Tuesday, June 15th – MUD, or Mono Brown, has been a Vintage staple for a fair few years. However, while a number of the strategyâ€™s core cards are the same, there is a surprising variety between the separate builds. Today, Stephen Menendian presents a comprehensive look at one of the more aggressive options in Magicâ€™s Broken Format.
Tuesday, June 8th – Each June for the last three years, the DCI has made huge changes to the Vintage format by altering the Banned and Restricted list. Today, Stephen Menendian makes the case for unrestriction for five cards, each of which he believes will only add to the fun that is Magicâ€™s most broken format. Do you agree with his choices?
Monday, May 31st – In this reflective article, Stephen Menendian examines the future of our great game, and considers the average age of a Magic player in particular. While the current push is towards Player Recruitment, is that the best way to ensure Magicâ€™s long-term success?
Monday, May 24th – Stephen Menendian has been to the future. Specifically, heâ€™s flashed forward to the final Legacy match of Grand Prix: Columbus 2010! In an excellent and fun article, Stephen presents a play-by-play recap of the Legacy final, which promises thrills and spills galore! [Editor’s Note – Patrick Chapin’s article will be here later this week!]
Monday, May 17th – The current Legacy metagame is brimming with playable options, as befits a format with an explosive card pool. Of course, there are some decks that rise to the topâ€¦ One such deck is Lands, an uncommon strategy based around the most simple of resources. Stephen Menendian analyzes whatâ€™s needed to master the archetype.
Tuesday, May 11th – Stephen Menendian brings us an extensive examination of the Grand Prix: Madrid Legacy metagame, including statistical breakdowns of all the top performing archetypes. This exhaustive article also includes the top 64 decklists, unmissable if youâ€™re after a Legacy deck for your next tournament!
Monday, May 3rd – In todayâ€™s edition of So Many Insane Plays, Stephen Menendian presents his regular breakdown of the movers and shakers in Vintage. He analyzes the results from tournaments across the world, and brings his personal picks for the cards that will rise and fall in the coming months.
Monday, April 26th – Legacy, it seems, has never been so popular. With events such as the StarCityGames.com Legacy Open events occurring throughout the year, interest in this Eternal format is at an all-time high. Today, Stephen Menendian examines the Rise of the Eldrazi cards that are likely to make a splash in Legacy, before updating his comprehensive Legacy Playable cardlist.
Monday, April 19th – With Rise of the Eldrazi promising to shake up Constructed, does Vintage get a piece of the fifteen-mana action? Stephen Menendian investigates how the latest set impacts Magicâ€™s most broken format, and updates his comprehensive list of Vintage playables.
Wednesday, April 14th – Vintage maestro Stephen Menendian recently took his favorite deck â€“ The Perfect Storm â€“ to a local Vintage tournament. He put up a strong finish, and today he takes us through the highs and lows of each card drawn and thought made in his customary exacting style.
Monday, April 5th – In todayâ€™s edition of So Many Insane Plays, Stephen Menendian tackles a number of Eternal Magic issues that are close to his heart. Thereâ€™s talk on his reaction to the new Reserved List, The Legacy Banned List, Bant CounterTop, and The Myth of Powerâ€¦ [Editorâ€™s Note â€“ Due to a fine performance at GP Houston, Patrick Chapin will be here tomorrow!]
Monday, March 29th – With Legacy being heavily discussed at present, Stephen Menendian presents a case for six cards to be removed from the current Legacy Banned list. In each case, he suggests why the card isnâ€™t as dangerous as it once appeared, and he provides sample decklists that include the illegal spells!
Monday, March 22nd – With Legacy gaining popularity across the board, Stephen Menendian looks at the popular CounterTop strategy. He shares his list, explains some of the more esoteric card choices, and runs it through a local tournament with promising results.
Monday, March 15th – In todayâ€™s So Many Insane Plays, Stephen Menendian is in a lyrical mood. He takes us through a fierce battle between the Dark Mage (the Perfect Storm) and the Bant Mage (Oath). With detailed thought processes and play-by-play analysis, who will emerge the victor?
Monday, March 8th – A year ago, Patrick Chapin made what was then perceived as a curious deck choice for Legacy. The recent results from Madrid and the StarCityGames.com Open have proved him to be correct. Stephen Menendian examines these recent high-profile Legacy tournament results, and draws some conclusions about the format going forward.