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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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!

So Many Insane Plays – 2012 Vintage Championship Report & Post-Mortem

So Many Insane Plays - 2012 Vintage Championsip 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.

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.

When Kevin Cron and I podcasted So Many Insane Plays #15 – Doomsday Scenarios recently, our goal was to cover the Bazaar of Moxen results and to present some Vintage and Legacy Doomsday scenarios. Yet, in covering Planechase 2012, I was struck by how insane Baleful Strix seemed, especially in light of the metagame we had just covered from the Bazaar of Moxen 2012 Vintage tournament.

The second place deck was MUD. Baleful Strix is pretty much exactly what you want against Workshops: it’s an artifact creature, which means it can be played under Lodestone Golem and Thorn of Amethyst without any problem, and trades with a Lodestone Golem while also netting you a card in the process. In other words, it’s a 2-for-1 there. With Goblin Welder, it’s almost impossible to deal with, and things can quickly spiral out of control for the opponent.

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.

This all started a little more than a week before, on Friday, the 25th of May. I’m no stranger to Eternal formats, but my choice format is almost exclusively Vintage. It was only with some persuading by my Team Serious teammates that I was convinced to participate in a Legacy tournament.

Jumping into this wasn’t an easy task, though. I had no deck, and worse than that, no real format experience with the Legacy metagame. It quickly became apparent that Belcher was the best choice, both to have a good time and also to minimize my interactivity with the format, giving me less opportunity to blunder into mistakes that a more experienced Legacy player would avoid. I spent an hour or so shopping around online for all the components that I was missing, which was almost of them. Bits and pieces of the deck arrived all week, and after the mail arrived on Saturday I headed off to Columbus, still leaving one Lion’s Eye Diamond floating in mail limbo.

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).

Terroy Cyril of Paris, France won the Golden BoM 2012 Award, awarded to the player with the highest finish in both the Vintage and Legacy main events. Terroy piloted Tempo Zoo to a Top 4 finish in the main Legacy event, and played Dredge to a 15th place showing in the main Vintage event, netting him a playset of Underground Sea’s altered by the fabulous Sandreline.

The coverage teams from WatchDaMatch, Mana Infinito, and BoM were working hard all weekend to document Eternal’s biggest International weekend, and our many thanks go out to them, for without their hard work the information below would not be available. Below you will find the Bazaar of Moxen 2012 Legacy Top 8 decklists, videos from the coverage, as well as various BoM Legacy tournament reports from around the web, as well as some bonus decklists and information from other competitors who finished outside the Top 8. Check it all out after the jump!

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!

Terroy Cyril of Paris, France won the Golden BoM 2012 Award, awarded to the player with the highest finish in both the Vintage and Legacy main events. Terroy piloted Tempo Zoo to a Top 4 finish in the main Legacy event, and played Dredge to a 15th place showing in the main Vintage event, netting him a playset of Underground Sea’s altered by the fabulous Sandreline.

The coverage teams from WatchDaMatch, Mana Infinito, and BoM were working hard all weekend to document Eternal’s biggest International weekend, and our many thanks go out to them, for without their hard work the information below would not be available. Below you will find the Bazaar of Moxen 2012 Vintage Top 8 decklists, videos from the coverage, as well as various BoM Vintage tournament reports from around the web, as well as some bonus decklists and information from other competitors who finished outside the Top 8. Check it all out after the jump!

SCG Madison Top 16 Report – Sneak and Bargain

Have you ever played with Necropotence or Yawgmoth’s Bargain? Odds are, if you like doing unfair things and have been playing Magic since Urza’s Block, or are a Vintage player, you’ve probably lusted for more cards and more power. The dark side of Magic compels you to sacrifice and trade your soul for power. Griselbrand is that dark side.