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1  Eternal Formats / Northeast U.S. / Re: N.Y.S.E. Open IV - Power Eight, Workshops & Drains Tournament - 6/4/16 on: March 22, 2016, 09:54:17 am
Going to try to make this. Some logistics questions:

Getting to Long Island - It appears that my options are fly into New York and take a series of trains or pay a a bit more and fly direct to ISP. How bad is that series of trains?

Getting around Long Island - The closest hotel is around 4 miles away. The airport is around 10 miles away. I assume calling local_cab_co is the way to go. If so, what's the pricing like up there?

Doing stuff: I'm probably going to make this a vintage-only weekend. IE, I'm coming in Friday night and leaving Sunday morning. No going into the city for me. Is there anything going on Friday or Saturday night that an out-of-towner like myself might participate in?

Glad to read that you're going to try and make the event.

I'm going to assume that you're leaving from Penn Station, in Manhattan, as a starting point.  So long as that's the case, you're going to take the Long Island Railroad directly to Stony Brook (which is about five minutes away from the venue).  You are able to take a direct line to Stony Brook, so you shouldn't have to worry about switching trains.  You'd be able to cab it to the venue once you arrive at the Stony Brook station. 

If you're staying in Queens, you're going to have to get to Jamaica Station.  Once there, you'd be able to hook up with the Stony Brook line, and make your way out to the event.  This will mean either subways or public transportation.

I don't know what the pricing is like for a cab from MacArthur Airport to the hotel (I'm guessing you're staying in Stony Brook), but I'd recommend calling one of the local cab companies to get a better estimate.  Village Taxi handles MacArthur Airport, their number is 631-588-1055.

There's a Vintage FNM at The Comic Book Depot on Friday, if you're hunting for more Vintage.  If you're looking for something non-Vintage related (on Long Island), Long Beach has a great boardwalk, and bar scene, as does Rockville Centre.  Depot is about five minutes away from the Bellmore train station; if you're going, I'm sure that I can find you a ride to the venue.

Shoot me a PM if you have further questions. 
2  Eternal Formats / Northeast U.S. / Re: N.Y.S.E. Open IV - Power Eight, Workshops & Drains Tournament - 6/4/16 on: March 21, 2016, 01:57:25 pm
The rules for the Old School tournament have been updated.  You can find them here:

If you would like to add your two cents to what you'd like to see for prize support, please reach out to me to let me know.

3  Vintage Community Discussion / General Community Discussion / Re: Commemorative Playmat For The N.Y.S.E. Open IV on: March 14, 2016, 07:41:14 pm
This mat is one of the highlights of the Vintage year.  Great work, as always, Greg.
4  Eternal Formats / Northeast U.S. / Re: N.Y.S.E. Open IV - Power Eight, Workshops & Drains Tournament - 6/4/16 on: March 13, 2016, 09:55:42 am
Congratulations to Josh Lalo (MirariKnight) for winning the first N.Y.S.E. Open IV qualifier!  I look forward to seeing you at the big event!
5  Eternal Formats / Northeast U.S. / Re: BMG Invitation Vintage Event 3-12-16 on: March 13, 2016, 09:51:53 am
This was a great event, as usual.  Thank you, Calvin. 

I headed down with two fellow New Yorkers, and we all had a great time.  It was nice to be able to compete, but it was also nice to see everyone.  The drive there wasn't bad at all (at about two hours, it was a little better than I'm used to for a tournament) and the Italian deli next to the venue was surprisingly good (and provided me with lunch today). 

Being able to split and go home is a great perk of the Vintage community.  Seven rounds of Magic were enough for me, and walking through my door before 11 pm was much appreciated.  Thank you again to the rest of the guys for that split.

Barring prior commitments, I look forward to seeing you all in May.
6  Eternal Formats / Northeast U.S. / Re: N.Y.S.E. Open IV - Power Eight, Workshops & Drains Tournament - 6/4/16 on: March 10, 2016, 03:03:41 pm
The first of the NYSE qualifiers is now on the schedule!  I hope to see you all at The Comic Book Depot on 4/10!
7  Vintage Community Discussion / General Community Discussion / Re: - New Direction? on: March 09, 2016, 10:00:47 am
PS: And yes. Slash Panter won a 43 player tournament. Javier David is one of the top performers of the MUD archetype in LCV and always brings new and fresh approaches to the tables!

I can promise you that the Forinos and I know who he is.  He has done some truly innovative things; I'm always interested in seeing what he's up to.

Mike Noble also won with Slash Panther, shortly after it was printed, in a very heavy Jace, the Mind Sculptor metagame.  It was a good call at the time.  Dark Confidant wasn't really around, Snapcaster Mage hadn't been printed yet; there were far fewer creatures in the environment.  Ryan Glackin top eight'd Champs with a Slash Panther list in 2011, when Hornung won.
8  Eternal Formats / Northeast U.S. / Re: N.Y.S.E. Open IV - Power Eight, Workshops & Drains Tournament - 6/4/16 on: March 07, 2016, 09:50:47 pm
A couple of quick tidbits:

First off, I got this picture today:

Second up, I've updated the Old School tournament info for Sunday.  I'm still looking for feedback on it, so if there's anything pressing that you'd like to bring up, or see at the event, please let me know!
9  Vintage Community Discussion / General Community Discussion / Re: - New Direction? on: March 05, 2016, 01:37:27 pm
Excellent post, Godder. 
10  Vintage Community Discussion / General Community Discussion / Re: - New Direction? on: March 01, 2016, 12:25:56 pm
I know that this is not something that everyone wants (for obvious reasons), but I would really like a separate forum dedicated to sales/purchases (albeit art, Vintage staples, rarities, etc.).   

I understand that liability has been a concern in the past, but we have enough lawyers on this site that I'd hope we'd be able to craft a statement that clearly put all responsibility on the backs of the people involved, not the website.

We have all been on the hunt for cards, and while there are other options (eBay, major retailers, Facebook, etc.) I wouldn't have to sort through a slew of chaff in order to get what I wanted because I'm dealing with fellow Vintage pilots.  The Facebook groups are awkward; the High End group has Standard foils above Wastelands, EDH foils beneath Drains.  Duals, Drains, Forces, Shops, Bazaars, cool alters, signed cards, foreign cards, and more are things that you see at every Vintage tournament. 

In dealing with other members of the community, I'm dealing with people whom I know.  And even when I don't directly know the person whom I'm potentially dealing with, others whom I'm friends with likely do. 

There are other motivators for this.  At this moment, the euro is down to $1.0844.  In dealing with European sites and European dealers, cards become cheaper for Americans as the dollar strengthens against the euro.  Many of these dealers and sites ship exclusively within Europe.  Putting members of this community in touch with fellow Vintage pilots who have access to these dealers and these sites potentially helps those members acquire the cards that they need at a break, likely resulting in fewer proxies in American events.  As the dollar weakens against the euro, we potentially help European players acquire cheaper cards in order to help them play with fewer proxies.  The few members of this site with access to Japanese markets are in the same position.   

Next up, it has the potential to supplant the need for the High End Group on Facebook for Vintage pilots.  In allowing sites like Facebook to get a handle on the community in any fashion, we weaken the relevance of this site.  The various Vintage groups on Facebook have thousands of members.  Facebook is ill equipped to have the kinds of running discussions, and easily referenced old threads that TMD has.  Why is this acceptable for us?  We should be fighting for each and every one of the members of those sites, in not only offering them strategy discussion, tournament announcements and reports, but also in offering the other things that they (currently) need to navigate away from TMD for.  The fewer sites that I have to deal with in order to do what I want to do within the format (pick up cards, discuss strategy, read tournament announcements, read tournament reports, write up reports, write articles, read articles, etc.) the better.

Within that forum, we'd also, if we so desired, we could create a means to show off our decks.  I take a lot of pride in the deck that I've assembled; it is the product of literally years of effort.  I am proud of it.  Beyond that, I also enjoy scrolling through and seeing what others have done.  A specific example would be the few times I've seen Commandant's decks on other forums.  They're beautiful, even if I don't want to buy Korean cards for myself.  Love of the format, and the game, takes many forms.

The people who would likely be interested in this, supporting my points, are currently on other sites.  Isn't this a fault we should look to remedy? 
11  Eternal Formats / Northeast U.S. / Re: Comic Book Depot - Sunday $10.00 Vinatge - 3/6/16 Credit Tournament on: February 29, 2016, 01:55:40 pm
Man, this is great news.  I definitely had the itch to play more.  I'll be there!
12  Eternal Formats / Northeast U.S. / Re: The Comic Book Depot 3/20/16 $1,000 Vintage Credit Tournament! on: February 26, 2016, 04:41:26 pm
Very much looking forward to this.  See you there.
13  Eternal Formats / General Strategy Discussion / Re: Eternal Masters CONFIRMED on: February 26, 2016, 10:09:43 am
Guys, let's keep this peaceful.
14  Vintage Community Discussion / General Community Discussion / Re: Reserve List Card Spike? on: February 24, 2016, 02:51:15 pm
Oh as far as I know, the intent is to have a weak US dollar in order to promote US exports...

The strong dollar has fueled a lot of my buying, at least.  From H's comments, I'd believe it has fueled his as well.  The euro dipped below $1.10 again today.  Take advantage of it while it lasts.
15  Vintage Community Discussion / General Community Discussion / Re: Reserve List Card Spike? on: February 24, 2016, 12:16:01 pm
The spike has fueled fervor on my part.  

I picked up Gaea's Cradles, Bazaar of Baghdads and three more City of Traitors (for myself) on the back of this spike.  

I ordered a bunch of Null Rods and Meditates.  I ordered a few Cursed Scrolls, Peacekeepers and Intuitions.  I also ordered a set of German Mox Diamonds, in case I ever decide to play Legacy MUD, or in case there's some really weird Lands style Vintage deck that needs to run them (I sincerely doubt it).  I ordered a set of City of Traitors for a friend, and wonder if the $330 that I spent on them is really a deal.  I guess it is, but it still feels wrong.

There is a lot of speculation going on (I'm part of it with Meditates and Null Rods), but one of the things that this spike has done is forced my hand regarding waiting to buy cards.  I sold my last set of Bazaars for $1,200 to put towards buying a piece of art.  Oops.  I was annoyed by the price spike to $500-$700, but hoped that they'd come back down to $400 or so for NM.  I dropped $2,200 on Bazaars because I don't like uncertain things (who does, really?), and because I don't want to be in a position where I need them, and don't have them.

When I was in high school, my mother hated Magic, and made a habit of throwing away all the cards she found.  She thought I was gambling (as you all know, I wasn't).  Maybe it's some subconscious memory of that time in my life, but I have always hated having a large collection.  I don't want to have one more extra card than I need.  Even when I had five proxy-free Vintage decks built, I don't think I had much more than 1,000 cards (if that at all).  Buying all these extra cards now, filling out binders, and preparing for decks that may never be built is annoying.  The part of me that wants zero extra fat on my collection is at war with the part of me that doesn't want to get hosed should I need something that spiked during this current rush.

One of the better questions is where everything settles.  Is Null Rod a $75 rare?  I sincerely doubt it, and yet there are many eBay sellers who are shooting for that, or more.  Is it $50?  I don't think so.  Is it $40?  Maybe.  $30?  Probably.  

Several people have said it, and I had a conversation about this a while back (I believe with Greg); we spoke about what would happen if there was a new supply of Wastelands, Force of Wills and other non-Reserved List cards.  We agreed that what it would likely do was just shift the money around in your deck.  Sure, Force of Will, Wasteland, et al would be cheaper, but at the expense of pricier dual lands, power, and other staples.  

As a whole, this is still a great thing for Vintage.  Even without printing cards from the Reserved List, the price drop on all the other staples means that, with 15 "playtest cards" (they will always be proxies in my mind), a new pilot is able to get into the format for less.  While the barrier to entry will be lowered overall, the barrier to playing sanctioned Vintage will be that much higher.  Last I saw, Underground Sea was over $300.  Could you even imagine being a kid, getting into the format, and looking at a $2,000 mana base?  What is that?  Four Seas, a few Trops/Volcs, and some fetch-lands?  

And yet I can't imagine things changing.  As nice as it will be to make a few dollars on Meditates and Null Rods (outside of some sets I'm selling to friends at virtual cost), I would much prefer a more open format where the cards were infinitely more affordable than they are now.  The N.Y.S.E. Open is the most personal experience of this, and I've gone through it for the last four years.  Every year I hunt for deals, use connections, and do all I can to acquire eight pieces of power, and then significant support for 9th-16th.  This year, thankfully, I was able to pick up a set of Workshops before they jumped to the $700-$800 that they are now.  Bazaars, unfortunately, have been the victim of an earlier massive price spike.  What happens next year?  What happens the year after?  The Bazaar of Moxen was halted in large part due to just how much it costs to pick up the prize support for an event like that.  The N.Y.S.E. Open does not offer comparable support, but there will come a point in time when it is no longer feasible to give away what I give away.  Something suffers, every year.  I won't run the event at a loss, but I find myself relying on greater and greater turnouts in order to break even.  

I think Wizards has proven with the releases of both Modern Masters sets that they have learned the lessons of Chronicles, and would never make those mistakes again.  There is a way to print cards from the Reserved List without destroying all their value.  Getting into Vintage wouldn't be free, but it would be a much more accessible format than it is now.  How are we supposed to recruit players when, before they've played a single game, they know that they'll need to spend $20,000 in order to be able to play?

Back to the point at hand, if I were a Vintage pilot who needed anything on the Reserved List, I'd do all I could to pick it up now.  Yeah, you're going to be playing a part in the spike, and yeah, you're going to be paying more than you were a few days ago, but I don't think that we're done with this spike just yet.  Some cards are likely settled for a little while (before they come down a little bit), like City of Traitors and Null Rod.  But there are still so many others that seem like they could be many multiples of what they are now.  Why is Cursed Scroll $5?  Why is Peacekeeper $3?  Metalworker, Grim Monolith, and many others should probably be more expensive than they are now.

Sorry for the stream of consciousness posting.  
16  Vintage Community Discussion / General Community Discussion / Re: Reserve List Card Spike? on: February 18, 2016, 03:56:12 pm
Yeah, I live in the middle of nowhere, but we have a decent Legacy community.  We had a couple Vintage players, but those days are gone (this is oil country).

I was working on getting a bunch of FBB duals and I just picked up on yesterday, but with prices going the way they have, I might be priced out of them soon (with kid #6 on the way).  I still have 42 Revised duals, so it's not as if I am really hurting.  I play Vintage about once a year now, but I still have my Power.  I'm lucky to have bought playsets of nearly everything important between 2007 and 2010 and lucky to have been able to buy a house and a minivan without moving really any of it.  I've got other dumbly expensive things like an English Imperial Seal, a mint Tabernacle, a playset of Moats, etc, so I am relatively set to build nearly anything.

I'm at 11 FBB duals now (luckily 4 of those are Seas) but getting more will probably be tough going forward.  It'd be easier if the dollar improved against the Euro, but I think that's a pipe-dream at this point.  I should really have moved on those in 2007, along with more Beta stuff, but I decided to go for quantity over quality, which was dumb.

When I got back in, I went for quality, and not quantity, and I'm not necessarily happy either.  I've parted out a lot in the last five years, but there's a part of me that still very much wishes that I had the collection I had back then, with multiple sets of blue duals, the rest of a Revised set, Shops, Bazaars, English and Italian Drains, four sets of Forces, etc. 

The grass is always greener on the other side!
17  Vintage Community Discussion / General Community Discussion / Re: NYSE Open Giveaways - Would You Rather... on: February 18, 2016, 11:22:52 am
Also, I'm going to commit to giving out a box of Eternal Masters the following week.  We'll determine the winner the day of the main event, and arrange for shipping to wherever they may be.

I had wanted to do two boxes of EMA, with one being broken down into draft sets given away.  Instead of that (as shipping eight draft sets adds an expense that I'd rather just focus on more giveaways), there may be a box of MM2 broken into draft sets. 

At the very least, there are going to be a fair number of playmats given away.  I just purchased some sweet mats from Melissa Benson.  I've also been collecting cool things to give away for the last six months, so I hope you're excited to see what I have in store.
18  Vintage Community Discussion / General Community Discussion / Re: NYSE Open Giveaways - Would You Rather... on: February 18, 2016, 11:18:26 am
I would think there would be prereleases for EMA, so one of the stores associated with NYSE should be able to get product and run events.

As much as I'd like to think that I'd be able to make that happen, there's just about a 0% chance that I could sway Wizards to do it. 

Weren't the GPs the release event of Modern Masters last year?  I could be wrong. 
19  Vintage Community Discussion / General Community Discussion / Reserve List Card Spike? on: February 17, 2016, 02:36:55 pm
It seems like the announcement of Eternal Masters, and the subsequent doubling-down on the Reserve List has driven some real action on the price of Reserve List cards.  Will mentioned that Revised Volcanic Island spiked $40 on Tuesday alone on  All the duals seemed to have gone up between 5-20% on Tuesday.

I have sold some of my Vintage cards in the last few years to help finance my art purchases.  When Eternal Masters was announced, I was missing some prominent cards on the Reserve List, notably:

Bazaar of Baghdad
City of Traitors
Gaea's Cradle

I bought a set of Bazaars, three more City of Traitors and three foil Gaea's Cradles yesterday. 

Anybody else getting pinched by this?  Anyone well-prepared for the next few months? 

20  Vintage Community Discussion / General Community Discussion / NYSE Open Giveaways - Would You Rather... on: February 15, 2016, 09:42:49 pm
I was happy to see that Eternal Masters is happening, and I had hoped to be able to give away Eternal Masters boxes/packs at the NYSE Open this year.  The timing, however, is just off, with the release of Eternal Masters being a week after NYSE Open IV. 

Which would you guys prefer, of the two options?
21  Vintage Community Discussion / General Community Discussion / Chris Rush Memorial Fund on: February 11, 2016, 08:55:19 pm
Normally this kind of thing would be frowned on, but given whom we're speaking of here, and that this is for his final arrangements, I think we can all agree that this is different:

His talent was legendary, but the man himself was so much greater than the talent.  Please consider helping put a legend to rest.
22  Eternal Formats / Northeast U.S. / Re: [Top Deck Games] Febuary 13th $1,000 Vintage Event! 2016 Continues! on: February 07, 2016, 10:06:39 pm
See you there!
23  Eternal Formats / Northeast U.S. / Re: BMG Invitation Vintage Event 3-12-16 on: February 05, 2016, 11:53:16 am
If anyone in the NYC area is queued I am looking to carpool with people. PM me if interested.

I want to go, and am qualified.  Let's put a car together, Travis.
24  Eternal Formats / Global Vintage Tournament Reports and Results / Re: Comic Book Depot 1K - 1/31/16 results on: February 04, 2016, 09:33:16 am
And nary a Forino or Detwiler were seen.  No Shops in the top eight (seven)?

Thank you for posting the results, Jostin.  I hope to see you at FNM tomorrow!
25  Vintage Community Discussion / General Community Discussion / Re: Classic Art Tokens - Vintage Token Collection on: February 02, 2016, 09:12:05 pm
The Classic Art Token Kickstarter is well under way.

100% funded in under 3 hours
200% funded under 6
300% funded in 9
On track to hit 400% funding in under 12 hours.

Outstanding is not a good enough word to describe my current reaction.

5 Stretch Goals have already been hit and we are just about to hit #6 and unlock two more Playmat designs.

Will we hit all of my initial Stretch Goals in the first 24 hours?  It certainly looks possible. (Don't worry, I have many more planned)

Congrats on the whole thing, Josh.  This turned out beautifully.  I look forward to getting my Vintage tokens!
26  Eternal Formats / Northeast U.S. / Re: Comic Book Depot - Friday Night Vintage - 2/5/16 Credit Tournament on: February 01, 2016, 02:49:07 pm
I sincerely hope to be able to make this, and intend on bringing my cards to the office, just in case I don't get out before 7:30.

I hope to see you all there!
27  Vintage Community Discussion / General Community Discussion / Re: Nebraska's War on: January 29, 2016, 02:13:12 pm
I live in Lincoln NE, so I was curious as to how this came about as well. AFAIK the only "wars" Nebraska gets into deal with either college football, whatever Pete Ricketts is paid to decide is bad for his constituency, and college football.

Have you secretly been at war with the rest of the Vintage community?  Are you fomenting a rebellion?  Do you dream of dictatorship? 

28  Vintage Community Discussion / General Community Discussion / Re: Nebraska's War on: January 29, 2016, 01:17:12 pm
So, I saw a few months back that there was a tournament in Italy named Nebraska's War.  Does anyone know how this name came about?
As far as I know, it is named after caffe/ place where they are gathering and its name is "Nebraska".

Thanks.  It just seemed really strange to see a name like that for an Italian tournament.  Especially given that there isn't a whole lot out in Nebraska.
29  Vintage Community Discussion / General Community Discussion / Nebraska's War on: January 29, 2016, 12:52:37 pm
So, I saw a few months back that there was a tournament in Italy named Nebraska's War.  Does anyone know how this name came about?
30  Eternal Formats / Northeast U.S. / Re: GP Washington D.C. - 3 (!!!) Sanctioned Vintage Events March 11th - 13th on: January 28, 2016, 06:19:42 pm
Are playtest cards allowed at this event and, if so, how many?

SCG doesn't allow proxies.
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