Tourney Report: the 4th Miracle Worker Cup

Only 8 players defied the hot weather and starting holiday season and gathered for the 4th edition of Miracle Worker Cup, but the atmosphere was all the better.

Deckwise there were two distinct camps: the straight forward no-proxies mono colored aggro decks, and the super weird multi color combo-or-die experiments.

No wonder it was one of the 2 mono white weenies that went straight to the finals, only to meet its nemesis in shape of an all new atog version, dubbed orc-atog. But first things first.

My first match was a mirror: as I had never ever played mono white armies in tourney and needed a deck that would harmonize with the beer count I opted for a brew that featured Lions, Javelineers, Knights, Orders and Thunder Spirits, assisted by the all potent white removal suite.

Clashing with Manuels White Weenie proved to be a tough match, winning the first game thanks to my Armageddon and losing the second due to his Serra Angels, I finally won and would say the Javelieers and Aeolipiles made all the difference.

Getting to match-up number 2: Dominik came up with a mono red budget Atog deck we didn’t see in the local community so far: besides the usual suspects Atog, Ankh, Copper Tablet and Black Vise he had playsets of Meek Stones that stopped my Knights on Crusade as well as Orcish Mechanics who would join the Atogs eating artifacts to shoot 2 damage. I never would have thought that a White Weenie might suffer that much from 1st round Black Vise, and every threat I dropped was either burned with Bolts, shaken by Earthquake or shot by the Mechanic. 0-2 it was.

Round number 3 was a combo-deck for a change, and one that won the Most Creative Deck award this time: Chris came up with an eccentric Twiddle Vault brew that dropped Howling Mines, searched for his Twiddle and together with Time Vault would go for extra turns thanks to Regrowth and 3 Recalls, to drop so much Mana that a big Fireball does the thing. Whereas his combo match-ups gave him enough time to assemble some extra turns, the match-up against my White Armies was hopeless: overrun in no time. 2-0

In my last Swiss round I had the honor to meet with Tobstar – the other candidate for Most Creative Deck: he built a whacky three color singleton deck that is beyond strategy and plan, assembling everything that goes. Although featuring some Flyers and all removal that is possible he had no chance against the White Armies, but we definitely had the most suspense when he was on 1 life point and managed to top-deck handle all my threats for 10 rounds, until I dropped my beloved Javelineer and his Demonic Tutor wouldn’t find an answer in all his remaining cards.

And then after 5 hours of Old School Magic the re-match in the Final against the Orc-Atog proved what was all too clear: in the future White Armies will need Repentant Black Smith instead of White Knights to survive the match-up. Dominik from Bamberg took home the 4th Miracle Worker trophy and showed us that Budget Old School can dominate even a fully powered proxy environment and unpowered Atog is definitely worth a try; congrats mate!

Other decks to mention:

The 3rd place was Moritz who brought his beloved Millstone deck. Starting with Ivory Towers to defy early aggression, once he would assemble his Field of Dreams – Millstone lock his adversaries notoriously conceded. A wise decision as it can be quite frustrating to see all your threats and your library steadily milled away.

Number 4 in Swiss standings was Sebastian, who came up with a three color Zoo deck that flooded the board with Apes, Pixies and Lions before burning his opponent. Pimped by Land Tax, Sylvan Library and Bazaar Sebastian proved that you can go without Blue Power and still have a blast.

Last but not least there was Axel who brewed a Candelabra High Tide Fireball combo deck, going for crazy Time Twister turns and assembling so much mana that once he managed to cast a 45 damage Fireball. Yeah, that’s what we love about Old School Magic.

Cheers and stay tuned for the next Miracle Worker Cup in Autumn 2019.

MWC4 – the 4th Miracle Worker Cup is on the way >> 29th of June

Hey old school folks,

it is time again: announcement of the 4th Miracle Worker Cup, so come celebrate the spirit of the olde cards at our renowned Frankfurt MTG Old School tournament, hosted by oldschoolarena.com.

Stay true to the benefits of the rambling Atlantic format and enjoy the non competitive non discriminating atmosphere of friend- and companionship where crazy and creative deck builds rule the house.

Format: Atlantic Old School Sets, Rules and Ban/Restriction list apply.

Special: Proxies allowed without limits, regardless whether Revised, Italian Legends, 4th Edition, IE/CE or DIY Print-outs, original artwork recommended though.

But please: Miracle Worker Cup is about fun and innovation, so don’t just copy the latest Manolakos Deck! Be creative and courageous and brew your own original personal incarnation 🙂

Style: Swiss-system tournament, 4 rounds minimum

Fee: 2€

Trophy for the winner: one original altered The Dark Miracle Worker signed by all tournament players.

Trophy for most creative deck: one original altered Glasses of Urza.

Venue: Ginnheimer Wirtshaus

Adress: Am Ginnheimer Wäldchen 8, 60431 Frankfurt

Timing: 29th of June 2019 tournament starts at 2pm sharp. Please bring a Deckphoto on your smartphone for post-tourney documentation purposes.

Registration: until June 28 via email to jerome[at]oldschoolarena.com

About: the 4th Miracle Worker Cup is hosted by the Frankfurt Germany Old School MTG Community oldschoolarena.com and is a non-sanctioned private event for friends and fans of the 9394 MTG format.

To ensure highest quality deck builds and for inclusion purposes we go with the adage of Liga Catalunya de Old School and allow „Proxies sin Limite“.

For those who’ve got the money to buy the world (and the Power 9): Be humble, welcome the new players and fathom the chance to play in a creative and non-discriminating environment, where skills outperform wealth.

For those without significant 9394 card pool: be bold, get inspiration on Wak-Wak, but don’t just copy paste – let creativity free flow and build the deck you’ve always wanted to play.

As we favor the true and old flavor of the 9394 era of MTG we value fun and high spirits over competitiveness and discrimination in this tournament, so besides Proxies and casual table talk we don’t mind a few beers neither.

Registration is open and we’re happy to have you taking part in the 4th Miracle Worker Cup on 29 of June 2019

Tourney Report: the 3rd Miracle Worker Cup

The 3rd Miracle Worker Cup was a blast!

The first Atlantic format styled Old School tournament in Germany attracted a jolly bunch of seasoned MTG players who brought an amazing variety of creative decks rarely featured in regular matches.

With the Atlantic Old School format the tournament organizers decided to introduce the so called London mulligan rule which was great fun and adopted easily, as well as a 60 minutes match time limit – which was still not enough time for many flavor matches 😉

My personal deck choice for this afternoon was an EeryDiscoEve:

Taking the the reanimate theme even further I opted for mighty Nevinyrrals Disk in order to clean the board for my recurrent All Hallows Eve party, which proved to be amazing. Disk is one of the most notorious board cleaners, and who needs Sedge Trolls when he can reanimate Nicol Bolas? I went for 14 creatures, and had so much fun with Deep Spawn that I’d include a fourth one in future.

My first match (2-1) was against Tobstar who took the Mana Burn rule as deck theme and built his Surge’n’Destroy deck:

Surge’n’Destroy is built around the symptomatic Power Surge which forces you to use your mana every turn or take damage for every untapped land. Candelabra of Tawnos helped him to attack and pump his Mishra’s Factory while an early game Blood Moon transformed the boards into a Mountain landscape and blocked many players outright.

My second match (1-1 time out) was against Phil who really managed to build a potent TitaniasLock deck:

Phils deck taught me how mighty Icy Manipulator is. 4 Icy + 4 Relic Barriers are a nuisance, I can tell you. The classic Winter Orb completed the lock, and his card advantage thru Howling Mine (which I wouldn’t have thanks to his Relic Barrier) and Sylvan Library made me sit still until his finisher Titanias song came in for the 20 life points kill. Luckily enough I shipped in the second game with a risky Eve play just in time.

The last two matches were against two varieties of the prevalent Workshop Aggro theme.

While Sebastian (1-1 time out) built a BlueWhiteBrown version with white Power, Juggernaut, Triskelion, Tetravus and Su-Chi,

…Mathias (0-2) chose a mostly brown version with 7 blue spells and a playset of Icy Manipulator instead of Juggernaut:

 

And the winner of the 3rd Miracle Worker Cup was… Leif who brought his signature FantasyZoo deck and just simply smashed them all:

The mix of fast, efficient creatures like Savannah Lions, Su-Chi, Serendib Efreets and Serra Angel with white removal, blue power and the ultimate red burn suite proved overwhelming in todays Meta.

 

The most creative deck award was a tight decision between Jasper and Axel.

Jaspers NayaLegendary was a most impressive combo deck running bizarre Legends folks such as Stangg and Hazezon Tamar, who favorably interact with Gauntlet of Might and Karakas,

…while Axel made his youth dream come true to build a dedicated Merfolk deck. And his Atlantis themed deck was not only true to the format name and purely Tribal, but also fit for tourney: many opponents struggled hard against this blue weenie approach.

In the end the Miracle Worker trophy for the best deck after 4 rounds of Swiss went to Leif, and the Glasses of Urza trophy for most creative build went to Axel. Congratulations guys, thanks to everybody who participated in this tourney and stay tuned for 4th Miracle Worker Cup in June!

 

Decktalk „A Void Thing“

Lately I got thoroughly fascinated with Nether Void and did some research on deck options. As I cultivate a secret crush for underdog color combo Green and Black since my youth, it was decided to assemble a Golgari Void deck. And  oh boy, if old schoolers have a natural tendency to pity non-Blue brews for lack of Power, this one here will teach them a lesson: Void Thing has flavor and impact!

Let’s start with the name giving card: Nether Void puts everything in disorder and most decks will not be amused once every spell they play is countered unless 3 colorless are paid. Playsets of Crumble and Ice Storms don’t make their lives easier, and also handle the notorious Mishra’s.

Talking Mishra’s: Together with Uncle Juzam they make for a nasty win con, supported by 4 Black Vise that really start to hurt once the Void is set and the hand fills up with cards. If you get locked by your own Void which happens regularly, make sure to ditch an Ivory Tower and enjoy the Life Point breeze while building up your mana base with help of Sylvan Library.

I came to reduce my Removal ratio Main Board as the local meta tends to make creatures a rare breed, and opted for 1 Maze of Ith (1-2 more in SB) and 2 Drop of H(oney) – the latter being such a brilliant answer to Aggro… „come lick the honey weenie“

And the ultimate fun card? Storm Seeker! Bam!! 1 Main Board and 2 Side Board are set. Why? Besides creatures and Black Vise it is a third damage source, a surprise finisher that no one expects and… such a nasty move after opponent casts his Ancestral.

Other Sideboard options besides Maze of Ith and Storm Seeker might be Gloom against White, Terror against creatures, Scavenger Folk against artifacts and Erhnam Djinn in case Uncle Juzam needs some help.

3rd Miracle Worker Cup on March 23, 2019 – rise up and ramble on

PLEASE BE AWARE THAT LOCATION HAS CHANGED – TOURNEY WILL BE HELD AT PUB GINNHEIMER HOEHE, FRANKFURT

Hey old school folks,

come celebrate the spirit of the olde cards at the 3rd Miracle Worker Cup, a premier casual MTG Old School tournament hosted by oldschoolarena.com.

Discover the benefits of the rambling new Atlantic format and enjoy the non competitive non discriminating atmosphere of friend- and companionship where crazy and creative deck builds rule the house.

Format: Atlantic Old School Sets, Rules and Ban/Restriction list apply.

Special: Proxies allowed without limits, regardless whether Revised, Italian Legends, 4th Edition, IE/CE or DIY Print-outs, original artwork recommended though.

Style: Swiss-system tournament, 4 rounds minimum

Fee: 2€

Trophy for the winner: one original altered The Dark Miracle Worker signed by all tournament players.

Trophy for most creative deck: one original altered Glasses of Urza.

Venue: Ginnheimer Höhe Pub

Adress: Diebsgrundweg, 60487 Frankfurt am Main

Timing: 23rd of March 2019 tournament starts at 2pm sharp. Please bring a Deckphoto on your smartphone for post-tourney documentation purposes.

Registration: until March 22 via email to jerome[at]oldschoolarena.com

About: the 3rd Miracle Worker Cup is hosted by the Frankfurt Germany MTG Old School Community Blog oldschoolarena.com and is a non-sanctioned private event for friends and fans of the 9394 MTG format.

To ensure highest quality deck builds and relieve all players from desperate urge to sneak counterfeits into their Decks we decided after thorough reflection to go with the adage of Liga Catalunya de Old School and allow „Proxies sin Limite“.

For those who’ve got the Power: Be humble, welcome the new players, fathom the chance to play in a creative and non-discriminating environment, where skills outperform wealth.

For those without significant 9394 card pool: be bold, get inspiration on Wak-Wak, let creativity free flow and build your favourite deck.

As we favor the true and old flavor of the 9394 era of MTG we value creativity and fun over competitiveness and discrimination in this tournament, so besides Proxies and casual table talk we don’t mind a few beers neither.

Registration is open and we’re happy to have you taking part in the 3rd Miracle Worker Cup on 23rd of March 2019

Decktalk B „Reanimator“

Today I’d like to share a Reanimation Decklist with you that reaped our Most Creative Brew award at the 2nd Miracle Worker Cup in Autumn 2018. Axel is a prime deck architect who always values a good tech twist over raw outperformance, so this is what he came up with.

Obviously the deck is built around Bazaar of Baghdad and All Hallow’s Eve, where the Bazaar puts your nasty creatures in the graveyard fast and most efficiently. No other card can replace Bazaar for reanimation purposes. The second most flavorful and effective card you’ll need is the Eve, one of (or indeed) the first suspend spell MTG has seen. Unless countered your opponent will not be able to stop your graveyard from being revived.

Concerning the pack of monsters Axel chose mighty Juzám that could be hard cast also with a silly Dark Ritual + Mox first turn. Triskelion and Tetravus are bad company for your adversary once resurrected and Yawgmoth Demon is full of flavor and a bad boy indeed.

The list is completed with Power, some Animate Dead in case All Hallow’s Eve is delayed and a Library of Leng that gives the opportunity to put discarded cards back on top of its owners library. You might have noticed that the deck misses one of the nastiest black cards – Mind Twist? Well, that’s Axels personal choice and reveals his character: „I just don’t like it being played on me, so I don’t play it on others“

Invitation to the 2nd Miracle Worker Cup on October 21, 2018

Hey old school folks,

after an outstanding success of the 1st one in June, we’re happy to invite everybody to the 2nd Miracle Worker Cup, another premier MTG Old School tournament hosted by oldschoolarena.com

Format: Swedish Old School Sets, Rules and Ban/Restriction list apply.

Special: Proxies allowed without limits, regardless whether Revised, Italian Legends, 4th Edition, IE/CE or DIY Print-outs (mtgpress.net), original artwork recommended though.

Style: Swiss-system tournament, 4 rounds minimum

Fee: 2€

Trophy: one original The Dark Miracle Worker signed by all tournament players.

Venue: The Blue Saloon („Blauer Raum“) at Frankfurter Berg Collaborative Living Project ProWoKulta

Adress: Am Ulmenrück 7, 60433 Frankfurt

Timing: October 21, 2018 tournament starts at 12am sharp. Please bring a Deckphoto on your smartphone for post-tourney documentation purposes.

Registration: from now until October 20, 2018 via email to jerome[at]oldschoolarena.com

About: the 2nd Miracle Worker Cup is hosted by the Frankfurt Germany MTG Old School Community Blog oldschoolarena.com and is a non-sanctioned private event for friends and fans of the 9394 MTG format.

To ensure highest quality deck builds and relieve all players from desperate urge to sneak counterfeits into their Decks we decided after thorough reflection to go with the adage of Liga Catalunya de Old School and allow „Proxies sin Limite“.

For those who’ve got the Power: Be humble, welcome the new players, fathom the chance to play in a competitive environment and train for n00bcon.

For those without significant 9394 card pool: be bold, get inspiration on Wak-Wak, let creativity free flow and build your favourite deck.

We’re happy to have you taking part in the 2nd Miracle Worker Cup on October 21, 2018

Decktalk „LockAtog“

Lately Atog Decks have become en vogue, so I’d like to grant the Old School community an Atog architecture that has some special twist: the LockAtog.

Personally I think it is the Italians who made Atog decks great again, and while we continue to see lots of Atog brews where the strategy built around our lil‘ red brownie muncher focuses on the so called „smash“ theme with Juggernauts, Su-Chi, Triskelion and a decent burn suite, we witnessed a slightly different approach from Valerio at Noobcon X where he landed Top 8 with his SerendibAtog build, tuning a traditionally mono red artifact architecture with Psi Blast, Effreets and blue power spells.

When I started thinking about an Atog theme a couple of weeks ago I was especially inspired by a good friends prison deck and his mighty and notoriously hated Winter Orb / Relic Barrier combo – a combo that could easily be played in the low mana curve Atog deck I was about to design.

The good thing about Atog decks are the diversified damage sources: artifacts, creatures and burn spells. An opponent will have difficulties handling all of them, so you attack from different angles in early game and install a late game lock to stop your opponent and buy enough time to draw the finisher, i.e. Atog or cheap burn.

Artifacts first: with the help of Moxes, Lotus and 2 Mana Vault one or two early round Black Vise can be quite common here; together with an early Ankh of Mishra those cards alone will easily eat half of your opponents life. Then it’s time for a Su-Chi before getting your Winter Orb / Relic Barrier lock in place.

Meanwhile an Atog might show up and say a frightening „hulloh!“ – of course your opponent will send him to exile or burn him, but in late game we might have one of his siblings, and when he comes… he comes big thanks to the 4 or 5 Artifacts on your side

LockAtog proved to be quite versatile against control as well as aggro decks. A decent sideboard might include REBs, Shatters, Blood Moons, Earthquakes, a Fireball and – depending on your adversary – even Howling Mines that work well with Relic Barrier too.

Invitation to the 1st Miracle Worker Cup

Hey old school folks,

we’re happy to invite everybody to the 1st Miracle Worker Cup, a premier MTG Old School tournament hosted by oldschoolarena.com 

Format: Swedish Old School Sets, Rules and Ban/Restriction list apply.

Special: Proxies allowed without limits, regardless whether Revised, Italian Legends, 4th Edition, IE/CE or DIY Print-outs (mtgpress.net), original artwork recommended though.

Style: Swiss-system tournament

Fee: 2€ or one old school card from your private card pool as donation for the Top 4 price pool.

Trophy: one original The Dark Miracle Worker signed by all tournament players.

Venue: The Blue Saloon („Blauer Raum“) at Frankfurter Berg Collaborative Living Project ProWoKulta 

Adress: Am Ulmenrück 7, 60433 Frankfurt 

Timing: June 16, 2018 tournament starts at 4pm sharp.

Registration: from now until June 15, 2018 via email to jerome[at]oldschoolarena.com

About: the 1st Miracle Worker Cup is hosted by the Frankfurt Germany MTG Old School Community Blog oldschoolarena.com and is a non-sanctioned private event for friends and fans of the 9394 MTG format. 

To ensure highest quality deck builds and relieve all players from desperate urge to sneak counterfeits into their Decks we decided after thorough reflection to go with the adage of Liga Catalunya de Old School and allow „Proxies sin Limite“. 

For those who’ve got the Power: Be humble, welcome the new players, fathom the chance to play in a competitive environment and train for n00bcon.

For those without significant 9394 card pool: be bold, get inspiration on Wak-Wak, let creativity free flow and build your favourite deck. 

We’re happy to have you taking part in the 1st Miracle Worker Cup on June 16, 2018 

(Budget-)Decktalk „DragonFlare“

This is DragonFlare –  straightforward no excuses #monoredburn at its best.

Featuring 1 Detonate, three Shatter main and 3 Shatterstorm in Sideboard because red traditionally hates #mtgartifacts and everybody seems to be flooding the board with Su-Chi, Juggernaut and Fellwar Stones these days besides the notorious Power Artifacts.

Else this #mtgoldschool deck features the iconic #manaflare for abundant mana and mighty #bloodmoon   to transform all those duals into beautiful Mountains. The win condition is a fierce mix of a hell lot of #burnspells and #mtgdeck name giving #shivandragon and her lil #dragonwhelp – all of which will strive with the Mana Flare.

Three #mtgfork for responsiveness, three #balllightning for surprise and that’s about it.

DragonFlare starts with building a mana base while keeping small enemy creatures in check with Bolts and Chain Lightning, shattering Mishra’s Factory, forking Hymns and/or Ancestrals; and dropping the casual Ball Lightning to inflict damage.

Second phase of DragonFlare is playing Mana Flare with another Fork in hand to avoid being burned first when handing over the turn. With abundance in red Mana we play Dragon Whelps and Shivan Dragon and pump up the Volume; or we just finish with a decent Fireball for 10+

Sideboarding Shatterstorm against Artifact heavy decks, or Black Vise against  Control decks, Earthquake against Weenies, and Red Elemental Blast against anything Blue.

Playing DragonFlare is easy to learn, can be assembled as a budget deck (without the Mox Ruby) for under 100€ and is a hell lotta fun.