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.
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.
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