LobstercoM: Organizer’s Report

LobstercoM, a three-day webcam Old School Magic tournament, was held on September 18th-20th, 2020. A total of 118 players representing at least eight or nine different countries and more than 35 different regional Old School clubs participated in the main event. The structure of the main event was straight Swiss pairings, seven rounds timed at 50 minutes each (just as one might expect at a “real-life” paper tournament), followed by a cut to a Top 8 bracket, played out on the following day. All of the matches for the event were played using Whereby, one of the video chat platforms of choice for the 93/94 webcam scene.

The weekend’s festivities were conceived as a virtual replacement of sorts for LOBSTERCON, an Old School tournament that had been hosted in Boston by New England Old School in 2018 and 2019. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic made it impossible to hold LOBSTERCON in 2020 as planned, so instead, we decided to create an online experience to at least recognize the weekend, share some games among friends, and hopefully raise a bunch of money for Room to Grow, our charity partner. The event was promoted among the OLD SCHOOL 93-94 MTG Webcam Player Community, along with the Old School Discord and the New England Old School Facebook group. Although we missed the real Gathering, the LOBSTERCON spirit remained:

RECAP of EVENTS

LobstercoM weekend kicked off with the “Friday Night Boil,” a curated program of four exhibition matches featuring American Old School community stalwarts playing a mix of formats, some familiar, some experimental. The entire program was streamed live by Rich Bourque, and you can check out the recording here (or click through the “fight card” below):

And then came Saturday morning, and the LobstercoM main event, roughly eight hours of Old School Magic action, which was streamed by Danish Old School pillar Simon Rokkjær, with commentary from Bryan Manolakos and Svante Landgraf.

Kicking off the main event. Click through for the full YouTube playlist. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLR_9GfEf9Jqa_BNu5h279EKbgUdzw__VK

All of the recorded matches from Saturday and Sunday are available on Simon’s YouTube channel.

The cut to Top 8 left a field of mostly Workshops decks and various midrange piles. The robot menace was mostly up-ended in the quarterfinals, with only one Shops pilot (Mike Simpson) advancing to the semis: Shops vs BWRu Midrange, UWGb DeSilva vs BWRu Disk. Both BWRu Hymn decks won their semi-final matches, setting up an excellent showdown between Rubens Campana and Ben Katz. Juzam vs Juzam in the finals!

When the dust had settled, Ben Katz was crowned LobstercoM Champion. Congrats to Ben and Don’s Goblin Raiders!

 

CHARITY & GRATITUDE

Giving back to our community remains a focus for New England Old School and the Old School webcam community, and charitable contribution is part-and-parcel of the Old School Magic experience. Our charity partner for LOBSTERCON/LobstercoM is Room to Grow, a nonprofit dedicated to bringing vital services and support to families in Greater Boston.

Donations for Room to Grow were raised in three ways: through player entry fees paid, through a baby/toddler supply drive, and through the LobstercoM Charity Raffle held on RallyUp.

The charity raffle netted $6,180.04 for Room to Grow. Players and friends donated $1,337.47 in baby/toddler supplies in-kind to Room to Grow. And our entry fee revenue, net of expenses incurred for the event, combined with several other assorted donations sent in by the Old School community, added up to another $3,002.90 for Room to Grow. Taken together, our total support from LobstercoM for this vital nonprofit organization ended up at a staggering $10,520.41.

This outpouring of generosity from the Old School Magic community was breathtaking, humbling, and yet, in some way not entirely unexpected, because the #oldschoomtg scene has been stepping up for charity throughout 2020. On behalf of NEOS, and the families throughout Greater Boston who are receiving needed services and support as a result of your help, thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Special thanks are also due to our raffle item and prize support contributors, without whom the raffle would not have been possible: from the Old School Discord alters community, @Beckero103, @craw_advantage, @mgalters, @samsquamch, @merhans, and Park Cofield (@altersbypc); Justin Iskra, Akos Czibere, Shaun Augeri, James Easteppe, Philip Bohm, RagingRiverMTG, Matt Gazda, Jeremy Chien, Cam Wall, Mike Frantz, Geoff Walker, Adam Merkado, and Slanfan.

And an enormous debt of gratitude is owed to Josh “LobsterJudge” Frankel, who put in more than a full day’s work entering results and crunching pairings behind the scenes; to Simon and Rich for bringing high production values and a ton of effort into three fantastic days of streaming; to Mano, Svante, and Mibe for providing commentary; to the Friday Night Boil players Lucas, Dorman, Paul, Tapan, Jeff, Shawn, Quinn, and Seth for going along with it and putting on an exciting show; to the Watertown Elementals and the Bristol Brine Hags, obviously; to Jeff Menges; and to everyone who lent support, words of encouragement, messages of thanks, it all added up, it all helped, it all mattered. Thank you.

BLOGS / PODCASTS / VIDEO COVERAGE

The Spice Files: LobstercoM 2020

Friday Night Boil – full program w/ coverage from Rich Bourque, DFB, Mike VanDyke

Saturday/Sunday Main Event coverage from Simon, Mano, Svante

All Tings Considered, Episode 132: Lobsters and Brews – Ben Katz

All Tings Considered, Episode 133: Casual Master – Adam Merkado

LobstercoM got a visit from The X-Files — Mikael “Åland” Johansson

LobstercoM 2020 — Jon Dittert

LobstercoM 2020 — Jason Shaw

LobstercoM Player PoV Stream – Rich Bourque

LobstercoM Playert PoV Stream (YouTube playlist) – Jeff Liu

FINAL STANDINGS after SWISS

TOP 8 9 DECK PHOTOS

9th Place: Joe Becica (9)

5th-8th Place: JT Nicasio (8)

5th-8th Place: Will Magrann (5)

5th-8th Place: Seb Celia (4)

5th-8th Place: Brian Urbano (3)

3rd-4th Place: Paul DeSilva (2)

3rd-4th Place: Mike Simpson (1)

2nd Place: Rubens Campana (6)

1st Place: Ben Katz (7)

ALL DECK PHOTOS

(alphabetical by first name)

Adam Lemke

Adam Merkado — “Psuper Psionics” pepper SPICEMASTER

Andy Blaufarb — “The Infinity Gauntlet” pepper

Andy Callaghan

Arnaud Labelle

Ben Twitchen

Brian Bogdon


Brian Limbacher


Brian Vegso


Casey Groh


Chris McCubbin


Christian Reinhard


Christopher Mason


Colin Dunlap


D. Scott Brauner


Dakota Martinez


Daniel Kelly


Daniele Brunazzo


Dave Gura


David Muenzer


Dominic Dotterrer


Don Perrien (before)

Don Perrien (after)


Doug Miles


Eric Do Couto


Erik Johnson


Erik Olstad


Florian von Bredow


Fredric Düring

Geoffrey C Walker

George Murphy

Gerard Siatkowski

Greg Titcomb

James Easteppe


James Lebak


James Portello


Jared Doucette


Jared Miller


Jason Beaupre


Jason Dorman

Jason Schwartz


Jason Seaman


Jason Shaw — “Righteous Swords of Destruction” pepper


Jeff Dehnhardt


Jeff Grasso


Jeff Liu


Jimmy Cooney


João D Moreira

Joe Taylor


Joel Bowers


John Gehling


John Longo


Jon Dittert — “Hurricane Alpha” pepper


Jon Tschida


Jonas Stattin


Jonas Twitchen


Jonathan King


Jordan Boyle


Joseph Kendall


Josh Jones


Justin Dale


Karl Rivest Harnois


Ken Fritz


Koos Cramer


Levi Baumgardner


Lucas Kunce


Luke Zinnen


Mark Jonovitch


Mats Furby


Matt Mucci


Matt Thomas

Mattias Berggren — “Underworld Valley of Greedy Dreams” pepper


Michael Angelo Russo


Michael Scheffenacker


Micke Thai


Mikael Johansson — “Underworld Valley of Greedy Dreams” pepper


Mike Frantz


Mike McLaughlin


Noah Keating


Owen Fletcher — “King of the Monsters” pepper



Øyvind Skattum Vesteng


Park Cofield — “RW Beast Mode” pepper


Pascal Piché — “Disco Lobsters” pepper



Patrick Quinn


Paul Fiero


Paul Kovalov


Peter Monten


Rajah James


Raymond Mitchell


Rich Bourque


Rich Sponholz


Richard Stebbing


Richard Welch


Rob Hackney


Robert Wilson


Ryan Gresco


Ryan Keach — “Killer Bee Enchantress” pepper


Ryan Williams


Scott Bradley


Sebastien Gaudreault


Simon Christie


Thomas Ashby


Thomas Hamilton


Tim Moran

Tino Galizio


Tom Swindell


Tyson Taylor

Xanadude Boston


Yves Larochelle — “Reincarnation of the Colossus” pepper

Zevon Odelberg

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2020 Old School Magic Summer Derby Results and Deck Photos

REPORT of RESULTS

The 4th annual Old School Magic Summer Derby is in the books! This year’s event saw a record-shattering 258 participants, representing 20 countries (Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States) and at least 55 regional Old School clubs spread across 15 different time zones around the world. Over the span of six weeks, we played roughly 981 matches of Old School Magic via webcam.

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Quarterfinals action between Michael Angelo Russo (Northern Paladins) and Mike Van Dyke (Beasts of the Bay)

While entry fees were not collected and the Derby series will always remain free to play, we did encourage donations at registration to support Partners in Health, a global nonprofit dedicated to providing a preferential option to the poor in health care. Thanks to contributions from many of the players and $1,200 in matching funds from an anonymous member of the Old School community, I am humbled to report that we raised a total of $3,505.19 in support of Partners in Health’s COVID-19 response efforts around the world.

The Derby series rotates between different 93/94 format variants every six months. Past Derby events have used the Swedish, Eternal Central, Atlantic, and Pacific B&R lists. This instance of the Summer Derby was played using 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.).

Pairings were released in two batches in late June and early 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 Sunday, August 9th, and featured returning Summer Derby finalist Pez Unholy (USA) on 5C Lion/Dib Burn versus David Third of the Sisters of the Flame (USA, representing the United Kingdom) on The Deck.

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David lands a savage Mind Twist in Game 3 of the Summer Derby Finals. Click through for VOD of the complete match.

After all was said and done, David Third took the match 3-2, and was named the Summer Derby Champion for 2020! Congratulations to David and the Sisters of the Flame, to all of the Top 16 finalists, and thank you, again, to all of the players who participated. Thanks very much to our “official” streaming partners for the Top 16 — Rich Bourque, Andy Baquero, Thomas Meddens/Timmy Talks, Simon Rokkjær, Jed Locsin, and Muckystar! And special thanks must also go out once again to the inimitable Antonio Rodríguez for designing the 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 literally one thousand 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: 2020 Summer Derby — Beasts of the Bay

Summer Derby 2020 — A Tournament Report by Sister David Third

Summer Derby 2020 – Wet Dreams — Jeff White, Quest for the Shark

Summer Derby 2020 — Åland, A bitter perspective on Old School Mtg

Testing Common Advice — Jon Dittert, Pups McGee

All Tings Considered Episode 123: Jeff White and Adam Lemke

All Tings Considered Episode 125: Jeff Liu

Simon Says: DOS 5.0 and Summer Derby — Simon and Henrik (from 20:00)

Top 8 Match: (4) Russo vs VanDyke (12) — cast by Rich Bourque

Batch II Match: David Third vs John Sexton — cast by Andy Baquero

 

STANDINGS AFTER BATCH PAIRINGS

2020 summer derby standings

 

TOP 16 DECK PHOTOS

9-16th Place: John Sexton (16)

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9-16th Place: Ole Rustad (15)

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9-16th Place: Peter Fryland (13)

13 Peter Fryland

 

9-16th Place: Jed Locsin (9)

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9-16th Place: Richard Stebbing (7)

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9-16th Place: Ron Dijkstra (6)

06 Ron Dijkstra

 

9-16th Place: Jason Pare (5)

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9-16th Place: Michael Scheffenacker (3)

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5-8th Place: Thomas Hamilton (14)

14 Thomas Hamilton

 

5-8th Place: Michael Angelo Russo (4)

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5-8th Place: Nicolas Imwinkelried (2)

02 Nicolas Imwinkelried

 

5-8th Place: Jeff Anand (1)

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3-4th Place: Mike VanDyke (12)

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3-4th Place: Shawn Sullivan (10)

10 Shawn Sullivan

 

2nd Place: Pez Unholy (8)

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1st Place: David Third (11)

11 David Third

 

 

ALL DECK PHOTOS

(alphabetical order by first name)

A. Wade

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Aaron Palaian

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Aaron Steele

Aaron Steele

 

Adam Jourdan

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Adam Lemke

Adam Lemke.jpeg

 

Adam Merkado

Adam Merkado

 

Agus Arbol

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Akos Czibere

Akos Czibere.jpg

 

Albert Berg

Albert Berg

 

Alessandro Ferraris

Alessandro Ferraris UR Artifact Brun.jpg

 

Alex Smyk

Alex Smyk

 

Alistair Ingram

Alistair Ingram.jpg

 

Andres Hojman

Andres Hojman.jpeg

 

Andrew Lyons

Andrew Lyons

 

Andrew Walker

Andrew Walker.jpg

 

Andy Blaufarb

Andy Blaufarb.jpg

 

Anne Joldersma

Anne Joldersma.jpeg

 

Arnaud Avenel

Arnaud Avenel

 

Audun Døssland

Audun Dossland.jpg

 

Aurelien Thery

Aurelien Thery.jpg

 

Ben Katz – “Power Initiates” pepper

Ben Katz

 

Ben Revell

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Ben Steiger

Ben Steiger.jpg

 

Ben Twitchen

 

Benjamin Van Leerberghe

Benjamin Van Leerberghe.jpg

 

Brett Attmore

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Brian Bogdon

Brian Bogdon.jpg

 

Brian Durkin

Brian Durkin.jpeg

 

Brian Espinoza

Brian Espinoza

 

Brian Limbacher – “Serving Honey and Eggs for the Legends” pepper

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Brian Vegso

Brian Vegso

 

Bryan Manolakos

Bryan Manolakos.jpg

 

Byron Seabolt

Byron Seabolt

 

Cam Roberts

Cam Roberts.jpeg

 

Charles Klein

Charles Klein Summer Derby 2020 Deck Photo.jpg

 

Charles McFadden

Charles McFadden

 

Chris Adcock

Chris Adcock.jpg

 

Chris DiRico

Chris DiRico.jpeg

 

Chris George

Chris George.jpeg

 

Chris Taylor

Chris Taylor

 

Christian Reinhard

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Christopher Mason

Chris Mason.jpeg

 

Clifford Mathieson

Cliff Matthieson

 

Constantine Prishvitsin

Constantine Prishvitsin.jpg

 

Cory Hanson

Cory Hanson

 

Craig Winzer

Craig Winzer.jpeg

 

D. Scott Brauner

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Dakota Martinez

Dakota Martinez

 

Daniel Anschutz

Daniel Anschutz.jpg

 

Daniel Braun

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Darin Howard

Darin Howard.jpg

 

Dave Firth Bard

Dave Firth Bard.jpg

 

Dennis Bendixen

Dennis Bendixen

 

Didier Clain

Didier Clain.jpg

 

Dominic Beaudry

Dominic Beaudry.jpg

 

Don Perrien

Don Perrien

 

Douglas McMahon

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Duncan Devlin

Duncan Devlin.jpeg

 

Duncan Purves

Duncan Purves.jpeg

 

Edwin Tracy

Edwin Tracy

 

Eric Do Couto – BW Martyrs pepper

Eric Do Couto.jpg

 

Eric Martin

Eric Martin.jpg

 

Erik Johnson

Erik Johnson.jpg

 

Erik Olstad

Erik Olstad.jpeg

 

Erik Östman

Eric Martin

 

Florian von Bredow

Florian von Bredow.jpeg

 

Frederique Lafoux

Frederique Lafoux.jpg

 

Gabe Farkas – “NovaWisp Pillow Fort v2.0” pepper

Gabe Farkas

 

Gaetan Zell

Gaetan Zell.jpeg

 

Galen Lemei

Galen Lemei.jpg

 

Geoff Matteson

Geoff Matteson

 

Geoffrey Walker

Geoffrey Walker.jpg

 

Gerard Siatkowski

Gerard Siatkowski.jpeg

 

Gijsbert Haaksman

Gijsbert Haaksman.jpg

 

Gordon Fjeldsted

Gordon Fjeldsted

 

Greg Titcomb

Greg Titcomb.jpg

 

Gregor Sammsa

Gregor Sammsa.jpg

 

Guillaume Ettori

Guillaume Ettori

 

Henk Willemse

Henk Willemse.jpeg

 

Henning Østergaard

Henning Ostergaard.jpg

 

Henrik Storm

Henrik Storm.jpeg

 

Hugo Borges

Hugo Borges

 

Ian Braun

Ian Braun.jpeg

 

Jacob Braun

Jacob Braun

 

Jakob Lager

Jakob Lager.jpg

 

James Lebak

James Lebak.jpeg

 

James Onions

James Onion.jpg

 

James Rosenblum

James Rosenblum.jpeg

 

Jared Doucette

James Onion

 

Jared Kohler

Jared Kohler.jpg

 

Jason Beaupre

Jason Beaupre.jpg

 

Jason Dorman

Jason Dorman

 

Jason Keays

Jason Keays.jpg

 

Jason Schwartz

Jason Schwartz.jpg

 

Jason Seaman

Jason Seaman

 

Jason Smart

Jason Smart.jpg

 

JC Saavedra

JC Saavedra.jpeg

 

Jeff Dehnhardt

Jeff Dehnhardt

 

Jeff Grasso

Jeff Grasso.jpeg

 

Jeff Liu – “Dancing Lords / Footloose” pepper

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Jeff Watkins

Jeff Watkins.jpg

 

Jeff White

Jeff White

 

Jeffrey Kolowith

Jeffrey Kolowith.jpg

 

Jeremiah Mohr

Jeremiah Mohr

 

Jeremy Fraile

Jeremy Fraile.jpeg

 

Jesse Laidlaw

Jesse Laidlaw

 

Jimmy Locatelli

Jimmy Locatelli.jpg

 

João Moreira

Joao Moreira.jpg

 

Joe Becica

Joe Becica

 

Joel Bowers

Joel Bowers.jpg

 

John Grudzina

John Grudzina.jpg

 

John McNulty

John McNulty

 

Jon Dittert

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Jon Revell

Jon Revell.jpeg

 

Jon Tschida

Jon Tschida.jpeg

 

Jonas Twitchen

Jonas Twitchen.jpg

 

Jordan Berg

Jordan Berg.jpg

 

Jordan Boyle

Jordan Boyle.jpg

 

Joseph Taylor

Joseph Taylor.jpeg

 

Julien Raeis

Julien Raeis.jpg

 

Justin Flynn

Justin Flynn.jpg

 

Justin Iskra

Justin Iskra.jpg

 

Kaider Sheen

Kaider Sheen.jpg

 

Karl Akbari

Jon Dittert

 

Karl Hagan

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Karl Rivest Harnois

Karl Rivest Harnois.jpg

 

Karl Wood

Karl Wood - Summer Derby 2020.jpg

 

Kenneth Fritz

Ken Fritz.JPG

 

Kevin Vanier

Kevin Foggie Vanier.jpeg

 

Kyle Larson – “Enchantress #2” pepper

Kyle Larson

 

Laurence Boulanger

Laurence Boulanger.jpg

 

Laurent Rippert

Laurent Rippert.jpg

 

Levi Baumgardner

Levi Baumgardner.jpg

 

Lucas Glavin

Lucas Glavin.jpg

 

Lucas Kunce

Lucas Kunce.jpg

 

Malte Wanner

Malte Wanner

 

Manuel Martinic

Manuel Martinic.jpeg

 

Marc Flore

Marc Flore.jpg

 

Marc Lunde

Marc Bennett Lunde

 

Mark Evaldi

Mark Evaldi.jpg

 

Mark Jonovitch

Mark Jonovich.jpg

 

Martin Erne

Martin Erne

 

Matt Guido

Matt Guido.JPG

 

Matt Harper

Matt Harper

 

Matt Mucci

Matt Mucci.jpg

 

Matthew Messa

Matthew Messa

 

Matthew Simon

Matthew Simon.jpg

 

Michael Austerlitz

Michael Austerlitz

 

Michael Simpson

Michael Simpson.jpeg

 

Mikael Johansson

Mikael Johansson

 

Mike Frantz

Mike Frantz.jpg

 

Mike Keith

Mike Keith.jpg

 

Mike Kukovec

Mike Kukovec Mardu Midrange.jpg

 

Mike McLaughlin

Mike McLaughlin

 

Mitch Carson

Mitch Carson - UB Disruption - Summer Derby 2020.jpg

 

Nate Gates

Nate Gates

 

Nick Fox

Nick Fox.jpg

 

Nicolai Herring Rasmussen

Nicolai Herring Rasmussen.jpg

 

Nicolas Goles

Nicolas Goles

 

Noah Keating

Noah Keating.jpg

 

Olga Dushina – BR Khabál Valley pepper

Olga Dushina.jpg

 

Øyvind Skattum Vesteng

Øyvind_Skattum_Vesteng_SummerDerby_2020_Deckpic_Juzamless_Spice_Rack.jpg

 

Parker Schaffel

Parker Schaffel.jpg

 

Pascal Martin

Pascal Martin.jpg

 

Patrick Burt

Patrick Burt.jpg

 

Patrick Quinn

Patrick Quinn.jpg

 

Paul DeSilva

Paul DeSilva.jpeg

 

Paul Fiero

Paul Fiero.jpg

 

Paul Kovalov

Paul Kovalov

 

Paul Marshall

Paul Marshall.jpeg

 

Pete Lankering

Pete Lankering.jpeg

 

Peter Dentith

Peter Dentith

 

Peter Simpson

Peter Simpson.jpeg

 

Philip Böhm

Philip Bohm

 

Phillip Collier

Phillip Collier.jpeg

 

Quinn Maurmann

Quinn Maurmann.jpg

 

Rad Hazard

Rad Hazard

 

Rajah James – “The Trap ’94” pepper

Rajah James.jpg

 

Rémi Ouellette

Remi Ouellette.jpg

 

Rich Bourque

Rich Bourque.jpeg

 

Richard Veenman

Richard Veenman.jpg

 

Rob Hackney

Rob Hackney.jpg

 

Robert Bowles

Robert Bowles.jpg

 

Robert Wilson

Robert Wilson

 

Robert Wyatt

Robert Wyatt.jpeg

 

Robin Hoholm

Robin Hoholm.jpg

 

Robin Lundh

Robin Lundh

 

Robin Van der Sluijs

Robin van der Sluijs.jpg

 

Rodrigo Garcia da Silva

Rodrigo Garcia da Silva.jpeg

 

Rubens Campana

Rubens Campana.jpg

 

Ryan Gresco

Ryan Gresco.jpeg

 

Ryan Keach

Ryan Keach

 

Ryan O’Burke

Ryan OBurke.jpeg

 

Ryan Rudolph

Ryan Rudolph.jpg

 

Sadie Wade

Sadie Wade

 

Sammy Haghour

Sammy Haghour.jpg

 

Saul Clayman

Saul Clayman.jpg

 

Scathezombie Stu

Scathezombie Stu Summer Derby 2020.jpg

 

Scott Bradley

Scott Bradley.jpeg

 

Seth Roncoroni

Seth Roncoroni

 

Shane Mccandlish

Shane Mccandlish.jpeg

 

Shaun Augeri

Shaun Augeri

 

Shawn Pake

Shawn Pake.jpg

 

Simon Gauti Rokkjær

Simon Rokkjaer.jpg

 

Stan Sterkendries

Stan Sterkendries

 

Taylor Quail

Taylor Quail.jpeg

 

Thilo Herzog

Thilo Herzog.jpg

 

Thomas Ashby

Thomas Ashby.jpg

 

Thomas Ribet

Thomas Ribet.jpeg

 

Thomas Sutherland Borja

Thomas Sutherland - Derby Black

 

Tim Moran

Tim Moran.jpeg

 

Tino Galizio

Tino Galizio.jpeg

 

Tobias Mieth

Tobias Mieth

 

Tom Swindell

Tom Swindell.jpg

 

Tomas Bjørkhaug

Tomas Bjorkhaug

 

Tyler Carden

Tyler Carden.jpeg

 

Tyson Taylor

Tyson Taylor.jpg

 

Valerio Gregori

Valerio Gregori.jpeg

 

Viacheslav Ivanov

Viacheslav Ivanov.jpg

 

Vicente Romero

Vicente Romero

 

Vincent DeVito

Vincent DeVito.jpg

 

Will Magrann

Will Magrann.jpeg

 

Will Reddy

Will Reddy.JPG

 

William Berry

William Berry.JPG

 

William Parshall

Will Parshall

 

Wouter Jansen

Wouter Jansen.jpeg

 

Yanick Blanchet

Yanick Blanchet.jpeg

 

Zach Mabe

Zach Mabe.jpeg

 

 

 

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The Havenwood Battle: Organizer’s Report

The Havenwood Battle, a one-day webcam Old School Magic tournament, was held on Saturday, May 16, 2020. A total of 96 players representing at least ten or eleven different countries and more than two dozen U.S. states participated. The structure of the event was straight Swiss pairings, 50-minute rounds, just as one might expect at a “real-life” paper tournament. All of the matches for the event were played using Whereby, one of the video chat platforms of choice for the 93/94 webcam scene.

The Havenwood Battle was the latest in a trend of “same day” webcam events for the international Old School Magic scene, a tournament structure that has been enabled, sort of as a silver lining, by widespread self-isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Players carved out a full eight hours from their lives at home on that Saturday to take part in seven rounds of 93/94 webcam action. The event was promoted among the OLD SCHOOL 93-94 MTG Webcam Player Community, along with the Old School Discord and the New England Old School Facebook group.

CHARITABLE ACTIVITY

Giving back to our community remains a focus for New England Old School and the Old School webcam community, and charitable contribution is part-and-parcel of the Old School Magic experience. Our designated non-profit beneficiary for the Havenwood Battle was the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. Food banks have been hit hard by the COVID-19 crisis, and with hot spots all over New England, including in the Providence area, where this food bank has been distributing food and supplies at a 42% higher volume than normal due to increased needs in the community.

Through the entry fees paid by the players, along with some extra raised by Rich Bourque during his stream of the event, I’m thrilled to share that we raised $1,090 for the Rhode Island Community Food Bank, which was donated to the charity on May 18th. To everyone who participated in our event and made this possible: thank you!

 

FINAL STANDINGS

havenwood standings

 

TOP 8 DECK PHOTOS

8th Place: Jordan Berg

Jordan Berg - Blood Moon Shops

 

7th Place: Jared Doucette

Jared Doucette

 

6th Place: Christian Reinhard

Christian Reinhard

 

5th Place: Michael Scheffenacker

Michael Scheffenacker

 

4th Place: Jason Seaman

Jason Seaman

 

3rd Place: Jonas Stattin

Jonas Stattin

 

2nd Place: Richard Stebbing

Richard Stebbing

 

1st Place: Jason Dorman

Jason Dorman

 

 

ALL DECK PHOTOS

(alphabetical by first name)

Akos Czibere

Akos Czibere

 

Andrew Oliva

Andrew Oliva

 

Andy Baquero — Arena pepper

Andy Baquero - Arena

 

Andy Blaufarb

Andy Blaufarb

 

Andy Callaghan

Andy Callaghan

 

Ben Katz — “NHL 95” pepper SPICEMASTER

Ben Katz - NHL 95

 

Benjamin Buyer — “Arboria Viridis,” winner of the WB Sylvan Library

Benjamin Buyer - Arboria Viridis

 

Blake Erik Burkholder

Blake Erik Burkholder

 

Brett Attmore

Brett Attmore

 

Brian Bogdon

Brian Bogdon

 

Brian Vegso

Brian Vegso

 

Bryan Manolakos

Bryan Manolakos

 

Cam Wall

Cam Wall

 

Chris DiRico

Chris DiRico - Onulet Control

 

Chris McCubbin

Chris McCubbin

 

Christian Aguanno

Christian Aguanno

 

Chuck Lignelli

Chuck Lignelli - Little Dingus

 

Cliff Mathieson

Cliff Mathieson

 

Dan Serwan

Dan Serwan

 

Daniel Braun

Daniel Braun

 

Darin Howard

Darin Howard

 

Dave Firth Bard

Dave Firth Bard

 

Devin Pikula

Devin Pikula

 

Duncan Devlin

Duncan Devlin

 

Eric Do Couto

Eric Do Couto

 

Erik Olstad

Erik Olstad

 

Florian von Bredow

Florian von Bredow

 

Gabe Farkas — “Pentacle Wisp Pillowfort” pepper

Gabe Farkas - Pentacle Wisp Pillowfort

 

Ian Braun

Ian Braun

 

Jacob Braun

Jacob Braun

 

J Lager

J Lager - Mindtrix aka Sleight Knight

 

James Lebak — “Forked Twiddle Recursion” pepper

James Lebak - Forked Twiddle Recursion

 

Jared Kohler

Jared Kohler

 

Jason Beaupre — “Big Pink Disk” pepper

Jason Beaupre - Big Pink Disk

 

Jason Schwartz

Jason Schwartz

 

Jeff Grasso

Jeff Grasso

 

Joel Bowers

Joel Bowers

 

Jon Patton — “Sarpadia After the War III” pepper

Jon Patton - Sarpadia After the War III

 

Jonas Twitchen

Jonas Twitchen

 

Jonathan King — “Hateighty” pepper

Jonathan King - 79-Card Hateighty

 

Jordan Boyle

Jordan Boyle

 

Joseph Becica

Joe Becica - White Parfait

 

Joseph Kendall

Joseph Kendall

 

Josh Burgoa

Josh Burgoa

 

Kaider Sheen

Kaider Sheen

 

Levi Baumgardner

Levi Baumgardner

 

Louis-Gabriel Emond

Louis-Gabriel Emond - Grixis Behelit

 

Lucas Glavin

Lucas Glavin

 

Lukas Baum

Lukas Baum

 

Marc Flore

Marc Flore

 

Mark Evaldi

Mark Evaldi

 

Mark Jonovitch

Mark Jonovich

 

Mark Price

Mark Price

 

Matt Mucci

Matt Mucci - WB Meekstone Assassin

 

Michael Maynard

Michael Maynard

 

Michael McLaughlin

Michael McLaughlin

 

Michael Thorington

Michael Thorington

 

Mikael Johansson

Mikael Johansson

 

Mike Frantz

Mike Frantz

 

Nick Fox

Nick Fox

 

Nicolas Imwinkelried

Nicolas Imwinkelried

 

Pascal Piché — “Flyby Surprise” pepper

Pascal Piche - Flyby Surprise

 

Patrick Quinn

Patrick Quinn

 

Paul DeSilva

Paul DeSilva

 

Peter Monten

Peter Monten

 

Pez Unholy

Pez Unholy

 

Rich Bourque

Rich Bourque

 

Rich Shay

Rich Shay

 

Richard Veenman

Richard Veenman

 

Rob Hackney

Rob Hackney

 

Ryan Crouch

Ryan Crouch

 

Ryan Hobbs

Ryan Hobbs

 

Ryan Keach — “2 Minutes 2 Midnight” pepper

Ryan Keach - WB 2 Minutes 2 Midnight

 

Ryan Rudolph

Ryan Rudolph

 

Ryan Williams

Ryan Williams

 

Scott Bradley — “Prison of Baghdad” pepper

Scott Bradley - Prison of Baghdad

 

Sean Owens

Sean Owens

 

Taylor Quail

Taylor Quail

 

Thomas Ashby

Thomas Ashby - Green Eggs and Slam

 

Tim Moran

Tim Moran

 

Tyler Carden

Tyler Carden

 

Will Magrann

Will Magrann

 

Will Matson

Will Matson

 

Will Parshall

Will Parshall

 

 

 

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The Pestilence Open: Organizer’s Report

The Pestilence Open, a one-day webcam Old School Magic tournament, was held on Saturday, March 28. A total of 52 players representing at least six or seven different countries and more than a dozen U.S. states participated. The structure of the event was straight Swiss pairings, 50-minute rounds, just as one might expect at a “real-life” paper tournament. All of the matches for the event were played using Whereby, the video chat platform of choice for the 93/94 webcam scene.

a really good king turn

 

The story of the Pestilence Open is — at least partially — an obituary for the 2020 Hartford Old School Festival, which had been scheduled for March 28 at an Elks lodge in Manchester, Connecticut. More than 80 players had pre-registered for the tournament’s main events (Premodern and Atlantic 93/94). Unfortunately, given the rapid spread of COVID-19 in New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, etc. by early March, the tournament was cancelled, along with so many other plans and events, as social and civic life in New England ground to a screeching halt over the week of March 9th and the days that followed.

Finding ourselves under a dark cloud of isolation in a time of “social distancing,” there was at least a silver lining for 93/94 players: the Old School community already had a very established custom of playing games of Magic via webcam. Pick-up games of webcam 93/94 have been played since at least 2015, pioneered by Italian players like Filippo Caccia and Andrea Braida, and the first more structured Old School events played on Skype and other video chat platforms began in 2016, with activities organized by e.g. Andrea Canessa, Gordon Andersson, and Markus Lundqvist. And from there, several webcam tournament series have proliferated and grown considerably over the past four years. The primary clearinghouse for webcam games on Facebook, the OLD SCHOOL 93-94 MTG Webcam Player Community, now counts more than 1,300 players among its ranks. If any group of tabletop gaming hobbyists could find a way to keep things moving in a time of digital-only social interaction, Old School Magic players would surely be leading the charge.

With the Hartford tournament cancelled, it only made sense to offer a digital replacement event. And so, the Pestilence Open was born.

ORGANIZER’S NOTES

This felt like a rather ambitious event, from a logistical standpoint. Despite having plenty of experience with organizing both in-person events and webcam tournaments, I had never attempted anything like this.

Why not? The reason is that it’s really hard, bordering on incorrect, to ask dozens of people to carve out a solid, six- or seven-hour block of time in their own homes, during which they must essentially be chained to their computers to play Magic. At a regular in-person event, you’re physically in a different space, and playing back-to-back Swiss rounds for several hours is what you signed up for. With a webcam event, you’re physically at home. Your significant other/your kids/your roommates/your pets/your other responsibilities are right in front of you, rightfully demanding attention. It’s almost impossible to fully commit. Previous attempts to do this (admittedly, in the heady early days of 2016) failed miserably.

The COVID-19 pandemic changed the enabling environment for a one-day webcam tournament in two ways. First, the Pestilence Open was presented as an exact 1-to-1 replacement for a cancelled event, in this case, the Hartford Old School Festival. The webcam tournament was held on a day that players had already planned to travel and be away from home. And second, the self-isolation and “shelter in place” orders meant that players literally had nowhere else to be except home — stuck at home, with their cards, and their computers.

With those specific conditions, and some added commitment from each player in the form of a nominal $10 entry fee, I’m proud to say that we pulled it off. Overall, the event ran smoothly, rounds started on time and we kept a pretty tight pace throughout the day.

I can share two lessons learned from this event for other organizers:

The 50-person Whereby room isn’t worth the money. We sprang for the “Business” package from Whereby for this event, which provided 10 high-bandwidth rooms, including one that was supposed to be able to handle 50 participants. It didn’t. So the planned announcements, walk-through of logistics, and roll call from the players didn’t go according to plan. If I had to do it again, I would find another solution (Zoom or GoToWebinar or similar) to hold a kick-off meeting for all of the players.

Pre-assign Whereby room links to each pairing. This was the single most important innovation that I think made the event run smoothly. Each “table” pairing had a Whereby room assigned at the time that pairings were posted. So, the players simply had to find their name, take note of their opponent, and click a link directly next to their names in order to enter their room. This almost entirely eliminated the need for players to contact each other on separate messaging platforms. It also made it possible for me to pop in to check on specific “tables” to remind players to go to turns, after time in the round was reached. For future one-day webcam events using Swiss pairings, pre-assigning the rooms for each pairing should be considered a best practice.

The only other thing I’ll say here is that I really missed seeing all of the players in-person. I participated myself, and I enjoyed sharing matches with six of the players over the course of the day. But if I do it again, I want to do more to encourage players chatting/hanging out virtually in between rounds. I cherished every little bit of flavor from the day that players shared with me. For instance:

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Ben Katz’s mission critical tallies for the day.

 

CHARITABLE ACTIVITY

Giving back to our community remains a focus for New England Old School, and charitable contribution is part-and-parcel of the Old School Magic experience. Our designated non-profit partner for the Hartford Old School Festival was Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford. When the event was cancelled, entry fees were refunded to the players by default, but about half of the players opted to convert their entry fees into donations to the charity. As a result, I’m thrilled to share that $1,097.80 will be donated to The Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford. This total exceeds last year’s contribution to BGC Hartford from the same event… not bad for a tournament that didn’t happen!

For the Pestilence Open, entry fees were collected with the goal of making a modest contribution to The Boston Foundation’s COVID-19 Response Fund. In an act of unheralded and spectacular generosity, one of the players from the event anonymously volunteered to match, dollar-for-dollar, all entry fees collected for the event. With that incredible gesture effectively doubling our take for the day, I’m humbled to report that $1,050 will be donated to The Boston Foundation’s COVID-19 Response Fund on behalf of New England Old School.

And so, our grand total across the two events — one cancelled, one virtual — is an amazing $2,147.80 donated to charities in Connecticut and Greater Boston. To our friends near and far, from everyone who is a part of New England Old School, thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

 

FINAL STANDINGS

pestilence open standings

 

TOP 8 DECK PHOTOS

8th Place: Jason Beaupre

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7th Place: Mark Evaldi

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6th Place: Blake Burkholder – “Sylvan Keeper” pepper

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5th Place: Brett Attmore

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4th Place: Seth Roncoroni

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3rd Place: Mike Frantz

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2nd Place: Danny Friedman

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1st Place: Christopher Zach

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ALL DECK PHOTOS

(alphabetical by first name)

Andrés Hojman

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Andrew Mattus

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Andy Baquero – “Dark Orders” pepper SPICEMASTER AWARD

Andy Baquero.jpeg

 

Ben Katz

Ben Katz.jpg

 

Brian Bogdon

Brian Bogdon.jpg

 

Bryan Manolakos – “Hurkyl’s Storm” pepper

Bryan Manolakos.jpg

 

Carl Bjornstad

Carl Bjornstad.jpg

 

Charles Klein

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Chris McCubbin

Chris McCubbin.jpg

 

Christian Aguanno

Christian Aguanno.jpeg

 

Christian Reinhard

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Chuck Lignelli – “Dingus Deck” pepper

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Danny Kelly

Danny Kelly.jpg

 

Dave Firth Bard

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Dominic Dotterrer

 

 

Duncan Devlin

Duncan Devlin.jpeg

 

Edo Hoksbergen – “Powerless Gentleman Robots” pepper

Edo Hoksbergen.jpg

 

Gerard Siatkowski

Gerard Siatkowski.jpeg

 

James Lebak

James Lebak.jpeg

 

Jason Dorman – “Unstable Goblins” pepper

Jason Dorman.jpg

 

Jason Schwartz

Jason Schwartz.jpg

 

Jeff Grasso

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Jimmy Cooney

Jimmy Cooney.jpeg

 

Joel Bowers

Joel Bowers.jpg

 

Jon Dittert

Jon Dittert.jpg

 

Jon Patton – “Everything’s A Dollar” pepper

Jon Patton.jpg

 

Jonathan King

Jonathan King.jpg

 

Jorgo Vanhees

Jorgo Vanhees.jpg

 

Koos Cramer

Koos Cramer.jpeg

 

Levi Baumgardner

Levi Baumgardner.jpg

 

Luke Zinnen

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Matt Mucci

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Michael Scheffenacker