Dear Oldschool community
I am happy to present you a guest report from one of our fellow Urborg-Legionnaires Phy. He stood the ground for our valuable cause at Castle Frankenstein in Germany and wrote about his adventures.
Also, please keep in mind that N00bcon is in one month – it’s going to be an exciting weekend of Magic in Gothenburg. We host also tournaments for non-participants of N00bcon:
Urborg Feast parallel Tournament to N00bcon – winner goes directly into Top8 of N00bcon 2019
Saturday Smash – fight for honour
Sunday ABU Block party – Brew the fun out of your Deck
and of course the famous Urborg Lake Cruise at 8. of June 2019
And don’t forget to join the Gentlemens Club if you are a true Oldschool Gent 😉
Enough Chitchat about the exciting times which lie ahead – lets deep dive into the tournament report of Raphael Ehrensperger:
Beer and Orb flipping in Darmstadt
a premodern / old school tournament report by PHY
With great excitement I await the postman. Luggage is packed and all main and sideboard cards are in the deck boxes – only the cut-off vest is still missing! As the newest member of the Legion Urborg and their only representative at the Alpha Castle tournament at Castle Frankenstein, I want to be dressed accordingly. One hour before my departure the parcel courier actually arrives at my door and I can finally put on my black denim vest and head off to the train.
After a good six and a half hours and several “Goldfish” tests, I arrive in Darmstadt. The sky is grey, but it is a bit warmer than at home. Check-in at the hotel and off to JK Entertainment, just about 15 minutes walking distance. In the store, the touchscreen with the single-card list and the showcase with the top-end cards stand out: Foil Rares and Mythics , Masterpieces and UMA Box Topper . A few shelves with booster displays and accessories as well as playing tables on two floors complete the picture and in the corner is a small fridge with soft drinks.
FNM: Ravnica Allegiance Booster Draft
Shortly after my arrival the FNM starts. First pick Pestilent Spirit and a few good Rakdos creatures, burn spells and some green spells give me the hope that i might overrun my opponents with an aggressive BRg / Jund Deck.
Surprise: My first round is broadcast in the in-house Twitch Stream!
Game one of the first round is over quickly, after my opponent plays no further spells than a glass of the Guildpact. But in the second game the tide turns and I lose to the superior power of his Gruul creatures boosted by Glass of the Guildpact. The third game I lose, as well as rounds two and three. I will spare you the details, but I would like to mention that I was shocked by the colour-imbalance of the boosters in this Draft . Due to the often one-sided card distribution, the usual signals, to which one is accustomed to as a draft player are practically non-existant in Ravnica Allegiance, as well as its predecessor Guilds of Ravnica. I got several good picks late in the draft even though the players to both sides drafted the same colours as i did.
A beer at the hotel bar after the draft and off to bed.
After a rich breakfast on Saturday morning, I visit the Mathildenhöhe, the architectural highlight of Darmstadt. The Art Nouveau buildings, park, and the recently renovated Art Nouveau public bath built between 1899-1914 are worth the visit. As it suddenly begins to drizzle, I get indoors in the Cafe Chaos, which lives up to its name in a positive sense. Food and drink at a fair price and a great atmosphere – here I could well imagine weekly game evenings.
After the rain disappears as suddenly as it came, I go back to the store of JK Entertainment, where the 1st German Premodern Championship takes place.
Due to an accident, some players, including my first opponent, are late, which gives me some time to get to know the meta and the players for the first time.
I’m playing Dementia Drake, a combo deck that tries to sacrifice an Iridescent Drake enchanted with Abduction to Altar of Dementia over and over, milling the opponents whole library in the process.
My first opponent Karl Pfeiffer from Nuremberg makes short work of me an my deck with his Three Deuce deck. Savannah Lions, Llanowar Elves, Skyshroud Elite and Rancor are just too fast. Congratulation Karl to your strong Top8 place with this skill-intensive deck!
On round two I meet an exceptional player. Lidwina Schaub is just eight years old and has traveled with her dad Felix from Rottenburg to her first Magic tournament. Matching her Sligh deck, she wears an orange cape and a red ribbon braided into her hair. Skillfully she keeps back spells or effects until the right moment: Lightning Bolt in response to the Iridescent Drake trigger, sacrifices Mogg Fanatics post-combat to inflict the last point of damage, and so on. Only with great effort and good luck do I manage to win the match. As the two games for the round are finished fast there is still enough time left for two rematches, which I lose horribly. Beware, she will soon be shaking up the legacy and maybe the old school scene!
Round three I play against Adrien Boulet from France, piloting a mix of Bargain Storm and Trix. One game he can win with Rituals into Yawgmoths Bargain, Illusions of Grandeur for twenty extra lives – drawin cards and going to one life, then plays second Illusions plus Donate and a Disenchant for the win. In the other two games my combo is faster though: The third game I manage to win on turn two: T1 Ancient Tomb , Mox Diamond (discarding a land), Altar of Dementia, Cabal Therapy on myself (discarding Abduction), T2 Llanowar Wastes and Dementia Drake and mill, go!
Motivated and with two wins I meet UW Turbo Oath in round four : After I manage to resolve the combo in Game one, I mill my opponents the deck two cards at a time until the first of his two main deck Gaea’s Blessing announces my defeat! Capsize plus Counterspell leave me no chance of defeating him with combat damage , so I surrender shortly thereafter. The one-of Morphling and the seemingly endless card advantage thanks to Horn of Greed and Exploration in connection with counters of local hero Jens Jaeger are enough to let him triumph. He made Top8 and also wrote a tournament report.
The last round I lose without resolving the combo against Patrick Pecjak’s The Rock. Huge Terravores and Ravenous Baloth stomp me to a quick death.
I finished 11th out of 18 with two wins and as it was my first premodern tournament I am happy with my result, as I got a lot of experience.
Before the cut to the Top8, the prize distribution takes place with booster prizes from Urza’s Saga, Mirage, Ice Age and other old editions. After the Top8, the winner Julian Nazarenus who played Reanimator receives a Lightning Angel poster signed by RK Post.
Organizer Philip “Flippi” Böhm, Adrien Boulet, Nicolas Steger from Texas – who took the opportunity to visit Germany and play the two tournaments this weekend! – and I embark to the restaurant Braustüb’l opposite Central Station, where the first of two Chaos Orb flip contests is held. Together with a few Old Schoolers from Germany, Belgium and Sweden we enjoy a delicious dinner and Craft Beer.
With an Oversized 6×9 Promo Chaos Orb we try to hit an Oversized Shivan Dragon, which proves to be significantly harder than with normal cards. Niels from Frankfurt wins the knock-out against Nick and takes home the Chaos Orb, severely wounded, the Shivan Dragon retires and will not face the brave heroes again until Sunday evening. Of course, we also test our decks and give us advice on fine-tuning.
Alpha Castle Tournament
On Sunday Flippi picks me up with his car and we drive to Castle Frankenstein, where about 90 guests soon arrive. After a castle tour and a Frankenstein performance in rainy weather, we head to the castle restaurant, where a delicious buffet and our opponents are already waiting for the first round. During the whole tournament I drink “Schwarzbier”, dark beer with a nice roasted malt taste.
Each round, the opponents are randomly drawn with white and black knights.
I’m playing a white weenie deck which I call “Holy War”, because it’s theme reminds me of the crusades to Jerusalem in the late 11th and early 12th centuries.
Beer One, Round One I’m playing against Frank Pollich from Munich, who sat opposite me while eating. Like me, he recently discovered Old School Magic. Unlike me, he had not played magic for almost twenty years. His fully powered deck with 27 mana sources is based on an old deck he built in the nineties: Erhnam Djinn, Storm Seeker, Fireball and Timetwister, Wheel of Fortune and Black Vise. One game I manage to win, the other he plays a lethal Fireball. After I dump my first Chaos Orb flip of the tournament, he manages to kill my permanents with Nevinyrrals Disk and soon after the damage from Black Vise with a refilled hand is enough to crush me again.
1-2. As a consolation prize for the botched Chaos Orb, I get a Beta Benalish Hero from Flippi!
Beer Two, Round Two I overrun Tim Herzenstiel from Frankfurt in the first game before he can do anything with his Mono Black Deck, playing beautiful German FBB cards. Game 2 he manages an early lock-down with a Gloom, but thanks to Land Tax and White Knights / Order of Leitbur I eventually win this game as well. 2-0.
Beer Three, Round Three against Belgian player Antoine Rottiers’ Troll Disco. As I enjoy the opportunity to speak french, we agree to converse in his native tongue. As I miss with my Chaos Orb for the second time today, the card advantage from his first turn Library is too overwhelming and despite abeing able to press him with a creature and two crusades, a Disc and two Trolls can finally tip the scales in his favor. In the second game I finally manage to hit with the Orb, but shortly thereafter I get a stupid idea and play an Armageddon. Thanks to his Guardian Beast / Chaos Orb combo I lose without a card on the board and we laugh about my stupid move, 0-2.
Antoine has written an excellent tournament report as well!
For the second missed Chaos Orb, I get at least another consolation prize: Alpha Death Ward!
In the fourth round, again I meet my third German opponent Peter Hamm with a beautiful black bordered Mono Red deck. Two very similar games with T1 Brass Man, T2 Ironclaw Orcs, T3 Orcish Artillery for starters and a Dragon Whelp in one game and an Earthquake in the other deliver the coup-de-grace to me and my Crusaders. The two CoP: Red out of my sideboard never showed up. 0-2. Beer four arrived a bit late, but was therefore drunk all the faster!
Round five I meet Matthew Rickhuss from England, with a Mono Blue Deck without Power. As a Strip Mine eliminates his only island in the first game, my weenies manage to overrun him. For the second game I am in need of my fifth beer: Since my Crusade gets countered, Tim (Prodigal Sorcerer) can kill my X/1 creatures and two of his Control Magic (from the sideboard?) steal my two White Knights, who along with Tim defeat me in a couple of turns. In the third game I’m luckier as an Icatian Javelineer, White Knight and a Disenchant on Control Magic are enough to win. 2-1
Last round, sixth beer. I already met Tom Buggenhout from Belgium at the Chaos Orb Contest on Saturday evening and thus we both knew what the other one was playing. For the second time this Sunday I was thrilled to play against Mono Black, this time against a Triple Sleeved Deck exclusively with A/B/U and original printings. Tom opens with T1 Dark Ritual and Hypnotic Specter, which I fortunately can answer with Swords to Plowshares on my first turn. Then I can weaken his mana base long enough with a Strip Mine for him to be brought to his knees by several crusading Order of Leitbur and White Knights. The second game takes a long time, we both build a board presence and can inflict a few points of damage. With a White Knight on Crusade and Disenchant I can get a few points of damage around three Mishra’s Factories and with a full attack and the ping of a Icatian Javelineers I’m finally able to deal enough damage to put an end to his suffering despite a Su-Chi. Surprisingly 2-0!
At the conclusion, the prizes are awarded. The player with six wins and the highest score receives an alpha Castle and the three players with the highest total number of points receive an altered Beta Castle each. There are also various prizes for creative deck building. Unfortunately my deck wasn’t knightly enough for the desired “Most Knightly Deck” prize and with my 3-3 end-result I din’t get any prize.
Shortly before departing, I can tick off one of the cards on my Want list: finally, I may call a Preacher my own!
Then I’m off to the Pizzeria Antik Lokales for the Final Chaos Orb Flip Contest.
Again, I have no luck in the first run and enjoy a Guinness instead. At the end of an exciting showdown Moritz Nazarenus wins the Oversized Chaos Orb and the defeated Shivan Dragon.
Shortly before midnight, the company dissolves, and I walk to the Hotel Moxy where I meet Thomas Ribet, Pieter Gulinck and my opponent from the last round Tom at the bar and play a few more rounds with Tom and Pieter.
Thomas helps me to get my first Unlimited Island and thanks to Tom I now have a playset of Oath of Druids for Premodern. At 2 o’clock my eighth beer is as drunk as I am and due to playing errors getting more frequent we call it a day.
Conclusion: It was fun playing this meta and B&R, because I love Fallen Empires. With my deck building decisions I’m pretty satisfied. In the future I will be back to maindeck Balance and the playset Disenchants and try to get three Thunder Spirits. I prefer only to be able to play one strip mine, that will also make it easier to stay on 60 cards!
I’m changing my decks back to Swedish B&R, Ravenna Reprint Policy, because my next OS tournament is a home game: Urborg Feast Cruise on Lake Lucerne!
What deck I’ll be playing there will be kept a secret for a while…
Thanks to Flippi Böhm and JK Entertainment for this unforgettable weekend and to Felix Schaub for the additional photos of the Premodern Tournament!