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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 Klรถckler. He was also playing a Troll variant with Will-o-the-Wisp (love that card ๐Ÿ™‚ ) and Powersink. We played Troll VS Troll and his Trolls were more reluctant and iย  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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ ) 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ ) and the Northern Paladin Voucher at the Mountain Madness went to the luckiest “Rock-Paper-Scissor”-Player. Well done Nicolas Imwinkelried ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ย 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ ) 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 ๐Ÿค˜. 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. Rรถsti (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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 โ€žthe Legendโ€œ 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 isnโ€˜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 โ€žthe Destroyerโ€œ. We drank about half a bottle of โ€žKraken Rumโ€œ the night before and this match was awesome. We started with a โ€žRelease the Krakenโ€œ-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-hereโ€˜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 hadnโ€˜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 โ€žKINGโ€œ!

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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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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: Donโ€˜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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

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 โ€žDraw Goโ€œ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

Lets do the Finals against Valerio Gregori. Archenemy of mine (haha, no just joking, we like each other ๐Ÿ™‚ ) 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 โ€žplayers priceโ€œ ๐Ÿ™‚

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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 โ€žKonterbierโ€œ… Amazing two-day tournament with amazing people, beer and again meat as much we like. And Frรผhschoppen at Sunday morning with the Gang – never forget ๐Ÿ™‚

 

April – N00bcon Weekend in Gothenburg

Oh beautiful Gothenburg. Together with Elias from Stockholm in a Bottle i managed to organize the parallel Tournament โ€žUrborg Feastโ€œ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 โ€žchallenge of beating ZA-Worldsโ€œ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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.ย 

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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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.ย 

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.ย 

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.

Thanksย  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 ofย  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:

River Boa

 

 

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

So no Magic Tournaments for at least – hmmm.. 3 Weeks ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ Also, the Brothers of fire gathered a veeery impressing Raffle-Table, to which i brought 20 Swiss Chocolates with some hidden Gems ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 โค 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

Thir Match was against Chris Cooper and the Gang (sorry i forgot the names… shame…). Chris played Robots! against Alex,ย  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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

And for the best part – i managed to do the 50-Orb-Flip-in-a-row-Lords-of-the-Pit-Chicago thingy ๐Ÿ™‚ i won the Patch for 50ty flips guys ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ I think this card deserves more attention in this format (it also triggers with Balance and Wheel of Fortune obviously ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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.ย  i could Psi Blast, keepย  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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ (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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 Gambleย  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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) 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.ย  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 ๐Ÿ˜ฆ 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 bothย  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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ Exactly. Congrats for this Raffle-Luck Robbert ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ (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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) therefore the Swiss Chocolate won without any competition.

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So back to the topic – Top 16 at Fishliveroil:

I faced Andrรจ 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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