Happy new old school year!
As seems to be a tradition on most blogs and podcasts I am doing a review of my year. It is of course a bit different than usual year but all in all this has been a great year Magic-wise for me. This year made me remember the times around 2001-2004 when I mostly stayed at home or at an Internet café playing Dark Age of Camelot. One of my skills is that I still can thrive being by myself in an apartment.
A look back at 2019
By the end of 2019 I was set on traveling a lot in 2020, I missed the Reindeers Mountain Madness and was set on all the other stops for the communitour and hopefully visiting the United States for the first time. I wrote this end of December 2019 on Facebook; at that time, I had no intention of starting a blog or joining in on a podcast.
Old school tournaments 2020, or the year of the trolls
I managed to play two IRL tournaments before corona struck with full force in March and some pub evenings at GG Bar. Can you believe this, IRL Magic without masks and without keeping the distance?
I played a weird tax tower deck at Arvikafestivalen (no deck pic but a list is available here) and then I played Troll Disco for the first time ever to win Viennageddon III (a long article about it here). Wow, real people playing Magic together!
I had bought a Logitech c920 and a microphone before covid so I was set up to play online games, I managed to win a 20 people NOSMTG-tournament with an updated troll list two weeks after Viennageddon.
I got really hooked on playing these online tournaments and I have to this date (29th December) played 208 matches of old school during 2020, it is probably around as much as I played 2012-2019. For those who might be interested my win rate is 58,65% and I have played a lot of different decks like: Shops, UR Counterburn, The Deck, Powerball, Dibatog, Deadguy Ale, Temple of Sped, Twiddle Vault, Tax Tower, Rukh Valley, Fantasy Zoo, Dreams Combo, Stasis and Chambers Partial Recall. I also want to thank, among others Svante and Wheel M for helping with decks and tweaks to a lot of my decks.
There are so many people to thank for arranging all these amazing tournaments across multiple formats, here is a list of the organizers I would like to thank:
- Markus "Kungen" (Arvika Festival IRL Tournament)
- Mitja and his crew of lions (Viennageddon IRL Tournament)
- Audun Dossland (Worms of the Earth #1)
- Christian Reinhard (SiaUrborg Festival, Scryings May Rumble, Scryings Festival one day Battle, Charity Oldschool Battle)
- Florian von Bredow (n00bcoM, Lockdown oldschool tournament, Lockdown Christmas Online Tournament)
- "The Secret Mystery Guy" (Some shady tournaments that doesn't seem to exist)
- Dave Firth Bard (Havenwood Battleground, Summer Derby, LobstercoM, Lightning Ball, Winter Derby)
- Richard Veenman (Raging Bull Series: Online)
- Dan Serwan (A Tournament for Balance and some quality stream at Lightning Ball)
- Bryan Manolakos (MobstercoM)
- Jared Doucette (NEOS Monthly August-December)
- HW Mtg (Dutch Oldschool Online League)
- Tapan Lockwood (Type 1.5 quarterly)
- Mike Kukovec (Revised40)
- David Chambers (ALICE VIII, ALICE IX)
- Gordon Andersson (Lucia Singleton Tournament)
- Jared Doucette (Premodern MidSummer Revel)
- Andrew Walker (Premodern Monthly August-December)
- Michael Heup (Fall Brawl)
- Slanfan (Tournament Software Tolaria)
- Bryan Manolakos (Podcast All Tings Considered)
- Resti (YouTube channel)
- Baron Nick (YouTube channel)
- Simon Rokkjaer (Twitch channel & Youtube channel)
- Michael Heup & Flint Espil (Premodern Showdown Series)
- Martin Berlin with Guests (Premodern blog)
- Mike VanDyke & DFB (Spice Files)
- Gordon Andersson (Twitch channel, Youtube channel & Wak-wak page)
- Dan Serwan (Twitch channel & Youtube channel)
- Librarian of Leng (sick alters on his Twitter account)
- Gerard "Turtle man" Siatkowski which is probably the nicest guy you will find; I dare you to find someone who has something negative to say about our favorite Florida Man.
- Brothers of Fire which, in my opinion, is the old school club with the overall highest standard. Always nice, polite, and helpful. Great at both spike and spice.
- Dave Firth Bard which has already been mentioned before, tier 1 tournament organizer, tier 1 at raising money for charity and probably top 2 most active old school league/tournament competitor.