city. Luckily my good friend Igor Panigada, who lives in Prague, is originally from the Lombardia’s capital. He was going and wanted us to attend as well. He told us about extremely cheap return tickets from Easy Jet (they were only 55 Euros!), and got us an amazing hotel not far from metro, only 10 minutes by foot away from the site. He even started and edited a private Facebook page where he told us literally everything we needed to know about Italy, Milano and playing Magic in Italy. Otherwise we wouldn’t have watched several videos about the airport pickpockets, and wouldn’t have researched 25 Top 8s of past Italian Legacy tournaments. It is amazing to have such a friend, so thank you Igor!
Welcome to our second installment on Old School 93-94 Magic decks. We’ll take a look at a Land Tax + Land’s Edge combo deck, which I recently piloted in a friendly Old School Magic get together in Chicago (IL, USA).
There’s nothing like the sight of a pair of Arabian Nights Serendib Efreets, staring down an Alpha Serra Angel. Well, maybe a double Beta Dark Ritual into a heavily played Juzam Djinn sitting staunchly across from an Alpha Juggernaut, freshly cast on the first turn off of a well-loved Mox and a Mishra’s Workshop. Welcome to our first installment on Old School 93-94 Magic decks!