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Tomato Tomato: Three styles of Old School Magic in three weeks

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Let me share a story again, as has become my privilege. Let me give this soap box to Marty Silenus to stand on. A man whom recently concluded a three week pilgrimage from the tournament at Eternal Weekend in Pittsburg; to the Fishliver Oil Cup in Genoa; to some casual spell slinging in the apartment of one of the format's founders in Gothenburg; before turning his eyes back across the Atlantic. This is the core of oldschool found in curiosity and wanderlust from one of the players we have the honor to call a fellow. It's my pleasure to share this story. /Mg out

Q: Can my opponent do something that doesn’t make sense, such as casting both Holy Strength and Unholy Strength on his Air Elemental?
A: Yes, these effects are magical, after all.
 - Alpha rule book

   If I meet you for the first time and I find out that you play Magic: the Gathering I can probably assume that you enjoy using your imagination. If I then find out that you are a reader of this blog I can also probably assume …

Fungal Bloom at the Horrible Horse Gathering

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A few weeks back, a couple of guys from the Oslo community asked if I could help set up a 93/94 tournament during the Oslo Eternal Winter. That was an easy yes. It had been a while since I hosted a Gathering, especially as Svante Landgraf took over the recent BSK, so it felt like a good time to get off the horse and do something.
I think I might have a slightly different approach for hosting tournaments than most real organizers of proper formats. But I guess that the core obstacles are the same. Location, location, location. Participants. Refreshments, prizes, something unexpected. This might be as good a time as any for me to rant about some of my experiences hosting, so let's start with that.

Location is the most arduous task. You need a place with a lot of tables and chairs, sure. That's easy enough as long as the head count is below 70-80. But then you want the option to drink beer, which whittles down the options. You also want to be able to drink without having too many…

This month in oldschool: October 2017

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Welcome back!
This was a day late. I hope it won't be a slippery slope.

The two big talks of the towns has been the Italian Fishliver Oil Cup and the US EC Eternal Weekend tournament. The fourth annual Eternal Weekend grew almost 50% since last time, and this year Jason Jaco and friends gathered a whopping 118 players, making it the largest old school Magic gathering to date. The Italian Fishliver Oil cup tournament hosted 86 players battling for the Fishliver Oil (casually making it the third largest tournament in the world yet), and also organized the first European tournament using Eternal Central rules the day before the main event. One thing shines through all the reports from the events, regardless of continent: we are having good times with good people. This is our format, and this is Magic as we want it to be.
There has already been a few sweet reports from Eternal Weekend published:
Icy Venom in the Steel City, an excellent tournament report by Dave Firth Bard, fighting hi…