Island time, beer and good company

Fellow Community

I am still excited about the great and excellent trip to the Archipelago in Stockholm. In between the famous Online-Winter Derby (in which i participate with a 7-0 record so far 🙂 ) there was this marvelous trip to Sweden which was truly unforgettable.

It all started in 2018 as i met Mitja Held at a tournament and he told me to join a cruise from Sweden to Finland – together with the Oldschool Crew ;-). As i was a new father, i did not join this cruise but i swore to be part of it one year later. Therefore i could not wait until famous Elias Gröndal and the SiaB-Guys finally announced the date for the trip. The location was a secret – all we know was that the Ogres which took the trip in 2018 finally found the treasure island and try to dig out all the treasures which are buried deep in the sand.

Together with a weekend packed full with Magic, we also knew that there will be side quests and fun. So i packed my stuff, prepared my Troll Disco Deck and the El Hajia Highlander (mono Blue without Steal Artifact – dear god i am so dumb haha)…

For those who are interested in this great format: here are the rules
@Svante: i need kickback for this Clickbait haha

As usual i get the first flight in the morning to enjoy the fully fledged Magic experience. This time without partying until 3am in the morning before the flight (see my Viennageddon post if you must…). So i arrived at 10.00 in Stockholm at Harry B James – our meeting point for the gang. On my way i met Mitja, Francis and Slanfan. We tried to buy a beer but before 11.00 you cannot expect to get beer in Stockholm – so lemonade it was 🙂

Lemonade

Slanfan were paired for the Summer Derby Online match and we decided to do it in person. I won 2-0 and we agreed that Nev Disk is a very nasty card against Time Vault Combo… We knew that the ferry to the Archipelago will leave at 4 pm so we had to kill 5 hours of time without the slightest idea how to do that… just kidding – we played the hell out of each other, traded, drank beer, had fun and enjoyed the Swedish Summer in Stockholm.

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At four we arrived at Strömkajen to board the ferry and to start the famous Hajja-Highlander tournament. Everybody received 10 Gold Dublons for the Ante – and everybody had to bet at least one Coin (two if your opponent owns at least 3 less than you).

So the first game i played against a swedish gentlemen (sorry forgot the name… maybe Knaz Forslund?) and his Power Monolith Singleton. Very interesting games and i took it down due to Mana Issues on his side. We did a rematch and he took me down so i was back at my 10 Dubloons. haha.

Second i faced my Archenemy -Jason Schwartz. Last time we met at the Lake Cruise, he completely ripped me off. He won 3 Ante Games and then destroyed me at the main tournament. So hopefully the favors will be on my side. As predicted, i lost the first match. But we doubled down the Ante (4 Dubloons) and tadaaaa – with enough pressure even i can beat evil Jason 😉

One Match can still be played until we reach the Island and the organizer, Elias, wants to take me down. He has a beautiful Green-White-Blue Rubinia-Agnus-Preacher Build and he takes me down with a Preacher, a Vesuvan-Dopplepreacher and a Diamond Valley. Well stolen creatures sir 😉

Next match i faced Daniele Brunazzo – i need to increase the Ante so we decided to add more Dubloons. Sadly for him he cannot beat my Invoke Prejudice haha. So i win the Dubloons and have to face Svante. The Winner of this Match will reach Top 4 so lets concentrate. Shortly spoken: i force spiked a first turn sol ring and he had to copy artifact my mox sapphire. But then he casted Icy and without a Steal Artifact (dear god i am so dumb…) i lost after a few rounds later… Therefore he went to top 4 and he won the price. An invite to our Urborg Mountain Madness incl. travel voucher of EUR 200.00. Well played Svante!

After the tournament we decided to meet up for some two headed Giant (Ogre as it was true for Bonnie and Erik) At one time they even grew a third head with a dark confidant at their side… I teamed up with Slanfan and we played two epic and fantastic games of two headed giant. I have to say that this sub-format (2-H-G Hajja) is one of the best Oldschool experiences i ever had. After quite a lot of beer Slan and myself did choose damnation as we attacked with a trike into two active mishras factories, did shoot to the Ogres (not one Mishra…) and brought the Ogres down to one life (with one inactive pirate ship). They destroyed us with their counter attack haha. If we just waited. We lost 15 Dubloons ouch…

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We called it a day at 2am and i went to my cabin to get some sleep. Ah – swedish summer – 20 degrees in the night (not 35 as in Switzerland). I got up at 9am to eat some breakfast and walk to the tournament location. During the walk we had to solve a riddle as a team to warm-up for the main tournament. Very nice and cool idea – thank you Bonnie 😉

So i decided to play my beloved trolls in the Disco – without Mind Twist of course.

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The first match i played against Morgan Karlsson and his Goblin-aggro built. As we played Atlantic Ruleset, Goblins are a really fast and deadly strategy. And i completely forgot how devastating a well played Goblin-Bomb could be. Therefore i lost the first game without a Counterspell to two well timed Goblin Grenades. -10 in the face haha. In the second game i was prepared and deployed a protected Disk which brought Morgan in deep trouble, paired with Maze of Ith. i won the second game with a fireball and we moved on to the third game. This one was really tough. We battled for about 25 Minutes and even had to go to extratime. I decided not to counter a Timetwister, hoping to draw enough Bolts and Fireballs to finish him of. In my fifth Extra Turn i managed to Bolt him to death… wow what an intense match. 1-0

Second match i faced Jason (again). We decided to play Gentlemen rules (no Mind Twist no Library of Alexandria)… In his turn two he double Hymned me and i lost 4 cards. Lifelong Gentlemen Ban for Jason – haha. As you may believe it or not, i managed to win this game with a very lucky draw into a Troll, Bolt (for his Royal Assasin) and a Disk… The second Match was also interesting but with a Black Deck it is very hard to fight an active Disk – especially if he puts a first turn Juzam on the table versus my first turn Maze of Ith… Therefore i took down this match and was 2-0

Third match was against a Swedish Gentlemen (i cannot remember the name, sorry) with his beautiful Mono Black build. Stone Throwing Devils, Unholy Strenght and the latter – i love it. Unfortunately, same story here: Mono Black Aggro against Disk’s is not a good and “fair” match so i took him down 2-0. But he fought hard and well – i was down on 4 live and was always afraid of a drain life 😉 3-0

The next opponent was Mitja Held and his reanimator brew. Reanimator is under Atlantic Rules a real thread (Giant F***ing Lobster Ahoi…) and can kill really fast. I need to deploy a fast Disk or a fast Maze. So i mulliganed to 5 in first match and savor the London Mulligan. Against a quick Disk or a quick Troll the Reanimator is only half as fearceful. I won the first game due to Disk. Second game was a really quick Story: first Turn 2 Lobsters on the Battlefield without a Maze or Disk on my Side… haha. Lets move on to third game. Mitja had to mulligan to 6, brought down the Bazzaar and tried to Reanimate in turn two a Nicol Bolas (?) which i did not counter (obviously he cannot pay the Upkeep) – i dont fall into this trap my friend 😉 I countered the Sylvan Library one turn later and left him with no cards in Hand. A Troll with open Countermana sealed the deal and i won 2-1. 4-0

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Final Match before Top 8. I met Erik KĂ€rrlander with his Arabian Aggro. First game he grills me very fast with Kird Ape, Pixies, Serendib, Time Walk… To fast. I board in my two CiaB and hope to draw them. Paired with my Disks, Trolls and Countermana i win Game 2 and 3 as he cannot deploy enough pressure to push through. And the longer the games go on, the better get my chances. 5-0

We move on for the Dinner (delicious fish) and some additional beer which fuels us up for Top 8. Before we start top 8 we decide to take a Swim. Bonnie, Mitja, Daniele and myself enjoy the sea and the warm weather. Completely forgetting about the Mosquitos i start the first Top 8 Match against Daniele and his BGU Juzam/Ehrnam Aggro.

Its really hard for a Juzam to walk through a Maze of Ith and an active Disk. Unfortunately, he cannot get rid of the Disk and my Sedge Troll in first game so he slowly dies on his Juzam. the final blow gave the Fireball. The second game is also a sad Chapter for an Arabian Nights player (sorry Daniele…):

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Semi Finals against Mono Black (hell i always get my favorite Matchups…). Christoffer Bergmann was the Gentlemen in opposite of me. We open the next chapter of “active Disk is a true force against permanent-heavy decks”… Again a Disk paired with Maze is the pure horror for a quick Juzam… Poor Christoffer loses 9 lives to his own Juzam until i can seal the deal. Second game was quite the same story. Disk paired with Counterspells is not really beatable if he does not Hymn or Mind Twist me down (which unfortunately not happened). Therefore i moved on to the (Epic!) finals agains Matts Furby.

Spoiler Alert: All hail King Mats 🙂 one of the most Epic and fantastic finals i ever played. Two and a half hours of Slinging Spells, Flippin’ Orbs (one missed…), Countermagic, ANTSCHESTERALL, Disenchant, Disk, Machamuti, Balance, Trolls, Swords, Disks, Disenchants, Black Vises, Disks, Disenchants (haha, quite an ongoing theme in the finals), Bolts, Psi Blasts, Attacking Lions, Fireballs, Blue Blasts, Fireballs, Blue Blasts, Bolts, Disk, Dust to Dust and FINALLY: ATTACK with 4 Mishras for the win. WOW WOW WOW. at 3 in the morning we finished the Match and Crowned the King:

Congratulations King Mats! All hail the King 🙂

 

I went to bed, tired drunk but happy to have this great event!

Next Morning we had to Checkout at 11am and move to the harbour to catch  the Ferry. We know we have a 3 hour trip – but everybody regretted the amount of beer they drunk as the boat was waving on the sea. haha. Magnesium Pills and Water paired with something to eat brought us again in Two Headed Giant Mode and we played again extremely interesting matches (we restricted Icy to one per Team).

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So after a two and a half day trip to the Archipelago this marvellous weekend comes to an end. We arrived at Stockholm at 3pm and i needed to catch my flight home at 4.45.

Thank you Elias, Svante, Bonnie and the whole SiaB-Crew for this great experience. Congratulations again to Mats Furby for the Crown! Truly one of the best Magic-weekends i was ever part of. Everybody had a great time and it was organized fantastic! Thank you thank you thank you!

Hope to see you at Mountain Madness in 2020 and may the Moxen be with you.

Regards

Christian

 

For the Community – Guestreport

Hey all Oldschoolers

I am happy to present you below a Guest Report from Martin – Martin was the “unlucky 5.” at the Lake Cruise and missed Top4 playoffs with a record of 4-1.

But before we move to this great report, be aware of the next big thing(s) 😉

Community Brawl at Fishliveroil Cup:

We are proud to include the community brawl 2019 within the Fishliveroil Cup. To determine the “most succesful community” 2019, we decided to install this additional cup. No additional tournament or sideevent, everything happens at the normal Fishliveroil tournament. The game- and matchpoints of all participants for a community are added up then divided to the amount of community players in this community. The final score will show the most succesful community.

=> no additional tournament – you gather points for your community during the regular Fishliveroil mainevent.

=> to attend all you have to do is being part of a community – and klick here to register

Urborg Mountain Madness 2020

Find yourself playing Magic in one of the most famous Swiss views – the Rigi, queen of mountains!

And here u go with the guest report – enjoy:

How I found Magic Again

Magic to me has always been more than a game. Something with a soul of its own. Looking back, I attribute much of it to an allure of opening this one elusive creature or stumbling onto some insane brew that only I could see. A brew that would catch others temporarily off guard and  possibly even steal a game or two before they would adapt their decks with newly pulled cards of their own. Maybe this is truly what it felt like back then, maybe it is just my mind playing tricks and remembering past events through rosy glasses. In any case, my magic-playing career in the mid 90s was a short-lived one; and one that I thought firmly behind myself for good. How wonderfully wrong I was! This is the story of one more kitchen-table mage finding his way back home.

I was walking Te Araroa (New Zealand’s 3000km long distance trail) last season. As such things go — in between scenic panoramas and navigating thigh-deep bog holes — there is a true abundance of time to contemplate life and one’s purpose. It was during one such stretch that my mind wandered back to my time with magic, and it just wouldn’t let go. Later that day we happened to catch a spot with cellphone reception. So I asked Google something along the lines of „who still plays mtg as if it was 1993?“. The brilliant article by Matt Shields (http://oldschool-mtg.blogspot.com/2016/01/matts-story.html) that I found on the matter brought back wonderful memories from the mid 90s, and made me revel in nostalgia beyond what I would have thought possible. A decision was made that day: I had to get back into playing and re-living the game of my teenage years. So, while walking, I gobbled up deck lists and begun sketching brews in my head that my limited remaining card pool back home would sustain. Time passed swiftly.

Fast forward a couple of months and I am the newest standing member at Legion Urborg, slinging old-school spells (and splurging on artisanal ice cream) with fellow mages on a weekly basis.

Forward some more weeks and I sit at a table in the lovely Eichhof Biergarten in Lucerne — beer in my hand — getting to know a truly insane international lot of other old schoolers. It is the eve of my very first magic tournament organized by Urborg’s Lord M. And it is amazing! Many a mage I did not know beforehand, but even for my introverted self things are easy this evening. We talk and revel and talk and play games of magic in a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere. As the evening progresses, most mages amass liberal amounts of poison counters. Others discover that their 96 Pro Tour play-mat is possibly covered in truly authentic magic history. Others, still, draw crowds by engaging in Ante games (where at least one Tempest Efreet changes hands). At least to me, it is an evening of legends. And I only reluctantly manage to say good bye before the last train of of the day departs.

Next day is tournament day. 26 fellow mages show up punctually at the Lucerne ferry terminal, before the ship leaves at 12:12. No small feat given that some required a taxi on their way home just a couple hours earlier. The 6-hour lake cruise takes place on the gorgeous paddle-wheel steamer „DS Schiller“ in its breadth-taking first-class cabin.

On this beautiful day I often find my self in awe, reveling in the ship’s hardwood interior and open machine, and Lake Lucerne’s picturesque landscapes. Luckily, in between games, there is often a bit of time to enjoy the sights.

High time for a deck check. So, what did I bring to play? As the motto of the cruise was „Gentleman Builds“ only, neither Library of Alexandria nor Mind Twist would have been that well received. To me, luckily, both of these cards never had much of an allure. Matt’s earlier mentioned article that brought me back to magic strongly resonates with me: „
I beat Library tonight. Sean had it first turn, on the play. I countered with double Dark Ritual into Sengir; it got Psiblasted after eating a chunk of his life. 
 After the game I managed to acquire a NM Juzam Djinn for my deck. Psiblast that shit
“

The legendary Juzam to this day remains elusive — but I did manage to snap up a play-set of Erhnams over the years. Same-same but different. Go ahead and Psiblast that shit! Indeed, there is no denying the simplistic beauty of a streamlined in your face beatdown strategy. Nothing just alike Taiga, Kird — go. Opposing mages immediately understand the trouble they get into; no time to study books at the Library or to hide behind a pair of whimsy Counterspells.

So RG beatdown it was; with some added spice in the form of Channel-Ball and a couple of sideboard Blood Moons (the gentleman that I am, I concluded that this was in the spirit of the tournament. Might as well help out with red a bit for all the weak 5C mana bases floating around). In the end, it was a wonderfully minimalistic choice; a beautiful choice; and indeed, at times also an amazingly lucky choice. But I am getting ahead of myself.

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So let’s play some rounds of magic.

First round I am paired against Gabriel from Berne. For both of us it is our first tournament. We find a spot at one of the tables, get rid of all the premium plates and silver cutlery, and order a beer instead. I manage to get a reassuring start: high roll on the dice, a decent mix of creatures, removal and mana. Definitely a keeper. I start Taiga into Kird, then follow up with Pixies. His Lions stand no chance; his Serendib is Orbed. The rest of the match is lost in a haze, unfortunately. But I end up winning 2-0, and stand at 1-0 in matches.

Unfortunately, this is where my drawing and dice rolling luck ends. On my second match, I mulligan to six, and should have probably gone down to five — keeping a hand light on threats. I play against Matthias, a fellow Swiss mage from Wallis. He goes first, and quickly starts applying pressure via a Serendib Efreet. I eventually manage to handle it, but just as I think I stand a chance at stabilizing the board state, he finds a Moat. Really. Bad. News. My deck simply cannot handle this card pre-board outside of a lucky Chaos Orb top deck, or the opponent being in bolt range already. After some more pro-forma turns of draw-Go, Serra finally does me in. At least these additional turns confirm that Matthias seems to be on a shaky mana base of white, blue and this one suspicious volcanic island that I don’t fully grasp at the time. I board in Blood Moons and two Elemental Blasts. Second game, my hand draw is again somewhat risky, but I am feeling lucky. On the play, I drop a first turn Sylvan, and a second turn Blood Moon. I then proceed with shattering his Mox. For all intents and purposes, this should be game. No threats in hand though, so I draw cards aggressively using Sylvan down to twelve live. What should have been a prudent, save play given the board state backfires horribly. Matthias stoically holds three (of his four main-boarded, I later learn) lightning bolts which he casts in my direction at the end of my turn thanks to Blood Moon mana. A Fireball does me in a turn later. WtF?! We both laugh and lament my bad luck. Down goes the next beer. I lose 0-2 and stand 1-1 in matches. In hindsight this game lost me my Top4 ticket. But, again, we are getting ahead of ourselves.

Next I am paired against Mitja, a fellow Legionnaire. He seems to have brought a new brew — having been discouraged from playing prison, because “gentlemen”. We play on his recently acquired signed Pro Tour ’96 2-player mat. It feels so right to sling Taigas and Kird Apes onto the aged signatures of Bertand LestrĂ©e, Brian Weissman, and other Old School heroes; including one Reece (?) whom we couldn’t quite place — despite him apparently being “the Greatest Magic Card Player Ever“. You just can’t make this shit up
 ;-P

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I am back to drawing decent hands. And despite some heavy early removal on Mitja’s part, I manage to close the game before he ramps up. He has nothing to board in w.r.t. my deck and game two goes down quickly. I manage to win 2-0, and stand at 2-1 in matches.

Until now it had been all pleasant chit chat and casual relaxed games. The next pairing feels a tiny bit more competitive. First time since the 90s an opponent cuts my deck. 😛 But no need to reciprocate just yet. I am on the draw. Kird pays some early visits before it is sent farming. Unfortunately, my follow-up threats pale in comparison to Daniel’s UW flyers. I lose quickly. High time to again board in some bloody moons, blasts, and Tranquility. Of course, game two my deck receives its obligatory cut again. This time I reciprocate. Tit for two tat and all that. Luckily, said cut lands me a Blood Moon in my starting hand, which I proceed to throw onto the battle field on turn two. Game. Over! (This time for real.) Same story in game three — albeit on turn three while Daniel is tapped out. Definitely not the most gentleman-like plays of the day on my part.

I enjoy a longer break while the steamer steadily makes its way back into Lucerne harbor. The blue hour is approaching, resulting in phenomenal views and lighting. I could gaze at the picturesque landscape all day long.

Then we swap ships, and off we go onto a second (shorter) circle. First, we are spoiled with some great local dinner comprised of a variety of cheese and sausage (and another obligatory round of beer). We then proceed with the final round of Swiss.

I am paired against Daniele from the Ratavuloira Drinking Team. Both of us are at 3-1 and still stand a chance at making it into the Top4. The sun is getting low. Showdown! It takes a while until we realize that we can lower the blinders on the ship, and some comfort returns — well as much as is possible with an opponent playing Hippies and Sinkholes. It doesn’t help that I decide to keep Lotus und three Elves in my starting hand. I am missing a crucial red mana source, and the alcohol is starting to take its toll (at least this is what I tell myself ;-P). As the game draws on, I start making silly playing mistakes, like dropping the wrong land, or forgetting that a factory can indeed block when it has summoning sickness
 My opponent is a real gentleman and points the latter out. I am glad that I lose the game in the end. It would have been terrible karma otherwise. Speaking of karma, the second game I win mid-game via a top-decked Channel into Fireball. I apologize profoundly. In the third game, my deck is back to its former glorious self: Taiga into Kird, followed by beat after beat. Daniele never sees any of his Juzams. I win 2-1 for an overall standing of 4-1 in matches.

So, surely 4-1 is sufficient for proceeding to the Top4, right? Unfortunately there are four mages at 4-1, taking up the spots two to five after the Swiss. My tie-breakers place me on position 5.

Part of me is relieved that I don’t have to play semi-finals under the watchful eyes of — everyone on the ship. And part of me couldn’t help but think what could have happened, were I given the chance to spin the Wheel of Fortune two more times. Alas, this will need to wait for another time.

In retrospect I am very content with how my deck played. It held its own (even in the first games) vs a diverse field. The real MVP was Blood Moon though, which single-handedly won me three games (two of which I would have likely lost otherwise).

So where does that leave us? Well, for one, at the end of a wonderful tournament, which itself marked the end of an intense weekend with likeminded mages and other wonderful spell slingers. And, for another, at the end of the very beginning of my second magic playing career. May it end up just as amazing as my first one — and hopefully last somewhat longer! Until next time.

Thank you Martin for this great report 🙂

I hope you enjoyed and may the moxen be with you

Best regards

Christian aka Lord M of Legion Urborg

 

 

On the lake with friends

Dear Oldschoolers

Last weekend, we had a marvelous time together with 28 other Oldschool players on the Lake Lucerne in Switzerland. Legion Urborg presented the “Urborg Lake Cruise” and players from Belgium, Germany, Austria, USA (resp. Serbia), Portugal, Italy and Switzerland found their way to Lucerne at this beautiful weekend. Also various different Communities where there:
– Post Tenebras Lux, Geneva
– Legion Urborg, Central Switzerland
– Flying Men, various
– Fishliver Gang, Italy
– Team Geissgrind, Valais
– Lions of Austria, Vienna

We kicked-off the pre-event at friday afternoon when we met within a garden restaurant at “Restaurant Eichhof, Luzern”. 10 Players found their way to the pre-event and we talked, drank beer, flipped orbs, played for ANTEANTE, summoned creatures in a prismatic cube round and had quite a bit of fun. Unfortunately for me, grandmaster Jason beat me three times in Ante games and ripped a Tempest Efreet, an Artifact Blast and a Jeweled Bird out of my collection. The most epic move of Jason was first turn bird, second turn City in a Bottle 🙂

Also the weather was fantastic and everbody had enough time to test their brews for the cruise at saturday. We called it a day at midnight after quite some beers and (thanks to Mitja…) multiple “alte Zwetschge”-Shots – haha, nice move Mitja, your next morning will be awful….

At saturday Lunch time (11.45) we met at the Pier 1 in Lucerne to gather and board the Cruise Ship “Schiller”. Everybody was on time (yes, even the italian gang – haha) and we managed to board the ship and our playground at 12.00. Everybody was excited and we had already a good vibe aboard. We played 5 Rounds of Swiss, followed by Top 4, including the new London Mulligan rule.

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I thought about what to play and had a strong feeling of building something heavy red paired with fast creatures so i ended up with the following List:

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Just to make it clear – i possibly will never ever play “Robot-like-style” anymore… i am just not the typical Robot. Either i draw so much mana without business Spells that i can play nothing or i have some Mana and all the Spells without possibility to cast them… pity…

After an introduction about the tournament and the give-away of one Urborg Cruise Pin + one Gentlemen Pin (it was a Gentlemen’s cruise – no Mind Twist or Library aboard of the Schiller 😉 ) we paired the first round.

The first Match was against Jason Schwartz on Erhnam Geddon. We played the night before no Oldschool Match (but ante) so i was not aware of his Deck choice. The first game was a lucky win for me. After a fast start on his side (on the play) with Land, Bird (second turn Land, Mox, Bird, third Turn Serra, fourth turn Armageddon) i was starting quite slow and had not much to interact. I even had to double Bolt the Serra in Turn 3 just to see all my lands go in turn four. Lucky for me was the Lotus Draw later in this game so i burned away both Birds of Jason. After some Draw and Go’s i Managed to hit a Sushi which the closed the Deal.

Second game i had a starthand with Abyss in it and thought, there can nothing go wrong… Jason played Su-Chi’s and in third turn one of those guys did hit the table. Without and Removal for this good friend the Su-Chi dealt 24 Damage to me (4 because i landed my own Su-Chi after some turns which got Sworded. The game was a desaster for my Deck as i had no response in 6 turns to get rid of this walking japanese fish-speciality haha. Third game was Mulligan to five and an early resolved Geddon on the side of Jason which stole my ambitions to win the first match on the cruise. This was the first time i cursed to play Robots and i had a backflash from Viennageddon, in which i swore exact the same thing after a desastrous Robot-Tournament. Some guys never learn…

In the second Match i got paired against Gabriele da Pozzo. A nice Swiss guy from Bern and his 4-Colour Zoo Deck. Unfortunately for him, he held a 2-Land-Hand (with Savannah Lions which got bolted away) in the first match and did not draw any additional Land the whole game. Therefore it was a quick-win for my Su-Chi – Trike combo which i landed on the table. As i did not see a lot of his Deck , i decided to sideboard only 2 Abyss and went into the second game. I had a quick start with a lot of Mana and Mana Vaults Moxen and got defiled after Gabriele managed to counter my Timetwister away with a red blast. My plan to refill my hand was disrupted and with more mana to draw i could not resist the Army of Serendib’s, Serra’s and Lions on the long run and lost second game. We moved to third game (not before i included the second City in aBottle) and we started. It was an intense game with creatures, removals and finally a huge fireball. But the fun fact was that Gabriele did resolve a Circle of Protection Red (which is bad News for me) and we had kind of a “draw-go”-sequence as nobody wanted to pull the first trigger. I drew again Mana into Mana into Mana and was thinking of never ever bringing this game down as one Major win con would be the Fireball. Gabriele then casted a Serra Angel with one City of Brass open and i used my window of opportunity with an amazing Oldschool-thing: Fireball for 14, Fork 🙂 after some “you are so greedy”-Jokes we moved away with the impression of a great Oldschooly end for this intense game.

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Third Match was against Daniele Brunazzo and his UGB Juzam Attack! The Deck is really cool but contains a lot of Arabian Nights creatures (Ehrnams and Juzams). Nevertheless, the first game started with a second Turn Juzam and no creature on my side to block and Bolt it to death. Therefore after 4 more turns the game was over. Again great draw-skills for me and my red Robots Deck… The second game started with a Land-Go start on the side of Daniele – not good for an explosive creature deck. I managed to land down a quick City in a Bottle/Abyss combo followed by lots and lots of mana into a huge Fireball after a view turns without responding to CiaB on Daniele’s side. He even had to cast Hippies into my Abyss to block a Su-Chi. Not much to gain on Daniele’s side and we moved on to third game. Another mulligan to 5 for me (grrrrr) and two Energy Flux on his side ripped me apart… Not much to see here folks… 1-2. I loved the Deck of Daniele – great brewing skills mate 🙂

The next match was an honor for me as i faced the great Megu of Fishliver Gang. He was playing UG aggro. Unfortunately, in my 2-0 win i both time resolved a very early blood moon which Megu did not handle appropriate and therefore lost both games with “only” red Mana and nothing (decent) to cast. it was quite a “stolen victory” for me but as we all know this is part of Magic… We had a lot of fun talks and laughter as i teased him (and his friends) of casting always “Ancesterale” (worded in a very much italian-english dialect) hahaha.

After round for (and a 2-2 for me so far) we had to pause as we were back-travelling to the harbour in Lucerne and had to change the ship for Dinner reasons. Everybody enjoyed the great view outside and took the time to go on the top deck (the sun deck) and got some sun. Also you wil find some other impressions below of the Dinner and Sun Deck Break 🙂

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The final round before the Top 4 was against Christian Alb with his amazing Bazaar-Reanimator Deck. Christian won the Brewmaster Challenge with this beautiful brew and it was an honour to play against him. I won after really fun and cool matches 2-1 and i love to bring you the highlights of this match, which were all on his side:

– Resurecting a Juzam (pure Heresy) haha
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– Berserking a 7/5 Shivan Dragon for the win
– Building such a nice Brew for this tournament – you well deserved the Brewmaster award my friend!

After the Final standings there were 4 Players which will fight for the victory:

1: Francesco Delfino 15 56 71.43 54.74
2: Matthias Eggel 12 68 61.54 55.48
3: Dani Imfeld 12 66.67 75 58.23
4: Peter Schnidrig 12 54.67 72.73 51.06
5: Martin Rufli 12 54.67 64.29 52.09
6: Roman Pulker 9 65.33 50 59.65
7: The Evil Rolf 9 61.33 63.64 59.81
8: Jason Schwartz 9 57.33 50 55.19
9: Daniele Brunazzo 9 56 57.14 49.52
10: Daniel Ernst 9 50.67 57.14 48.11
11: Christian Reinhard 9 48 61.54 46.35
12: Martin Hatlak 9 46.67 58.33 45.82
13: Thomas Furrer 9 45.33 50 44.71
14: Lorzenzo 7 53.33 50 44.89
15: Christian Scheuber 7 45.33 54.55 43.33
16: Mike Diamond 6 58.33 25 55.38
17: Arthur 6 56 41.67 52.74
18: Michael Ruppen 6 54.67 53.85 47.29
19: Dave 6 54.67 38.46 55.58
20: Gabriel da Pozzo 6 53.33 46.15 49.93
21: Alex Pick 6 46.67 36.36 48.25
22: Megu 6 41.33 40 45.77
23: Christian Alb 5 46.67 33.33 46.97
24: Francois Pirenne 3 56.67 20 58.21
25: Flavio Alves 3 54.67 33.33 51.39
26: Mitja Held 3 52 38.46 45.82
27: Phy 3 51.67 11.11 50.55

The Decklists of the Top 4 you find here.

Before we went into the finals, the Fishliver Gang donated an altered Fishliver Oil for some Tournament Organizer choice of give away. I decided to give it to Team Geissgrind, as they managed to bring two players into the Top4 of this marvelous tournament. Congratulations hereby to Michael “Ruuuuudi” Ruppen and his Team Geissgrind 🙂

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We moved on to Top 4 (Francesco – Peter and Matthias – Daniel) and saw some quite interesting games with a lot of “Ancesteral” on every side 🙂 After great semi finals and very interesting final (Francesco from Team Fishliver VS Daniel from Team Urborg) Finally, the winner of the Tournament is Dani Imfeld and his UW Su-Chi Express! Deck:

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As the TO, i want to say Thank you, thank you, thank you! A great event, great players, great communities, great laughters, great fun, great Orb Flips, great combat tricks and finally great people! Thank you all to make this Lake Cruise unforgettable.

Stay tuned for the Urborg Mountain Madness beginning of 2020 and especially for my next Blog in which i explain how one can go into 4 of 5 Top 8 matches within the NEOS-monthly League 🙂

May the Moxen be with you and stay Oldschool

PS: If you want to join the community Brawl at Fishliver Oil Cup: Do it here

Best regards

Christian aka Lord M of Legion Urborg

 

N00bcon Weekend 2019 – Part 1

Fellow Oldschoolers

What a weekend – the N00bcon XI is in the books and everybody who was in Gothenburg last weekend had a blast. For the first time, there was a huge parallel tournament (hosted by Legion Urborg) in which everybody who did not qualify for N00bcon could play and try to sneak into N00bcon Top8. The winner of Swiss before Top8 of Urborg Feast got the 8th Slot from N00bcon. Here you find the winning Decks. And here some Facebook-content. Fun an Cool – isn’t it?

So we arrived at Friday morning 10am after a 90 Minute flight in Gothenburg. We still had time to Check in in the Hotel Quality Panorama, meet some guys and then went off to eat breakfast at “Le pain francais” next to our tournament location. We did meet up there with the american gang (DFB and friends) and some other well known players (e.g. Svante Landgraf, which went in 2nd at N00bcon – congrats). There i also received my handdrawn playmat which was done by Dan Frazier:

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At 12 we started registration as we wanted to start at 1.30pm. The weather was great and the location was AWESOME – we received the whole Terrace of John Scott’s Pub as our playing area. Including a Bar with a special Beer price for tournament players. What else can we hope for? 🙂

After the registration (48 Players – impressive) we started the tournament at 1.30pm. I did chose to play with my beloved “Troll Disco” deck – i amended it to 3 Twiddles because i love this card and it is really useful in a Troll Disco Deck.

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In the first match i faced Olle Brömsi and his fast Artifact aggro Deck. He played Black Vises, Bolts, Robots and the latter. First game is always tough against to fast Decks and if Robots have THE start, its even harder without spot removal. I managed to win the first game but then lost the second against an exact very fast hand. In the third game Olle kept a Lotus/Vise/Bolt/Bolt (no lands) hand and brought me down to 11 before my game even started. Unfortunately, i had Sol Ring, Bolt and Mana Vault ready to be deployed and his Black Vise did not do anymore damage. I won the first match and enjoyed a beer.

In the second match i played against Jesper Ejsing, famous mtg card artist and later Top8 participant of N00bcon :-). Jesper played also a Robot-variant with White, Black, Blue and Red. We had very tough games and i think Jesper did not exactly sideboard correctly (he told me that after he defeated another troll Disco later in the tournament) so i did win 2-1 against him.

Third match was against my co-organizator Elias Gröndal. Local hero from Gothenburg and memeber of Stockholm in a Bottle. His Deck containts 4 Shivan Dragons – i love it 🙂

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Unfortunately for him, the Dragons are not disk-proof and everytime one landed on the battlefield, it got Twiddle-Disked or (after Sideboarding) Terror’d away. Still we had great games and interesting counter-wars. finally i managed to beat Elias 2-0.

Intermezzo – me doing pairings 😉

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Fourth game was against Kristoffer Akkerö and his great GR Aggro. Kird Apes, Flying Sprites, Elves, Pixies, Giant Growths and Berserks – such a nice pile. I did not see any Ice Storm so i assume he didn’t draw them or he didn’t include them in Sideboard. Therefore my 2 (3 after SB) Maze of Ith are a  real thread to this Deck. Paired with Disks and regenerative Trolls its really hard to beat. Kristoffer gave his best but finally i took away the victory with 2-0.

Did i already mention that the weather was great, we were allowed to drink and smoke at the Terrace? right – therefore everybody already drunk plenty after round 3 – including me 😉

Round five was against Timo Ikonen. Timo also has a great blog “quantitatively magic” and he and his Finnish crew did join us for Urborg Feast. His Deck you can find within the Top8 overview – Living Plane destruction. Also this time, Nev Disks are a real thread. A Deck like Living Plane which is highly in need of various permanents in play can be really distracted with a blowing disk. One time i even did blow the Disk with an active Living Plane on the Battlefield (this was the REAL Armageddon :-). No permanents and both players with 2-4 cards in hand – i managed to draw more Lands and took the win away. In the end in won 2-0 and my Trolls again did prove their value.

Before the final round everybody drank more beer and discussed about a possible Top8 attendance at N00bcon. For the moment i was the only one with 15 points and a victory would give me the opportunity. As we do not intentional draw in Oldschool tournaments (because we want to see “play magic”, not “sneak in magic”). Anyway an ID would give both players 0 points – so no additional value in doing it.

Round 6 (final round) was against Valerio Gregori. Valerio managed to go to Top8 in last years Noobcon X and knows what he is doing with his Deck. Its also well known that Troll Disko has a very bad matchup prior to Sideboarding as the Disco lacks in Speed and spot removal. Therefore the first game was over quick and i was back 1-0. Sideboarding Terrors, Shatters and Blue Blast to avoid getting eaten by a very aggressive Atog. Second game started quite decent as i managed to land a turn 4 Shivan Dragon onto the table (with support of Mana Vault). paired with a Maze of Ith it was quite hard to attack with anything for Valerio. To be fair, he missed out a red source for a long period of time and finally i managed to win this second game (also because he landed a blood moon and my dragon likes mountains a lot 🙂 ) Third game was really tough – we played our hands down, did beat each other hard and went to topdeck-modus with no cards in hand. He was at 4 life, i was at 10. A fireball on my side and i can close the deal. Unfortunately, he lands a blood moon which limits my options of additional card draws quite a lot as i do not have a basic island in play.. so any Ancestral or Braingeyser is of no use. i draw 3 Lands in a row and he did deploy a Juggernaut to the table. clock was set to two turns… I have quite a few outs with Maze, Shatter, Bolts, Fireballs, Twiddles, Trolls, Disk, Icy. But lady fortuna was not on my side and i did draw a mox and an additional land. Good game Valerio 🙂 We shall see each other again in Top8.

After those exciting six rounds of battling, we took a break of 45 Minutes before starting Top 8. Time for some beer and cigarettes 😉 Also, we had to determine the winner of the tournament to go to N00bcon Top8. With 6 players at a 5-1 standing, it will be interesting. Finally, Jesper made the cut as he did play all his matches against Top8 players and therefore had a great standing. Congratulations 🙂

1: Jesper Ejsing 15 66.67 78.57 58.67
2: Christian Reinhard 15 63.89 78.57 56.3
3: Valerio Gregori 15 62.96 62.5 61.9
4: Daniel Imfeld 15 58.33 76.92 54.16
5: Hercule Rottiers 15 56.48 83.33 52.72
6: Jonny Neverlucky Myrbacka 15 53.7 71.43 53.65
7: Timo Ikonen 12 72.22 57.14 68.14
8: Martin Skovgaard 12 66.67 64.29 62.98
9: Martin Jordö 12 60 63.64 54.73
10: Kristoffer Akerö 12 56.48 56.25 54.79
11: Mats Karlsson 12 55.56 62.5 50.94
12: Chri Alb 12 55.56 54.17 55.82
13: Tommy Aaren 12 54.81 56.25 51.74
14: Alex Myagh 12 52.78 57.14 52.84
15: Stone Rock 12 50 57.14 51.83
16: Michel Rojas 12 47.22 61.54 50.63
17: Simone Merlo 10 52.78 57.14 53.95
18: Peter Engström 9 65 50 61.57
19: Elias Gröndal 9 61.11 50 54
20: Mats Furby 9 58.33 42.86 55.9
21: Scott Latham 9 55.74 57.14 53.69
22: Nelson Alegi 9 55.56 54.17 50.45
23: Mick Evertsson 9 55.56 50 51.69
24: Allan Asmussen 9 52.78 46.67 51.89
25: Jan Eid 9 50 53.33 47.28
26: Christoffer Modig 9 43.52 50 45.96
27: Tomas Bjorkhaug 9 41.11 45.45 43.24
28: Jimmy To 9 38.89 50 42.05
29: Elias Wiger 8 46.3 53.85 45.65
30: Peter Bonthuis 8 42.59 48.72 46.41
31: Michael Bergner 7 50.93 42.86 49.69
32: Peter Monten 7 35.19 45.24 40.22
33: Manamonkey 6 56.48 46.67 52.72
34: Kalle Matero 6 53.89 35.71 51.91
35: David Strandberg 6 53.7 33.33 53.78
36: Robin Nestenborg 6 51.85 30.77 51.81
37: Lennart Stolpe 6 48.15 40 49.69
38: Olle Brömsi 6 47.78 20 48.64
39: Mattias Berggren 6 47.22 38.46 47.08
40: Kristoffer Eriksen 6 46.67 45.45 46.49
41: Algot LĂŒnings 6 43.56 27.27 45.76
42: johan Reidel 6 40.74 47.06 42.62
43: Henrik Berntsen 5 46.3 38.89 48.59
44: Anders Ekman 4 41.67 23.08 46.12
45: Jacopo Mariani 3 50 26.67 46.37
46: Andreas Lövgren 3 43.33 16.67 41.43
47: Mika Nurmikolu 0 39.81 14.29 43.53

As in the spirit of “switching Top8 players” we also got one player. The decision was made from MG and he did send David Chambers as official Top8 player which represents the N00bcon. As he did not have a Deck on him, he received the famous Land’s Edge Deck from Mattias Berggren. We paired for Top 8 and my opponent was Jonny.

Jonny was playing a UW Robots variant which was quite aggressive. I saw a game in round 3 where he did deploy a first turn Mahamoti Djinn on the table – so he has skills to draw fast mana cards 🙂 Also without Spot removal pre Sideboard i need to deploy a fast Disk paired with Counter Backup or Twiddle. We started our games and it was a good one. We battled it out until finally my Disk did cleanup  the table (but not my troll) and i managed to push through the lethal damage together with Lightning Bolts. Second game was also decent and also there we battled hard – also there was a situation with Two Icy VS one Icy on the table and both players tapped down the opposite City of Brass to push through more damage. Amazing 🙂 i managed to win this Quarter Final 2-0 and moved  on to semis against Valerio.

We faced each other in the main tournament already and did know what we can expect. Unfortunately, i cannot remember anything so far as the beer count went quite high- paired with the sunburn level its quite deadly… Against all Odds i managed to win the first game and went to sideboarding. After sideboarding he had a quite explosive start and it was a short battle for the finals. 1-1 The final game was in my favour and i managed to play the finals against Martin Skovgaard.

There is not much to say about the final game… First game i mulliganned to 5 cards and did hold a hand with 2 Lands, Sol Ring, 2 Twiddle… i did not manage to draw any useful stuff and lost very quickly to Martin. Second game Mulligan to 6 and then we played good old “i play – you counter” haha. He had 3 counterspell paired with an active Icy – not much to deal against that ;-). Finally he managed to beat me 2-0 and was the deserved winner of Urborg Feast 2019 🙂 Well done Martin!

After the finals we went straight to Rotary Pub to drink some beers and watch the Top8 matches and to play Markus Lundquist’s famous “40K Ante tournament”. it was about 1 in the morning, everybody was tired and had quite a lot of beers 🙂 We arrived and i found some other strangers there, drinking and having fun 🙂

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Also we had quite fun talks (also in front of the Stream together with Magnus and Gordon)… if you enjoy the Top8 Stream from Jesper, you can find the more or less intelligent quotes we did…

At about 2.30 it was time for the Ante tournament. 8 brave players did sign up for this quest – including me. Playing an RB aggro Troll’z list (Disks, Black Vise, Copper Tablet, Sedges, Uthden’s, Stone Throwing Devils haha etc.), i was facing Markus with his Ehrnamgeddon – and i lost. Maybe also because i drew 5 Lands in a row… Therefore i lost my Beta Swamp permanently. Second game was against Jonnie and his Artifact Aggro. My Ante was an Arabian Nights signed Mountain – which i also lost due to non-optimal draw phases… thats a pity. As the tournament was double elimination, i was therefore out. But we played another fun game (incl. Ante) against the Deck of Markus (not piloted by himself haha). There i managed to win the game and therefore earned a Jeweled Bird 🙂 By the way – have you tried to find any decent priced Jeweled Birds at Card Dealers or MKM? Not? Maybe because some stupid guys made a buyout – haha…

After some more beer and fun i closed the day at 4.30 – exact the same time i woke up the day before to catch the flight. So a decent 24-hour-party-trip, lots of fun interactions and nice meetings and of course amazing Magic games i took an UBER and went back to the Hotel.

More about day 2+3 in the next report

Have a nice day and may the moxen be with you

Christian  aka “the Reindeer” (got this name at the ANTE tournament due to bad listening skills of Markus – haha)

 

„Restrict to two“ and Gentlemen Club

Fellow Oldschoolers

I hope you are well and you are enjoying the spring season and especially (for those who join) the upcoming N00bcon 11 in Sweden. There will be two participants of Legion Urborg (Leo and Alex) fighting for the Shark- wish them luck 🙂 I will not play at N00bcon, but as many of you know, we will host a parallel tournament. The famous „Urborg Feast 2019“ will take place at John Scott’s Avenyn Pub. The winner of the tournament will travel directly to Rotary Pub to play as 8th participant of the Top 8 from N00bcon. Fun and easy, not?

The whole weekend will be packed with Magic action. I heard for Saturday from a Highlander-tournament, hosted by brothers of fire, the „main event“ hosted by Kalle Nord and also the Saturday Smash in the „Irish Embassy Pub“ and at Sunday the ABU Block Party. Its going to be great, also for non-N00bcon participants 🙂 So prepare your decks, dices and playmats and get ready to rumble. Having said playmat, i finally ordered my once and for lifetime playmat:

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So damn cool – thank you Mark Aronowiz and Dan Frazier 🙂

As the title of this blog indicates, i would like to share some thougts of mine regarding a possible restricted-list rule change. The restricted list makes absolutely sense and it would definitely be insane to change it wildly. But there are some cards which maybe deserve a second look, especially if there would be a new „restricted to two“-rule active. I was thinking about this „restricted to two“ since i was jumping into Oldschool. Mostly because a restriction to one seems to harsh for some cards but also an unrestriction to four seems maybe unhealthy. I bring down my thoughts and hope to trigger a nice and cool discussion, without bad feelings and/or aggressive comments. I really think this could either freshen up the format or it is just a silly thought. Maybe some tournaments will show if somebody has the courage to try it out 😉

As a start let‘s have a look into the restriction list. Valuable candidates for discussion in my opinion are:

Channel, Regrowth, Workshop, Strip Mine, Time Vault.

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Second, lets look into the valuable candidates to „cut down“.  I think that Mishra‘s Factory, Maze of Ith are valuable candidates. In Addition, there could be an experimental cut on “most played staples” to cut them down to two. Maybe this “cut to two” could even be used for “most played staples” to shake the Tier-1 Decks a little bit and bring more brewing to the table?

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Channel:
Channel-Fireball is very powerful. But at least it is the most iconic combo ever „invented“ in Magic. The question here is, will Channel push some combo Decks over the top? Personally i think that Combo could need a push. This could also boost red-green Decks a little bit, which should be a great thing – or not?

Regrowth:
Regrowth is a very nice card and its power-level seems massively overrated. With Recall unrestricted and not abused, also Regrowth could be a possible candidate to „level up“. Green cards deserve more play and if they push green decks, let them please. In Vintage and Legacy already unrestricted, a tryout could bring more clarity.

Mishra‘s Workshop:
The Workshop is already unrestricted in EC and Atlantic. I do not think that a second Workshop will push things „over the top“. Well, i wrote in a previous article that i could even think of an unrestricted Workshop in Swedish. The Workshop gives you a massive boost in turn 1 and 2. But the second Shop is not a good thing, as you cannot untap a mana vault nor use it for useful non-artifact spells or activation cost. And if the Opponent can handle a turn 1 or 2 Trike/Su-Shi, one will get out of speed quickly.

Strip Mine:
Here we are – „another Strip Mine discussion“ – or not? Strip Mine is one of the most debated Oldschool staples i ever read through (followed by Maze of Ith). I personally think that 4 Strip Mine is definitely to much for the format. But to cut it down (resp. lift it up) to two, this could add some interesting Deckteching without wrecking all decks for the more lucky strip mine drawer at the table. If the Factory gets stripped down to two, maybe it is not wise to lift up Strip Mine to two. But either this or the other could be done in my opinion.

Time Vault:
Time Vault is also one of those cards, which in my could be unrestricted at all. But at least i would allow 2 in a deck. In Oldschool, the „Key“ is missing to go infinite. And if somebody will brew a Xenic Poltergeist-Saddlebags-Vault-Deck and has success – well this one deserves it. Also some nice Animate Artifact-Instill Energy Combos would be cool. Or just the classy twiddle-vault with a higher access to Vault. Combo should be pushed in Oldschool. Don‘t you think?

Mishra‘s Factory:
The factory is one of the most played 4-of in Oldschool. Most of the decks play a playset – the reason is crystal clear: strong, versatile and uncounterable. I heard a lot of discussions recently about the power level of this card. The factory is not dominating the format in an isolated way (as every deck has access to it) and it has also a fair price range  as it got reprinted a lot. Still it would be interesting to restrict it to give „unplayable“ creatures like the white/black knight and Juggernaut maybe more battlefield time. I am unsure if a „restrict to two“ would generate this effect or if it has to be full restricted, but also here maybe a brave tournament organizer will give it a try.

Maze of Ith:
Maze is also an often debated card. I personally do not think that Maze has/will take over the format if it is unrestricted but i would be willing to try and restrict it to two – also to take some „wind out of the sails“ of all doomsayers. Also, it is true that it can be annoying to play with creatures against 2+ Maze – but it is not unbeatable. Especially with Factories one can „outplay“ the mazes and even pump another if you can attack with multiple Factories. There are only a few decks which use 3+ Maze so maybe it is not even worth it to restrict it to two – as it did not take over the format at all.

Maybe there are other cards which deserve a look – let me know if you have any ideas 🙂

Gentlemen’s Club

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„Invented“ in Sweden, the Gentlemen‘s rule states to exclude Mind Twist and Library of Alexandria from any Decks. Background is to avoid „non games“ if one player hits a turn 1 Library or hits a Lotus and Mox fuelled Mind Twist in Turn 1/2. It‘s not about banning or complaining – its more an agreement of both players to make the game „fairer“ for both participants. The Gentlemen agree, that Oldschool should more be about flipping Orbs, slamming Earth Elementals and casting Leviathan‘s than building the best Tier-1 Net Deck and win at any price. Again – its not offensive against competitive players but should be read more as ideologic group. All the written below is not written in stone but shall be read as a good example „how to act as a true Oldschool Gentlemen“.

  • In a Gentlemen‘s game, we exclude or exchange Mind Twist and Library from our Decks. Really true Gentlemen do not even include the card in their tournament Deck 😉
  • We as Gentlemen do not judge any non-Gentlemen for „not being a Gentlemen“. We try to explain what we do but if anyone refuses, its fine.
  • We like to play more „casual“ than competitive – but always with a kind of competitive edge (it makes most of the time no sense to e.g. exclude Power just for the sake of „more oldschoolness“). Sometimes also a Gentlemen can build a Spicy Tier 1 Deck – its not a crime 😉
  • We love the game and also love to actually play Magic – therefore it is absolutely common (but not written in stone) that a Gentlemen grants any opponent multiple mulligans to 6 rather than letting the opponent going down to 5, 4, 3, etc.
  • We want to celebrate our matches in a friendly and warm enviroment – it is absolutely common to give the other player hints about possible next actions („please be aware, i have an untapped Mishra‘s factory which i can pump to 3/3“ or „yes you can take that action back“ etc.)

So if you feel the spirit and also want to join our cause, feel free to sign-up for the Gentlemen‘s group at facebook:

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I wish you a successful rest of the week and stay Oldschool.

Regards

Christian aka Lord M of Legion Urborg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guest Report from Castle Frankenstein

Dear Oldschool community

I am happy to present you a guest report from one of our fellow Urborg-Legionnaires Phy. He stood the ground for our valuable cause at Castle Frankenstein in Germany and wrote about his adventures.

Also, please keep in mind that N00bcon is in one month – it’s going to be an exciting weekend of Magic in Gothenburg. We host also tournaments for non-participants of N00bcon:

Urborg Feast parallel Tournament to N00bcon – winner goes directly into Top8 of N00bcon 2019

Saturday Smash – fight for honour

Sunday ABU Block party – Brew the fun out of your Deck

and of course the famous Urborg Lake Cruise at 8. of June 2019

And don’t forget to join the Gentlemens Club if you are a true Oldschool Gent 😉

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Enough Chitchat about the exciting times which lie ahead – lets deep dive into the tournament report of Raphael Ehrensperger:

 

Beer and Orb flipping in Darmstadt

a premodern / old school tournament report by PHY

With great excitement I await the postman. Luggage is packed and all main and sideboard cards are in the deck boxes – only the cut-off vest is still missing! As the newest member of the Legion Urborg and their only representative at the Alpha Castle tournament at Castle Frankenstein, I want to be dressed accordingly. One hour before my departure the parcel courier actually arrives at my door and I can finally put on my black denim vest and head off to the train.

After a good six and a half hours and several “Goldfish” tests, I arrive in Darmstadt. The sky is grey, but it is a bit warmer than at home. Check-in at the hotel and off to JK Entertainment, just about 15 minutes walking distance. In the store, the touchscreen with the single-card list and the showcase with the top-end cards stand out: Foil Rares and Mythics , Masterpieces and UMA Box Topper . A few shelves with booster displays and accessories as well as playing tables on two floors complete the picture and in the corner is a small fridge with soft drinks.

FNM: Ravnica Allegiance Booster Draft

Shortly after my arrival the FNM starts. First pick Pestilent Spirit and a few good Rakdos creatures, burn spells and some green spells give me the hope that i might overrun my opponents with an aggressive BRg / Jund Deck.

Surprise: My first round is broadcast in the in-house Twitch Stream!

Game one of the first round is over quickly, after my opponent plays no further spells than a glass of the Guildpact. But in the second game the tide turns and I lose to the superior power of his Gruul creatures boosted by Glass of the Guildpact. The third game I lose, as well as rounds two and three. I will spare you the details, but I would like to mention that I was shocked by the colour-imbalance of the boosters in this Draft . Due to the often one-sided card distribution, the usual signals, to which one is accustomed to as a draft player are practically non-existant in Ravnica Allegiance, as well as its predecessor Guilds of Ravnica. I got several good picks late in the draft even though the players to both sides drafted the same colours as i did.

A beer at the hotel bar after the draft and off to bed.

After a rich breakfast on Saturday morning, I visit the Mathildenhöhe, the architectural highlight of Darmstadt. The Art Nouveau buildings, park, and the recently renovated Art Nouveau public bath built between 1899-1914 are worth the visit. As it suddenly begins to drizzle, I get indoors in the Cafe Chaos, which lives up to its name in a positive sense. Food and drink at a fair price and a great atmosphere – here I could well imagine weekly game evenings.

After the rain disappears as suddenly as it came, I go back to the store of JK Entertainment, where the 1st German Premodern Championship takes place.

Due to an accident, some players, including my first opponent, are late, which gives me some time to get to know the meta and the players for the first time.

I’m playing Dementia Drake, a combo deck that tries to sacrifice an Iridescent Drake enchanted with Abduction to Altar of Dementia over and over, milling the opponents whole library in the process.

My first opponent Karl Pfeiffer from Nuremberg makes short work of me an my deck with his Three Deuce deck. Savannah Lions, Llanowar Elves, Skyshroud Elite and Rancor are just too fast. Congratulation Karl to your strong Top8 place with this skill-intensive deck!

On round two I meet an exceptional player. Lidwina Schaub is just eight years old and has traveled with her dad Felix from Rottenburg to her first Magic tournament. Matching her Sligh deck, she wears an orange cape and a red ribbon braided into her hair. Skillfully she keeps back spells or effects until the right moment: Lightning Bolt in response to the Iridescent Drake trigger, sacrifices Mogg Fanatics post-combat to inflict the last point of damage, and so on. Only with great effort and good luck do I manage to win the match. As the two games for the round are finished fast there is still enough time left for two rematches, which I lose horribly. Beware, she will soon be shaking up the legacy and maybe the old school scene!

 

Round three I play against Adrien Boulet from France, piloting a mix of Bargain Storm and Trix. One game he can win with Rituals into Yawgmoths Bargain, Illusions of Grandeur for twenty extra lives – drawin cards and going to one life, then plays second Illusions plus Donate and a Disenchant for the win. In the other two games my combo is faster though: The third game I manage to win on turn two: T1 Ancient Tomb , Mox Diamond (discarding a land), Altar of Dementia, Cabal Therapy on myself (discarding Abduction), T2 Llanowar Wastes  and Dementia Drake and mill, go!

Motivated and with two wins I meet UW Turbo Oath in round four : After I manage to resolve the combo in Game one, I mill my opponents  the deck two cards at a time until the first of his two main deck Gaea’s Blessing announces my defeat! Capsize plus Counterspell leave me no chance of defeating him with combat damage , so I surrender shortly thereafter. The one-of Morphling and the seemingly endless card advantage thanks to Horn of Greed and Exploration in connection with counters of local hero Jens Jaeger are enough to let him triumph. He made Top8 and also wrote a tournament report.

The last round I lose without resolving the combo against Patrick Pecjak’s The Rock. Huge Terravores and Ravenous Baloth stomp me to a quick death.

I finished 11th out of 18 with two wins and as it was my first premodern tournament I am happy with my result, as I got a lot of experience.

Before the cut to the Top8, the prize distribution takes place with booster prizes from Urza’s Saga, Mirage, Ice Age and other old editions.  After the Top8, the winner Julian Nazarenus who played Reanimator receives a Lightning Angel poster signed by RK Post.

Organizer Philip “Flippi” Böhm, Adrien Boulet, Nicolas Steger from Texas – who took the opportunity to visit Germany and play the two tournaments this weekend! – and I embark to the restaurant BraustĂŒb’l opposite Central Station, where the first of two Chaos Orb flip contests is held. Together with a few Old Schoolers from Germany, Belgium and Sweden we enjoy a delicious dinner and Craft Beer.

With an Oversized 6×9 Promo Chaos Orb we try to hit an Oversized Shivan Dragon, which proves to be significantly harder than with normal cards. Niels from Frankfurt wins the knock-out against Nick and takes home the Chaos Orb, severely wounded, the Shivan Dragon retires and will not face the brave heroes again until Sunday evening. Of course, we also test our decks and give us advice on fine-tuning.

Alpha Castle Tournament

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On Sunday Flippi picks me up with his car and we drive to Castle Frankenstein, where about 90 guests soon arrive. After a castle tour and a Frankenstein performance in rainy weather, we head to the castle restaurant, where a delicious buffet and our opponents are already waiting for the first round. During the whole tournament I drink “Schwarzbier”, dark beer with a nice roasted malt taste.

Each round, the opponents are randomly drawn with white and black knights.

I’m playing a white weenie deck which I call “Holy War”, because it’s theme reminds me of the crusades to Jerusalem in the late 11th and early 12th centuries.

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Beer One, Round One I’m playing against Frank Pollich from Munich, who sat opposite me while eating. Like me, he recently discovered Old School Magic. Unlike me, he had not played magic for almost twenty years. His fully powered deck with 27 mana sources is based on an old deck he built in the nineties: Erhnam Djinn, Storm Seeker, Fireball and Timetwister, Wheel of Fortune and Black Vise. One game I manage to win, the other he plays a lethal Fireball. After I dump my first Chaos Orb flip of the tournament, he manages to kill my permanents with Nevinyrrals Disk and soon after the damage from Black Vise with a refilled hand is enough to crush me again.

1-2. As a consolation prize for the botched Chaos Orb, I get a Beta Benalish Hero from Flippi!

Beer Two, Round Two I overrun Tim Herzenstiel from Frankfurt in the first game before he can do anything with his Mono Black Deck, playing beautiful German FBB cards. Game 2 he manages an early lock-down with a Gloom, but thanks to Land Tax and White Knights / Order of Leitbur I eventually win this game as well. 2-0.

Beer Three, Round Three against Belgian player Antoine Rottiers’ Troll Disco. As I enjoy the opportunity to speak french, we agree to converse in his native tongue. As I miss with my Chaos Orb for the second time today, the card advantage from his first turn Library is too overwhelming and despite abeing able to press him with a creature and two crusades, a Disc and two Trolls can finally tip the scales in his favor. In the second game I finally manage to hit with the Orb, but shortly thereafter I get a stupid idea and play an Armageddon. Thanks to his Guardian Beast / Chaos Orb combo I lose without a card on the board and we laugh about my stupid move, 0-2.

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Antoine has written an excellent tournament report as well!

For the second missed Chaos Orb, I get at least another consolation prize: Alpha Death Ward!

In the fourth round, again I meet my third German opponent Peter Hamm with a beautiful black bordered Mono Red deck. Two very similar games with T1 Brass Man, T2 Ironclaw Orcs, T3 Orcish Artillery for starters and a Dragon Whelp in one game and an Earthquake in the other deliver the coup-de-grace to me and my Crusaders. The two CoP: Red out of my sideboard never showed up. 0-2. Beer four arrived a bit late, but was therefore drunk all the faster!

Round five I meet Matthew Rickhuss from England, with a Mono Blue Deck without Power. As a Strip Mine eliminates his only island in the first game, my weenies manage to overrun him. For the second game I am in need of my fifth beer: Since my Crusade gets countered, Tim (Prodigal Sorcerer) can kill my X/1 creatures and two of his Control Magic (from the sideboard?) steal my two White Knights, who along with Tim defeat me in a couple of turns. In the third game I’m luckier as an Icatian Javelineer, White Knight and a Disenchant on Control Magic are enough to win. 2-1

Last round, sixth beer. I already met Tom Buggenhout from Belgium at the Chaos Orb Contest on Saturday evening and thus we both knew what the other one was playing. For the second time this Sunday I was thrilled to play against Mono Black, this time against a Triple Sleeved Deck exclusively with A/B/U and original printings. Tom opens with T1 Dark Ritual and Hypnotic Specter, which I fortunately can answer with Swords to Plowshares on my first turn. Then I can weaken his mana base long enough with a Strip Mine for him to be brought to his knees by several crusading Order of Leitbur and White Knights. The second game takes a long time, we both build a board presence and can inflict a few points of damage. With a White Knight on Crusade and Disenchant I can get a few points of damage around three Mishra’s Factories and with a full attack and the ping of a Icatian Javelineers I’m finally able to deal enough damage to put an end to his suffering despite a Su-Chi. Surprisingly 2-0!

At the conclusion, the prizes are awarded. The player with six wins and the highest score receives an alpha Castle and the three players with the highest total number of points receive an altered Beta Castle each. There are also various prizes for creative deck building. Unfortunately my deck wasn’t knightly enough for the desired “Most Knightly Deck” prize and with my 3-3 end-result I din’t get any prize.

Shortly before departing, I can tick off one of the cards on my Want list: finally, I may call a Preacher my own!

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Then I’m off to the Pizzeria Antik Lokales for the Final Chaos Orb Flip Contest.

Again, I have no luck in the first run and enjoy a Guinness instead. At the end of an exciting showdown Moritz Nazarenus wins the Oversized Chaos Orb and the defeated Shivan Dragon.

Shortly before midnight, the company dissolves, and I walk to the Hotel Moxy where I meet Thomas Ribet, Pieter Gulinck and my opponent from the last round Tom at the bar and play a few more rounds with Tom and Pieter.

Thomas helps me to get my first Unlimited Island and thanks to Tom I now have a playset of Oath of Druids for Premodern. At 2 o’clock my eighth beer is as drunk as I am and due to playing errors getting more frequent we call it a day.

Conclusion: It was fun playing this meta and B&R, because I love Fallen Empires. With my deck building decisions I’m pretty satisfied. In the future I will be back to maindeck Balance and the playset Disenchants and try to get three Thunder Spirits. I prefer only to be able to play one strip mine, that will also make it easier to stay on 60 cards!

I’m changing my decks back to Swedish B&R, Ravenna Reprint Policy, because my next OS tournament is a home game: Urborg Feast Cruise on Lake Lucerne!

What deck I’ll be playing there will be kept a secret for a while…

Thanks to Flippi Böhm and JK Entertainment for this unforgettable weekend and to Felix Schaub for the additional photos of the Premodern Tournament!

 

 

Building friendships in Vienna

Fellow Oldschoolers

A marvelous and excellent weekend of Magic, Beer and new friends came to an end today. The legendary „Viennageddon“ took place in (obviously) Vienna, Austria (no, not Australia 😉 ) The new community, founded by Mitja Held and named „Lions of Austria“ opened their doors for this famous festival of Magic. As i am a huge fan of two-day-events, i booked the flight already last year. My preparation was kind of unhealthy, as i visited a huge carnival-party the evening before my flight… I went home at 3am and had to leave at 6.30am to catch my flight. Well done bro…

But finally i arrived in Vienna and took an Uber to go to the location. After a 30 minute ride i arrived. The Lions of Austria have been already there and first thing Mitja does is ordering me a „Konterbier“ 😉 as we had 1 hour left until the tournament started, everybody was excited an played some pre-matches.

I tried to bring an experimential Time Vault Deck with white (for disenchants). Retrospectively, i think its not a good choice compared what red has to offer with Bolts, Shatters and Red Blasts:

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I did exactly zero times untap the Vault but used Twiddel for various situations – including untapping a mana vault. I fell totally in love with this card 🙂

At 1pm, the tournament started and i faced my first opponent which played Lauter.dec (Lions, Serendibs, Counter, Removal). After three close games he managed to win due the fact that he drew about 8000 Disenchant/Divine Offering and even countered an off-color  mox emerald – haha. Ah yes, and below you see game one, turn one – that’s magic 😉 So i started the tournament with a loss in my books. 4963CC00-A09F-4700-9237-200970DB3259

Second match was against Roman Pulker and his Erniegeddon – short story even shorter –  i lost 2-0 in about 15 minutes. He Ernied-Geddoned and Disenchanted my whole gameplan and i had no chance. Not much to see here, bro. 0-2

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As i lost so horribly, the mtg-god gave me a bye and (for now) the first win of this event – i enjoyed the freed up time to drink more beer and take some photos and some rest:

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Next round i faced the winner of last year‘s Viennageddon. Rolf and his 5 Color Rukh-Egg-Diamond-Valley-Serra Angel-Sengir Vampire-S‘ol Kanar-Control Magic and many more ultra cool cards-build. Also this time, luck was not on my side (or is it the pilot? Haha) and i lost 2-0. Awesome what one can do with Diamond Valley, Rukh Egg and Animate Dead 🙂

I was thinking that i must be the worst pilot in this tournament but for round five, i was paired against an equaly (bad? Haha) unlucky player 😉 The mighty Magnus was sitting opposite to me at the table and we shuffled our cards. He played mono Black distress. We both agreed, that our decks are strong and that out of some unlucky constellations we ended up here. Never would we blame the cans of beer we drank or (at least on my side) the missing sleeptime. Actually this match was one the most interesting and interactive on my side – my Deck finally did what it should do: 1. win 2. be fast 3. Twiddle!!!!! We agreed that both do post something on our Blog – maybe (hopefully 😉 ) Magnus‘ view and  writedown of the events is completely different to mine- haha.

After the match we did send our regards to Arvika and their tournament 🙂

The tournament winner was finally Oliver Polak and his ATOG-Smash! List. He won against Olof Robersson and his „The Deck“. As Oliver cannot join the N00bcon, the slot goes to Gothenburg local Olof – congratulations mate!

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After some more beer and „Stamperl“ i decided at 10pm to call it a day and went to the Hotel Schild – knowingly that at 9am (Sunday) there will be a „FrĂŒhschoppen-City-Tour“ with the guys – hell yeah! At 9.30 we hitted the city and first thing was – everyone gets a beer and a „KĂ€sekracher“ (saussage with cheese). Cool start in the day 🙂

We went sightseeing with famous architect Roman Pulker, talked about Hank Scorpio and other Simpsons characters, laughed and had a great time. Again at 1pm the second tournament started and we prepared accordingly. I decided to change my deck and tried this pile:

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The tournament started and i had to fight Gabriele Magliano, himself part of the organizational committee of the famous fishliveroil cup in Genova. Its so cool that there have been 6 different communites which battled for the second N00bcon slot. We had a nice fight but finally i managed to overcome his GRUW aggro-burn deck – especially my Circle of Protection: Red was awesome 🙂 I won the first round and had to face the organiser himself – Mitja Held.

Mitja played a really decent and cool Lands-Deck. As Mitja is also part of Legion Urborg, we talked about our Decks beforehand and therefore we both knew what we have to expect. In addition Mitja did drink some (hahaha) wine at saturday and was kind of dizzy at the match. Nevertheless, he did beat me in first game and i did beat him in second game as he did sideboard out his disenchants. And my Circle of Protection: Red paired with an active Icy and a City of Brass on his side brought him down slowly but steady. The we moved into the third game – that one was awesome. I had to go down to 5 with a crappy hand and in turn 4 he Twisted me even to 0 cards. Still i was able to recover and we battled for about 40 minutes and had kind of a „mexican standoff“ as i had tons of mana and he had only Power Sinks to counter my counterspells for his Fireball. Drew, did things, waited, checked and finally, i had no counterspells left and he launched the deadly fireball. Wow – what a game 🙂

1-1 and the next opponent was Jason and his Underworld-Winds combo Deck. It was like the fifth time in both tournament that i got twisted to 0 in turn 2 or 3… Also, Jason managed to play 2 Maze of Ith and i thought i will lose for sure. The god of luck gave me 3 Mishras and i managed to bring 4 Damage each turn to Jason and after 5 additional tursn, i really won game 1 🙂

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Second game was in his favour as i did board out my creature removal and he boarded in his Atogs… such a mean trick Jason 🙂 (by the way third game they went back to sideboard and my boarded CoP: Red and Swords are useless again). Just as we thought this match cannot be more iconic, the following happened in game 3. I was at 6 life and we had kind of a mexican standoff. Jason was on 4 cards, i was on 6. He played Winds of Change and i thought, that he will have one or two flash counter to protect. I decided to counter, he countered and that gave him the two new cards (5 for me) with the intention: what can possibly go wrong? He drew Black Vise and Timetwister… Oh my god… This is Oldschool. Unfortunately for him i drew a lot of instants and other solutions (including a fireball which targeted directly his face) and finally won 2-1. wow – what a game.

Next game was against yesterday‘s N00bcon slot winner Olof and his UWArtifact aggro. We played before the tournament so we knew our Decks and also what possibly can happen. The first game we played for about 40 Minutes and finally i managed to beat him down. Lucky me. Unfortunately, we were not able to finish the second game and i even took away his first extra turn with a time walk on my side. Therefore i won 1-0.

Final match against Oliver, the winner of yesterday‘s tournament and his Atog Smash. First game i played Land, Mox, Sol Ring, Lotus, Serendib. He had no answer to this fast start and we moved very fast to second game. In the second one he stole away my pretty Angels twice and i got beaten up by my mind controlled beauties – harsh judgement. In the third game i got (again -haha) Mind Twisted in turn 2 to 0 cards. Lucky draws kept me in the games but finally i did a greedy turn and then a veeeeeery aggressive Atog closed the deal for Oliver. Oliver was also this time successful but had to leave early and did not play for Top 4. Therefore i was „lucky loser“ on 5th place and was in Top 4.

I played against a very similar Deck but without red. I won first game with a first turn serendib and counter backup from second turn onwards jand we moved quickly to second game. Second game readers – one of the most crazy games i ever had (and possible never will have again)… We battled for about 1 hour and 20 minutes, drank various beers during the course of the day. In this match 3 balances resolved, 2 Timetwister, 2 Braingeyser for 7 each, all Serra Angels on both sides have been removed and/or killed for good, playsets of Mishra‘s factories have been spotted, 10+ counterspells resolved. I managed to balance two times 6 cards away from my opponent… And after those 80 minutes I GOT DECKED…

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no cards left in the Library… hahaha. Good game Martin! Third game was quick and dirty, i got stripped, disenchanted and cutted of from the mana completely. Zero Chances of winning there. Good thing is that Martin is the one who won the tournament and the N00bcon slot 🙂 nice (the nice gentlemen with the crown).

E982D2B5-11AB-47F6-98B7-DCF88AA07E1BSo it was sunday evening and a fine weekend of Magic was over. Thank you very much, Lions of Austria, Mitja Held and Team and all participants to this great event. Urborg approves 🙂 I did also not go back with empty hands and received a price for my rankings – an Encyclopedia which has to be signed by everybody at the tournament. niiiiceeeee! Now i hope to welcome you guys at the Urborg Boat tour at June 8. in Switzerland.

As always – stay Oldschool and may the first turn Library be with you.

Christian aka Lord M of Legion Urborg