I’d spent the last week in Gothenburg, hanging out with family and friends in my old home town. Had a few evenings at Honka’s place playing Super Nintendo and solving the world’s conflicts. The plan is to jump on the train to Växjö when his weekend starts on Friday, and arrive at the site late in the evening for the Tribelander championships. Hardy will join us from Oslo and meet up in Gothenburg. Same guys as Arvika Festival, and same as last year’s Wexio. We’re the Train People now.
My deck of choice is Undead Party Crasher. Reasonable name for a deck. In the end of the nineties there was an Extended combo deck with Goblin Bombardment and Enduring Renewal, for some reason called Fruity Pebbles. Another deck builder decided to add black for Necropotence to the mix, and called the deck Cocoa Pebbles. Thus a tradition was formed, and pretty much every subsequent combo deck in Type 1.x was named after breakfast food. Trix, Full English Breakfast, Cephalid Breakfast, and so on.
|Just add milk, Donate and Illusions of Grandeur for a balanced breakfast.|
|But a Dead Guy is not necessarily Undead.|
|The first guy who builds a BW Aggro with Erg Raiders, Unholy Strenght and Geddon and brings it to a tournament may chose the beer brand name for that one.|
|As was Underworld Dreams btw. They kept their hands of Skull of Orm though. Surprisingly playable, and cheaper than a soda.|
|Rats snitching on Advisors to Clerics.|
|Lucky Mr. Skillpants.|
|Hardy, Honka and Axelsson with some afternoon cocktails. Talking tech and DevOps.|
Sehl. He sometimes flies under the radar somehow. Like Elof, he missed the n00bcon top8 on 5-2 tiebreakers with ErhnamGeddon this year, but he top8'd last year, and the BSK before that. He has a couple of wins as well, e.g. from the Vasa Gaming tournament which he wrote a guest report about. Dude has been a staying power in the Pimpvitational tournaments the last couple of years, and this while not owning a Lotus nor all the blue Power cards. Every year around Christmas, he organizes his own 93/94 tournament called Sehlskapsspelen. For now though, he's my Magic nemesis.
|Also clearly a 90s surfer jock.|
16 players have reported to the Wexio tournament at the small convention. This is it. Game face.
Game one I'm facing off against Mattias Nilsson. For some reason I think he's playing WW before we start. Turns out he's on full-power Trick, an Underworld Dreams deck with Timetwister, Wheel of Fortune and Winds of Change along with a majority of the restricted list. Luckily, as I'm on Underworld Dreams myself, his wincons works against him. Also, he's URB, which means no Disenchants. I win the first of a well-timed Disenchant on his Underworld Dreams in response to his Wheel, and then grind out advantage with Skull of Orm. Game two I have turn one Serra Angel and eek out a couple of attacks before it is destroyed. Eventually a follow-up Underworld Dreams and Warp Artifact gets him before he gets to stabilize with his Sol'Kanar.
So. That was kinda rough. Does not look like I'm going for the easy streak today though, as my next opponent is none other than Elof "The Mighty" Gottfridson, arguably the best old school player in the world. These days, he always show up with some random build that nobody really understands how it works before it breaks the meta. He top8'd last Arvika Festival with a Time Elemental deck. He won last Sehlskapsspelen with the first version I've seen of Artifact Smash. He won last Warcon with the first build of Monoblue Artifacts. He placed second at Frippan Open with the first iteration of Troll Disco. Dude can build a deck, and dude can play Magic. I have no idea what to expect.
|These are our final moments game one.|
Second game is a grindfest. Elof is one of the last persons you want to grind against. Turns out that he is on a Living Plane combo deck. I assume that it's a pretty bad matchup for him, as I both have all the Disenchants, but also Wraths and Armageddon. Eventually my Underworld sticks and ticks down his life. He has some sort of clock, but I gain a bunch of life every turn from my duo of Ivory Towers, and can play the long game with Underworld.
|Elof's Living Plane Combo|
|Honka vs Simon. Berserk Zoo vs BR Ponza. Good people.|
Jimmie Jephson (Suicide Blue) vs Max Weltz (Troll Disco). One guy playing his first tournament, the other coming fresh of a win at The Ivory Cup.
|Aptly named card.|
I glance over to the other table to see Sehl beat Simon's RG Berserk deck. So it's him and me again. I was dreading, and hoping for, this final.
Sehl. A player who started in the mid-90s, left his cards for a decade and half, and came back to play 93/94. A guy who plays with what he's got, and doesn't let the lack of duals or full power be an excuse for him not to win. A laughing man we he loses, but a louder laughter when he wins. Tournament organizer. House builder. Nemesis. It was a tight match in the final round of the swiss, and I have the cards to beat him. I know what to expect now.
My deck delivers decently game one, but Sehls delivers better. Threats are bigger than Answers. He has turn two and turn three beatsticks, and follows up with Sylvan Library. I've got spot removal, but he grinds it out with card advantage and solid play. I didn't really expect to win game one though. Game two and three is where I'll shine. He'll never beat a trio of Ivory Towers, regardless of his game plan.
Turns out his game plan is turn one Library of Alexandria, and my game plan is to miss the flip on my turn two Chaos Orb. Of course it is. Why haven't I been practicing my flips? He gets to draw five extra cards before I resolve Armageddon. He has the Disenchant for my first Ivory Tower, and a greedy misplay ends up costing me. I cast two more Ivory Towers the next turn, which is pretty much an invitation for him to cast Demonic Tutor for Dust to Dust. Less greed would have made me cast just a single tower, gain the life I needed to get out of range, and have a backup in case of removal. A couple of turns later he goes Time Walk into Wheel of Fortune, and draws the ten direct damage in bolts and blasts he need to put me at zero. "Hold on sec, I need to grab my phone so I can take a picture of your loser-face."
|Humble winner, gracious loser.|
Eventually my tears dry, and I join an eight-man free-for-all Tribelander multiplayer downstairs. I will get him next year. I will crush him at BSK to get that glorious Shark that yet eludes us both. The Train People will be back.
This was a great gathering.
|Sehl's winning deck from Wexio 2016|