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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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  • BoM Tournament Report – Top 8 with Forgemaster Workshops

    My name is Rasmus Vium Fristed, an old school magic player and long time Vintage enthusiast (since 2001). I recently made Top 8 in the main Vintage tournament at Bazaar of Moxen in Paris, and thought I would share my experience. I originally meant to write a report for my fellow Magic players from Denmark in the hope of igniting the smoldering Vintage spark but instead decided to contribute to the global community and write the report in English.

    The description of the matches may seem a bit excessive, yet I enjoy this kind of descriptions and hope that you do, too.
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  • So Many Insane Plays Podcast Episode 31: Eternal Weekend Results

    Kevin Cron and Steve Menendian discuss the results of Eternal Weekend.
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  • So Many Insane Plays – Pitch Burning Tendrils, Other Brews, and Three Tournament Reports

    Stephen Menendian’s latest weapon of choice is revealed here, in an epic 45 page primer and three tournament reports (including the Vintage Championship). A compelling read for Vintage enthusiasts and experts alike, Stephen’s nuanced and characteristically detailed analysis of the critical trends in the late 2013 Vintage metagame, innovative deck designs, and updated favorites like Maniac Doomsday, are all part of a must read, end of year Vintage strategy article you won’t find anywhere else. His latest deck is, in his view, the best deck in Vintage going forward, and the perfect weapon for upcoming tournaments.
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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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  • Solid Magic – The GenCon 2013 Experience

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    Those of you who have followed Vintage for awhile may know me, however some of you may not. I broke out in 2008 when I took 5th place at Vintage Champs with Drain Tendrils at the first event after the “big blue” restriction. After piloting numerous combo decks over the years I developed the RUG Delver deck that was tearing it up in the summer of 2012, and I wrote a report about my run with the deck at GenCon 2012, as well as a RUG Delver Primer last year.

    In the past year, I’ve had several subjects I wanted to write about, but none of them were really engaging enough to warrant my time…until now. Another GenCon is in the books, and I’d like to take a slightly different approach to a tournament report. I played in three vintage tournaments and one M14 sealed event, but that wasn’t really what made GenCon 2013 a great time. Once you understand how my whole trip went, including the shenanigans, tomfoolery, and devastating plays, you’ll understand why GenCon truly is the best 4 days in gaming.
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  • So Many Insane Plays – It’s a Young Mancer’s Game: Grow 2013

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

    Since the DCI unexpectedly unrestricted Regrowth in April, I have been interested in reviving Gush strategies in the format, just as the unrestriction of Burning Wish spurred me to do the same with Ritual strategies with Burning Tendrils. As I warned folks, Regrowth bolsters the greatly diminished GushBond engine in both consistency and speed. It functions in a similar role to Merchant Scroll – a two mana sorcery that usually becomes Gush. The difference is that Regrowth reuses a Gush you have already played whereas Scroll fetches a new one out of your library. Sometimes Regrowth is actually better. Merchant Scroll can only find blue instants. Regrowth can find anything in the graveyard, and recur Time Walk or Black Lotus, or even a countered Yawgmoth’s Will.
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  • So Many Insane Plays – The Burning Tendrils Bible

    Are you interested in learning about the best combo deck in Vintage? Stephen Menendian’s Burning Tendrils primer, Burning Tendrils vs. MUD matchup analysis, and four Burning Tendrils tournament reports together can now be yours in these collected works, now titled The Burning Tendrils Bible.
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  • So Many Insane Plays – 1st Place in Vacaville with Burning Tendrils, Again: A Tournament Report and Other Thoughts on Vintage

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    Stephen Menendian has done it again, finishing first at the latest Vintage tournament with his creation, Burning Tendrils. In this detailed 27 page tournament report, Stephen characteristically provides a thoughtful play-by-play recap of his tournament experience, delving behind each play with an explanation of his decision process, and an analysis of alternative lines of play from each land drop to sequencing spells. Stephen will test your abilities in the process by asking the reader to select a line of play. Stephen also introduces an updated non-Oath Burning Tendrils list for control metagames, talks about Voltaic Key and Time Vault in Burning Tendrils, and shares his broader thoughts on the archetype and the Vintage format. As always, Stephen breaks the mold for tournament reports with his iconic style and brilliant insights.
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  • So Many Insane Plays – 1st Place in Vacaville: Two Burning Tendrils Tournament Reports

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    Hot off his Team Serious Open victory in December, Stephen Menendian took his Burning Tendrils creation to another 1st place finish in Vacaville this past month. Read this epic 29 page double tournament report to see what the latest changes are that Stephen has made to combat the ever-evolving metagame. Complete with play-by-play game coverage and Stephen’s characteristic detailed analysis, trace both the lows and learning experiences of an underwhelming tournament performance, to lessons learned translating into the highs of another tournament victory at the most recent Vacaville vintage tournament. Follow Stephen’s thought process in each situation as you learn how to become a better combo pilot by learning from the best in the format.
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  • Dominating the Dojo – 1st Place in Bloomsburg with Twaunspresso Stax

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    A ways back, Hitman (aka Paul Kim) mentioned making the trip out to Bloomsburg (PA, USA) to battle for a Mox Emerald. After a pep talk from fellow hip hop aficionado and Sucka Free MC Yangtime (aka Jerry Yang) I was talked into attending. It went a little something like this…
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  • 1st Place at Action Comics Vintage Vegas January, With Burning Long

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    We had another great Vintage tournament at Action Games and Comics on Saturday, January 19. The turnout was a bit better than last time, but not enough for 5 rounds and a cut to top 8. Baby steps. At least there is Vintage being played!

    I chose to play the same deck that I played last time, Burning Long. The deck has some very absurd draws and can attack from many angles. Whether you are storming your opponent out with Tendrils of Agony or abusing Oath of Druids in any number of manners, you can dodge specific hate that your opponents are packing for more linear decks and fight back with great success. Continue Reading

  • So Many Insane Plays – Victory with Burning Tendrils *1st Place*

    Stephen Menendian has finally had the chance to play his latest Vintage creation in a marquis event, and ended up winning the tournament! Read play-by-play action of 8 rounds of tournament Magic, and learn how to employ Stephen’s latest sideboard and tournament refinements. Learn strategy, tips, tactics, and decision making in critical situations, all in this 25+ page in-depth accounting of tournament victory at the Team Serious Open with Burning Long.
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  • The Void in Vacaville: A Vintage Tournament Report With Dredge

    “The one great crusade worthy of an enlightened man is that directed against whatever impoverishes imagination, wonder, sensation, dramatic life, and the appreciation of beauty. Nothing else matters. And not even this really matters in the great void, but it is amusing to play a little in the sun before the blind universe dispassionately pulverizes us again into that primordial nothingness from whence it moulded us for a second’s sport.” – HP Lovecraft

    Vintage for Cash is a tournament series in Northern California organized by Blaine Christiansen and hosted by Olde World Games in Vacaville (CA, USA). So far there have been four events, and this tournament report describes the most recent on November 3rd 2012. I suspected there might be a small turnout for this one since it was only announced a few weeks ahead of time. Blaine wanted to get in one more Vintage event before the holidays. Little did I know there was also a PTQ to siphon away some of the non-Eternal specialists leaving us with only 11 people actually showing up (the previous 2 iterations had 18 and 16). Small does not mean uncompetitive, however. Blaine (Finalist at 2012 Vintage Champs) organized the event, and it was known that Stephen Menendian (former Vintage Champ and all around Vintage heavy-weight) and David Ochoa (returning to Vintage fresh off an amazing Pro Tour performance) would be in attendance, not to mention other good players from the area whose names Vintage enthusiasts across the country might not recognize. Realizing that outplaying my opponents was likely a losing proposition, I decided to play up other aspects of “the game,” namely deck selection and metagaming.
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  • 2nd Place at Action Comics Vegas Vintage, With Burning Long

    Vintage, my favorite format by far, has eluded me for the most part for the last few years. Once upon a time, thanks to the innovation of proxy tournaments, Vintage saw a surge in popularity and tournament play thanks to SCG and their P9 series. Now, no thanks to the innovation of proxy tournaments, Vintage has seen a decline in play and popularity marking it as barely discussed and almost completely irrelevant save for a few tournaments a year. I believe without card ownership (too many proxies), gamers have no ownership in the format, thus dooming it to failure.

    But this isn’t an article about why Vintage, for the most part, has failed. This is a tournament report and for the Vegas Vintage tournament this past weekend, and a reminder that while Vintage is waning, it is still a great format full of endless possibilities and tremendous fun!
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  • So Many Insane Plays – A Time For Grixis Control and Other Thoughts on the Vintage Metagame

    The night before the Vintage Championship I struggled to decide what I would play. As recounted in my GenCon Vintage Champs report, I had decided I would play Cobra Gush in the prelim tournament, based upon my conclusion that it was the best Gush option. Despite my strong performance, I still sensed – inchoately – that UBR Confidant/Jace Control might actually be a better option, especially in a Workshop heavy metagame. I had just such a list drawn up and ready for testing that night.
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  • GenCon 2012 Legacy Champs Winner – A Report on Sneak & Show

    Hey everyone, welcome to what I hope will be an entertaining romp through a written detail on what turned out to be a particularly sweet GenCon this year, some discussion on Show and Tell variants, and the story of my win at Legacy Champs!
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  • Soly at GenCon: Bolt to the Cranium!

    Welcome to my first article for Eternal Central! I’ll share with you my experiences playing a deck I’ve developed and tuned in Vintage called RUG Delver, and also the awesome times I had at GenCon 2012 this past weekend.

    My notes and reports won’t be as detailed as some, as this is just from memory and I will mainly just highlight the key plays that won or lost a particular game. So let’s do it!
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  • So Many Insane Plays – 2012 Vintage Championship 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.
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  • It’s a Dredgedy – 37th out of 1,345 with Dredge at GP Ghent


    Hello and welcome back to my article cycle about Dredge. Today I’ll be writing a tournament report about the Legacy Grand Prix in Ghent. Of course I played Dredge (decklist here, for reference) because it’s the only deck I feel most confidant with while playing. And you need confidence at the Grand Prix.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • Bazaar of Moxen 2012 Legacy Decklists, Reports, and Video Roundup

    With the Bazaar of Moxen 2012 Legacy tournament in the books, we are happy to report that it was the largest privately sponsored Legacy tournament to have ever taken place to date, with an awesome 724 players in attendance (breaking last year’s record of 633). This year the Top 4 decided to split the prizes, and your Top 4 as as follows: Nicolas Crepelle (Sneak and Show), Marc Duran (GW Maverick), Cyrill Terroy (Tempo RUG Zoo), and Simon Rouzé (RUG Delver).
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  • Bazaar of Moxen 2012 Vintage Decklists, Reports, and Video Roundup

    Early May annually brings about the biggest Vintage tournament on the planet, and this past weekend marked the sixth annual Bazaar of Moxen tournament in Annecy, France. A whopping 337 players came out to battle in the Vintage main event for some incredible prizes, and 22 year old German Erik Hegemann walked away with the crown piloting an innovative Dredge list, outdueling Spaniard Daniel Majano (playing MUD) in three action packed games!
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