From Düsseldorf with Love

Hello fellow Oldschoolers

Long time not written – the Lockdown, the Quarantine and all those fancy online tournaments gave not a lot of nice pictures and good stories which Real Life tournaments offer. But fear not – there was a great meetup in Düsseldorf Germany with a lot of stories, photos and cool Decks 🙂

But first some flashback of the last months. I was not very active in writing and blogging recently. Mostly because, as explained in the intro, there are not many “supercool moments” to grab and talk about (despite of course the nice and always excellent online chats with various people). Since March, i play on a regular basis various online Tournaments. There ist the NEOS monthly with Atlantic rules, the Netherlands ODOL (google it – haha) no seriously, it means “Online Dutch Oldschool League), the DFB-challengess (Lobstercom, Havenwood, Summer Derby, others), the UK Leagues and various others. Its always a pleausure to be part of those happenings – but it can never beat Real Life experience of drinking, trashtalking, partying and playin some Magic.

With all this shitty Virus thingy around – there are also good things happening 🙂 We (my wife, my son and I) decided, to buy a house in the countryside of Switzerland. We got the chance of buying out the house where my wife grew up and we took it. We have so much room that i can even have my own “Mancave” and a Lego Room in the screed of the house :-). Here you find some impressions.

So after a heartbreaking summer without any RL-tournaments for me, we (Mitja and myself) tried to gather as many Mages as possible in Düsseldorf. We organized the “Urborg Lions Plains Pillage 2020”. As the Virus is still a thing and Germany closed various borders (i.e. Belgium 😦 ) we had 20 absences shortly before the tournament. But we still gathered 22 Players for the main Event at Saturday 🙂

But – as you can imagine – we met already at Friday to engage in an Atlantic-Battle and for drinks. The Dutchies arrived also Friday and we were 12 players to rumble for the Beta Black Knight – altered from me, Reindeer 🙂 Erwin the slaughterer from Dutchiestan took the tournament down with his unleashed Trolls 🙂 I love to see that Trolls – i really did haha.


But as usual, playing Magic is only the side event as we have fun, drink beer and chitchat as main event. And everythin in Real Life baby! Party Hard with the Dutch Gang, listening to Charly Lownoise and Mental Theo, Scooter and other great songs from the 90ties – thats how it shall be! The madest of the Gang (Henk the Tank and Sorcerer Timmy) even battled the party truck until 6am in the morning – nooooice!!

So at Saturday we gathered at 11am again in the Brauhaus am Dreieck to enjoy life and the 3 B’s – Beer, Booze and Bro’s! We gathered 22 Wizards for this tournament. Its still an amazing number regarding the fact that Germany exactly for this weekend did put lots of countries and regions onto the “red list” for travelling… We started at 12 with the tournament, 5 Rounds followed by Top 8. You find some tournament report(S) here and here. Also mighty Tim the Sorcerer did capture the whole madness here – i was busy to organize, drink, enjoy and have fun so i cannot recap very well what happened haha. So those two Gentlemen below fought the finals which was won by Evert – a fellow Dutchman of the Crew:

So overall it was an amazing Event with lots of fun and good vibes. We did also a raffle in which we gathered EUR 350.00 which goes to Children Cancer Research in Switzerland! Great Stuff guys 🙂

Here you find some more impressions of the tournamen. I thank all the participants for this great event and also a special Thanks to Mitja and Alban for helping organizing, to Wolfgang “Wulfi” Jancar for this amazing Urborg-Lions Art he created and to everybody which brought some light into those dark days of Corona at this event. It was brilliant meeting you all and have lots of drinks (by the way – see this Beercoasters from friday. One Beer is one Tag. The top one belongs to Erwin, the bottom one is mine – muahahahaha 😉 )

So I hope to see you all at the forest frenzy and may the Moxen be with you.

Reindeer from Legion Urborg

Guestreport from a dear friend

Hey fellow Oldschoolers

Long time not written 🙂 but fear not – i am still alive. But i love more to write articles about live events (with appropriate photos) than for online tournaments. But soon i will provide my unsuccessful runs within the various derbies, ODOL-leagues and other tournaments. Stay strong, wash your hands and enjoy some nice Alpha 40 bibedibabedibubedi from my dear Friend Valerio 🙂

(against which i won the finals at Torin00b 2019 by the way haha)

M(a)y Alpha 40 League adventure with UW Control

By Valerio Gregori

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Intro

My first experience with Alpha 40 was at the last year’s Wizards Tournament 2 in Gothenburg. It was great; for me, it has been like go out from home first time, exploring new shores in Sweden, together with my friends and partners in games Simo and Yuri; I felt really like a wandering, and a little bit inexpert, magician, maybe an apprentice, going to play my very first A40 match on the flight towards Sweden!

With me, indeed, a quite powerful UW Alpha deck, which I built during the months before in order to participate to this historical gathering. I have started acquiring several powerful uncommons, like Sol Rings and Swords to Plowshares, and soon ended up in a dramatic escalation as normally happens when I fall in love, upgrading my Mox Sapphire to Alpha, buying a couple of Ancestral Recalls… as there was  no limit, at least at that time, in Alpha 40! At the end, my first brew went not so badly; I finished something like 4-2, with the sharp feeling about the need for more power, as without any limitation, you can face very super powerful mages out there!

A thirst that is hard to appease, and that I have anyway continued to feed since the very day after, adding a Timetwister to my arsenal…

 

The Alpha 40 League

Moving fast forward more or less one year and a half, also thanks to the pandemic… a couple of months ago, I discovered the Alpha 40 League, through a Facebook recommendation that drove me to an incredibly well made booklet about banned and restricted spells. WOW, I was wondering in my head, somebody has found some limitation to let the game be playable! Have been not able to resist joining… I entered the format from the May League, thinking of myself as a solid and fair White/Blue Wizard, with a limited library full derivative from the original brew and so still able to avoid (or maybe, just postpone) family bankruptcy!

It is worth considering, anyway, that UW collects many of the best common and uncommon spells among the Alpha set. So, in my understanding, can be ranked very high in a hypothetical chart ordered by power/€ ratio.

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My UW Control build, according to the League rules

League rules are incredibly interesting. Simply, they divide the most powerful spells among several clusters, and normally you can pick just one spell from each cluster. The complete deck-building rules can be found here, and are so beautiful and well made that they are for sure worth a visit http://northernpaladins.com/Alpha-40-League.pdf

Let’s see what came out in our UW. The first group is the one about Fast Mana.

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Sol Ring is the easy choice for me here, as I do not own an Alpha Black Lotus! Joking apart, Sol Ring should be the correct answer anyway! It is simply too strong, providing an incredible boost on your casting curve. Even stronger in my two-color shell packed of Juggernauts, Serra Angels, X-mana spell… Sol Ring is super, and can really shift the equilibrium of the match, if left unanswered from the very beginning (see the video of my match with Scott, for reference, where I played Sol Ring on the first turn both games…).

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Second group is about Power spells: I consider the blue options as the strongest, obviously even more when you are on UW. The card advantage you can get from Ancestral Recall is someway a good weapon in such slow format: every single card you draw more can make really the difference. From the other hand, also Timetwister, when coupled with White, can be very useful, allow you to go almost “infinite”, allowing you to re-use all the Swords to Plowshares, for instance, but not the opponent’s creature already removed from the game… Anyway, not using Black Vise, Timetwister option is not really pushed to the top. Time walk can be also a good choice, especially when you are able to stick fast menaces as Juggernaut for instance. However, the brutal power to draw three cards from Ancestral is, for me, simply too strong.

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The Draw group includes one of the strongest spells in the overall Alpha pool. In addition, it is blue. Braingeyser here is the correct answer; it represents also a definitive weapon, able to end the game when all the other wincons have been resulted ineffective, decking your opponent when he does not expect such a defeat! On my personal ranking, not considering Mind Twist as banned, Braingeyser can compete with Balance for the no.1 spot in terms of most powerful spell of the format.

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Destruction group is one the most interesting: all very powerful options here. My choice falls on Balance. It is, in my understanding, one of the top dominant card of the format, if not the top one. Balance is indeed an “unbalanced” card, as it can completely overturn the board state. It is not so unusual to remain stuck on 1 land in Alpha 40 (you can have a mulligan only in the event of full lands starting hand, or no land at all…), and in the meanwhile your opponent starts to grow a solid board. In such cases, there is anyway a last hope you can rely on, that represents your insurance vs. screw, and it is Balance; thanks to Balance, at the eventual cost of your cards in hands, eventually the entire hand can worth the effect, you can clean up both his roster on board and his lands line up… huge!

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Restricted & Moderated Lists work a little bit different from the groups: you do not have to pick just one card from these pools, but you can include a limited number of copies of the listed cards (Restricted list limiting to 1 copy, Moderated list limiting to 3 copies max).  The impact of such restrictions in our UW Control shell is mainly over Swords to Plowshares that is limited to max three copies. To be considered also limitations on Juggernauts and Psionic Blasts.

What is missing from my build: I had no dual lands at that time; for sure, Tundra will be the next acquisition and consequently an easy upgrade for the deck. Instead, speaking about choices: it could be very interesting to consider the eventual addition of Mana Short (also known as the cheap Time Walk), Wrath of God and Counterspells in order to increase the control potential of the deck.

 

Strategy Tear Down

The strategy is straightforward. The deck works around three simple steps:

  1. Take control of the stack and the board;
  2. Acquire card advantage, while controlling the board evolution;
  3. Stick a threat and let it go to the end.

Normally I start with a defensive approach, trying to understand the opponent’s deck, and remaining with mana open, to proceed eventually with counters. Target is to bring the opponent to a top-deck mode, fighting card per card. At a certain point, protected on the next turn by Swords to Plowshares & Disenchant, you can decide to tap out in order to put a threat on the battlefield, then defend him (or support adding another, or replace in case of death) till victory.

To do so, the deck is divided into four packages.

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First one, it is about stack control – it is based on cheap, but to be honest very efficient, counters. Sure, they cannot be considered “hard” counters, but normally they work like that. Power sink is very important to stop the highest CCs threats (big creatures, but also fast Hippies coming after your second turn; Fireballs; Icy Manipulators; opponent’s Braingeyser!). From the other hand, Spell Blast is quite strong in the attempt to defend your own threats (protecting them by opponent’s Swords to Plowshares, or Lighting Bolts, or Paralyze). I like to consider this part of the deck quite smart & efficient. In support of that, to consider also the single blue in the casting cost, that helps a lot supporting the double color strategy.

Is there room for improvement? I guess that several “real” Counterspells can dramatically improve the overall strength of the deck, maybe moving the cursor towards a heavier blue shell, so at the cost to adapt a little bit the mana-base. It can be a development path for the future.

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Once you failed in your attempt to control the stack, or in any case, when it results more convenient to you, you can rely on your second package, dedicated to the control of the board. Here lives the engine of the deck; there are many elements of control, and White is superb doing this. Swords to Plowshares and Disenchants can stop almost everything on the board (I guess, just Black Knight can pass here…); they are supported by Balance, one of the best cards available on Alpha pool. It fixes very well swarms from your opponent. Again, Wrath of God can be a very good replacement or support; in most of the situations can be even better, but not providing the same support of Balance in case of screw.

Anyway, just three copies of Swords to Plowshares (as it is restricted) cannot be enough trying to control a battlefield full of menaces; Blue comes in support here, with Psionic Blast and Control Magic, together with a single copy of Icy Manipulator.

For sure, there can be room for improvement here. My feeling during my first league has been, anyway, of a very balanced build. I never felt the need for an additional Icy. Making a step backward to the Disenchants. Question could be, why four copies, as they can seem too many. The answer coming from my first experience is more or less the same of above: never felt the need of one less; it helped me controlling opponent’s Control Magic, Icy Manipulators, Disrupting Scepters, Juggernauts and Jayemdae Tomes; all cards that are able to lead your opponent to victory, if unanswered. In UW, I think, I will hardly go below four copies.

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It is time to move to the third package, about card advantage! Two cards from Blue pool can support our strategy here: Ancestral Recall and Braingeyser. The first one is the best card in Magic since the game was born; I think I do not have a lot to add here. I use two copies in my unrestricted Alpha deck! So strong, that I have been able to lose my June Alpha League final vs. Joel forgetting to put the single copy inside of my library, but this is another story! Braingeyser is the definitive weapon; it ends games; I remember at least three games ended by decking my opponent, in late game phase.

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Now that you have control of the board, and hopefully more options than your opponent does, you have to start thinking how to end the game (in your favor, if possible). Here it comes the threats package, which consists of six creatures (as Scott commented, “among the most Classic in the game”): three copies of Juggernaut (that is restricted), two copies of Serra Angel and single captain, the Mahamoti Djinn, my favorite cards when I was young. I like my wincons configuration a lot, it is “curvy” at the correct level, it is flexible, and it fits perfectly in the shell. Sometime I have the luck to play a fast Sol Ring, and Juggernaut really shines in this case, becoming a true nightmare for your opponent.

 

May League

Going now to the matches, as I would like, at least, to list them, just to let you see how open the Meta is, full of different decks with incredibly original strategies.

Starting from Nicholas Aiello, a pillar of the Alpha 40 community, a mage like me, on my same colors! His UW deck-list is spicy, as you can see below. I would like to say quite different from mine, despite several elements are commons. He is trying to make abuse of Sleight of Mind, comboing with Cop: Red and Northern Paladins, which perfectly fit into this control shell.

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I won 2-0 against Nicholas; this is exactly one of the matches where Disenchants, Ancestral and Braingeyser provide real difference.

My second match was against John Molseed, again UW, this time I can say a very different strategy; John’s is an impressive aggro deck, full of Benalish Hero and buffing enchantments; hiding a very special secret weapon, a single Time Vault he can activate consecutively several times thanks to his Twiddle package.

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It was a nightmare trying to control this swarm, with Juggernaut suffering the defensive bands. Anyway, this is the typical match up where it is Balance to shine, as it has been. Swords to Plowshares here is also able to provide 2×1; I won 2-1 here, not able to manage multiple consecutive turns of attack from John’s swarm in the second game.

My third opponent was Robert Bialkin. I met Robert first time in Sweden, last year; he has been my sparring partner (or better, I have been his sparring…) in the playtesting session in the hall of Panorama hotel, where we both were trying to understand, for the first time, how our decks were working… What a pleasure to meet Robert again!

He was on Mono Red Dragons, with a lot of Fireballs and Shivan Dragons! I won 2-0, controlling the board well during the first game, and then proceeding into a spectacular second game, where he burned all my creatures, but his own Shivan under my control thanks to Control Magic, that gave me the win with just three cards left in the deck.

Fourth match, it has been my first defeat in the League. I played against Jason Shaw, on a super aggressive Red Green. I lost first game from a swarm of orcs, low on lands, and not able to find the correct answer to his horde. Second game, he started again fast, but this time I wait for a little board commitment from his side, to play Balance and shift the cursor on my side; on third game, I suffered the most classic of the kills, through an unexpected Channel Fireball combination, coming when I was taking the control of the game. What a game!

Fifth match, it has been vs. Jeremy Smelski, on a huge Black White control shell. I went down one game, losing the first game from his Wrath of Good that cleared my over committed board; it has been a very long first game, where I had the chance to see all the good stuff he want to serve to me! Good to know, it has been a helpful lesson for the following matches. Jeremy’s deck is superb, with incredibly powerful elements of control, from the Wrath of God to the Jayemdae tome (top when you are not playing blue!), from Disrupting Scepter to Icy Manipulator; typical match-up where it would be needed more than a set of Disenchants! Anyway, I started playing around Wrath of God, preserving the Disenchants, waiting for his most problematic artifacts. I have been able to win both the following matches, ending 2-1, and now at four wins out of five matches.

Sixth and last match has been Vs. Karl Akbari, on a low (and super smart) budget UW, with efficient creatures (Phantom Monster above all), efficient counters (Power Sink) and efficient removal (Swords, Disenchant if I remember well). I lost the first game as I was not able to answer to his flying menaces, and flooding a little bit.

In the second game, I controlled indeed better and finished through Serra. Third game was a tricky one. In the very late game, with me tapped out, he forced me to draw something like 10 cards through Braingeyser, leaving me with just two cards left in the deck. Anyway, I was already carefully preserving my Braingeyser in hand, waiting for the correct timing to cast. Once he passed the turn, I played my own land for the turn, then a Sol Ring, and then I forced him drawing 12 thanks to Braingeyser, too many cards for his library! Another incredible match!

Therefore, I ended my pod confrontations 5-1, just one point above John at 4-2. Good enough to win the pod and access to Quarterfinals.

In the Quarterfinals, I met Jeff Watkins, on UW Control. A build very similar to mine, I would say the closest one, just exchanging Juggernaut with Air Elementals – full board control through a White portion 100% aligned with me, and no counters, replaced by additional board control elements, in terms of Steal Artifacts and Icy Manipulators.

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I won 2-0, taking advantage of Ancestral Recall and Braingeyser, with Jeff flooding both the games as far I remember.

The Semifinals were not played; nobody came out from the related bracket of Quarterfinals, after more or less one month and despite several solicitations. So at the start of July it was decided to move directly to the Finals, where Scott Latham was waiting for me.

Scott was on UR Counterburn, playing an incredible efficient lethal machine full of spells extremely high on power/€ ratio. He played the May league with just one rare, the Braingeyser.

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Finals are visible on YouTube through the Alpha 40 Group on Facebook, thanks to Scott recording the games; very briefly, I controlled the first game since the beginning, thanks to a fast Sol Ring from my side that allows me to accelerate dramatically my plan, opening almost all my options very quickly. A fast Mahamoti from my side starts making coast-to-coast, assaulting Scott’s LPs; he first steals my Sol Ring through Steal Artifact (later on, it will be decisive my eventual Disenchant on the enchantment, letting me to take back the control of these two mana…). Then he tries to find an answer through a huge Braingeyser, for six cards, to which I respond with Ancestral Recall, compensating a little bit. He takes down than the Mahamoti, at the cost of several cards anyway. A Serra Angel from my side tries to replace the Mahamoti on the following turn, just but get Fireball on Scott’s turn. Now is time for Scott to try to win the match, and he has several weapons. He sticks a Phantom Monster for a couple of turns to which I respond with Psionic Blast. Then I take a first slap in the face, from a Fireball for 7 or 8 LPs, to which I cannot respond as low on mana. A turn later, Scott tries his third Fireball, attempting to my life, I guess for 9 damages. This time I have mana open and, thanks to the Sol Ring, I am able to Spell Blast it. My fortress resists, time to counter attack, first with a Juggernaut, to which Scott responds, and then with a Serra, that together with a Psionic Blast provides the final, lethal damage. What a game!

Unfortunately, second game has been not at the same level of the first one, as Scott remains with just an Island for the first three turns, having to discard spells in the End of Turn, while I play both Braingeyser and Ancestral Recall. He played very well, tried to defend himself with tooth and nails, anyway my advantage in the board was simply too deep, giving me the opportunity to win the May League 2-0.

What a sensation! Winning was great, I had confirmation that I am still able to build something interesting! My satisfaction was amplified by the fact that I never played with the League rules before May, so no knowledge at all about dynamics.  Indeed, I found my build very solid, super flexible as rich of answers: I was expecting a field full of Juggernaut, Angels, Hippies and Icy Manipulators… and my prediction was quite close!

I learned a lot playing the League: for instance, to save Disenchants for critical artifacts (better to start destroying a Sol Ring than a Juggernaut, and better to save Disenchant for the next Icy Manipulator, instead of wasting it on one of the annoying artifacts that give life points). I started saving my Braingeyser for the final hit, instead of drawing 4-5 cards, at least when you can still manage your hand. Also Swords to Plowshares, to save it for late game, when fatties come down, unless you have to answer to a fast Hypnotic Specter… as the games in the League are really slow, and long, for sure longer than the games in unrestricted Alpha! The perimeter defined by the League’s deckbuilding rules is, in my opinion, very well balanced. It allows incredible matches; a hand-to-hand battle where every single card is important, and where the advantage is built card by card… very hardly the game will end in a rush!

Therefore, the final recommendation coming from my first experience, which it is to be patient!

Seven consecutive wins later with the very same UW Control, I am back again into the Alpha League Finals, for June… but this is another story!

That is all for now! I want to thank the Alpha 40 League creators; they have provided to the players an incredibly interesting new environment to battle on. I would like to thanks all my opponents for the precious chats we have had during and after our matches, always rich of interesting points. In addition, a special thanks to Scott for the good suggestions he has provided to me writing this article!

Thanks for the reading, hope you have found it interesting – in case of questions or suggestions, please do not hesitate contacting me on Facebook!

Thanks!

 

 

 

 

Trolling Vienna – Guestreport

Hey Oldschoolers

I am pleased to give you a Guestreport from mighty Aland – Emperor of Vienna, Slayer of the Trollmaster, Owner of the Shark, Fellow friend and foe of the Legion 🙂

enjoy!

How i got to be the Emperor

If you are interested in learning more about me and want a history of my old school career (probably not) read this blog post at the official old school blog.

This is not going to be an ordinary tournament report, I never take notes and I seldom take pictures. So here it goes. I’ve known Mitja of the Austrian lions for some time and heard great stuff about the old school community in Vienna, so I decided to book Viennageddon as soon as possible. Little did I know that it was going to be the last live tournament for a long time due to the corona virus.

As I am quite the spikey player, I have considered Disco Troll a “bad” deck. The reason for this being two-fold, a lot of the decks I’ve seen have been subpar builds or the players haven’t been the spikiest players. The deck has put up some impressive results in Denmark and in the hands of Reindeer. I surfed Urborg Buffet and some Facebook groups and ended up with this deck list.

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With the Giant Shark and Ivory Tower, I basically ended up with a 12-card sideboard (I have no idea why I took those towers from someone’s deck list). I never boarded in the Energy Fluxes, so I ended up with only using nine cards in the sideboard the whole day. Apart from that the deck felt very solid.

I flew to Vienna from Gothenburg via Frankfurt myself on Friday morning as no other Gothenburgians could or wanted to join. The usually busy Frankfurt airport felt really lonely in the beginning of corona times. Interesting also to watch an Italian guy on the plane coughing and licking his fingers. Well in Vienna I took the super easy public transportation to find my hotel. Some guys on were playing on Friday evening but I just bought some weird hipster pizza sitting and went to bed at 22.00. On Saturday I woke up at 05.30 and prepared for some breakfast and “sightseeing”.

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The picture above is the only sightseeing picture I managed to take. I found a store, noticed that Corona was 47% off and bought a couple of Radler. The site of todays battle was the Centimeter VII pub. According to legend this was the location that the Vienna players used to play at back in the 90’s. I quickly found myself being first at the site (only 45 minutes to official starting time). The pub is nothing you would call fancy, but it’s my favorite kind of pub. Decent amount of beer, pub food, nice staff and a awesome atmosphere. Soon a lot of famililar (and unfamiliar) faces showed up: Reindeer, Jason, Mitja and Alban. Reindeer ordered in a communion 1 meter of sausages.

We had our own dedicated play area in the cellar for both Saturday and Sunday. Sadly, some people couldn’t make it due to coronavirus and other commitments. We ended up being 25 players in total. As I said in the beginning, I don’t have any notes or don’t even particularly remember the games I played. In the end I finished the swiss with a 4-1 record and Reindeer finished 5-0 with his trolls (I didn’t play him in the swiss). I remember facing among others a UR Control deck with main deck Blood Moons and Aladdin’s Ring (!), and a land destruction deck with Nether Void. Reindeer also gave me a good hint during a smoke break: “Aland, life is a resource in the troll deck”. This was the first time I played this deck and I hadn’t even gold fished it before the tournament.

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Above a view of the play area in the cellar and below a picture of my plate of buffet food which was included in the tournament fee.

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In the quarter final the guy playing land destruction and Nether Void lost to me again. In the semi finals I played a guy with an Ehrnamgeddon deck. Troll disco is super smooth to play, especially if you are used to playing The Deck to handle the long patient control games. During the tournament I had to switch gears to aggro beatdown facing down a Karma (Mishra’s Factories and Lightning Bolts is a fast clock!). And the best part I have never heard opponents sighing when I play the trolls compared to when I used to play The Deck. The deck can handle pretty much everything permanent-wise (Nevinyrral’s Disk) and it is the best deck I have ever played the card not favored in Gothenburg Maze of Ith.

The final was against the troll master Reindeer. Before the match I knew my game plan was to deck him (or a big Fireball called BIG SPRÄNG in Sweden), I don’t want to play a aggro game against him. His game plan was to burn me out as you can read about in his article for Viennageddon. Game 1 ended with me Braingeysering him to death at 1 life (“Aland, life is a resource”). Game 2 I boarded in all the blasts and did the same as in game one but managed to Recall back two Counterspells. The game ended and I was the new emperor of Vienna!

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Above me with the crown, the (misspelled) trophy and an awesome playmat made by Wolfgang. Below the troll king and the troll master hugging it out after the finals.

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After the tournament everyone celebrated the good times, Jason and Reindeer had some awesome ante games with more audience than the finals. Also, we had an interesting discussion about the Moustache man (not Santa Claus). Back at the hotel I had a Facebook chat with Svante discussing the Troll Disco deck and I modified it to my liking with great input from Svante. This version is more suitable for my playstyle with the Flash Counters and no “bad” cards like Energy Flux and Ivory Tower. I played the new version to a win in the Norwegian-UK online tournament Worms of the Earth (20 people).

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Sunday was set for an Atlantic ruleset tournament (was announced before Scryings was released). I had no imagination for this, I sent a message to Will Magrann on Facebook and he hooked me up with a deck list. I started the day with a Radler and was quick into the local beer after that.

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I have never played Atlantic before and I didn’t like the deck at all. I should have made an Atog build (or Reindeers deck) instead. I enjoyed playing the Sages of Lat-Nam. The most fun was local player Rolf enabling his dream turn 1 start.

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Somehow, I managed to finish top 8 in the tournament and won my quarter final against a unlucky Rolf. In the semi final Reindeer took revenge from last day and kicked me out of the tournament (well deserved, it was in deed a sweet deck).

Addendum from the Admin(Reindeer): Yeah! Ich kicked your Arsch wif may Schweetpäil haha 🤣

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Below a picture of the top 4 + Rolf.

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Mitja went on to win the tournament with a deck with one of the worst mana bases in a Magic deck ever. After the tournament Jason and Reindeer did some ante games and we had a long discussion about the German term “fickenschnitzel”, half a fickenschnitzel is pictured below. I also got to talk a German guy into playing Fantasy Zoo which is always nice!

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On Monday I flew home trying my best to avoid Corona and get home safely. This trip will forever be remembered for all the nice local Vienna players and people from abroad joining. It was also the last real live tournament before the corona plague and winning that feels special. Stay safe and hope to meet you all again soon.

Åland, over and out.

Props:

  • Lions of Austria for arranging a super nice tournament at an awesome location
  • Euro techno music supplied by Roman to get through the hangover Sunday
  • To the ones I have stolen pictures from
  • To all the great old school teams around the world
  • Jason and Reindeer, you are the best!
  • The man in the ice-cream van, respect!

Slops:

  • Me for missing Mountain Madness 2020
  • Me for not writing down any game notes

Online Adventures Part II

Dear Oldschoolers

Viennageddon was most likely the last “real world” tournament for the next couple of Weeks and maybe months. The Corona pandemic holds the world in tight grab – wash your hands! As (mostly) introverts with a great equippment at home, we can still gather for our beloved game and format. We play online Magic at its best.

Since 2019, the NEOS-League startet over the big pond with Jared Doucette. Jared is a fellow OS-friend of mine and we talk from time to time over Facebook about brewing style and Deck choices, Sideboarding for Troll Disco and other stuff. His NEOS-League is a well attended happenig each month. Various warriors meet there to cross the blades – sometimes there even forms a “group of death” in which the “creme-de-la-creme” of spiking foes meet each other for the Top8 reward. Those groups are always a real pleasure to be in 🙂

I wrote a litte something about Season 1 last year – Season two was – measured at tournament-spike-success – a Season to forget for me haha. But in Season 3 i had a good start followed by a Victorious March – i managed to win the NEOS-Scryings-League with this Pile:

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It was an amazing run against great opponents and very cool brews. I saw RG Beats (Tinder Wall/Force of Nature at its  best). I crossed path with very aggressive Scrying-Goblins, fought against Angry Sea Sprites and so on. It was a real pleasure to play within this league and to win this first Scryings-online-tournament also with regards to famous N00bcon (which the was renamed to N00bcoM due the shift to an online Tournament. But more of this later).

It is always a pleasure to be part of this monthly NEOS-happening – so therefore a big thank you to Jared and the NEOS-Gang which supports you in doing what your are doing 🙂

As the Lockdown started mid of March for most countries, also the Online-Tournaments started to grow in Europe. I am taking currently part within the Dutch “Corona Cup”, the UK “Pestillence Cup” and also the one-day Pestilence Cup organized by DFB. They are really great initiatives and i also enjoy to play against various friends and foes online. As we cannot fight our rivlaries in person (i.e. teasing Erwin and Wilfred about “being lame Dutchs” or beat the hell out of Markus or Jason in a proper Ante-Ante-Tournament etc.) we have to take it online. For the US-Pestilence Day tournament i did choose the same pile i used in Vienna and got to the Finals there:

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But for the Pestilence-day i finished a more or less solid 3-3. I played a lot of good friends, had nice Chats and drank a lot of beer at home at the Desk 🙂 exactly the same as within a “normal” tournament but i did not have to fly away and book a more or less expensive hotel 😉 of course, it was not exactly the same experience as “the gathering”-part of our game is (at least for me) much more important than the playing part – but we will get there if we stick to the policy and stay at home for some more weeks.

For the Corona Cup and the UK-Pestilence Cup i decided to play something different and built a White-Green-Blue Aggro.dec which brought me to the semi-finals in both Cups. The UK-Pestilence Cup is still ongoing and i hope to reach the finals – maybe against my Nemesis Aland haha. As i understand he is also 4-0 in the current tournament. Lets see…

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The Dutchies are really nice hosts and i received very warm welcomes which i of course gave back to the Team 😉

Next Stop was famous N00bcon-Weekend. Normally, we would all gather in Gothenburg at Thursday for a nice pre-N00bcom meet and greed including a lot of beer and fun. But this year, we had to move everything online. Famous Elias Gröndal from Stockholm in a Bottle teamed up with me from Legion Urborg to organize a full swedish pre-tournament. We also took the opportunity to bring this pre-event online and gathered 28 fellow fighters for this full swedish adventure. Most of those brave warriors played also the whole friday online at the N00bcoM and risked their family-happiness for the beloved game haha (including me haha). Some excellent american fellas even had to order some great UL-Rares to make their Deck Swedish legal 😉

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At Thursday, i brought my Troll Disco to the Pit. I ended up 3-2 and finished as 9th place…  I had really good games and also the 2 matches i lost were tight ones which could easily be turned with a little more luck in drawing my cards hahah. But this is Magic and its really a good thing that one has to rely also on a little bit of luck in drawing cards in this game. Jordan Boyle took the Crown for this tournament and Edo Hoksberger takes home the Spicy Award for his wonderful Hazezon Tamar Deck 🙂

Overall it was a really great and fun experience – especially to play one whole day of online Magic. I had the experience already in the one-day event from DFB, but this time, Elias and myself where also here to organize all the stuff. Thanks to amazing Slanfan, a microsite dedicated for our tournament has been generated where we can find all results and enter pairings straight linked to an appropriate Whereby-Room. Great Work Slan!

After our “dry run” with 28 Peopole, Flo von Bredow initiated the real thing at good friday. The N00bcoM with 70 Participants in an online Showdown – accompanied by the Wak Wak Crew (Gordon and Ceb) and supported by famous Community pillars Markus, Bonnie and Slanfan. Also MG was part of the Show of course. A big Thank you to all which made this incredible event happen! It was a blast guys!!

I brought this untested and unteched brew to the tables. I was sure, that River Boa will Kick Ass. I included also Deflection (yes, not good…) and Autumn Willow (also not as good as expected…) to the team. Two choices which i would for sure change if the tournament would be today. Also the Sideboard is not very well balanced for Scryings. it lacks Tormod’s Crypts… But for no testing at all and brewing station open, i finished with a respectable 4-3. Which is the best and worst result of all my ever played N00bcoM’s so far haha.

So the tournament started and after a repairing i played famous Svante on his Arabian Aggro Scryings.dec. I was quite afraid of this match because as we know, Svante is a quite often seen Top 8 attendant and knows how to use his tools properly. In Game one it was quite tight and thanks to my Deflection (which was the only time i used it properly) i did Kill his Snake as he did not expect a deflected Bolt End of Turn. So i won game one and we moved to game two. Still in Game two i did not Deploy succesfully a Disk but we fought us down with River Boas, Kird Apes, Bolts and other Skyfire Material. I deployed the Final Blow with a Shivan Dragon and took away the Win 2-0.

Second Match was against fellow Scott Bradley which was on Kjeldoran Outpost Control. Due to very unlucky starting hands, he had to mulligan to 6 resp. 5 in both games… With my Nev Disks paired with the Counter-protected River Boas i managed to take him down 2-0. Its always nice to battle Scott and we had some talk about the format, NEOS etc. Thanks for the Match dude!

The third Match was a Swiss-Derby. I faced Nicolas Imwinkelried, fellow Swiss Player from the Geissgrind-Community Valais. He was on Mask-Nought and slammed the Dreadnought in game one with his full power in my face… Not before he drew the Strip Mine to get rid of my Maze of course 🙂 Game two was a Nailbiter. I had 3 Mazes Active in Play VS a Dreadnought and Lord of Thresserhorn and an always waiting Time Walk which i expected in his hand. So i had to take several Damage from a pumped Mishra (i had River Boa to block the Lord and always held 2 Maze of Ith open). I managed to get the Disk active and we bolted each other down until i gave the final blow with my Boa… Game 3 was kind of the same story. It was really tough, both were on 3 live when he casted Timetwister. I got my bolt, he didn’t. Nice Match my Friend.

As fourth opponent, Tim Moran, also a well known friend and part time foe of mine entered the Thunderdome what we call Magic the Gathering. Game one he casted Serendibs, Lions and Disenchants which gave me the impression of a Lauter.dec. But he was on Mask-Nought too which i painfully got in game two haha. No Shatters nor more Mazes for my Deck and no active Disk against his Dreadnought. Haha. Well played. Third game was a real Nailbiter. We fought each other, including a Shatter of myself, targetting an unrevealed Dreadnought which was then suffled away by Timetwister… bad play. But the Twister gave me enough Ammo to Seal the Deal… 4-0 after really intense matches.

Mark Evaldi was the next opponent at Table 1 – his undead horde completely ripped me of. Without Tormod‘s Crypt in SB, my only semi-effective weapons were Counterspell, Disk and City in a Bottle. Game one i lost due to 4 reanimated Trikes – so not even two Disk‘s did stop that massacre. Game two was hard for Mark. I deployed a turn one CiaB and he ha only Cities and Bazaaren on his hand. So no Mana for Mark… Game 3 was a Nailbiter (until he reanimated the big bad Mr. Crabs…). Also my maze got Chaos orbed to Valhalla. Therefore my first loss on this tournament against mighty Mark which went 7-0 in Swiss 🙂

Olof Robertsson waited in Round 6 with his Lauter.dec. Unfortunately (god kows why?) i did not even talk about playing Gentlements rules and then he Mind Twisted me in both games, paired with an active Library in both games… Not much more to say here isn‘t it haha. But still it was very nice to play Olof and his Cat 😉

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Final match and i still can make Top 8 with a decent win. Jeff is the Opponent on his RU Aggro List. As his List is creature heavy, normally an active Disk could save the day. But in Game one give away a victory to his Time Walk fuelled attack and some playing errors i assume (after half a bottle of Rum and some beers this can happen haha). Game two was intense but with no threads on my side for quite some turns it was just a wait and go for his burn spells to knock me down. Therefore no Top 8 for Reindeer this time 😉

Overall it was an amazing tournament – meeting good friends online, have some decent Chats and Talks, got to drink a lot at my office table and also took the opportunity to enter a game of „Reindeer VS the Chat“ in guessing OS-Cards 🙂 Thank you again Flo and Crew for this amazing opportunity to play the N00bcoM 2020! And congratulations of course to Jeff White for his amazing run!

I look really much forward to personal gatherings but for the time being, it does not look promising for travel arrangements 😦 But i hope there will be lots and lots of more Online Tournaments and i hope to meet all of you again soon 🙂

May the Moxen be with you

Moustach’d Reindeer of Legion Urborg

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Gathering in Vienna – all hail the emperor

Dear Oldschoolers

Hard times lie in front of us. The Virus is spreading and we are forced to stay at home and wash our hands – which both is very good advise to stop the Virus from spreading. So please do that for all of your fellow neighbors and society. This pandemic is also affecting our beloved game – we cannot travel and meet our friends nor can we flip Orbs in front of a real life person. Viennageddon was maybe the last “real” tournament for a few months – and i can tell you great stories from this gathering.

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In 2019 it was one of my first Oldschool Tournaments ever – and already then it was a great experience. So i met fellow Legionnaire Phy from Legion Urborg at the Airport at Saturday morning to fly out to Vienna. It was an 1 hour flight and we played some Magic as the flight was not even half booked due to the upcoming Virus effect… Also, we tried to get two Beers each but we were told that “its a morning flight so we have very few Beers”… So we took a redwine and a Beer instead haha.

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After one hour we landed in Vienna and took an Uber to the Location. Centimeter VII was the place to be. Our driver, an Ukrainian nice guy took us there and wished us good luck in drinking and playing Magic. After all it was a warm welcome with old and new friends. Mighty Aland from Norway (or Sweden??) was already in the Pub, drinking a Beer and was surprised that nobody was there at 10.30 (the tournament should start at 11 but we ar not in Switzerland haha) so we started at 12.30. Unfortunately, all the Italian players (Megu and Co.) were not allowed to leave the Country and had to refuse their attendance. So after all there were 24 fellow Oldschoolers which were hungry to grab the Crown of the Emperor of Vienna.

I brought my beloved Trolls to the battlefield:

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I changed the setup slightly and added a third Maze of Ith Mainboard. It’s possibly the best setup for Mazes paired with a Disk – so let’s go for that.

We played five Rounds of Swiss followed by top 8. I cannot remember everything properly after this time and some Beers during the Event. So i will give you a short overview of what i can remember:

First Round was against Martin Hatlak – i had bad memories because last year, Martin decked me in the semifinals – after a 90 Minute battle for victory. Great times 🙂 This time, i turned the tide and won 2-0 in a fantastic tournament opener. Second Match was against Jason “the legend” Schwartz. As always, our games are really fun and we open either with a new Beer or a Schnaps to celebrate the match. This time it was both as he grabbed my beercoaster which was unattended – so two Marillenschnaps and a new beer it was. I managed to develop and untap a Disk which is really devastating for his Machamuti-Serra-Aggro-Geddon Deck. And i managed to win also this battle 2-0 and we drank another Beer for this glorious match. Third match was against, hm, i really don’t remember that one… Sorry… I won but i don’t know against whom… So lets move to match 4 against Thomas Sutherland Borja. We had a really nice talk about his articles and the Earthquake league. He was on Erhnamgeddon and managed to took one game with a well timed Geddon. The second and third game i won with Mazes and Counterspells for the Geddons and i move to final match 4-0. Local Hero Fred was also 4-0 and he tried to give me Underworld Dreams (or Nightmares?) with his Black-Blue-Red Deck. It was a really great match and one game, he destroyed me 5 (or was it 6?) lands in a row – i had a excellent land draw each turn which, in a “normal” game would be terrible, but gave me the win. I finished 5-0 in the Swiss and moved to Top 8 as 1st.

In Top8 i faced Jason again – same ritual – new beer and let’s play. I managed to win through his flying army of Angels and Djinns and moved to semifinals against Local Hero Alexander Klöckler. He was also playing a Troll variant with Will-o-the-Wisp (love that card 🙂 ) and Powersink. We played Troll VS Troll and his Trolls were more reluctant and i  dropped more on the table and finally won. In one game i even managed to slam the whole Playset on the table…

Finals again against Trolls – fearsome Aland and his Swamp-Creatures… It was a great match, we fought until he Decked me both times. My strategy was to burn his Ass to the ground VS his strategy of waiting, stalling and let me draw to death with a cruel Braingeysir. In game one, i kept him at 1 life until his final blow. In game two the counterspell-luck was in his hands paired with a really nice Recall which brought him back two additional Counterspells. Again: Braingeysir for the win. Therefore the new Emperor Aland is crowned! Congratulations my friend!!

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As always, the even better part then the main tournament is

a) the REAL main tournament and
b) the fun we have with everybody talking, drinking and chatting about i.e. the “moustache man” (not Santa haha)

So we moved to the Real main tournament with two participants. Jason and Reindeer – friend and foes both alike. Ante for the win. What will happen. Jason brought again his nice Robots brew to the table. Reindeer built a Blue Black Aggro with Serendibs and Counterspells. Who will succeed? After 3 games, the winner of Day 1 was Reindeer with a 2-1 record. But there will be blood again next day…

After all Magic activities were done, we chatted, drank beer and Marillenschnaps and had as always a really great and amazing time. As you know, this is the important part of Oldschool. Meeting friends and always have a good time – nevertheless what your result was at the tournament. And the Crown… Never forget the Crown Aland 🙂

At Sunday, the second tournament (Atlantic) was on the agenda. I woke up at 10am and left the Hotel for the Centimeter VII Pub and a nice and healthy (haha) full british breakfast including a pint. Aland reminded me that this would be impossible in Sweden – 10.30 am and a beer on the table 😉 Breakfast for Champions. I decided to build something cool, fund and unusual. I cutted blue completely from the list:

With 18 Players we were slightly less than the day before with 25 players. But we agreed to have fun anyways (of course) and therefore the tournament started with a 4 Round target. Also here, my brain is not up to speed and i try to recite about as much i still now. First round was against Jason (again)… Will he be able to break the curse and beat me this time? First game he won with an early mechanical beast which killed me quite hard. Second and third game were really on the Edge but my Sengir Vampire(s) were able to break through the line of robots. Paired with an unfortunate Land draw in game 3, i managed to win this tight game. Second Match was against the Architect (Roman Pulker) with his Sharazad Deck… He even installed a Boombox with some 90ty Pop-Trance-something mix to ensure everybody plays fast haha. In game one we went straight into a Subgame (both on 20) which i won – and i burnt down the rest of the 10 lifepoints. Second game was also quick as his white Knights were no Issue for my Trolls and i won 2-0. Third match was against Evil Rolf – the slayer – destroyer of dreams – slaughterer of hell – bringer of eternal Darkness (just kidding – Rolf is a real nice guy 🙂 ) We battled over the whole 50 minutes and Rukh Eggs were sacrifized to Diamond Valley, Shivan Dragons reanimated, Sengir Vampires changed the Tableside. But finally, i managed to walk away as victorious matchwinner. Final game for the Swiss against Local Hero Wolfgang and his DeadGuy Ale on Stereoids. He started with a first turn Hypnotic which i did not answer and a lost a card… OMG. Luckily i drew a Mox to fireball that evil creature in turn two away. phew. Then it was mostly hymnonhymn VS same creatures. I managed to win the first game. Second game was not really amusing as he did not found a second source for to long resp. i even stripped away a swamp during the game. Therefore i took the victory and went 4-0 and straight to Top8.

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I shall burn in Magichell but i cannot remember my first opponent in Top 8… Sorry. What i can remember is the Semi Finals as i took revenge for my lost battle the day before. I fought mighty Aland and his Robot Army. Thank to my Nev Disks in the Sideboard i did remove the Robots from the table and ban them to the Graveyard. We played 3 games which i managed to win 2-1 – revenge!

In the finals i met fellow Magic Friend Mitja – he is also on Robots with the Greedy variant 😉 As usual we had really nice games and tried to defeat each other in a friendly atmosphere. Unfortunately for me, the first game started with a Su-Chi and a Hymn against me which robbed me of a Maze and a Land – which i never recovered. Second Game was really interesting and was so tight, that both players had only 3 cards left in the library and i would need to find my last Disenchant to get rid of one flying tetravus. But luck was not on my side and Mitja took away the victory. Congrats my friend 🙂

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It was a really nice two-dayer and we exchanged a lot of cards with signatures – i even managed to get the CommuniTour Pendelhaven 🙂

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Also on the second day, the REAL tournament started and we need to determine, which player is the winner of the two-day-national-Vienna-Ante-Championship 2020 😉 you can find the result here:

So over all it was an amazing tournament – meeting old and new friends and we had a really fucking decent and fantastic time! Thank you all for being there and thank you for your Oldschool Spirit!

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May the Moxen be with you

Reindeer of Legion Urborg

 

 

 

 

Mountain Madness 2020

Dear Oldschoolers

The Mountain Madness 2020 was the start of the CommuniTour 2020. 24 brave Warriors assembled on the Rigi to fight for Honor, Kraken Rum and some nice Raffle-Goodies. We started at Friday with some preparation work and enjoyed a Swiss Dinner paired with Redwine and some Beer. 16 fellow adventurers arrived one day before the Madness starts. It was amazing to see so many good Magic Friends gathered together – playing some Oldschool Magic. Also, with Mitja as Chef du Cuisine we had a delicious Food package in front of us.

The whole thing started in 2019. We agreed that there should be some Community-Tournaments which will aim to attract community members which will bring other members of the same community to those tournaments (enjoy and bring your Friends). We created a travel voucher which can be won in a Communi-Tournament and has the value of EUR 250.00 for travelling Purpose. We agreed that there should not be a “Spikers first” Price which goes to the Tournament winner but we should aim to give the invite to somebody in a different way. The Lions of Austria Voucher went to the Spiciest Deck in Stockholm (Land Equilibrium won 🙂 ) and the Northern Paladin Voucher at the Mountain Madness went to the luckiest “Rock-Paper-Scissor”-Player. Well done Nicolas Imwinkelried 🙂

The Mountain Madness was held under the “Full Gentlemen Ruleset” – therefore no Library of Alexandria nor Mind Twist were allowed. I know that this ruleset is not everyones choice but it was fun and with this nice atmosphere, it was absolutely fine.  In addition to the Tournament, we did a Charity-Raffle in which everybody can participate with a donation of choice. Legion Urborg donates Fr. 150.00 and the rest of the Players donated together Fr. 600.00 – so we will send Fr. 750.00 to “Kinderkrebshilfe.ch”. Thank you so much fellow Oldschoolers – its great to see your ambition for donations! The Winners of the Raffle received some nice Pins (Jesters Cap and the Moxen), an altered Urborg which can tap for Black and Red (only valid at Mountain Madness and Viennageddon or with permission of the TO 🙂 ) The main Price of the Raffle, a sealed Ice Age Booster Box, went to Leo Bruder – Congratulations my friend.

As a special Gift, Daniel brought an Urborg-Beer-Coaster for everybody. The rule was simple: Write your Name and if your coaster is unattended, one can grab it and you get it back after you Drink a Schnaps! The Coasters were well protected, but not always haha. Thanks Daniel for that great gift 🤘. So after a great Friday evening we welcomed the new day with a real Breakfast for Champions. Chef du cuisine Mitja and his little helper Alex prepared a Swiss Breakfast. Rösti (grated potatoes), Bacon and Swiss Cheese. Also available was Milk, Yogurt, other meat and Orange Juice. Great to start the day with.

I decided to play something new – but i also decided to play trolls of course 🙂 But i did cut blue out of the deck completely and tried the White Red Black Aggro route. I finished with a solid 3-2 and missed top 8 as 9th… haha

So my first opponent was Peter from Team Geissgrind (a fellow Swiss Magic Friend from Valais). He was on MachmaLauter.dec and tried to beat me down with his Dibs, Lions and Angels. We had three intense Games in which it went back and forth, but finally i did manage to take the victory on my side. It is quite hard for this Deck to fight four Maze of Ith. The game i lost was because of a well timed Psi Blast on his side 🙂 Tight and fun Match. 1-0

Second Match was against finalist Daniel Ernst, also a fellow Swiss Magic Friend from Berne. He plays UR Burn and has Blood Moon Maindeck. Also here we have to go over 3 Games which are incredible tight. His Blood Moon caught me in Game 1 on the Wrong foot and i lost. Game two i can resolve all my red spells into the Blood Moon (lucky me) and i can take the win. In game 3 i made a terrible decision to CoP: Red (Secret Tech!!!) a Bolt with my only Mana just to get 9 Damage in his Main Phase from a Fireball… reeeeally stupid but OK. I lost due to a Psi Blast and moved on to Game 3. 1-1

Jason „the Legend“ is my next opponent. We always have great games and he is a fellow Ante40 e as am i. Its always a pleasure to play against Jason and as usual we open a new Beer and Shuffle up. Also a Cigarette in between the matches is not unusual to celebrate the tournament matches. I think we are quite even with wins/losses in tournament games. But this time, he just destroys me with his Ehrnamgeddon build. I lose horribly in about 25 Minutes and go down 2-0. But i will have my revenge my friend! (More of this you find here :-).

The next opponent is another Legend – Leo Bruder, a fellow Legionaire of Urborg. I am already quite intoxinated with beer and i give to Leo one of the most horrible games in his history… First i completely ignore his live amount with a bolt sitting in my hand (he is at two live, i think he is at 14 something) and the moment i get aware, i tell him to bolt i his end step which was before my actual turn… We reset and he Mana Drains the bolt just to wait until my next bolt which kills him. Second Game i have Scrubland, Scrubland, Swamp, Strip Mine, Hippie, Hippie, Troll. Mulligan to 6 and i put one Hippie on the bottom during talking and drinking (but wanted of course put the Troll down)… Yeah… Stupid isn‘t it? Game starts and i got aware of my mistake, let him know i have zero Red but can pressure up with two hippies. As Leo is the most friendly guy he lets me change the cards (on the mad mountain, things as that are possible :-)). With a really bad draw on his side i manage to take this match 2-0 and my standing is 2-2.

Final Match against Mari „the Destroyer“. We drank about half a bottle of „Kraken Rum“ the night before and this match was awesome. We started with a „Release the Kraken“-Glass and had great fun. First Game he beats my ass off… Zero Chance. Second Game i slam a second Turn Shivan Dragon onto the Table. No Swords on his side. Tick-Tock-here‘s the Clock… And the Shivan sealed the Deal. Third game We battled until the Extra Turn number 4 and i took away the victory. Wow – so tight. But after this round we both were happy that we hadn‘t to play top8 but can concentrate on the really important things: RELEASE THE KRAKEN again. Haha.

We announced the Top 8 and they battled for the King of the Mountain. Finally, Mitja got awarded with this prestige title and he will be remembered forever as the „KING“!

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The night was still young as we finished Top8 at eight in the evening. A great Dinner lies before us! Risotto and Swiss Sausage. Gniam Gniam 🙂

The rest of the evening was dedicated to Magic and Fun. Some players gathered for a two-Headed Giant Cube Sealed, some played individual magic, some tried to find a quiet space and some just drank more beer and enjoyed the company of all the amazing community members. Overall it was an excellent and really unique Magic experience for everybody. Thanks again to all helpers at Sunday to cleanup the whole cottage, thanks to Migja for the kitchen work and thanks to Mari for this beautiful Organizer gift – the Mountain of Madness!

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I wish you all a nice Winter and see you soon! Next Stop: Vienna for Communitour number two 2020. Chez Lions du Austria

May the Moxen be with you!

Reindeer of Legion Urborg

End of Season and Torin00b 2019

Dear Friends

First of all: Don‘t forget: Communitour 2020 will start in Switzerland at 31.1.2020. Mountain Madness on the Rigi in Switzerland! Join and have fun!

I hope you are well and did enjoy the peaceful and wonderful Christmas time. The Oldschool Year 2019 (together with the regular year 2019) comes to an end soon. Time to write some stories about this excellent Magic Gathering. But first some tournament report of my last tournament in 2019 – the Torin00b II in Rivarolo (Italy). Our nice friends from the Ratavuloira Drinking Team Torino invited us to their legendary Christmas Tournament in Rivarolo. We 4 from Legion Urborg followed this call and travelled 4 hours by car from Lucerne to Italy. It was a really fun ride, we talked about a lot of various shizzle – not everything was Magic related of course ;-). We arrived at Saturday evening (the tournament was at Sunday). The Ratavuloira Team did welcome us in the City and we ate dinner and drunk beer and wine together. Just like old times – this is what Oldschool is about. Meeting Friends, have a good dinner, drink together and have fun.

The tournament was intended to start at Sunday 11.00 in the morning. As we were in Italy, everybody knew that there will be some delay haha 🙂 and reality kicked in and we startet 11.45ish with the tournament. 18 Players went for the crown of being the Torin00b 2019. Swedish Rules italian style – bring your best brews to the table. I decided to unleash my Troll list i played in Genova in October:

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I cutted a Mainboard Mana Vault for an City in a bottle and one Shatter for a Mind Twist (jep, back in the Ruthless Bastards Club for non-Gentlemen 😉 )

I started at the feature match table against local hero Beppe which was playing Lauter on Fire (Lauter + red for Bolts). Beppe startet quite aggressive with a Lotus, Mox, Serendib, Savannah Lion (no Land). My turn was Mox Mox Land CiaB Bolt… Not much more to say about game one but Beppe did not draw enough Lands to withstand my second Turn Troll… Second Game was all about blood moon. Beppe landed a Blood mon and we both had no basic lands to use. Without a Disk on my side it was „Draw Go“ until i roasted him over time with my bolts paired with the Fireballs. No happy end for him…

Second Match was against Mitja on Lands. His list is very interesting and can bring out a very nasty draw engine with Sindbad and Sylvan Library. The games went on for the whole 50 Minutes and we did a draw 1-1 (i won game 1, he won game 2, game three was 3 Minutes left on the clock…).

Next Match was against Mono Black Juzam Aggro. Without Hymns, in Swedish, a Mono Black has a very bad Matchup against Troll Disco. This prophecy went true as i took home the match 2-0. With the Disk and Trolls, the Aggro-Plan is hard to bring to life and with the Bolts/Fireballs i can just wait and block everything out and burn for lethal. Or hit a Shivan Dragon on the Table…

In Match 4 i met my opponent which i will meet again in the finals – Valerio Gregori. A well known player from Italy playing the Deck. The night before we drank together and told each other to meet in the finals 🙂 Currently our score was 1-1 in our matches from the past. First game he grills me with a really huge Shivan Dragon which hits me (time walk fuelled) for 28 Damage. Autsch. Second and Third game were both in my favour and i can use my fireballs through his counterspells and grill him to zero. I leave the table with a win and move to the final match before top 8.

The final match before top 8 was against Dex on UR Burn. Dex had quite an aggressive start with a Flying Men and a Chain Lightning. I was able to Bolt the flyer and build 5 Mana in Turn two to Mind twist for 4… Ruthless but efficient… This won me game one as he did not recover from this. Game two was quite long and we stalled each other with 2 each two Maze of Ith on the board. I waited until i was able to hit Shivan, 2 Trolls and 2 Mishras to build an effective Army through the Mazes and his blockers. I won 2-0 and moved on to Top 8.

I missed the name of the fellow italian Gentlemen – sorry. It was a Pink Weenie Deck and he started with 3 Tundra Wolves in Turn one and two. Quite some pressure against my slow hand. I had kept a Fireball in my starting seven and took damage until i was on 10 and had enough Mana to Fireball the 3 Wolves away for good. Together with a Maze and no Crusade on his side i did stabilize and over time i won Game 1. Game 2 was a longer one as we stalled each other and i had to wait until i deployed Disk-Troll-Shivan Action for the final blow. I won 2-0 and moved to semi finals against Giovanni Gesiot on Robots!

Giovanni was on 1st place after Swiss with a record of 5-0. So quite a fight will await me and it was a fight! Game one was really tough and on the Edge. We fought brave with our weapons and finally an unresolved Triskelion brought the final 3 Damage to my face. Second game was eeeeepic! We fought for a long time and he did resolve Blood Moon number two (first one got Chaos Orbed, my 3 Disks got Shattered away…). I was sitting on Duals only and had Blue Spells in my hand. He built pressure with 2 japanese Fish Meals and my only winning out was to double bolt him and hope for top-of-the-library Fireball… I tried and you can imagine what happened: Fireball from the Top and win of game 2 for me 🙂 it was really Epic and the whole room applauded for that incredible lucky draw… Game three was unlucky for Giovanni. He stayed on 3 Lands (of which one was a Workshop) for to long. With 2 Shatters in my hand and Ancestral i fuelled my Hand with enough pressure to close the Game with a massive favour on my side. With this victory i altered and signed a Fireball for Giovanni and handed it over for this amazing Topdeck 🙂

Lets do the Finals against Valerio Gregori. Archenemy of mine (haha, no just joking, we like each other 🙂 ) The first match we had in this tournament was in my favor. We started and had a tough game one which he can close with a Time Walk fuelled Serra Angel attack. Game two was really long. We were able to sling Chaos Orbs, cast Trolls which got removed, activate Books and finally he Timetwistered to give both of us a full hand of cards. He Tutored and had to pass the turn with two Blue open. I managed to draw a Fireball and two Counterspells – you know what now happens: Lethal Fireball-Counter-Counter-Red Blast-Counter-Game. Wow… Tough. Third game started and i was on the draw. The card i drew was Library of Alexandria… Short Story: Card Advantage with Troll Disco against the Deck is to much to handle. I won the match and the tournament! Finally my first tournament in which i go out as the winner 🙂

Thank you all from Team Ratavuloira for this amazing event and organization – it was a real blast!

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Retrospective 2019

2019 was an amazing year for me – Oldschool wise and also in private life. I started a new Job in February, my son had his first birthday in April and we bought a house in Obwalden 🙂 Also Oldschoo-wise was a great year:

January – Pirate Party in Hannover

An exemplary Swedish Tournament, held in a cellar which was fully pirate themed, a lot of players which came Pirate Dressed, a lot of meat and beer and amazing people. So cool. And i won the „players price“ 🙂

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February – Viennageddon

After partying-hard at Friday Evening/Night i went home at 3am just to catch the plane at 6.30 am in Zurich. I arrived and Mitja handed me over a „Konterbier“… Amazing two-day tournament with amazing people, beer and again meat as much we like. And Frühschoppen at Sunday morning with the Gang – never forget 🙂

 

April – N00bcon Weekend in Gothenburg

Oh beautiful Gothenburg. Together with Elias from Stockholm in a Bottle i managed to organize the parallel Tournament „Urborg Feast“ on top of a Balcony in a Pub. Sunshine, Beer, fun and 58 amazing people gathered together for this happening. It was a blast!

June – Urborg lake Cruise and Stockholm Island Tour

Two amazing water-happenings in June. 30 People gathered for this amazing happening at lake lucerne. 7 hours of boat cruise, fun, beer and sunshine paired with Burgers and other meat – amazing. Legion Urborg even managed to bring home the win against Team Fishliver 🙂

End of June i travelled to Sweden again for the amazing Island Tour. Without knowing exactly where we are going, we embarked the ferry and played some singleton and drunk some beer. The Island weekend was amazing – summer in Sweden is beautiful! I will be there for sure in 2020!

September – Fishliveroilcup

Fishliver-weekend – every serious Oldschool Player is looking forward to this amazing time. Including the Friday-tournament at the Lighthouse and the Main Tournament at Saturday (which will be WinC0n 2020, the official Worlds). The biggest european players gathering and amazing tournament. Thank you Fishliver Crew for everything!

October – Arvika Shark Tournament

At my birthday, the legendary Arvika Shark tournament took place. I travelled to Sweden (again) and had a ton of fun. I also met mighty Magnus in his flat for Breakfast! Thank you Magnus for everything and its great to have you! And Ante is a real thing guys!

November – Team Worlds in London

Every year the bravest of all players form a team of three and meet up for the Team Worlds. As the Southafrican Team won twice in a row, next year its maybe called the „challenge of beating ZA-Worlds“ haha. It was (as usual) a tournament of great fun and it involved again beer, meat and wonderful people!

December – Torin00b in Rivarolo

You find details on top of the article 🙂

 

So this was 2019 for me – thanks to everybody which supported me or drank together with me beer, Schnaps or whatever. I love to say thank you all – its amazing what this community is doing and i am happy to be part of it.

I wish you all a proper 2020 and may the Moxen be with you!

The Reindeer of Legion Urborg

 

 

Spoiler Alert – Scryings II (on behalf of Lions of Austria)

So here we are – lost on top of a plateau but with high hopes to reach the Howling Mine in a few days. The Prodigal Sorcerer did recover well – i was hoping not to use a resurection spell or – Ali behave – animate the dead to have some company… The first sunrise arrived and we decided beat the untamed wild and, driven by wanderlust and move on. We packed our stuff and started walking down the plateau. After some time we reached a huge Quagmire which we had to cross. This time we wished to know the spell of Transformation so we could transform ourself into a Giant Slug and cross this Quagmire…

It seemed that all hope has gone and we wanted to turn. With the glimpse of an eye we reckognized a small creature which was observing us out of a hiding spot. It looked like a Marsh Goblin. The sorcerer found an Amulet which he bought in Kroog and showed it to the creature. It went very catuious out of his hiding spot and towards the shiny Amulet. It seemed that the Goblin wants to trade passage versus the treausure – and we agreed. The Balance was restored as we got a favour for a treasure and finally we can move on. 

After another day tramping through the Forest, we passed some kind of Singing Trees. We stopped as there were also some chanting voices and a roaring noise – seems like a Savannah Lion is around? We examined this strange voice and forsooth, we enter into a strange ritual… Some Citanul Druids, some Whirling Derwish-like dancers and Sorceress Queen were standing around a Nova Pentacle with a bleeding Savannah Lion in the middle. It looked like a strange Ritual of Sacrifice. We decided to interrupt this scene as nobody wants to see a Lord of the Pit which transform us into some Lost Souls, always haunting this forest. I took out my Rocket Launcher and fired Exactly five times before it Exploded. But it was enough to unleash Hellfire among those evil human beings! After releasing the Lion from his Chains (which seemed to be in the former possession of a Mister Mephistopheles) he divine Transformed and change his form to an Angel. We saw such Angels before within the Legion of Serra. By all means we are Blessed! We helped a trapped Angel into its true form and stopped a Dark Ritual!

The Angel pointed us into the direction of the Howling Mine and grateful we followed that hidden path. After another day of wandering, we reached finally the entrance and hoped to excavate soon the goods which are hidden deep into the Mountain. A Copper Tablet at the entrance was written in a strange language. I had to use my Glasses of Urza to decipher – it warned of Black Vises, Racks and Bog Imps to everybody which enters without permission… Fearless as we were we entered those Caverns of Despair! We needed all our Artifacts to pass this madness – even Aladdins Lamp… all Alabaster Potions were gone, the Bone Flute broke with a shattering cry, we even had to Recall the Ancients to get more powerful Spells. But finally we found the Basalt Monolith which was standing in the inner Circle of some undefined color. The Sorcerer told me once (or was it twice?), that he knows the color but due to his secret tech-oath, he will not share it with me… pity…

We managed to Disenchat the seals and entered the Monolith. Tranquility was our only companion and our hearts were trapped into a Deathgrip. It was strange – we found ourselves trapped into a Maze which Master ITH could not build in a more precious way. Thanks to a well timed Twiddle-Spell, we escaped the Maze and we found ourself in the inner circle – a giant Cyclopean Tomb! There was also an inscription written onto the Tomb:

– i can turn Kings into Minions

– Break me in pieces and I will get harder

– all things are sometimes part of me

– a Mountain can become a Plains in the blink of an eye

We were to scared opening the Tomb and we decided to pack the whole Tomb into a wooden box and bring it somewhere safe 😉

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But if you are brave enough to Open the Tomb and solve the Riddle:

Here you go

Spoiler Alert – Scryings

So it was it – we finally reached the Tropical Island the Old Man was talking about. After years of searching through countless scrolls and ancient books within the legendary Library of Alexandria, we managed to locate the final destination! It seems like countless expeditions tried to find the mighty Guardian Beast, which lives in a haunted forest and watches over countless Jade Monoliths, Jayemdae Tomes and colored Gems…

No one had so far survived the encounter and could tell about the whereabouts of this mighty colossus. We heard rumours about a magical Mirror which brings us nearer into another Universe… We feared countless times, that some Cosmic Horror will haunt us after the various Spells we recited out of the Book of Rass. 

We assembled various adventures for this treasure hunt – a Preacher, a Witch Hunter, an Elvish Archer, a Prodigal Sorcerer, a Dwarven Warrior. Headed by me, the wise and strong Lord Magnus, we took the challenge and embark for passage on the Pirate Ship “Tranquility” to set sail in the direction of legendary Island Tolaria. We did not tell Captain Ramirez about our silent disembark 100 miles before we reach Tolaria (we had to follow the Falling Star after the dangerous Mana Vortex at the third day of the second week in fifth month – depending to the Stone Calendar we found on our Expedition to Urborg earlier…) We knew about the Greed of Ramirez as soon as he hears about a Dingus Egg or other valuable goods. 

So we disembarked the Ship silently and tried not to awake the Leviathan. We listened to stories, told by a Brine Hag at the Seafarer’s Quay – and those stories had no happy end for adventurers which invade the hunting grounds of DanDan’s or Elder Spawns. But we did not fear and did overcome those dangers. We lost the With Hunter though to a swarm of Electric Eels – but he fought well, he even Unsummoned some of them back to a place called “Hands”.

Even after this thrilling confrontation and the first daylight after a long night, we weren’t sure if we have reached our destination. It was quite obscure if we reached the Tropical Island or the Volcanic Island – all we saw was a flock of Birds of Paradise in front of the Island and we decided, that this shall not be the correct Image of either of both islands… so the search went on for another two weeks.

Thanks  to a friendly Azure Drake which granted us passage through his lair (thankfully we had some Wild Growth from home to donate) we reached the underground Arena which the Contract from Below pointed us to. But there it happened the first time – overnight, the Elvis Archer was found dead in his straw stock he slept in. No sound or enemy was visible during the night and a strange feeling did overcome the whole party…

We had to cross various water flooded Tunnels and Sinkholes. Also we always felt kind of an evil presence, especially near the beautiful but uncanny Underground Sea we reached at day 3 on the Island. And there it happened again – the Preacher did not survive the night… Again we kept watching our tents but still something managed to sneak in… What evil does this place bear? A frozen Shade? a Bog Wraith? all the Horrors our Grandmothers told us as Children came back…

The Dwarfen Warrior made some jokes about “Black Borders” and talked about Alpha and Beta Legions where some brave Dwarfes meet together with some “special minded lowlanders” at the eight day in the eight month… We did not get anything of that… Nevertheless, the Dwarf did not survive the day. Same story – died during nightfall and did not awake in the morning…

So the only two left where the Prodigal Sorcerer and myself, Lord Magnus. Good thing was that we only had to split the treasure by two now. Bad thing – we did not know about what evil is lurking in the dark… We decided to rest on top of a small Plateau and prepare for the night. As we talked about who is doing the first watch, we managed to Glimpse a Creature in the Dark which attacked out of  nothing. This time it was not silent at all but due to fading light we did not had the chance to determine the nature of this beast. We did sling some Spells and wounded the beast! But before we did deal the final blow, it seemed to regrowth some body parts!! By the Wrath of God – what Abomination is haunting us! The Prodigal Sorcerer did collapse and it seemed, he will not make it. I took my last spell out of my Spellbook and did recite the great ritual of Disintegration targeting that evil in the Dark. An earsplitting noise resounded and all i saw next was a lightning Bolt and some Ashes to Ashes in the Air… It seemed that this Creature did finally found its master! One Healing Salve later, the Sorcerer was back on his feet the next morning and we detected at the horizon the Howling Mine which was our destination…

More of this Adventure will follow next time…

Lord Magnus – “Our Adventure Island”

 

And of course that creature (and the Spoiler Card today) was:

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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