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Brewing for the German International tournament 1 comment

If you like Old School you probably have heard about the German International tournament

Sadly I won’t be able to make it even though I worked on a brew to get the max points I could think of while still having a nice deck to play. I even ordered jank from MKM for it and playtested it a whole session.

Since I’m such a nice guy I’ll share that work and fun with you guys, hoping you’ll enjoy it!

The Perks (Bold = targeted perk) :

  • *Fun player* – not playing The Deck or UR Counterburn: +2 points
  • *Half Breed* – playing one to three P9 only: +3 points
  • *Budget Master* – playing completely unpowered: +5 points
  • *Fresh Meat* – first time playing 93/94 in Germany: +1 points
  • *Grand Arbiter* – for multicolored decks, each color in the maindeck is represented with the exact same amount of cards : +3 points
  • *Summoner* – combined power of creatures in the maindeck exceeds 50: +3 points
  • *Child of Darkness* – playing at least 15 cards from The Dark in the maindeck: +4 points
  • *Wordsmith* – for each letter in the alphabet, play a card in the maindeck starting with that letter: +5 points

Sorry The Dark and I like playing with Power  🙂

The process :

  • Set up an Excel with a line for each letter (and calculating total ATK/colour split) and get running to get all cards sorted alphabetically.
  • Notice that there are only 2 cards in Q which aren’t playable (Quagmire in Black and Quarum Trench Gnomes in Red)
  • Notice that Will-O, Xenic, Yawgmoth and Zephyr finish the alphabet nicely and we’re set for a UB deck.
  • Add the usual suspects and Underground Sea.
  • Add some Erg Raiders, Guardian Beast, Hurkyl’s Recall, Juzam Djinn, Khabal Ghoul, Nevinnyral’s Disk, Oubliette, Phantasmal Image, Royal Assassin and Volcanic Island (as an island starting with V)
  • Adjust quantities and notice that you aren’t that far from *Summoner* perk so adding a Leviathan is a nobrainer.
  • Notice that you’re like a Project M / Disco Troll deck and that you already have Volcanic Island and several deck cards Main Deck to work on a red transformational sideboard

The final decklist (2 slots left in the sideboard) :

Deck Picture DeckList

Playtesting results (vs “real decks”) :

  • 1st  game you better dodge your unplayable (Leviathan, Quagmire, …) 🙂
  • The Disk’s / Hurkyl’s synergy is very fun
  • Xenic Poltergeist is a good card (gunnarsonbag.blogspot)
  • Turn 1 Nebuchadnezzar (mox + land + lotus) doesn’t win games 😀
  • vs The Deck: you’ve got game and the Guardian Beast+Chaos Orb lock is so great
  • vs Monoblack : Hyppy turn 1 is a problem (Might wanna get Bolts in the sideboard)
  • vs Prison : Erg Raiders and Phantasmal Images are good beaters / Disks and trolls are nice

Final words :

So sad I don’t get to win the upcoming tournament because starting with 14 points and such a fun and powerful deck it would have been a blast!

I don’t have time to go get my cards right now so a picture will do the trick!


Extending the Unlimits (Alters pt.1) 2 comments

When I started playing MTG back in ’95 there was a rule that said that your deck was to be Full Alpha or No Alpha, it quickly translates into Alpha is banned from tournament play which is the mood I had when I started buying in Oldschool 93/94 in 2014! That means I had tons of Beta staples and once (2017) I wanted to pimp my deck / complete my sets I had to face a hard choice :

  • Rob a bank to upgrade to Alpha
  • Keep buying Betas that won’t feel like the final upgrade
  • Buy Unlimited and play budget

I chose a mix : I sold my Beta cards, “upgraded” into Heavy Played  Alpha when it was cheaper than my EX/NM Beta or buy HP Unlimited to have them extended and look “finally upgraded” / “mine”.

I’ve got lucky I found Stef Margouya to do my extensions and here I’ll show you the results…


Happy New Wizard’s Year no comments

The Boars wish you and your close ones the best for 2018!

As you should know, this year will be the Wizard Tournament’s one in Goteborg at the end of march.

We’ll be back to basics, where the fun began…!

For those  that don’t know, the tournament will  be Alpha only games with original deck construction (40+ cards, no 4-of / 1-of restrictions) and gameplay rules.

The brewing started and we’ve seen alot of pictures on Facebook so I guess I should share my brews too, until further testing I’d be happy to hear your thoughts about these.


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Brewing with Eureka 1 comment

Today I’ll be talking about Eureka and the way I built mine and my thoughts after about 20 games.

Initial list :

It has 12 “Eureka targets” that I should be able to play by themselves (minus lords of the pit)

It has 4 birds and 2 elves to ramp, alongside the 7 SoLoMoxen.

It has 15 green providing lands and the mox to make “sure” I can, on schedule :

  • play a mana dork
  • play Sylvan Library
  • play Eureka

It has Mana Drain and Mana Short to force Eureka through permission.

Results of the first test session (about 20 games vs Artifact Control and MonoBlack splash blue) :

  • Mana Short, Mana Drain and Braingeyser felt useless / uncastable
  • Eureka should be a 3-of as it’s easy to hardcast targets and having 2 Eurekas in hand is so bad
  • Lord of the Pit, Nicol Bolas and Animate Dead are too cute and not too efficient
  • Underworld dreams, The Abyss and Icy Manipulators are problems.

The deck lacks interaction for my liking therefore the tweaking is discontinued for the moment and the post is going live.

Feel free to comment with your own experiences.

Merry Christmas 1 comment

To celebrate the blog’s launch I wanted to share with you my trades since last month (including the playmat from Mark / Dan on Facebook)

From Spain (Vedast) on Facebook /

From Switzerland on MKM /

From Spain (willybizarre) at GP Lyon