My roommate, Hardy, used to play Magic a few years back. I think that his last tournament was the Odyssey prerelease back in 2001. We'd been talking a little about 93/94, and generally about doing more things together during the weekends, now that I don't commute to Sweden every week. Representing the Norwegian capital in Arvika seemed like a fun idea. We decided to go together, and the weeks started to fly by.
Suddenly, the tournament was two days away. We still hadn't looked at tickets, accommodations or playtesting. I have a pretty good grasp of my Project M deck (as I've been building and playing it for two and a half years), but we did need to see how the new build of the monogreen worked. So, last Thursday, after we had attended three after-work lectures on architecture CPR, business culture and COBOL (not a joke), we decided to bring out the cards and the Jack.
|Hardy testing MonoGreen vs TaxEdge. Highly intricate.|
Saturday then. Beautiful weather, and even a hint of spring in the air. The week before we had temperatures at -15C (5F). After burgers and beer in Oslo and a train trip to Arvika, some local player met us at the station to give us a ride to the site. Rather than trying to write a proper tournament report here, I'll make it easy for me and share some pictures from the event.
|KungMarkus welcomes us to his turf. When he heard that Hardy and I hadn't sorted out sleeping arrangements, he offered to host us in his home :) Very nice guy.|
|Trophies and prices. In Sweden, the city of Arvika is probably most famous for the Arvika festival. The obvious first price of the tournament was hence a Festival. Also a Tedin signed beta Tome, but all eyes were on the Festival ;)|
|The glorious Festival after signatures from the participants.|
|Cheers! Beer at the site were 10 SEK apiece. To put that in perspective for any non-Norwegians, that's somewhere between a third and a fourth of the price of a beer in a convenience store in Oslo.|
|The tournament has started.|
|Monogreen vs Leprechaun. Awesome matchup.|
|Tripple Gloom vs WW. Looks like a win for the Serendib.|
|Hypnotic Specters vs Killer Bees.|
|RG Berserk punching trough the Relic Barrier.|
|Former DCI manager of Sweden, Mikael Mällroth, helped out with organizing the rounds and making the tournament run smoothly. After the swiss, he contributed to the ambience with some sweet flute music. Surprising, but appreciated :)|
|Mällroth also brought an impressive selection of whiskey samplers to the tournament. Very next level.|
|RW vs Monoblack. A couple of new faces.|
|Sol'Kanar and Triskelion are stopped cold by Spirit Link and Moss Monster.|
|Monogreen vs Atog Burn. The Atog Burn deck was really solid, and I think I got lucky to beat it in the swiss.|
|Some good cards a player wanted help with evaluating.|
|Mällroth went 3-1, but missed top4 on tiebreakers. He got a Quagmire as a consolation price.|
|Kungmarkus and Svetzarn placed 3rd and 4th.|
|The happy owner of a new Festival; yours truly.|
|A beautiful morning in Arvika.|