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1  Eternal Formats / Eternal Article Discussion / Re: [Free Article] Fearless Workshops on: December 09, 2015, 04:26:28 pm
Nice article, Paul!  I agree with the premise, that innovative Shop pilots looking beyond Null Rod are still making the archetype a force with which to be reckoned. 
Thanks, Brian. Mishra's Workshop's promise of Black Lotus every turn just has to be good somehow.
2  Eternal Formats / Eternal Article Discussion / [Free Article] Fearless Workshops on: December 07, 2015, 01:35:24 pm
New article, now totally free, no membership needed!

Workshops looked bad, but are they on the rebound?
http://www.vintagemagic.com/blog/fearless-workshops/
3  Eternal Formats / Global Vintage Tournament Reports and Results / Re: Vintage Champs 2015 Decklists, Metagame Report, Video, Report Roundup on: September 17, 2015, 03:57:26 pm
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if you want to be sure to win (or to be on top8), you must play 4 FoW or 4 Mishra's Workshop
Or Dredge, Dredge is legit.

These are the rules, people.  Not playing the best cards is for suckers.  If you can break out of this box - more power to you - but my expectations aren't very high.  I think there's a lot of room to innovate and work within these parameters. 
4  Eternal Formats / Global Vintage Tournament Reports and Results / Re: Vintage Champs 2015 Decklists, Metagame Report, Video, Report Roundup on: September 10, 2015, 03:50:44 pm
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Those articles are again members only??

I could read them earlier today. Wanted to go back but couldn't...
The lowest cost memberships are 1 cent this month and it includes the store discount so it's pretty good value.  Looks like going forward all player strategy articles are going to be on the premium side and will move to free after a couple months. I hope you guys get a chance to read these! 
5  Eternal Formats / Northeast U.S. / Re: The Eternal Extravaganza 3!!!!!! on: September 03, 2015, 07:33:15 am
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Why: because it's a sick event
Sure looks like it.  Def putting this on my calendar
6  Eternal Formats / Northeast U.S. / Re: The 2015 Eternal Weekend! $20,000+ in prizes! Philadelphia, PA! August 21-23! on: August 24, 2015, 11:22:14 am
Congrats, Brian - Couldn't have happened for a nicer guy!  I think its great to see someone win who isn't afraid to experiment with deck building, and isn't afraid to take his Frankenstein's monster of a deck to battle in Vintage's biggest event. 

I had a great time.  Thank you to all of my opponents and Vintagemagic.com teammates for helping me put together another great run for the title.  I can't wait to try again next year. 

The pattern continues - the person that takes me out of the tournament wins it all yet again.  Coincidence? I think not...
7  Eternal Formats / Global Vintage Tournament Reports and Results / Re: Title: 5-0 (last round split) with Oath at Gencon Vintage for Prizes and Byes on: August 06, 2015, 04:21:16 pm
It was really nice playing with you, Derek.  Congratulations on your great tournament run and excellent report.  I hope you can make it to Eternal weekend next year!
8  Eternal Formats / Global Vintage Tournament Reports and Results / Re: Eternal Extravaganza TO Report on: April 16, 2015, 01:13:12 pm
Where can I find the results for the Legacy portion of the event?
9  Eternal Formats / Eternal Article Discussion / Re: [Free Podcast] So Many Insane Plays # 42: Dragons of Tarkir Set Review on: April 01, 2015, 02:28:38 pm
Personally I like the set review podcasts the most, even if the verdict is that it's all unplayable dreck.
10  Eternal Formats / Global Vintage Tournament Reports and Results / Re: Top 4 with UWr Bomberman (Bloomsburg TPG) on: January 04, 2015, 12:57:34 pm
Dig Through Time seems amazing in this archtype. 
11  Eternal Formats / Northeast U.S. / Re: MVPLS Vintage Event 11-8-14 on: November 12, 2014, 01:53:54 pm
Had a great time at this! Lost in the Top 4 to Murry.  hoping to see his list at some point, it was quite good
12  Eternal Formats / Global Vintage Tournament Reports and Results / Re: The End is Near - 17th at Vintage Champs '14 with Doomsday on: October 29, 2014, 04:13:17 pm
MAJOR PROPS for running DDay at Vintage Champs and doing as well as you did.  You have to be a total psychopath to run that deck in a 9 round tournament- the mental fatigue is really taxing.  That takes some serious balls.

13  Eternal Formats / General Strategy Discussion / Re: Daretti, Scrap Savant on: October 29, 2014, 04:05:11 pm
Can someone build a mono red artifact-centric deck that really needs some card filtering?  That seems like what this would have to be.  

i'm not sure I'd want to play a goblin welder without the ability to kill someone else's artifact - that's one of the best things it does.  

The draw ability is really awkward. It can be good if you used Squee, which would give the deck a hilarious Goblin theme. I can see that being really appealing for a more casual Vintage game.

4 Squee
4 Welder
4 Bazaar of baghdad
4 Shop
X This guy
Lots of Artifacts.  Some big ones like Sundering Titan and Mindslaver.

I also like red Artifact land and Mox Opals in here to get the red mana.
14  Eternal Formats / Northeast U.S. / Re: Tales of Adventure 9-20-14 on: September 22, 2014, 07:07:53 pm
@Murry: It's more than a little bit disrespectful to make second-hand claims of cheating without any observation of what happenend.  And to claim that you didn't want to play against me in the finals because of an alleged incident that happened to someone else in the Top 8 is pretty ridiculous. What does that say about you?

 I do have to thank you for pitting me against Mike S in the final because the opportunity to play against a quality opponent using the deck that I have the worst matchup against was the most valuable experience I had all day.  

I did want to play against you, Paul. I wanted you to lose more and thought Mike had a better chance of pulling it off. What does this say about me? That I was tired of hearing second hand accounts of newer players getting screwed by established players and decided to speak up, risking that I might be wrong and legions of individuals that are convinced of your sparkling reputation would come drag me through the mud? Or something else? I'll let other people figure out what this says about me...
Please.  The next time you want to start a revolution play out your own finals match.  You say that you dont consider yourself an established member of the Vintage community, yet you give away a great opportunity to earn respect by winning this tournament.  Bring your deck to the table and put your money where your mouth is.  Tell me you cant split because you came to game and win one for everyone who streams matches of Magic online totally pro bono.  

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I wanted you to lose more and thought Mike had a better chance of pulling it off. What does this say about me?
it says that you earned the right to play the finals and you threw it away because you thought you would lose.  That's sad.
15  Eternal Formats / Northeast U.S. / Re: Tales of Adventure 9-20-14 on: September 22, 2014, 05:39:50 pm
I was flustered about the miscommunication, and to be 100% honest, I was confused by the fact that the number of cards I said I had in my hand before I cast Brainstorm totally didn't jive with the number I had after I cast Brainstorm. In the moment I wasn't sure what happened, but it's relatively easy to figure it out as it was the first card I played on the second turn of the game - we counted the number of cards I had in play, in hand and in the graveyard and the number that we arrived at was correct.  I dont know how I miscounted the number of cards in my hand - it's possible that two were stuck together.  I wish we had called a judge because then I wouldn't have to defend it now.  The judge would have done the same count that we performed and reached the same conclusion.

If you really want to know what happed after the match I'll tell you.  I went out to my car and got my iPad (for reading material), then I went and took a massive bowl filling dump in the bathroom in the far back of the comic book store where they keep the $1 comics so no one would have to experience the blowing up of the bathroom in the main restroom.  After I IDed with Tom Dixon in round 5 I went to Chic-Fil-A and ate a dozen nuggets and a large waffle fries washed down with three or four refills of soda.  This was after I had eaten an Arby's combo at about noon follwed by an energy shot and three cans of Coke.  It was a bad decision.  The second game of the top 8 was total hell as I fought to maintain my composure as my insides were ravaged.  

I hope that explains away the mystery of my actions.  


Thanks to everyone I had the pleasure of playing against at the tournament.  I wish Tom and I had played for fun after we IDed instead of me eating a chicken gut bomb because his deck was super cool.   I really had a great time and as usual Calvin's tournaments are really enjoyable.  I traveled 3 hours to get there because I really enjoy playing Vintage and I knew it would be a blast.  It totally was.  
16  Eternal Formats / Northeast U.S. / Re: Tales of Adventure 9-20-14 on: September 22, 2014, 03:51:05 pm
I most certainly did not cheat and draw extra cards against Allen in the top 8.  He asked how many cards I had in hand before I cast brainstorm and I counted them incorrectly- a very simple mistake.  It's not like the play went unquestioned - it was on the second turn of the game so it was very easy to track how many cards I should have between my hand, graveyard and in play. It all added up.  

Furthermore, just to play devil's advocate: why would I draw extra cards and "cheat" immediately after being asked how many cards were in my hand? On the second turn of the game no less, where I was not in a position that was in any way desperate. That's just stupid.  When I'm playing in top 8 I make all of my plays very deliberatly and am extremely careful to not make plays that will give me a game loss.  

I play a clean game of Magic and really have nothing to prove at a small tournament like this - I was playing for the value of the experience that I get from field testing my deck in a tournament setting so I can figure out what changes I need to make and to observe the movement of the metagame. I don't need to win $400 dollars so I can afford to eat this week.

@Murry: It's more than a little bit disrespectful to make second-hand claims of cheating without any observation of what happenend.  And to claim that you didn't want to play against me in the finals because of an alleged incident that happened to someone else in the Top 8 is pretty ridiculous. What does that say about you?

 I do have to thank you for pitting me against Mike S in the final because the opportunity to play against a quality opponent using the deck that I have the worst matchup against was the most valuable experience I had all day.  
17  Eternal Formats / Northeast U.S. / Re: TMD Open 16 - Milford, CT - August 23, 2014 on: August 25, 2014, 11:11:04 am
this was a great event- as usual Ray puts a lot of extra time and effort into making sure everyone has a good time.  ive been to at least 6 of these and have yet to be disappointed.  fortune cookies were a nice touch, although i didnt get to eat very many Smile

thanks to Brian Demars for designing the base version of the deck i played.  i made some changes, but the major innovations were his.

congratulations to Will on the win, and to all the other competitors.  everyone i played was cool.  

ill have an article coming out soon for Vintage Magic.com (which is a website that doesn't yet exist, so it'll likely be posted to their Facebook) detailing the crazy awesome deck i played.  

looking forward to see you all at the next one!
18  Eternal Formats / Northeast U.S. / Re: GRUDGE MATCH - N.Y.S.E. 20 - 10/4 Unlimited Black Lotus Tournament on: August 04, 2014, 03:33:48 pm
this will probably be the last big event before Vintage champs so how can I afford to miss it?
19  Eternal Formats / Global Vintage Tournament Reports and Results / Re: Drew Levin Still Thinks My Deck Sucks :) on: July 31, 2014, 04:24:56 pm
Saying something is overrated is almost always pointless because the idea of something being overrated is extremely subjective.  People who dismiss a deck like this have failed Magic 101 and don't understand that what makes a deck good is how it plays in relation to the metagame.  Failing to respect this deck will likely lead to losses because this deck will be at your next tournament.  

Thinking this deck sucks won't change your match record.

Not sure how I feel about Consecrated Sphinx that some people in the linked results are playing (I also saw them being played in Europe).  My personal Magic principles tell me to be wary of blue cards that cost more than 4 that I'm not actively trying to cheat into play somehow.  Obviously you win when you resolve it and keep it going for a while, but how reliable can it be to cast that sucker?  It seems pretty funny against Show and Tell but that's a major corner case.  Am I missing something there?
20  Eternal Formats / Eternal Article Discussion / Re: [Free Article] N.Y.S.E. Open II Tournament Report on: July 07, 2014, 09:15:43 pm
This is less an "article" than it is "art."  Very bold stylistic choices. I dig it. 

It made me remember my early experiences with Rob when to me he was one of those Penn State guys at the tournaments in PA where my friends and I would try to go barnstorming. It's amazing how much people can grow in what is relatively a short time.

21  Eternal Formats / Northeast U.S. / Re: MVPLS Vintage Event---THE INVITATIONAL 5-24-14 on: May 26, 2014, 11:56:00 am
great tournament, i had a blast.  I was worried that all the date changes would hurt attendance, but it looks like getting the right day was worth the wait. 

i walked away with a nm Taiga after losing in the top 16, so i have to say the prize support was nothing less than awesome. 

when youre doing an event that is supposed to be much more exciting than your normal monthly tournament you have to go big, and Calvin nailed it with this one. 

congrats to will for taking it down, i heard a lot of people lamenting the death of the Shop deck lately but the best Shop players seem not to have noticed.

22  Eternal Formats / Global Vintage Tournament Reports and Results / Re: [Glen Burnie, MD] Vintage for TIME WALK! 5/17/14 - GAMES AND STUFF - DECKLISTS on: May 20, 2014, 04:45:02 pm
I definitely played 2 Griselbrand. 

Glackin's deck beat me up pretty hard.  I saw his list and knew he only played 2 wasteland so I felt ok keeping on a hand with 2 dual lands.  He stripped both of my lands and played uncounterable Thalia - dead.  I thought he just had a good hand there, but I lost game 2 in almost the exact same way. 

As usual, the person who takes me out of the tournament wins it all.  Congratulations to Ryan and the rest of the top 8. 

Side note - After the previous tournament with all of the complaints about how the tournament was run (cutting to top 4 instead of top 8 etc.), i felt that this time everything was handled very professionally. 
23  Eternal Formats / Northeast U.S. / Re: [Glen Burnie, MD] Vintage for TIME WALK! 5/17/14 - GAMES AND STUFF on: April 29, 2014, 02:50:04 pm
I was really impressed with the turnout and the caliber of players at the last one of these events.  I'm sure some of my local guys will be interested in playing here again (myself included).
24  Eternal Formats / Eternal Article Discussion / Re: [Free Article] Vintage Master Class: Coss Vs. Mastriano on: April 21, 2014, 07:48:39 am
I dont like Deathrite as much without Wasteland because its not as reliable for mana ramping. It is possibly better than Mana Vault, though, as it does all that other stuff.  I do like Mana Vault against Lodestone whenever that comes up.

@Mr.Type4
In first game, why you played Vampiric Tutor in response to Duress? If you have seen Imperial Tutor you can imagine you are playing against a combo deck, so it is pretty probable he will take Force of Will, and if not, you will be happy if he chooses Vampiric Tutor. If you don't play Vampiric Tutor you can play it in response to Wheel of Fortune and go for the Fow to try to stop him. Live to fight another day!
I think it is a poor play, but really didn't matter because you don't drew a blue card to pitch to it.
Fair point.  I never really questioned this move because years of Vintage playing makes me reflexively want to Vamp in response to a Duress.  I knew he was on combo even before he played the Imperial Seal, so I may have been better off letting him have the option of taking my Vampiric Tutor.   As it played out I'm sure he'd have taken the FOW anyways, and I could have Vamped for a FOW in response to the Wheel (instead of for Ancestral) and had a better chance of defending against the win there. 
25  Eternal Formats / Eternal Article Discussion / Re: [Free Article] Vintage Master Class: Coss Vs. Mastriano on: April 15, 2014, 06:06:09 pm
Pretty entertaining read - some good Vintage games.  It's amazing how much happens in each turn.

I think this article would have been better served by including video of the match, rather than a posthumous attempt at a play by play, after you've already spoiled the results early in the article. There weren't a lot of decision points drawn out (like player A could do this or this, aside from the Merchant Scroll), so perhaps you could have added commentary about the limited decisions that were available (Grim Tutor target, for example), and how games might have played out differently.

Ideal scenario for future articles like this - YouTube or Twitch clip, with running written strategic commentary with time notations.

He didn't spoil the results. If anything it was confusing because it was backwards.
We played in the tournament (where I won the match) and then we played again just for fun on Sunday so Brian could take the time to record the play by play and take pictures of what hands we had etc.  That second match is the one that's recorded in the article. 


26  Eternal Formats / Northeast U.S. / Re: MVPLS Vintage Event 3-22-14 on: February 26, 2014, 10:01:12 am
you know ill be at this. id probably put that its an nyse qualifier in the title for this thread- that's a nice extra incentive to win this one.
27  Vintage Community Discussion / Type 4 / Re: Born of the Gods on: February 05, 2014, 04:08:04 pm
I suppose you could use Heroes' Podium to at least stack your library every upkeep at worst.
Its better that people cant stack their deck every upkeep - that stuff is super time consuming.  

Instant Speed wraths are always going to be good.  Fated Retrbution is easily one of the best, I probably wouldnt pick it over Rout but its very close.  

I like Archtype of Endurance.  Its one of those things people might alet you resolve in the early game and then anything else you ever play gets to hang around.  More importantly it removes Hexproof from other creatures which is a unique effect that could have some really interesting Type 4 scenarios, but it unfortunatly doesn't remove Shroud (which would be better, IMO).  

This one is insane:

Fated Return  (7)
Instant
Put target creature card from a graveyard onto the battlefield under your control. It gains indestructible. If it's your turn, scry 2. (Look at the top two cards of your library, then put any number of them on the bottom of your library and the rest on top in any order.)

Any graveyard into play under your control AND its indestructable?  That's one hell of a combat trick.  I;d first pick this in type 4 draft for sure. 
28  Vintage Community Discussion / General Community Discussion / Re: VINTAGE on Magic Online is announced!!! on: November 05, 2013, 05:25:46 pm
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My iTunes library is just as real as my vinyl records.

Well, it's real. But if there is DRM on it, then it isn't yours. Cards in real life are yours. You can wake up and decide to sell them tomorrow. You can keep them, assured that unless someone steals them, they'll remain yours. Sure, Wizards can make decisions that affect their value. But nothing that Wizards does is going to stop you from playing a kitchen table game of Jace vs Chandra 40 years from now.

Cards on MODO are different. You don't own them. It's right in the EULA. If Wizards decides tomorrow to take down the MODO servers, then your cards will vanish. You're entirely dependent on Wizards' continuing to maintain their servers to be able to use these cards. Now, you can argue that MODO isn't going anywhere any time soon. Probably not. But the cards on MODO, whether they are "real" or not, only persist as long as Wizards of the Coast deems it to be profitable to maintain them. And those virtual cards are never, under any circumstances, yours.

The world might end tomorrow, the stock market might crash, aliens could descend on the Earth.  I think these scenarios are about as likely as Hasbro turning off its online money machine.  I don't disagree that tangible objects are different than digital ones, but I dont think anyone has a good reason to think MODO is likely to go away anytime soon and the risk isnt terribly high. Also if Hasbro completely tanks at some point it will probably have a negative impact on the value of our cardboard.   

40 years from now I can play a kitchen table game with proxy Magic cards.  I can probably play proxy Magic long after the Rapture, because I'll still be here. 
29  Eternal Formats / Northeast U.S. / Re: Eternal Weekend Coverage on: November 05, 2013, 02:47:12 pm
at over 250 people is there room for a second high profile no-proxy event each year?

Also, I hope someone saved the lists for the top 8 unpowered decks so someone can feature them as well.  It's important for people looking at future sanctioned events that want to compete in the budget category to have a frame of reference to see what's worked in the past when building their decks.
30  Eternal Formats / Northeast U.S. / Re: Eternal Weekend Coverage on: November 04, 2013, 10:12:02 pm
I like Pikula's commentary- He was a good choice. 
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