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Team Pataners

We are moving to Eternal-Central.com

You might have wondered why it’s been so quiet around here lately. Well, we’ve been quite busy preparing what we believe it’s going to be a huge step forward. We can now officially announce the opening of the new eternal site www.eternal-central.com !!!

With Eternal Central (let’s call it EC to short it a bit) we plan to cover everything important that is going on the worldwide eternal scene. For that, we’ve incorporated 2 more excellent players that will contribute with their articles, reports, analysis, etc… The current EC staff is composed by:

Jason Jaco (JACO) – From my point of view, he’s one of the biggest gurus of Eternal. Not as famous as Menendian, but Jason definitely can write some kick ass articles. He’s also been, probably one of the best “pimpers” ever existed. Even though he sold LOTS of cards (^^¡) he still own some pretty cool stuff.

Benjamin Guillerm (Watanabe) – One of the players that has more influence in the french and European eternal scene. Devoted to Vintage and Legacy, Benjamin and his teammates from the GT-Team (http://www.team-gt.com/site/) are famous for having created the Selkie Fish (aka Noble Fish). Benjamin is a celebrity among the French community and I’m sure his good contacts will be really useful to make EC grow a lot.

Juan Vilar (Troin) – 20 top of the Spanish DCI Total Ranking, pro-player (u are such from the moment you gain 1 pro-point :P ) expert on Extended (if that exists anymore?) and Legacy, who will surely contribute a lot with his wisdom, reports and articles. On top of that, Juan is a web designer that will help us make EC look professional as well as even more functional.

Jordi Amat (piZZero) – That would be me ^^. Pimp freak and lover of the eternal formats who’s spent years contributing the community with the Team Pataners site. At some point, TP was probably the most successful blog around Europe, and that’s a thing I’m really proud of!

The team isn’t closed and we are totally up for new contributors from any countries. We only have two little requirements: You need to be able to write in English and you need to love the game. If you feel like joining the EC crew, send us a mail at eternal.central@gmail.com

We are super excited with this new release and we’d love hear what you’d love to read in this new website. We’ll also appreciate if you can criticize our new design (I know it’s very similar to TP, but we’ll work to make it lot more functional). Right now our main focuses are directed to covering big eternal events (such as the upcoming MTG Barato), writing good quality analysis and tournament reports.

With all this said, we do hope you enjoy Eternal Central in this new contribution to the eternal community.

Last, but not least, I’d like to say something regarding Team Pataners. With this announcement the TP site will stop its publishing activity. I’ve been writing here for more than 3 years and in 3 different languages (Catalan, Spanish and English) where I’ve experienced many wonderful moments. For those, I’d like to thank everyone that helped contribute and to everyone that came and read us everyday. In the end, the most important thing is to receive the feedback from you, readers. Without you it would be very hard to find the motivation to keep ruling. In some way it’s a sad moment for me, but this step was totally needed if I wanted to grow as a writer for the community. Jason has supported me a lot during these days and I do wanna say thank you to you too! Without him I wouldn’t probably found the forces to keep going and take this decision.

I’m pretty sure www.eternal-central.com will rock some day. Sooner or later, but it will. So, what I can do now is to recommend you visit us everyday so you are updated with the latest news from Eternal.

Cheers and thanks for reading!

Welcome to the Goyf 2.0 era in Legacy!

Today is one of those days that you feel like a part of yourself has died. Well, it actually didn’t die alone, someone killed it. Yes, today the new Banned and Restricted list was published and Mystical Tutor has been banned in Legacy.

I’ve been playing combo decks that included Mystical Tutor for, at least, 5 years. Without Mystical Tutor the DCI just killed two archetypes in a shot: ANT and Reanimator. I haven’t read the explanations on why they banned Mystical Tutor (honestly I don’t care as I lost all my respect for the DCI long time ago) but I can assume the GP Madrid final has something to do with it.

The official June 18th 2010 Banned & Restricted List announcement reads as it follows:

Announcement Date: June 18, 2010
Effective Date: July 1, 2010
Magic Online Effective Date: July 14, 2010 (after the scheduled downtime)

Magic: The Gathering Tournament Rules Change: Extended
On July 1, 2010, the following sets will leave the Extended format: Ninth Edition, Mirrodin, Darksteel, Fifth Dawn, Champions of Kamigawa, Betrayers of Kamigawa, Saviors of Kamigawa, Ravnica: City of Guilds, Guildpact, Dissension, and Coldsnap. From that point forward, the Extended format will include approximately four years of Magic sets instead of seven.

At that time, the following sets will be legal in the Extended format: Time Spiral, Planar Chaos, Future Sight, Tenth Edition, Lorwyn, Morningtide, Shadowmoor, Eventide, Shards of Alara, Conflux, Alara Reborn, Magic 2010, Zendikar, Worldwake, and Rise of the Eldrazi.

With the upcoming release of Scars of Mirrodin, the following sets will leave the Extended format: Time Spiral, Planar Chaos, Future Sight, and Tenth Edition. One year’s worth of releases will leave Extended with every subsequent fall Magic set.

Extended
Sword of the Meek is banned.
Hypergenesis is banned.

Note: The four cards previously on the banned list (Æther Vial, Disciple of the Vault, Sensei’s Divining Top, and Skullclamp) are in sets that are no longer in the Extended format.

Legacy
Mystical Tutor is banned.
Grim Monolith is no longer banned.
Illusionary Mask is no longer banned.

Zendikar Block Constructed, Standard, Vintage
No changes

Changes to Magic Online–only formats are now announced monthly in the Magic Online Community Group blog.

For an explanation of this announcement, read The Week That Was column today and the Latest Developments column next Friday, June 26. For the complete list of all banned and restricted cards by format, click here.

With this announcement, I can say “bye bye” to my most fetish deck of all times:

So now, with the exception of Belcher, combo is dead in Legacy. Belcher… enough said. You can expect the new Legacy to be a totally aggro format (Zoo, Goyfs, Merfolks, Goblins, etc…), combined with Control and Agro-Control decks.

I don’t even feel like talking about the DCI doing nothing with Vintage. Vintage clearly needs some adjustments, and this was the most awaited list for many players. With Time Vault being über broken/timmy/stupid 2 card combo and MUD being the strongest deck of the format thanks to the über doped Juggernaut called Lodestone Golem, we’ll have to suffer 3 more months without any changes.

Welcome to the Goyf 2.0 era in Legacy!

Your help is needed!

I know we’ve been slacking a bit lately. There’s different reasons behind this slow posting rhythm and I’d like to explain you why.

First of all, both me and Jason have been pretty busy with stuff from our personal lives. I’ve spent the last 15 days painting my new apartment and reforming all those little things that needed to be fixed. Problem was, that I had to do that after my regular 9h of working at the restaurant. Anyways, this past weekend we (me and my GF) finally did the move of all our things and we are now settled in our new home. I hope I’ll have some more free time and forces at nights to write and recover the pace of the web.

On the other hand, Jason and I have been tinkering with the idea of moving on and make a step forward with the web. Team Pataners was created by a group of friends who loved to play Legacy and Vintage. We used the TP site to post reports, fun stuff, etc… but, nowadays, the that team doesn’t exist and it’s a bit silly to keep using that name.

So, with Jason we agreed on creating a new website, with a more mtg-eternal-related name for it. Even though we will keep the posts from January 2010 until today, as all of those are written in English, we’d love to start from scratch again. And that’s why your help is needed!

What things would you like to read on a eternal related website?

We’d love to read your comments with suggestions. Feel free to say what you like and what you don’t. Be honest and criticize with no mercy if needed. Our only way to improve our future site is by knowing your opinion.

Also, we’d love to have more people participating on the future website. The more people we are, the more dynamic the website will be. I had this cool idea of having at least one writer from each country with some eternal tradition (Spain, Germany, Italy, France, USA, etc…). But hey! If you are from a small country and you’d like to contribute, feel free to contact us too! This way, with people from different countries, it would lot easier to track everything that is going on at the eternal scene around the world. Let me explain myself better. If we have a team of 5 writers and each of them covers the information from their tournaments, reports, etc… at their country, don’t you agree it would be incredibly useful for the community?

We don’t require anything at all to apply for this writer positions. All you need is good will, have some knowledge of Vintage and Legacy and what’s happening on your country community, and to be able to write in English. We can’t offer any money to pay you back for your time, but in the future, if the new website works as intended, your work will be rewarded! Keep in mind that the Team Pataners website has had already some publicity agreements with stores and we got paid for allowing them placing publicity in the past. If we make this new website grow, I’m sure we can work the monetary part quite nicely.

We seek people willing to help with anything as long as they have passion for doing it. If you are an expert (or not so expert) on some deck and you’d like to have a weekly/monthly column to write about that deck, evolution of it, etc…, feel free to join as well. If you are a passionate about collecting cards and you’d like to write about that, or just post what other people have to share, feel free to ask as well. The more, the better!

Remember, this is a brand new project Jason Jaco and me (Jordi Amat) are willing to start. We’d love to see it grow in a way that benefits the whole community. If you think you can help, leave us a comment or use the contact us page .

Thanks for reading and for your time!

Top Tops!

There are many cards that are extremely hard to find in foil japanese. Sensei’s Divining Top is one of them (among with Goblin Welder, Merchant Scroll, etc…). I’ve had a couple of Tops for quite a long time already, but 2 weeks ago it came to my attention the existance of 2 Sensei’s Divining Top Foil Japanese Signed and Altered by the artist Michael Sutfin, and the possibility of upgrading my tops became real.

A bit pricey but definitely worth the upgrade due to the rarity of it. I’ll probably trade one of them to my friend Arnau, it was his birthday few days ago and I’m sure he’d love to own one of them.

Terese Nielsen teams up with TP!

You all know the passion we feel about Terese Nielsen and her work, specially the alterations. We’ve been promoting her art and auctions for many years already and will keep doing it as long as this website is up and running.

Terese Nielsen is a woman with clear thinking and a very good sense of business. That’s why, after presenting her some data gathered by our Google Analytics and eBay Affiliate Program, she saw the possibility of working together. Many of you that come visit us are huge fans of her art as well, and you come because it’s probably the only place where you can keep the track of this kind of stuff.

In the following link you’ll find all the information regarding our publicity agreement as well as the benefits from this offer, terms and conditions. You can also see some examples of her latest alterations and earlier work. Hope you guys enjoy this amazing deal!

Terese Nielsen Alterations

We’ve placed a banner at top of the sidebar as well as a tab on the top menu so you can always get access to this promotion.

I’d like to finish this post with a video from Michael Jackson that describes very well the feeling of this moment.

The Team Pataners Online Store is up!

We’ve been working for a while already to make this moment possible and, finally, we are proud to announce that our online store is up and running. Let me explain you few things you should know and consider about our store.

  • We aren’t professional dealers, but we know the business and what’s important for the customer. Therefor, we’ve put all our efforts to make the shopping experience easy and, most important, safe.
  • The online store might suffer some redesigns as we’ll be adding more and more products soon. We’ll need to categorize the products for an easier browsing and purchasing.
  • We’ll try to keep the stock updated with pimp stuff mostly. We can’t compete with big shops at selling regular staples, but, we can offer some stuff that is very hard to find.
  • You can access the shop from the sidebar banner, the top menu tab or the shopping card link.

Many people has asked me (piZZero) if I sell some of my cards from my personal collection. I’ll be using the online store to sell some rare items from time to time. Stay tuned if you want to be the first to notice about these special items.

HAPPY SHOPPING!

Some of our store policies:

(these might be updated and gathered soon on a FAQ page for our store)

Shipping
Team Pataners uses a flat shipping rate of 3€. This rate covers for registered shipping to anywhere in the world. In case of orders superior to 100€, shipping will be free. If customer would like to purchase an insurance for the shipping, please contact us before making the payment.

Shipping times varies between 1 to 4 weeks usually, depending on where you live. Shipments to Italy might take a bit longer.

Team Pataners does not held responsible for any lost shipment. We totally recommend using an insurance if your order is over 100€.

Privacy
Team Pataners is committed to protecting your privacy. We only use the information we collect about you to process orders and to provide support and upgrades for our products. Please read on for more details about our privacy policy.

How does Team Pataners protect customer information?
Since we only accept Paypal payments, customers at the checkout will be redirected to the PayPal web to fill in their personal information. Paypal is the safest way to use your money on the internet, that’s why we use it.

Will Team Pataners disclose the information it collects to outside parties?
Team Pataners does not sell, trade, or rent your personal information to others. Team Pataners  may provide aggregate statistics about our customers, sales, traffic patterns, and related site information to reputable third-party vendors, but these statistics will not include personally identifying information.

Refunds
Team Pataners does not refund money to customers who aren’t satisfied with their purchases. If you have any problems with your order, we encourage you to contact us and explain the situation. Team Pataners will make everything possible to solve any problematic situation.

Report: Top4 split at Legacy Black Lotus (22/05/10)

The Legacy tournaments at the Black Lotus Store in Barcelona are probably the biggest weekly events in the world. With an average turn out that might hit the 35 players, Black Lotus has become an excellent place to practice Legacy at a real high level. You might find there players like Lluis Restoy (GP Madrid Top8), Ricard Tudurí (GP Winner) or Adrià Romero (who recently made top9 at the BOM4).

In the past I used to go every Saturday to the Legacy tournaments, but now, due to my job I can’t hardly get any Saturdays off. And those that I can, I usually make them match with the Vintage tournaments from the LCV6.

Anyways, so this past Saturday I managed to go and I won! Well, even though I really wanted to play because I felt I could defeat easily any of the top4 decks (Reanimator, Zoo and Survi-Auriok) I agreed on splitting the Top4 because the other 3 guys really wanted to, and I was a bit tired.

I expected the following metagame: Zoo, Reanimator, ANT, Merfolks and Countertop (thopters, progenitus, etc). That’s what the usual players play around there. Then there’s always some people with random decks like Belcher, White Staxx, etc… My predictions were almost perfect since there were a lot of combo decks (ANT, Reanimator), some Zoo, and also some Thopter/CounterTop decks.

The night before the tournament I prepared my ANT deck to fight that metagame. I can advance you that this is probably the best sideboard I’ve brought to a tournament. I’m really satisfied with the result and I felt I had answers for absolutely all the matchups that I could face. So this is the list:

Main deck: 4cANT by Jordi Amat
4 Dark Ritual
4 Cabal Ritual
4 Lotus Petal
4 Lion’s Eye Diamond
4 Brainstorm
4 Mystical Tutor
4 Infernal Tutor
4 Polluted Delta
3 Underground Sea
3 Ponder
3 Duress
3 Orim’s Chant
2 Flooded Strand
2 City of Traitors
2 Chrome Mox
2 Sensei’s Divining Top
1 Ad Nauseam
1 Tendrils of Agony
1 Ill-Gotten Gains
1 Chain of Vapor
1 Tundra
1 Scrubland
1 Tropical Island
1 Island

Sideboard:
4 Carpet of Flowers
3 Path to Exile
2 Nature’s Claim
1 Reverent Silence
1 Krosan Grip
1 Angel’s Grace
1 Slaughter Pact
1 Tendrils of Agony
1 Tropical Island

I’m not gonna talk about the main deck choices because the list is pretty standard (15 lands – including 2 City of Traitors, 6 protection spells – including Orim’s Chant, 1 Tendrils, 1 bouncer, etc…). But I do wanna talk about the sideboard.

Path to Exile (3): This card proved to be the MVP of the tournament. And that’s the second time I performed excellent thanks to them. Let’s see it’s advantages:

  • It kills Gaddock Teeg, Ethersworn Canonist, Iona, Shielf of Emeria, as well as Tarmogoyf (BANPLZ!), Wild Nacatl, etc…
  • It’s white, so you’ll probably kill Ioona 100% of the times with it.
  • We run more than 1 copy, so we can use it more aggressively to kill an early menace that will save us some health points. Killing a turn 1 Wild Nacatl with a Path to Exile, if your game plan is slow, can turn into a huge advantage.
  • Nobody expects Path to Exile.

Disadvantages:

  • It’s white, so you’ll need to fetch for white. That usually isn’t a problem, but it’s not the same as playing Slaughter Pact (which I also run).
  • It’s more sensible to Daze/Spell Pierce since it costs more than Slaughter Pact.

Carpet of Flowers (4): In a metagame where blue is everywhere, this card seems the right call. Merfolks disruption is based on the “pay X more or counter this spell” (aka, Daze, Spell Pierce and Curse Catcher), and Carpet of Flowers brings lots of extra mana for free every turn. The only spell you should care about when playing against Merfolks is Force of Will.

The other reason why I run Carpet of Flowers nowadays is because control players expect you to play Dark Confidant Side Board, and they won’t side out their removal. Like this we achieve:

  1. We accelerate for free everyturn
  2. Opponent is playing with dead cards

Due to this version being 4 colors, Carpet of Flowers will fix our mana base pretty nicely. You’ll have the white, the green, blue or black whenever you’ll need it.

Nature’s Claim (2) + Reverent Silence (1) + Krosan Grip (1): Our worst match up is obviously anything running CounterTop. We can’t have our silver bullets all with the same mana cost, and that’s why I opted to have Nature’s Claim, Krosan Grip and Reverent Silence.

Chalice @1 hurts us a lot, but you should be able to Mystical Tutor for Krosan Grip in response to his Chalice, and get rid of it quite easily. Else, just try to combo out with the double LED + Infernal Tutor Kill.

Angel’s Grace (1) + Tendrils of Agony (1): Since I expected some Zoo decks, Angel’s Grace was a must include! I can’t play combo decks without 2 Tendrils of Agony but it didn’t fit in the main deck, so I finally opted to add it to the SB.

Against Zoo/Aggro decks, my usual sideboard plan is: +1 Angel’s Grace, +1 Tendrils of Agony, +3 Path to Exile, +1 Slaughter Pact (and if I expect Thorn of Amethyst like from Affinity, then I add the 2 Nature’s Claim + Krosan Grip), -2 Duress (I always leave 1 Duress, just in case you need to check for a trap :P ), -3 Ponder, -1 Tropical Island (unless I have to add the green sideboard spells).

So this was more or less my sideboard strategy. My main game strategy was always to go for the double LED + Infernal Tutor Kill passing through Ill-Gotten Gains. I believe I killed like that around 90% of the times. I’ve been playing Iggy Pop/ iPop Negation / ANT for such a long time, that when I need to combo, I have it so clear that I know exactly what is needed to execute a certain amount of storm at any given situation. The fact that I reduced the amount of Ad Nauseam to 1 makes this plan my primary choice of kill.

I won’t explain my rounds with detail as I didn’t take accurate notes from the games. I’ll try to write about certain plays that were relevant during the tournament.

Round 1: Gonzalo Balot with random deck. 2-0

  • Gonzalo was a new player in the scene and he actually didn’t know how to play at all. I helped him understand the game a bit better after I won him 2-0 in less than 10 minutes. I tried to make him understand the phases, construction of the decks, etc… He took notes and I think he’ll be better prepared next time.

Round 2: Alex Mateu with Survi/Auriok. 2-1

  • Alex is actually one of the best players of the national Legacy scene. If you search him on deckcheck, you’ll discover a certain amount of good results.
  • Game one I cast a turn 2 Ad Nauseam for the win. Game 2 he casts 3 Meddling Mage in 5 turns without any deck manipulation… I killed his first one with Path to Exile, then the second one named Ad Nauseam and the 3rd named Path to Exile, so my only chance was to find Mystical Tutor, for Slaughter Pact and then combo (I had Nauseam and mana enough). I never found the Mystical nor the Pact. Game 3 I believe I combo him on first turn with a Infernal Tutor Kill.

Round 3: Oscar Mesegué with Reanimator. 2-1

  • Yet another excellent player with a lot of wins at the LCL/Black Lotus Store tournaments.
  • He managed to get Ioona (naming black) into play game 1. I didn’t had many chances since she would kill me before I could actually bounce Ioona. But, I insisted and didn’t surrender, as I wanted to make him believe I could actually bounce Ioona. So I tried to Mystical Tutor at some point, which he obviously countered with FoW (+ Blue card when he only had 2 cards left) fearing a Wipe Away. I told him he did well countering my Mystical as I would have probably won :P So he actually believed me, and in second game, he put Ioona into play again naming blue! But I had Path to Exile to remove her :P I won the same turn I played the Path to Exile. Game 3, he had turn 1 Entomb, and he placed on his GY… Inkwell Leviathan, fearing my Path to Exile again. It was obviously a bad choice, as the squid never got to attack (I had a Path in my hand, anyways)

Round 4: My friend, and ex-team mate, Oliver Satizabal aka Owli with Zoo. ID

Round 5: Daniel Sanchez with Spring Tide. ID

Top8: Pedro Grati with ANT. 2-1

  • I don’t know him that much. I know he’s performing well in pokemon formats, so I guess he’s a good player. BUT, I actually saw him play at round 5 (scouting FTW!), and I saw him play terribly bad. Misplays, wrong choices, etc… He told me after his last round, he’s not used to play combo. O RLY? :D
  • Anyways, so Game one he casts DOUBLE duress on his first turn, and I win on my first turn! How? Check this out kids! My hand was: LED + Dark Ritual + Ancient Tomb + Lotus Petal + Cabal Ritual + Brainstorm + Sensei’s Divining Top. His double duress hits my Brainstorm and Sensei’s Divining Top. My topdeck was Infernal Tutor, and you know how the story ends :P
  • On game 2, he had a strong play, but I slow him down with an Orim’s Chant in response to his Infernal Tutor. He searches Ad Nauseam (Mistake) which he can’t cast. I eot Mystical Tutor for Duress and take his Nauseam away. We both were at top deck but I had Sensei’s Divining Top. He drew a bomb before I found anything with the Top on 4 turns… He played Sadistic Sacrament so we moved onto game 3.
  • Last game was a normal game, I Duress him turn 1 and comb on turn 3 via Ritual + LED + Infernal Tutor -> Ill-Gotten Infernal Tutor for Infernal Tutor for Tendrils for a total Storm of 10.
  • As Pedro said “It happened what it should have happened”.

In the end, I accepted splitting the Top4 prizes.

The rest of the top8 went like this:

Sergi Herrero (Reanimator) VS Oscar Mesegué (Reanimator)

Àlex Mateu (Survi/Auriok) VS Daniel Sanchez (High Tide)

Jordi Amat (ANT) VS Pedro Grati (ANT)

Aldo Fernandez (Landstill) VS Oliver Satizabal (Zoo)

I’ll post the Top8 decks as soon as possible. Meanwhile, this is how the metagame looked like:

  • 3 ANT (Top8 + Top4)
  • 1 Landstill (Top8)
  • 1 High Tide (Top8)
  • 2 Merfolks
  • 2 Dredge
  • 2 Dark Depths (1 Countertop, 1 BG Hate)
  • 3 Zoo (Top4)
  • 2 Reanimator (Top8 + Top4)
  • 2 Rogue deck
  • 1 Alluren
  • 1 Survival (Auriok Combo) (Top4)
  • 1 Thopter/CounterTop
  • 1 Fatestalker
  • 1 Belcher
  • 1 Canadian Threshold
  • And a couple of lost lists

So, to conclude with something, let me just say…

REAL MEN PLAY COMBO!

Flash news!

You might have noticed that lately we haven’t been posting much, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have things to explain! Let me begin with the off-topic:

Personally, I’ve been loaded with work the past couple of weeks (which I can’t complain about) and that’s taken really a lot of time. On top of that, last week I found a new apartment in Barcelona to where I’ll be moving soon. The thing with the apartment also took me a lot of time, you know… visits, meetings to negotiate the contract, etc, etc… If there’s one thing I love about my new apartment are its views!

I guess the moving to the new apartment will also reduce my free time, but I’ll do my best to keep you guys updated. Hope you understand!

And now let’s move back to the mtg related stuff. I hope to be able to announce something in the following days that will benefit the “pimp” community a lot. I can’t give you more information right now, but I can advance you it’s something huge. You’ll just have to be a bit patient!

Also, hopefully this weekend we’ll have a post with a very exclusive sales. A friend of mine is willing to sell a couple of really rare staples (I mean REALLY rare, caps intended) and I’ve offered him to use the blog as his publicity platform. If you are a collector or you like to play with rare stuff, you’d better stay tuned for the following days.

Regarding JACO, he’s disappeared! Hope he’ll be back soon to surprise us with his awesome articles, MOL reports, etc…

Once again, thanks for reading!

Find the differences!

Yesterday afternoon, I was taking some pictures of my deck (Dark Jace UBR) when my friend Arnau passed me a link with a picture to his deck. Lately he got some of my stuff, and I got some from him. It’s always nice to have a close partner to share/trade pimp with! Can you find the differences between both decks?

Arnau’s Dark Tezz deck!

My Dark Jace UBR!

Video widgets added to the site!

We know how much you guys like watching videos. For that, we’ve implemented a couple of video widgets to the sidebards so you can stay updated or re-watch any of the videos we’ve posted here. I’ve also added a widget with the videos from Enric, who’s focused on Legacy only. This way, we’ll have it covered the two eternal formats.

When you click on a video from the sidebar, a little pop-up window will show and bring you the video with its information, tags, adsense (to help us by clicking), etc… Something like this:

I hope you guys like the upgrade and enjoy watching more and more videos!

Remember that you can also subscribe to our youTube video channel if you wanna get notifications as soon as a video is released.

Dawgmoth’s Will Altered by Ron Spencer

eBay is getting more and more interesting and we’ve found another alteration worth sharing! This time, someone is selling his 2005′s Dawgmoth’s Kill altered by Ron Spencer. It’s not one of the best alterations I’ve seen, but it’s a fun one! And, if we compared to what people is paying nowadays, I’d say it’s a cheap one!

Click here to go to the eBay auction!

It’s not going to last long, so, don’t miss the chance of getting your hands on this original Ron Spencer alteration!

“Force of Wills” Altered Features Ron Spencer’s Yawgmoth’s Will

This is probably the sickest alteration I’ve seen by Terese Nielsen on a Force of Will. It features her brother’s, Ron Spencer, most epic card: Yawgmoth’s Will. It has such a strength that I can’t stop watching it. This alteration represents Vintage int its pure state. The eternal fight between Yawgmoth’s Will and Force of Will.

Click here to go to the eBay auction!

I’d love to get my hands on this one, but I’ll have to pass. Next month I’m going to NY (Manhattan) with my girlfriend and I should save some bucks up :D

Bazaar of Moxen 4!!

The biggest european eternal party of the year, Bazaar of Moxen, is already going on these days. If you want to follow what’s going on during such a event, feel free to visit the official Bazaar of Moxen website! In there they’ll offer live coverage, pictures, videos, top8 decks, etc, etc…

Let me remind you a bit the prize structure:

Also, if you are spanish and would like to follow the results from the spanish armada, you should check the live coverage from Chapuzas @ La Universidad de las Artes Lúdicas.

I’ll keep posting news as soon as I get more info. Stay tunned folks!

[Video]: LCV6 #4 Final – Guillem Ragull VS Israel Muñoz G2

So, here we are with the second game of this awesome finals between Guillem Ragull (Repeal Tendrils) and Israel Muñoz (Blue Workshops). It took a little more time than I expected but I’m sure it was worth the wait! Hope you guys enjoy the video.

Remember you can find the decklists and an amazing metagame breakdown + analysis here.

Stay tunned to watch the final match!

Pimp my Mana Drains

When it comes to pimp, it turns out we are constantly evolving and creating new trends. Few days back, I believed my playset of Mana Drains were the most Pimp playset one could actually have (well, I was just missing Richard Garfield‘s signatures but that was just a matter of time). Being that playset Signed and Altered by Mark Tedin seemed the tops for me until I found these babies:

Arnau Rovira, aka Albareda, is a friend of mine who’s recently got involved in this pimp movement and already has a huge amount of awesome stuff. I’m lucky to know him, because he loves to travel a lot to meet artists and get his cards signed. Past weekend, he went to Lyon and in there he met Mark Tedin (and Anthony S. Waters). Inspired by my Ancestral Recall + Library of Alexandria alterations, he asked Mr. Tedin if he could alter his drains in a similar way. He actually asked him if he could take them to his hotel and elaborate a little more on the alterations. The result is the amazing playset I posted above. Arnau, who’s not a big fan of heavy altered cards (expect from Ron Spencer/Terese Nielsen commissioned works) got a bit shocked with the result  thought those Mana Drains were too much for him. They obviously didn’t match his deck’s style. But he knew that the Mana Drains would find a home in my collection, and then we started the negotiations. I think today’s deal is the most impressive trade I’ve ever been involved in. Over the table we had up to 3 Beta Volcanic Islands, the Mana Drains, Foil Japanese Signed stuff, very hard to find signed stuff, etc… No money involved actually.

I believe the trade was good for both of us. It’s always a pleasure to deal with Arnau, so if you ever get to meet him, don’t be shy and ask for trade!

To finish this post, let me show you some other recent stuff I got my hands on:

I’ll be posting my latest Vintage deck soon!

Keep it real pimp, boys!

On sales! Mana Drain signed/altered playset!

My old and beloved, as well as cool looking playset of Mana Drains are now on sale!

(Click on the image to zoom)

The reason why I’m selling them is because I’ve acquired a new playset, that hopefully you’ll be able to see it soon! If you are interested on buying them, feel free to contact me at  jordi . amat @ gmail . com (whithout the spaces) and we’ll talk business.

Altered “Force of Will” Featuring Mark Tedin’s “Necropotence”

She might not take any more commissions but she seems to be very active lately! Newest alteration from Terese Nielsen features Mark Tedin‘s Necropotence, in what it seems to be a homage to Mr. Tedin’s work! Simply amazing!

Click here to go to the eBay auction!

Do you think she’ll continue the Mark Tedin’s series? If so, what would you like her to draw next?

I’m seriously thinking on bidding to this one! So, get ready for some real action over the bay during the following days!

Top8 decklists and analysis from LCV6 #4

I know I’m a bit delayed on the publishing of the 2 remaining videos from the finals! I’ve been loaded with work during the past 10 days or so and I haven’t had a day off in the past 2 weeks, so it’s been impossible to find the forces to sit down in front of the computer and spend some hours editing. I’ll promise I’ll release them soon, but just a little bit more patient please! (It also doesn’t help that I’ve been chosen for the Starcraft II beta :P ). Anyways, on the mean time, here you’ll find the lists from the Top8 players:


1st – Israel Muñoz – Mono Blue Shop Aggro

3 Ancient Tomb
6 Island
4 Mishra’s Workshop
1 Strip Mine
1 Tolarian Academy
3 Wasteland
4 Esperzoa
4 Lodestone Golem
4 Master of Etherium
2 Triskelion
1 Ancestral Recall
4 Chalice of the Void
1 In the Eye of Chaos
1 Mana Crypt
1 Mana Vault
1 Mox Emerald
1 Mox Jet
1 Mox Pearl
1 Mox Ruby
1 Mox Sapphire
3 Smokestack
1 Sol Ring
4 Sphere of Resistance
4 Tangle Wire
1 Time Walk
1 Tinker
1 Trinisphere

Sideboard:
2 Duplicant
3 Crucible of Worlds
3 Ensnaring Bridge
1 Hurkyl’s Recall
1 In the Eye of Chaos
2 Pithing Needle
3 Relic of Progenitus


2nd – Guillem Ragull – Drain Tendrils

3 Flooded Strand
2 Island
1 Library of Alexandria
2 Polluted Delta
1 Tolarian Academy
3 Underground Sea
3 Volcanic Island
1 Ancestral Recall
1 Black Lotus
1 Brainstorm
1 Demonic Tutor
1 Empty the Warrens
1 Fact or Fiction
2 Fire // Ice
4 Force of Will
1 Gifts Ungiven
1 Gush
1 Hurkyl’s Recall
1 Lotus Petal
1 Mana Crypt
4 Mana Drain
1 Mana Vault
1 Merchant Scroll
1 Mind’s Desire
1 Misdirection
1 Mox Emerald
1 Mox Jet
1 Mox Pearl
1 Mox Ruby
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Mystical Tutor
1 Rebuild
4 Repeal
2 Sensei’s Divining Top
1 Sol Ring
1 Tendrils of Agony
1 Thirst for Knowledge
1 Time Walk
1 Timetwister
1 Vampiric Tutor
1 Yawgmoth’s Will

Sideboard:
1 Yixlid Jailer
2 Empty the Warrens
2 Hurkyl’s Recall
1 Pyroblast
4 Ravenous Trap
1 Red Elemental Blast
3 Thoughtseize
1 Tormod’s Crypt


Top 4 – Víctor de la Cruz – Oath

1 Bojuka Bog
1 Flooded Strand
4 Forbidden Orchard
1 Island
1 Misty Rainforest
2 Polluted Delta
1 Scalding Tarn
4 Tropical Island
1 Underground Sea
2 Volcanic Island
1 Iona, Shield of Emeria
1 Progenitus
1 Ancestral Recall
1 Ancient Grudge
1 Brainstorm
1 Crop Rotation
1 Demonic Tutor
1 Echoing Truth
4 Force of Will
1 Gaea’s Blessing
4 Impulse
1 Krosan Grip
1 Lat-Nam’s Legacy
1 Lim-Dûl’s Vault
1 Merchant Scroll
1 Mindbreak Trap
1 Mox Pearl
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Muddle the Mixture
1 Mystical Tutor
2 Null Rod
4 Oath of Druids
1 Ponder
1 Rebuild
1 Regrowth
1 Show and Tell
2 Spell Pierce
2 Stifle
1 Time Walk
1 Vampiric Tutor

Sideboard:
2 Energy Flux
3 Firespout
1 Hurkyl’s Recall
3 Pithing Needle
3 Ravenous Trap
2 Relic of Progenitus
1 Tormod’s Crypt


Top 4 (1st unpowered, 1st budget) – Marc Bertolín – TarmoBurn

1 Arid Mesa
4 Bloodstained Mire
3 Mountain
2 Plateau
3 Taiga
3 Wasteland
2 Windswept Heath
4 Wooded Foothills
3 Grim Lavamancer
4 Kird Ape
4 Qasali Pridemage
4 Tarmogoyf
4 Wild Nacatl
4 Chain Lightning
2 Fireblast
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Magma Jet
3 Price of Progress
2 Sylvan Library

Sideboard:
2 Ancient Grudge
3 Path to Exile
3 Pithing Needle
2 Pyroblast
2 Red Elemental Blast
3 Tormod’s Crypt


Top 8 – Arnau Rovira – Tezzeret Control

3 Island
1 Library of Alexandria
2 Polluted Delta
4 Scalding Tarn
1 Tolarian Academy
3 Underground Sea
2 Volcanic Island
3 Dark Confidant
1 Gorilla Shaman
1 Sphinx of the Steel Wind
1 Tezzeret the Seeker
1 Ancestral Recall
1 Black Lotus
1 Brainstorm
1 Demonic Tutor
1 Echoing Truth
1 Fact or Fiction
1 Fire // Ice
4 Force of Will
1 Gifts Ungiven
1 Mana Crypt
4 Mana Drain
1 Merchant Scroll
1 Misdirection
1 Mox Emerald
1 Mox Jet
1 Mox Pearl
1 Mox Ruby
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Mystical Tutor
1 Rebuild
1 Sensei’s Divining Top
1 Sol Ring
3 Spell Pierce
1 Thirst for Knowledge
1 Time Vault
1 Time Walk
1 Tinker
1 Vampiric Tutor
1 Voltaic Key
1 Yawgmoth’s Will

Sideboard:
1 Mountain
2 Ingot Chewer
2 Sower of Temptation
1 Darkblast
2 Deathmark
2 Duress
1 Extirpate
2 Hurkyl’s Recall
1 Pithing Needle
1 Tormod’s Crypt


Top 8 – Rubén Godino – Food Chain Goblins

1 Forest
7 Mountain
1 Scalding Tarn
1 Strip Mine
2 Taiga
4 Wasteland
4 Wooded Foothills
4 Gempalm Incinerator
1 Goblin Chieftain
4 Goblin Lackey
3 Goblin Matron
4 Goblin Piledriver
4 Goblin Recruiter
4 Goblin Ringleader
1 Goblin Sharpshooter
3 Goblin Warchief
2 Siege-Gang Commander
2 Skirk Prospector
2 Chrome Mox
4 Food Chain
1 Mana Crypt
1 Sol Ring

Sideboard:
2 Krosan Grip
1 Naturalize
3 Pithing Needle
2 Pyroblast
2 Red Elemental Blast
3 Smash to Smithereens
2 Tormod’s Crypt


Top 8 – Carles Miñón – Tezzeret Slaverless

1 Flooded Strand
3 Island
1 Library of Alexandria
1 Misty Rainforest
1 Mountain
1 Polluted Delta
2 Scalding Tarn
1 Strip Mine
1 Tolarian Academy
2 Underground Sea
2 Volcanic Island
2 Goblin Welder
1 Gorilla Shaman
1 Magus of the Moon
1 Sundering Titan
1 Tezzeret the Seeker
1 Ancestral Recall
1 Black Lotus
1 Brainstorm
1 Demonic Tutor
1 Fact or Fiction
1 Fire // Ice
4 Force of Will
1 Gifts Ungiven
1 Intuition
1 Mana Crypt
3 Mana Drain
1 Mana Vault
1 Merchant Scroll
1 Misdirection
1 Mox Emerald
1 Mox Jet
1 Mox Pearl
1 Mox Ruby
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Mystical Tutor
1 Rebuild
2 Sensei’s Divining Top
1 Sol Ring
3 Spell Snare
1 Thirst for Knowledge
1 Time Vault
1 Time Walk
1 Tinker
1 Vampiric Tutor
1 Voltaic Key
1 Yawgmoth’s Will

Sideboard:
1 Gorilla Shaman
1 Ingot Chewer
1 Sphinx of the Steel Wind
3 Claws of Gix
1 Duress
1 Hurkyl’s Recall
2 Lightning Bolt
1 Pyroblast
2 Red Elemental Blast
2 Relic of Progenitus


Top 8 – Xavier Hurtado – MUD

4 Ancient Tomb
2 City of Traitors
1 Ghost Quarter
3 Mishra’s Factory
4 Mishra’s Workshop
1 Strip Mine
1 Tolarian Academy
4 Wasteland
2 Duplicant
4 Lodestone Golem
2 Razormane Masticore
1 Black Lotus
4 Chalice of the Void
3 Crucible of Worlds
1 Mana Crypt
1 Mox Emerald
1 Mox Jet
1 Mox Pearl
1 Mox Ruby
1 Mox Sapphire
3 Null Rod
2 Sculpting Steel
2 Smokestack
1 Sol Ring
4 Sphere of Resistance
4 Tangle Wire
1 Thorn of Amethyst
1 Trinisphere

Sideboard:
2 The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale
1 Razormane Masticore
3 Damping Matrix
3 Ensnaring Bridge
2 Relic of Progenitus
2 Thorn of Amethyst
2 Tormod’s Crypt


Thanks to Roger Riera again for being so devoted to our league and giving us the lists and analysis every month! Here you have the charts and numbers of the past LCV tournament:

General information:

  • Players: 54
  • Average points: 9,5
  • Unpowered players: 9 (16,7% from total)
  • Average points by Unpowered players: 9,4

Top 8 new cards:

  • Arid Mesa
  • Bojuka Bog
  • Deathmark
  • Goblin Chieftain
  • Kird Ape
  • Magma Jet
  • Muddle the Mixture
  • Price of Progress
  • Smash to Smithereens
  • Sylvan Library
  • Wild Nacatl

Deck breakdown and average points by archetype:

15 Drain decks (28,3% from metagame, 3/8 from Top 8)
— 3 Drain Tendrils: 12; F
— 3 Remora Tendrils: 8,3
— 2 Tezzeret Control: 11,5; T8
— 2 Remora Tezzeret: 8
— 1 Tezzeret Slaverless: 16; T8
— 1 Oath: 9
— 1 U/B/W Bomberman: 7
— 1 The Deck: 3
— 1 U/B/R Painters: 3
14 Null Rod decks (26,4% from metagame)
— 9 Noble Fish: 7,7
— 2 U/W Fish: 9
— 1 Merfolks: 9
— 1 Monoblack: 6
— 1 R/B Goblins: 0
10 other archetypes (18,9% from metagame, 3/8 from Top 8)
— 3 Oath: 14,7; T4
— 1 TarmoBurn: 20; T4
— 1 Food Chain Goblins: 16; T8
— 1 Control Confidant: 13
— 1 Wizards: 10
— 1 Naya Zoo: 9
— 1 TezzCast: 6
— 1 Dark Depths Elves: 3
9 Workshop decks (17,0% from metagame, 2/8 from Top 8)
— 4 MUD: 12,5; T8
— 1 Mono Blue Shop Aggro: 24; C
— 1 MUD Domination: 10
— 1 Tezzeret Transmuter: 9
— 1 Uba Stacks: 9
— 1 Black Vised MUD: 6
4 Ichorid decks (7,5% from metagame)
— 3 Mana Ichorid: 11
— 1 Manaless Ichorid: 6
1 Ritual deck (1,9% from metagame)
— 1 The Perfect Storm: 7

Unpowered Deck breakdown and average points by archetype:

1 TarmoBurn: 20, T4
1 Food Chain Goblins: 16, T8
1 Mana Ichorid: 12
1 Wizards: 10
1 Merfolks: 9
1 Naya Zoo: 9
1 Manaless Ichorid: 6
1 Dark Depths Elves: 3
1 R/B Goblins: 0

Charts:

1 – Deck breakdown (Inner ring: Top8, Outer ring: Tournament Total)
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2 -Archetype’s monthly evolution
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3 – Top8 Archetype’s monthly evolution
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Most played cards:

Top 10 lands:
101 Wasteland
86 Island
62 Flooded Strand
62 Underground Sea
57 Misty Rainforest
50 Polluted Delta
45 Tropical Island
37 Tundra
36 Mishra’s Workshop
31 Ancient Tomb

Top 10 creatures:
43 Qasali Pridemage
40 Dark Confidant
36 Noble Hierarch
35 Tarmogoyf
34 Lodestone Golem
31 Cold-Eyed Selkie
22 Meddling Mage
16 Bloodghast
16 Golgari Grave-Troll
16 Narcomoeba
16 Stinkweed Imp

Top 10 non-creature spells:
136 Force of Will
63 Spell Pierce
60 Null Rod
55 Mana Drain
42 Chalice of the Void
41 Mox Sapphire
40 Mox Pearl
37 Mox Emerald
37 Daze
36 Black Lotus

Top 10 sideboards:
49 Tormod’s Crypt
47 Pithing Needle
32 Relic of Progenitus
27 Hurkyl’s Recall
23 Ravenous Trap
22 Red Elemental Blast
20 Nature’s Claim
19 Tarmogoyf
17 Sower of Temptation
17 Energy Flux
17 Wheel of Sun and Moon

Top 10 lands used on most decks:
Island on 32
Strip Mine on 29
Wastelandon  28
Flooded Strand on 27
Tolarian Academy on 27
Underground Sea on 22
Polluted Delta on 21
Misty Rainforest on 20
Tropical Island on 20
Forest on 14

Top 10 creatures used on most decks:
Tarmogoyf on 15
Qasali Pridemage on 11
Dark Confidant on 11
Sower of Temptation on 11
Yixlid Jailer on 11
Cold-Eye Selkie on 10
Noble Hierarch on 9
Lodestone Golem on 9
Meddling Mage on 9
Duplicant on 9

Top 10 non-creature spells used on most decks:
Mox Sapphire on 41
Mox Pearl on 40
Mox Emerald on 37
Black Lotus on 36
Force of Will on 35
Ancestral Recall on 34
Time Walk on 32
Brainstorm on 31
Mana Crypt on 30
Sol Ring on 30

Cards that appear at least 5 times at Top8 decks:
Mana Crypt, 6 copies on 6 decks
Mox Pearl, 6 copies on 6 decks
Mox Sapphire, 6 copies on 6 decks
Sol Ring, 6 copies on 6 decks
Tormod’s Crypt, 0 Copies (+10 SB) on 6 decks
Island, 15 copies on 5 decks
Ancestral Recall, 5 copies on 5 decks
Mox Emerald, 5 copies on 5 decks
Mox Jet, 5 copies on 5 decks
Mox Ruby, 5 copies on 5 decks
Time Walk, 5 copies on  5 decks
Tolarian Academy, 5 copies on 5 decks
Hurkyl’s Recall, 1 copy (+7 SB) on 5 decks
Pithing Needle, 0 copies (+12 SB)on  5 decks

Altered “Force of Will” Featuring Mark Tedin’s “Sol Ring”

Yet another awesome alteration by Terese Nielsen. This time, Terese upgrades her series of “Burnt” Force of Will(s) by adding Mark Tedin‘s Sol Ring. Amazing match! (Speaking of Tedin, he was last weekend in Lyon and I have some surprises to show you). If you’d like to buy this alteration, it’ll be only for a few days on eBay:

Click here to go to the eBay auction!

There’s an update on her Alteration Policy for those who are interested on having her commisioning a playset for you. The note from her blog reads as it follows:

“I get hundreds of requests to alter Force of Will’s for people.  I do take commissions every so often, but my current strategy is to not take on more than I can finish in a couple months time. I plan on finishing my current list of commissions by the end of May, and will be opening up my schedule to take on a few more commissions in June. If you’re one of the people that have been interested in having me customize your cards (and are familiar with what they sell for) then feel free to contact me with your basic idea and I’ll give you a price quote.”

Happy bidding to everyone!

By the way, for those who can’t really afford Terese Nielsen or Ron Spencer’s alterations, maybe you should try contacting Ken Meyer Jr. from one of the banners we have here at Team Pataners. He’s got pretty economic fares and that’s really nice from him! Use your money now before he reaches the same status than Terese and Ron!

MTG Barato Eternal Weekend! (Valencia 3-4 July)

Filippo Lietti, aka TroppoRicco, is one of those guys who deserves a special mention among the spanish MtG scene. Besides of being a top dealer, he loves to promote the game and travels anywhere in Spain/Europe to play and sell. Well, nowadays Filippo is going to open a new online store and to celebrate it, he’s organized this AMAZING tournament:

Additional information:

  • Both tournaments are sanctioned and cost 30€ each.
  • Saturday = Legacy.
  • Sunday = Vintage.
  • For further information, pre-registering and questions, please send a mail to mtgbarato@gmail.com


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I’ll keep updating with news, side events schedule, etc… etc…

Are you going to miss this HUGE event?

The Juzam Djinn original art is up for grabs!

We’ve seen quite many rarities during our site existance, but this, I believe is one of the most impressive things I’ve ever seen.

We are talking about the original painting from the Juzam Djinn by Mark Tedin.

The seller is no other than Daniel Chang, founder of Graded Magic Cards and one of the most famous collectors in the world of MtG. He’s got endless amount of super rare stuff and from time to time he might release something worth buying. Not cheap though!  If you want to adquire this masterpiece, you can do it straight from eBay, here there’s the auction:

Daniel, in his Juzam Djinn auction page, posted also a very cool video with an interview to Mark Tedin. You should check it out too:

I know this is totally out of my budget, but it would be so freaking cool to be in a position to think of buying this kind of stuff. They are selling other very cool (and expensive) stuff on their eBay store:

Savannah original art anyone?

Magic Online Legacy Weekly Metagame Report 05-03-2010

With the rapid growth of Magic Online, Wizards of the Coast has been bringing more players into the digital world of card slinging by creating new formats and releasing all of the old sets online. Earlier this year Wizards of the Coast recently announced the creating of the Legacy Online format, which is a bit surprising. That in and of itself is not surprising, but not all of the older Legacy playable cards are yet in the Magic Online card pool so it is surprising that they would launch it before this. But with the release of the rest of Urza’s block and the Masters Edition IV (slated for release December 13 2010), most of the remaining cards will be released ‘into the wild’ if the speculation proves correct that Masters Edition IV will include the hits from Mercadian Masques block (Mercadian Masques/Nemesis/Prophecy). Wizards go eventually release the entire Mercadian block, but the consensus in the past seems to be that Mercadian was the worst block and would be a very poor seller online (hence the theory of just including releveant cards in Masters Edition IV).

The Magic Online Legacy community has slowly been gaining steam, with Daily Events running regularly and succesfully firing with 16-30+ people. The Premier Events have been hit or miss, but there seems to be plenty of data coming in from the developing Online Legacy metagame in Daily Events. In our new weekly column here we’ll take a look at what is the exact make up of the Online Legacy metagame by analyzing every deck played and how they finished.

For those unfamiliar with Daily Events, they are usually run once or twice a day, with a minimum of 16 people to start and a max of 128, and are always exactly 4 rounds. They are 6 tickets to enter and pay out 11 booster packs (roughly 44 ticket value) to players finishing 4-0, and 6 booster packs (roughly 24 ticket value) to players finishing 3-1. Premier Events require a minimum of 33 players (and a max of 256) and cost 10 tickets to enter, and are similar to most tournaments with Swiss rounds based on the number of competitors, with a cut to a single elimination Top 8 playoff. The prizes are 36 booster packs for first place, 27 for second, 18 for third and fourth, and 9 for fifth through eighth. All prize winning players in both types of tournaments are also rewarded with Qualifying Points based on their finish, and these points accumulate and can be used for other prizes in the description found here.

All scheduled online events can be found courtesy of the Magic Online Events Calendar.

With our first week (04-25-2010 through 05-01-2010) of Online Legacy analysis, we have 7 Daily Events worth of data to pull from. The events will be listed by number and date, and then broken out by archetype, players, average points per archetype and sub-archetype (there is a maximum of 12 points per tournament, as there are 4 rounds in each Daily Event), and money finishes (money finish defined as 4-0 or 3-1 finish, which is the cutoff for payouts in Daily Events).

Daily Event 1154851 04-25-2010 (32 players):
Ad Nauseam – 3 players; average 4.00 points by player
(2 with 3 Ad Nauseam + Pact of Negation version; average 6.00 points per player)
(1 with Saito 2 Ad Nauseam + Lion’s Eye version; average 0.00 points per player)
Reanimator – 1 player; average 9.00 points per player; 1 money finish
Painter Grindstone – 1 player; average 6.00 points per player
Bant NOPro (no CounterTop) – 1 player; average 6.00 points per player
Bant Tempo/New Horizons – 1 player; average 6.00 points per player
Bant NOPro CounterTop – 3 players; average 2.00 points per player
CounterTop UGRW – 1 player; average 0.00 points per player
Canadian Threshold – 1 player; average 3.00 points per player
Merfolk U – 1 player; average 9.00 points per player; 1 money finish
Enchantress – 1 player; average 9.00 points per player; 1 money finish
Astral Slide BGW Junk – 1 player; average 9.00 points per player; 1 money finish
BGU Smallpox – 1 player; average 3.00 points per player
Death and Taxes – 3 players; average 7.00 pionts per player; 2 money finishes
Dredge (LED-less) – 3 players; average 6.00 points per player; 1 money finish
Goblins – 5 players; average 5.40 points per player; 2 money finishes
(2 with Goblins R; average 10.5 points per player; 2 money finishes)
(2 with Goblins RB; average 3.00 points per player)
(1 with Goblins RG; average 0.00 points per player)
Naya Zoo – 1 player; average 3.00 points per player
Sligh/Mono Red Burn – 1 player; average 3.00 points per player
Red Green aggro – 1 player; average 0.00 points per player
Affinity – 2 players; average 6.00 points per player; 1 money finish

Daily Event 1154853 04-26-2010 (29 players):
Ad Nauseam (3 Ad Nauseam + Pact of Negation version) – 1 player; average 3.00 points by player
Charbelcher – 1 player; 3.00 points per player
Next Level Storm – 1 player; 0.00 points per player
Reanimator – 2 players; average 3.00 points per player
Stoneforge Bant (no CounterTop) – 1 player; 3.00 points per player
Bant NOPro CounterTop – 1 players; average 3.00 points per player
CounterTop UGBW – 1 player; average 9.00 points per player; 1 money finish
Englightened CounterTop UGW – 1 player; 0.00 points per player
Englightened CounterTop UGRW – 1 player; 9.00 points per player; 1 money finish
4C Landstill – 1 player; 6.00 points per player
Nearly Mono Blue – 1 player; 3.00 points per player
Stax WG – 1 player; 0.00 points per player
Astral Slide BGW Junk – 1 player; average 9.00 points per player; 1 money finish
BGW Junk – 1 player; average 9.00 points per player; 1 money finish
Mono Black Aggro Control – 1 players; 6.00 points per player
Dredge (LED-less) – 1 players; average 9.00 points per player; 1 money finish
Dredge (Bloodghasted) – 1 players; average 9.00 points per player; 1 money finish
Death and Taxes – 3 players; average 6.00 pionts per player; 1 money finish
AggroLoam RGB – 1 player; average 12.00 points per player; 1 money finish
Goblins – 3 players; average 5.40 points per player; 1 money finish
(2 with Goblins RB; average 3.00 points per player)
(1 with Goblins RG; average 9.00 points per player; 1 money finish)
Naya Zoo – 2 players; average 6.00 points per player
Affinity – 2 players; average 1.50 points per player

Daily Event 1154855 04-27-2010 (25 players):
Ad Nauseam (3 Ad Nauseam + Pact of Negation version) – 1 player; average 6.00 points by player
Next Level Storm – 1 player; 3.00 points per player
Reanimator – 2 players; average 9.00 points per player; 1 money finish
Canadian Threshold – 1 players; average 3.00 points per player
Bant NOPro (no CounterTop) – 1 player; average 6.00 points per player
Bant NOPro CounterTop – 1 players; average 9.00 points per player; 1 money finish
CounterTop UGBW – 1 player; average 9.00 points per player; 1 money finish
Englightened CounterTop UGW – 1 player; 6.00 points per player
Englightened CounterTop UGRW – 1 player; 0.00 points per player
Enchantress – 1 player; average 9.00 points per player; 1 money finish
Astral Slide BGW Junk – 1 player; average 3.00 points per player
BGW RecSur – 1 player; average 0.00 points per player
BG Junk – 1 player; 3.00 points per player
Dredge (LED-less) – 2 players; average 4.50 points per player; 1 money finish
Dredge (Bloodghasted) – 1 player; average 3.00 points per player
AggroLoam RGB – 1 player; average 12.00 points per player; 1 money finish
Death and Taxes – 2 players; average 4.50 points per player; 1 money finish
Naya Zoo – 1 players; average 9.00 points per player; 1 money finish
Goblins – 4 players; average 5.40 points per player; 1 money finish
(1 with Goblins R; 1 player; average 3.00 points per player)
(2 with Goblins RB; average 4.50 points per player; 1 money finish)
(1 with Goblins RBG; average 6.00 points per player)

Daily Event 1175104 04-28-2010 (16 players):
Ad Nauseam (Saito 2 Ad Nauseam + Lion’s Eye version) – 1 player; average 3.00 points per player
Imperial Aluren – 1 player; average 3.00 points per player
Reanimator – 1 player; average 6.00 points per player
Bant NOPro (no CounterTop) – 1 player; average 6.00 points per player
Bant NOPro CounterTop – 1 players; average 9.00 points per player; 1 money finish
CounterTop UGBW – 1 player; average 0.00 points per player
CounterTop UGRW – 1 player; average 6.00 points per player
Englightened CounterTop UGW – 1 player; 9.00 points per player; 1 money finish
4C Landstill – 2 players; average 6.00 points per player; 1 money finish
Astral Slide BGW Junk – 1 player; average 0.00 points per player
BW Junk – 1 player; average 9.00 points per player; 1 money finish
Mono Green NOPro – 1 player; average 6.00 points per player
Death and Taxes – 1 player; average 12.00 points per player; 1 money finish
Goblins – 2 players; average 5.40 points per player; 1 money finish
(1 with Goblins RB; average 0.00 points per player)
(1 with Goblins RBG; average 3.00 points per player)

Daily Event 1175105 04-29-2010 (16 players):
Ad Nauseam (Saito 2 Ad Nauseam + Lion’s Eye version) – 2 players; average 7.50 points per player; 1 money finish
Reanimator – 1 player; average 6.00 points per player
Englightened CounterTop UGW – 1 player; 6.00 points per player
4C Landstill – 1 player; average 9.00 points per player; 1 money finish
Mono Black Smallpox – 1 player; average 6.00 points per player
AggroLoam RGB – 1 player; average 9.00 points per player; 1 money finish
AggroLoam RGBW – 1 player; average 3.00 points per player
Death and Taxes – 1 player; average 0.00 points per player
Dredge (LED-less) – 1 player; average 9.00 points per player; 1 money finish
Goblins – 3 players; average 5.00 points per player; 1 money finish
(3 with Goblins R; 3 players; average 5.00 points per player; 1 money finish)
Sligh/Mono Red Burn – 3 players; average 3.00 points per player

Daily Event 1175106 04-29-2010 (27 players):
Ad Nauseam (Saito 2 Ad Nauseam + Lion’s Eye version) – 1 player; average 9.00 points per player; 1 money finish
Next Level Storm – 1 player; 9.00 points per player; 1 money finish
Charbelcher – 1 player; 6.00 points per player
Reanimator – 2 players; average 4.50 points per player; 1 money finish
Painter Grindstone – 1 player; average 3.00 points per player
Canadian Threshold – 1 players; average 3.00 points per player
CounterTop UGBW – 1 player; average 3.00 points per player
CounterTop UGW – 1 player; average 9.00 points per player; 1 money finish
Englightened CounterTop UGW – 1 player; 3.00 points per player
Englightened CounterTop UGRW – 1 player; 0.00 points per player
4C Landstill – 2 players; average 7.50 points per player; 1 money finish
Enchantress – 1 player; average 6.00 points per player
BG Junk – 1 player; average 0.00 points per player
BG Smallpox – 2 players; average 3.00 points per player
BGWU Survival – 1 player; average 9.00 points per player; 1 money finish
Death and Taxes – 2 players; average 7.50 points per player; 1 money finish
Dredge (LED-less) – 3 players; average 3.00 points per player; 1 money finish
Elves – 1 player; average 9.00 points per player; 1 money finish
Goblins – 1 player; average 3.00 points per player
(1 with Goblins RBG; average 3.00 points per player)
Sligh/Mono Red Burn – 1 player; average 6.00 points per player
Naya Zoo – 1 player; average 9.00 points per player; 1 money finish

Daily Event 1175107 04-30-2010 (24 players):
Ad Nauseam (Saito 2 Ad Nauseam + Lion’s Eye version) – 2 players; average 6.00 points per player; 1 money finish
Charbelcher – 1 player; average 6.00 points per player
Hypergenesis Show and Tell – 1 player; average 0.00 points per player
Reanimator – 2 players; average 0.00 points per player
Canadian Threshold – 2 players; average 6.00 points per player; 1 money finish
CounterTop UGBW – 1 player; average 6.00 points per player
CounterTop UGW – 1 player; average 9.00 points per player; 1 money finish
CounterTop UGRW – 1 player; 6.00 points per player
Englightened CounterTop UGW – 1 player; 3.00 points per player
Enchantress – 1 player; average 0.00 points per player
Astral Slide BGW Junk – 1 player; average 12.00 points per player; 1 money finish
Death and Taxes – 3 players; average 8.00 pionts per player; 2 money finishes
Dredge (LED-less) – 1 player; average 0.00 points per player
Goblins – 4 players; average 5.25 points per player; 1 money finish
(2 with Goblins R; average 6.00 points per player)
(1 with Goblins RB; average 6.00 points per player)
(1 with Goblins RBG; average 9.00 points per player; 1 money finish)
Naya Zoo – 2 players; average 4.5 points per player

NOTE: missing data for Daily Event 1175108 05-01-2010 (17 players) and Daily Event 1175109 05-01-2010 (27 players)

So, that’s a pretty nice data set to pull from, even though we’re missing complete results for 2 of the Daily Events. The data from the 7 events that we do have data for breaks down like this, when adding them all up.

7 events, 169 players total, with an average of 24.14 players per event
Ad Nauseam – 11 players; average 5.46 points by player; 3 money finishes (.27 times per playing the deck)
(4 with 3 Ad Nauseam + Pact of Negation version; average 5.25 points per player)
(7 with Saito 2 Ad Nauseam + Lion’s Eye version; average 5.57 points per player; 3 money finishes [.43 times per playing the deck])
Next Level Storm – 3 players; average 4.00 points per player; 1 money finish (.33 times per playing the deck)
Charbelcher – 3 players; average 5.00 points per player
Painter Grindstone – 2 players; average 4.50 points per player
Hypergenesis Show and Tell – 1 player; average 0.00 points per player
Imperial Aluren – 1 player; average 3.00 points per player
Reanimator – 11 players; average 4.91 points per player; 3 money finishes (.27 times per playing the deck)
Merfolk U – 1 player; average 9.00 points per player; 1 money finish (1.00 times per playing the deck)
Canadian Threshold – 5 players; average 5.25 points per player; 1 money finish (.20 times per playing the deck)
Bant Tempo/New Horizons – 1 player; average 6.00 points per player
Stoneforge Bant (no CounterTop) – 1 player; 3.00 points per player
Bant NOPro (no CounterTop) – 3 players; average 5.00 points per player
Bant NOPro CounterTop – 6 players; average 3.00 points per player; 1 money finish (.33 times per playing the deck)
CounterTop UGW – 2 players; average 9.00 points per player; 2 money finishes (1.00 times per playing the deck)
CounterTop UGBW – 5 players; average 6.00 points per player; 2 money finishes (.40 times per playing the deck)
CounterTop UGRW – 3 players; average 4.00 points per player
Englightened CounterTop UGW – 6 players; 4.50 points per player; 1 money finish (.17 times per playing the deck)
Englightened CounterTop UGRW – 3 players; 3.00 points per player; 1 money finish (.33 times per playing the deck)
4C Landstill – 6 players; average 7.00 points per player; 3 money finishes (.5 times per playing the deck)
Nearly Mono Blue – 1 player; 3.00 points per player
Enchantress – 4 players; average 6.00 points per player; 2 money finishes (.5 times per playing the deck)
Stax WG – 1 player; 0.00 points per player
BGWU Survival – 1 player; average 9.00 points per player; 1 money finish (1.00 times per playing the deck)
BGW RecSur – 1 player; average 0.00 points per player
Astral Slide BGW Junk – 5 players; average 6.60 points per player; 3 money finishes (.60 times per playing the deck)
BGW Junk – 1 player; average 9.00 points per player; 1 money finish (1.00 times per playing the deck)
BW Junk – 1 player; average 9.00 points per player; 1 money finish (1.00 times per plalying the deck)
BG Junk – 2 players; 1.50 points per player
BG Smallpox – 2 players; average 3.00 points per player
BGU Smallpox – 1 player; average 3.00 points per player
Mono Black Smallpox – 1 player; average 6.00 points per player
Mono Black Aggro Control – 1 players; 6.00 points per player
Mono Green NOPro – 1 player; average 6.00 points per player
AggroLoam RGB – 3 players; average 11.00 points per player; 3 money finishes (1.00 times per playing the deck)
AggroLoam RGBW – 1 player; average 3.00 points per player
Death and Taxes – 15 players; average 6.60 pionts per player; 8 money finishes (.53 times per playing the deck)
Dredge (LED-less) – 11 players; average 4.91 points per player; 5 money finishes (.45 times per playing the deck)
Dredge (Bloodghasted) – 2 players; average 9.00 points per player; 1 money finish (.50 times per playing the deck)
Elves – 1 player; average 9.00 points per player; 1 money finish (1.00 times per playing the deck)
Goblins – 22 players; average 4.91 points per player; 6 money finishes (.27 times per playing the deck)
(8 with Goblins R; average 6.38 points per player; 3 money finishes [.38 times per playing the deck])
(8 with Goblins RB; average 3.38 points per player; 1 money finish [.13 times per playing the deck])
(2 with Goblins RG; average 4.50 points per player; 1 money finish [.5 times per playing the deck])
(4 with Goblins RBG; average 5.25 points per player; 1 money finish [.25 times per playing the deck])
Sligh/Mono Red Burn – 5 players; average 3.60 points per player
Red Green aggro – 1 player; average 0.00 points per player
Naya Zoo – 7 players; average 6.00 points per player; 2 money finishes (.29 times per playing the deck)
Affinity – 4 players; average 3.75 points per player; 1 money finish (.25 times per playing the deck)

So with this look at what’s actually been played the past week, you can start to get a good idea of what is actually being played (not just placing), to get a better idea of what you might square off against in the Online Legacy Daily Events. Goblins variants, Reanimator, Death and Taxes, Dredge, ANT, and CounterTop and Bant variants are the most frequent players, although not necessarily the best finishing ones.

Goblins, Zoo, and Dredge appear to have pushed Merfolk almost entirely out of the metagame this week, but don’t be surprised to see Merfolk back again soon if CounterTop and Combo strategies can overpower the aggro decks. Cards like Firespout and Engineered Plague seem very well positioned right now, so we should start seeing more and more of these in the coming weeks as players attempt to combat the throng of cheap creatures in the environment.

The boogeymen in the room named Dredge, Reanimator, and Ad Nauseam averaged 4.91, 4.91, and 5.46 points each (respectively, out of a possible 12.0 points in a 4 round tournament). Those are pretty average results, especially analyzing them next to ‘fair’ decks like Death and Taxes (6.60 point average) and Naya Zoo (6.00 point average). Is Attacking Miserable, as author Max McCall argued in a recent debate stirring article? Or is it just part of a more consistent approach that might be the way to frequent success in Legacy? I guess true statistics will tell after some period of time, as conjecture will do little good when compared to actual empirical data.

We hope to make this a weekly column every Monday as the MTGO Eternal metagame evolves, so be sure to check out the TP website frequently for other Eternal content. Please let us know in the comments section below what you found useful and what you’d like to see more of next time. See you again soon!

[Video]: LCV6 #4 Final – Guillem Ragull VS Israel Muñoz G1

The two best performers of the tournament finally meet up at the finals. We’ve seen Guillem being able to defeat MUD (Xavier Hurtado) in the quarterfinals. Will he be able to take Israel’s Blue Workshops? Discover it by yourself! Enjoy the first video of this awesome final:

Stay tunned for some more hardcore action between Guillem and Israel!

[Video]: LCV6 #4 Top4 – Guillem Ragull VS Marc Bertolín G2

This is the second game from the semifinals between Guillem and Marc. Vintage VS Legacy! Do you think the zoo player will be able to defeat Guillem and force a 3rd game? Watch it yourself!

LCV6 April 2010 Top4 Guillem Ragull VS Marc Bertolín G2

More videos comming soon! Stay tunned and enjoy the fun!

[Video]: LCV6 #4 Top4 – Guillem Ragull VS Marc Bertolín G1

So, we’ve moved onto the semifinals! Guillem now is facing a Legacy player who came to try his luck in Vintage with his zoo deck. The video has the same features than the last one from quarterfinals: HD quality, subtitles, music, etc… Hope you guys enjoy it!

LCV6 April 2010 Top4 Guillem Ragull VS Marc Bertolín G1

Do you guys think Marc will be able to win Guillem on game 2? Stay tuned and you’ll know the answer!