A great majority of the tournament players back in the mid 90s didn't have the same understanding of the game as we have today; with tempo, card advantage, who's-the-beatdown and whatnot. The players at our world championship are probably, on average, better than they were at the actual worlds 94. In the midst of our casual environment, we have players with backgrounds from national teams at Worlds, former Pros, the formerly consensus master of Legacy in Sweden, a former Vintage national champion, and players with impressive records from previous 93/94 tournaments. Amongst all the beer and laughs, there is a competition, and the competition is skilled. Building a deck in this format is hard, time consuming, and expensive. Winning with, and tuning, said deck is even harder.
Getting to the top8 shows that you have what it used to take to be a champ; before it was called Vintage, before it was called Type 1, when it was simply called Magic.
But again, if you had a good time and got to chat with some sweet people, you did it right regardless of the final standings. We'll get back to more sweet and inspiring decks from n00bcon in the coming weeks, but for now, let's take a look at the first half of the top8.
|5-8th players: Elof, Åland, Icelander and Freespace|
|Hurkyl's into Amnesia for the stab.|
|And 2-off sideboard Lightning Bolt. Next level.|
|Nicol Bolas. Now that's a wincon.|
|Freespace's given name is btw Johan, hence the techy sideboard card ;)|