So Many Insane Plays

Kevin Cron & Stephen Menendian

So Many Insane Plays podcast, presented by Eternal Central, featuring Kevin Cron and Stephen Menendian, discusses Vintage Magic: The Gathering.

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Kevin Cron and Steve Menendian conclude their 100th episode spectacular with their final review of Limited Edition Alpha. In this episode, they review Unsummon through Wrath of God. Contact us at @ManyInsanePlays on Twitter or e-mail us at SoManyInsanePlaysPodcast@gmail.com.

Sep 2

4 hr 17 min

Kevin Cron and Steve Menendian continue their 100th episode Centennial Celebration spectacular with their ongoing review of Limited Edition Alpha. In this episode, they review Soul Net through Unholy Strength. Contact us at @ManyInsanePlays on Twitter or e-mail us at SoManyInsanePlaysPodcast@gmail.com.

Aug 2

4 hr 38 min

Kevin Cron and Steve Menendian continue their 100th episode Centennial Celebration spectacular with their ongoing review of Limited Edition Alpha. In this episode they review Simulacrum through Sol Ring. Contact us at @ManyInsanePlays on Twitter or e-mail us at SoManyInsanePlaysPodcast@gmail.com.

Jul 6

4 hr 36 min

Kevin Cron and Steve Menendian continue their 100th episode Centennial Celebration spectacular with their ongoing review of Limited Edition Alpha. In this episode they review Phantasmal Forces through Rock Hydra. Contact us at @ManyInsanePlays on Twitter or e-mail us at SoManyInsanePlaysPodcast@gmail.com.

Jul 6

3 hr 44 min

Kevin Cron and Steve Menendian continue their 100th episode Centennial Celebration spectacular with their ongoing review of Limited Edition Alpha. In this episode they review Meekstone through Pestilence. Contact us at @ManyInsanePlays on Twitter or e-mail us at SoManyInsanePlaysPodcast@gmail.com.

Jul 6

3 hr 41 min

Kevin Cron and Steve Menendian continue their 100th episode Centennial Celebration spectacular with their ongoing review of Limited Edition Alpha. In this episode they review Instill Energy through Mana Vault. Contact us at @ManyInsanePlays on Twitter or e-mail us at SoManyInsanePlaysPodcast@gmail.com.

May 9

6 hr 17 min

Kevin Cron and Steve Menendian continue their 100th episode Centennial Celebration spectacular with their ongoing review of Limited Edition Alpha. In this episode they review Goblin Balloon Brigade through Illusionary Mask. Contact us at @ManyInsanePlays on Twitter or e-mail us at SoManyInsanePlaysPodcast@gmail.com.

May 9

3 hr 44 min

Kevin Cron and Steve Menendian continue their 100th episode Centennial Celebration spectacular with their ongoing review of Limited Edition Alpha. In this episode they review Dwarven Demolition Team through Gloom. Contact us at @ManyInsanePlays on Twitter or e-mail us at SoManyInsanePlaysPodcast@gmail.com.

May 9

4 hr 8 min

Kevin Cron and Steve Menendian continue their 100th episode Centennial Celebration spectacular with their ongoing review of Limited Edition Alpha. In this episode they review Conservator through Drudge Skeletons. Contact us at @ManyInsanePlays on Twitter or e-mail us at SoManyInsanePlaysPodcast@gmail.com.

May 9

5 hr 2 min

Kevin Cron and Steve Menendian continue their 100th episode Centennial Celebration spectacular with their ongoing review of Limited Edition Alpha. In this episode they review Black Vise through Consecrate Land. Contact us at @ManyInsanePlays on Twitter or e-mail us at SoManyInsanePlaysPodcast@gmail.com.

May 9

3 hr 54 min

Kevin Cron and Steve Menendian begin the celebration of their 100th episode by discussing their favorite Vintage formats of all time, as well as a review of Limited Edition Alpha. In this episode, they review Air Elemental through Black Lotus. Contact us at @ManyInsanePlays on Twitter or e-mail us at SoManyInsanePlaysPodcast@gmail.com.

Feb 20

4 hr 45 min

Kevin Cron and Steve Menendian review Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths, with bonus Commander 2020 cards! 0:01:00: Announcements 0:02:00: Theros Beyond Death Report Card 0:14:00: Ikoria Mechanics 0:47:52: Lurrus of the Dream Den 1:06:25: Lutri, the Spellchaser 1:15:20: Zirda, the Dawnwaker 1:31:45: Sprite Dragon 1:57:25: Heartless Act 2:05:00: Rielle, the Everwise 2:20:20: The Ozolith 2:24:15: Dranith […]

Apr 2020

3 hr 24 min

Kevin Cron and Steve Menendian discuss six Vintage scenarios. 0:01:00: Announcements 0:11:20: Scenario 1: Find the Win: Doomsday vs. Dredge 0:30:20: Scenario 2: Sequencing Artifacts: Shops vs. Unknown 0:39:40: Scenario 3: What to Take?: Dredge vs. Stax 0:56:03: Scenario 4: Focus on What Matters: Dredge Mirror 1:05:28: Scenario 5: Speed to Market: Doomsday Mirror 1:24:00: […]

Apr 2020

1 hr 36 min

Kevin Cron and Steve Menendian review Theros Beyond Death, for Vintage. 0:01:00: Announcements 0:02:40: Throne of Eldraine Report Card 0:27:15: Theros Beyond Death Mechanics 0:31:15: Underworld Breach 1:09:50: Thassa’s Oracle 1:23:32: Dryad of the Ilysian Grove 1:36:27: Ashiok, Nightmare Muse 1:45:13: Ox of Agonas 1:50:15: Kuneros, Hound of Athreos 1:57:44: Soul-Guide Lantern 2:13:09: Eidolon of […]

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Feb 2020

2 hr 37 min

Kevin Cron and Steve Menendian review the year in Vintage, and award their annual Moxy awards for Best Card, Best Set, Best Deck, and Best Story of 2019. 0:01:00: Announcements 0:05:40: The Year in Data 0:45:00: Best Card 1:13:35: Best Set 1:26:27: Best Deck 1:36:29: Story of the Year 2:06:00: Rise of Skywalker Review Total […]

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Jan 2020

2 hr 51 min

Kevin Cron and Steve Menendian discuss the results of the North American Vintage Championship 2019, as well as the November 1st Banned and Restricted List update. 0:00:57: Announcements 0:02:40: Vintage Champs Summary 0:08:30: Vintage Champs Metagame Breakdown 0:26:20: Top 8 Decks 0:56:00: Our tournament experiences 1:30:39: Narset Restriction: Analysis and Impact Total runtime: 1:58:45 Show […]

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Dec 2019

1 hr 58 min

Kevin Cron and Steve Menendian review Throne of Eldraine, for Vintage. 0:01:00: Announcements 0:16:25: Modern Horizons Report Card 0:59:00: Throne of Eldraine Mechanics 1:04:12: Wishclaw Talisman 1:46:50: Once Upon a Time 2:01:00: Mystical Dispute 2:06:10: Shimmer Dragon 2:10:10: Witch’s Vengeance 2:20:00: Questing Beast 2:27:20: Emry, Lurker of the Loch 2:34:51: Deafening Silence 3:22:55: Stonecoil Serpent […]

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Sep 2019

3 hr 50 min

Kevin Cron and Steve Menendian reviw their War of the Spark report card, examine Commander 2019, and dissect the August 26, 2019 Banned and Restricted List update for Vintage. 0:01:00: Announcements 0:05:40: War of the Spark Report Card 0:32:45: Sevinne’s Reclamation 0:48:25: Elsha, the Infinite 0:55:46: Idol of Oblivion 0:57:48: Scroll of Fate 0:59:30: Dockside […]

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Sep 2019

3 hr 4 min

Kevin Cron and Steve Menendian review Core Set 2020 for Vintage. 0:01:00: Announcements, report card update 0:09:10: Steve’s recent Dredge performance 0:26:38: SCGCon 2019 Predictions/Results 0:33:10: Core Set 2020 0:34:05: Mystic Forge 0:52:25: Flood of Tears 1:00:40: Drawn from Dreams 1:01:55: Cavalier of Flame 1:07:30: Lotus Field 1:09:45: Embodiment of Agonies 1:13:35: Chandra, Acolyte of […]

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Jul 2019

1 hr 45 min

Kevin Cron and Steve Menendian review Modern Horizons for Vintage. 0:01:00: Announcements: The London Mulligan Adopted 0:25:50: Modern Horizons Mechanics 0:27:20: Collector’s Ouphe 0:42:44: Goblin Engineer 0:46:10: Urza, Lord High Artificer 0:55:51: Force of Negation 1:08:06: Shenanigans 1:14:18: Force of Vigor 1:26:30: Force of Despair 1:31:00: Mirrodin Besieged 1:37:10: Planebound Accomplice 1:42:42: Seasoned Pyromancer 1:44:50: […]

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Jun 2019

2 hr 55 min

Kevin Cron and Steve Menendian discuss the Spring 2019 Vintage metagame and make predictions for SCGCon. 0:01:00: Announcements: Eternal Weekend! And Steve’s n00bcon experience. 0:17:45: Paper Results 0:25:37: Magic Online Results 1:00:00: SCGCon predictions Total runtime: 1:07:32 Show Notes – So Many Insane Plays – Adventures with Alpha at the Wizards Tournament II Contact us […]

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Jun 2019

1 hr 7 min

Kevin Cron and Steve Menendian review War of the Spark, for Vintage. 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: […]

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May 2019

3 hr 18 min

Kevin Cron and Steve Menendian discuss the London Mulligan for Vintage, including its impact on individual decks, pregame procedures, matchups, and the metagame. 0:01:00: Announcements 0:02:40: VSL Updates 0:25:40: The London Mulligan announcement and general impacts 0:58:00: Mathematics and specific impacts 1:51:15: Predictions and likelihood for implementation Total runtime: 1:55:07 Show Notes – London Mulligan […]

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Mar 2019

1 hr 55 min

Kevin Cron and Steve Menendian review Ravnica Allegiance, for Vintage. 0:01:00: Announcements 0:05:40: VSL Updates: First Semester Complete! 0:48:00: Guilds of Ravnica Report Card 0:55:10: Lavinia, Azorius Renegade 1:36:55: Pteramander 1:40:50: Sphinx of Foresight 2:16:30: Electrodominance 2:23:50: Light up the Stage 2:31:51: Cindervines 2:36:40: Emergency Powers 2:40:28: Dovin, Grand Arbiter 2:44:05: Kaya, Orzhov Usurper Total […]

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Feb 2019

2 hr 51 min

Kevin Cron and Steve Menendian discuss the year that was 2018, for Vintage; its key tournaments, cards, sets, and stories. In the end, we award our annual Moxies! 0:01:15: Announcements 0:02:00: Vintage Super League Season 9 Updates 0:13:00: Sperling/Vergo Scenario Show 0:22:30: Set Releases 0:28:30: Major Events 0:37:30: Metagame Shifts 0:53:00: New Cards 1:05:30: New […]

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Jan 2019

1 hr 57 min

Kevin Cron and Steve Menendian discuss six Vintage scenarios. 0:01:00: Announcements: VSL season 9 coming soon! 0:08:37: Scenario 1: What Would Mishra Do? 0:48:50: Scenario 2: Schrödinger’s Ancestral 1:05:40: Scenario 3: A Paradox of Mediocrity 1:24:34: Scenario 4: The Balance of Power Does Not Last 1:37:05: Scenario 5: An Embarrassment of Monks 1:48:55: Scenario 6: […]

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Dec 2018

1 hr 57 min

Kevin Cron and Steve Menendian discuss the results from the 2018 North American Vintage Championship and Eternal Weekend. 0:01:00: Announcements 0:05:40: Overall Impressions: Pittsburgh, trial structure, etc. 0:12:00: Metagame results vs. our predictions 0:43:40: Kevin’s Tournament Report 1:08:00: Steve’s Tournament Report 1:45:00: Top 8 2:08:00: Wrap Up Total Runtime: 2:13:52 Show Notes – North America […]

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Nov 2018

2 hr 13 min

Kevin Cron and Steve Menendian review Guilds of Ravnica, for Vintage. 0:01:00: Announcements 0:05:40: Prior Show Discussion: The Best Vintage Metagames of All Time 0:05:40: Report Card: Core Set 2019 0:23:30: Guilds of Ravnica: Mechanics 0:28:50: Mission Briefing 0:55:15: Lotleth Giant/Molderhulk 1:10:15: Creeping Chill 1:13:40: Ral, Izzet Viceroy 1:28:55: Vraska, Golgari Queen 1:31:30: Mnemonic Betrayal […]

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Oct 2018

2 hr 11 min

Kevin Cron and Steve Menendian bring your their preview card for Guilds of Ravnica – Mnemonic Betrayal – as well an analysis of the Asia Vintage Championship and the 2018 Vintage Challenges. 0:01:00: Announcements 0:05:40: Guilds of Ravnica Preview: Mnemonic Betrayal 0:38:30: Asia Vintage Championship Results 1:14:00: Metagame Update Total runtime: 1:56:35 Show Notes – […]

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Sep 2018

1 hr 56 min

Kevin Cron and Steve Menendian review Core Set 2019 for Vintage. 0:01:00: The Announcement 0:05:00: Team VSL Reflections 0:11:30: Dominaria Report Card 0:35:05: Remourseful Cleric 0:43:00: Mistcaller 0:45:00: Sai, Master Thopterist 0:51:45: Tezzeret, Artifice Master 1:00:00: Infernal Reconing 1:06:43: Alpine Moon 1:10:15: Amulet of Safekeeping 1:17:10: Meteor Golem 1:20:00: Nicol Bolas, the Arisen 1:25:40: Runic […]

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Aug 2018

1 hr 47 min

​Kevin Cron and Steve Menendian discuss the results of the SCGCon Power Nine tournament, and review Battlebond for Vintage. 0:01:00: Announcements 0:10:00: Team VSL Update 0:41:40: SCGCon Power Nine Results 1:05:30: Kevin’s Tournament Report 1:19:00: Steve’s Tournament Report 1:54:00: Stunning Reversal 2:01:00: Sentinel Tower 2:12:45: Spellseeker 2:25:15: Archon of Valor’s Reach Total runtime: 2:42:26 Show […]

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Jul 2018

2 hr 42 min

Kevin Cron and Steve Menendian preview two Battlebond cards, as well as the upcoming return to Star City Games’ Power Nine Vintage tournament series at SCG Con. Thanks to Wizards of the Coast for sending us these preview cards to share! 0:01:00: Battlebond Previews 0:09:40: VSL Update 0:29:30: Tournament Results: TMD Open 19 and Eternal […]

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May 2018

1 hr 16 min

Kevin Cron and Steve Menendian discuss the recent Banned and Restricted List announcement, and review Dominaria for Vintage. 0:01:00: Team Vintage Super League 0:04:15: Banned and Restricted List Update 0:34:30: Rivals of Ixalan 0:40:00: Dominaria: Nostalgia and Mechanics 0:55:45: Damping Sphere 1:36:00: Squee, the Immortal 1:37:45: Broken Bond 1:41:15: Yargle, Glutton of Urborg 1:42:45: Weatherlight […]

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Apr 2018

2 hr 56 min

Kevin Cron and Steve Menendian preview Masters 25 with the reprint of Doomsday, and review Arabian Nights. 0:01:00: Masters 25 Preview: Doomsday 0:42:15: Announcements: Eternal Weekend North America Date and Location 0:44:00: Team Serious Invitational Results 0:55:00: Arabian Nights Total Runtime: 4:16:09 Show Notes – Eternal Weekend North America 2018 – DDFT Wiki A Short […]

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Feb 2018

4 hr 16 min

Kevin Cron and Steve Menendian discuss Vintage scenarios, the newly-announced SCG Con, and add more bonus, non-Magic content. 0:01:00: Announcements: SCG Con! 0:05:40: Scenario One: Mentor Turn One 0:47:00: Scenario Two: Workshop Combat Options 0:38:00: Scenario Three: Jeskai Mana, Sequencing, and Deck Construction 1:26:50: Scenario Four: Cantrips Sequencing 1:35:20: Scenario Five: The Library Conundrum 1:47:00: […]

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Feb 2018

2 hr 59 min

Kevin Cron and Steve Menendian review Rivals of Ixalan for Vintage, and discuss recent changes in the content and method of Banned and Restricted List announcement. 0:01:00: Announcements 0:31:30: Rivals of Ixalan mechanics 0:35:40: Mastermind’s Acquisition 0:44:20: Merfolk Mistbinder 0:58:19: Thrashing Brontodon 1:13:29: The Immortal Sun 1:35:00: Induced Amnesia 2:05:25: Blood Sun 2:28:03: Silent Gravestone […]

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Jan 2018

3 hr 22 min

Kevin Cron and Steve Menendian review the events of 2017 – for Vintage – and award their Moxies for Best Card, Set, Deck, and Story. 0:01:00: Announcements 0:12:30: VSL Season 6 0:22:30: VSL Season 7 Finals 1:43:00: Year in Review 2:29:00: 2017 Moxies! 2:47:00: Extra Post-Credits Content, Completely Unrelated to Magic Total Runtime: 4:13:58 Show […]

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Jan 2018

4 hr 13 min

Kevin Cron and Steve Menendian break down the results of North America Vintage Champs 2017, and interview 2017 champ Andy Markiton (aka Montolio). 0:01:00: The Announcement 0:03:00: VSL Update: UW Pumpkin Spice and Ad Nauseum Tendrils 0:28:20: Eternal Weekend Tournament Reports: Grixis Daretti & Jeskai Mentor 0:53:00: Interview: Andy Markiton 1:30:00: Metagame Breakdown and Top […]

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Oct 2017

2 hr 56 min

Kevin Cron and Steve Menendian predict the Vintage Championship metagame and appraise the decks to beat. 0:01:00: Announcements 0:08:30: Old School at Eternal Weekend, by Eternal Central, and other events. 0:14:45: Predicting the Champs metagame 0:15:15: Dredge 0:33:00: Jeskai (Mentor, Delver, Xerox) 0:43:00: Taxing: Workshops and Eldrazi 1:09:00: Paradoxical Outcome 1:18:00: Landstill 1:20:00: Oath 1:23:00: […]

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Oct 2017

1 hr 38 min

Kevin Cron and Steve Menendian review Ixalan for Vintage and discuss the latest updates from the Vintage Super League Season 7. 0:01:00: The Announcement 0:04:10: VSL Season 7 Update 0:37:30: Hour of Devastation Report Card 0:58:00: Ixalan Mechanics 1:04:37: Ashes of the Abhorrent 1:10:00: Tocatli Honor Guard 1:15:43: Hostage Taker 1:28:00: Sorcerous Spyglass 1:51:30: Chart […]

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Sep 2017

2 hr 30 min

Kevin Cron and Steve Menendian discuss the restrictions of Monastery Mentor and Thorn of Amethyst in Vintage. 0:01:00: The Announcement 0:05:40: Praise 0:22:30: Criticism 0:38:00: Policy Mechanics 0:53:00: Metagame 1:00:00: Announcements 1:19:45: Listener Feedback: Mirri/Commander Total Runtime: 1:24:44 Show Notes – August 28 2017 Banned & Restricted Announcement Contact us at @ManyInsanePlays on Twitter or […]

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Sep 2017

1 hr 24 min

Kevin Cron and Steve Menendian discuss the Vintage metagame since the restrictions of Gush and Gitaxian Probe, and their recommended actions for the DCI. 0:01:00: Announcements: Trials in Michigan and California 0:07:30: The Q2 Metagame: MTGO Vintage Challenges, Paper, MTGO Dailies 0:57:00: The effects of Gush and Probe Restrictions 1:13:00: Restriction Recommendations 1:43:00: Possible Unrestrictions: […]

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Aug 2017

2 hr 17 min

Kevin Cron and Steve Menendian review Hour of Devastation for Vintage. 0:01:00: Announcements 0:03:10: Amonkhet Report Card 0:14:20: Amonkhet Mechanics 0:17:00: The Locust God 0:25:30: Leave//Chance 0:31:20: Hollow One 0:42:10: Solemnity 0:54:00: Mirage Mirror 1:04:30: Abrade 1:12:55: Tragic Lesson 1:26:00: Ramunap Excavator 1:34:45: Bontu’s Last Reckoning 1:40:45: Firebrand Archer 1:44:30: Scavenger Grounds 1:48:30: Nimble Obstructionist […]

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Jul 2017

2 hr 3 min

Kevin Cron and Steve Menendian discuss the results of NYSE Open V, held June 24 2017, in New York (NY, USA). 0:01:00: Announcements: Eternal Weekend Structure, Prizes, Playmats 0:09:00: NYSE Open Preparation: The state of the metagame, and Jeskai Mentor 0:47:15: The Swiss Rounds 1:04:00: The Top 8 1:35:30: The Finals Total Runtime: 1:45:44 Show […]

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Jun 2017

1 hr 45 min

Kevin Cron and Steve Menendian discuss the history and legacy of the StarCityGames Power 9 tournament series. 0:00:10: Announcements: Upcoming events, including NYSE V 0:03:00: New MTGO Weekly Vintage Challenge 0:11:00: GP Las Vegas Eternal events 0:12:30: Swedish Old School Restricted List Update: Maze of Ith 0:14:45: Old School Combo article 0:21:00: The beginning of […]

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May 2017

1 hr 27 min

Kevin Cron and Steve Menendian discuss the restriction of Gush and Gitaxian Probe, The Mana Drain Open results, and their review of Amonkhet for Vintage. 0:01:00: Announcements: Eternal Weekend North America 2017 0:06:21: Banned & Restricted List Updates 1:02:00: The Mana Drain Open #18 Results 1:11:30: Aether Revolt Report Card 1:16:15: Amonkhet Mechanics 1:18:45: Shadow […]

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Apr 2017

2 hr 11 min

Kevin Cron and Steve Menendian discuss their Amonkhet preview card – Shadow of the Grave, the results of Eternal Weekend: Europe, and the hypothetical world in which Monastery Mentor is restricted. 0:01:00: Shadow of the Grave 0:57:30: Eternal Weekend: Europe Metagame 1:24:00: Eternal Weekend: Europe Top 8 1:56:00: What if Monastery Mentor was restricted? Total […]

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Apr 2017

2 hr 39 min

​Kevin Cron and Steve Menendian look at the recent Banned & Restricted List update, the 2017Q1 Vintage metagame, and what they mean for the future of the Vintage format. 0:00:00: Announcements 0:00:00: March 2017 Banned and Restricted List Update 0:54:40: Gitaxian Probe 1:07:00: Mental Misstep 1:25:15: Paradoxical Outcome and Gush 1:37:00: Preordain 1:52:00: Metagame Updates […]

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Mar 2017

2 hr 10 min

Kevin Cron and Steve Menendian review Aether Revolt for Vintage, check on their Kaladesh report card, and talk Vintage Super League updates. 0:00:52: Announcements: NYSE 5, TSO Sandusky, Vintage Champs Europe, History of Vintage Chapter 4 0:09:00: Kaladesh Report Card 0:27:15: Aether Revolt: Mechanics 0:30:00: Hope of Ghirapur 0:33:00: Walking Ballista 0:57:18: Crackdown Construct 1:01:33: […]

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Feb 2017

2 hr 9 min

Kevin Cron and Steve Menendian preview a special card from the forthcoming set Aether Revolt. When invited to preview Magic cards for new sets, authors must sometimes feel pressure to stoke enthusiasm and demonstrate exaggerated excitement for their subject, especially for flavorful cards that, sadly, have little chance of Top 8ing a Pro Tour or […]

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Jan 2017

48 min 30 sec