2020 Old School Magic Winter Derby Results and Deck Photos

REPORT of RESULTS

The 4th annual Winter Derby is in the books! This year’s event saw 164 participants, representing 18 countries (Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Japan, Myanmar, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States) spread across 13 different time zones. Over the span of six weeks, we played roughly 600 matches of Old School Magic via webcam.

The 2020 Winter Derby was conducted under the Pacific 93/94 B&R list, allowing the full range of original art/old card frame re-prints (Revised, 4th/Chronicles, CE/IE, FBB/FWB, etc). As with past Derby series events, our tournament had no entry fee and no prize support, so the stakes were simply glory and bragging rights for the winner.

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Pairings were released in two batches over the month of January, with all participants asked to schedule and play eight individual matches in about four weeks. After the batches were completed, we cut to Top 16 and played out a single-elimination bracket. The Winter Derby Finals were played on February 2nd, and featured Quinn Maurmann (USA, The Deck) versus Anne Joldersma (Netherlands, Workshops).

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The Winter Derby Finals, streamed live on Twitch by Mise Well Watch, with commentary from Will Magrann and Mike VanDyke. Click through for VOD.

After all was said and done, Quinn Maurmann took the match 3-0, and was named the Winter Derby Champion for 2020! Congratulations to Quinn and the Emerald City Trolls, to all of the Top 16 finalists, and thank you, again, to all of the players who participated. Special thanks must also go out once again to the inimitable Antonio Rodríguez for designing our new Derby series logo and Winter Derby banner, and Mattias “Slanfan” Berggren for developing a bespoke “batch pairings” tool for use in tournaments of this format, making it much, much easier to process the results of several hundred matches behind the curtain. The Derby series has become a fun semi-annual celebration for the international Old School Magic scene, and these contributions and the cooperation of all of the players goes a long way toward making it possible.

For anyone interested in future events, or just trying out webcam Old School Magic for the first time, please consider joining our online community of players! People are always looking for pick-up games in our Facebook group and in the #down-to-play channel on the Old School Discord.

PLAYER REPORTS and COVERAGE

The Spice Files: Winter Derby — Beasts of the Bay

Winter Derby 2020 Tournament Report – 2nd Place — Anne Joldersma

The Winter Derby 2020 Tournament Report — Tom Simons

All Tings Considered Episode 101: Orgg 101

STANDINGS AFTER BATCH PAIRINGS

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TOP 16 DECK PHOTOS

9-16th Place: John Grudzina (14)

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9-16th Place: Thomas Ribet (13)

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9-16th Place: Richard Stebbing (12)

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9-16th Place: Paul DeSilva (11)

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9-16th Place: Tobias Mieth (10)

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9-16th Place: Laurent Rippert (8)

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9-16th Place: Levi Baumgardner (2)

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9-16th Place: Gerard Siatkowski (1)

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5-8th Place: Michael Scheffenacker (15)

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5-8th Place: Mathias Helmbold (9)

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5-8th Place: Mike VanDyke (6)

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5-8th Place: Jordan Boyle (5)

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3-4th Place: Bryan Manolakos (7)

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3-4th Place: Galen Lemei (4)

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2nd Place: Anne Joldersma (16)

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1st Place: Quinn Maurmann (3)

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ALL DECK PHOTOS

(alphabetical order by first name)

Aaron Steele — “I Hope This Helps You” pepper

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Adam Jourdan

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Adam Merkado — “Angelic Abyss” pepper

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Alexandr Tsukanov

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Alistair Ingram

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Andrew Mattus

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Andrew Walker

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Andy Swaffar

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Arnaud Aubert

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Aurélien Théry

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Ben Katz

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Ben Revell

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Brett Attmore

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Brian Limbacher — “Arabian COP Blue” pepper

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Cam Roberts

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Charles Klein

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Chris Adcock

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Chris Ward

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Christian Lieb

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Christian Reinhard

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Christopher Mason

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Cliff Mathieson

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Constantine Prishvitsin

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D. Scott Brauner

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Daniel Anschutz

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Daniel Yann Franzén

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Dave Firth Bard

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David Holler

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David Rohwedder

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David Tully

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Don Perrien

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Douglas McMahon

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Drew Epstein

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Edwin Tracy

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Erik Johnson

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Erik Olstad

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Evan Hofmann — BUG Venom Void pepper

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Florian von Bredow

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Frédérique Lafoux

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Gabe Farkas

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Gaetan Zell

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Gordon Fjeldsted

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Greg Titcomb — “Death Valley” pepper

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Gregor Sammsa

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Henning Østergaard

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Hugo Borges

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Ivan Bari — “Mob Presence” pepper

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J Lager

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James Lebak

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Jared Doucette

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Jared Miller

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Jason Applin

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Jason Bain

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Jason Collins

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Jason Dorman

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Jason Morawski

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Jason Paul

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Jason Schwartz

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Jason Seaman

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Jay Peine

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Jean Curci

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Jeff Dehnhardt

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Jeff Grasso

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Jeff Liu — “Rasputin’s Coffin” pepper

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Jeff Watkins

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Jeff White

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Jesse Compton

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Joe Becica

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John McNulty

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Jon Dittert

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Jon Tschida

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Jonathan King

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Justin Flynn

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Kevin Vanier

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Koos Cramer

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Laurence Boulanger

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Marc Flore

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Mark Jonovitch

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Mark Price

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Martin Purrio

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Masayuki Higashi

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Matt Mucci

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Mattias Berggren — “Dead Eggs Don’t Fly” pepper

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Max Schroeder

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Michael Angelo Russo

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Michael Schroers

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Mike Frantz

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Mike Keith

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Mike Kukovec

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Mike McLaughlin

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Nicolai Rasmussen

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Nicolas Imwinkelried

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Park Cofield

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Pascal Martin

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Pascal Piché

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Patrick Howse

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Patrick Quinn

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Patrick van Beek — “Burn ‘n Barbs” pepper

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Paul Fiero — “Juxta Pile” pepper

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Paul Kovalov

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Peter Monten

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Pez Unholy

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Phillip Dow

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Rajah James

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Rémi Ouellette

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Rich Bourque — “Mono Blue Psychic Control” pepper

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Robert Vawter

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Robert Wyatt

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Ryan Gresco — Hazebond! pepper

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Ryan O’Burke

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Ryan Rudolph

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Ryan Woodworth

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Ryan Working

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Scott Bradley — Weakstone Song pepper

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Seth Roncoroni

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Shawn Sullivan

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Stephen Di Donato

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Stephen Williams

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Stu Scathezombie

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Svante Landgraf

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Sylvain Billon

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TC Chaisson

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Thomas Sutherland

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Tim Moran

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Tim Stutzer

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Tom Simons

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Tomasz Ksel

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Tony Tran

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Tyson Taylor

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Vince Baleka

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Will Magrann

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Will Reddy

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Winston Wood

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Wouter Jansen

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Zachary Dooling

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NEOS Monthly: Season 2 Top 8!

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The Second Season of the NEOS Monthly Online Tournament series has come to a close. It has been another wildly successful season with 95 different players participating in at least one month, and an average over 50 players per month.

This season we had the same high-level competition we have come to expect. We saw many of the familiar established archetypes but also had a few awesome brews that made strong runs every month. This season we have a couple of special prizes. The first is the champion’s trophy, which is a beautifully altered Old Man of the Sea by Lord Sister Beast Dominic Dotterrer:

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Next, I have some commemorative stamped Fellwar Stones for the other members of the Top 8:

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Just a couple of small tokens that represent the consistent performance and good play of these players and all the people who joined.

I, and many others, have built this community not just out of love for this game but also through trust, communication, and good sportsmanship. We don’t need judges or the DCI. We trust each other to be good upstanding people who admit when they are wrong and call themselves out when they make a mistake. We don’t play for the glory or the prizes. We play for the camaraderie, nostalgia, and the FUN. I have a blast running these events for you all and I hope you all continue to uphold the core values of the community.

With that said, on to the Top 8!
8. Jared Doucette: 28 pts (19-10) August Top 4, December Top 4

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Age: 35
Hometown: Boston, MA
Occupation: Police Dispatcher
Favorite Card: Armageddon for Old School. Arcbound Ravager is also my Homeboy.
Favorite Art: Shivan Dragon makes me Happy
Favorite Deck: Zoo style with creatures and burn.
Spike? Johnny? Timmy?: Spike with a slight Johnny. I love to tinker with archetypes and synergies.
Why Old School Magic?: All about the people. Plus the cards are just so Iconic.
Any Fun Magic Story: Never traveled for Magic until I started playing Old School. Now I love every chance I get to explore a new city or a new country with each event.
Anything else you would like to share: Play your matches and meet new friends!

Well, this is awkward. Have to toot my own horn right off the bat. I guess I just tried to play strong decks that did well? I don’t like talking about myself but I am happy to run these every month, and I’m glad the community has responded so well to them.
7. Luke Zinnen: 28 pts (21-8) August Top 8, November Top 8

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Age: 30
Hometown: I grew up in Chicago, now live in Boston
Occupation: Grad student
Favorite Card: Moat
Favorite Art: Super hard, let’s go with Wall of Wonder
Favorite Deck: My token enchantment EDH deck
Spike? Johnny? Timmy?: Spike-Johnny
Why Old School Magic?: I’ve long loved old tournament reports and footage, especially Zak Dolan’s report for the 1994 World Championships. This is a chance to try that all out.
Any Fun Magic Story: My favorite judge call was in a Legacy game years and years ago. I was playing Aluren, my opponent storm combo. Our problem? We’d both gone off in someone’s end step, neither winning the game, but after all that forgot whose turn it was.
Anything else you would like to share: I also love mixing cocktails.

Luke is a NEOS Boston local who had a very strong season. Luke is known for taking slightly fresh takes on well established archetypes. Luke loves decks that win by putting together a puzzle.

 

6. Brett Attmore: 29 pts (21-8) October Top 4, December Top 8

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Age: 41
Hometown: Simsbury, CT
Occupation: State Trooper
Favorite Card: Icy Manipulator
Favorite Art: Guardian Beast
Favorite Deck: Atlantic – Candle Beast Control. Eternal Central – The Deck
Type: The space between Spike and Johnny, probably more Spike.
Why Old School? Getting to play with the Power Nine, flipping Chaos Orbs. Certainly the nostalgia and aesthetics. I enjoy not keeping up with the new sets, chase rares, foils and rapidly changing meta-games of the newer formats. I love finding old cards at stores and GP’s it’s like treasure hunting. There really isn’t anything I dislike about our format, it’s pressure-less, whether I’m winning or losing, I’m having fun. Lastly, and most importantly, the people especially my playgroup (Jay, Justin, Jesse, Travis and Doug).
Fun Magic Story: In 1995, I gave away a Beta Black Lotus. In 2011 that same Beta Black Lotus was returned to me. Pretty lucky

Brett “The Machine” Attmore has been a strong NEOS member for a few years now. Our NEOS officer of the law is known for keeping people in line on the streets and on the battlefield. Brett frequently packs up his favorite robots and machines and controls the pace of the game all the way to victory.

 

5. Bryan Manolakos: 29 pts (22-7) December Finalist

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Age: 40
Hometown: West Windsor, NJ (but Syracuse, NY in my heart)
Occupation: House Husband
Favorite Card in OS: Living Plane
Favorite Art: Gwenny (or maybe Norritt?)
Favorite Deck: Living Plane/Falling Star
Type: 85% Johnny, 15% Spike
Why Old School: 50% Nostalgia, 35% Community, 15% the fact that the cards don’t change (much)
Fun Story: I once shattered a Lotus instead of a book to lose an unlosable game on the biggest stage possible.
Anything Else: Thanks so much Jared for running these, they are just perfect. I know it’s a lot of work, and it does not go unnoticed.

Everyone’s old school “Dad” snuck into the top 8 this month with a strong December. Only 1 top 8 but consistency every other month kept him in the hunt until he made his move. You’ll recognize his barotone every week on the All Tings Considered Podcast that dives deep into this Old School Community.
4. Paul DeSilva: 30 pts (21-6) August Top 8, September Top 8, November Top 8

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Age: 32
Hometown: Portland, OR
Occupation: Animator
Favorite Card: Birds of Paradise
Favorite Art: Underground Sea
Favorite Deck: Five Color Goodstuff
Spike? Timmy? Johnny?: Timmy all the way
Why Old School: Community of course!
Favorite Magic Story: Sister Danny has a beautiful Derelor altered with a glorious schlong with the name changed to Dickelor. He played it against an opponent at EW this year and his opponent said “what does that do?”, picked it up and looked at it for 10 straight seconds, didn’t make any noticeable indication that he was looking at a monster wang, and just put it down and said “Swords.” We all lost our shit.

Paul is a fantastic ambassador of the format and the community and also is pretty good at slinging the spells! Paul sleeves up his patented 5c goodstuff to top finishes every month. Every match with Paul is a fantastic experience and one that leaves you feeling great, win or lose.

 

3. Will Magrann: 34 pts (21-6) August Finalist, October Finalist

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Age: 27
Hometown: Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania
Occupation: Manager of Pricing Administration
Favorite Card: Wheel of Fortune
Favorite Art: Lightning Bolt
Favorite Deck: Something with Atog in it
Spike? Johnny? Timmy?: Spike
Why Old School Magic?: Mano gave me a free hit at EW 2017 and I’ve been hooked ever since.
Any Fun Magic Story: I defeated Joe Wang in a game of Magic by casting Demonic Tutor for Ancestral Recall into Lotus, Bolt, Bolt when tapped out and facing down lethal.
Anything else you would like to share: The Azure Drake would be more powerful were it not so easily distracted.

“Wheel” Magrann has been a force on the Old School for the better part of two years now. Never a stranger to the top tables or the top 8. Known for his love of Atog, he hasn’t been afraid to switch things up and play a little differently with these monthly events. A strong consistent player with deadly soul reads.

 

2. Michael Scheffenacker: 37 pts (24-4) November Champion, December Top 4

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Age: 38
Hometown: Baltimore
Occupation: Real Estate Developer
Favorite Card: Psionic Blast
Favorite Art: Rishadan Port
Favorite Deck: Atog
Personality: Spike
Why Old School Magic: It has actual dynamic gameplay when compared to Vintage or even Legacy. The community is amazing. The venues we play at are also better than your normal magic event. Webcam games are super convenient.
Any Fun Magic Story: In 2017, my first Eternal Weekend old school event, I was on Dibatog, in round 1 I casted Backfire on a Savannah Lion. It was super fun to win with such a scrubby card, I got 7th in that event losing the last round to the eventual winner who made his deck from cards he found in a binder that morning. Old School has evolved a lot since then.

The Chef was the season 1 champion and followed that up with a runner up perfomance this season. Known for his love of Psionic Blast and Atog, Chef burned his way to another great finish.
1. Jon Tschida: 43 Pts (23-5) August Champion, September Champion, November Top 4, December Top 8

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Age: 41
Hometown: Woodbury, MN
Occupation: Business & Marketing Teacher
Favorite Card: Serra Angel
Favorite Art: Angry Mob. I love Drew Tucker’s art.
Favorite Deck: White/Blue Control has been my go-to deck since 1994. I’ve played variants of that deck across multiple formats and in countless configurations.
Spike? Johnny? Timmy?: Spike with a little bit of Timmy.
Why Old School Magic: The cards are evocative of a special time in my life. Old School allows me a chance to revisit those memories.
Any Fun Magic Story: In July of 1994 my friends David and Andy asked me if I wanted to play a game with them. We sat down on David’s bedroom floor and he took out a large box with five smaller boxes inside. I was given the “blue deck” because it was the easiest to play. After explaining the rules to me, we started our game. I thought I understood the rules and when my turn came, I laid out an island, tapped it, and summoned a Sea Serpent. I was quickly corrected… and hooked on this game!
Anything else you would like to share: I’d like to give a shout out to my local group in the Twin Cities, the Northern Paladins. I’d also like to thank all the members of the New England Old School community for welcoming this Midwesterner to your on-line tournaments.

Jon stormed onto the scene this season with his trusty UWr Tempo deck. The power of Lion/Dib/Bolt could not be denied. This friendly midwestern took home the gold star in the first two month and then kept the pressure on with two more top 8’s! Well done Jon on a fantastic run this season and we’re all coming for you next season!

That’s all for this season! We will start season 3 in February after the Winter Derby has concluded. I plan on “spicing” things up a little bit with different tweaks every month. Until then, keep brewing and stewing and have fun. Thank you all for your continued friendship and sportsmanship. Cheers.

 

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LOBSTERCON 2: Organizer’s Report

LOBSTERCON 2: The Quest for the Pearl Trident, an Old School Magic tournament hosted by New England Old School, was held on September 21, 2019 at the George Dilboy VFW Post 529 in Davis Square, Somerville, Massachusetts.

The field was 122 players representing 23 U.S. states and Canadian provinces, England, and The Netherlands. Old School player groups in attendance included Chicago’s Lords of the Pit, Montreal’s Tundra Wolves, the Quebec City Brew Crew, New York’s Sisters of the Flame, London’s Brothers of Fire, Old Order Old School of South Central Pennsylvania, Ottawa’s Capital Chaos, the Fellwar Stoners of DC/Northern VA, the Beasts of the Bay, the Emerald City Trolls, and the Knights of Thorn.

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Eight players remaining at X-0 wearing their ceremonial bibs.

Deck construction rules for the event followed the Atlantic B&R list, along with the reprint allowances for 93/94 championed by Eternal Central. The structure of the tournament was seven rounds of straight Swiss pairings, both as a function of available time at the venue and also to arrive at a clear “winner” of the event. There was no cut to Top 4 or Top 8; however, for the seventh and final round, the two X-0 players at Table 1 played a longer match (“3 out of 5” i.e. “first to 3 wins”), setting up a true “final match.” No match draws were allowed; draws were settled by Chaos Orb flips, in accordance with local customs.

Catering for the event was provided by local institution Kelly’s Roast Beef, which delivered a total of 83 lobster rolls and 41 bowls of clam chowder for players looking to enjoy a taste of New England during the short lunch break between rounds 3 and 4.

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We also had a dedicated cash bar offering a range of libations including a few New England-centric brews like Sam Adams, Narragansett, and Harpoon IPA.

CHARITY SUPPORT

The event was organized as a fundraiser for Room to Grow in Boston, a non-profit that provides vital services to economically disadvantaged parents and families in Greater Boston. Room to Grow focuses on serving families from just before their child’s birth through age three, supporting them with individualized parenting education and coaching, high-quality baby/toddler supplies, and specialty referrals to community resources to ensure that their children receive a healthy and secure start in life.

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All proceeds from LOBSTERCON ticket sales after expenses were donated directly to Room to Grow. In addition, attendees were invited to participate in a baby/toddler supply drive, in which items like clothing, books, toys, feeding supplies, car seats, etc. were donated to Room to Grow in-kind. We also conducted a raffle of unique Old School items, including sealed product, alters, books and comics, posters, and various other examples of early 90s Magic memorabilia, with 100% of the raffle ticket sales going directly to the charity as well.

All told, the players at LOBSTERCON donated baby/toddler items valued at $1,489, plus another $5,011 in cash generated from event ticket sales and the raffle, for a total of $6,500 in support for Room to Grow. This amount was more than double our total contribution from LOBSTERCON in 2018 ($3,116)! The generosity and kindness shown by the Old School Magic community absolutely shattered our expectations, which is saying quite a lot at this point. On behalf of Room to Grow and the families they serve, and from all of us at New England Old School, thank you!

GUEST ARTIST

We had the honor of working with Bryon “Mutt” Wackwitz for this event, and it was an absolute treat to have him with us at LOBSTERCON in-person. Mr. Wackwitz provided us with some sweet alters, including our top prize for the “most spicy” deck, and was on hand to do signatures, sketches, and alters for players throughout the course of the day. Having an artist from Magic’s earliest days in our midst was wonderful, and a great opportunity for the community to show our love and appreciation for the iconic contributions that Bryon Wackwitz made to the game in those early years, and for his very passionate and friendly engagement with the Magic fan base ever since.

 

 

We also had the pleasure of working with Jeff A. Menges / Skaircrow Graphics, who supported our event by signing and altering a stack of Merfolk of the Pearl Trident for the Top 8 and Spicy Top 8 prizes, along with providing our playmat and banner art. Our “Quest for the Pearl Trident” wouldn’t have worked without knowing exactly what the Pearl Trident was, so I asked Jeff to decide, and then he brought it to life! The result was an amazing take on the original art from 1993, with a certain crustacean decoration:

 

 

REFLECTIONS and GRATITUDE

I’m left sitting here in the aftermath of our Quest for the Pearl Trident, simply blown away by the raw enthusiasm, generosity, and spirit of the global Old School Magic community. To everyone who traveled hours to get here, who crossed oceans and continents and international boundaries, or at the very least, a couple of time zones or some bridges with expensive tolls: thank you for going to all of that trouble to be with us. And to our local club members: thank you for coming out in force, thanks for joining us in our efforts to be the best possible hosts, and thank you above all for representing the values of New England Old School. We really are living in the Golden Age of the contemporary Old School movement. Nobody knows what the future holds, but if 2019 represents the high-water mark for this Old School thing we’ve got going on, I think we can safely say we’ve managed to build something truly special and worth fighting for.

I did absolutely none of this alone. Huge thanks to our dedicated judge, Josh Frankel, who made the entire day run smoothly, and for his diligent enforcement of the “Don’t Be A Jagoff” REL. And to “the Josh on my left,” Josh Tingley, the best charity partner a Magic tournament organizer could ever possibly hope for: thanks to you and Room to Grow for giving our event a more noble purpose beyond just playing cards with our friends. Our charitable contributions wouldn’t have been what they were without the incredible outpouring of donations from all corners of the Old School world, so special thanks to Matt Viau, Mike Frantz, Jason Williams, Tino Galizio, Cam Wall, Nick Batista, Shaun Augeri, Ted Kwartler, Akos Czibere, Jason Schwartz, Jimmy and Jeff Johnson, Will Magrann, Matthew Fink of the Magical Hacks, the Brothers of Fire, the Knights of Thorn, Guillaume Soucy and the Quebec City Brew Crew, and Jason Jaco for contributing to the veritable mountain of swag, driving raffle ticket sales and merch purchases that put our fundraising all the way over the top this year.

Thanks to Bryon “Mutt” Wackwitz for traveling from Philadelphia to be with us and work non-stop all day on alters and signatures. Thanks to Jeff Menges for helping me realize my fever dreams of the Pearl Trident and bring it all to life. Thanks to our vendors — Michelle, Mike, Rodney, and their teams for being there to provide so much additional value to the players throughout the day.

And thank you, truly, to the Homarid Warriors, guys like Jared Doucette, Chris Mason, Stephen Hartford, Will Magrann, Xanadude, Paul Kovalov, Andrew Coppellotti, James Lebak, Scott Coughlin, Mitja Held, and everyone else who helped in the run-up to the day, everyone who was there early to help set up, who stayed late to tear down, or just gave me a boost or a hand whenever I needed it. Seriously, thank you. Thank you.

 

BLOGS / PODCASTS / VIDEO COVERAGE

All Tings Considered, Episode 84: LionTog at LOBSTERCON — Rich Shay

Adventures in Crustacean Tricking — Shawn Sullivan, Emerald City Trolls

a period correct, 35mm photo report — Ryan Rudolph, aka @mtgcuriosities

Yanick Blanchet / Quebec Brew Crew

Andrew Callaghan / Old Order Old School

Mark Jonovich

Andrew Oliva / Ready to Role

 

PHOTO GALLERY: MAIN EVENT

 

 

PHOTO GALLERY: SIDE EVENTS

 

 

FINAL STANDINGS

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(click through for complete standings)

SPICE AWARDS

14th Most Spicy: Stephen Preston, “Green Walkers”pepper

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13th Most Spicy: Matt Mucci, Coin Flip Tribalpepper

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12th Most Spicy: Chris McCubbin, All Hallow’s Eureka Lobsterspepper

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11th Most Spicy: Nick Batista, Pro-Red Inferno “Burn the Non-Believers”pepper

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10th Most Spicy: Guillaume Soucy, Candelsurgepepper

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9th Most Spicy: Daniel Paulsen, Stasis Wombat Enchantresspepper

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8th Most Spicy: Adam Merkado, Enchantment Recursion/Distresspepper

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7th Most Spicy: Yves Larochelle, Eureka Lichpepper

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6th Most Spicy: Andy Baquero, Instill Hordespepper

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5th Most Spicy: Andrew Oliva, Jandor’s Saddledemonspepper

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4th Most Spicy: Don Perrien, The Highlander “The Spirit of Connor MacLeod”pepper

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3rd Most Spicy: Luke Zinnen, Blight Skull Recursionpepper

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2nd Most Spicy: Jason Beaupre, Consecrate Maze Control “Ron Jeremy AKA Big White Deck”pepper

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Top Spicy Prize: Marc Flore, Elephant Discopepper

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TOP 8 by FINISH

8th Place: Ben Katz

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7th Place: Rich Shay

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6th Place: Willma Grann*

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5th Place: Jeff Grasso

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4th Place: Danny Friedman

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3rd Place: Paul DeSilva

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2nd Place: Shawn Sullivan

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1st Place: Ben Wagnon

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ALL DECK PHOTOS

(alphabetical order by first name)

Akos Czibere

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Andrew Callaghan

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Andrew Coppellotti

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Andrew Fellows

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Andrew Mattus

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Andrew Walker

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Blake Burkholder

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Brett Attmore

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Brian Fay

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Brian Selden

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Bryan Manolakos

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Carl Bjornstad

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Carter Petray

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Christian Arcand

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Christopher Mason

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Christopher Skidmore

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Daniel Kelly

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Dave Dupont

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Dave Firth Bard

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David Baker

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Derek Stafford

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Dillon Barfield

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Eli Dionne

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Francois R Derbas Thibodeau

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Gary Steffens

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Geoff Willard

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Greg Titcomb

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Jackie Kenty

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James Duncan

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James Johnson

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James Lebak

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James Rosenblum

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James Slowikowski

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Jared Doucette

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Jared Miller

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Jason Caron

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Jason Dorman

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Jason Jaco

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Jason Morawski

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Jason Schwartz

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Jeff Anand

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Jeffrey Johnson

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Jelani Johnson

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Jessy Pouliot

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Jimmy Cooney

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Joe Baddeley

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John Gehling

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John Longo

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Jonas Twitchen

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Justin Dale

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Justin Iskra

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Kristin O’Malley

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Laurence Boulanger

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Lawrence Greene

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Levi Baumgardner

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Mackenzie Greene

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Mari Steinhage

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Mark Jonovitch

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Martin Pogorzelski

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Matt Asente

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Matt Marmorato

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Matt O’Brien

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Matthew Eschert

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Matthew Messa

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Micah McOwen

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Michael Frantz

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Michael Scheffenacker

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Michael-Sean Morgan

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Mike Wood

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Nate Jones

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Nicky Scars

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Paul Kovalov

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Paul Paloglou

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Pete Lankering

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Philip Dituri

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Richard Stebbing

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Rob Quimby

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Ryan Gresco

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Ryan Rudolph

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Ryan Williams

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Santino Galizio

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Scott Bradley

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Sebastien Dube

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Stephen Hartford

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Ted Kwartler

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Timothy McMath

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Travis Turner

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Will Parshall

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William Self

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Yan Desmeules

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Yanick Blanchet

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2019 Old School Magic Summer Derby Results and Deck Photos

REPORT of RESULTS

The 3rd annual Summer Derby is in the books! This year’s event saw 144 participants, representing 14 countries (Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States) spread across 10 different time zones. Over the span of six weeks, we played roughly 550 matches of Old School Magic via webcam.

The 2019 Summer Derby was conducted under the Atlantic 93/94 B&R list, allowing the full range of original art/old card frame re-prints (Revised, 4th/Chronicles, CE/IE, FBB/FWB, etc.). As with past Derby series events, our esteemed international sparkling cardboard celebration had no entry fee and no prize support, so the stakes were simply glory and bragging rights for the winner.

Pairings were released in two batches over the month of July, with all participants asked to schedule and play eight individual matches in about four weeks. After the batches were completed, we cut to Top 16 and played out a single-elimination bracket. The Summer Derby Finals were played on August 7th, and featured two Americans, Pez Unholy (UBR Workshops) versus Jared Doucette (Spice Rack).

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A pivotal Balance cast by Jared in game 2 of the finals. Click through for the VOD, produced and archived by Andrew Walker.

After all was said and done, Jared Doucette took the match 3-1, and was named the Summer Derby Champion for 2019! Congratulations to Jared, to all of the Top 16 finalists, and thank you, again, to all of the players who participated. Special thanks must also go out to the inimitable Antonio Rodríguez for designing our new Derby series logo and Summer Derby banner, and Mattias “Slanfan” Berggren for developing a bespoke “batch pairings” tool for use in tournaments of this format, making it much, much easier to process the results of several hundred matches behind the curtain. The Derby series has become a fun semiannual celebration for the international Old School Magic scene, and these contributions and the cooperation of all of the players goes a long way toward making it possible.

For anyone interested in future events, or just trying out webcam Old School Magic for the first time, please consider joining our online community of players! People are always looking for pick-up games in our Facebook group and in the #down-to-play channel on the Old School Discord.

PLAYER REPORTS and COVERAGE

The Spice Files: Summer Derby — Beasts of the Bay

Beating the Atlantic Sea — Christian Reinhard, Urborg Buffet

Summer Derby 2019 — Jon Dittert, Pups McGee

Summer Derby results — Jay Peine, Kitchen Table Old School

All Tings Considered Episode 77: Pez Unholy

STANDINGS AFTER BATCH PAIRINGS

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TOP 16 DECK PHOTOS

9-16th Place: Daniel Anschutz (14)

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9-16th Place: Michael Angelo Russo (12)

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9-16th Place: Chris McCubbin (11)

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9-16th Place: Michael Scheffenacker (10)

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9-16th Place: Jason Collins (8)

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9-16th Place: Christian Reinhard (4)

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9-16th Place: Antoine Rottiers (2)

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9-16th Place: Jeff Liu (1)

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5-8th Place: Koos Cramer (13)

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5-8th Place: Christian Lieb (9)

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5-8th Place: Jason Dorman (7)

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5-8th Place: Jesse Laidlaw (3)

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3-4th Place: Richard Stebbing (6)

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3-4th Place: Arnaud Aubert (5)

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2nd Place: Pez Unholy (15)

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1st Place: Jared Doucette (16)

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ALL DECK PHOTOS

(alphabetical order by first name)

Adam Merkado

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Akos Czibere

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Alex Smyk

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Alexander Pick

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Alexander Tsukanov

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Alistair Ingram

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Andrew Oliva

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Andrew Walker

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Andy Roman

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Anne Joldersma

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Ash Anabtawi — Enchantress Toolbox pepper

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Aurélien Théry

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Ben Black

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Ben Katz

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Ben Revell

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Benjamin Burke

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Brian Limbacher — Eureka, It’s A Field of Honey pepper

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Bryan Manolakos — Mono U Tempo pepper

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Cam Wall

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Cedric Jarkovsky

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Charles Klein

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Chris Adcock

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Chris Mason

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Christoph Rabenseifner

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Cliff Mathieson — Requiem for a Dream pepper

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Cory Hanson

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Craig Winzer

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Daniel Yann Franzén — Demonic Void pepper

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Dave Firth Bard

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Dominic Dotterrer

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Edwin Tracy

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Erik Olstad

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Evan Hofmann — BG Deep Shadow Void pepper

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Evan Smith

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Florian von Bredow

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Gabriel Farkas

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Galen Lemei

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Gerard Siatkowski

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Greg Titcomb — Wurmshops pepper

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Henk Willemse

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Jacob Braun

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James Lebak

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James Rosenblum

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Jared Miller

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Jason Bain

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Jay Peine

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JC Saavedra

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Jeff Dehnhardt

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Jeff Grasso

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Jeff Watkins

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Jeff White

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Jeremy Hazard

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Joe Schacher

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Johan Råberg

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John Paul McNulty

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Jon Dittert

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Jon Tschida

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Jonathan Laws

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Jordan Boyle

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Justin Flynn

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Justin Iskra

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Laurence Boulanger

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Levi Baumgardner

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Luke Zinnen

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Malte Lukas Baum

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Marc Flore — Nevinyrral’s Chaos Launcher pepper

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Mark Jonovitch

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Mark Price

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Martin Purrio

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Mathias Helmbold

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Matt Guido

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Matt Mucci — TronBond pepper

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Matthew Simon

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Mattias Berggren

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Michael Schroers

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Mike Dunshee

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Mike VanDyke

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Nick Cramer

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Olga Dushina

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Olof Robertsson

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P.J. Melies

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Park Cofield

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Patrick Harfouche

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Patrick Howse

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Patrick Quinn

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Paul DeSilva

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Paul Fiero — Sleight Force pepper

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Paul Kovalov

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Peter Fryland

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Peter Monten

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Quinn Maurmann

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Rajah James

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Randy Buehler

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Rémi Ouellette

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Rich Bourque

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Robert Wyatt

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Ron Dijkstra

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Ryan Crouch

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Ryan Gresco

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Ryan Keach

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Ryan Rudolph

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Ryan Working

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Seth Roncoroni

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Shane Chiasson

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Shaun Augeri — Les Revenant pepper

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Shawn Sullivan

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Stan Sterkendries

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Tapan Lockwood — Can’t Bolt This pepper

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Taylor Quail

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Thilo Herzog

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Thomas Ribet

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Tim Moran

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Tim Stutzer — Eggy Pop pepper

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Tino Galizio

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Tobias Mieth

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Tyler Daykin

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Viacheslav Ivanov

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Wilhelm Sahlberg

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Will Larson

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Will Magrann

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NEOS Monthly: Season 1 Top 8!

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Starting in February of this year, I began hosting a series of monthly tournaments online through the New England Old School (NEOS) Facebook group. The purpose of these monthly tournaments was to build the NEOS community and get people playing games with a little bit of structure and competition. It is difficult to do a straight Swiss style tournament in an online setting, so I decided to do it with Groups, much like the FIFA World Cup. Groups, usually with six people in each, were randomly assigned and everyone would play everyone in the group for a best-of-three match using the Atlantic Old School Magic Rules and B&R. I figured that this way I could set up the groups, everyone would know who they are playing, and can schedule their matches accordingly. The first tiebreaker in any situation was the head-to-head match-up, and with everyone in a group playing everyone else, that made things pretty easy to figure out. Eventually, a winner of the group would come out on top, and that person would advance to the knockout stage, again just like the World Cup.

I came up with a point system where even if you did not win the group, consistency and participation were valued. So, every time you won a match in the group stage, you got a point. An additional point is awarded once you complete all of your group stage matches. I wanted to encourage people to play all of the matches. Playing the matches is important, as that interaction with each other helps build community. Plus, it is playing Magic, which is of course a lot of fun. Additional points were awarded if you won the group, and every victory in the knockout stage was awarded an additional point as well. Finally, the Champion of the month would win three points, and the runner-up was awarded one bonus point. Typically, the Champion would run the table and end up with 12 points in a single month (5-0 in the group stage is 5 points, a bonus point for completing all matches makes 6, bonus point for group champion is 7, then the 1 point for each Top 8 victory prior to the finals and 3 points for winning the finals). I would then record all these points for everyone in a spreadsheet, and after five months of competition, the points were tallied, so finally… we have a Top 8 for the Season 1 of the NEOS Monthly Online Tournament Series!

Here are the players, beginning with 8th place:

8th Place: Dave Firth Bard — 26 Points, 1x Top 8, May Champion

A name we all recognize as a pillar of this 93/94 format and true friend to all. Dave came into this monthly series with a very specific goal and limitation. Dave wanted to run nothing but budget-friendly, usually completely mono-colored decks that could be made for the approximate cost of a competitive deck in Standard ($200-$250). The cards he actually played with might have cost more, as Dave certainly has an affinity for dark round Alpha corners, but there would be a cheaper option available if someone wanted to make a similar deck. This is quite the brewing restriction, as it meant he played no power, no duals, and no Chaos Orb in any of the five months of competition. This was a true challenge and his consistency every month was bolstered by a breakout month in May where he swept away the competition in an undefeated month and took down the Gold Star.

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Name: DFB
Age: 36 (aka “squarely in the demographic”)
Hometown: Albany, New York
Occupation: nonprofit fundraiser
Started playing Magic story: March, 1995, Boy Scout trip to Boston. The barracks at the Charlestown Navy Yard. A group of five or six boys, all sitting on the floor in a big circle, one glorious multiplayer free-for-all game. I saw a Frozen Shade with like eight or nine +1/+1 counters piled onto it, and I was hooked from that point on.
Favorite card: Pendelhaven
Favorite art: Repentant Blacksmith
Magic accomplishments: No bona fides outside of old school, I have never played a sanctioned constructed event in my life. LOBSTERCON Top 8, NEOS Monthly winner (May 2019), but most proud of killing some dudes with Channel + Fireball at the original Wizard’s Tournament in 2018.
Crazy/fun Magic story: Some recency bias at work here but I lost a game to Power Monolith last night despite casting Energy Flux turn 1 on the play, on his turn 2 he puts down a second Island, goes Lotus, Monolith, tap both Islands for Power Artifact, use combo to cast Rocket Launcher. My next turn, I fail to rip a Disenchant, on his turn 3 upkeep I’m dead! This is why we play Old School.
Why Old School MTG? Looks like I just answered this question! Also, the people and the hangs. And weirdly, the evolution of the meta in contemporary Old School, which is a funny thing to say when talking about a static card pool, but it’s true.
Anything else you want to say about yourself? It’s an honor and a privilege to volunteer as an organizer for the Old School community 🙂

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7th Place: Jeff Grasso — 28 Points, 3x Top 8, March Runner-Up

Jeff Grasso has been a staple of the New England Old School scene since the very early days of its founding in 2016. He was a consistent performer every month with his patented RB Troll Disco Ponza builds, which combined the best of what the chaotic dark arts have to offer. Jeff is a man known for his love of all things Old School Magic. He even got into the holiday spirit with his deck photo in the shape of a heart for Valentine’s day.

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Name: Jeff Grasso
Age: 37
Hometown: Torrington, CT
Occupation: Project Manager
Started playing Magic story: I first was introduced to Magic at Boy Scout Summer camp in 1995. I was 13 years old. I remember the first card I saw was a Force of Nature, and something about it just drew me in. I watched a couple of scouts play and was curious about the game. I bought some cards after that and a couple of my friends and I started playing and was hooked since.
Favorite card: So many good choices for this one. Ancestral Recall because it’s one of best (if not the best) cards in the game. Chaos Orb because it’s the best removal in the format. Library of Alexandria because the card advantage it provides can just win games on its own. Erhnam Djinn because Erhnamgeddon is probably my favorite deck. It’s hard to pick just one 🙂 But if I had to, my favorite would probably be the Chaos Orb. It’s so versatile and fits in every deck.
Favorite art: Shivan Dragon. So iconic.
Magic accomplishments: Top 8 in Summer Derby 2017. Top 8 in Summer Derby 2018. Top 8 in 3 NEOS monthly events between Feb-June 2019. Played against 1998 World Champ Brian Selden at Hartfordfestivalen (and lost) but better for the experience. If we are talking outside of old school, I placed 23rd out of 115+ people at TMD 18 or “The Waterbury” Vintage tournament. I narrowly missed a Top 8 in Return to Ravnica sealed PTQ. Won several FNM events in years past. Outside of tournament results, a major Magic accomplishment for me is turning a lot of my newer cards into more old school cards. This has been one of the best moves I made, not only from a financial standpoint, but from a playability standpoint.
Crazy/fun Magic story: I think a lot of us who started at a similar time probably have similar stories, but I recall buying Revised dual lands for $7-10 each. I would pick up playsets for $400 or less. My Unlimited/Beta power cost me between $200-300 each. Beta dual lands were $50. I only picked up Savannah’s and wish I splashed blue back then lol. I recall trading a Beta Serra Angel for a Mishra’s Workshop. They were worth the same then and I needed another Shop, so we were both happy. That deal is heavily one-sided now.
For an actual story, when I started playing Magic, I started with whatever I could pick up and didn’t even play correctly by the rules. When Mirage came out, I fell in love with the card Maro. For those of you that don’t know Maro, it has power and toughness equal to the number of cards in your hand. I eventually built a deck with this guy, Erhnams, Serras, Armageddons, etc. It was MaroGeddon, very similar to ErhnamGeddon. Fast-forward to December 3, 2016. This was my first foray into Old School. For this, my first old school deck was ErhnamGeddon. It felt so similar to playing back in those days. Erhnam Djinn is still one of my favorite cards. I know green is likely the weakest color in old school, but a quick Erhnam/Serra followed up by a Geddon can definitely win some games.
Why Old School MTG? Once I started playing old school, I knew it was the format for me. I was getting bored by the new cards and the constant new mechanics, planeswalkers, etc. The cost to keep up with Standard was just too much with the amount of sets that are produced and the rotation schedule. I played a bit of other formats and nothing ever really stuck as something I wanted to play long-term. I do still enjoy casual games with my buddy who hasn’t gotten into old school yet. (I’m still trying to convince him.) So, we play with newer cards mostly. It is still fun because I’m still playing Magic, but it just doesn’t feel the same. But old school on the other hand! The card pool never changes, there is no rotation, the art is infinitely better, the mechanics are simple yet enjoyable, there is plenty of space to brew decks and it’s a format that brings you back to those early days of magic. What’s not to like?
Anything else you want to say about yourself? Aside from playing old school, I also play Alpha 40 and Brawl. I am an avid collector as well. I have many old school complete sets and playsets of cards to build decks with. I would like to put together an old school cube at some point. I also collect misprints and other MTG memorabilia.
I also enjoy playing golf and spending time with my wife and 2 kids.
Thanks to Jared for running these monthly events! They are a blast to play in and I enjoy the gameplay and conversations that they bring. I look forward to playing more.