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  • So Many Insane Plays Podcast Episode 12: Vintage Metagame Trends and Dark Ascension Spoilers

    Kevin Cron and Stephen Menendian discuss recent trends in the Vintage metagame and two cards spoiled from Dark Ascension that will see play in Vintage.
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  • So Many Insane Plays – Trends & Predictions for 2012 & A Vintage Tournament Report

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

    Welcome Vintage addict, and happy holidays. In this article, I will present my final tournament report of the year, in which I narrowly missed Top 8 on account of a few critical play errors. I took more detailed post-match notes than in recent tournaments, so I may delve more deeply into game states. This kind of analysis is among the most pedagogically helpful for Vintage readers, and will hopefully be entertaining as well. But perhaps just as important is my analysis of the trends of the format and my predictions for 2012.
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  • So Many Insane Plays – The 2011 Vintage Year in Review

    Vintage in 2011 was simply amazing. Each new printing, deck, and idea – each new development – formed a chain of dominoes that led to one incredible story after another. I feel sorry for you if you missed it. The good news is that I’ll tell you all about it. For those of you who played Vintage in 2011, you can relive it again. It’s all too easy to get caught up in the moment. The year’s end is a time for perspective, to reflect on events and to find meaning in them.
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  • Xtreme Games Vintage 11-20-2011 Top 8 Decklists and Video Roundup

    On November 21 2011 at Xtreme Games in Lindenhurst, IL (USA), a Vintage showdown was held. A car full of players from the Ohio chapter of Team Serious drove out, and a number of local players from throughout Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana all made the trek, giving us 26 players in all, duking it out for the cash money.
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  • Team Serious Vintage Open November 2011 Live Stream

    Welcome to the LIVE broadcast of the Team Serious Open (TSO)! The TSO is being held today at Xtreme Games in Lindenhurst, IL (USA). Join us below for live coverage and streaming of some of Vintage’s finest players. This star-studded field includes the likes of the Master of Magic Jerry Yang, Lord of the Cats Jimmy McCarthy (our technical wizard today), perennial SCG Vintage Top 8’ers Ben “TheGunslinga” Carp, James “King Games” James, Mike the Salad Solymossy, Brandon “The Laboratory Maniac” Adams, and many more of the USA’s brightest minds in Vintage!

    Shouts out to Team Serious, Xtreme Games owners Shannon and Eric, and all of our fantastic viewers!

  • So Many Insane Plays – Understanding Remora Gush

    (Editor’s Note: This former Downloadable Product has now been made free to all customers. It has also been retitled from the previous title ‘So Many Insane Plays – Remora Gush: The Final Evolution of Gush in 2011.’ Enjoy!)

    The Vintage metagame is deep and rich. There are more options than ever for the Vintage player. Blue pilots can choose between Confidant/Jace decks, Snapcaster Control, Gush decks at the top tier, and a myriad of other choices such as Standstill, Oath, Painter, or Fact or Fiction-based decks. Combo pilots can choose among Confidant TPS, Worldgorger Dragon Combo, and now Doomsday. Workshop players can choose among aggressive builds, like Slash Panther, controlling builds, like Nick Detwiler’s Espresso Stax, and more combo oriented builds, like the Kuldotha Forgemaster decks that are rampant in Europe.
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  • So Many Insane Plays – Is Vintage ‘Too Fast’ or in a Golden Era?

    Brian DeMars recently penned an article titled ‘Is Vintage Too Fast?‘ While the article is framed as a question, it doesn’t take a psychic to guess at the author’s answer. Brian forcefully argues that Vintage is too fast, and that the DCI should restrict Bazaar of Baghdad and Gush to slow it down.
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  • So Many Insane Plays Podcast Episode 9: The Post-Innistrad Vintage Metagame

    Kevin Cron and Steve Menendian discuss Innistrad’s impact on Vintage as demonstrated by its first major event: The Mana Drain Open 15.
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  • So Many Insane Plays – Top 8 With Doomsday at Waterbury, and Forward Thinking

    Last week Stephen Menendian unveiled an explosive new Doomsday deck. This week he provides a detailed tournament report, including a blow by blow account of battling his way to the Top 8 of the esteemed Waterbury/TMD Open 15 tournament, including an epic match with the legendary Chris Pikula.
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  • So Many Insane Plays – DOOMSDAY RETURNS! How to Build Doomsday Piles and Win in Modern Vintage

    Hot off a Top 8 at the Waterbury/TMD 15 Open playing Doomsday, Stephen Menendian has written a primer on this unusual and exciting archetype. In this primer Stephen explains optimal deck construction, Doomsday piles, and sideboarding options and plans. With over 15 different Doomsday scenarios analyzed with detailed graphics, this article is a treat for all Magic lovers!
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  • So Many Insane Plays – Innistrad: A Comprehensive Vintage Set Review

    SMIP Innistrad Set Review

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

    I. Introduction and Overview

    Welcome loyal reader to my Innistrad Set Review!

    This article is dense and action packed. I will begin by recapping my New Phyrexia Set Review, and evaluating my predictions there. I will then talk about what entered Vintage with M12, and with the metagame changes this summer. Then I will share my thoughts on Innistrad, beginning with an essay on Innistrad, followed by a comprehensive analysis of which cards are Unplayable, Remotely Playable, Possibly Playable, and Definitely Playable. Finally, I will unveil the list of cards you will want to pick up from Innistrad, and the updated Vintage Checklist. Whew, that’s a lot to get to, so let’s get started!
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  • So Many Insane Plays Podcast Episode 8: Innistrad Set Review and Fact or Fiction Unrestricted

    Kevin Cron and Steve Menendian discuss Innistrad’s Vintage playables and the unrestriction of Fact or Fiction.
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  • September 2011 Banned & Restricted Update Instant Analysis

    The DCI has announced their quarterly updates to the Banned and Restricted lists, and there are some major changes in Vintage, Legacy, Modern, and Extended!

    Vintage
    Fact or Fiction is no longer Restricted.

    Legacy
    Mental Misstep is Banned.

    Modern
    Blazing Shoal is Banned.
    Cloudpost is Banned.
    Green Sun’s Zenith is Banned.
    Ponder is Banned.
    Preordain is Banned.
    Rite of Flame is Banned.

    Extended
    Jace, the Mind Sculptor is Banned.
    Mental Misstep is Banned.
    Ponder is Banned.
    Preordain is Banned.
    Stoneforge Mystic is Banned.

    These are some major changes to every widely played format outside of Standard (where Jace and Stoneforge are already Banned). What does this mean for these formats? Check out our Instant Analysis after the jump!
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  • Chasing the Mind’s Desire – Looking Ahead to the September 2011 Banned-Restricted List Announcement

    The next Banned and Restricted List announcement will be delivered September 20th 2011, if this announcement is in keeping with the timetable established over the last three years or so. About three months ago Stephen Menendian, a former Vintage World Champion, and I co-wrote an article outlining why Fact or Fiction should be unrestricted for Vintage play. Unfortunately the importance the DCI felt in addressing the problem with Standard, where they banned both Stoneforge Mystic and Jace, the Mind Sculptor, prevented them from focusing their attention on the other formats. In the intervening time we’re seen the birth of a new format, Modern, which has already been played at the highest level in Pro Tour: Philly. Including the shift in Standard due to rotation as Innistrad enters, I think there is the possibility that each of the formats (Standard, Modern, Legacy, and Vintage) look very different on October 1st than they do today.

    In this article we’ll target Vintage specifically, as it’s a format I believe is ripe for potential changes. Join us as we delve into a look at the Vintage landscape, and what ramifications possible changes could have as we analyze some of the weaker cards on the Vintage Restricted List.
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  • So Many Insane Plays – From Confidant to Cobra Gush: First Place in Sandusky

    Today, Stephen Menendian unveils his post-Vintage Champs deck of choice. The recent Team Serious Open in Sandusky, Ohio, provided a battle ground in the post-Champs metagame, with many of Vintage’s brightest minds in attendance. After the dust settled Stephen was crowned the winner, piloting an innovative take on Cobra Gush. He gives an in depth look at his card choices and reasoning, and looks at each of his games in this tournament, turn through turn, detailing the decision tree and ramifications of in-game actions.
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  • Vaulting Through Ohio – Vintage in Sandusky

    Earlier this year the members of Team Serious, that is, my teammates, decided there wasn’t enough Vintage action going on in the great Ohio valley, so they decided to do something about it and organized a tournament at POP! in Sandusky, Ohio (USA) for July 2nd, 2011. Team Serious extraordinaire Nat Moes of Charbelcher fame traveled in from the DC area and took down the whole thing with Wizards.dec. Yep, seriously. You can find all the sick decklists from that tournament here, courtesy of Asian assassin and rap battlemaster Twaun007.
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  • So Many Insane Plays – Understanding Confidant Gush

    (Editor’s Note: This content was formerly published on Quiet Speculation, and the former Downloadable Product has since been made available free here with the permission of the author and QS. Enjoy!)

    Gush is the Vintage Magic equivalent of the Wonderlic test. How a player views Gush as a card is indicative and suggestive, although not determinative (by any means), of their Vintage IQ. If a player looks at Gush, and is either unimpressed or thinks it’s simply not that good, it is only a matter of time until they are proven wrong. If a player doesn’t know how to play Gush, and fumbles around with it in testing, it’s guaranteed that they will underestimate it. If a player casts Gush on turn two, and passes the turn without doing anything else meaningful, they are GushFailing.
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  • Team Serious Open Live Stream

    Welcome to the LIVE broadcast of the Team Serious Open (TSO)! The TSO is being held today at POP! in Sandusky, OH (USA). Join us below for live coverage and streaming of some of Vintage’s finest players. This star-studded field includes the likes of the Master of Magic Jerry Yang, Lord of the Cats Jimmy McCarthy (our technical wizard today), former Vintage World Champion Stephen Q. Menendian, Mike the Salad Solymossy, and many more of the USA’s brightest minds in Vintage!

    Shouts out to Team Serious, POP! owner Dave P. Baum, and Grim Foe Games for broadcasting this in New York.

  • Gen Con 2011 Vintage Champs Top 8 Videos

    For those who weren’t able to watch the live stream of the 2011 Vintage Champs Top 8, the archived videos are now available.

    Top 8 Quarterfinals
    Ryan Glackin (Cat Stax Fever) defeats Joe Brown (Painter) – no video
    Paul Mastriano (Bob Gush) defeats Rich Shay (Gush Storm) 2-1 – no video
    Stephen Menendian (Bob Gush) vs Joseph Bogaard (BUG Fish) – video below

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  • Gen Con 2011 Vintage Champs Top 8 Decks

    BOOM! Here are the Top 8 decklists from the Vintage Champs at Gen Con 2011. Congratulations to winner Mark Hornung!
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  • Gen Con 2011 Eternal Event News

    Welcome to Eternal Central’s coverage of GenCon 2011! Scroll down below for Vintage and Legacy results as they stream in. We will be updating this periodically throughout the weekend as news, results, and tidbits flow in from the Internet and our friends on site, so keep hitting the F5 to refresh all weekend and keep it locked to EC for your Eternal news!
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  • Gen Con 2011 LIVE STREAM!

    The 2011 Gen Con is currently taking place in Indianapolis this weekend and we are lucky enough to catch the Top8 LIVE of the Vintage World Championship as soon as they are done with the USnats! Our Eternal Central Contributor, Stephen Menendian is currently 4-0 5-0 according to his twitter account @SMenendian.

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    @SMenendian Stephen Menendian
    5-0 just beat Paul mastriono my good friend and teammate 🙁

    Stay tuned to our LIVE Stream (powered by GGSLive) to watch all the upcoming events:

  • So Many Insane Plays – 2011 Q2 Vintage Metagame Report

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

    Ah Vintage, you are a stunning creature. Just 18 and a half years old, reaching maturity, you are in full bloom. It is my pleasure to help others appreciate your wonder. The Vintage metagame is a special creature, but it takes a seasoned hand to help illuminate this beauty. Every quarter, just as corporate America is compiling and releasing earnings reports for investors and regulators, I am doing the same, but for the Vintage format.
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  • So Many Insane Plays Podcast Episode 4: Cat Stax Fever

    Kevin Cron and Steve Menendian provide an in-depth analysis of Cat Stax, discuss related theories on Workshop Aggro, and address listener feedback on Magic 2012 and creature design in Vintage.
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