Arvika, Ante, Team Worlds

Hey all

Its a long time since i wrote about my adventures in Oldschool. A lot happened since Fishliveroil and i don’t want you to miss anything 😉

But first, as usual, some random chitchat. Don’t forget to reserve your spot and book the flight for the legendary Mountain Madness in Switzerland. We meet on the top of Mountain Rigi in a Lodge. There is a Ski-Resort on this mountain and guests have also the possibility to hike or bobsleigh down the slopes. It will be a weekend full of fun, drinks, Magic and hopefully some Ante40K (more to this Ante later…).

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  • We play Swedish B&R
  • Ravenna Extended Reprints (incl. CE/IE)
  • Gentlemen’s Mountain – leave your Library of Alexandria and Mind Twist at home
  • CHF 90.00 for one Night, Fr. 140.00 for two Nights (incl. Lunch/Dinner/Breakfast)

And the Mountain Madness is the first tournament of the CommuniTour – where communities meet. This beautiful Playmat is first price – but beware, it will not be unique as we (Legion Urborg) lost a great battle for Ante at the Team Worlds where (semi) unique Items where at stake. Therefore the winner of Mountain Madness and Team AllTeams Considered from Holland (i heard they met at the blue Oyster, isn’t it Mari 😉 ) will have this Trophy. Well done Friends!

So back to the Topic – Oldschool

At October 19. i went to Oslo and then to Arvika to play the famous Arvika Shark Tournament. But not before i visited good friend and inventor of OS – the mighty Magnus himself. It was a real pleasure and honor to visit the sacred halls of his Magic-office where all the various Chaos Orbs are stored – together with some other hot shit bunch of cards 🙂 As it was my birthday that day, Magnus made breakfast for Champions (including a nice Whisky) and we had a real fun time together. We talked about Magic, Nerdiness and various other topics. I even had the honor to meet his parents – they went over from Sweden for a visit. Thanks Magnus, this was awesome.

After two hours of chitchat and breakfast, i took the rented car and drove to Arvika through Norwegian and Swedish forest. Wow – even for me as a native Swiss forest lover this was impressive. Beautiful landscape, crystal clear lakes and nice small wodden cottages. A place to visit with the family for sure.

After a two hour drive i arrived and went straight to the convention center in Arvika to meet old and new friends. As expected, a lot of Swedish players where there to fight for the Shark. Also the German Shark Owner Alban and his sidekick Mitja (haha) made the appearance. Soon-to-be-a-father Bonnie and other great guys opened a can of beer with me and we drank some before the tournament started.

As usual i brought my lovely Trolls on the Dancefloor – but they will not be so succesful as they where in Genova. Sad story… haha…

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I cannot remember a lot of my games but here is the short version of the afternoon/evening: We played six rounds of Swiss of which i won 3 and lost 3. I played agains Red Atog (w), Aggro Trolls (l), ze Deck (l), Underworld Combo (w), RG Artifact Aggro (L), UR Burn (w). i had a very intense second match as i faced Alex Moynagh which ended up second in the whole tournament. It was one of the best matches of Magic i ever had, but i went out as the loser. Sad story. But overall i would go anytime to Arvika – great atmosphere and people.

But as usual, the real main tournament starts after the main tournament – AnteAnte40K! We gathered as for players (Markus, Bonnie, Svante and Myself) to battle for a signed Demonic Attorney. I was quite aggressive in playin and Contracted into an active Underworld Dreams (followed up by a Winds of Change… ouch). And then my Plateau was gone. Ugh… Shit happens 😉 Unfortunate Winds i would say – haha.

After this i was one Armageddon or Lightning Bolt away to win a Library of Alexandria – but the god of Mischief had other plans and i drew 7 Lands in a row and lost a Jeweled Bird. At least against Markus i won a Mishra’s Factory 🙂

At two we called it a day and went back to the Hotel. I went back to the Airport at 8am in the morning to catch my flight and go home to my family. A great Trip with a great experience, good friends, nice talks and some Ante40 was behind me. Thanks Guys 🙂

So no Magic Tournaments for at least – hmmm.. 3 Weeks 🙂 I was so looking forward for the Polar Fish Cup (London Team Worlds) in November. And past weekend it was time to rumble. We gathered an Asskick-Team together with Post Tenebras Lux from Geneva. We called ourselves Post Tenebras URBORG! and we wanted to grab those horns of victory.

We did not prepare much but instead just teched our Decks via a Facebook Group 🙂 my good friend Alex from London (which only plays Oldschool frequently and only if he can borrow one of my Decks :-)) and ChriAlb from Geneva from Post Tenebras Lux formed a Team of three.

The tournament took place in Walthamstow London, in a nice Old cottage. The Event was fully serviced with Beer, Drinks and food 🙂 Also, the Brothers of fire gathered a veeery impressing Raffle-Table, to which i brought 20 Swiss Chocolates with some hidden Gems 🙂 Overall, the Raffle gave >1’000 Pound for Charity – Amazing Community.

We started the Tournament against “the Hive” – 3 Nice Gentlemen from UK with very nice Decks. My opponent with a GreenBlack Aggro won the Spice award – but lost unfortunately due to short Mana and toughness ❤ Creatures (not good againt Fireball and Falling Star…) Alex lost his match agains UW Control and ChriAlb won with two Aggressive Robots-non-Reanimate Games 😉

We faced the previous World Champions in Round two – Team South Africa. We already had last year the pleasure to fight against those fine Gentlemen – and we wanted revenge 🙂 They played GUW (as Alex did – Mirror), Mono Black (against me) and UW Boyle (against Chrialb). It was quite an intense match which ended in a Draw (Alex won, i Drew and Chrialb Lost with one Lifepoint left to Jordan). We talked a lot during the match, drank beer and enjoyed this great Match a lot 🙂

Thir Match was against Chris Cooper and the Gang (sorry i forgot the names… shame…). Chris played Robots! against Alex,  i played against Underworld Aggro with Trolls and ChriAlb faced Lauter.dec. It was also an intense match which was in favour of the Opponents. Fun fact was that Chris was on the play and “go”-ed without doing nothing… we all knew what that meant. Second turn draw end step discard Trike. Alex did hold a hand with two Lands (forest and Trop), a Bird and a Disenchant, a Swords and a Divine Offering + psi Blast… Quite useless ey? He did not draw another Land for 5 Turns… Arrrgh…

But no worries, we can still make it to Top 4 if we win the next rounds. But the God of Luck does not mean well to us. Alex faces an Underworld Dreams Combo which he loses (why so ever with heavy white main…). I face Ehrnamgeddon and we have 3 Games of Flood/Screw/Flood and i lose. ChriAlb faces Tax Tower and the Opponent was on 72 Life the time we grabbed a beer… haha. So no Top 4 for us 😉

But at least there where some Guys which did as bad as we did. The dutch Crew “All Teams Considered” with Richard, Mari and Henk aboard. This match was more about bragging, drinking beer and playin’ stupid things (haha) that it was about Magic, but still there where Magic Games involved. I even lost a Unique (to be crafted) Mountain Madness Playmat as the Antestake was a Playmat of Choice… But no worries, we received quite enough Beer in response to our loss 🙂

The final match at the sixt round was against the Oldschool Suckers – three swedish (drunken? haha) Gentlemen with a real bad sense for fashion… Alex faced Thomas on Robots! (Again haha). I played against lovely Slanfan with Lich Candlestick whatever whatever whatever and ChriAlb faced Markus on Ehrnamgeddon with Mind Twist hihi. We had quite amazing games and we managed to get the final win so we finished 2-3-1… Oh my god, not a very good reslt isn’t it…

But as usual, after the Main tournament, the REAL main tournament started. We gathered 8 Players for the biggest international high stake Ante40K tournament so far 🙂 But more about this here: AnteAnte40K!

So once again, a great weekend of Oldschool is past and all of the participants enjoyed a great time! This is why we play oldschool, folks!

I even managed to win DECENT at the raffle – and also got a veeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeery Nice signed and painted Playmat 🙂

And for the best part – i managed to do the 50-Orb-Flip-in-a-row-Lords-of-the-Pit-Chicago thingy 🙂 i won the Patch for 50ty flips guys 🙂

So the next big thin will be our Tournament in January. Hope to see you all soon and may the Moxen be with you.

regards

reindeer

 

 

 

 

 

Legendary Fishliveroil

Hey all – i hope you started well into autumn

Last week the legendary Fishliveroilcup took place in Genova, Italy. I will tell you more about that exciting weekend later in this post. But first of all, some Magic advertisement 🙂

Next year in January, we will start with the fantastic communitour – a year packed with excellent tournaments, delicious beer tasting and meeting amazing persons lies ahead. The Communitour will start in Switzerland, where there will be the Mountain of Madness! Enjoy a great time on top of the Rigi, queen of the Mountains in central Switzerland. We booked a Lodge (space up to 80 Persons) just for us. Delicious Swiss meals, homecrafted beer (gniamgniam 😉 ) and exciting company. And we also play Magic of course. Friday afternoon/evening is “free for all” – there will be an Oldschool Cube, an Ice Age Cube and Two Headed Singleton. Or just play whatever you like – maybe some Ante40K?

Don’t miss this great opportunity. As the Rigi is also a Skiing-location, you can even stay longer and take some days off in a beautiful mountain panorama.

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So everybody was really excited about this years Fishliveroil Cup (as every year). We decided to go by train with the Urborg Gang, Team Chaos Horb and bibedibabedibubedi Ratavuloira Drinking Team. We left at friday morning to reach Genova for the great Lanterna tournament.

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During the whole travel we played Magic, discussed Sideboards, talked about “the Naked Gun” 1 to 33 1/3 and had a lot of fun and a good time. We even arrived on time in Genova – this is quite impressing for Italian trains haha 😉

We decided to find some restaurant to eat something and to prepare ourself for the biggest EC-tournament outside of the USA. We arrived at the Lanterna and felt instantly at the right place. So many great people, laughter and fun. Everybody welcomed the other and it was like a big familiy reunion 🙂 great stuff!

After some thinking and going back and forth, i decided to enroll with this pile of cards (yeah i putted it together quite in a hurry finally, so i missed out to include a regrowth haha):

Retrospectively i would maybe change one Fellwar for one regrowth. The Psychic Purges where incredible – i blow away 4 Lions, 4 Orders and 3 Pixies during the tournament and dealt 35 Damage out of Discard effects 🙂 I think this card deserves more attention in this format (it also triggers with Balance and Wheel of Fortune obviously 😉 )

It was a five-Round tournament followed by Top 16 (which will be played back in Columbus Hotel) I try to rememeber as much as possible of the games as i did not take any notes of them… (Sorry for not knowing the Names of my opponents).

The tournament started on time (haha, no, it didn’t) and we found our seats within the Lanterna. The first match was against an UR Burn variant. We played 3 games, first one went to me, second to him and in third, it was ultra grindy… I was sitting on 9 life with one Erhnam and one Serendib + Silvan Library in play. He sits on 13 life. I move to upkeep and go to 8 due to Serendib. He double Psi-Blasts me in response. I play offering into my Sol Ring to go to one. Draw cards, attack and play a Balance to get rid of my two creatures. Then i hoped that he will not draw any additional burn and i can land a non-Serendib creature on the Battlefield. I found an Erhnam and won… Wow – quite intense. 1-0

Second match was against Workshop Aggro. First game was quite fast – i lost to multiple Su-Chis and Trikes with fully fuelled double Workshop Power 😉 Not a lot to say against massive Robot Attack! The second one was more tight but i lost due to a massive misplay on my side followed by another one… (i played a City of Brass, completely unnecessarily and my opponent found Icy – then i misplayed Psi Blast-Swords to Plowshares-City of Brass Stack which would give me the win => i was on two with one Pixie out. He sits on 3 Life, i am on one.  i could Psi Blast, keep  priority and Sword away the Pixie with the damage of City on the Stack and seal the deal). But i didn’t and lost. 1-1

Third match was against a member of the Ratavuloria Drinking Team and we had a fun Mirror-Match. We played 3 Games in which i went away as the victor. We had quite a flooding-championship as both drew more lands than useful spells… I went to full aggro after Sideboarding and won with one unresponded Derwish 🙂 2-1

The fourth Opponent i faced was on Mono Black – beautiful Deck, also Single Sleeved as myself, playing Erg Raiders, Jun’un Efreet, Bad Moon and the Latter 🙂 First game went to him. We reached one point in the match where he had two Underworld Dreams out VS a Silvan Library on my side. I had a CoP: Black in Play and payed each Draw phase 6 to look at the top 3 Cards of my Library. It was hilarious. Unfortunately for him, i managed in both games i won to slam a Derwish on the table. His Nev Disks where to slow to stop him resp. got Disenchanted before they could unleash their devastating power. So i went away with 3-1

Final Match was against a UWr Midrange Deck. I was never more glad to play the Psychic Purges than i was in this Matchup. In 3 Games i killed 3 Lions on the spot and dealt 5 Damage out of a Wheel-Discard. Overall it was a really grindy game and thanks to Armageddon i brought home this victory in the final match before Top 16. I was 4-1 and ready to enter the Thunderdome of the final rounds.

Standings Lanterna

I got to play against the undefeated Nacho Barrachina of the Famous Fellwar Stones of Valencia on his BW Aggro. Both with a really impressive Beer-Intoxication haha. I managed to win the first match due to 10 Damage out of discarded psychic purges and an unresponded Serra Angel. Second Game he has to mulligan to 5, i have to go down to six. He starts with Land, Ritual, Hypnotic. I cannot respond but have a Psi Blast and a Chaos Orb in my hand. He Hymns me and finds the exact two cards… Good Game… Third one was tough. We played for about 30 Minutes and finally he managed to push-through a CoP: Black, a Derwish, an Icy and a Maze of ith (push through means he removed all the threads one by one in his turns 😉 )

So my adventure of the Lanterna ended in a really nice game within Top 16. It was about 1.30 in the morning the time i lost and i decided to walk downstairs for a smoke and a beer and call it a day. But wait – who will you meet normally at the front door of a Hotel? Exactly – the Dutch Crew. So we decided to expand this nice Saturday morning until 5.30 with talks, laughter, Beer, Cigarettes and a lot of fun 🙂 Thank you Erwin, Wilfred, Jason and the others for this amazing time.

Oh yes, in between 1.30 and 5.30 we also managed to play 3 matches of Ante40K 🙂 (the badlands was on stake but i managed to sneak it away with the Bird. I won the game anyway but better to save it early…)

So the next day begun early… I missed the breakfast (as usual) and went straight into a black coffee and some Cigarettes to enjoy the new and sunny day in Genova 🙂 i knew i want to play my beloved Trolls, but i did not know which variant. I decided to pull this Deck together:

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I played 2 Shatter and the Icy main and moved Recall and one CiaB to the Sideboard. I banned Mind Twist completely out of my Decks so i have one additional Slot for the second Shatter. I experienced that in this Deck, the more powerful Artifacts, the better. So this is why i play Icy – mostly to draw the Disenchant/Shatter/Offering attention into something ex Disk. The Recall is very nice for Grindy matchups. I thought that there will be more Aggro Decks around so i moved it straight to SB. The Force of Nature by the way is for the Beer, not to play. And yes, i need obviously two Blackbordered Mana Vaults – this is the Next big thing.

So the tournament started again in time as the Day before (haha, never gets old…) and we found our tables for the first Match.

I faced an unpowered URw Burning Lions Deck with Lions, Black Vise and Burn. My opponent was Christian Lieb from Germany so we did talk in German which was nice 🙂 The first Game was tight but i lost to many lives after Mulliganing to 6 and Kept a slow Hand with 3 Lands and other Stuff (no Moxen/Vault etc.). The Opponents starts with a Black Vise and a took 6 Damage until i landed a Troll in turn 3 (which got bolted stright away). It was a Gamble  on my side as the only lands i saw until then where Plains and Mishras on his side. Due the Lack of life and a very aggressive Kittycat on the other side of the table, i lost the first Game. Second Game was more in my favour and i even did Land and activate a Disk – yeah, exactly what my Deck should do. I won and we moved to game 3. We run out of time and ended up with a Draw in first Match. Not a very good starting position but well, let’s see. 0-0-1

Second Match a got paired against a 4 Color midrange Deck with Lions, Serendibs, Bolts, Blasts and black Splash. It was a mixed Match with a lot of flooding around and we played for 3 Games – finally i managed to Tutor for a lethal Fireball in his face. So i was 1-0-1.

Third Game was against Nicolas Imwinkelried, a Swiss guy from the “Team Geissgrind Community” of Valais. He plays a Blue Green Berserk-Aggro Deck and promptly Berserke’d me in game one with a huge and really mean Mishra’s Factory (as a matter of fact, it was even worse as the factory was Double-Berserke’d 😉 ) My Troll blocked bravely but then the Trample Damage killed me off. Also nice: a maindeck Avoid Fate prevented his Serendib from a headache (Psi Blast). Second Game was more in my favour as i drew Bolts and Disks which is pure poison for such a Deck filled with Small Creatures (which outgrow my trolls paired with Unstable Mutations). I won the second one and we moved to Game 3.  This was also an intese one which i managed to win finally due to two Maze of Ith on the Board. Its a pain to watch the own creatures die with an active Unstable Mutation 😦 My Mahamoti gave the final Blow to Nicolas and i moved on with 2-0-1.

Fourth Game was against my Nemesis – Ehrnamgeddon, piloted by Riccardo Bongiovanni. I play this Deck also a lot of times and i know exactly, how devastating a well timed Geddon is. Especially against a Mana hungry Deck as Troll Disko. Therefore all Counters have to be saved exactly for this spell – avoid Armageddon hitting the Table. This is exactly what i did. I did not counter any Swords to Plowshares on my Trolls nor did i counter a Disenchant on the Disk if not absolutely Necessary. This was exactly the proper Strategy which gave me the win in both  Games and i took down the Ernies 2-0. Of course there was also luck involved in drawing the counterspells respectively holding them off for the proper moment. Finally i moved away with a 3-0-1.

Next in the Line was Robbert Valkeneers, a really nice Gentlemen with Moustache from Belgium. We talked about a Gentlemen Game in which he stated that he don’t own a Library at all and that he would love to win the Raffle for the Library of Alexandria – now you can guess who won 😉 Exactly. Congrats for this Raffle-Luck Robbert 🙂

The Match was not so exciting for him as i am a very bad Matchup for a Mono Red Artifacts Deck which includes Juggernauts. Therefore i took away this Match 2-0. 4-0-1

So final Match against another Belgium Gentleman – Antoine Rottiers. Antoine is a very well known player within Europe and has a lot of experience and also has an impressive track record. He took down the “Saturday Smash” tournament in Gothenburg with 48 participants. I did not know what he is bringing to the table and kept a mediocre Hand. He played Mono Blue Monolith (no Fireball but Artifact Creatures) and we fought a nice game one. He managed to Tutor for the Rocket Launcher (with an active Power Monolith) which i did not respond so we moved to game two. I boarded obviously the Fluxen to give him a hard time and this was exactly the best card which brought me the win in Game two and three. The third one was a real nailbiter as we played for about 30 Minutes the final game (no time limits in Round 5+6). My final standing is 5-0-1 which brings me at position 3 at the ranking. Antoine got the “Unlucky 17.” but the team “Stonethrowing Devils” won the Community Brawl – congratulations.

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A quick one for the Community Brawl: We (Legion Urborg) decided to sponsor a “Community Brawl” price which shall honor the most fearful community among all communities. We decided to hand it over to the community with the highest weightet points over all (Points/Players of the Community = Score). We as Legion Urborg took ourself out of competition this year as we did sponsor the Tablet 😉 (Leo Bruder is also Part of the Legion, you know what i want to say hihi).

There was also a second competition ongoing – who brings the best Chocolate to Genova? Unfortunately, the Belgium’s did “forget” about it (or was it just the fear of loosing 😉 ) therefore the Swiss Chocolate won without any competition.

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So back to the topic – Top 16 at Fishliveroil:

I faced Andrè Brunet as Opponent for the final round(s). I don’t know what he is playing but after the first turn, i saw a Tundra followed up by an angry Cat – i assume Lauter.dec (and i was right). Without any Bolt in my hand i tried to hold off with Summoned Trolls – but those nice and helpful creatures got sworded away immediately. Also i drew about 8 playables (including the playables of my starting hand) for the whole game… move to second. Second Game was very interesting and intense. Both brought out the best of their Decks and finally i managed to push-through with a Mahamoti Dijnn and deliver the final 5 damage. 1-1- and on to game three. Game 3 is a short story as it was more or less the same as game 1 – 6-7 playables the whole Game outside of Mana Sources. That’s also part of Magic so i took my loss and moved on into some Ante 40k action 😉

So overall it was again an amazing event with lots of fun, laughter and nice Oldschool Magic. I enjoyed every second i was with all the people in Genova. Thank you very much Megu, Lorenzo, Francesco and the whole Team! You pull off an amazing weekend and i cannot wait to join WinC0n in 2020. A big Thank you also to Gordon and Svante for the streaming and commenting at the whole Saturday! Great Job guys!

Here are some other impressions from the weekend. Special Thanks to Erwin and his whole dutch crew for the honor of giving me the limited Edition Dutch Patch! Thank you veeeeery much my friend!

Next stop:

Arvika, 19.10.2019

London, 8.11.2019 => we team up with post tenebras lux as “post tenebras URBORG!”

I wish everbody a nice end-of-the-year Oldschool run and hope to meet all of you soon at a tournament. May the moxen be with you.

Best regards

Christian aka the Reindeer of Legion Urborg

CommuniTour – where communities meet

Hey all Oldschoolers

Summer’s ending and Christmas is waiting – no just kidding, summer is here until 21st of September of course 😉 Time to start the second half of Oldschool Tournament race 2019. There are really great gatherings waiting for everybody around the world. For our US-Friends there is Lobstercon, Eternal Weekend and other Local tournaments. For the European Mob there is Fishliveroilcup (including Community Brawl), Arvika in the North (Scandinavian Championships), the famous team worlds in London and finally the  Knights of Thorne in beautiful Netherlands in December.  So Sleeve up your Decks, exclude Library and Twist, grab your beer and get ready to sling some spells and flip some Orbs. Oldschool is back baby!

Summertime is over – back to Magic 😎

For me, i enjoyed summertime without playing extensively Magic. I took part of the August Season of Jared’s NEOS league. We had a killer group haha. I won 1 Match with my Erniegeddon. The Deck did not love me at all… But fine, there is always a next league to join. I will be back! I can’t wait until i can embark the train and travel together with the Chaos Horb team to Genova. End of September is the trip. Friday for Columbus Cup at the Lighthouse, Saturday for the Main event in Columbus Hotel. It’s gonna be Legen (wait for it) dary! I can’t wait to unleash my trolls to my foes 🙂 Hope to see you there.

As the title explains, i would love to talk here about our planned CommuniTour throughout Europe. The main goal of such a tour-calendar is to bring communities closer together. During various trips and tournament visits in Europe i had very nice talks and meet ups with Magic players from all around Europe, even the world. We all agree that it would be very exciting to have a more regular and planned community meet-up during the whole year.  Therefore we tried to gather lots of interested community leaders which are willing (or already do) organize cool and fun tournaments. One major point is, that we can agree to schedule our tournament calendar which we can publish.

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One may think that those tournaments are for community members only – but this is not what we intend to do. Everybody is welcome at a CommuniTour tournament. But we aim to bring people together so that everybody can plan his or her trip to the favored location early on. Also the plane tickets are much cheaper if one can book early on 🙂

We had a lot of discussion about the possible priceout during a CommuniTour tournament. We all agreed that we will not do a money priceout of course. What we also agreed is, that within each tournament, a raffle or “most creative Deckbuilding contest” will decide about a travel voucher to the next CommuniTour tournament. Therefore its more about the happening than to bring the spikiest deck you can. But also if you do – feel free and you are welcome.

So far we found the following CommuniTour tournaments for 2020 – so you can plan your trip accordingly (some dates are missing and will be updated accordingly as soon they are out 😉 )

We start the tour in my beautiful home country – Switzerland. At 31.1.2020-2.2.2020 there will be the Urborg Mountain Madness. We meet on the top of the Rigi – the queen of the mountains. We will do an Oldschool Tournament and Drink Beer 🙂 Nice (PS: Its a gentlemens tournament – no LoA or Twist). Want to attend? Klick me!

Second stop will be in Vienna (7.3.-8.3.2020 – we meet at Viennageddon which is hosted by the Lions of Austria. Mitja and his Gang will welcome you to a two-dayer including (hopefully) Frühschoppen, Käsekrainer and Vienna in the morning. If we are lucky, stararchitect Roman Pulker will lead the tour.

Our Dutch friends will pick up the torch for the third happening. The Paladins of the North tournament will take place at 4th of April. As we know, Erwin and the beer-legion (harhar) will welcome all players with open arms and pitchers full of beer. This Communitour stop will be awesome!

Mid of the year Tour Stop is dedicated to the Stockholm in a Bottle Crew. Last year we went to the Archipelago together with a bunch of excited and really awesome Magic Players. In June, they will provide the lucky attendants with a new adventure – will it be a Balloon ride? Will it be a Submarine-Cruise? Or something different? Lets wait and see 🙂 Its in the hometurf of OS (Sweden, Stockholm) so awesome magic action is guaranteed.

September 2020 will be the birthmonth of the first Non-N00bcon Worldcup. WinC0n will take place in Genova and will be a Magicfest par excellence! I will not spoil anything else because this tournament belongs to the famous Fishliver Crew. We will implement the community Brawl (which starts in 2019 for the first time). So stay tuned.

Last known stop (so far) will be the Team Worlds in London. The brothers of fire welcome all interested teams within a unified-magic-action tournament. 3 players each team, unified B&R for all 3 Decks together and fun times. In 2018 there was a special that the „least swedish Deck“ won a special price – exactly this should be how we do Oldschool 🙂

So the 2020 travel planning can start – we hope to see you all at one ore more tournaments. And bring your community friends with you! Again – our goal is to bring cool and nice people together which share the same nerdy hobby as others.

CommuniTour – where communities meet

May the Moxen be with you

Best regards

Christian aka Lord M from Legion Urborg

 

Beating the Atlantic Sea – my adventures

Fellow Oldschoolers

In summer, most of the activites of most people focus on holiday time, family and sunshine. Not the most active time to organize tournaments and/or travel to foreign countries. At least this is true for me and my community. Nevertheless, we have an amazing first half of the Magic year behind us. Various top events went through and we saw that the format is far away from being linear and boring. We saw even a “new” (resp. Evolving) Archetype with xyxytog (xyxyx may stand for your name or, in the inventors honour Svantog, Mantog or Magrantog 😉 ) They managed, as we know, to bring two out of three into top 8, and 3/3 into Top 16 of N00bcon. Amazing.

For me, the first half of the year was very exciting as i did go to events within 4 of the 6 months. I met amazing people, had an amazing time (at every tournament) and i am sure that this will continue. One of my good Magic friends even will be a father the next time we meet 🙂 First tournament we met we talked about fathership, second also, third tournament we met he told me that they are pregnant and next time we meet we can talk about being a father 🙂

Within those amazing personal meetings, there is also the joy of playing online against fellow players which live across the Atlantic and who love to play Atlantic style:

The Atlantic Ruleset was invented by the famous NEOS guys from „Teapartyland“ 😉 Within this Ruleset, most of Swedish was adapted but they allow Fallen Empires and i.e. 4 Workshops. During the first weeks of the new set, there were a lot of doomsayers which prognosted a ultra Shop dominance and various other stories. Jared Doucette took up the torch of trial and started a monthly Atlantic NEOS Leauge in which brewers, spikers, spicers and all other players are warmly welcome to – you know – play magic in a friendly enviroment.

I joined the League in February and played each one until June. I was amazed, how many different Decks there will be. I faced about 3 times a Workshop aggro (out of 25 Matches) and also other „doomsaying“ archetypes did not take over the league. I did choose to play a different Deck at every league. I went with the following Decks:

Feb:

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March:

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April:

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Mai:

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=> WBU Flyers (Sengir, Serra, Serendib, Hipnotics)

June:

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It was a great pleasure to play all of those leagues. I managed to go into Top8 of 4 out of 5 of those – but then everytime lost the first battle in Top 8. Haha – not such good player skills as thought ;-). But the format of playing online against nice and cool people is very fascinating for me. i will join the next League for sure. All of those monthly leagues leaded to a preparation and meta-view for the famous Summer Derby, hosted by NEOS‘ Dave Firth Bard. I wanted to join this marvelous tournament and i built the following Deck to do so:

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Normally i play 2-3 Twiddle and one City in a Bottle Main in the Disco.dec. For the Derby i did choose to play 3 Shatter and one Hurkyls Main. Retrospectively i would cut the Hurkyls as it did never any really good and would add that one Twiddle. The Matchup against the Deck or Robots.dec is significantly better with those 3 Shatter Main. But still i am not in a favorite position against either of those two Decks. The best thing about Troll Disco is, you can dodge any Permanent-Based Deck very easily. Especially in this format, where FE is legal and people tend to brew with Orders, Merfolks, Goblins, Thallids etc. – the Disk does its work perfectly there. The Tome in the Sideboard was not the best of ideas, it was more a (failed) experiment. The Terrors did really well, also the Fluxen and CiaB‘s. The third Maze is one of the most important SB-Cards and against creature-heavy builds an absolute blast. Speaking of Blasts – red and blue are standard SB-inclusions in UR builds of course. Overall i liked the build but one Shivan should also be squeezed in haha.

So the Derby started and i got the batches:

Match 1: Tobias Mieth piloting “the Deck” 2-0
I knew Tobias as Top4-Player of the Winter Derby and was afraid of his „the Deck“. Unfortunately for him, in Game 1 he flooded incredibly (with 2 Books online he drew about 90% Lands out of it…). So i grabbed the first Game with my Trolls. Second Game i managed to Land a Disk and brought it to untap step. Blowing away all the non-Lands of Tobias brought him so much in an unfavorable spot that he did not recover from that. His draw in Game 2 was also not the best one to be honest. So i took this match also with luck which was not a fortunate one for the Disco.

Match 2: famous John Grudzina piloting “Robots!” 2-0
In knew John as fearsome opponent within the NEOS league. He is one of the Top8 ranked players of Feb to June league. I thought he was playing Robots and i was right – despiting the fact that he easily also could play the Deck or something else. I kept a starting hand with Shatter, Disk and Troll which would give me enough time to keep the Robots at bay and blow everything up if it has to be like that. Its still tight and a lot of games (Disco VS Robots) are decided of who will draw more extra cards. I won Game one with this exact strategy of my starting hand (keeping them at bay and constantly do 3 Troll Damage). Second Game was also tight and was decided by an ancestral on my side and my direct damage (Fireball). So i took away this match 2-0.

Match 3: Lukas Baum piloting GRb Swarm 2-1
Wow, what a match. Actually, Lukas is the only one which grabbed a game in the whole Swiss rounds of Summer Derby 😉 I knew Lukas from european events and its always a pleasure to face him as opponent. His GRb Swarm Deck is very inspiring as it containts Scryb Sprites, Scavenger Folks, Bolts, Pixies etc. One should think that with Disks this is an easy catch – but not as easy as thought… First game we battled and he won through 2 (yes two) blowed up Disks – incredible but incredibly fun it was! But to be fair i did not draw one single bolt nor fireball 😉 Second game i can combine Maze and Disk – a horrible combination for a swarm Deck. Also my Trolls did their job of keeping the Groundworkers at bay and finally i blew the Disk for the win. Third Game was tough – he had to mulligan to 6 and kept a one Lander – not so bad in a Deck with a lot of single drops. He fought hard and finally he tried to Fireball me to death. But a Counter Backup with Blue Blast gave me the win. His Fireball was protected with a Red Blast… O my god what a match 🙂

Match 4: Matts „Slanfan“ Berggren 2-0
Matts is a well known player within the Swedish area of Oldschool. Its always an honour to meet him in person and we met up for the Archipelago-tour in Stockholm. So we decided to do our game in RL and ordered two big pale ales and started slinging our spells. Unfortunately for him, he played TimeVault Combo – a very unfortunate matchup against this exact Troll build. I have maindeck answers with Shatter, blow away his combo pieces with the Disk and counter relevant pieces away. Also after game two it was not much better and we agreed, that the matchup is pretty bad. Even if there is an early Howling mine – its only better for the Disco because then you draw the Disk earlier. So after the match we changed the Decks to Singleton, drank even more beer and played the  hell out of our singleton decks. Fun times – thank you Slanfan 🙂

Match 5: Jared Doucette 2-0
I can meet famous Jared in the Swiss – how gorgeous. We met a few times online at the derbies and talked a lot about strategies etc. We don’t know the exact playstyle of each other but always fight great battles. After i asked him to play Gentlemenish and he declined, i was sure i will face some black discard build 😉 so it was. Fortunately, every Hymn he casted ripped my cards of but he never got two essential together (but always one of them hurted a lot…). As his Deck is mainly permanent damage based, i blown Disk rips his board of and in both matches, he did not recover. Also because i have 2 (3) Mazes  he has to put down to much pressure just to damage me slowly. With an active troll on my side (and no terror on his) both games ended in my favour. But as always we had great games, fun talks and a nice atmosphere.

Match 6: Akos Czibere 2-0
Akos and myself met online some months ago. He is an exiled german traveller which occupies the US countrie since many years (haha – this one is for you Akos – haha). We had some great Deck talks the last few weeks and we test a lot against each other. We also met in one derby league so +/- we knew on what each other is going to play. As his Deck also is permanent based, i had to land an early disk, blow it and bring a Troll online. With this knowledge i tried my best and i got the chance in both games to have a Disk in my starting 7 (resp. 6 after mulliganing). Also the City in a Bottle will rip his gameplan away as he is (as i know) the biggest Arabian Nights Dijnn fan ever 🙂 I took both games in my favour but not without doing a third fun one, which he ironically won 🙂

Match 7: Remi Ouelette 2-0
Remi is a canadian player with his mono Black build. Beautiful Decktech but again (as usual in this report) with a Deck which heavily relies on damage done by permanents its hard to find a proper solution against an early disk/Maze. Especially with monoB – so no Shatter nor Disenchant. Mono Black needs to find fast and early Hymns/Mind Twists to disrupt my hand. Nevertheless we had a great fight and in one Game, a Hypnotic took away two Cards from my hand until i found that bolt… I managed to win both games thanks to the Disk and my lovely Trolls. But again – a great match lies behind us.

Match 8: Cedric Jarkovsky 2-0
The second time i face a Robots.dec in this derby. Cedric is a French player and we met the first time at the Urborg Feast in Gothenburg. As said in this report, those matchups most of the time heavily rely on which player can draw more cards (resp. which one can resolve Antschesteral, Geysir or others). The luck was definately with me as i did counter his Geysir and did resolve my Antschesteral (Megu – do you hear that? “Antschesteral” haha) in both games. Therefore i had more and more potent solutions at hand (Disks and Shatters) and i also had more Mishra’s Factories to fight through his defense. Therefore i took both games in my favor and went 8-0 (16-1) to top 16. Finally i reached the record of 4th after swiss:

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Top16: Koos Cramer 0-2
I know Koos from various events – we also drank beer together so it will be a nice and cool Top16 game. I know that he plays an ultra aggressive Robot build – including Clay Statue. Yes – regeneration. Veeery uncool Koos – my disk gets dodged 😉 So we setup for our games and i had to take a mulligan (by the way this happened in both games… sigh…)  The second hand was a keeper including two land, a strip mine and a shatter. He started with Worshop Mox Icy and i stripped away his Workshop. His turn – second workshop hits the table. Urrrgh… So i fought my way through his hordes but unfortunately never drew the third land and my fight was against shadows… also i missed that darn Orb flip… Lets move to second game. Again: Mulligan but a more or less solid hand with 3 lands, a shatter and a disk plus Energy flux. He started with mox, Workshop, Icy. i drew Lotus and started with Lotus, Land, sac, Flux (i rob him of two permanents but will still lose this game… darn it). Some very interesting interactions later i manage to blow two Disks in this game but never draw a draw spell nor any of my 4 Bolts… I will lose later against 3 Mishra’s factories and die with a fireball and a sol ring in my hand. Bad luck – i think i casted 1 bolt over both games. But thats Magic Folks 🙂 nevertheless it was a great match and i received the weekend after our game a nice photo of Dusseldorf with Koos and my other homie from Holland (Erwin) which prosted me to a good weekend 🙂 Cool gesture guys!

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So those are my adventures within the Atlantic ruleset – i hope you enjoyed this retrospective and i wish you as always:

May the Moxen be with you

Next stops:
– Fishliveroil including Lanterna (27.-29.9.)
– Arvika Festival at my birthday (19.10.)
– Team Worlds in London where URBORG will grab the horns! (9.11.)

See you guys and stay Oldschool

regards

Christian aka Lord M of Legion Urborg

 

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 🙂

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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 Kärrlander 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 Lestrée, 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