As someone that's played Magic for over 26 years it's no different. It all starts with nostalgia.
I still remember the first Magic cards I ever got my hands on. Some friends had picked up the game and I managed to convince my dad to take me to a local comic book store to get some cards. I left with a Revised Starter Set.
Inside were two 60-card starter decks, similar to the contents of three booster packs with more basic lands, plus some beads and a rulebook. I don't remember much about the original decks, but the lone card I do remember was
Later I learned about the "Power 9" as well as
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Over 25 years later that feeling is a little different but remains the same.
These cards changed my life and so many of our lives. Getting to play with them, in paper or virtually on Magic Online, brings back so many of these feelings I've had from a young age. But you don't need to have that nostalgia to realize this power.
Every Magic player knows what a
Having these cards in a deck feels different, but Magic is a game you play and playing Vintage is incredible! Nostalgia is great but if the gameplay was stale or boring it would be a deal breaker for me.
But that's far from the case.
While the power cards can lead to some wildly explosive turn ones, including just straight victories, the format is really all about interaction. Without restrictions on the card pool, all the premium interaction is available—including on turn one, on the draw, before you've had your first draw step or played your first land.
You've already had your first turn? Well, you've opened the door for
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Throw in being able to play four copies of
All of this interaction leads to some of the coolest games of any Magic format that can turn on a dime. Vintage involves trading resources and edging out an advantage, but it also features powerful turns going from having little on the battlefield to winning in a single wild turn.
This is all without even touching on the plethora of ways to draw seven more cards, which leads to some truly memorable turns.
Eternal formats are also unbelievable at fine tuning your skill playing Magic. They test your patience, teach you to properly sequence your spells, and require you to both pressure your opponent and not overcommit yourself. Games that are "locked up" in Standard give you more leeway to make simple mistakes and still win, but when someone can draw
Proficiency at the ebb and flow of a game of Vintage or Legacy will benefit your decision-making processes in so many other formats.
Vintage is my first love when it comes to Eternal, but Legacy isn't far behind. While many cards that define Vintage aren't legal in Legacy, it does feature its own powerful cards.
So much of Legacy revolves around another iconic Magic card:
While Legacy is less about the "one big explosive" turn or sequence of plays, it still mirrors Vintage in a big way with the importance of interaction.
Legacy today holds parallels to Modern, including overlaps in threats. The answers and interaction, as well as powerful card drawing and better mana in dual lands, are where they differ, and that's mostly around the lower mana costs and better efficiency in Legacy.
Cards similar to
This is the Magic I love to play, with powerful tools available but navigating the murky waters where my opponent has powerful threats and answers of their own.
With Eternal formats now being available on Magic Online, and Eternal Weekend opening the door for everyone to join in, it has never been more convenient to play this kind of Magic. There are players around the world to play against, and Magic Online even automatically tracks your floating mana and storm count for the biggest turns—things that can even overwhelm me in the moment.
Eternal Weekend is always an event I try to work into my schedule. Opening Eternal Weekend up to play from our homes through Magic Online this year is something I'm unbelievably thankful for. Eternal events have been the highlight of both PAX Online and GenCon Online for me, and this is sure to be another phenomenal experience.
I hope you're all as excited as I am to play with the most powerful cards and the most exciting formats in the history of Magic!