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…).

Here you find everything you need to know: 31.1.2020-2.2.2020

  • 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

 

 

 

 

 

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