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  • So Many Insane Plays Podcast Episode 60: 2016 Year in Review

    Kevin Cron and Steve Menendian review 2016 and award their annual Moxies.
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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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  • So Many Insane Plays Podcast Episode 53: The Mid-May 2016 Vintage Metagame Update

    Kevin Cron and Steve Menendian discuss the mid-May, post-Lodestone Golem restriction Vintage metagame; including MTGO Dailies, the April Premiere event, paper results, and the Bazaar of Moxen.
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  • So Many Insane Plays – Magic Online P9 Challenge Metagame Analysis

    Returning home from Eternal Weekend was a dispiriting experience this year, as far as Vintage is concerned. We enjoyed the largest crowds ever for both Vintage Champs and Legacy Champs – at a special, non-convention event, no less – while Vintage had languished in a slow decline on Magic Online, the platform for which it has the most promise, unconstrained by the Reserved List or paper card supply.
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  • The MTGO Power 9 Challenge – Results & Analysis

    On July 20 2015, Wizards of the Coast announced a radical slate of changes to Magic Online, especially for non-Pro Tour formats. Vintage players quickly found that prizes of substantial monetary value were replaced with Play Points, and Daily Events would become 3 rounds of Swiss. In the three weeks between the announcement and the change taking effect, Wizards published six Daily Event results. The same rate held in the three-week period after implementation, and in the three weeks preceding the October 20 Magic Online announcements, by which point the Daily Events had been altered to a new 4-round structure. In contrast, the three weeks prior to the Play Points announcement had 16 published results. That period was unusually busy for Vintage online, but it demonstrates that Play Points and 3-round Dailies failed to build on any existing momentum. The Wizards announcement of the Power 9 Challenge was a thrilling about-face. Instead of smaller and less-rewarding tournaments, Wizards would offer real Vintage prizes and coordinate less-frequent but larger and more meaningful tournaments. Even so, the announcement expressed some doubts that the 33-player minimum would be met, and stressed that a 12-player minimum Daily Event would be available at around the same time.
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  • So Many Insane Plays Podcast Episode 39: Khans of Tarkir

    Kevin Cron and Steve Menendian review Khans of Tarkir for Vintage. Plus, their Journey into Nyx report card, and the latest Vintage Super League results.
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  • Everyday Eternal Podcast Episode 29: Finally, a Use for Magic Online

    In episode 29 of #EverydayEternal Matt Pavlic (sdematt), Sam Craven (@thecravenone), and Julian Knab (@itsJulian23) wrap up the last of the new cards from Khans of Tarkir. There’s not a lot left, so the discussion quickly moves from the plane of the Khans to the realm of online Magic. Sam introduces us to the Vintage Super League, which he hopes will bring more attention and interest to Vintage. Julian shares stories from the recent Legacy MOCS – the only non-GP Legacy tournament that can be used to qualify for a Pro Tour.
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  • So Many Insane Plays Podcast Episode 38: Vintage on Magic Online

    Kevin Cron and Steve Menendian take a deep look into Vintage on Magic Online: the metagame, it’s implications for Vintage Champs, and the platform itself.
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  • So Many Insane Plays Podcast Episode 37: Vintage Online and M15

    Kevin Cron and Steve Menendian examine discuss the early stages of Vintage on Magic Online, the results of their Journey into Nyx report card, and their M15 review.
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  • Vintage Masters Sneak Peek – Vaulting Through Vintage

    In the pantheon of historical Vintage/Type I decks, there are few strategies that have the ruthless efficiency of untapping Time Vault to take extra turns repeatedly. Taking extra turns in Magic has always been fun (thank you, Time Walk!), but taking all the turns is even better.
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  • It’s Vintage Masters Preview Week!

    Vintage Masters is due out for Magic Online next month, and is getting the full preview treatment on the Wizards of the Coast mothership this week.
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  • Modern Masters Announced – Tarmogoyf (and more) Reprints on the Way!

    During the coverage of Pro Tour Return to Ravnica this weekend, Mark Rosewater and company dropped a bomb on the audience. A brand new 229 card set scheduled for June 7, 2013 titled Modern Masters will be released, featuring reprints of Modern legal cards only, as a way to jump start interest in Modern and increase card availability. Tarmogoyf was the first card previewed for reprint, and you can expect a slew of other big name cards as well. The set will not be Standard legal, but will obviously be legal in any formats the cards are normally legal in (ala Coldsnap).
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  • [Guide]: Cockatrice – PC/Mac software to play Magic: The Gathering online

    While Magic Workstation (MWS) is the king of the hill to play free Magic games online, recently a new german software has started to get popular. We are talking about Cockatrice.

    Cockatrice is an open source software that works on both PC and Mac developed by Max-Wilhelm (Bruker), Marcus Schütz and Marius van Zundert, and even though the game still is on its very early stages we can say it works great for the playtesting purposes. It doesn’t support tournaments yet, but, everything will come eventually!

    Right after the break we’ll try to explain you some of the nice features Cockatrice has and help you install/configure it.

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  • Magic Online Legacy Weekly Metagame Report 05-03-2010

    With the rapid growth of Magic Online, Wizards of the Coast has been bringing more players into the digital world of card slinging by creating new formats and releasing all of the old sets online. Earlier this year Wizards of the Coast recently announced the creating of the Legacy Online format, which is a bit surprising. That in and of itself is not surprising, but not all of the older Legacy playable cards are yet in the Magic Online card pool so it is surprising that they would launch it before this. But with the release of the rest of Urza’s block and the Masters Edition IV (slated for release December 13 2010), most of the remaining cards will be released ‘into the wild’ if the speculation proves correct that Masters Edition IV will include the hits from Mercadian Masques block (Mercadian Masques/Nemesis/Prophecy). Wizards go eventually release the entire Mercadian block, but the consensus in the past seems to be that Mercadian was the worst block and would be a very poor seller online (hence the theory of just including releveant cards in Masters Edition IV).

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