Stephen Menendian Goes from SCG to Quiet Speculation

One of the few Vintage writers and also probably one of the best Eternal writers, Magic guru Stephen Menendian, and his column “So Many Insane Plays” are moving from the well known Star City Games website to the new and very interesting Quiet Speculation.com.

The good news is that to replace Menendian’s column StarCityGames are bringing in both Brian Demars and Andy Probasco, both excellent players and well respected for their Vintage and Legacy theory and results among the Eternal Magic community (especially on TMD).

We encourage all of you to keep the track of these excellent writers at Quiet Speculation, as they promise really high-quality articles there. After the break there’s an excerpt and link to Steve’s first article on Quiet Speculation.

Eternal Weekend 2010 (Madrid) – Vintage Coverage and News!

Starting today and until Monday, the 2010’s Eternal Weekend is running in Madrid. 148 players gathered for today’s Vintage main event and fought through 8 rounds of swiss + Top8.

Top8:

  1. Darío González – 22 – Jacerator
  2. Pedro Mula – 21 – MUD
  3. Guillem Ragull – 20 – Repeach Tendrils
  4. Alejandro escribano – 19 – MUD
  5. Rubén González – 19 – Storm City Bond
  6. Ricardo nieto – 19 – Dredge
  7. Carlos Moral – 19 – NLU
  8. Inazio Madariaga – 19 – TTS

Darío vs Inazio – 2-1
Carlos vs Pedro – 2-0
Guillem vs Ricardo – 2-0
Rubén vs Alejandro – 2-1

Top4:

  • Guillem Ragull (Repeach Tendrils) VS Carlos Moral (GAT with goyfs instead of Dryads) – RESULT 2:0
  • Rubén González (Storm City Bond) VS Dario González (Jacerator) – RESULT 2:1 (Dario won Game 1 but Rubén make a comeback to win the match)

I’m not 100% sure if the deck from Dario is running Gush (which I assume it does), so we can say there’s 4 out of 4 Gush decks in the semifinals! Hello DCI!

So!!!!! Guillem Ragull and Rubén González (both players from Barcelona) reached the finals and split the prizes (5 Moxes + 1 Black Lotus). Congratulations to both of them!

The official coverage from La Universidad de las Artes Lúdicas somehow stopped, so we’ll keep you informed of what’s going on and who’s on the finals and the winner!

After the break you’ll find the standings after the 8th round:

So Many Insane Plays – Scars of Mirrodin Vintage Set Review

(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!)

The suns that orbit Mirrodin dim, their color fading. The Myr have scattered. But the dread and the evil are not done with it yet. They have returned to scavenge the remains of this dying world for malevolent and selfish ends. We are among them.

Our return to Mirrodin is neither coincidental nor mere happenstance. We have come full circle, on a trajectory of exploration and pursuit of power. We arrived on Mirrodin just as Gush had left the format, in the Fall of 2003. Upon our return, Gush greets us.

How do you like the new Vintage?

With the recent changes to the Vintage Banned and Restricted list, it seems like people is getting the enthusiasm back to play Vintage. Before the unrestrictions of Gush and Frantic Search the format became totally predictive due to the few archetypes that were competitive. The lack of draw turned the format into something too depending on the luck factor, whether it was to combine a Time Vault with a Voltaic Key or a Mishra’s Workshop with a Lodestone Golem. There were other options to play with, but they were all luck dependant to having broken cards in your opening hands, like Bazaar of Baghdad or Oath of Druids.

The entrance to the format of these 2 blue drawers will arise new strategies. GAT (Grow-A-Tog) is willing to prove again it’s the best Vintage deck in the format. Will Quirion Dryad dominate over Fish or MUD? Time will tell, but they’ll definitely have a shot, like Stephen Menendian did last weekend by winning a 30+ people event in Ann Arbor. This is the list he played:

Top8 Vintage decklists – EUROVINO 5 (233 players – Milan 11/09/10)

Even though the Vintage lists from the Eurovino5 tournament are now outdated due to the un-restrictions of Frantic Search and Gush, hope you enjoy the Top8 decklists from such a big event. Thanks (again) to Stinfo for his amazing work.

Winner

[Maindeck] (60)
Polluted Delta
Flooded Strand
Underground Sea
Island
Swamp
Tropical Island
Tolarian Academy
Mox Emerald
Mox Jet
Mox Sapphire
Mox Ruby
Mox Pearl
Black Lotus
Mana Crypt
Sol Ring
Lotus Petal
Mana Vault
Dark Confidant
Dark Ritual
Necropotence
Yawgmoths Bargain
Minds Desire
Ancestral Recall
Timetwister
Time Walk
Mystical Tutor
Vampiric Tutor
Demonic Tutor
Merchant Scroll
Hurkyls Recall
Chain of Vapor
Ponder
Preordain
Senseis Divining Top
Tendrils of Agony
Duress
Force of Will
Yawgmoths Will
Brainstorm
Regrowth[/Maindeck]
[Sideboard] (15)
Xantid Swarm
Extirpate
Massacre
Death Mark
Tormods Crypt
Hurkyls Recall
Pithing Needle
Natures Claim[/Sideboard]

In the Lab – Vintage Polymorph

Due to the current Vintage metagame, that bores me to oblivion, I’m currently testing new stuff in order to find a balance between the fun and the win rate. If I’d play for winning I’d probably play Dredge. If I wouldn’t care about the fun then I’d probably play MUD. But since I’m somewhere in between those 2, I feel the need to do something!

You’ve seen me trying to design new stuff such as the Jacerator deck. A deck that, despite the fact that it isn’t played a lot, has achieved excellent results at mid/large tournaments around Europe. Jacerator is good because of the current metagame. Playing 4 Tarmogoyf maindeck plus a bunch of Nature’s Claim, Jace, the Mind Sculptor or  Trygon Predator makes this deck a true “metagame deck”. Current Vintage metagame is so stuck that everywhere you go you’ll find the exact same decks. That’s what makes Jacerator good! Anyways, I’m not here to speak about Jacerator!

So, today I’m going to try to explain why Polymorph might be good in Vintage.

[Video] Xtreme Games 08-15-2010 Finals Game 1 – Jerome Yanchick vs Jimmy McCarthy

Xtreme Games held a Vintage tournament for a Time Walk and other nice prizes on 08-15-2010. After the 5 rounds of Swiss, then Quarterfinals, and then Semifinals, Jerome Yanchick (Team Empire) was left to battle Jimmy McCarthy (Team Serious, Team Meandeck) for a Time Walk. Jerome is pictured on the left piloting 5C ‘Empire’ Stax, and Jimmy is on the right piloting ‘Serious’ Bomberman. Check out the video of Game 1 after the jump!

[Video]: LCV6 July – Rubén González VS José Luís Gallego Final G1

We’ve finally reached the finals of the July’s LCV6 (Catalan Vintage League) and this time is José Luís Gallego who’s facing the revolutionary Storm City Bond from Rubén González. José Luís is playing an Oath deck featuring Tezz/Vault/Key. Will Oath be a better contender for Rubén than Albert’s Dark Tezz or Manuel’s Selkie Fish? Find it out after the break!

Top8 Decklists and Metagame Breakdown of the LCV6 – July 2010

Thanks to the excellent work done by Roger Riera (aka gRR!!) we can enjoy, again, of this excellent metagame breakdown and decklists from the July’s LCV tournament.

The winner’s deck, named Storm City Bond by Rubén González, brings a new ray of light in this metagame filled with MUD/Fish/VaultKey/Oath/Dredge. If you haven’t had the chance to see the videos of Rubén playing SCB you can enjoy them at our Eternal Central TV.

1st

[Maindeck]2 City of Brass (58)
Island
Scalding Tarn
Polluted delta
Misty Rainforest
Flooded Strand
Tolarian Academy
Tropical Island
Underground Sea
Volcanic Island
Black Lotus
Mox Emerald
Mox Jet
Mox Pearl
Mox Ruby
Mox Sapphire
Sol Ring
Mana Crypt
Mana Vault
Senseis Divining Top
Ancestral Recall
Time Walk
Timetwister
Brainstorm
Merchant Scroll
Mystical Tutor
Gush
Gifts Ungiven
Fact or Fiction
Repeal
Hurkyls Recall
Force of Will
Mana Drain
Misdirection
Jace, the Mind Sculptor
Ancient Grudge
Empty the Warrens
Wheel of Fortune
Demonic Tutor
Vampiric Tutor
Yawgmoths Will
Tendrils od Agony
Regrowth
Fastbond[/Maindeck]
[Sideboard]3 Ingot Chewer (12)
Tarmogoyf
Duress
Relic of Progenitus
Tormods Crypt
Yixlid Jailer
Pyroclam
Massacre[/Sideboard]

The rest of the decklists, metagame breakdown, etc… after the break!

Xtreme Games 08-15-2010 Top 8 Decklists & Coverage

Xtreme Games of Lindenhurst, IL (USA) hosted their monthly Vintage tournament this weekend (unsanctioned, like most in the USA). 20 people showed up to battle it out for the following prizes:
1st Place – Time Walk (Unlimited)
2nd Place – Mana Drain
3rd Place – $25
4th Place – $25

Jimmy McCarthy of Team Serious and Team MeanDeck went undefeated with Blue-White Bomberman to win the tournament, and to claim the Time Walk.

Once again the owners of Xtreme Games (Eric and Shannon) put on another smooth and well run event with nice prize support, so our compliments to them. We have Top 8 decklists, a full metagame breakdown, pictures, and more. There are a lot of interesting choices in the Top 8 decklists (specifically Jimmy McCarthy’s Bomberman list, Mike Hadjuk’s ‘Empire Blue’ list, and Mike Solymossy’s Doomsday lists). Check it out after the jump!