A look at some participants’ place space during the Capital Chaos Online Championships.
We did it! We hosted 33 Old School magicians for a one-day, 6-round webcam tournament. We sent $350 to the Ottawa Food Bank, earmarked for COVID-19 relief.
We really appreciate those who took the time to play in the event as we adjust to our new normal.
I can’t say the event went without hiccups. We were planning on using Wizards’ event software and it turns out some features were locked, so we scrambled to find a solution before the tournament started. Between that, and a few technical difficulties as people got used to their setups, we had a late start. Thank you for not giving us too much of a hard time about it.
Some note-worthy observations:
- Atog was the most represented deck (4), with all decks in the top half of standings, including 2 in Top 8.
- BR Dreams Combo and Reanimator were the second-most represented, with 3 players each.
- There were 2 copies in Reanimator in Top 8.
- Dreams decks didn’t perform well, with all of them in the bottom 25%.
- The Deck, UR Counterburn and Mono Black, Old School usual suspects, were not represented.
We had prize cards for most creative and first through fourth. In addition, the person in first place could choose between an altered Unlimited Icy Manipulator or $33 in store credit at Multizone.ca. Second place would get the other. In addition, the best performing unpowered deck would get a set of Capital Chaos Power 9 proxies. Our prize recipients are:
- Most Creative – Yannick B with Poisonous Lands
- Best Unpowered – Pascal P with Mono U Aggro (21st in Swiss)
- 1st Place – Mark E with Esper Reanimator (Unlimited Icy Manipulator)
- 2nd Place – Eric DC with Initiates of the Juzam Hand ($33 at Multizone)
- 3rd Place – Drew L with Bant Midrange
- 4th Place – Will M with UWR CopyAtog
Drew and Mark faced off in the final round as the sole 5-0s, but despite that, Eric edged ahead on breakers by 0.05% on the third tie-breaker (opponent game percentage?).
There are lot of people to thank:
- Everyone who played in the event and told their friends about it.
- The folks from the Pestilence Open, who gave us tips on running a webcam tournament.
- The folks from New England Old School and Geocities of Brass who lent us their Whereby rooms.
- Multizone who did pairings and reporting for us so organizers could play.
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Final standings and decklists
1st: Mark E — 4c Reanimator
2nd: Eric DC – Initiates of the Juzam Hand
3rd: Drew L – Bant Midrange
4th: Will M – UWR CopyAtog
5th: Michael W – UG Pump
6th: Mike F – Atog
7th: Patrick B – Esper Reanimator
8th: Thomas A – Grumpy.dec (BW Void)
9th: Ben K – WUB Derelor
10th: Karl KR – Montreal Robot Special
11th: Joshua J – Atog
12th: Christopher Z – Deadguy Rack
13th: Ryan K – UW Shops
14th: Joel B – UWR Atog
15th: Will P – NO DECKLIST
16th: James C – Dwarves and Derelors
17th: Dylan K – UWR Skies
18th: Jason B – RW Forkin’ Weenies
19th: Louis E – UR Vise Burn
20th: Marc F – Grixis Atog
21st: Pascal P – Mono U Aggro BEST UNPOWERED
22nd: Nolan B – BR Troll Disco UNPOWERED
23rd: Brian M – Candleshops
24th: Shane C – Esper Reanimator
25th: David D – Forkin’ Mono R UNPOWERED
26th: Andy B – BR Dreams Combo
27th: Abraham C – WG Midrange
28th: Kaelen M – BR Dreams Combo
29th: Ben R – The Tomb: Grixis Control
30th: Michael S – BR Dreams Combo
31st: Yannick B – Poisonous Lands MOST CREATIVE
32nd: Lucas A – NO DECKLIST
33rd: Kevin V – BG Fallen Elves
We had a smaller contingent this week of 11 people as colds and flu ravaged players and even our original venue.
We played at a different Royal Oak location commonly used by Commander players so we were in good company of other Magic brothers and sisters.
Local rookie Matt G secured his first ever win with Dreams combo versus local legend, Dazed and Fused-Con winner, and Winter Blast 2020 winner, Jimmy D.
We had a sole mono-colored player, with most players going at least 3 colors.
That meant we got to see a lot of Control Magic…
…including this board state, topped off with Lorenzo F using their sweater as a playmat. Apparently, a later game included a Serendib Efreet passed around 6 times.
Going into the 3rd round, there were 3 2-0s.
But alas, only one was 3-0 going into the 4th round.
Patrick won vs. the pair down (Mono U) with a Turn 1 Juzam Djinn and wins the February Monthly with a 4-0 record. Congratulations!
There will be no Challonge link this time because of drops in the last round. (Challonge doesn’t handle drops at all.)
1st: Patrick — 5c Good Stuff
2nd: Lorenzo — Grixis Troll Disco
3rd: Drew — 5c Good Stuff
4th: Michael — RB Dreams
5th: Kevin V — Erhnamgeddon
6th: Jason K — Mono U
7th: Ernest C — Grixis Rack
8th: Matt G — Grixis Dreams Combo
9th: Dylan K — Jeskai Skies
10th: Jimmy D — The Deck
11th: Jim W — Twiddlevault
We had a small, but mighty showing of 12 people with one newbie joining us.
Some players went from brews to their faithful decks, while others did the opposite.
Louis’s BUG Trans-beast continued to make for interesting action pictures.
There were only 2 mono-color decks, which meant there were plenty of colorful Moxes around.
We saw some new faces at the top tables as top tier decks struggled against not-so-well-known archetypes.
In the final round, Drew’s 5c Good cards faced off against Andy’s Mono B Midrange.
In the end, Drew beat Andy in 3 games and wins the January Monthly with a 4-0 record. Congratulations Drew!
Detailed standings on Challonge.
1st: Drew — 5c Good Cards
2nd: Patrick – 5c Good Cards
3rd: Dylan – UWR Skies
4th: Andy – Mono B Midrange
5th: Ricardo – BRu Dreams combo
6th: Louis – BUG Trans-Beast
7th: Lorenzo – Troll Disco
8th: Jimmy – The Deck
9th: Mike – UG Midrange
10th: Matt 2 – WR Aggro
11th: Jason – Mono B Weenie
12th: Matt 1 – UR Midrange
Dazed and Fused-Con is postponed until further notice. For now, we will be running an online tournament.
Last year’s Dazed and Fused-Con helped bring new players to the community. We want to do it all over again, but better.
We will be playing in the basement of The Clocktower Brew Pub Glebe, 575 Bank Street, Ottawa. The area will only be used by the event and we will have a dedicated server.
There will be two organized events this year: Old School and Premodern. Proceeds will go to the Ottawa Food Bank.
Old school – Main event
- Rounds: 6
- Entry fee: $20 (all to charity)
- Start time: 1pm (Registration at noon)
- Banlist and rules: Eternal central
- Prizes: Best Swiss finish (TBD), Spiciest deck (TBD)
- Deck pictures are required. Send them to email@example.com
- Bring a card worth ~$5 to be signed by all participants. Cards will be drafted in reverse Swiss order (ie.: last place picks first)
We expect there to be a 1 hour break between both events to have dinner.
Premodern – Bonus event
- Rounds: 4
- Entry fee: $10 (all to charity)
- Start time: 8pm (Registration at 7:30pm)
- Banlist and rules: Premodernmagic.com
- Prizes: TBD
- Deck pictures are required. Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
If Premodern isn’t your bag, there will be plenty of space to continue playing whatever format you want.
This year, we’ll be hosting a raffle where all proceeds go to charity. It will include Magic oddities, prints, gift cards and more. Tickets are expected to cost $2 each or 3 for $5.
Raffle time: Before Premodern event
Chaos Orb flip-off
We will running this event again this year. Pay $5 and flip a Chaos Orb successfully as many times in a row as you can. Whoever does it longest gets the prize (TBD).
Flip-off time: Before Premodern event
To help give us an idea of numbers, please say that you’re attending on the Facebook event.
We had 12 people join us so close to Christmas holidays.
We saw some spice come to play this month with a few typically mono-color players including a second color.
We also saw people switching off normally tier decks to have a little fun.
There were a lot of close games being won by very small margins.
That could have been helped by multiple copies of City of Brass whittling down the life totals of 3+ color decks.
The finals pit Kevin’s vises vs. Pat’s racks.
Kevin beat Pat 2-0 and wins the Capital Chaos December Monthly as the lone 4-0! Congrats!
1st: Kevin – 4c Atog
2nd: Pat – Spice Rack
3rd: Patrick – 5c Good Cards
4th: Lorenzo – UWR Gargoyles
5th: Drew – Frozen Ernie
6th: Joe – Mono G Midrange
7th: Brian – Mono B Tabernac de Void!
8th: Louis – BUG Trans-Beast
9th: Seb – Mono G Weenie
10th: Jason – Mono B Weenie
11th: Chelsea – Mono W Weenie
12th: Laura – UR Counter-Jug
We set another record with 20 players joining us for this monthly.
We had 3 new players which really emphasized how Old School is a format where you can enjoy Magic with your friends and family.
We had a really nice deck variety this month, with a lot of people switching up from their usual.
Black continues to be well-represented which may signal sideboard changes for some before next month’s event.
Because we had 20 players and 4 rounds, we had 3 3-0s going into the last round.
Our Mono G player enjoyed his Whirling Dervishes as he faced off versus 3 Black decks and our resident The Deck expert didn’t drop a game. Jimmy and Joe both finished 4-0.
Jimmy takes home the prize on tie-breakers. Congratulations Jimmy!
1st: Jimmy – The Deck (4-0)
2nd: Joe – Mono G Aggro (also 4-0)
3rd: Pat M – Spice Rack
4th: Lorenzo – Troll Disco
5th: Brian – Mono B Neither Void
6th: Kevin – Caseygeddon
7th: Jason – Mono B Aggro
8th: Michael – RB Dreams
9th: Patrick – Mono B Midrange
10th: Drew – Frozen Ernie
11th: Matt – Pink Weenie
12th: Riccardo – RB Stranger Dreams
13th: Chelsea – Mono W Aggro
14th: Seb – Mono B Aggro
15th: Louis – Sultai Beast
16th: Laura – Mono R Midrange
17th: Andy – BW Deadguy
18th: Dylan – BW Deadguy
19th: Matt – Mono U Bounceroni
20th: Becca – Kansas City Hot Steppers
We had 12 players join us for this month’s monthly, including 2 new players. The Canal Royal Oak graciously hosted us.
Before we started, we wanted to show off the trophy that Louis had won in Montreal. He won the Halloween Challenge the previous night. Congrats Louis!
Even those with extensive collections were seeing playing their mono-colored decks. Hopefully, this means less Blood Moon in the future?
There were a few brews afoot which included multi-color midrange decks and an extra spicy Skull of Orm Midrange deck.
Combo was only represented by Reanimator, who managed to hit an opponent with Nicol Bolas turn 2, and still lost.
The finals paired Kevin’s Bant Control vs. Louis’s Skull of Orm Midrange deck.
Louis took down the monthly with a 4-0 finish on his brew which includes: Diamond Valley, Rukh Egg, Skull of Orm, Animate Dead, Dancing Scimitar and The Abyss. For those keeping track, that is his 2nd win in 2 nights in Old School tournaments. Congrats again, Louis!
1st: Louis – Skull of Orm Midrange
2nd: Jason – Mono B Aggro
3rd: Kevin – Bant Midrange
4th: Joe – Mono G Aggro
5th: Brian – Mono B Nether Void
6th: Riccardo – Gruul Aggro
7th: Patrick – Reanimator
8th: Laura – Mono R Goblins
9th: Lorenzo – Jeskai Gargoyle Control
10th: Ricardo – Mardu Control
11th: Chelsea – Mono W Aggro
12th: Matt – Mono B Demonic Hordes
We were a smaller group this month with 8 players. We had 2 regulars begin round 3 of fatherhood, and we made the mistake of scheduling the event the same evening as the Throne of Eldraine prerelease.
Despite having only 8 players, we saw 3 new decks added to the meta: Reanimator, Merfolk and Bant Midrange.
Mono color decks continue to be well-represented in Ottawa.
Despite that, 2 multi-color decks faced off in the finals.
Bant Midrange made short work of Reanimator in Game 3 with an onslaught of Serendib Efreets.
Kevin was our victor and finished Round 3 undefeated. He was crowned September’s champion!
1st: Kevin – Bant Midrange
2nd: Patrick – 4c Reanimator
3rd: Andy – Mono B Midrange
4th: Drew – Mono U Merfolk
5th: Kostas – Mono R Goblins
6th: Michael – White Weenie w/ BR splash
7th: Joe – Gruul Aggro
8th: Chelsea – White Weenie