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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…

Banned & Restricted update 2019

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The cabal has convened, the sacrifices have been made, and the blood divination has yielded results. It’s that time of the lunar cycle again, the time when the banned & restricted list gets tweaked.
Calling it a Banned and Restricted list may be a little misleading though. Cards aren’t really banned in this format. The seven “ante-cards” that often populate that particular list are not banned in the normal sense of the word, they are rather removed from the deck before playing unless the game you are playing is for ante (as is clearly written on the cards themselves). We have chosen to maintain a separate “Banned list” with those cards as the floor rules regarding deck size are a little unclear otherwise. In particular; would you be allowed to register a 60-card deck with ante cards for a tournament (and remove them before each game starts to get a smaller deck), or is the rule that the deck you start each game with must have at least 60 cards (so you could register a deck with a…