|Top8 players: Gordon Andersson, Alexander Hasthi, Thomas Nilsen and Mikael Mällroth.|
He played his first old school tournament at Nebraska's War in December last year when he and Berlin travelled down to swing Eternal and show southern Europe how we tap old school in the north. He faced Berlin in the finals of the tournament. A few months later, he played his second tournament, this time at L.I.G.G. in Stockholm, where he again faced off against Berlin in the finals. In Arvika he got stopped cold by KungMarkus in the quarterfinals, but he can still brag about reaching the elimination rounds in three out of three tries with his UR Burn deck. The deck has some nice innovations, in particular that Gordon plays the full set of Flying Men; here without Unstable Mutations to back them up. In his deck they pretty much act like Lightning Bolt 9-12. He can usually land one early and get in at least three points of damage before anyone will consider doing something about it.
|Gordon's UR Burn|
Hasthi takes the denial strategy of BW a step further and complements his beatsticks and spotremoval with Armageddon. It looks like a really solid addition.
|Alexander Hasthi's Dead Guy Ale.|
Thomas keeps on breaking the Power Monolith deck a little further with each go. The version of the deck he took to the finals of Arvika looks like an immensely powerful build. May look slightly durdly, and may have a price tag comparable to a small house in the suburbs, but I must say I prefer this version to the one I played during the tournament. Even if the power levels would be similar, this one looks a lot more fun to play :)
|Thomas's Power Monolith|
Mällroth's pet deck is UGR Zoo, commonly referred to as Lestree Zoo by the 93/94 players these day. Before the tournament, he cut three Ice Storms to make room for two Shatters and a Fork maindeck, which he used to great advantage throughout the day and eventually won him the Festival. This is one sweet deck. It really feels like old school Magic.
|Mällroth's Lestree Zoo|