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2015 retrospective

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How about this for a start:
100 000 NOK. Well, actually 99,287, but I added a few hundred more to get a rounder number. The #MtgForLife campaign gathered well over $12,000 in a little over a month. That is awesome, and it will make a difference. And players from around the world keep the mindset going; just a few days ago Chris Cooper and players in the UK held a charity evening for MSF raising nearly £250. It makes me happy to be a part of the community. All the "thank you"-cards have been shipped btw, so hopefully you have them in the mail by now.
I think I've said this every year, but 2015 saw some big growth for mages interested in the origins of the game. Last year I stated that I thought that this blog and the format had grown about as much as was possible, and showed a graph of growth over the last few years. But it's been doubling season yet again, and we're looking at about about twice the number of visitors compared to last year.

A year ago, the tournam…

Old School Cube

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It's time for another visit from our three-time Shark winner and 2015 Pimpvitational Champion Elof Gottfridsson. This time he's setting his constructed creations aside and takes us into the world of 93/94 cube drafting. Enjoy! /Mg out

Hi again!
Quite recently I participated in my second 9394 cube draft. My first time was a few years ago, it was former Swedish Nationals champion Martin Berlin that brought his cube with him before a noobcon. His list was a bit different from "normal" cubes as he had 4 City of Brass and 4 Mishra's Factory, to smooth peoples mana bases and to make Mishra a bit better (like it needs to be better...). He also added a few cards from Fallen Empires to make WW a little better. His list can be found here.
In that draft I messed up a bit. If I recall correctly I took an early Mishra's Workshop not knowing if it was supported in the cube or not, and to be honest with you, my experience with 9394 wasn't that big at the time…

Canadian Rashomon

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Perception is a fickle beast. Reality is shaped by subjective senses where one man's victory is another one's demise. What really happened in Drew's house that day? These are two accounts from our friends across the ocean in Toronto. Enjoy! /Mg out
The first witness Games night was at Drew’s house for a second time.  Snacks and a 6 pack of sprinkled donuts were provided but never made it out. Poor Joe, he loves a good sprinkled donut. By the way, I had two today and they were magnificent.
Bryan arrived early-as per usual. He was wearing his favourite - insert Toronto sports franchise throwback jersey based on season -, in this case it is winter, so he was wearing a Leafs Vintage Jersey Sweater. The only people still reping Leafs gear are B, 11 year olds and Carlos-from Gotham Central Comics-who sells me comics and drives a lunch truck on his off days. Needless to say it was good to see B.
Adam and Joe followed. Joe barrelled into the house with a 48oz soft drink…

Antiquities Roadshow

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While my Channel Universe deck had to take a backseat to spending that budget on #MtgForLife, that didn't mean I didn't brew the last few months. The luxury of having collected a bunch of duals and a majority of the restricted list actually makes building a lot of decks in this format somewhat budget friendly. A couple of months ago I lacked 21 cards for this deck, including 11 Antiquities rares and a pair of Arabian Nights rares, and the whole ordeal still cost me less than a box of Battle for Zendikar.
The plan was the Archaeologist. The digger from Argivia is, like, a super sweet card you guys! Even if we let go of the fact that many of the top decks in the format already play one third artifacts in their decks, the synergies with the card and the broken stuff it can do is just awesome. For two mana, you get back your Lotus. For two mana, you can go inf with Chaos Orb. Two mana nullfies a Disenchant. Repeatable card advantage from a three-drop sounds like a bar…

Hövveturneringen and 24 decklists

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This week I spread my wings and wrote a guest post for Shaman Ben's MtgUnderground blog. If you haven't seen his blog, I highly recommend checking it out. Ben is a fantastic writer and his gonzo-style reports are rare gems in the often bland world of Magic chronicles. The red thread in my article is the second, smaller, 93/94 tournament that took place the day after the Shark tournament at BSK a month ago. It is one of my longer posts, and in my own opinion a good one. You should check it out (and the rest of Ben's blog) here.
But that's not all. In case you've already seen the post and feel the need for some netdecking inspiration, here are 24 decks-to-beat from the last months.
BSK 2015 top8
55 participants, photos of 8/8 decks. The sixth showdown at BSK was the grandest one yet. Top decks include e.g. MirrorBall combo, Power Monolith, UR Burn, The Deck and a solid Deadguy Ale. When the dust settled, UR Burn was seen hoisting the Shark once again.

Moss 93/9…

Gothenburg Invitiational and ramblings

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Last weekend I attended the first Gothenburg Invitational 93/94 tournament in Gothenburg. It was a smashing event, hosted by the Master of enchantments and fine beer that is Kenneth Mossberg.
The event was streamed live at twitch, and there might be some videos coming up in the future. The commentator had gotten a cold though, so instead of doing his job he sleeved up The Gun and drank cinnamon whisky. It might still be watchable if you are deep in the 93/94 mire :)

And this is going on:
I've started the signing and packing process for the #MtgForLife cards now. Again, for those of you who asked, the cards are all from my own collection and all of the money we've raised will go directly to MSF (apart from possibly transfer fees and such). And thanks again for all the backing, I'm really proud of what we've done! I realized that there was some issue with the shipping information for the "Fetcher" perk, so I'll be sending an email to the forty of you so…

Stream of #MtgForLife

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"With 10,000 dollars, we'd be millionaries! We could buy all kinds of useful things... like love!"
-Homer Simpson

It was a success. $12,692 has been contributed by over a hundred players of the mtgunderground. We've managed to do this without any support from the larger stores like SCG or CardKingdom. We've spread the word on informal channels, zero fucks given about the discomfort in asking fellow players to look at situations worse than thier own. This is not a political thing, it is a simple humanitarian thing. It's about acknowledging people who have been dealt a crappy hand in life and helping those who help in what way we can. It's about giving up a small part of our own luxury to help other people's lifes move from 'abysmal' to 'pretty harsh'.
#MtgForLife doesn't end just because the campaign is over. Today I recieved a mail from a guy in Norway who just had sold cards for $90 and asked where he should donate them…

Two and a half days left: Felipe's Time Vault

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It's a little over two days left on the #MtgForLife campaign. It's a different climate than just a couple of days ago.

I think a lot about what happened in Paris yesterday. I also think that thinking or praying isn't enough. Is there something that you can actually do, if even at a micro level, to help someone or change things for the better?

The $12,257 we've collected for MSF of course wont create world peace alone. But it will help a lot more than $0 would. Everything is pretty fucked up right now. I'm glad to be around people who cares about changing it for the better rather than scream for more blood.

I'm going back down now to our casual realm of card games. Today we have a special treat from one of the top techers and good guys in the format, I give the word to our own Felipe Garcia. Enjoy :) /Mg out

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A couple of weeks ago the BSK gaming convention was held in the Swedish city of Borås. The yearly BSK oldschool tournament at the site attracted 55 play…

6 days left: The BSK top8, part 2

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Six days left for the #MtgForLife campaign. A few days back we reached the $10,000 milestone we sat out at the start, but we keep charging. Right now, we've raised $12,052. We're at at a level where it sends a signal to and from the Magic community at large. Sometimes we need to raise our eyes from our playmats, and when we do, we have the opportunity to make a small difference. Ball Lightning if I ever saw it. Thanks for being awesome.

With the last week of the campaign in mind, let's check in on the rest of the mages from the BSK top8.
Hannes "Halo00" Löfgren holds the distinction of being the youngest player in the format; at 22 years he's only slightly older than the cards themselves. That does not by any means say that he is low on experience with old cards though. Quite the opposite. Hannes slowly bought in to Legacy a bunch of years back while in school, and showed impressive results at the tournaments in Gothenburg early on. He started his transition…

Day 29: Milestones and BSK Top8

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Well I'll be a six-drop in a sligh deck. We've done this:
10,000 'murcan dollars! Well, actually $10,417 by now. You guys are awesome.
What now? We're going into Win-More. Still-had-all-deez mode. Of course we pursue. It's 11 days left, and we keep charging. Every contribution matters, and we have some momentum now. Even WotC is starting to take notice (Helene is the Director of Global Organized Play at Wizards):
So, if anyone from WotC is reading this and wants to get in, feel free to send me a message.

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But now, lets go to some hot tech from the elimination rounds of BSK. I give you the first half of the BSK top8.
Erik Sundberg is one of the real champions of exploring what can be done with the 93/94 cardpool. And I'm not just talking about 60-card constructed here. Erik has been hosting a 93/94 Cap Magic circle for some time (oldschoolcapmagic.wordpress.com), where the players "vote out" cards from the card pool after each session to make deck …

Day 26: Pictures from BSK

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Do we really care about the starting numbers? Sure, it's impressive that a casual old school tournament in Borås without any real price support gathers more players than the main Vintage event of the MKM series tournament in Prague. And it's sweet to see that the old players keep coming back, and that new players are attracted to the format every year, showing up to play with what they have. But what I really like is this: That's during round six of the BSK tournament. Of the 55 players in the tournament, pretty much none has dropped. People are playing at the 0-5 table. Players play because they like the game and enjoy company of the other players. There are no draws here, and players gonna play.

This year, the 93/94 tournament at BSK took place at the main Magic room at the convention. It was the first time we did this. Moving from the hotel bar in 2010 to hotel rooms in 2011, then to hotel suits in 2012 and 2013, to a secluded part of the convention buil…