Adventures with Alpha: Fall 2020 Alpha Leagues with Mono Blue Control

A little while back, I relayed my summer excursions into Alpha League with Black-Blue Aggro Control, and then an even more successful effort with Green-Red ElfBall. Alpha League is a pastime within a hobby – an escape within my escape – and a retreat into a world of nostalgic imagination and aesthetic comforts. With those […]

DegenCast Episode 14: February 2021 Banned and Restricted List Updates

After an extended break, the boys are back in town! Richard Sponholz and James Easteppe are talking about the recent Banned and Restricted List update from February 15th, dissecting all of the huge changes across formats. Also in this cast: lots of elk noises, complaining about the Cantrip Cartel, Jame poor-shaming again, and a tutorial […]

So Many Insane Plays Podcast Episode 100: Centennial Celebration Part 1

Kevin Cron and Steve Menendian begin the celebration of their 100th episode by discussing their favorite Vintage formats of all time, as well as a review of Limited Edition Alpha.

Seasons Greetings! Eternal Central is Back Online

Seasons greetings! We bring you back the gift of Eternal Central, which has been under ongoing DDoS attacks for the past two years, but have really ramped up the past couple of months. This has led to intermittent connectivity and instability for the website, especially for much of November and December. This has also led […]

Serious Vintage Episode 49: What’s Cooking, Erin Campbell?

For episode 49, Geoff Moes (@ThallidTosser on Twitter) and Nat Moes (@GrandpaBelcher) talk with Erin Campbell (@OriginalOestrus) about this year’s online Vintage Championships and learning to cook for yourself (and others!) during a pandemic.

DegenCast Episode 13: Dave Firth Bard and LobsterCom 2020

Richard Sponholz and James Easteppe are joined by a very special guest, a founding member of New England Old School scene and prolific Old School tournament organizer, Dave Firth Bard. We talk about his history with the game, the growth and cultivation of the New England Old School scene, and most importantly in 2020, webcam […]

DegenCast Episode 12: Better Late Than Never

The crew is back with a new episode after a long hiatus, and this is a long one! Join Richard Sponholz and James Easteppe on another cavalcade of buffoonery, as they discuss “current” events in MTG, and embody what the kids these days call “paper boomers.”

Serious Vintage Episode 48: MDFCs, More Devices for Combo

In episode 48, Geoff Moes (@ThallidTosser on Twitter) and Nat Moes (@GrandpaBelcher) talk with Joe Dyer (@volrathxp) about the effect of modal double-face cards in combo decks. Joe is THE Vintage and Legacy correspondent to follow, with great weekly strategy and format articles at MTGGoldfish.

Adventures with Alpha: July 2020 Alpha League Report

My summer romance with Alpha Constructed League has affirmed and deepened a conviction which I’ve long held, albeit tenuously: that Magic is the greatest game ever created. Granted, I haven’t played every game ever made, so this is a conviction of faith more than fact. It is one based, nonetheless, on an appreciation of the […]

DegenCast Episode 11: Plaguefest, Legacy 606, and the Corona Cup

The Hacks (Richard Sponholz and James Easteppe), joined by Ryan “Rusty” Hobbs, verbally shitpost, discuss some webcam Magic, and goof off for an hour and a half. Big ups to James for finishing this episode, despite losing the master and starting over 3 times.

Delving Into Vintage Unleashed

Recently (like the last four years) I’ve been a little bored with the Vintage format. There’s still the same fun community that keeps me interested, and has me playing every few months, but the format itself seems to settle into the same patterns. There’s a tempo blue control deck based around Preordain, a combo deck […]

Adventures with Alpha: June 2020 Alpha League Report

Some friends and acquaintances of mine have had a fraught relationship to Magic during the pandemic. While many players rushed to Magic Online in the first weeks of the pandemic, frustrations with the Companion mechanic and other over-powered printings in recent years, combined with turmoil in the community, soured interest and a dismal atmosphere pervaded. […]