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  • Everyday Eternal Podcast Episode 21: Bazaar of Miracles

    In episode 21 of #EverydayEternal, Matt and Sam are joined by Julian Knab (@itsJulian23 on Twitter) to discuss predictions for this weekend’s Bazaar of Moxen. We expect Miracles and Team America to be the strongest contenders, with Jund as a possible spoiler deck. In our continuing discussion on Team America, we do a deck deconstruction and discuss the core of the deck and how to deal with it. This is part 2 of this week’s DOUBLE EP release! Check out part 1 here.
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  • Everyday Eternal Podcast Episode 20: Journey Into Play Analysis

    In episode 20 of #EverydayEternal, Matt, Sam, and Jacob spend some time analyzing the final match of SCG Seattle, featuring our previous guest, Greg Mitchell on Team America vs. David Bauman on Death and Taxes. We also delve into the spoilers for the soon to be released new set, Journey into Nyx. This is part 1 of this week’s DOUBLE EP release! Check out part 2 here.
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  • Everyday Eternal Podcast Episode 19: A Noble Undertaking

    In episode 19 of #EverydayEternal, Sean (nedleeds) makes his triumphant return and joins Matt Pavlic (sdematt) in hosting two special guests. SCG Seattle winner Greg Mitchell gives us a tournament report, and then SCG Legacy writer Carsten Kotter joins in the discussion.
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  • Everyday Eternal Podcast Episode 18: Discard Dis Card

    In episode 18 of #EverydayEternal, Sam (@thecravenone), Jacob (@mtgkoby), and Matt (sdematt) discuss discard as an element of Legacy Magic. The focus is on one mana targeted discard, but we also delve into some of the more popular non-targeted options as well.
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  • Everyday Eternal Podcast Episode 17: The Europeans Take Over

    In episode 17 of #EverydayEternal, Grand Prix Paris semifinalist Philipp Schönegger and Bazaar of Moxen 2013 champion Julian Knab (@itsJulian23) chat with Matt and Jacob (@mtgkoby) about their experiences at Grand Prix Paris.

    We jump around a bit, but the main focus for today is the specific choices made in Philipp’s Miracles decklist. Julian and Phillip also regale us of several stories of interesting and tight play from throughout the weekend. Philipp ensures us he’ll be playing in the next prerelease.
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  • Summer Starts with Magic – Announcing Prague Eternal 2014

    (Editor’s Note: the following message is from a longtime reader and supporter of Eternal Central, who also is now organizing tournaments in Europe. Please check out this special announcement of a brand new large scale European tournament. Support Vintage everywhere!)

    My name is Jan “ZUZY” Zuskac, and I am from Czech Republic. I have been playing Magic for about 14 years now. I started with Extended, and at that time I bought my first Japanese cards. Since that time I have been “pimping” my decks, and as the cards gets older they move into the realm of Vintage. I love Vintage, but it is not played as often as I would like, so I also play Legacy.

    After I bought my first Power 9 cards I disappointingly found out that there were no Vintage tournaments in all of Czech Republic! That was about 7 years ago, but now there is the Czech Vintage and Legacy Series – 6 tournaments in Prague, Brno, and Pribram.
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  • There and Back Again – Miracles Philosophy & Sideboarding

    Hello, and welcome to my second article here on Eternal Central. My last article was about my success at GP Paris with my beloved Miracles deck. It is arguably the best deck in the metagame as of now, but somehow it’s still lacking popularity, especially in the US. But why is this?

    Miracles is a difficult deck to play (especially playing quickly enough for tournament constraints), even though it might not look like this all the time. In the following articles I will talk about certain philosophies of this deck, as well as certain approaches on the most important matchups. But enough of useless babble, let’s get it going.
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  • Grand Prix Paris Finalist Report with UWR Miracles

    After my incredible run I felt an obligation to write a report. I would have been glad to say win, win, win, win, win, win, and win, but it will only be win, win, win, win, win, win…and loss. I ended up finishing second at the Grand Prix in Paris.

    First of all, I will make a short introduction of myself. I am Maxime Gilles, and I have played Legacy for several years. I am currently an administrator on legacy-france.org, and a member of the team GT Paris (even though I moved to Lyon last year).
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  • Fighting the Blues: Leaving the Legacy

    “Oh, man! Oh dang!” I gasped. The train to my work was packed and I didn’t even have room to move. I felt several sets of eyes glance at me, probably wondering what this foreign looking individual uttered in the mostly silent commuter train. My mind was busy calculating and didn’t have time to bother. Bitterblossom had been unbanned in Modern, spiking my two copies from a mere $20 to over $60 in a matter of minutes. I had just made over $80.

    At first, I was ecstatic. As a person who is the sole bread winner in the family (by choice of my wife and I), I am very shrewd on how much I spend on cards. I learned early on the impossible art of how to keep my personal purse strings in control. Yet, Magic: the Gathering is a great game in which you are able to invest in cards and make some money. Although I am no pro, I have become apt enough at trading and investing to be able to support my hobby without tapping into our family funds. Bitterblossom was fodder for that project. As I was rummaging through ideas of how to use the extra cash, a thought struck me. With this hike in price, I was overjoyed. But how about other people?
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  • There and Back Again – Grand Prix Paris Top 4 Report With Miracles

    I am back from Paris, where this year’s European Legacy Grand Prix was held. It was an outstanding weekend for me, leaving me with my first GP Top 8. But before getting into this, please allow me to introduce myself. I am Philipp Schönegger, a Legacy enthusiast from Austria. I’ve been playing Legacy for about three years, but didn’t play it really competitively before GP Strasbourg, where I finished Top 64 without any byes. After having dipped into this perspective of Legacy I kept on testing a lot, which rewarded me with various top finishes at smaller tournaments in Austria and Italy. With GP Paris on the way I kept on testing the same deck I had been playing for about two years now, Miracles. This blue-white-red menace has conquered a piece of my heart ever since.

    Coincidentally though, my preferred deck was also the best deck at the GP, with positive match-ups all over the format. Before delving into the tournament itself, let’s take a few moments to briefly analyze my list:
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  • Everyday Eternal Podcast Episode 16: Born of the Gods and Death of the Shaman

    After downtime last month, the #EverydayEternal crew is back with lots of format news.

    Additionally, a friend of the podcast has provided us with some of the much-talked-about Chinese counterfeits to take a look at. While we’ve already talked about what we think of them in general, we spend a bit of time explaining why we think, at least this print run, shouldn’t be of any concern to the average player.

    Note: This podcast was recorded before the Brainstorm scandal at GP: Paris broke out. Pending the results of that investigation, I’m sure we’ll have something to say about it later.

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  • Heart of the Storm – New Frontiers

    While I enjoy hot drinks in the cold and my cross-Europe-travel to visit all my friends and family in Spain, France, Bavaria, and Poland usually the last 2-3 weeks of the year, I admit I’m just not the type for the warm and fuzzy Christmas-feeling, maybe as a result of usually breaking up during October/November (3 years in a row…don’t ask me why). If people I meet there on the long rail-travels across Europe or during a chatter in the departure hall of an airport ask me where I’m from, I usually answer that question with “Europe!” due to my wide-spread multi-national family tree and being pervaded by that cultural mix, rather than a distinctive nationality. I also mixed my academic training, as I have a bachelor degree as an architect and a diploma (equals a master degree) in construction engineering, working internationally as a consultant for conversion of stores (worked for Levi’s, Otto Kern, Fossil, etc.), re-utilization of urban space (often into living areas), town planning, and rights of residence. This is my third year living in Germany’s capital and I still adore the rough, edgy, gross, and yet historic and monumental sides of Berlin, with all the available space to actually create/alter the face of the city.

    I first played the game in 1994 between the Arabian Nights and Antiquities expansions on a non-regular basis and really became a real tournament player in 2003, playing mostly Vintage at that time and therefore pervaded by Scourge’s key mechanic which sculpted the metagame back then: Storm. If you’ve ever sleeved up the powerful mana artifacts of the old days with sets of Lion’s Eye Diamonds and Minds Desire, it carves a lasting passion which now lasts for a full decade in my case, even if I don’t sleeve up my Beta Power anymore. Over the years, a passion grew between me and Legacy combo decks, slinging infamous cards like Doomsday, Show & Tell, Aluren, and Survival of the Fittest in their full bloom. I was ever a pretty fast guy for taking down notes for reports and to reconstruct possible misplays, thanks to my dear grandmother who taught me stenography during middle school. It was late 2012 as I thought that I could use that ability to create very detailed notes during the matches and my knowledge of the storm-mechanic to unravel one of the most complex and misunderstood decks in the current Legacy metagame: The EPIC Storm.
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  • Fighting the Blues: An Enchanting Story

    I am thrilled. Why? Because Wizards of the Coast cares for us. Yes, they do not simply hang us out to dry, as though Legacy players are mere scavengers rummaging through the meager portions of goodies among dozens of Standard playable cards in a newly revealed set. Oh, sometimes we are simply emaciated. A set is fully spoiled and we find that none of the cards see even marginal play in Legacy. Set after set, we hang our mouths wide open in anticipation for the next Stoneforge Mystic, Snapcaster Mage, or even Swan Song and most times our hope is bitterly betrayed. We slump our shoulders and walk away from the computer wondering why we even looked in the first place. Although possibly not true, we non-blue mages experience this more often than not.

    And yet, here we are. The dawn of Born of the Gods brings forth a shining star from the ashes of desolation. It takes up its sword, ready to join the ranks, to fight the good fight, and to bring balance to what was once a desert storm of blue decks. We welcome you to our ranks, oh mighty Spirit. Make way brethren, Spirit of the Labyrinth arises!
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  • Fighting the Blues: Decks for the New Year

    So the holidays are here. Did you get your wish? I hope it didn’t include blue. I know, I know. You have been eyeing that Tundra for a long time, glimmering in the protective wooden card display of your local game store. Perhaps it’s on sale, even 20% off now that the crazy shopping season is coming to an end. But do you really want to sacrifice your integrity? You have been known in your local group as the one who fights against the tide. You were the chosen one to wield white. Your heart throbbed when you first encountered the alluring raw power of green back when you first started. Black made you a tiny bit more evil, and a little more sadistic. Not to mention the flavor! I ask again: are you willing to give all of that up so your deck can become “consistent?” Hope your 2014 year doesn’t start with this unfortunate step.
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  • Everyday Eternal Podcast Episode 15: 2013 Year in Review

    In episode 15 of #EverydayEternal, Matt Pavlic (sdematt) and and Sam Craven (@TheCravenOne) reminisce about 2013, and the changes that the year brought.

    Harkening back to our fourth episode, we open with a brief discussion with Michael (Minileets on The Source) about his experience over the last several months with building a Legacy community from the ground up.

    Matt gives us his short SCG Invitational report, and then it’s on to the year in review!

    All three casters have tournament reports including Grand Prix: Washington DC, The Vancouver Legacy Classic, and StarCityGames Providence Legacy Open. We do a bit more analysis on True-Name Nemesis, including the impact on Legacy, and where we see the metagame going from here. We close out with a bit of listener feedback.
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  • Everyday Eternal Podcast Episode 14: Field Reports

    In episode 14 of #EverydayEternal, Matt Pavlic (sdematt) and and Sam Craven (@TheCravenOne) are joined by another tournament topping guest, Bob Huang (@silyaznfoo), who recently Top 16’ed both Grand Prix: DC and StarCityGames Providence Legacy Open.

    All three casters have tournament reports including Grand Prix: DC, The Vancouver Legacy Classic, and StarCityGames Providence. We do a bit more analysis on True-Name Nemesis, including the impact on Legacy and where we see the metagame going from here. We close out with a bit of listener feedback.
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  • Fighting the Blues: Against the Waves

    No Such Thing as Stock

    “No way,” my friend shook his head with a hint of sass. “Yes, I’m serious Carl. I really think it would work,” I said, mustering up as much confidence as I could. “It’s not even a goblin! It will dilute my deck.” He wasn’t convinced. “Yes, I know, but the synergy is perfect. I can’t imagine Goblins not running this. You have to trust me.” Any other testing partner might have moved on, playing their usual 75. Being a fantastic friend and an open minded person, he listened. He took one of the cards in his deck and flipped it around displaying the ever-so-familiar back through the warn sleeves. “There. This can be Purphoros. Let’s see what it can do,” he sighed as he started shuffling.
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  • Fighting the Blues: Introducing a New Perspective

    When I Used to be Blue

    I sigh deeply as I see a Flooded Strand enter the battlefield on the opponent’s first turn. It sits there mocking me; an overpriced un-cracked fetchland. The opponent passes with an unmistakable smirk on his face. Suddenly, the hand of Tarmogoyf, Lightning Helix, and Kird Ape seems not powerful enough to get there. What if he plays a Counterbalance on his second turn? Does he have a Force of Will to diminish my pressure? The dreaded Terminus may be looming on the horizon to null my entire deck of creatures and burn spells. My creatures, which were acquired through much saving and trading, now face an uphill battle as pound for pound, their card strengths don’t match those of the controlling opponent. Speed is the name of the game. If I were to rip one creature after another the game may be still mine. But the possibility of drawing lands makes me nervous. I untap, draw for my turn. Taiga smiles back at me, my fourth land. The hill just got steeper.
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  • Everyday Eternal Podcast Episode 13: Tournaments Galore!

    In episode thirteen of #EverydayEternal, Matt Pavlic (sdematt), Jacob Kory (@MTGKoby), and Sean O’Brien (nedleeds) have a very special guest. Joining the guys is Bazaar of Moxen Legacy winner, Julian Knab (@itsJulian23).

    We get reports from Julian and Sean about their trips to Bazaar of Moxen and Eternal weekend as well as some discussion about the events themselves. Of course, results are king! We analyze the metagame after the last few big tournaments and discuss how to prepare for that metagame just in time for Grand Prix: Washington, DC.
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  • Everyday Eternal Podcast Episode 12: Big Things on the Horizon

    In episode twelve of #EverydayEternal, Matt Pavlic (sdematt), Jacob Kory (@MTGKoby), and Sam Craven (@TheCravenOne) discuss the big things coming soon to eternal magic. After a brief return to Johnny decks and Matt’s SCG Open: Seattle tournament report, the guys discuss the cards out of Commander that they’re most looking forward to. This segues in to the big tournaments coming up this weekend and how we expect to see the metagame change.
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  • Legacy Metagame Analysis November 2013

    Welcome to our initial Legacy Metagame Analysis. This will be a monthly series of Legacy metagame reports covering all of the major tournaments, showing which decks are grabbing the top finishes. I have been doing my own metagame analysis for months now, and I find it really helpful as a bird’s eye view of what is performing well in Legacy.
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  • Everyday Eternal Podcast Episode 11: Listener Feedback Part 1

    In episode eleven of #EverydayEternal, Sean O’Brien (nedleeds), Matt Pavlic (sdematt) and Sam Craven (@TheCravenOne on Twitter) respond to listener feedback. We start by exploring our Johnny side, and discussing how we prefer to play. We move on to Deathrite Shaman and whether he’s bannable. This paves the way to questioning what makes a card bannable, and some thoughts on cards that could be unbanned.

    For the last half of the cast, the guys discuss deckbuilding. There’s a little bit of complaining about netdecking, but the focus is on how to build it your own way. This includes ten minutes of brewing the next generation of Esper Stoneblade from scratch.
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  • SCG Milwaukee Legacy Open Report – Winning with Sneak and Bargain

    Game. Blouses. Time and time again this past weekend, that’s all I could think of. I casually rolled into Milwaukee on a calm Sunday morning, demolished nearly everything in my path, and then strode out with a trophy from the latest StarCityGames Legacy Open event.
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  • Ovino 8 2013 Legacy Top 16 Decklists and Standings

    The huge annual Ovino tournaments were recently held, and 407 people duked it out for a studly prize pool in Milan (Italy) on September 28 2013. Vladimir Padve (UR Delver) bested Ilya Sherbakov (Dark Depths Maverick) in the finals.
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