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Vault @ Atrium’s Shenanigans

Since MECQ protocols have changed, Vault @ Atrium has been hosting in-person events to satisfy that itch of combatting your opponent face-to-face (Side Note: ALWAYS wear a mask and PLEASE get vaccinated when you can. It’s for the sake of everyone’s safety and health.) Let’s first talk about the most recent TCG Vault has taken […] - Read More

The Vault App

By: Juan Miguel Salcedo In spite of the pandemic, Magic: the Gathering has performed far better in the sales department than everyone expected, thanks in part to first-party online platforms such as Magic Online and Magic Arena. Local games stores also thrived amidst reduced foot traffic and pinched wallets. Heck, playgroups adapted to being at […] - Read More

Vault’s Denizens: Sebastian Belgica

By: Juan Miguel Salcedo (reposted from July 2020) “**** Sebs!” “******* Sebs!” “*********** Sebs!” If you’ve played at Vault during the afternoon, you’ve probably heard these three lines (and its many variations). If you find a playgroup that includes the guy above, he’s the cause of all the frustration. His name is Sebastian Belgica and […] - Read More

Vault’s Denizens: Joaquin Gonzales

By: Juan Miguel Salcedo (reposted from August 2020) To call him an enigma would be an understatement. He’s one of those players who’s hard to read at the table and then wins from out of nowhere because the whole table decided someone else is the threat and not his low-to-the-ground, combotastic strategy. His name is […] - Read More

The $30 Challenge

By: Juan Miguel Salcedo (reposted from June 2020) Hello everyone! I’m back. Yes, it has been a while. But I thought this little development deserved time in the spotlight. From the time I spent working at Vault, I’ve seen a wide array of players. Some play on tight budgets and slowly upgrade their deck. Others […] - Read More

Is Green too good?

By: Juan Miguel Salcedo Short answer: Yes, Green is indeed too good. Green has always been seen as the best color to go into when you want to ramp ahead. While seeing a Blue/X deck will already set off alarm bells around the table, a Green/X deck will either cause everyone to already panic or […] - Read More

Diseased

By: Juan Miguel Salcedo As of the writing of this article, the entire country is under lockdown due to a global pandemic. A curfew has been set to hinder the disease from infecting any more than it already has. Streets, malls, and even restaurants are empty due to a recent executive order to prevent the […] - Read More

Flight of the (Mechanical) Valkyries

By: Juan Miguel Salcedo Vault has had five successful seasons of its EDH League and has seen both veterans and newbies enjoy the competition. With the fifth season about to begin, now would be a good time to give focus to a deck that has everyone confounded every time they face against it. Teshar is […] - Read More

Season’s Beatings

By: Juan Miguel Salcedo With the holidays reaching its climax, most everyone is preparing to meet their loved ones with gifts. They will brave long lines at department stores and brutal traffic congestion just to get the right gift at the right price. But there are others who prepare for a different kind of battle. […] - Read More

UNRAVELING THE MYSTERY BOOSTER

By Gavin Verhey The mystery is out! Last weekend at MagicFest Richmond, players finally got to take a peek inside Mystery Booster: Convention Edition and see exactly what was happening. And . . . it was a huge hit! Firing off a whopping 261 drafts (about three times what a new set might usually do at a MagicFest) […] - Read More

DECEMBER 2, 2019 PIONEER BANNED ANNOUNCEMENT

Announcement Date:December 2, 2019 Pioneer: Once Upon a Time Field of the Dead Smuggler’s Copter The list of all banned cards in Pioneer is here. Effective Date:December 3, 2019 Next Pioneer Banned Announcement: December 9, 2019 Over the last several days, a series of Pioneer PTQ tournaments were held as a part of Magic Online‘s Pioneer week. […] - Read More

REVEALING SECRET LAIR

By Mark Heggen I was in fifth grade in 1993 when Beta released. My friends and I bought as many Starter Decks as our allowances would permit, but to actually get enough cards to make playable decks, we each picked a color and blindly traded everything else to each other, so I ended up with […] - Read More

ANNOUNCING THE PIONEER FORMAT

By Blake Rasmusse Pioneer—a new nonrotating format featuring cards from Return to Ravnica and forward—is coming to tabletop and Magic Online events very soon! Why a new format, and why now? And where and when will you be able to play it? Excellent questions, all! This Thursday, October 24, Aaron Forsythe and Max McCall will be on Weekly MTG […] - Read More