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

2020 winter derby standings

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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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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Hartfordfestivalen! Organizer’s Report

On April 6, 2019, New England Old School and Diamonds Mined co-hosted a multi-event Old School Magic “festival” in Greater Hartford, at Elks Lodge #1893 in Manchester, CT. Enthusiasts of antique cardboard traveled from eight states in the Northeastern U.S. to participate, along with mages hailing from Maryland, Ohio, Wyoming, and Serbia/parts unknown, who journeyed from even further afield.

48 players participated in the Old School 93/94 “main event,” which was abbreviated to four rounds of Swiss pairings to leave more room for activities. Decks were constructed using the Atlantic 93/94 B&R list. After these opening rounds, the action shifted to four different “breakout” side events, in which players could choose their own adventure: Old School Brawl, the Wizard’s Tournament format aka Alpha 40, Premodern, or an Old School draft featuring 4th Edition, Chronicles, and Fallen Empires.

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INSPIRATION

This event was a Magic tournament named after a Magic tournament named after a music festival named after a small town in Sweden. “Hartfordfestivalen!” is a nod to the Arvika “Festival” Old School Magic tournament, held annually in Arvika, Sweden since 2015. That Old School gathering originally took its theme from Arvikafestivalen, a music festival that in its heyday brought the likes of Nine Inch Nails, New Order, The Cure, Motörhead, and Tool to a village of about 14,000 people in the Swedish countryside.

Our “mascot” card for the event was Deathgrip, with its shriveling heart in the clutches of a black mage, as a cheeky reference to an old nickname for Hartford, “the Heartbeat” of Connecticut. The artist behind Deathgrip, Anson Maddocks, was kind enough to produce a commissioned painting on the back of a Deathgrip artist proof; this re-imagining of Deathgrip was given out as a prize for the top combined finish through both the main and side events.

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The “festival” format for the event was conceived as a celebration of various sub-formats that have been gaining traction among Old School playgroups in our neck of the woods. Even though Old School has a static pool of only 981 cards, the number of ways to play with these cards is practically limitless, and this past year especially has seen a proliferation of Old School Magic variants, not merely invented on paper but actually played and enjoyed in dining rooms and brew halls and game stores and Skype sessions alike. Our aim for this event was to have a platform to slightly “scale up” the experience of New England Old School’s smaller, more informal meet-ups in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Connecticut, where players regularly bring their 93/94 decks but also bring Brawl or unsleeved ante or Ice Age 60 or Beasts Singleton or Premodern/Middle School or even just a small stack of their “Deckmaster cards” from August ’93. Our hope was that this tournament structure would also contribute to a more laid back feeling, with the shortened “main event” not even having a clear winner, discouraging spiking to some extent and providing seven-plus hours of “just playing some cards” with old friends, and hopefully some new friends, too.

CHARITY SUPPORT

This event was organized as a fundraiser for Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford. As the premier youth development organization in Hartford, BGC Hartford touches the lives of nearly one in every three children in Hartford Public Schools, serving more than 10,000 youth annually through programs focused on academic enrichment, character and leadership development, and healthy lifestyles.

All proceeds from Hartfordfestivalen! ticket sales after expenses were donated directly to BGC Hartford. We also conducted a raffle of unique Old School items which were donated by some of the players, including a Mox Jester playmat signed by Dan Frazier, 90s-era Duelist magazines, a Homelands comic book, a Collector’s Edition box, and a unique hand-painted border extension alter of Nicol Bolas, with 100% of the raffle ticket sales going directly to the charity as well.

All told, the players at Hartfordfestivalen! raised a total of more than $942 in support for Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford. The generosity and kindness shown by the Old School Magic community continues to impress and inspire, and we’re happy to continue in the tradition of charitable activity fostered by our fellow playgroups across the United States. On behalf of BGC Hartford and the youth and families they serve, and from all of us at New England Old School, thank you!

PODCASTS / WRITTEN COVERAGE

First! Underworld Dreaming to a Win in Hartford, blog by James Rosenblum

Tournament Report: Hartfordfestivalen 2019, blog by Andrew Oliva / Ready to Role

All Tings Considered, Episode 58, podcast interview

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