Russians, Americans and Italians representing. German, Norwegian and Spanish players. Dudes taking a roadtrip for days from Switzerland, a UK crew showing up with matching Beasts of Borgadan t-shirts and a crew of Dutch players hanging out until five in the morning to watch the finals. The finals between a casual player from Växjö and a man whom represented the Icelandic team in the 1996 Magic World Championship. Players from all over, with all kinds of backgrounds, decks, and stories.
I can tell you that 100 players are more than 50 in the same way a marathon is longer than a half-marathon. It is not just twice as much, running it becomes a different ballpark. It may get crowded, the scorekeeping and barkeeping may become a different monster, and every now and then you just have to sit on a beer keg and play in liue of a chair. But when you have a community like this, it just works. Everyone is so damn friendly and nice to hang out with. There are honestly like zero douchebags here. You make this what it is.
I was something of a wreck on Saturday and unfortunately missed Kalle's Huvudturneringen ("The Main Tournament") the day after n00bcon. That seemed like a super sweet event, one which I wouldn't mind getting some stories from. I also heard, sometime in the middle of the night, that one player from the Netherlands would write a tournament report from the event, so I'm holding out for that one ;) But first, let's check out a bunch of pictures from the event.
|Thursday preparations. Trophies, Easter Eggs and a pack-fresh Giant Shark.|
|Beer prepping. Both Old Viscosity and Older Viscosity ;)|
|Players starting to roll in and registration is up. Thanks a bunch to Mällroth, Timecode and Knutsson who made it work after short-notice cancellelations from other guys.|
|It was a little too crowded to announce the tournament starting in the middle of the playgroup, but the pub provided a sweet balcony for me to stand and shout and drop pairings from.|
|The game's afoot! Sitting arrangements alternated between most things between sofas and empty beer kegs. In other places at the location, people played on most things between bar tables and a pingpong table. Chaos Orb flips were supposedly hard to reach at the pingpong table ;)|
|Island of Wak-Wak and Gaea's Avenger looking good against Serendib Efreet.|
|First game of the day. Drinking Deadguy Ale and attacking with Serras and Sengirs. Feeling good.|
|Ninth-time n00bcon player Sveby with Eureka versus third-time Russian player Constantine with TwiddleVault. Crazy games.|
|Among the stranger binder pages. Altered blackbordered power, BB duals, and Sorrows Path. The trick is to have the cheaper cards closest to the D-rings, so they shield most of the damage you get from keeping the cards these kind of binders ;)|
|A good third or so of all the completed Ultra Pro Puzzles in the world. I got the chance to flip my entire Orb puzzle on an entire Lotus puzzle. Achievement unlocked.|
|Øyann versus Tall Steve. In the background we see our glorious commentators Yespair and Elof.|
|Steve's deck. A glorious Living Plane/Drop of Honey/Prodigal Sorcerer pile.|
|The UK team; Steve, Ben, Jonas and Karl|
|Representing! Karl is a properly built man, but looks kinda tiny in comparison to the Hill Giants of the Kingdom.|
|Random prize for the highest placing Brit. Couldn't find a proper Hill Giant, so I went Garfield Alter on a similar card.|
Robin "Hagelpump" relaxing between rounds. His ninth year at the tournament.
Super friendly Andrea Braida from Italy showing who's the boss. Shivan Dragon, that's who.
A true expert on playing Magic on a computer, Gregory from Switzerland won the Skype group invite. He just found an Easter Egg with the "Shandalar" game for his accomplishments.
|I myself got this fantastic Beta Braingeyser alter from Constantine and Shelest from Russia. Thanks a lot guys, you rock! This will see a lot of play :)|
William from Mindstage set up an impromptu shop for those needing to round out their decks during the weekend. He also help out a lot with the score keeping. Thanks man!
|Though some cards had better grading than others ;)|
I got to play a feature match against Danny Friedman and his sweet Millstone deck. Circle of Protection: Black doing a lot of work!
|Paddan's first turn Erhnam is sufficiently matched by my first turn Juzam. Note the gentleman's agreement of leaving out Mind Twist and LoA from our decks ;) Also note the sick championship play may!|
|Speaking of top-notch cloth, Danny and Shane shows how to represent the Lords of the Pit from Chicago.|
|Fransesc representing the Saint Feliu de Llobregat comunity in Spain. Dude also made sweet 5/5 djinn tokens for all the participants at the tournament :D|
|Fransesc's sweet deck.|
Shark-winner Robert Schram seems certain on an impending victory.
|All Hallow's Eve looking good.|
|Death by a thousand pings. Or at least 20.|
|Some players prefer it less subtle ;)|
|A lot of cards changed hands during the gathering, and crazy trades were all over. Here's a guy from Norway upgrading five power cards from Unlimited to Beta in a single transaction.|
|Another one of the alluring flowers was seen in this great pile. It's an Alpha-only deck, probably the only deck in the tournament that could be completed already in the summer of 93. And it went 4-3, winning record!|
|Sengir Vampire's second ability actually matters when opponent plays Flying Men and Chain Lightning.|
|n00bcon 3 winner Viktor "Oldschool" Peterson getting beaten down by a Preacher. Still keeps that winning smile :)|
|The Lestree Pose.|
|Alpha-deck player Montag, David Chambers of New Zeeland, n00bcon 8 winner Martin Berlin, and n00bcon 6 winner Christoffer "Stalin" Andersson. Good people.|
|Good times in the trading/heavy drinking area.|
|Megu's sick blinged-out MonoBlack deck. Everything that can be Alpha is Alpha.|
|Round seven. Still around 97 players standing ;)|
|Yeah, so how many Amy Weber altered Alpha Time Walks has anyone seen? Some of the German players had collections that just blew me away.|
|The 2016/2017 Rookie of the Year, Arvika Shark winner Andreas Cermak! Thanks a bunch for the Mtg Poker Chips btw :)|
|Stalin in the bar still keeping the fort. A few of the bartenders had an 18 hour shift. Well played!|
|While the top8 has started elsewhere, a bunch of hardcore players starts Hövveturneringen ("The main tournament"). Single elimination, one round, last person standing.|
|This year the glorious Rukh Egg of Hövveturneringen was picked up by the 15/16 Rookie of the Year Thomas Nilsen of Norway.|
|It's time. For all the marbles.|
|Icelander picking up his fifth n00bcon top8 and second final appearance in the last three years. Facing of against Hashi, a top skilled casual player from Växjö.|
|The final was a truly great game of Magic. The crowd couldn't hold the applause when Hashi deployed a Nightmare through Icelander's defenses.|
|After three tight games with impressive spell slinging, the Dark Side emerges victorious! Congratulations to the new World Champion: Kristoffer "Hashi" Arlefur! Awesome played man!|
|The winning deck of the 2017 Old School Mtg World Championship: Hashi's Disaster.|