2019 Old School Magic Winter Derby Results and Deck Photos


The 3rd annual Winter Derby is in the books! This year’s event saw 142 participants, representing 14 countries (Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Japan, The Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States) spread across nine different time zones. Over the span of six weeks, we played roughly 525 matches of Old School Magic via webcam.

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“Round of 16” action: Florian with a commanding board presence vs Christian

The Winter Derby is conducted under the Swedish 93/94 B&R list, allowing the full range of original art/old card frame re-prints (Revised, Chronicles, CE/IE, FBB/FWB, etc.), an approach that has become very common for online play internationally. And the stakes? Mostly just glory and bragging rights, along with an invitation to n00bcon 11 for the winner.

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 8th, and featured an American, Michael Scheffenacker (4C Swedish Atog feat. Su-Chi) versus Richard Stebbing (UR Counterburn) of the UK’s Brothers of Fire.

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A climactic Timetwister near the end of Game 2 of the Winter Derby Finals. The match was recorded with commentary; click through for the full VOD.

After all was said and done, Richard Stebbing was named the Winter Derby Champion for 2019, and received the n00bcon invitation! Congratulations to Richard, to all of the Top 16 finalists, and thank you, again, to all of the players who participated. Together, you’ve helped to make the semiannual Derby series a recurring celebration of the international Old School Magic community.

(Does this sound like fun? Join our online community of Old School Magic webcam players, where we post looking for pick-up games in our Facebook group and in the #down-to-play channel on the Old School Discord!)


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9-16th Place: Markus Lundqvist (16)

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9-16th Place: Rich Shay (15)

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9-16th Place: John Tschida (14)

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9-16th Place: Paul DeSilva (12)

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9-16th Place: Elias Gröndal (11)

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9-16th Place: Guillaume Denoix (9)

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9-16th Place: Pez Unholy (7)

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9-16th Place: Christian Reinhard (4)

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5-8th Place: Florian von Bredow (13)

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5-8th Place: Ben Twitchen (3)

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5-8th Place: Ed Arneson (2)

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5-8th Place: Svante Landgraf (1)

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3-4th Place: Laurence Boulanger (6)

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3-4th Place: Tobias Mieth (5)

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2nd Place: Michael Scheffenacker (10)

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1st Place: Richard Stebbing (8)

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(alphabetical order by first name)

Aaron Palaian

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Adam Merkado-Weiss

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Aleksandar Gonzalez

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Alexander Pick

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Alistair Ingram

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Andreas Rosén

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Andrew Oliva

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Andrew Walker

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Andy Swaffar

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Anies van Tol

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Anne Joldersma

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Ash Anabtawi

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Ben Katz

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Benjamin Burke

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Blake Burkholder

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Bryan Manolakos

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Cam Wall

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Carl Bjornstad

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Carter Petray

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Chris Mason

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Christopher Cooper

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Christopher George

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Constantine Prishvitsin

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Cory Hanson

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Craig Winzer

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Curt Christian

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Dan Claric

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Daniel Yann Franzén

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Danny Friedman

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Dave Firth Bard

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David Holler

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Dean Costakis

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Derek Walker

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Duncan Devlin

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Eliot Davidoff

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Eric Fletcher

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Erwin Demmer

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Felix Schaub

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Gabe Farkas

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Gordon Andersson

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Henk Willemse

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James Lebak

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Jan Eid

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Jared Doucette

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Jared Miller

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Jason Collins

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Jason Morawski

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Jason Schwartz

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Jason Seaman

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Jason Williams

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Jeff Dehnhardt

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Jeff Grasso

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Jeff Liu

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Jeff Watkins

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Jeff White

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Jeremy Chien

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Jesse Laidlaw

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Joe Schacher

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Joep Meddens

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Johan Råberg

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John McNulty

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John Sexton

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Johnny Chop

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Jonathan Laws

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Josh Burgoa

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Juan Espadas Carmona

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Justin Iskra

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Koos Cramer

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Laurent Rippert

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Leandro Saucedo

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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

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Mark Jonovitch

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Mark Price

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Mats Furby

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Matt Guido

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Matt Shields

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Matt Sperling

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Matthew Simon

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Max Schroeder

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Michael Angelo Russo

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Mike Harris

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Mike VanDyke

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Nick Cramer

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Nick Ireland

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Norton Fantenberg

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Olga Dushina

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Olof Robertsson

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Owen Fletcher

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P.J. Melies

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Park Cofield

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Paul Fiero

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Paul Kovalov

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Peter Fryland

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Peter Monten

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Phil Shary

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Phillip Dow

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Rajah James

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Robin Lundh

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Roger Thomas

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Ryan Gresco

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Ryan Rudolph

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Ryan Working

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Scott Bradley

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Sean Duffy

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Shane Chiasson

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Shawn Sullivan

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Stan Sterkendries

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Steve McGrew

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Taylor Quail

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Thilo Herzog

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Thomas Meddens

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Thomas Ribet

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Tylür Kahnle

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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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Winston Wood

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Zachary Dooling

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