• GP Vegas CFB Old School 93-94 Coverage and Results

    Eternal Central is proud to present coverage of Channel Fireball’s Old School 93-94 event at Grand Prix Las Vegas 2018. In the spirit of a growing number of Old School events around the world, a portion of the proceeds from this event were generously donated to charity, and the charity for this event was No Kid Hungry.
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  • Old School at SCGCON 2018 Coverage and Results

    Eternal Central are proud to present coverage of Old School at SCGCON 2018, a charity event held in Roanoke (Virginia, USA). The charity for this year’s event is the Angels of Assisi Community Pet Clinic and Adoption Center .
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  • NoviceCon 2018 Coverage and Results

    The Lords of the Pit and Eternal Central are proud to present coverage of the second annual NoviceCon, a charity Old School Magic event held in Chicago. The charity for this year’s event was Cornerstone Community Outreach (CCO), a local group in Chicago that works with communities in need in Chicago.
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  • Lords of the Pit Team Tactical Tournament 03-2018 Results

    Instead of our second annual StripCon originally planned for around the end of March, we changed to a privately held (and non-advertised) “Team Tactical” event, with eight 3-person teams, for the Chicago and Wisconsin posse. Each 3-person team consisted of Old School, Vintage, and Legacy decks, and while players could not change cards in any deck during the tournament, any player on the team could play any of the decks/seats in any round (to allow switching between decks if one player was discouraged or bored with format, for example).
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  • EC Old School 93-94 Tournament, at SCGCON 2018

    Eternal Central is proud to partner with Star City Games to announce the Eternal Central Old School 93-94 tournament at SCGCON 2018. This year’s SCGCON is being held in Roanoke, Virginia (USA). This cosponsored Old School 93-94 tournament will be held on Thursday, June 7 2018, at 11am, and will be a charity event to raise funds for the Angels of Assisi Community Pet Clinic and Adoption Center.

    Tournament Entry & Rules

    The Eternal Central Old School 93-94 tournament will be held on Thursday, June 7 2018, at 11am (we will open at 10am for deck reg and card signing; plan on showing up a little early).
    Tournament structure and length will be SWISS PLUS 1. This event will be capped at 128 players, which normally calls for 7 rounds, so this will be 7+1 (a total of 8) total 50 minute rounds of Swiss. There will be no draws allowed, and at the end of 50 minutes if there is a tied match both players will do a sudden death Chaos Orb flipping contest (complete details in our Old School 93-94 rules here). As usual, play a fun deck, imbibe, and have a blast with friends new and old!
    – The Old School 93-94 tournament will observe the Banned & Restricted List found in the rules on the EC Old School 93-94 rules page here. This page always has a complete list of deck construction rules, sets allowed, errata, and the most up to date Banned & Restricted List. As usual, appropriate reprints like Collector’s Edition, Revised, 5th Edition (all with same art/original borders) are allowed. This is an unsanctioned event run by EC, and we heartily support CE/IE.

    Decklists, Pairings, and Social Media

    Decklists are required for this event, and by decklists we mean a clear photo of your deck + sideboard. Please send all decklist photos to decklists@eternalcentral.com BEFORE the event begins.
    – The official hashtag on Twitter and Facebook for this event will be #SCGCON, so please use that when snapping pics and updates from the event.

    Prizes

    Prizes will again be awarded by Eternal Central and Star City Games, and will be Old School cards in flavor and nature. As usual, this is a tournament for fun, and not ‘EV,’ and these will not pay off your monthly bills.
    Tournament prizes will be continue to evolve, and we will be awarding fewer prizes for tournament finish, and more prizes for Most Creative Decks and the like. The Most Creative Deck category will focus on players who focus on the fun and creative aspects of deckbuilding.

    Tournament Site Logistics & Preregistration (Required)

    – This event is an unsanctioned casual event, cosponsored by Eternal Central and Star City Games, and is run off-site of the normal tournament venue(s). Star City Games has done great working finding a suitable venue to host this, so please be respectful of your surroundings at all times, and of all players and staff. The venue for Old School will be in downtown Roanoke:
    Blue 5 Restaurant
    312 2nd Street
    Roanoke, VA 24011
    540-904-5338

    We have the entire White Room banquet area reserved for this event, with a private bar. Blue 5 is a staple of Roanoke, and their bar features 40+ beers on tap, more in bottles, growlers to go, and good food.

    Entry fee will be a non-refundable $25 this year, with all proceeds donated to the Angels of Assisi Community Pet Clinic and Adoption Center. This tournament is open to all participants 21+ years of age, but you must preregister using this ticket checkout. This year’s event will have a hard cap of 128 players, so if you plan to attend, please get pre-registered ASAP to reserve your space.
    – Please be respectful of the venue, the cards, and the people around you, or you will be asked to leave (and unwelcome at future events). Old School is predicated on treating others with respect, and enjoying the people you play with. Don’t take yourself too seriously, or you’re doing it wrong.
    – Star City Games will also be hosting a free MTG Team Trivia Contest in the same venue (Blue 5 Restaurant White Room) immediately following the conclusion of the Old School event. So hang out and relax, grab some more food and drink if you’d like, and have a great time!

    PREREGISTRATION LINK IS NOW LIVE HERE

  • So Many Insane Plays – The Djinn-Efreet War

    Motivated by circumstances I can no longer recall, I was browsing older Magic periodicals on eBay last summer when I encountered an expensive issue of Inquest I thought might be intriguing. On a lark, I purchased the issue using the ‘buy it now’ function. Reading through these magazines – especially when factory sealed – is like being transported decades in to the past. From the editorials to the advertisements, the magazine is a time capsule of opinions and style. It’s a portal to an era largely before the widespread use of the Internet, with a bit of gossip, a dash of humor, and whoosh of zeitgeist.
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  • Madison Offensive 2018 Old School 93-94 Coverage

    The Lords of the Pit and Eternal Central are proud to present coverage of the second annual Madison Offensive, a charity Old School Magic 93-94 event held in Madison, Wisconsin (USA). The charity for this year’s event was Charles S. Brownell Elemental School, a local school in Chicago.
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  • Tusk Talk Podcast Episode 23: Legacy Champs and Old School at Eternal Weekend

    Part two of a double feature on Eternal Weekend. Today we have Evan Nyquist (HymnYou), Branden Hagen (Seemsgood), and Special Guest from The Taxmen Greg Kraigher (Vintage Greg). We go deeper into Eternal Weekend following last episode’s coverage focusing on Vintage, and pivot to Legacy and our experiences playing at Eternal Weekend 2017. We also talk about the Eternal Central Old School event (118 players), and a some brief thoughts on Vintage.
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  • Three In a Row: Top 8 at Eternal Weekend 2017 Old School Tournament

    Some years ago, in daydream ruminations, I began developing a theory about what makes Vintage so compelling, as distinguished from other Magic formats. How can something as intangible and unquantifiable as “fun” be described? Intrigued, I began to formulate a mental catalogue of answers. First, Vintage features high impact, high stakes plays. A minor miscue in a high speed race can result in a severe crash; the same is true of Vintage. Fetching a land at the wrong time can result in Ancestral Recall – or worse – resolving. Given the objectively high power level of the tactics in the format, there is a natural anxiety – and exhilaration – produced from playing the format. Anything and everything can and will happen, and as early as the first turn. There is no passive early game, where nerves are calm and game play sedate. Vintage is high octane. It’s a thrill, and there is a rush.
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  • Spedternal Weekend 2017: An Old School Tournament Report

    It all started back in 1997 at PT Rye. Jamie Parke, Ben Farkas, Joe Weber (whatever_7 on mIRC, try #mtgpro), Lyle Cohen, Adam Lemke, Dennis Speigel and I had been hanging out playing Magic together for years. We were deece(ish), but back then all you had to do was attack before casting your spells and you were a Top 100 player in the world. Two of our own had finally made it to the big time, the Top 8 of the Magic: The Gathering Junior Pro Tour! Ben Farkas and Jamie Parke were playing each other in the semifinals. Jamie ended up beating Farkas after Farkas main phase tapped Jamie’s Cockatrice with Aysen Bureaucrats, only to lose on the crackback from said Cockatrice as he was at 2 (I mean…I mean…). Jamie promptly lost in the finals to one Ron Franke, a fact we make sure he never forgets (even today we occasionally refer to him as Ronald Franke or some variant thereof). Before the finals, Jamie comes out and says that they want to interview him, and we need a team name on the hop. We had always considered ourselves a team, but had yet to formally announce it to the world. The finals of the prestigious Junior World Championships seemed like the perfect place. Joe Weber suggested Team Sped, which fit for a variety of reasons, and we ran with it. And so Team Sped was born. We have been through a lot together over the years: weddings, babies, Mario Kart, McRibs, etc. They remain my best friends to this day.
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  • Old School 93-94 at Eternal Weekend 2017 – ALL Decklists and Photo Report

    The fourth annual Eternal Central Old School at Eternal Weekend tournament is history, and made history. 118 players came out to battle on game day, making this the largest Old School 93-94 tournament to date. There were many familiar faces, some players who came out of retirement, and many new players joining in the festivities for their first Old School event. Everyone seemed to have a blast.
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  • So Many Insane Plays Podcast Episode 72: Eternal Weekend Preview

    Kevin Cron and Steve Menendian predict the Vintage Championship metagame and appraise the decks to beat.
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  • Old School Player’s Ball 2017 – Results, Decklists, and Photo Report

    The first annual Old School Player’s Ball has finished, and was an incredible day for the community. With road warriors hailing from California to Texas to Wisconsin to Tennessee to Maine, and everywhere in between, 58 ballers showed up to battle. This will probably go down as the third largest Old School 93-94 event in 2017, and we were filled to our capped registration limit immediately, even after expanding from 48 to 58 seats.
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  • Old School Magic 93-94 – Naya (Budget) Land’s Edge Combo

    Welcome to Old School Month on Eternal Central. We’re looking at a different Old School 93-94 deck each day of the month. Today’s deck is Naya (Budget) Land’s Edge Combo, utilizing the combination of Land Tax and Land’s Edge for a combo kill, in a Red-White-Green (Naya) color scheme. This is a budget build, with no Power 9, but still utilizes Chaos Orb and a few dual lands.
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  • Old School Magic 93-94 – Shahrazad’s Sick Burn

    Welcome to Old School Month on Eternal Central. We’re looking at a different Old School 93-94 deck each day of the month. Today’s deck is Shahrazad’s Sick Burn, named for playing Shahrazad in a sick Blue-Red-White shell, with a ton of burn spells. Shahrazad functions as a burn and tempo spell in the deck.
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  • Old School Magic 93-94 – Mono Brown UrzaTron

    Welcome to Old School Month on Eternal Central. We’re looking at a different Old School 93-94 deck each day of the month. Today’s deck is Mono Brown UrzaTron, appropriately named for playing Mishra’s Workshop and the Urza’s lands from Antiquities, in an aggressive mono brown shell, full of artifacts. Here is a recent version I played.
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  • Old School Magic 93-94 – All-In Reanimator

    Welcome to Old School Month on Eternal Central. We’re looking at a different Old School 93-94 deck each day of the month. Today’s deck is All-In Reanimator, which puts most of its emphasis on reanimating a large creature with either Animate Dead, or reanimating multiple creatures with All Hallow’s Eve to create a tidal wave of fatties. Here is the latest version I’ve been toying with.
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  • Old School Magic 93-94 – 5C Power Artifact Combo

    Welcome to Old School Month on Eternal Central. We’re looking at a different Old School 93-94 deck each day of the month. Today’s deck is Power Artifact Combo, utilizing the combo of Power Artifact and Basalt Monolith to generate infinite mana, in a five color combo shell. Here is my latest version.
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  • Old School Magic 93-94 – Red Green (Budget) Aggro

    Welcome to Old School Month on Eternal Central. We’re looking at a different Old School 93-94 deck each day of the month. Today’s deck is one that is more for budget-minded players, and one that many players coming back to the game will be familiar with, from what they or a friend used to play at the lunch room table years ago. Red Green Aggro, utilizing efficient threats and burn spells. Here is but one variation as an example.
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  • Old School Magic 93-94 – Grixis Control

    Welcome to Old School Month on Eternal Central. We’re looking at a different Old School 93-94 deck each day of the month. Today’s deck is Grixis, named for playing Blue-Black-Red (Grixis) colors, in an aggro-control shell. Here is a recent version I played locally in Chicago.
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  • Old School Magic 93-94 – Mono Green Workshop Aggro

    Welcome to Old School Month on Eternal Central. We’re looking at a different Old School 93-94 deck each day of the month. Today’s deck is Mono Green Workshop Aggro, appropriately named for playing green and Mishra’s Workshop, in an aggressive aggro shell. Here is a recent version I played.
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  • Old School Magic 93-94 – Mono White Prison

    Welcome to Old School Month on Eternal Central. We’re looking at a different Old School 93-94 deck each day of the month. Today’s deck is Mono White Prison, utilizing a number of prison elements in a mono white shell.
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  • Old School Magic 93-94 – Esper Skies

    Welcome to Old School Month on Eternal Central. We’re looking at a different Old School 93-94 deck each day of the month. Today’s deck is Esper Skies, named for playing Esper colors (the modern name given to Blue-White-Black), along with Moat and a handful of flying creatures (“skies” is a historical term in Magic for decks that were heavy on flying creatures).
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  • Old School Magic 93-94 – Naya Bazaar Zoo

    Welcome to Old School Month on Eternal Central. We’re looking at a different Old School 93-94 deck each day of the month. Today’s deck is Naya Bazaar Zoo, named for playing an aggressive “Zoo” deck (with lots of creatures), in the Naya (Red-White-Green) colors, and utilizing Bazaar of Baghdad (more on that later).
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