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  • In the Lab – Brainstorming Legacy Affinity

    In the Lab - Brainstorming Legacy Affinity

    Since the printing of Mirrodin and Darksteel enterprising mages have been brainstorming the best ways to break the Affinity mechanic. Effects that multiply anything (see: Berserk, Fork, the Storm mechanic) have traditionally been very powerful, and the DCI has treaded very carefully with those effects. The Affinity strategy proved sound enough to thoroughly dominate Standard and get all of the good cards banned in Extended, but hasn’t had the kind of strength or staying power in Legacy to keep it in Tier 1 or Tier 2 status.
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  • Could Masters Edition 4 Change the Banned & Restricted Lists?

    Last week, Patrick Chapin wrote on Twitter:

    Library of Alexandria is not being placed on Online Classic Restricted List (when other ME4 cards are). Is this a hint as to next B/R list?

    That rumor was spread world wide and actually a lot of people started to think about how Library of Alexandria would impact Legacy and Vintage online. People on mtgthesource.com seem mixed about the possibility of LOA entering the Legacy format. Patrick Chapin’s rumor was actually true, as today we’ve seen the official changes to the MTGO Banned and Restricted lists, and Library is unrestricted in MTGO Classic. When it comes to changes to the B/R lists we always hope they come for good, so we’ll see if these little online hints then in turn have any bearing on the the paper formats. So far these are the new changes to the online lists:

    Classic MTGO: Fastbond, Mana Vault, Time Vault, Trinisphere and Wheel of Fortune are Restricted.

    Legacy MTGO: Fastbond, Library of Alexandria, Mana Vault, Mishra’s Workshop, Time Vault and Wheel of Fortune are Banned.

    (The ME4 release also affects other MTGO formats like 100 Card Singleton, Tribal, Prismatic, etc.)

    For those of you who aren’t familiar with Magic Online, you should know that the Masters Editions are sets that reprint old staples for the online formats Classic (Vintage) and Legacy.  You can find the full spoiler of the cards to be released with ME4 right after the break:

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  • In the Lab – Legacy Transformers

    In the history of Magic: The Gathering, milling your opponent has been always a fun (but not always great) way to win the games. WotC keeps printing cards that throw cards from top of the deck to the graveyard, but generally all those cards suck. Even though we know how bad of a strategy milling is we keep trying it.

    The following In the Lab article talks about my latest (monster) creation: Transformers. You can keep reading about it after the break.

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  • StarCityGames Boston Legacy $5K – Videos

    Here we are again with the videos of the StarCityGames Boston Legacy $5K thanks to the excellent job done by GGslive.com. The videos go from Round 2 to the Grand Final between Gerry Thompson and James Rynkiewicz. Remember you can check the Top16 decklists here.

    FINAL – Gerry Thompson VS James Rynkiewicz

    The rest of the videos right after the break and of course, in our EC TV channel.

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  • StarCityGames Boston Legacy $5K – Top 16 Decklists

    The Boston SCG Open Series Legacy  $5K tournament has come to an end with James Rynkiewicz taking home the winner tittle (and $2000). Survival of the Fittest wins for the second time in a row in yet another outstanding performance. The combination of the green enchantment with Vengevine seems to be dominating the boards and a good prove of that are those 7 out 16 decks of SCG Boston Top16 that were playing 4 Survival of the Fittest + 4 Vengevine.

    It seems to us that the new Legacy trend to combat Vengevine Survival is actually playing it. Someone once said:

    If you can’t beat them, join them.

    That sentence is, somehow, full of win. Sad but true. The current Legacy situation deserves a full article, as there are lot of key factors that can define why Legacy is plagued with Vengevines. We’d love to know more about the following poll we are presenting:

    [poll id=”7″]

    Right after the break you can find the Top 16 decks of the StarCityGames Boston Legacy $5K.

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  • Star City Games – Boston LIVE Broadcast!

    The last stop of 2010 Star City Games Open Series circuit is taking place this weekend in Boston and here we are again with the LIVE Broadcast of the Legacy main event. Last week Survival of the Fittest did an outstanding performance placing 5 out of 8 decks in the Top8, but, will the green enchantment repeat such a performance? Or will people be more prepared to combat it?

    Hope you guys enjoy the coverage, which should start around 17:00 CET (Central European Time). After the break, the chat and the information we gather about the event:

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  • LCL Badalona (October 2010) – Top8 Legacy decklists & Videos

    Here we are once again with the videos and decklists of the Catalan Legacy League (LCL) that took place this October in Badalona with yet another incredible participation of 100 players. This is the second time in a row that the LCL gets 100+ players. If you ever go to Barcelona and want to play some Legacy, you should definitely check in at the LCL.

    The LCL videos are brought, as usual by Enric, and the top8 decklists were provided by Roger Riera. To both of them, thank you for such an amazing work. This is how the top8 matches went:

    Quarterfinals

    • Iván de Castro (UW Training Rebels) – Iván Carrillo (U Merfolks)
    • Victor Martínez (Countertop Progenitus) – Lluis Restoy (UGB Survi-Parras-Ooze)
    • Francisco González (Survi-Welder) – Mario Fortes (GW Survi-Parras)
    • Oscar Mesegué (Goblins) – Alberto Manchado (Countertop Bant)

    Semifinals

    • Iván Carrillo (U Merfolks) – Alberto Manchado (Countertop Bant)
    • Victor Martínez (Countertop Progenitus) – Francisco González (Survi-Welder)

    Final

    • Victor Martínez (Countertop Progenitus) – Alberto Manchado (Countertop Bant)

    The videos and the Top8 decklists, right after the break:

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  • 2011 Star City Games Open Series Information and Calendar

    2011 StarCityGames.com Open Series

    Here at Eternal Central we are huge fans of the great work Star City Games is putting together. We are bringing you the live coverages of their events thanks to GGslive.com and we’ll continue to do that next year. (Remember that next stop of 2010 SCG Open series is this weekend in Boston). Their tournaments define (somehow) what’s trendy in Legacy and what’s not. It inspires us to write about Legacy and we hope it inspires you guys to play better.

    Anyways, we just wanted to share with you guys the official announcement of the 2011 Starcitygames.com Open Series. Get ready for some serious Draft/Standard/Legacy action coming up next year. Right after the break all the information that SCG has provided:

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  • Instant Analysis – SCG Charlotte $5K Legacy

    Instant Analysis Charlotte

    As the leaves turn warm shades of yellow, orange, and red, and the temperature cools this early fall, the Legacy scene continues to burn brightly. The StarCityGames Charlotte Legacy $5K tournament was held this weekend, and 147 competitors with decks in hands traveled to Charlotte (North Carolina, USA) to compete for $5,000 in prizes and to earn more SCG Open Series points towards the huge tournament later this year.
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  • StarCityGames Charlotte Legacy $5K – Top 16 Decklists

    StarCityGames Charlotte Legacy $5K Top 8

    The StarCityGames Charlotte Legacy $5K event has come and gone this weekend, and Nicholas Spagnolo is your SCG Charlotte champion! 147 players came out to compete in the Legacy portion, and in a field packed with Survival of the Fittest another 5 players made Top 8 with the enchantment, and 7 out of the Top 16 were Survival-based decks. These included UG Survival, WG Survival, and Necrotic Ooze Survival. Check out the entire Top 16 decklists after the jump!

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  • Star City Games – Charlotte LIVE Broadcast!

    The next stop of the Star City Games Open Series circuit is taking place this weekend in Charlotte, NC, and here you’ll find the LIVE broadcasts of both Standard and Legacy SCG $5K events. Will Survival of the Fittest dominate the Legacy event like at the last SCG $5K stop? Stay tuned to see what happens!

    As bonus coverage, we can add that today in the LCL (Catalan Legacy League, Barcelona – 100 players), 3 Survival decks made Top 8. Despite another impressive showing for Survival of the Fittest, the 2 players that made it into the Finals were piloting CounterTop Bant (one with Natural Order and one without).

    Right after the break you can follow the chat and read more facts about the Legacy Event (as soon as the information is being released).

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  • Focus on Legacy – Combating Survival

    Combating Survival of the Fittest

    During the recent coverage of StarCityGames Nashville Legacy $5K event SCG writer called for the banning of Survival of the Fittest. OOOOOOH GOD, a deck has taken the SCG circuit by storm! We had better take immediate corrective action and ban something! Now I think we can all recognize that Survival is a fantastic card, but is it really ban-worthy? Let’s take a look at this, and various ways to combat Survival after the jump.

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  • Survival of the Fittest Should Not Be Banned, Say the Voters

    According to our readers from the poll we made last week, even though Survival of the fittest is everywhere, it should not be banned in Legacy. The results from the poll (so far, as it’s still opened) are:

    • No (71%, 152 Votes)
    • Yes (29%, 61 Votes)

    Total Voters: 213

    Besides SotF, do you feel like any other card should be banned or unbanned in Legacy? Wizards of the Coast “experiments” in Vintage have a tendency to allow more cards into the format. Will WotC apply the same philosophy for Legacy? Someone said once that cards like Mana Drain were banned in Legacy due to their high monetary value, but having other cards in the format like Tarbenacle at Pendrell Vale  or Grim Tutor kind of invalidate that theory.

    In this week’s poll, we are asking you if you think it’s safe to unban cards like Mana Drain in Legacy:
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  • 2011 Grand Prix Circuit Includes 2 Legacy GP Events

    The 2011 Grand Prix Schedule has been released today and the Eternal players everywhere can rejoice. With the success of the Legacy GP’s from this year (including GP Madrid’s record-breaking turnout), Wizards of the Coast has decided to keep the ball rolling with 2 more Legacy stops this coming year.

    One will take place in Providence (Rhode Island, USA, May 28-29) and the other one in Amsterdam (Holland – Europe, date to be determined). We hope to see great attendances at both GP’s, so you better start testing!

    After the break you’ll find the complete 2011 GP Schedule.

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  • Eternal Weekend 2010 (Madrid, 293 players) – Legacy Videos + Top8 Decklists

    The so awaited Legacy lists from the past Eternal Weekend are finally here, including the Spring Tide from Juan José Rodríguez who managed to finish undefeated after 9 rounds!

    The videos that you’ll find in this post are from both Legacy main event and the Legacy All Stars. Hope you guys enjoy them!

    Legacy AllStars: Alejandro Dupuy vs Carles Meseguer G1

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  • Star City Games – Nashville Top16 Legacy decklists

    Congratulations to Jessie Butler for winning SCG – Nashville Legacy Open! Thanks to the guys from SCG we already have the decklists from the top16 players. Please notice the sick performance of decks running Survival of the Fittest.  3 out of 4 top4 players ran the enchantment, so… here it comes the compulsory question:

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    Decklists after the break:

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  • Star City Games – Nashville LIVE Broadcast!

    The next stop in the Star City Games Open series is taking place this weekend in Nashville (USA). Tomorrow (Saturday) will take place the Standard event and Sunday the Legacy one. We are gonna leave the broadcast from GGs live up the whole weekend for those who’d like to watch some standard action too. Hope you guys enjoy the show!

    Chat after the break:

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  • Stephen Menendian Goes from SCG to Quiet Speculation

    One of the few Vintage writers and also probably one of the best Eternal writers, Magic guru Stephen Menendian, and his column “So Many Insane Plays” are moving from the well known Star City Games website to the new and very interesting Quiet Speculation.com.

    The good news is that to replace Menendian’s column StarCityGames are bringing in both Brian Demars and Andy Probasco, both excellent players and well respected for their Vintage and Legacy theory and results among the Eternal Magic community (especially on TMD).

    We encourage all of you to keep the track of these excellent writers at Quiet Speculation, as they promise really high-quality articles there. After the break there’s an excerpt and link to Steve’s first article on Quiet Speculation.

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  • A New Take on Legacy Dredge!

    Legacy is a format that is constantly in flux. Tons of decks are viable and therefore it’s very hard to attack or defend the format from one specific angle. A lot of people dislike this characteristic of Legacy (and old Extended formats), but I think it’s great.

    Nowadays Vengevine Madness is slowly starting to dominate, and various decks and their sideboards are adapting to help fight the Vengevine menace, and are tailoring graveyard hate specifically for attacking this threat. This is great news for Dredge since people are now packing graveyard hate that is quite weak against Dredge. After the jump let’s take a look at the available options that are most often played.

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  • Eternal Weekend 2010 (Madrid) – Legacy Coverage and News!

    After the succes of yesterday’s Vintage event, today’s Legacy tournament generated a lot of expectation to see how many people would gather in Madrid. So, it’s now official: 293 players are fighting for the Legacy prices through the 9 swiss rounds + top8!

    Due to a very tight schedule of some of the Top8 players, they’ve split the prizes for the whole Top8! Each Top8 player will get an average of 12.5 dual lands. Congratulations then to the 8 winners!

    Juan José Rodriguez (Solidarity)
    David López (Dark Threshold)
    Sergio Matesanz
    Juanmi Carrascosa (WG Survival)
    Iñaki Puigdollers (TES)
    Juan Tamargo (Merfolks)
    Luis Martín
    Alex del Valle (TES)

    We will be sharing any kind of information that we can get, so stay tuned! As usual, you’ll find the latest results provided by the the organization right after the break.

    **Updated with the final standings after the 9th round

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  • Pimp My Deck – BUG Landstill, by piZZero

    It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted a full deck! Leaving my combo decks behind and moving to control was a tough but wise decision. I’m currently loving the BUG Landstill JACO presented few months ago (Primer + SB strategies, forum discussion). Even though the deck isn’t 100% pimp’d as I’d like to (still missing 3 Foil Japanese Innocent Blood; help needed here!), I’m really happy and proud to present you my legacy deck:

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  • [Videos]: Legacy LCL – Badalona (105 players, 18/09/10)

    Thanks to Enric Luzán, aka Ercoman, we can now enjoy the videos from the September’s LCL (Catalan Legacy League) that took place in Badalona with a record turn out of 105 players! Remember you can find the top8 decklists here. And the videos, right after the break!

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  • [Videos]: Legacy SCG – Baltimore (19/09/10) + Top16 Decklists

    Thanks to the guys from ggslive we can now enjoy the videos from the last Star City Games Open Series Legacy tournament. You can find the Top16 decklists after the videos. Hope you enjoy some Legacy action! As usual, right after the break.

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  • [Video]: The Legacy Metagame. By Toor

    From the creator of “The Vintage Metagame“, Toor, now we can enjoy his latest creation!