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  • So Many Insane Plays – The 2016 Vintage Checklist

    Editor’s Note: The 2016 Vintage Checklist has been fully updated and replaced by the 2017 Vintage Checklist. Please head over to that product page below for full details!
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  • Excelsior – A Vintage Super League Play-In Report

    “These kids today with their collector numbers and their newfangled tap symbol. Twenty Black Lotuses and twenty Plague Rats. Now that’s real Magic.”

    When I write, I don’t always write ‘in order.’ The introduction isn’t always first. The introduction has always been the easiest part. Not this time. I watched all the Vintage Super League play-in tournament videos again, I wrote an analysis of my games, I added in commentary about playing, my journey in getting better, and what the future could hold, if I work for it. I have provided links for all the videos (the article is best if the videos are seen first). There was still the matter of that introduction though…
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  • So Many Insane Plays – Magic Online P9 Challenge Metagame Analysis

    Returning home from Eternal Weekend was a dispiriting experience this year, as far as Vintage is concerned. We enjoyed the largest crowds ever for both Vintage Champs and Legacy Champs – at a special, non-convention event, no less – while Vintage had languished in a slow decline on Magic Online, the platform for which it has the most promise, unconstrained by the Reserved List or paper card supply.
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  • The MTGO Power 9 Challenge – Results & Analysis

    On July 20 2015, Wizards of the Coast announced a radical slate of changes to Magic Online, especially for non-Pro Tour formats. Vintage players quickly found that prizes of substantial monetary value were replaced with Play Points, and Daily Events would become 3 rounds of Swiss. In the three weeks between the announcement and the change taking effect, Wizards published six Daily Event results. The same rate held in the three-week period after implementation, and in the three weeks preceding the October 20 Magic Online announcements, by which point the Daily Events had been altered to a new 4-round structure. In contrast, the three weeks prior to the Play Points announcement had 16 published results. That period was unusually busy for Vintage online, but it demonstrates that Play Points and 3-round Dailies failed to build on any existing momentum. The Wizards announcement of the Power 9 Challenge was a thrilling about-face. Instead of smaller and less-rewarding tournaments, Wizards would offer real Vintage prizes and coordinate less-frequent but larger and more meaningful tournaments. Even so, the announcement expressed some doubts that the 33-player minimum would be met, and stressed that a 12-player minimum Daily Event would be available at around the same time.
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  • Tusk Talk Podcast Episode 1: Welcome to the Terrordome

    Sean O’Brien (nedleeds), Evan Nyquist (Überwucherung), and Andrew Wright (biglongjohns) present the premier episode of Tusk Talk. Tusk Talk is an Eternal Magic podcast hosted by members of Team Tusk. This episode’s topics include the September 28th Banned & Restricted announcement, Battle For Zendikar, Stone Rain, and other inane topics.
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  • So Many Insane Plays Podcast Episode 49: October 2015 Banned & Restricted List Update

    Kevin Cron and Steve Menendian dig through the extraordinary Banned and Restricted List update for Vintage: it’s justification, historical perspective, and potential impacts on the format.
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  • September 2015 Banned & Restricted Update: Major Changes to Vintage & Legacy

    It is new set release time, and with it comes a new Banned & Restricted List Update announcement. The last few announcements have brought few changes, but this month’s will possibly shake up the Eternal formats a bit.
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  • So Many Insane Plays Podcast Episode 48: Battle for Zendikar

    Kevin Cron and Steve Menendian review Battle for Zendikar for Vintage.
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  • Chasing the Dragon – A Worldgorger Weekend

    For those who don’t know me, I’m a long time Vintage player and gamer. I don’t write very often, or post on the Internet, or even play Magic all that much anymore. As Jimmy McCarthy often says, we are now proud members of “Team Vintage Has Been.” I could probably sit here and tell you of the glory days, the SCG Power 9 days, the RIW tournaments, and splitting the same Mox Pearl at the Soldiery like 30 times so that we could all eat at Thurman’s. That would be fun for me, because if there is anything Vintage players have in common, it’s that they love talking about their moments in the sun. But I know you all, and if you’ve ever talked to me, you’ve probably already heard all my tired ass stories.
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  • Eternal Insight Podcast Episode 2: Reflections from Eternal Weekend, with Danny Batterman

    Danny Batterman, the founder of Team Degen and a great innovator creating decks like Steel City Vault, and the newly crowned Living Wish-based Blue Goblin Charbelcher deck dubbed “The People’s Cannon,” has been part of the Vintage community for a long time. With his team that apply Pro Tour-level preparation and secrecy towards Vintage events, they are starting to make waves in the Vintage community with an extremely solid player base that is growing steadily. In this interview we touch base upon Danny’s personal history with Magic, and an in-depth look into the members of Team Degen and the evolution of “The People’s Cannon,” along with his tournament report from Vintage Champs. Clocking in at almost two and a half hours, Danny’s assessment of the metagame, card choices, and the people he chooses to associate and develop cutting edge decks with shows us the blossoming and amazing Vintage community we all associate with.
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  • So Many Insane Plays Podcast Episode 47: 2015 Vintage Champs Review

    Kevin Cron and Steve Menendian review Vintage Champs and Eternal Weekend.
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  • The Tech Must Flow – Spice from Vintage Champs 2015

    2015 Vintage Champs has come and gone, leaving behind a new conception of the metagame, and exciting technology with which to address it. Big congratulations should be given to Brian Kelly with his Oath of Bomberman victory, but let’s see what else Vintage enthusiasts were able to cook up.
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  • Eternal Insight Podcast Episode 1: Reflections from Eternal Weekend, with Brian Kelly

    Brian Kelly has been an ambassador for sportsmanship and friendliness in Vintage Magic for the past few years following his return to Magic: the Gathering. He is a great role model and excellent player who shows great respect and humility towards his peers. On August 24th, 2015 he made Magic history by becoming the Vintage World Champion, a title held by such prestigious players as Roland Chang, Stephen Menendian, and Owen Turtenwald. He was gracious enough to take the time to go over how a deck of his own design, dubbed by the community as “Brian Kelly Oath,” or as he as aptly named it “Dragonlord Salvagers Oath.” Brian was able to post an impressive 9-1 record in the Swiss rounds and then won in the Top 8 to become champion. We go on a trip through his history as a Magic player, and everyone who helped him along the way to this momentous achievement. or the next hundred or so minutes we take a glimpse into what has crafted the nicest and most sportsmanlike players I have ever met into a force to be reckoned with. A person who I have the great pleasure to be friends with, and I know has had a positive influence on everyone he has met. So, for the first installment of “Reflections from Eternal Weekend,” I have the great pleasure to present the Vintage World Champion, Brian Kelly.
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  • Vintage Champs 2015 Saturday Prelim – Decklists and Top 8 Playoff

    Held on Saturday afternoon/night, the Vintage Champs Prelim tournament drew 109 players, meaning 7 rounds of Swiss, followed by Top 8 playoffs, awarding 2 round byes to both first and second place finishers. Below you’ll find the Top 8 Playoff Bracket, followed by the Top 8 decklists.
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  • Vintage Champs 2015 Coverage – Decklists, Metagame Report, Video, and Report Roundup

    Vintage Champs 2015 is in the books, and with record-breaking attendance, cannot be considered anything other than a smashing success. Huge props go out to Nick Coss, Card Titan, and all associated employess and consultants who organized and ran the largest Vintage event ever held (and who also graciously provided us access to all of the standings and decklists below). Vintage Champs attendance has been climbing steadily the past few years, with both renewed interest from older players, as well as slowly expanding the player base to newer/younger players.
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  • So Many Insane Plays Podcast Episode 46: 2015 Vintage Champs Preview

    Kevin Cron and Steve Menendian preview the 2015 Vintage Championship.
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  • So Many Insane Plays Podcast Episode 45: Magic Origins

    Kevin Cron and Steve Menendian review their Dragons of Tarkir report card, and then analyze Magic Origins for Vintage.
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  • NYSE Vintage Open 3 – ALL Decklists, Video, and Metagame Report

    NYSE 3 is safely in the rear view mirror, and was another great showing of Vintage love and dynamism, with the event selling out all available 150 seats. With an entrance fee of $100 limiting the field to players serious about their Vintage craft, the field was turbo-charged with many of America’s most dedicated players, voyaging from far and wide across the country to Long Island, New York (USA). Community stalwart Nick Detwiler (aka Prospero) continues to do a masterful job promoting and supporting Vintage, and it should come as no surprise that this tournament showcased the continued resurgence of interest in Vintage in North America.
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  • So Many Insane Plays Podcast Episode 44: Rules Updates and NYSE Open 3 Results

    Kevin Cron and Steve Menendian discuss new rules updates for their impact on Vintage and the results of the third annual NYSE Open.
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  • NYSE Vintage Open 3 Live Coverage

    The Vintage tournament of the year is here. NYSE Vintage Open 3 is kicking off now, and yo can find live coverage and streaming below.
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  • NYSE Vintage Open 3 Announcement & Details

    Vintage community stalwart and super tournament organizer Nick Detwiler (aka Prospero) is back at it again, hosting the third annual NYSE Vintage Open. Details of this legendary tournament have been released, and can be found on TheManaDrain, as well as below.
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  • Xtreme Games May 2015 Decklists & Metagame Breakdown

    Xtreme Games (Lindenhurst, IL, USA) hosted their monthly Vintage tournament on 05/23/2015, and below you can find the Top 8 decklists, as well as a brief metagame breakdown of all decks played.
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  • Schools of Magic: History of Vintage – 2003

    For a format whose history stretches back towards the origins of the game, 2003 may well lay claim to being the most dynamic and pivotal year before or since in the History of Vintage. It was a year in which the format was rocked by dramatic restrictions, metagame convulsions, astounding printings and shocking new mechanics, quickened engagement and interest from the DCI and Wizards of the Coast, and the inauguration of a new annual Championship tournament. The investments of the player base in 2002 were bearing fruit, and the innovations and novel strategic developments were accelerating. New strategies were born, and old Schools of Vintage Magic were revived. In a sense, 2003 was a springboard for the evolution of the format since. It marks a transition from historical Type I to the format that would soon become known as Vintage.
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  • Xtreme Games April 2015 Decklists & Metagame Breakdown

    Xtreme Games (Lindenhurst, IL, USA) hosted their monthly Vintage tournament on 04/25/2015, and below you can find the Top 8 decklists, as well as a brief metagame breakdown of all decks played. More interesting decks showed up this month, including a very interesting take on Bomberman in 1st place, and some new technology in the Mono Blue Charbelcher deck.
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