"If we’re not supposed to dress up then why the fuck is it called the pimpvitational? (Profiling and shit)"
With the contestants arriving this is exactly what went through my head. There were lots of casual clothing and me. Me, who looked like the fourth lost member of the ZZ Top. I held out for three hours before succumbing to the incredible warmth provided by my awesome outfit.
|Sharp dressed man with a solid hand!|
But enough about that, let’s get down to brass tacks. My Pimpvitational started Friday evening when Felipe Garcia’s flight arrived in Gothenburg. I came to know Felipe about a year ago when he still was fairly new in Sweden. He moved here with his wife and children from Seville in Spain and we came in contact with him when he was looking for other magic-players. I invited him over for some beers and magic with me, ‘mg’ and Kalle, the latest noobcon winner. We didn’t know what to expect but other than being an awesome dude Felipe showed up with a complete collection of Beta, AN, AQ, Legends and so on.
|Felipe, a true Atog bro!|
|ATOG’LL BE BACK!|
Back to the evening before the pimpvitational. Since Felipe has an awesome collection and he’s been playing Highlander-style decks already I expected an awesome list. We cracked open a couple of beers and put some Sleep on the turntable. I am a firm believer that magic should be played accompanied by the tones of sludge and doom metal. Early Sabbath through Sleep to fantastic new acts like our local heroes Monolord and Yuri Gagarin.
|Atog against Atog. Huge pile of artifacts in the bin and a Berserk to seal the deal.|
Rookie of the Year, Jenny / Moxin naturally joined our magic night since she’s so sweet living with me. When I taught Jenny to play magic 18 months ago I would never have expected that she would buy her own power cards in the future. She started out at noobcon last year with a classic zoo deck. Berserked Kird Apes and shit. After that she moved on to play monoblack achieving a striking performance taking the deck to the semifinals of the third biggest tournament of the last season, Frippan Open, with 27 players. Of course this deck contained her first purchased card, an unlimited Black Lotus.
|Jenny / Moxin quickly picked up all the Sol Rings for the photoshoot. Arguably the best card in the format and she knew it!|
Jennys deck was a blue and black deck with lots of strong cards and powerful artifacts. Riven Turnbull made many appearances. Keep an eye out for Hell’s Caretaker when the big artifacts hits the bin, without removal you’ll soon be done. Lots of synergy between cards and playing only two colors, mana screw is of lesser concern.
Excellent preparation is the key to success as taught by the great Shaman Ben. The night went on and much magic was played until the small hours. Saturday morning came and we had well needed breakfast at a local American style brunch place. Some quick magic games before we headed to the venue of the great battalion. Forest, BoP, go! Second breakfast consisted of a bottle of 8 year old Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast. Fantastic brew that aged well.
|Magic, old brew and the next person of interest, Hagelpump!|
|Hagelpump picked up the last remaining cards from the analysis of the restricted choices. Still a fucking powerful hand!|
And last but not least, since you need a decent soundtrack to your old school magic evenings, here’s something for everybody!
Frippans Magic Music Tips
For the beginner: Black Sabbath – Electric Funeral
For the metal dude: Sleep – The Clarity
Preaching to the choir: Sunn O))) – Aghartha
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