Ok, so if we don't get to play with the web, let’s go old school. How did people read about Magic in 1994?
|The Duelist #1, January 1994|
The magazine is ripe with classic 90s cockiness and corny fantasy references. I kinda get why we might have gotten roasted in school in the mid 90s for playing Magic when reading this. The strategy is low-level as well, mostly things like that Circles of Protection are not the same thing as Wards, and to have a chance to beat circles you should play more than one color. Lets drop this and find an old school fanzine instead. Maybe some deeper tech.
|Lord of the Pit #2, 1994|
|We were a punchable bunch|
”So far the Old School MTG players group in Sant Feliu de Llobregat (yeah, this place exists) is a reality but alas not everyone has their decks ready. And as everyone is going on vacation or leaves town (or even the country) for several weeks we agreed to do our first Old School MTG beatdown in September.
|Sant Feliu 93/94 crew logo|
As a final note and thought we are enjoying the building process immensely, a part not to be dismissed when playing (well, before even playing) old school.
Have an amazing summer all of you cardslingers ;)”
Good man. Speaking of the Italian rules, there will be a showdown in Camaiore (Italy) in October, which looks simply awesome. I'll just cut and paste from the facebook event:
Fishliver Oil Cup 2016
93/94 Old School Tournament
Italian Rules, Swedish style!
Entry: 20 Euro
First Prize: Arabian Nights Fishliver Oil signed by all participants and a Cup.
Second Prize: Nothing at all (there is only on winner, right?)
Special: All participants will have a chance to win in the UNLIMITED TIMETWISTER RAFFLE taking place before the second round.
Additional prizes: other prizes will be revealed in the upcoming weeks.
Bonus feature: The 2016 Noobcon world champion Martin Berlin have been invited and will be flown in by the organizers to compete in the tournament. That's the first edition of a new recurring event and we want to establish a tradition every year offering a free plane ticket to the winner of Noobcon to play for a Fishliver Oil in Italy.
Rules: We will follow the so-called "Ravenna Rules", which means Swedish standard rules as described on http://oldschool-mtg.blogspot.it/p/banrestriction.html allowing additional editions (Alpha, Beta, Unlimited, Revised, Fbb ITA-FR-DE, Fwb ITA-FR-DE, Arabian Nights, Antiquities, Legends, Leggende, The Dark, L'Oscurità, Renaissance, Rinascimento).
The tournament will include a swiss (last two rounds untimed - intentional draws are not allowed!) and a single elimination top-8.
If I’m going to book one flight for a Magic trip this year, this is the one. Plans are in motion. Need a Fishliver Oil for my monoblue suicide deck.
|Better than Terror with Merfolk Assassin.|
|The top8 of that tournament will be settled with 93/94 Cube draft btw. Cube courtesy of Martin Berlin.|
Let's cap off today with a picture of Axelsson’s UB Suicidal Tendencies from Wexio: