In the beginning of this year, I had a playset Unlimited Plateaus for sale and an interested buyer came to my place to see the cards. Normally a sale like this takes half an hour or so; but not this time! We started with coffee and small-talked about Magic and the buyer was talking enthusiastic about his Old School cards, which he played with a couple of buddies. The idea of Old School Magic was growing on me. After years of collecting, this was the time for me to create a nice Old School deck of my own!
We talked and talked, drank beer and had some laughs, and the deal was made!! Oh, not only the deal he came for, but also the bigger deal: an Old School tournament in Voorthuizen, in my backyard. The Swedish rules, + 35 proxies (old border, original art reprints), to give the newbies a chance to play. Each following tournament, the amount of proxies would have to be lower, so more Swedish legal cards are in each deck. The winner of each tournament would win the Knights of Thorn card, signed by each player. This signed card has to be in his or her deck or sideboard in the next tournament.
Our main goal: organize a kind of N00bcon in Holland. Of course, with a good amount of fun, deck building, trading and... BEER drinking!! The first tournament was with 7 enthusiasts, we had a lot of fun playing several games and had an overall winner who got the first signed Knights of Thorn card. We all committed to play at the next tournament. The date was set, now we 'only' had to organize it.
|BRU Trick by Mari Steinhage, including the signed Knights of Thorn Card, won at the first tournament.|
Okay, now I had to find out how many players I could fit in my garden-house and garage. Counting tables and chairs, organizing an extra table or two: yes, it could work for 20 players! We still had to turn down a couple of people though, sorry for that...
In the week before the tournament we got heaps of chips, beer and other drinks, so everybody would have enough to eat and drink. To prepare a lunch for 20 people, my wife helped out the evening before. It was all set; LET'S PLAY MAGIC!
|A magical group of people ;)|
Two groups of 10 people were playing. Every person was playing 4 games. Out of these pools came a number 1 and 2 who would go to the half finals. Of course there was a final match; who would become the second winner of our signed The Knights of Thorn?
|Erwin Demmer's Trick Deck.|
For me this was the best game of the day, I really enjoyed it. Both Jimmy and I defeated 3 men and lost only 1 game. Unfortunately for us it wasn't good enough to reach the finals.
|Jimmy To's The Deck.|
|Chaos Orb shoot-out|
We finished off the day, looking back on a great tournament.
|And the winner is: Tom Posthuma!|
Thanks all for coming, until the next gathering my friends!
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