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2019 Retrospective

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I should still write one of these, right? Even though All Tings Considered already did it better, and Pitcast filled in any possible blanks? And with only 24 posts for the entire year, this being is my least productive year on the blag since 2011?


I suppose it is tradition at this point. This would after all be the seventh annual retrospective here. And looking back at something like 2013 or 2015 gives some perspective. Maybe I'll look at 2019 the same way in a few years. Quite a few things happened after all, and the coming decade surely looks interesting for the format.


I've played less Magic this year than most years before it. Not that I was growing bored, but rather that life in 2019 demanded a shifted focus. That's a good thing with a hobby though; it is a spice of life rather than a main dish. We are free to pepper to taste and occasionally social etiquitte have us cut back on garlic. Or something. And though fewer meals than usual, the quality of the herbs I got to…

Happy Holidays and some Legends

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I don't really recall why I decided to do a spoiler on Christmas Eve. Might have been thinking that it would be fun to show Spirit of the Night today as a pun of sorts, forgot that The Dwarven Warriors would spoil that one along with Dwarven Miner, and then it just slipped my mind to update the schedule. Or something. Anyways, right now I'm smack dab in the middle of a snowy hinterland, far up north on the Norwegian countryside. So I actually wrote this a couple of days ago as to not have to sneak away from any festivities with the Norwegian side of the family.

I guess there's a lot I could write about. The NOSMTG Brother's Highlander tournament, reactions to the spoiler season thus far, strange tech or ideas. But Christmas is knocking on the door, and time is of the essence. If you want some proper oldschool fix, I suggest re-reading the spoiler article from 52-Week Beta. It is simply fantastic and keeps on giving.

So spoilers. I was supposed to spoil something today,…

Filler and mid-season rants

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Our hero over at The Sentinel, Dave Firth Bard, is currently in India making the world a better place. As such, he wont post a spoiler today, and we'll go for a double spoiler 12/12 next week instead. Spoiler-free Friday it is. As good an excuse as any to rant a bit.

First of all, bow your heads mofos, 'cause I was recently dubbed an honorary member of the Akron Legionnaires.


While the Akron Legionnaires may be a fairly small team (five people when counting my honorary membership as a proper), we do have both sweet attitudes and impressive output. 80% of the team members do have their own blags after all. Matt, Bill, Sean and myself keep screaming at the void that is the Internet, while Jimmy act as the get-away driver. I assume. Unfortunately I haven't had the chance to meet the guys face-to-face yet, but until then I will presume that this is the case. Regardless, the honor is mine, and I hope to do you guys proud on this side of the continent in any upcoming gatherings …

Arvikarapport, by Olof Robertsson

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Arvika. I could say a lot about Arvika. Though IguessIhave. And the Giant Sharks. That alluding prize given out twice each year during the last decade; at n00bcon and somewhere else. Seven years at BSK, then three years at Scandinavian Championship, and starting next year at the World Championship at Winc0n in Genoa. A Shark has no monetary value. For most Magic players, it is a sad state of cardboard. Yet, in this community, we recognize it as the highest honor, as the top prize at the oldest annual gathering and the World Championship. Anyone who won a Shark is never to cut it from their deck. And anyone who has one can be expected to have a seat at any gathering in the format.

Life made this the first Shark tournament in ten years I wasn't present at. So I have nothing of substance to write this time. But the winner - a hero from my original home town no less - took it upon his shoulders to step out of his comfort zone to deliver a proper report. Hats off to Olof Robertsson, Mas…

Schedule 2.0

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First of all, let's give a huge shout out to Team South Africa who once again won the Oldschool World Cup in London yesterday! Back-to-back winning a gathering of that repute is no fluke, and this one marked the largest oldschoolmtg event in the UK yet. I was personally kinda rooting for what I would call "Team Endboss" (Martin Lindström, Olle Råde and Svante Landgraf from Sweden), but I can't really deny that South Africa deserved the win once again. Well played, and looking forward to seeing some reports. Until then, I simply stole this picture from facebook:


Speaking of the World Cup, during that event the Brothers of Fire unveiled the first Scryings spoiler (once again I'm stealing images from facebook).



Good stuff. The Brothers actually had a couple of spoilers for the event, but opted to do them one at a time and only revealed one yesterday. That, in combination with a pretty solid interest in participating in the spoiler season, gives us an updated schedul…

Announcing Scryings

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In the darkest libraries of Tolaria, a twisted mage quest the palantir for stories of Dominian magic. The visions create rifts in time and space, revealing empires of the past and future, planes long forgotten, and the Dominian Ice Age alongside the lush landscapes of Jamuraa a millennia later. A wanderlust to this reality can only be quenched by Scryings.


Release date / Full spoiler: December 28th
Set size: 116 (40 common, 35 uncommon, 41 rare)
Origins: Fallen Empires, Ice Age, Homelands, Alliances, Mirage, Visions, Weatherlight
Legality: Occasional and at organizers' discretion; e.g. at n00bcon 12


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The expansions from the tail end of 1994 up to the middle of 1997 have a certain silver-age feel. And they bring cards that would be sweet to re-evaluate with our contemporary understanding of Magic. But even disregarding any blatant anachronisms, legalizing any given of those sets could also come with some baggage. There's a lot of spice in Alliances, but is giving control deck…