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The Gamma Orb

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A couple of people asked me to go into some details on the three cards I flashed in the previous post, so let's do it. These cards have a special place in my collection and carry some history.

As Magic players, we all sit somewhere between "100% player" and "100% collector" on the proverbial Player/Collector spectrum. Sure, there are players who don't own any cards (or don't care about the few cards they do happen to own), prefers to proxy up the decks they play, and couldn't care less about the flavor, editions or conditions of cards they use. And sure, there are people with vast collections and sealed rarities they never intend to sell that don't know how to play the game. But for most of us, we land somewhere in between the end-points of the scale.

I used to see myself as far more of a player than a collector. If we look at the spectrum as a 1-10 scale, with 1 being "100% player", I would probably have stated that I was a "3&qu…

The first Orbs

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So here I am. Sitting by the computer late at night, sleep amiss, waiting for screams that may not come. Maybe she'll actually sleep this time. Maybe I should try to get some too.

It's been five or six weeks since I last logged on to facebook, which is a simultaneously stressful and calming feeling. There was too much going on at work and home to enjoy the notifications, so I opted to cut it out for some days. The urge to return gradually just vanished. It was not really a conscious move or a statement of any kind, rather a realization that being continously connected took more energy than it gave. It might change in the future, but for now I find myself perfectly satisfied with e-mail and a phone number as the non-physical contact points.

Anyway, sitting awake, looking through the binders. I like the binders and the cards they hold. Tangible stuff, building blocks that would eventually shape my spare time and friendships in ways I could never imagine when they were created in…

The n00bcon 11 top16 (+1)

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Top8ing the 93/94 World Championship is a special feat, reserved for a particular kind of mage. A testament to both casual and competitive vigor, perhaps unlike any other gathering in the game of Magic. And it doesn't only require some absurd skill with the cards, but also serious endurance. Eighteen hours passed between the door opened and the champion was crowned.

With well over 40 communities represented, we had 120 players competing for the Shark at the n00bcon main event. Some blocks away from that, an additional fifty or so mages gathered at a nearby rooftop bar to compete for the last spot in the top8, making the total force fishing for this particular Shark 170 players strong.

Apart from the World Championship during Friday, we had old school events running from Wednesday to Sunday; August-93 to PreModern; Ice Age Block to Ante 40K. This was a festival; a tribute to the history of the best game in the world and a gathering of the finest of fools.


Let me start by congratula…

Danish Brews: Part III

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Things may move a little slow around here. But to break the fasting I recently got the chance to bring you a most glorious feast. Hans Henrik Rasmussen's Danish Brews Part I & II are among my very favorite post on this blog, and in Magic brewing generally regardless of context. Four years since the last one, and well worth the wait, it is my absolute pleasure to present Danish Brews: Part III. Enjoy! /Mg out

Two notes about Danish Brews Part I and II (http://oldschool-mtg.blogspot.com/2015/08/danish-brews-part-i.html and http://oldschool-mtg.blogspot.com/2015/08/danish-brews-part-ii.html): Back in 2015 when I did the first Danish Brews write-up we didn’t have power cards – that has changed (for the better). It’s been a while since they’ve appeared on the table, but I’d still say paying 1R for the Alpha versions of Orcish Oriflamme and Orcish Artillery is nothing to be ashamed of. Which by the way is very apropos of the latest (at the time of writing this) All tings consi…