So Many Insane Plays – Preparing for the 2013 Vintage Championship

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I am in the Nick Saban school of game-day preparation: process is everything. Studies show that students who imagine themselves performing well on a test actually perform worse than a control group. The explanation behind this counter-intuitive fact is simple: performance is a product of preparation, and students who imagine themselves doing well are less likely to prepare as intensively. Process is everything: from what you eat, to how you sleep, to how you practice, and manage your life outside of that process.

Everyday Eternal Podcast Episode 9: Preparing for Battle

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In episode nine of #EverydayEternal, Matt Pavlic (sdematt), Jacob Kory (@MTGKoby on Twitter), and Sean O’Brien (nedleeds) discuss big tournaments. First, Sean regales us with his tales from GenCon, including winning an uncut sheet of Antiquities (congrats, Sean!). We’ve gotten some feedback about large tournaments such as Vintage Champs, so the guys move on to discussing how to prepare for such a large event. Everyone involved reminds you that it is not just the deck that’s important come game day!

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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.

So Many Insane Plays – It’s a Young Mancer’s Game: Grow 2013

About once a year, Stephen Menendian innovates a new deck that changes the Vintage metagame. Decks like Maniac Doomsday and Burning Tendrils are examples from recent years, and decks like GroATog and Meandeck Gifts are examples of yesteryear from rich history of the Vintage. If you only read one strategy article this year, this is the one to get. Stephen is proud to unveil his new Grow list coupling Young Pyromancer and Regrowth with Gush, which he claims will shake up the entire metagame. Gush is back in a big way.

Serious Vintage Podcast Episode 15: GenCon 2013 Preview

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For episode 15 Geoff (@ThallidTosser on Twitter) and Nat Moes (@GrandpaBelcher) bring back Jerry Yang (@yangtrolls), epicurean and, as we learn, the actual worst Vintage player in the world, to talk about the upcoming GenCon extravaganza. We talk a bit about the Vintage metagame and the applications of Young Pyromancer, then we jump straight into the events and, more importantly, the food of GenCon. If you’re going to be in Indianapolis in a few weeks, you’ll definitely want to listen to this episode.

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Everyday Eternal Podcast Episode 6: Judge Q&A

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In episode six of #EverydayEternal Sean and Sam are conspicuously absent, and Matt Pavlic (sdematt) and Jacob Kory (@MTGKoby on Twitter) are joined by guests Michael Nixon and Kevin Long, level 2 judges from Vancouver and Los Angeles, respectively. The gang have a fun Q&A with the judges including interesting stories, rulings, and tips for dealing with your local judge. We wrap up with a bit of listener feedback and look forward to next week, when all four hosts (should) be together again!

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Schools of Magic: History of Vintage – 2001

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2001 was the beginning of a Renaissance for the Type I format. After half a decade of slow decline, tournament interest and enthusiasm surged, as players organized tournaments online, in Europe, and as Origins and GenCon became major Type I tournament scenes. Witness the rise and fall of Accelerated Blue, the dominance of Fact or Fiction, and the emergence of the first Welder-based Workshop decks, Gush strategies, Sapphire Oath, and much, much more! Rediscover long-lost decklists and tournament report excerpts that capture the feeling and experience of the format in 2001. Revisit the debates between players like Tom LaPille, Oscar Tan, and Matt Smith, and learn history’s judgment of their arguments. Continuing Stephen Menendian’s epic History of Vintage series, Chapter 9 (2001) is a dramatic turning point in the history of the format. At 30 pages of action-packed history, this chapter is not to be missed!

Everyday Eternal Podcast Episode 5: Therapy Session

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In episode five of #EverydayEternal, Matt Pavlic (sdematt), Jacob Kory (@MTGKoby on Twitter), Sean O’Brien (nedleeds), and Sam Craven (@TheCravenOne on Twitter) discuss one of the most loved and most hated cards in legacy, Cabal Therapy. We discuss several different scenarios involving Cabal therapy and what card you might want to name most upon resolution of your Cabal Therapy. We also discuss the upcoming release of the Magic 2014 core set and its potential impact on eternal formats. If you play buzzword bingo, get ready for a good show because this episode is strictly better than a skill intensive mirror match, and that sure does seem good.

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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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