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Kumite IV – Organizer’s Report

Today we have a guest post from Dread Pirate Tim himself. He brings us the summary of the legendary Kumite IV… DISCLAIMER – The following tournament report was written prior to hearing about the positive tests for COVID-19 within the attendees of the Kumite event. In hindsight we should have done more, such as requiring masks while not eating/drinking and asking all in attendance to have their vaccinations so that we could better do our...

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Alpha To Alliances: The Big Chill – Event Report

In early February a polar vortex descended on the Midwest, forcing the denizens to seek shelter indoors once again. Frigid temps (and not to mention the ever-present pandemic) once again ushered in a refrain we know now by heart: “wanna jam some games?” A2A: The Big Chill was organized (passive voice, for humility) to spread the gospel of the new Alpha to Alliances hotness a little farther. We’ve been playing and testing and brewing for...

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Spectral Chaos in Spooky Season

The turn of the season from summer into fall has always been a time I looked forward to. But in this topsy-turvy 2020 with its interminably long and hot summer, I needed fall. But most of all, I needed Spooky Season. Halloween has long inaugurated fall. It’s generally the first full on COLD day of the year where we get to go outside and enjoy the crisp leaves and sharp air. But this year, everything...

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MCOS Summer Slam – Organizer’s Report

August was a great time for Music City Old School. With the lack of any travel events in the US, we decided to hold an online tournament for a small number of participants. It didn’t replace Bootleggers or Players Ball or any of the other great meetups we all look forward to every year, but it gave everyone the opportunity to hang out, play Magic, and at least experience the 2020 version of whatever it...

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Old School in the Time of Ice: Alpha through Alliances

Old School MTG has grown since its humble beginnings in the snowy Swedish fjords. Strip Mines proliferated and creatures dominated as Eternal Central loosened the restrictions of the Old Ways. The Atlantic Council instituted their land reforms and allowed for a more liberal adherence to the Laws of Time. Venerable Mages of Old in Sweden reached through time to Scry a potential future. The Paladins of the northern American plains decreed that more gentlemanly battles...

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Stuck in Ovaltine: Scryings Stompy, U-Bru’s, and Secret Decoder Rings

It’s about 10:30 and I’m watching n00bCOM in 2-3 minute intervals while drinking lukewarm coffee and trying to finish up some work before I say fuck Friday. Meanwhile, my two kids are swimming around with ferocious amounts of energy. I’ve just finished tutoring my daughter as she is out of school for the rest of the year and she is now ready to rage. However, my son has been raging for quite some time and...

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De Mysteriis Dom Titania Part I

Part I: The Birth of a Goddess In the Mind of the All-Consciousness, there came forth the Word. From the Word, came Light. Set apart from Light was Darkness, and so the One became Two, and the Universe was manifest. The Heavens were set apart from the Earth. In the Heavens were suspended the stars and celestial bodies, the Planets, the Sun and the Moon. And to the Earth was given the Air and the...

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Old School 93/94/95/96/97: Scryings

When I started playing Magic as a kid around 1997, I eventually worked up the courage to break the threshold of Warlord Comics, my small hometown’s only comic book store. Just slightly bigger than a closet and constantly filled with cigarette smoke and the musk from the previous nights’ D&D campaign, it was where I really learned to play the game. I remember the first time I went in to try and play with someone,...

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Get Maul’d: A Middle School Tournament Report

Music City’s first Middle School tourney is in the books. As expected, it was a great time. We have a small MS group and were able to pull 9 players to the event after a drop, leaving us with a bye. To follow suit with other MS tournament reports, I’ll stray away from deck pics/lists. I do enjoy seeing deck pictures, but with this being such a new format, it’s nice to keep some of...

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On the Path of Return

The nuance of this game as a competitive format is beyond me. I don’t know what the best deck is, I don’t know who won what or what latest controversy has ignited the latest iteration of the same old debates from four years ago. I don’t have an opinion as to what is the preferable number of Strip Mines nor can I give you advice on how to design a sideboard for the current meta....