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1  Vintage Community Discussion / General Community Discussion / Re: VINTAGE on Magic Online is announced!!! on: October 26, 2013, 09:29:41 am
I'm really shocked that people aren't 100% excited about this.  It's a pretty big deal that WotC can now start supporting Vintage in a bigger way.
2  Eternal Formats / Eternal Article Discussion / Re: [Free Podcast] So Many Insane Plays # 22: 'You Make the Card' For Vintage on: March 28, 2013, 04:40:14 am
Haha!  We got a shout out in the latest YMTC article: http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/feature/240

I love how they want the community to talk about it before voting...

Yeah, I saw that.  I thought it was really cool that someone in RnD listened to your podcast.  Awesome! Smile
3  Eternal Formats / Eternal Article Discussion / Re: [Free Article] SMIP Podcast # 18 Return to Ravnica Part II and Burning Wish” on: December 06, 2012, 05:42:49 am
shaman decreases goyf size, so i would think people would use this against goyf.  most of the decks i think shaman could have a home in play goyf... so its hard to imagine morte than a few good pilots trying this for shits n giggles making top 8 with this as a 3/4 of.

i think the elemental might start taking delver spots in decks for a while.  not viable for storm tricks.

Decks in Modern and in Legacy play Deathrite Shaman right next to Tarmogoyf.  In Vintage where the artifact count is much higher, Shaman might not work as well.  But since it can remove junk out of an opponent's GY, there should be plenty of targets.  Besides, I'd be happy to sacrifice one point of damage to deny my opponent the ability to re-cast his Ancestral or Mysticial Tutor.
4  Eternal Formats / Eternal Article Discussion / Re: [Premium Article] Schools of Magic: The History of Vintage Chapters 1-2: 1993-94 on: November 19, 2012, 09:08:24 am
Heya,

I'm glad to see you are finally getting around to publishing this project, Steve.  You are right that the history of Vintage matters.  I hope tons of people read these as they come out.

Peace,

-Troy
5  Vintage Community Discussion / General Community Discussion / Re: Modern masters on: October 22, 2012, 09:31:09 pm
Investment implies risk. You bought cardboard, not US treasury bonds. You're in no way entitled to price stability.
No cavern of souls only oing to alarm block. O banned cards so no jace tms.

Drk conduct, mutavult, thought seize, and vendilon clique are my locks for making it.

They said the draft ill be storm vs fairies vs something else

Unless I am mistakenn, they already confirmed Clique is being reprinted.

The only card that has been confirmed is Tarmogoyf.  It's been strongly hinted that City of Brass will be in the set too.  But as for Clique, there's been no official word one way or the other.
6  Eternal Formats / Eternal Article Discussion / Re: [Free Article] SMIP Podcast # 18 Return to Ravnica Part II and Burning Wish” on: October 22, 2012, 09:03:39 pm
The Modern Pro Tour finalist use Deathrite Shaman in a deck with Goyfs.  FYI

He's going to be good in Legacy and Modern.  I dunno about Vintage.  He'd have to offer more than Noble Hierarch.  Does he?
7  Vintage Community Discussion / Rules Q&A / Re: Null Rod and Mana Abilities (specifically moxen, Sol Ring, and artifact lands) on: October 05, 2012, 08:56:03 am
It's amusing that Null Rod and Abeyance are both from the same set and have, basically, the same wording. However, Null Rod still stops mana abilities, while Abeyance no longer does.

I hate that too.  Don't forget Cursed Totem is from the same block and it turns off mana abilities too.
8  Eternal Formats / Eternal Article Discussion / Re: [Free Article] SMIP Podcast # 18 Return to Ravnica Part II and Burning Wish” on: October 04, 2012, 03:27:10 pm
Heya,

Really enjoyed the podcast, guys.  I'm looking forward to your reportcard around Gatecrash Smile
9  Eternal Formats / Eternal Article Discussion / Re: Serious Vintage - Ep. 1 - podcast on: September 25, 2012, 05:25:12 pm
Excellent!  I was just wishing there was another vintage podcast.
10  Eternal Formats / Eternal Article Discussion / Re: [Free Podcast] So Many Insane Plays # 17: Ravnica First Impressions on: September 16, 2012, 07:22:24 am
We will be doing a part two set review, given the number of conversation worthy cards that have since been spoiled.  I had a few drinks before our this podcast, and promise to be more sober this time.

If you have feedback, let us know and we will try to respond before moving onto new cards. 

Hurry up, I can't wait :p

Also, make some room for beats, humans and/or other forms. Why is nobody getting a top 8 (or better, is there simply nobody who attempts) Is the archetype just to weak? Or is it too hard to play with? Another reason might be the time you need to invest to tune and test a relatively unexplored realm.

Thanks for the podcasts!

No!  Don't hurry up!  There's still another 100 cards to be spoiled including the Golgari Charm, so take your time.  Wait to see what else they come up with.
11  Eternal Formats / General Strategy Discussion / Re: [RtR] Rakdos Charm on: September 15, 2012, 07:45:52 am
Steve and I will definitely be talking about this card on the next segment of our RTR spoiler-cast.

Regarding the third ability:  it's not a common thing to deal a LOT of (non-lethal) damage to one's opponent in the first two turns in Vintage, but I would point out that Dredge has a habit of putting 8-12 creatures in play on turn 2 or 3 and I very much look forward to a Dredge player getting burned out by this Charm at some point Smile

That's cool.  Could you guys discuss whether or not all these utility charms in this set (and presumably in Gatecrash) will make Cunning Wish a useful enough spell to warrent play in Vintage?  It seems packing 3-4 charms of differing sorts in your SB with 4 Cunning Wish mainboard would have some nice control synergy.

Peace,

-Troy
12  Eternal Formats / Eternal Article Discussion / Re: [Free Podcast] So Many Insane Plays # 17: Ravnica First Impressions on: September 12, 2012, 07:27:09 pm
I'm curious how people are listening to this: are you just using a web browser or smart phone?

This podcast can also be downloaded on Itunes on a Ipod or on Apple TV (my personal fav).

FYI

Listening to it on my Kindle Fire.  Hope you guys do another one for the cards that have spoiled since this was recorded.  I always enjoy your analysis.

Peace,

Troy
13  Eternal Formats / General Strategy Discussion / Re: [RtR] Epic Experiment - Soon restricted? on: September 12, 2012, 04:48:16 pm
IF you're going to play Ancestral Knowledge, wouldn't you want to live the dream with some miracle cards?

Too expensive or have {X} in the casting cost.   Sad
14  Eternal Formats / General Strategy Discussion / Re: [RtR] Epic Experiment - Soon restricted? on: September 12, 2012, 04:23:19 am
This is a pretty crazy card.

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Each extra copy makes the copy you cast worse as X will be 0 on the Experimented copies.


Even if it is 0, it adds to your storm count, and why would you want to play four of them anyway?  There's enough tutoring and filtering out there that one or two would be plenty.
15  Vintage Community Discussion / General Community Discussion / Re: Rumors/Previews/mtg.com articles on: August 28, 2012, 07:52:39 pm

This looks fun! Maybe AK Intuition will be making a comeback!

ugh past in flames is going up if this is real

Yeah, those two cards go really well together.  Red rituals get so cheap they start to resemble the black ones...

I meant for Standard, not Vintage.

I meant for Modern, not Standard.
16  Vintage Community Discussion / General Community Discussion / Re: Rumors/Previews/mtg.com articles on: August 28, 2012, 06:44:33 pm

This looks fun! Maybe AK Intuition will be making a comeback!


ugh past in flames is going up if this is real

Yeah, those two cards go really well together.  Red rituals get so cheap they start to resemble the black ones...
17  Eternal Formats / Eternal Article Discussion / Re: [Free Podcast] Avacyn Restored Review: SMIP # 15 on: April 29, 2012, 06:40:12 am
Funniest Movie: Cheech and Chong Up in Smoke
Card I'd Like You To Review: Risky Bet

Not Risky Bet.  I meant Dangerous Wager.
18  Eternal Formats / Eternal Article Discussion / Re: [Free Podcast] Avacyn Restored Review: SMIP # 15 on: April 26, 2012, 08:34:54 pm
Funniest Movie: Cheech and Chong Up in Smoke
Card I'd Like You To Review: Risky Bet
19  Eternal Formats / Eternal Article Discussion / Re: [Free Podcast] Avacyn Restored Review: SMIP # 15 on: April 26, 2012, 05:08:21 pm
Yay! Can't wait to listen!
20  Eternal Formats / General Strategy Discussion / Re: Dangerous Bet, Long is back? on: April 18, 2012, 04:35:56 pm
Dubdub, are you being ignorant on purpose?  Are you really going to take my argument aboit Tolarian Winds and apply it to Night's Whisper?
21  Eternal Formats / General Strategy Discussion / Re: Dangerous Bet, Long is back? on: April 18, 2012, 06:51:57 am
Can someone clarify when this is better than:

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PR:

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Obviously neither of these interacts as well with Lion's Eye Diamond.  But... LED is restricted in Vintage.  And it's only two cards... color me unimpressed.  (Maybe I'll be proven wrong.)

Um, when your hand is empty.  When you've just cast Yawg's Will.  When you know your opponent has a red blast in hand.
Oh, ok, in that case what about this comparison?



Instant vs Sorcery.  NW can't dump things in the yard for later.  It costs life, which is precious nowadays.  If combo decks used to play Recoup and Burning Wish, they can certainly play this.
22  Eternal Formats / General Strategy Discussion / Re: Dangerous Bet, Long is back? on: April 17, 2012, 07:56:43 pm
Can someone clarify when this is better than:



Or:



Obviously neither of these interacts as well with Lion's Eye Diamond.  But... LED is restricted in Vintage.  And it's only two cards... color me unimpressed.  (Maybe I'll be proven wrong.)

Um, when your hand is empty.  When you've just cast Yawg's Will.  When you know your opponent has a red blast in hand.
23  Eternal Formats / General Strategy Discussion / Dangerous Bet, Long is back? on: April 17, 2012, 02:34:13 pm
Just in fromthe spoilers:

Dangerous Bet 1R
Instant
Discard your hand then draw two cards.

Looks good to me in a long or mono red shell.  What do you guys think?
24  Eternal Formats / Eternal Article Discussion / Re: Free Podcast: So Many Insane Plays # 13 -- The Spring Vintage Metagame on: March 15, 2012, 07:57:23 pm
The parameters -- as I mentioned in the podcast - are far from easy.   

With Chain of Vapor, Nature's Claim, Wax/Wane, Simplify, Contagion, Mental Misstep, Firestorm, etc. etc Dredge has 0 or 1 mana answers for almost every conceivable piece of hate.


That's true.  So let's imagine a block someday where the theme is "Exile Zone Matters."  And let's say that tons of the cards in the set have a Leyline of the Void or Bojuka Bog effect in addition to whatever else they do at about the same frequency as Snow occured in Coldsnap.  Every non-basic land, hate bear, cantrip, and counterspell either Bogs or LotV's.  I think at that point a Fish or Shop deck could pack enough hate and preasure to beat Dredge out of the format.

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That's why I think Kevin is on the right track that whatever piece of hate that could be conceivably printed, it would basically have to be hexproof.  Although, even then, workarounds could be designed.  As was mentioned in the podcast, there are effects which require sacrifices, not just destruction. 

That's why I said I don't think it's really possible.  We already have plenty of Dredge hosers.  I don't see the value or even the need for more.


I agree.  I don't see the need for anymore either.  I don't see how GY hate could get any more efficient than Trap, Crypt, Bog, and Cage anyway.

Peace,

-Troy
25  Eternal Formats / Eternal Article Discussion / Re: Free Podcast: So Many Insane Plays # 13 -- The Spring Vintage Metagame on: March 14, 2012, 08:23:38 pm
To answer your question of the week, I think they should have done Time Vault.  What's sad is is the art they are giving away this year would have worked for it!
26  Vintage Community Discussion / General Community Discussion / Re: Rumors/Previews/mtg.com articles on: March 07, 2012, 05:45:28 am
Couldn't they have done other, non-power9 art like Mana Drain, Yawgmoth's Will, or Strip Mine?  Repeating the same card is kinda lame.
27  Eternal Formats / Null Rod Based Aggro / Re: The Mountains Win Again is Back! on: February 27, 2012, 12:16:19 pm
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I top 4'd my local tourney today.


Congrats!  I like your list a lot Smile

Peace,

-Troy
28  Eternal Formats / Eternal Article Discussion / Re: [Premium Article] SMIP: A Guide to Aggro in Vintage on: February 15, 2012, 09:02:33 am
If you didn't know, Chaos Warp is excellent when combined with Cage.  You can't put a revealed creature into play from the library.

That is a really cool interaction.  I hadn't even thought of it.  Both cards are good on their own (which is necessary for them to be playable) and even better together!  Nice catch Smile
29  Vintage Community Discussion / General Community Discussion / Re: Rumors/Previews/mtg.com articles on: February 10, 2012, 07:30:05 am
They are both really good.  I can't believe they put 2 Inkmoth Nexus in the red Pre-con.  These event decks are no joke.  They have great cards in them.
30  Eternal Formats / Online Tournaments / Re: TMD Online Invitational II - Ringer Tournament on: January 30, 2012, 09:02:01 am
The finals will be played out tonight, at 9pm EST, on Cockatrice as Onslaught and I finish the second TMD Invitational.  As soon as the room is up, I'll post the room name here.  Spectators are welcome.

Thanks for announcing this! Smile
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