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For episode 49, Geoff Moes (@ThallidTosser on Twitter) and Nat Moes (@GrandpaBelcher) talk with Erin Campbell (@OriginalOestrus) about this year’s online Vintage Championships and learning to cook for yourself (and others!) during a pandemic.

(Alternate host)

Here’s the timestamped table of contents for your listening ease and enjoyment:
00:41 – Eternal Weekend 2020 Online
32:47 – Food and People
1:12:48 – Outro
Total runtime – 1:07:18

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Thanks! This was a fun one to record. I'm excited that it looks like we'll get to Ep. 50 this year!

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In episode 48, Geoff Moes (@ThallidTosser on Twitter) and Nat Moes (@GrandpaBelcher) talk with Joe Dyer (@volrathxp ) about the effect of modal double-face cards in combo decks. Joe is THE Vintage and Legacy correspondent to follow, with great weekly strategy and format articles at MTGGoldfish.

Here’s the timestamped table of contents for your listening ease and enjoyment:
00:37 – MDFC Lands in Eternal Combo
46:29 – Food & Drink: Myracles, Lobster, and Oyster Crisp
1:12:48 – Outro
Total runtime – 1:12:59

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Wrote up my notes and a brief tournament report for the first Vintage Unleashed event. It was small but powerful. Players have had a lot of fun exploring the format and I'm looking forward to working on more decks!

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The first ever Vintage Unleashed event is being held online in the Team Serious Virtual realm. This is an open event, free to play, playtest cards allowed (or play on Cockatrice or MWS or whatever). Connections and player pairings are made through Discord.

Date: July 11, 2020
Time: Noon ET
Location: Team Serious Virtual Realm (Discord)
Entry: Free

Vintage Unleashed is a player-created Vintage format that opens the restricted list greatly, so there are more exciting cards and interactions. Complete rules and restricted list are available, and you can learn more about the format from Joe Dyer, Vintage 101 and Serious Vintage. Very fun format, still very open. I guarantee if you look at the restricted list and come up with the "best deck" you probably haven't.

Google signup form is here:

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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 his name. But who are we kidding, you don’t listen to this podcast for credibility.

Here’s the timestamped table of contents for your listening ease and enjoyment:
00:42 – More Like ComBANion
11:42 – Now THIS Is Podracing: Vintage Unleashed
44:01 – Food & Drink: Staying Inside
1:08:21 – Outro
Total runtime – 1:09:06

If you want to skip right to the inaugural UX tournament information without listening, Vintage Unleashed is the format for the third tournament in the Team Serious Virtual Realm, July 11 at noon ET. I would love to have a great turnout for this inaugural event!

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The signup sheet is here, including a link to the Discord and more complete rules for the format. As with our previous Virtual Realm events, we’ll have a Friday evening Pub Quiz leading up to the tournament on Saturday.

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Honestly, if you think you have the killer deck for this format, please try it out against other decks from this format. There's more counterplay here than you might expect.

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@babau said in Vintage 101: Vintage UNLEASHED!:

Flash + 4 g probe+ 4 street w.+ new mullingan= gg turn 1 ......80% covered (force w...misdirection..pact...veil)

It's funny because so many people respond to this idea with some deck they can't conceive of being beatable: Flash, Trini MUD, BDEV Delver, Tinker Combo, Channel Mirror etc. People have already been playing these decks, none of them is unbeatable.

This is a fun format where all the spells matter. It's exciting and engaging and there are plenty of decks to invent or reinvent. Don't knock it till you've tried it.

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DM'd. The Discord and tournament are open. We're just not publishing the invite widely. All people have to do is ask.

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The Team Serious Virtual Realm is planning on a U30 event in early July. This is an experimental format based on greatly raising the bar for restriction in Vintage.

If you remember the Mr. Burns Disease analogy from The Simpsons, it's like that. The current restricted list for U30 is below. If you're curious, the response to Lurrus's banning was to add Lion's Eye Diamond to the restricted list. Lurrus is legal as a four-of.

Ancestral Recall
Black Lotus
Demonic Consultation
Demonic Tutor
Imperial Seal
Lion's Eye Diamond
Mana Crypt
Mana Vault
Merchant Scroll
Mox Emerald
Mox Jet
Mox Pearl
Mox Ruby
Mox Sapphire
Mystical Tutor
Sol Ring
Time Walk
Tolarian Academy
Vampiric Tutor
Wheel of Fortune

Theory behind this is that it's tutors; the best, oldest fast mana; and unconditional, cheap draw-7s. This includes all of the P9, for tradition's sake.

So here's what's unrestricted:
Chalice of the Void
Dig Through Time
Gitaxian Probe
Golgari Grave-Troll
Karn, the Great Creator
Library of Alexandria
Lodestone Golem
Lotus Petal
Memory Jar
Mental Misstep
Mind's Desire
Monastery Mentor
Mystic Forge
Narset, Parter of Veils
Strip Mine
Thorn of Amethyst
Time Vault
Treasure Cruise
Yawgmoth's Will

Do what you want. Vintage cannot be tamed.

Brass Man has suggested five-game matches.