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.

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 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
  • 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.

December 2019 Monthly – Event

December 2019 Monthly

We had 12 people join us so close to Christmas holidays.

UR Counter-Jug vs. BUG Trans-Beast

We saw some spice come to play this month with a few typically mono-color players including a second color.

Frozen Ernie vs. Spice Rack

We also saw people switching off normally tier decks to have a little fun.

Mono B Tabernac de Void vs. UWR Gargoyles

There were a lot of close games being won by very small margins.

Black Weenie vs. 4c Atog

That could have been helped by multiple copies of City of Brass whittling down the life totals of 3+ color decks.

UWR Gargoyles vs. Mono G Midrange

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!

Final standings

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

November 2019 Monthly – Event

November 2019 Monthly – Courtesy: Jason

We set another record with 20 players joining us for this monthly.

Our 20 person turnout – Courtesy: Jason

We had 3 new players which really emphasized how Old School is a format where you can enjoy Magic with your friends and family.

Settling into a game or just finishing one – Courtesy: Chelsea

We had a really nice deck variety this month, with a lot of people switching up from their usual.

Caseygeddon vs. Frozen Ernie (Bant vs. Bant?) – Courtesy: Chelsea

Black continues to be well-represented which may signal sideboard changes for some before next month’s event.

RB Stranger Dreams vs. Mono R Midrange

Because we had 20 players and 4 rounds, we had 3 3-0s going into the last round.

Mono B vs. Mono G

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!

Final standings

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

October 2019 Monthly – Event

October 2019 Monthly

We had 12 players join us for this month’s monthly, including 2 new players. The Canal Royal Oak graciously hosted us.

Capital Chaos with Montreal’s trophy

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!

A goblin staring down a demonic horde

Even those with extensive collections were seeing playing their mono-colored decks. Hopefully, this means less Blood Moon in the future?

Skull of Orm control vs. Granite Gargoyle control

There were a few brews afoot which included multi-color midrange decks and an extra spicy Skull of Orm Midrange deck.

Reanimator’s turn 1.

Combo was only represented by Reanimator, who managed to hit an opponent with Nicol Bolas turn 2, and still lost.

Mono white vs. Mono black.

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!

Final standings

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