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

08 Jason Beaupre.jpg

 

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

04 Seth Roncoroni.jpg

 

3rd Place: Mike Frantz

03 Mike Frantz.jpg

 

2nd Place: Danny Friedman

02 Danny Friedman.jpeg

 

1st Place: Christopher Zach

01 Christopher Zach.jpeg

 

 

ALL DECK PHOTOS

(alphabetical by first name)

Andrés Hojman

Andres Hojman.jpeg

 

Andrew Mattus

Andrew Mattus.jpeg

 

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

Charles Klein.jpeg

 

Chris McCubbin

Chris McCubbin.jpg

 

Christian Aguanno

Christian Aguanno.jpeg

 

Christian Reinhard

Christian Reinhard.jpeg

 

Chuck Lignelli – “Dingus Deck” pepper

Chuck Lignelli.png

 

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

Jeff Grasso.jpeg

 

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

Luke Zinnen.jpg

 

Matt Mucci

Matt Mucci.JPG

 

Michael Scheffenacker

Michael Scheffenacker.jpeg

 

Noah Keating

Noah Keating.jpg

 

Patrick Quinn

Patrick Quinn.jpg

 

Rich Bourque

Rich Bourque.jpeg

 

Ron Dijkstra

Ron Dijkstra.jpg

 

Ryan Rudolph

Ryan Rudolph.JPG

 

Scott Bradley

Scott Bradley.jpeg

 

Tim Moran

Tim Moran.jpeg

 

Tom Swindell

Tom Swindell.jpg

 

Will Magrann

Will Magrann.jpeg

 

Will Parshall

Will Parshall.jpg

 

Wouter Jansen

Wouter Jansen.jpeg

 

 

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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.

galen vs thomas

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).

anne vs quinn
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)

14 John Grudzina.jpg

 

9-16th Place: Thomas Ribet (13)

13 Thomas Ribet.jpeg

 

9-16th Place: Richard Stebbing (12)

12 Richard Stebbing.jpeg

 

9-16th Place: Paul DeSilva (11)

11 Paul DeSilva.jpeg

 

9-16th Place: Tobias Mieth (10)

10 Tobias Mieth.jpeg

 

9-16th Place: Laurent Rippert (8)

08 Laurent Rippert.jpg

 

9-16th Place: Levi Baumgardner (2)

02 Levi Baumgardner.jpg

 

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)

09 Mathias Helmbold.jpg

 

5-8th Place: Mike VanDyke (6)

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5-8th Place: Jordan Boyle (5)

05 Jordan Boyle.jpg

 

3-4th Place: Bryan Manolakos (7)

07 Bryan Manolakos.jpg

 

3-4th Place: Galen Lemei (4)

04 Galen Lemei.jpg

 

2nd Place: Anne Joldersma (16)

16 Anne Joldersma.jpeg

 

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

Aaron Steele.jpeg

 

Adam Jourdan

Adam Jourdan.jpeg

 

Adam Merkado — “Angelic Abyss” pepper

Adam Merkado.jpeg

 

Alexandr Tsukanov

Alexandr Tsukanov.jpeg

 

Alistair Ingram

Alistair Ingram.jpg

 

Andrew Mattus

Andrew Mattus.jpeg

 

Andrew Walker

Andrew Walker.jpg

 

Andy Swaffar

Andy Swaffar.jpeg

 

Arnaud Aubert

Arnaud Aubert.jpg

 

Aurélien Théry

Aurelien Thery.jpg

 

Ben Katz

Ben Katz.jpg

 

Ben Revell

Ben Revell.jpeg

 

Brett Attmore

Brett Attmore.jpeg

 

Brian Limbacher — “Arabian COP Blue” pepper

Brian Limbacher.jpeg

 

Cam Roberts

Cam Roberts.jpeg

 

Charles Klein

Charles Klein Winter Derby 2019 Deck Photo.jpg

 

Chris Adcock

Chris Adcock.jpeg

 

Chris Ward

Chris Ward.jpeg

 

Christian Lieb

Christian Lieb.JPG

 

Christian Reinhard

Christian Reinhard.jpeg

 

Christopher Mason

Chris Mason.jpeg

 

Cliff Mathieson

Cliff Mathieson.jpg

 

Constantine Prishvitsin

Constantine Prishvitsin.jpg

 

D. Scott Brauner

D Scott Brauner.jpeg

 

Daniel Anschutz

Daniel Anschutz.jpg

 

Daniel Yann Franzén

Daniel Yann Franzen.jpg

 

Dave Firth Bard

Dave Firth Bard.jpg

 

David Holler

David Holler.jpeg

 

David Rohwedder

David Rohwedder.jpeg

 

David Tully

David Tully.jpeg

 

Don Perrien

Don Perrien.jpg

 

Douglas McMahon

Douglas McMahon.jpeg

 

Drew Epstein

Drew Epstein.jpg

 

Edwin Tracy

Edwin Tracy.jpg

 

Erik Johnson

Erik Johnson.jpg

 

Erik Olstad

Erik Olstad.jpeg

 

Evan Hofmann — BUG Venom Void pepper

Evan Hofmann.jpg

 

Florian von Bredow

Florian von Bredow.jpeg

 

Frédérique Lafoux

Frederique Lafoux.jpg

 

Gabe Farkas

Gabriel Farkas.JPG

 

Gaetan Zell

Gaetan Zell.jpeg

 

Gordon Fjeldsted

Gordon Fjeldsted.jpg

 

Greg Titcomb — “Death Valley” pepper

Greg Titcomb.jpg

 

Gregor Sammsa

Gregor Sammsa.jpg

 

Henning Østergaard

Henning Ostergaard.jpg

 

Hugo Borges

Hugo Borges.jpg

 

Ivan Bari — “Mob Presence” pepper

Ivan Bari.jpg

 

J Lager

Jacob Lager.jpg

 

James Lebak

James Lebak.jpeg

 

Jared Doucette

Jared Doucette.jpeg

 

Jared Miller

Jared Miller.jpg

 

Jason Applin

Jason Applin.jpg

 

Jason Bain

Jason Bain.jpg

 

Jason Collins

Jason Collins.jpg

 

Jason Dorman

Jason Dorman.jpg

 

Jason Morawski

Jason Morawski.jpg

 

Jason Paul

Jason Paul.jpg

 

Jason Schwartz

Jason Schwartz.jpg

 

Jason Seaman

Jason Seaman.JPG

 

Jay Peine

Jay Peine.jpg

 

Jean Curci

Jean Curci.jpg

 

Jeff Dehnhardt

Jeff Dehnhardt.jpeg

 

Jeff Grasso

Jeff Grasso.jpeg

 

Jeff Liu — “Rasputin’s Coffin” pepper

Jeff Liu.jpeg

 

Jeff Watkins

Jeff Watkins.jpg

 

Jeff White

Jeff White.jpeg

 

Jesse Compton

Jesse Compton.jpg

 

Joe Becica

Joseph Becica.jpg

 

John McNulty

John McNulty.jpeg

 

Jon Dittert

Jon Dittert.jpg

 

Jon Tschida

Jon Tschida.jpeg

 

Jonathan King

Jonathan King.jpeg

 

Justin Flynn

Justin Flynn.jpg

 

Kevin Vanier

Kevin Vanier.jpg

 

Koos Cramer

Koos Cramer.jpeg

 

Laurence Boulanger

Laurence Boulanger.jpg

 

Marc Flore

Marc Flore.jpg

 

Mark Jonovitch

Mark Jonovich.jpg

 

Mark Price

Mark Price.jpeg

 

Martin Purrio

Martin Purrio.jpg

 

Masayuki Higashi

Masayuki Higashi.jpg

 

Matt Mucci

Matt Mucci.jpg

 

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

Mattias Berggren.jpeg

 

Max Schroeder

Max Schroeder.jpg

 

Michael Angelo Russo

Michael Angelo Russo.JPG

 

Michael Schroers

Michael Schroers.jpeg

 

Mike Frantz

Mike Frantz.jpg

 

Mike Keith

Mike Keith.jpg

 

Mike Kukovec

Mike Kukovec.jpg

 

Mike McLaughlin

Mike McLaughlin.jpeg

 

Nicolai Rasmussen

Nicolai Rasmussen.jpg

 

Nicolas Imwinkelried

Nicolas Imwinkelried.jpg

 

Park Cofield

Park Cofield.jpeg

 

Pascal Martin

Pascal Martin.jpg

 

Pascal Piché

Pascal Piche.jpg

 

Patrick Howse

Patrick Howse.jpeg

 

Patrick Quinn

Patrick Quinn.jpg

 

Patrick van Beek — “Burn ‘n Barbs” pepper

Patrick van Beek.jpeg

 

Paul Fiero — “Juxta Pile” pepper

Paul Fiero.jpg

 

Paul Kovalov

Paul Kovalov.jpg

 

Peter Monten

Peter Monten.jpg

 

Pez Unholy

Pez Unholy.jpg

 

Phillip Dow

Phillip Dow.jpg

 

Rajah James

Rajah James.jpeg

 

Rémi Ouellette

Remi Ouellette.jpg

 

Rich Bourque — “Mono Blue Psychic Control” pepper

Rich Bourque.jpeg

 

Robert Vawter

Robert Vawter.png

 

Robert Wyatt

Robert Wyatt.jpeg

 

Ryan Gresco — Hazebond! pepper

Ryan Gresco.jpeg

 

Ryan O’Burke

Ryan OBurke.JPEG

 

Ryan Rudolph

Ryan Rudolph.jpeg

 

Ryan Woodworth

Ryan Woodworth.jpeg

 

Ryan Working

Ryan Working.jpg

 

Scott Bradley — Weakstone Song pepper

Scott Bradley.jpg

 

Seth Roncoroni

Seth Roncoroni.jpg

 

Shawn Sullivan

Shawn Sullivan.jpeg

 

Stephen Di Donato

Stephen Di Donato.jpg

 

Stephen Williams

Stephen Williams.jpg

 

Stu Scathezombie

Stu Scathezombie.jpg

 

Svante Landgraf

Svante Landgraf.jpg

 

Sylvain Billon

Sylvain Billon.jpg

 

TC Chaisson

TC Chiasson.jpg

 

Thomas Sutherland

Thomas Sutherland Borja.jpeg

 

Tim Moran

Tim Moran.jpeg

 

Tim Stutzer

Tim Stutzer.jpg

 

Tom Simons

Tom Simons.jpeg

 

Tomasz Ksel

Tomasz Ksel.jpg

 

Tony Tran

Tony Tran.jpeg

 

Tyson Taylor

Tyson Taylor.jpeg

 

Vince Baleka

Vince Baleka.jpg

 

Will Magrann

Will Magrann.jpeg

 

Will Reddy

Will Reddy.jpeg

 

Winston Wood

Winston Wood.jpeg

 

Wouter Jansen

Wouter Jansen.jpeg

 

Zachary Dooling

Zachary Dooling.jpg

 

 

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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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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

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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)