Article by @AndreasPetersen breaking down his most recent Vintage Challenge Top 8 list and how he has adapted to the meta.

0:01:00: Announcements
0:05:40: VSL Season 9 Finals
0:45:40: Bolas’s Citadel
0:53:40: Jace, Weilder of Mysteries
0:57:16: Flux Channeler
1:02:40: Dreadhorde Arcanist
1:19:30: Burning Prophet
1:23:50: Teferi, Time Raveler
1:40:25: Karn, the Great Creator
1:56:03: Narset, Parter of Veils
2:01:57: Saheeli, Sublime Artificer
2:08:36: Blast Zone
2:15:55: Return to Nature
2:19:18: Price of Betrayal
2:22:35: Dovin’s Veto
2:26:21: Ral, Storm Conduit
2:31:16: Tomik, Distinguished Advokist
2:37:00: Deliver Unto Evil
2:42:05: Dovin, Hand of Control
2:54:28: Ashiok, Dream Render
3:06:16: God-Pharaoh’s Statue
3:10:48: Ugin, the Ineffable
Total runtime: 3:18:06
Show Notes
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I came across a really interesting article and i thought id share.

The author claims that deciding who will win a game of magic is at least as undecidable as the halting problem... which is pretty nutso. I need to delve deeper because I'm curious if the variance at play when cards are randomly shuffled or drawn is critical to the result or not.

Anyway, I guess this shows magic is harder than chess, huh?

@Smmenen this seems right up your ally brah

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    @brass-man I loved making the video, and Roland is always great to talk to. In fact, I've played quite a number of matches since this video, so I would say that I have officially gotten hooked on the format 🙂

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  • This is so cool! Really enjoyable to hear two smart people talk through the league like this. Hope you enjoyed making it.

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    Hey folks,

    First time poster on TMD, despite being a longtime member of The Source. My name is James Hsu, I'm the co-founder of CardBoard.Live and creator of the Humans of Magic podcast.

    A few years ago I interviewed Roland Chang for Humans of Magic. We kept in touch. Fast forward to March 2020. In the midst of COVID-19, I decide to step into Vintage for the first time AND catch up with Roland. 2 birds, 1 stone.

    Here's our playthrough together. I run Roland's 75. He tells me how to actually play the deck. Much fun was had.

    If you like this sort of stuff, please follow my YouTube channel and/or Twitter @james_hsu. Cheers.

    Recorded March 23, 2020


    2:47 BUG Midrange -- deck overview
    5:38 Roland Chang -- background
    9:00 Match 1 vs. Golos Stax
    46:40 Match 2 vs. 4c Control
    1:42:35 Match 3 vs. Dredge
    2:17:12 Match 4 vs. Paradoxical Outcome
    2:40:53 Match 5 vs. Jund Walkers
    3:23:05 Post mortem & tweaks to decklist
    3:29:32 Bonus analysis -- BUG Midrange lists

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  • For episode 44, Geoff Moes (@ThallidTosser on Twitter), Nat Moes (@GrandpaBelcher), and Josh Chapple (@joshchapple) join 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, as well as a Facebook page and Discord, if you’re interested.

    Here’s the timestamped table of contents for your listening ease and enjoyment:
    02:29 – Dave Discovers the Magic
    17:39 – The First “Grand Prix” and SandCon
    32:18 – Origins 1995
    Total runtime – 45:39

    As just a taste of the content, here's one of the first things we talk about: Dave gets his first boxes of Unlimited from a sports card dealer and sells them at a little sports card convention without knowing what they are. He opens some starters and “auctions” some singles, including Demonic Tutor. Did he sell a Black Lotus?

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