So Many Insane Plays – 2012 Vintage Championship Report & Post-Mortem

So Many Insane Plays - 2012 Vintage Championsip Report & Post-Mortem

The Vintage Championship is the one of the few Vintage “majors,” tournaments of higher level competition and prestige. The most famous European major is the Bazaar of Moxen, renowned for its extraordinary prize payout. Although the Vintage Championship does not have the best prize payout of the Vintage majors, like the Italian OvinoGeddon or the American Waterbury, it does have a prize that is perhaps more coveted: a piece of original alternate artwork of one of the ‘Power Nine’ cards, framed as a trophy.

It’s a Dredgedy – The Vintage Takeover

Hello, and welcome back! In my last article I briefly introduced myself and described the genesis of my Legacy Dredge deck, and performance at the 2012 Bazaar of Moxen (BoM) Legacy events. While I was not able to repeat my Top 4 performance from the previous year in the Legacy portion, I was able to play Dredge in the Vintage main event at BoM and ended up winning the whole thing! Below I’ll describe how that happened, and talk a bit about Dredge in Vintage.

It’s a Dredgedy – The Legacy Takeover

Hello and welcome readers! Since this is my first article I thought I would take a brief moment to introduce myself. My name is Erik and I’m 23 years old. I was born in Germany where I’m still living, and I’ve been playing Magic since 2000. At first I played casually, but with the printing of Darksteel back in 2004 I dove into the Standard scene, playing mostly aggro-decks like White Weenie or Raffinity. In 2005 I quit playing for about two years, only to return in 2007. This time my format of choice was Legacy. After trying a few control decks I then discovered a deck called “Dredge,” which was still under heavy development at the time. With the printing of Bridge from Below and Narcomoeba in Future Sight this deck seemed quite strong to me. I played quite a bad version of it – with Lion’s Eye Diamond and Deep Analysis, as well as Homura, Human Ascendant – to a passable finish at my first tournament with this deck.

So Many Insane Plays – The Parameters of Land Tax in Legacy

Land Tax is finally legal in Legacy. Hallelujah!

Land Tax is a card that I have long argued is among the safest cards to unban from the Legacy banned list. In 2010, I asked my readers if they felt Land Tax was a safe unban, and an overwhelming 80% agreed at the time that it was.

It’s sometimes surprising how Wizards will unban or unrestrict a riskier card than cards that are obviously safer for Eternal play. A good example is unrestricting Gush before Fact or Fiction in Vintage. A good Legacy example is unbanning Entomb before practically every card they’ve unbanned since. Half of the cards argued for in my 2010 article are now legal, and Land Tax is arguably the safest of all.

So Many Insane Plays – 1st Place With Baleful Strix Control: A Vintage Tournament Report

I’ve played a ton of Magic lately, surprising given how crazy busy my professional life has been recently, and the ideas have been flowing as if by divine inspiration. Perhaps that’s a consequence of playing Doomsday over and over again in both Vintage and Legacy: my neural pathways have been taxed to the limit, and I’m creating new Magical branches in my brain.

When Kevin Cron and I podcasted So Many Insane Plays #15 – Doomsday Scenarios recently, our goal was to cover the Bazaar of Moxen results and to present some Vintage and Legacy Doomsday scenarios. Yet, in covering Planechase 2012, I was struck by how insane Baleful Strix seemed, especially in light of the metagame we had just covered from the Bazaar of Moxen 2012 Vintage tournament.

The second place deck was MUD. Baleful Strix is pretty much exactly what you want against Workshops: it’s an artifact creature, which means it can be played under Lodestone Golem and Thorn of Amethyst without any problem, and trades with a Lodestone Golem while also netting you a card in the process. In other words, it’s a 2-for-1 there. With Goblin Welder, it’s almost impossible to deal with, and things can quickly spiral out of control for the opponent.

SCG Columbus Legacy Top 8 Report – Empty Belcher

Hello, I’m Geoffrey Moes, and I made Top 8 at the recent StarCityGames Legacy Open in Columbus on June 3rd playing Belcher with a sideboard consisting of fifteen Revised Islands.

This all started a little more than a week before, on Friday, the 25th of May. I’m no stranger to Eternal formats, but my choice format is almost exclusively Vintage. It was only with some persuading by my Team Serious teammates that I was convinced to participate in a Legacy tournament.

Jumping into this wasn’t an easy task, though. I had no deck, and worse than that, no real format experience with the Legacy metagame. It quickly became apparent that Belcher was the best choice, both to have a good time and also to minimize my interactivity with the format, giving me less opportunity to blunder into mistakes that a more experienced Legacy player would avoid. I spent an hour or so shopping around online for all the components that I was missing, which was almost of them. Bits and pieces of the deck arrived all week, and after the mail arrived on Saturday I headed off to Columbus, still leaving one Lion’s Eye Diamond floating in mail limbo.

So Many Insane Plays – The Legacy Doomsday Device Primer

For the last 7 months, Stephen Menendian has been toiling away in his Magic laboratory on a concoction that is certain to shake up Legacy. In this article, Stephen reinvents Doomsday in Legacy, just as he has in Vintage. Focused determination and meticulous refinement have produced a decklist and a deck approach that will blow your mind.

Stephen’s Legacy Doomsday deck overcomes many of the problems that traditional Legacy Doomsday decks face. It not only runs more countermagic than nearly every other deck in the format, but it is completely invulnerable to storm hate, Gaddock Teeg, Arcane Laboratory effects, and Leyline of Sanctity. It is blisteringly fast and savagely brutal.

This 33 page primer will provide all of the tips, tricks, and advice you need to learn how to play this monster, and will provide the 12 basic Doomsday scenarios you must master. If you buy any article this year, this should be it!

SCG Madison Top 16 Report – Sneak and Bargain

Have you ever played with Necropotence or Yawgmoth’s Bargain? Odds are, if you like doing unfair things and have been playing Magic since Urza’s Block, or are a Vintage player, you’ve probably lusted for more cards and more power. The dark side of Magic compels you to sacrifice and trade your soul for power. Griselbrand is that dark side.

So Many Insane Plays – Avacyn Restored Eternal Set Review

So Many Insane Plays - Avacyn Restored Eternal Set Review & Updated Vintage Checklist

(Editor’s Note: This former Downloadable Product has now been made free to all customers. Enjoy!)

I. Introduction

Welcome dear Eternal player. It’s great to have you back as we dig into the final set from Innistrad block, and the last major set for 2012 until the fall. This is a huge set, with a bunch of playables, design innovations, and a fascinating, game warping mechanic. In this set review, I will take a look at every single new printing for Vintage (and in some important cases, Legacy) applications. Moreover, I will present you with a plethora of decklists that provide a context for each application. I have a decklist for every playable Vintage card in this set, and then some.

The enigmatic title implies a return to the place or revival of something known as “Avacyn.” Yet, this set feels very much in line with the path opened by Innistrad, to push and advance the development of creature-oriented strategies in the Vintage format. Delver of Secrets, Snapcaster Mage, and Grafdigger’s Case were each major printings aiding that trajectory. It seems that Avacyn Restored is giving one last push in that direction. The central figure in that effort is obviously Cavern of Souls, which is discussed prominently in this set review.