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. […]

So Many Insane Plays – Vintage and Old School Banned and Restricted List Recommendations (2020)

As Banned and Restricted List debates are a perennial topic of discussion, I decided a few years ago to limit my commentary under this header to a once-a-year article, released sometime mid-year, spelling out my criteria for restriction, and my preferences for managing the formats I play, namely Vintage and Old School formats. Here are […]

Serious Vintage Episode 47: Introducing UX: Vintage Unleashed

For episode 47, Geoff Moes (@ThallidTosser on Twitter), Nat Moes (@GrandpaBelcher), and Josh Chapple (@joshchapple) talk with Jerry Yang. Jerry is a longtime Team Serious member and a big influence on many teammates’ love of fun Magic and incredible food. If you want credible, he also has multiple StarCityGames Power 9 Top 8 appearances to […]

On Magic’s Impure History

On Wednesday June 10, 2020, Wizards of the Coast announced an unprecedented action, in the banning of seven cards from all sanctioned events – not for play-related reasons, but cards which were deemed harmful relics of Magic’s past. There is no place for racism in our game, nor anywhere else. For Magic, our first step […]

Schools of Magic: The History of Vintage – The Best (and Worst) Vintage Formats of All Time

Introduction For a format regarded as “Eternal,” the ordinary Magic player may be surprised to learn how quickly and how often the Vintage format can change. Perhaps no period better illustrates that than 2019 and 2020, in which multiple new sets have repeatedly triggered metagame convulsions, introduced new powerful decks, long-desired and status-quo upending tactics, […]

Banned and Restricted List Changes to Middle School (05-2020 Update)

The following changes outlined below are being made to Eternal Central’s recommended Banned and Restricted Lists for the Middle School format. All changes are going in to effect immediately as of this announcement (Friday, May 5, 2020), for all Eternal Central events moving forward.

Serious Vintage Episode 46: Vintage in the Time of Coronavirus

For episode 46, Geoff Moes (@ThallidTosser on Twitter), Nat Moes (@GrandpaBelcher), and Josh Chapple (@joshchapple) talk with Rajah James (@rykerwilliams). Rajah is a Team Serious member and friend who organized the online Team Serious League and played in the recent Team Serious Invitational: Virtual Realm, so we’re talking to him about getting your Magic fix […]

Serious Vintage Episode 45: The Dave Files Part 2, Enter the Hero Zone

For episode 45, Geoff Moes (@ThallidTosser on Twitter), Nat Moes (@GrandpaBelcher), and Josh Chapple (@joshchapple) continue their discussion David P. Baum, longtime owner of a card and comic book store in Northern Ohio. He doesn’t have a personal Twitter account, but (Pop! the store has one. And if you’d like to support the store through […]

So Many Insane Plays Podcast Episode 99: Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths

Kevin Cron and Steve Menendian review Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths, with bonus Commander 2020 cards!