Tusk Talk Podcast Episode 8: Mavericks

In this episode of Tusk Talk Brendan Hagen (Seemsgood), Josh Hand (Megadeus), and Evan Nyquist (Überwucherung) skim the surface of the Legacy deck Maverick in the new metagame. Results from SCG Columbuus Legacy Classic are examined, along with the MTGO Legacy Champs, and the GigaBites Legacy Quarterly tournament for a Mox Ruby. This leads to some talk about the Legacy Dark Depths archetypes that have been showing up, 12-Post, Elves, and a couple other Legacy decks. Finally, the team briefly discuss the impact of Eternal Masters on Modern players.

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Building on a Budget – The Top 15 Cheap Modern Cards

Today I’d like to ponder a bit about what in my opinion are the best and most underrated cards in the Modern format. Modern card prices have rocketed in the last two years, and unfortunately a ban like that of Deathrite Shaman can make a card like Noble Hierarch rise up to the 40€ out of nowhere.

This is no coincidence, and even though I’ve seen a few decks that power themselves with this card (Birthing Pod being the main deck), I still haven’t seen that much use for it (outside of Pod), and 40€+ is waaaay overpriced for an enhanced version of a Birds of Paradise. Modern is very unstable when it comes to prices. The rise or fall of one tier deck can increase the price of even an uncommon card by 200%, or plummet it to almost nothing.

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.

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?

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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February 2014 Banned & Restricted Update – Deathrite Shaman Banned, Wild Nacatl & Bitterblossom Unbanned in Modern

The DCI has announced their quarterly updates to the Banned and Restricted lists today, and Deathrite Shaman has been Banned in Modern, while Bitterblossom and Wild Nacatl have been Unbanned in Modern! There are no changes in any other format.

Modern
Deathrite Shaman is Banned.
Bitterblossom is Unbanned.
Wild Nacatl is Unbanned.

Standard, Extended, Legacy, Vintage, Block Constructed
No changes.

Serious Vintage Podcast Episode 14: Vintage BUG and Josh’s Vegas Wrapup

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Josh Chapple (@joshchapple on Twitter) makes his triumphant return from GP Vegas to regale us with tales of woe and whoa in Episode 14. Nat Moes (@GrandpaBelcher) goes over the results of the recent Team Serious Open in Sandusky, including the propagation of BUG decks with Deathrite Shaman and Abrupt Decay. And Geoff Moes (@ThallidTosser) keeps us all in line.

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So Many Insane Plays Podcast Episode 26: N.Y.S.E. Open 1

SMIP Podcast Episode 26

In episode 26, Kevin Cron and Steve Menendian analyze the results of the inaugural New York Stack Exchange Open: it’s metagame, Top 8, and overall significance to the Vintage format. Also, M14 rules changes, Grand Prix: Las Vegas, exclusive Eternal Weekend news, and a special mystery guest!

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April 2013 Banned & Restricted Update – Regrowth Unrestricted in Vintage, Second Sunrise Banned in Modern

Banned Restricted Update April 2013

The DCI has announced their quarterly updates to the Banned and Restricted lists today, and Regrowth has been Unrestricted in Vintage, and Second Sunrise has been Banned in Modern! There are no changes in any other format.

Vintage
Regrowth is Unrestricted.

Modern
Second Sunrise is Banned.

Standard, Extended, Legacy, Block Constructed
No changes.

Serious Vintage Podcast Episode 8: January B&R Update, Non-Blue Aggro-Control, Team Serious Open, and Cocktails

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In Episode 8 of the #SeriousVintage podcast we invite Jake Hilty (@TuringTested) to join us and talk a little about non-blue aggro-control in Vintage. Jake is an aggro aficionado, and recently wrote an article for Mana Deprived on the transfer of Jund to Legacy, along with the banning of Bloodbraid Elf in Modern. Geoff Moes (@ThallidTosser) and I (@GrandpaBelcher) will be tossing out questions about non-blue dudesweats. We’ll also talk about the January Banned and Restricted List update, the upcoming Team Serious Open, and cocktails!

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Serious Vintage Podcast Episode 5: On Modern Masters, Power on MTGO, Vintage Judging, and #ManyInsanePies

Welcome to the fifth installment of the Serious Vintage Podcast, hosted by Nat Moes (@GrandpaBelcher on Twitter), Geoff Moes (@ThallidTosser on Twitter), and Josh Chapple (@joshchapple on Twitter). This week we are joined by Abe “Katzby” Corson (@AbeCorson on Twitter). We discussed the physical reprints coming in Modern Masters next June, and the digital reprints coming to Magic Online (MTGO) in the form of Power 9 in the Online Cube. Then we talked to Abe about judging in Vintage, and learned a little about the history of the format in the process. Finally we wrapped everything up in a flaky crust and talked about #ManyInsanePies for the holiday season.

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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).

Check out the video and more details after the jump!