Dragon Brawl II – Tournament Report

In March, 16 dragon masters from all across the EST timezone lined-up to battle for some gold.

We had a better representation of the dragons this time. Instead of half of all decks being Nicol Bolas, he commanded a more reasonable quarter of the decks out there. Arcades was the most popular dragon in March partly owing to the fact that Joel and Andrew, the only two people who had their dragons assigned randomly, were both running her.

Andrew became the newest member of the Random Dragon Club. Welcome, pal!

Top 4

We had a far more diverse range of dragons in the Top 4 this time around.

4th: Louis with VV. The first time a non-blue Dragon has made it this far.
3rd: Kevin (me) with Arcades.
2nd: Abu Dragon, Lorenzo, with Nicol.
1st: Newest father of Dragons, Patrick Burt, with the help of Chromium.

Other Prizes

Andrew had the most number of dragons cast per game with 1.2. Nice work, dude!

Cardboard photographer and deckpic extraordinaire Greg of Instagram kindly agreed to be the judge for the Beautiful Deckpic award. He could use whatever criteria he liked as long as it was what he would consider to a beautiful deckpic. The winner was me! Congratulations, me! Here’s what Greg had to say about his choice:

Let’s just say it moved me … TO A BIGGER HOUSE

I’m kidding. Here’s what he really said.

* Nice layout,
* logical grouping of cards to really get a feel for the deck,
* beautiful tokens shown alongside the deck,
* nice badge placement,
* Birds of Paradise
* my favorite versions of Forest and Island,

Before you all call the Old School Magic Internal Investigations on me, I want you to know that all of the deckpics were randomized and anonymized when they were sent to Greg for judgement.

Going Forward

Control Magic has been banned. In a format largely based around creatures where enchantments are hard to remove, a 4-mana two-for-one in in the best colour was proving to be too powerful.

The next event will be starting in May, aligning with the Tundra Wolves‘ Month of the Dragons.


Alex B
Andrew R
Geoff M – Love the Braingeyser alter
Jason K
Jason S
Joel B
Kevin V – Beautiful Deckpic Winner and 3rd Place
Laurence Bootlegger
LG E – 4th place
Lorenzo – 2nd place
Mike Y
Patrick B – Abu Dragon
Thomas A – Nice cardboard
Yanick B

Don’t forget to like and subscribe. Let me know down in the comments who you think is the best dragon and if you’d like to see more graphs and spreadsheets!

Boreal Community Cup Event Report

The Canadian Old School communities’ organizers hosted the very first Boreal Community Cup: a one-day webcam event on February 6. 

70 players from across the world battled for their community using the Boreal ruleset, effectively 4-Strip-Mine Atlantic. Thanks to the players and donors, the event raised $1,905 for Jeunesse au soleil (Sun Youth). And an especially big thanks to our judges, David Lachance-Poitras and Robert Hinrichsen, who put in a lot of work to make sure the event didn’t go too off the rails.

This event included a bit of a twist. An entire community, and not a person, wins the Cup and communities get points for their performance in the Swiss, spice and their use of their Community card (see below).

Community cards

See the original event page to learn more about the specifics.

The Winner

The Montreal Tundra Wolves amassed the most points throughout the event. They showed up in strong numbers with their community cards, and performed very well in the Swiss. Because their victory, the money raised was donated to the charity they chose: Jeunesse au soleil (Sun Youth).

Congratulations to our lupine friends!

Final scores by community

Special mentions

  • The Toronto Geocities of Brass had a similarly strong showing, with a lot of spice, but it looks like they couldn’t catch up to the Wolves in the Swiss.
  • The Ottawa Capital Chaos and Vancouver Grizzly Bears each brought a lot of points per player, but didn’t have the numbers to catch up to the Wolves.
  • We did not expect the Outsiders to show up in the numbers they did. They brought enough rats and spice to make the Canadians very nervous.
  • The Oshawa Scavenger Folk were a late addition to the tournament, and fought valiantly in the Swiss.

Spicy Players

These players each received 4 spice points: all organizers agreed their deck was spicy. After deliberating, we decided Robert takes home the prize card.

Bountry Prizes

Bounty prizes by Dave Lee (@Derfington)

The players who eliminated the most people from a single club received a prize card. Your winners:

6-0 and 5-1 Players

It came down to Round 6: Will and Rémi were the only two players who were 5-0. Will took it as the Mono Black deck struggled to answer the artifact army backed up by The Abyss.


In addition to the prize cards, members of the community donated $735 worth in prizes to be raffled to those who donated to the winner’s charity.

German FBB Land starter kit – 75 total lands, 5 per art150Jason S (TOR)Yanick B (QUE)
Christopher Rush in memoriam print – Signed by Ken Meyer #120Patrick B (OTT)Peter M (OUT)
Christopher Rush in memoriam print – Signed by Ken Meyer #220Patrick B (OTT)Quinn O (VAN)
German FBB Winter Orb – Frostbringer100Jason S (TOR)Yanick B (QUE)
2x signed Chinese FBB Energy Flux artist proofs40Jason S (TOR)DFB (Donor)
FBB Portuguese Mind Twist and Demonic Tutor45Jason S (TOR)Philippe A (QUE)
7x beta forests, 2x beta mountains, 1x beta plains (inked)60Jason S (TOR)Drew L (OTT)
Signed Underground Sea Print30Jason S (TOR)Martin B (MTL)
Signed Arena Print30Jason S (TOR)Jon D (OUT)
Signed Twiddle Print30Jason S (TOR)Jon Y (Donor)
Winter Factory playmat – Signed by the Foglios120Jason S (TOR)Raymond M (OSH)
Italian Mirror Universe90Yan G (QUE)Jon Y (Donor)
“Merhans” Party Pack – altered Disenchant, 4x FBB Juggernauts, Rukh tokens50Mario M (OUT)Jon D (OUT)
Scryings Expansion Pack Poster #140Slanfan (Tolaria)Jeremy T (Donor)
Scryings Expansion Pack Poster #240Slanfan (Tolaria)Eric DC (TOR)
“Slanfan” Alter Pack – Twiddle, Plains, Terror30Slanfan (Tolaria)Brian O (OUT)
“Slammdunkerton” Howling Demon Pack – UNL Demonic Tutor, 2x 4ED Howling Mines100Eric DC (TOR)Chris M (Donor)
Quebec City Old School Playmat50LG Emond (OTT)Mark S (Donor)

Final Thoughts

Our goal with this event was to help connect our Canadian communities, and we hope you were able to make friends from across the country (and across the world, thanks to the Outsiders). We thank everyone for playing, for their donations, and for their patience as we ran into snags throughout the day.

Whether you played, watched or wished you could join, we hope at the next tournament, you will… Run with us.

Other Coverage (in French)

Jason Keays (OTT) was kind enough to cover the event and share some of his matches.

Decklists (Alphabetical by first name)

Aaron Sherban (OSH) – Mono Green Spores
Alexandre Viel (QUE) – Abyssal Artisans
Alexandre Blanchette (MTL) – Lusting Wolves
Andrew Ruschpler (TOR) – Brass Underworld
Andy Blaufarb (OUT) – Hymn to the Bog
Anthony Jordan (OUT) – Savannah Rats
Arnaud Labelle (MTL) – Wolf Weenie
Benjamin Burke (MTL) – Nether Wolf
Benjamin Gadoua (MTL) – Deadwolf Ale
Bine Eclaire (OUT) – Goblin Aioli
Brian Bogdon (TOR) – Brass Stax
Brendan McBain (VAN) – Grizzly Lightning
Brian O’Reilly (OUT) – Wall of Bog
Cam Wolber (VAN) – Grizzlegeddon
Chris Bird (TOR) – Robot Reanimator
Chris Sternad (OSH) – Burnageddon
Chris Suppa (TOR) – Counterbrass
Christian Arcand (QUE) – Gobatog
Craig Winzer (OUT) – Erhnams in the Bog
Dave Dupont (QUE) – Goblin Power
David Dunn (OTT) – Goblin Captain
Dominic Beaudry (MTL) – Wolf Dreams
Drew Lennon (OTT) – Orchamgeddon
Eric Do Couto (TOR) – Sage of Brass
Francois Derbas Thibodeau (MTL) – WolvesvoidD
Francois Rousseau (QUE) – Forkin’ Goblins
Gaetan Zell (VAN) – Grizzled Grixis
Guillaume Larouche (QUE) – Goblin Fireworks
Jakob Lager (OUT) – Ratzerker
James Onions (VAN) – Robot Bears
Jason Keays (OTT) – Ghost Orcs
Jason Shaw (TOR) – Brass Flyers
Jeff Kinsey (VAN) – Erh ’em and Bear ’em
Joel Bowers (TOR) – Brass Atog
Jon Dittert (OUT) – The Fire Swamp
Josh Jones (TOR) – Brass Atog
Karl Rivest Harnois (MTL) – The Tundreal Special
Kevin Vanier (OTT) – Orcish Chaos
Kyril Doubson (MTL) – The Tundra Deck
Larry Clow (OUT) – Bad Night in the Desert (Main)
Larry Clow (OUT) – Bad Night in the Desert (Side)
Lorenzo Foroni (OTT) – Azog and Smaug
Louis Emond (OTT) – Preaching Orcs
Louis-Pierre Arsenault (QUE) – Goblin Disco
Marc-Antoine Deragon (MTL) – The Deck
Marc Flore (OUT) – Rat Moon
Mario Murr (OUT) – Pink Rats
Mark Marra (OUT) – Rat Moon
Martin Boutet (MTL) – Tundrazerk
Martin Hébert (MTL) – Deadwolf Ale
Maxime Bergeron (MTL) – Lusty Wolves
Mike Yam (TOR) – Brass Atog
Nick Johnston (TOR) – Robot Prison
Owen Fletcher (TOR) – A Diamond in the Rough
Peter Magnin (OUT) – Rats in the Forest
Philippe Arcand (QUE) – Goblin Altar
Pierre-Olivier Roy (MTL) – Icy Wolves
Quinn Omori (VAN) – Angry Bears
Raymond Mitchell (OSH) – UW Skies
Remi Ouellette (MTL) – Hymn to Tundra
Richard Welch (TOR) – Brass Air
Robert Cross (TOR) – Brass Butts
Rob Hackney (VAN) – Lion’s Grizzly Edge
Rob Koo (TOR) – Brass Lightning
Rodrigo Garcia (VAN) – It’s Meta Morphin’ Time
Sebastien Gaudreault (MTL) – Fallen Wolves
Thomas Ashby (TOR) – Brassputin’s Laboratory
Will Magrann (OUT) – Dingus Shops
Yan Gaudreault (QUE) – Uncertain Goblins in the Woods
Yanick Blanchet (QUE) – Robot Goblatog

Announcing the Boreal Community Cup

Canadian Old School communities’ organizers will be hosting the very first Boreal Community Cup: a one-day webcam event on February 6. Canadian Old School communities (including Capital Chaos) will be competing with others to win the Cup. An entire community, and not a person, wins the Cup and communities get points for their performance in the Swiss, spice and their use of their Community card (see below). Also, the winning community picks the charity.

Event snapshot

  • One-day, webcam event, played over Discord. 
  • 6 rounds of Swiss. No Top 8
  • Entry fee: $15
  • RulesetBoreal; Proxies allowed.
  • Start time: 1pm EST
  • 1 hour break after Round 4

There are prize cards for all participantsbounty prizes for eliminating the most enemy club members, and a giveaway for those who want to donate extra for the winning community’s cause.

These are the cards that community members can use to boost their community’s score:

See the full event details and register on Eventbrite.

If you haven’t done so already, make sure you join the Canadian Old School Discord where we’ll be running the tournament and releasing information.

The Dragon Brawl Results

With 15 participants from across Canada (and Philadelphia!), our first ever brawl league, the Capital Chaos Dragon Brawl, has wrapped-up. The caveat on this brawl event was that your commander had to be one of the five elder dragon legends.


The Dragon Brawl was an Old School Brawl league double-elimination league with a 16-player cap. What is OS Brawl? A 60-card singleton, commander format with OS93/94-legal cards (Alpha through Fallen Empires) only. In the Dragon Brawl, your commander must be one one of the give elder dragon legends.

Each card in your Brawl deck must only use mana symbols that also appear on your commander. (Colourless cards are allowed in any deck.)

Ring of Ma’rûf is legal, but you may only use it to get a card that is legal and that you do not already have a copy of in your deck. (If you are playing a UGW deck, you can get a copy of Lightning Bolt and cast it from your Black Lotus.)

Ban List

  • all ante cards
  • Karakas
  • Ancestral Recall
  • Library of Alexandria
  • Braingeyser
  • Mind Twist
  • City in a Bottle
  • Ivory Tower


Prizes were awarded for:

  • Champion
  • Runner-up
  • 3rd Place
  • 4th Place
  • Beautiful Deckpic
  • Most dragons cast per game
  • Bonus: Those who agreed to have their random chosen randomly


Jason K both cast the most dragons (10 total) and had the most casts per game (1.25).

Patrick B wins the beautiful deckpic award for his Nicol Bolas pile.

Laurence Bootlegger, Joel B, and myself (Kevin V) had our dragons assigned randomly (Vaevictus, Vaevictus, and Arcades, respectively).

Will M narrowly falls into fourth place after being defeated by LGE who settled with third.

The Capital Chaos legend himself, Patrick B holds the runner-up.

Finally, our champion, Abu Dragon, Lorenzo F! Congratulations!


Clubs Represented

Dragons Represented


Ben S

Bryant G

Eric Do


Jason S

Jason K

Joel B

Kevin Vanier

Laurence Bootlegger

Lorenzo F


Patrick Burt

Raymond M

Thomas A

Will M

Looking Ahead

I had a wonderful time playing in the event and running it was a blast. We had a great group of people participating and I received much positive feedback. I also received a substantial amount of feedback on how to improve the format going forward. (Eg, different commanders, p9 banned, 7 point system, multiples of some cards allowed, and so on.) None of the feedback was unified and there was thrice as many opposing suggestions as there were people in the event. I believe there isn’t enough data to make any strong conclusions so when the Dragon Brawl returns, likely in February or March of 2021, it will be run back with the same rules. Nothing will be banned or unbanned. There is a Watch List and it contains the following: Time Walk and Control Magic.

Capital Chaos Online Championship – Event

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.

Deck representation

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?).

Thank yous

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

February 2020 Monthly – Event

February 2020 Monthly

We had a smaller contingent this week of 11 people as colds and flu ravaged players and even our original venue.

Jeskai Skies vs. 5c good stuff

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.

The Deck vs. Grixis Dreams

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.

Grixis Troll Disco vs. Mono U

We had a sole mono-colored player, with most players going at least 3 colors.

5c Good stuff vs. Mono U

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.

Erhnamgeddon vs. Grixis Troll Disco

Going into the 3rd round, there were 3 2-0s.

Grixis Rack vs. The Deck

But alas, only one was 3-0 going into the 4th round.

February 2020 Monthly Winner: Patrick

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!

Final standings

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

January 2020 Monthly – Event

January 2020 Monthly

We had a small, but mighty showing of 12 people with one newbie joining us.

RW Weenies vs. BUG Trans-beast

Some players went from brews to their faithful decks, while others did the opposite.

UBR Troll Disco vs. BUG Trans-beast

Louis’s BUG Trans-beast continued to make for interesting action pictures.

Dreams vs. Dreams (Mono B Midrange vs. BRu Dreams combo)

There were only 2 mono-color decks, which meant there were plenty of colorful Moxes around.

5c Good cards vs. UG Midrange

We saw some new faces at the top tables as top tier decks struggled against not-so-well-known archetypes.

The Deck vs. UWR Skies

In the final round, Drew’s 5c Good cards faced off against Andy’s Mono B Midrange.

January 2020 Monthly Winner: Drew

In the end, Drew beat Andy in 3 games and wins the January Monthly with a 4-0 record. Congratulations Drew!

Final standings

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 2020 – Announcement

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 capitalchaosottawa@gmail.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

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.