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Saturday, April 1, 2017

Guest Report: The Madison Offensive

On Saturday, January 28th, Lords from Chicago, central Wisconsin, and Milwaukee convened in Madison, WI at the UW Union Rathskeller for a double tournament of arcane glory — 93/94 in the morning, and '95 in the evening.

Madison local, and seasoned Lord, Ben Wagnon, took down the 93/94 event with little trouble, ending with a perfect 5-0 record and no need to slug out a top four. As has become customary with our gatherings, along with the glory of victory, the winning sorcerer is obliged to recant his tales from the battlefield, with hopes of preserving that victory the the annals of Dominaria's history. This is Ben's story from that fateful day on frozen Lake Mendota.

//Danny


The Madison Offensive


While I got into Magic too late to be especially nostalgic about 93/94, Ravnica-era Zoo with Kird Ape and Char was one of the first decks I picked up, and I’ve been wanting to bring something similar to Old School for a while. While straight RG seemed like a lot of fun, I had a newly acquired CE Ancestral Recall and Beta Power Sinks on top of a UR Control deck I wasn’t able to bring to the December tournament, so RUG Zoo seemed like the obvious choice.

Having chosen a shell and some cards I wanted to play in the flex slots, I filled in the rest of the deck with the standard crew of Efreets, Djinns, and Bolts. I tried to make up for a lack of Moxen with three Birds of Paradise and 23 lands, which seemed pretty consistent in my goldfished games despite the full helping of colorless lands. Luckily enough, Shane had some extra CE Power to loan out the morning of, and I upgraded two Birds and a Sylvan Library for a Sapphire, Emerald, and Time Walk available just before the tournament began.


Round 1
Bob Agra on The Deck
2-1

This match was very back and forth, and I never felt completely safe or totally dominated in spite of the four active Libraries over our three games. Game one, I barely squeaked out a win with an early Kird Ape plus Time Walk followed by exactly enough burn. In game two, I was immediately facing down a Circle of Protection: Red on turn two, followed by a Moat and enough Red Blasts/counter magic to keep my Serendibs away. I tried to stay in as long as I could, but eventually got buried under Library. In Game three, Bob had a similar start, but a few timely  Strip Mines followed by some Bolts kept me within striking distance.  I ended up grinding out a few more turns and finished him off with a Psionic Blast or two.

This was a very fun match, and solidified Zoo as my favorite deck I've played so far in Old School—being able to play an aggressive beatdown deck while having possibilities for complex stacks and board states is fantastic.

Round 2
Nick Rohr on "Last Case Scenario" Pink
2-1

I don't remember a ton about this match, but this is one of the scarier decks for me to play against. Lots of burn to punish me for my Serendibs and Cities, and big spells with Blood Moons to overload my removal and counters. Luckily, I had well-timed Blue Blasts and fatties to make up for a couple fairly questionable plays on my part, and was able to escape with my mana base and life total intact.

Round 3
Bryan F. on RUG Zoo
2-1

A mirror match wasn't exactly what I was looking to face at this point, since I would almost certainly be outgunned in terms of Power, and Zoo can have trouble answering powerful early plays. Game one confirmed my fears, as I was rolled over by a turn one Wheel off a Lotus, followed up by Ancestral and beaters. In game two, I got some advantage from having a slightly heftier creature base, which meant that I had only a few Bolt-able creatures.  I had a perfectly timed Fireball to remove his Argothian Pixies and clear the board for more beats. Game three was a fairly anticlimactic ending to this match, as Bryan was pressured to cast an early Wheel, which drew me into Ancestral and fatties and him into half his mana base.

Round 4 
Matt Slack on The Deck with Shivan Dragon 
2-0

I remember next to nothing about this match, but "blitzed to a 2-0 W" is the description Matt gave. At this point in the day, a quick win and some time to rest was much appreciated.

Round 5
Dominic Dotterer on Fatties
2-0

I've never finished better than a match above even in Chicago before this tournament.  The Lords don't mess around.  But after taking the first four rounds, I started to seriously think about the possibility of running the tables, as long as I could steer clear of Serra Angel.  Unfortunately, I got paired against Dom’s terrifying Bant deck in Round five, and resigned myself to a loss before we sat down. However, Zoo does a very good job of punishing mulligans and slow draws, and that's what this match boiled down to. In the first game, Dom put up a strong fight in spite of a mulligan to five, but eventually died to more pressure than he could answer being down two cards. In the second game, I Bolted an early Llanowar Elf, which combined with a mana-light draw slowed him down enough for me to start dealing damage. I eventually Ancestralled into enough Power Sinks to hold off any serious threats, and was able to ride the threats and burn I had to the win.

I felt pretty happy with my mainboard for this event.  I never felt wholly unprepared for situations I ran into. The nine colorless lands worried me a little, but my mana flowed well all day, and the full sets of Strip Mines and Mishra's Factories justified themselves well. The sideboard however, is extremely undeveloped - just a pile of hate cards for various nonsense I expected I might run into. Disrupting Scepter never felt great, even in grindy matches against The Deck, and Energy Flux just seemed unnecessary.

This event was fantastic, and I really enjoy having such a vibrant Old School scene next door in Chicago, especially one so welcoming to those of us outside the city itself. Thanks to all involved for contributing to a great weekend!

Final Standings

Madison Offensive 93/94 Standings


Decklists

1st place
RUG Zoo
by Ben Wagnon
 

Business (34)
Instants (12)
1 Ancestral Recall
4 Lightning Bolt
1 Mana Drain
3 Power Sink
3 Psionic Blast
Sorceries (9)
4 Chain Lightning
1 Fireball
1 Recall
1 Regrowth
1 Time Walk
1 Wheel of Fortune
Artifacts (1)
1 Chaos Orb
Creatures (12)
1 Birds of Paradise
2 Erhnam Djinn
4 Kird Ape
1 Serendib Djinn
4 Serendib Efreet
Mana Sources (26)
Artifacts (3)
1 Mox Emerald
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Sol Ring
Lands (23)
4 City of Brass
1 Library of Alexandria
4 Mishra's Factory
4 Strip Mine
4 Taiga
3 Tropical Island
3 Volcanic Island

Sideboard (15)
Instants (6)
2 Blue Elemental Blast
3 Red Elemental Blast
2 Shatter
Sorceries (1)
1 Earthquake
Lands (1)
1 Maze of Ith
Artifacts (1)
1 Disrupting Scepter
Enchantments (5)
2 Control Magic
3 Energy Flux

2nd place
RUG Zoo
by Bryan F.
 

Business (34)
Instants (8)
1 Ancestral Recall
4 Lightning Bolt
3 Psionic Blast
Sorceries (9)
4 Chain Lightning
1 Recall
1 Regrowth
Timetwister
1 Time Walk
1 Wheel of Fortune
Artifacts (1)
1 Chaos Orb
Creatures (14)
Argothian Pixies
3 Erhnam Djinn
4 Kird Ape
4 Serendib Efreet
Enchantments (2)
2 Sylvan Library
Mana Sources (26)
Artifacts (5)
1 Black Lotus
1 Mox Emerald
1 Mox Ruby
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Sol Ring
Lands (21)
3 City of Brass
1 Library of Alexandria
4 Mishra's Factory
1 Strip Mine
4 Taiga
4 Tropical Island
4 Volcanic Island

Sideboard (15)
Instants (7)
1 Blue Elemental Blast
3 Red Elemental Blast
3 Shatter
Sorceries (4)
2 Earthquake
2 Tranquility
Enchantments (4)
2 Control Magic
2 Energy Flux

3rd place
UWB Sky Net
By Matt Moss
 

Business (33)
Instants (16)
1 Ancestral Recall
4 Counterspell
4 Disenchant
2 Power Sink
4 Swords to Plowshares
Sorceries (6)
1 Braingeyser
1 Demonic Tutor
1 Mind Twist
1 Recall
Timetwister
1 Time Walk
Artifacts (2)
1 Chaos Orb
1 Jalum Tome
Creatures (7)
4 Serendib Efreet
3 Serra Angel
Enchantments (2)
2 Moat
Mana Sources (28)
Artifacts (5)
1 Black Lotus
1 Mox Jet
1 Mox Pearl
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Sol Ring
Lands (23)
4 City of Brass
3 Island
1 Library of Alexandria
4 Mishra's Factory
3 Plains
1 Scrubland
3 Strip Mine
4 Tundra
1 Underground Sea

Sideboard (15)
Instants (6)
3 Blue Elemental Blast
2 Divine Offering
1 Mana Short
Lands (1)
1 Maze of Ith
Creatures (1)
Enchantments (7)
1 Circle of Protection: Black
2 Circle of Protection: Red
2 Energy Flux
2 Karma

4th place
RUG Zoo
by Brian Fisher
 

Business (34)
Instants (8)
Sorceries (8)
Artifacts (1)
Creatures (16)
Enchantments (1)
Mana Sources (26)
Artifacts (5)
Lands (21)
4 Taiga

Sideboard (15)
Instants (9)
Sorceries (4)
Enchantments (4)


5th place
Fatties
by Dominic Dotterer
 

Business (36)
Instants (7)
Sorceries (7)
Artifacts (1)
Creatures (20)
Enchantments (1)
Mana Sources (24)
Artifacts (7)
Lands (17)

Sideboard (15)
Instants (5)
Sorceries (3)
Enchantments (7)

6th place
The Deck featuring Shivan Dragon
by Matt Slack
 

Business (32)
Instants (16)
Sorceries (8)
Artifacts (5)
Creatures (1)
Enchantments (2)
Mana Sources (28)
Artifacts (10)
Lands (18)

Sideboard (15)
Instants (7)
Sorceries (3)
Dust to Dust
Wrath of God
Creatures (2)
1 Serra Angel
1 Aladdin
Enchantments (3)

7th place
RWG Bazaar Zoo
by Jason Jaco
 

Business (39)
Instants (11)
Sorceries (5)
Artifacts (1)
Creatures (17)
3 Preacher
4 Savannah Lions
Enchantments (2)
Lands (2)
2 Bazaar of Baghdad
Mana Sources (21)
Artifacts (3)
Lands (18)
1 Forest
1 Plains
3 Taiga

Sideboard (15)
Instants (4)
Sorceries (4)
Artifacts (2)
2 Black Vise
Enchantments (2)
1 Greater Realm of Preservation
1 Karma

8th place
Reanimator
by Shane Semmens
 

Business (37)
Instants (7)
Sorceries (12)
Artifacts (1)
Creatures (14)
Lands (4)
Mana Sources (24)
Artifacts (8)
Lands (16)

Sideboard (15)
Instants (5)
Sorceries (3)
1 Disintegrate
1 Fireball
1 Tranquility
Creatures (2)
2 Whirling Dervish
Lands (1)
1 Island
Enchantments (4)

9th place
Big RWG Land Destruction
Joe Alane
 

Business (35)
Instants (12)
Sorceries (11)
Artifacts (1)
Creatures (7)

Mana Sources (25)
Artifacts (7)
Lands (18)
1 Forest
4 Taiga

Sideboard (15)
Instants (10)
3 Fork
Creatures (4)
Enchantments (1)

10th place
White Weenie
by Nathan Mullen
 

Business (37)
Instants (8)
Disenchant
4 Swords to Plowshares
Creatures (25)
4 Icatian Javelineers
4 Order of Leitbur
Preacher
Savannah Lions
4 Thunder Spirit
4 Tundra Wolves
4 White Knight
Enchantments (4)
4 Crusade
Mana Sources (23)
Lands (23)
4 Mishra's Factory
15 Plains
4 Strip Mine

Sideboard (15)
Instants (2)
2 Divine Offering
Sorceries (4)
Armageddon
Dust to Dust
Artifacts (3)
3 City in a Bottle
Creatures (2)
1 King Suleiman
Preacher
Enchantments (4)
2 Circle of Protection: Black
2 Circle of Protection: Red

11th place
Too Cool for a Picture, List, or Deck Name
by John Beste
 

12th place
RGB Zoo
by Grant Casleton
 

Business (37)
Instants (7)
Sorceries (9)
Artifacts (1)
Creatures (19)
Enchantments (1)
Mana Sources (23)
Artifacts (4)
Lands (19)
4 Taiga

Sideboard (15)
Instants (8)
Sorceries (5)
1 Flashfires
2 Hurricane
Lands (1)
Maze of Ith
Enchantments (1)

13th place
Vortex Equilibrium
by Danny Friedman
 

Business (35)
Instants (7)
Sorceries (4)
Artifacts (11)
Enchantments (13)
Mana Sources (26)
Artifacts (8)
Lands (18)

Sideboard (15)
Instants (6)
Sorceries (1)
Dust to Dust
Creatures (3)
3 Serra Angel

14th place
Dark Angels
 

Business (33)
Instants (12)
4 Dark Ritual
4 Disenchant
4 Swords to Plowshares
Sorceries (7)
1 Balance
1 Demonic Tutor
4 Hymn to Tourach
1 Mind Twist
Artifacts (1)
1 Chaos Orb
Creatures (13)
2 Hypnotic Specter
4 Juzam Djinn
1 Royal Assassin
2 Sengir Vampire
4 Serra Angel
Mana Sources (27)
Artifacts (1)
1 Sol Ring
Lands (26)
4 City of Brass
4 Mishra's Factory
4 Scrubland
13 Swamp
1 Urborg

Sideboard (15)
Lands (2)
2 Strip Mine
Artifacts (2)
2 Golgothian Sylex
Enchantments (11)
1 Conversion
4 Greater Realm of Preservation
4 Underworld Dreams
2 White Ward

15th place
Juzam Link
by James Tork
 

Business (38)
Instants (12)
Dark Ritual
Disenchant
Swords to Plowshares
1 Terror
Sorceries (5)
Demonic Tutor
Hymn to Tourach
Mind Twist
Artifacts (1)
Chaos Orb
Creatures (16)
4 Cuombajj Witches
Hypnotic Specter
Juzam Djinn
Royal Assassin
Sengir Vampire
1 The Wretched
Enchantments (4)
4 Spirit Link
Mana Sources (24)
Artifacts (4)
1 Black Lotus
1 Mox Jet
1 Mox Pearl
Sol Ring
Lands (20)
City of Brass
1 Library of Alexandria
Mishra's Factory
Scrubland
Swamp

Sideboard (15)
Sorceries (5)
2 Armageddon
1 Balance
1 Drain Life
1 Sinkhole
Instants (3)
2 Divine Offering
1 Terror
Creatures (2)
2 Royal Assassin
Lands (3)
3 Strip Mine
Artifacts (1)
1 Nevinyrral's Disk
Enchantments (1)
1 Land Tax


16th place
Drowned Knights
by Michael Butzin
 

Business (36)
Instants (7)
Disenchant
Swords to Plowshares
Sorceries (4)
Armageddon
Artifacts (1)
Chaos Orb
Creatures (20)
Icatian Javelineers
1 King Suleiman
Enchantments (4)
Crusade
1 Land Tax
Mana Sources (24)
Artifacts (3)
Black Lotus
Mox Pearl
1 Mox Sapphire
Lands (20)
City of Brass
1 Library of Alexandria
12 Plains
Strip Mine
4 Tundra

Sideboard (11)
Lands (2)
2 Island
Instants (1)
Swords to Plowshares
Artifacts (1)
1 City in a Bottle
Enchantments (7)
Crusade
Energy Flux
Spirit Link
Misc (4)
4 (Unidentified Card)

17th place
UR Counter Burn
by Stephen Maldonado
 

Business (35)
Instants (14)
1 Ancestral Recall
4 Counterspell
1 Fork
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Psionic Blast
Sorceries (10)
1 Braingeyser
4 Chain Lightning
1 Fireball
1 Recall
Timetwister
1 Time Walk
1 Wheel of Fortune
Artifacts (2)
1 Black Vise
1 Chaos Orb
Creatures (8)
4 Flying Men
4 Serendib Efreet
Mana Sources (26)
Artifacts (4)
1 Black Lotus
1 Mox Ruby
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Sol Ring
Lands (21)
3 City of Brass
5 Island
1 Library of Alexandria
4 Mishra's Factory
3 Mountain
1 Strip Mine
4 Volcanic Island

Sideboard (15)
Instants (9)
3 Blue Elemental Blast
3 Red Elemental Blast
3 Shatter
Sorceries (1)
1 Amnesia
Enchantments (5)
2 Blood Moon
1 Control Magic
2 Energy Flux

18th place
Mono Black Prison
by Michael Finnegan
 

Business (39)
Instants (7)
3 Terror
Sorceries (9)
Artifacts (11)
Creatures (10)
Enchantments (1)
Lands (1)
Mana Sources (21)
Lands (21)
12 Swamp

Sideboard (15)
Creatures (1)
Artifacts (6)
1 Meekstone
1 Mirror Universe
1 Nova Pentacle
2 Relic Barrier
1 Winter Orb
Enchantments (8)
1 Animate Dead
2 Deathgrip
2 Gloom
1 Oubliette
1 Underworld Dreams

19th place
Flying Boys Club
by Carter Petray
 

Mana Sources (25)
Artifacts (2)
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Sol Ring
Lands (23)
13 Island
4 Mishra's Factory
2 Tolaria
4 Strip Mine

Sideboard (15)
Instants (4)
4 Blue Elemental Blast
Creatures (4)
2 Dandân
1 Prodigal Sorcerer
1 Time Elemental
Artifacts (2)
2 Black Vise
Enchantments (5)
Control Magic
4 Energy Flux

20th place
Mini Red Sligh
by Dan Rech
 

Mana Sources (25)
Artifacts (2)
1 Black Lotus
1 Mox Ruby
Lands (23)
1 Hammerheim
4 Mishra's Factory
14 Mountain
4 Strip Mine

Sideboard (15)
Instants (2)
1 Fork
1 Shatter
Sorceries (3)
1 Disintegrate
1 Flashfires
1 Shatterstorm
Artifacts (4)
4 Meekstone
Enchantments (6)
1 Earthbind
1 Immolation
3 Manabarbs
1 Raging River

21st place
The Deck
 


22nd place
Last Case Scenario Pink
by Nick Rohr
 

Business (31)
Instants (4)
Lightning Bolt
Sorceries (9)
1 Balance
4 Chain Lightning
2 Earthquake
1 Fireball
1 Wheel of Fortune
Artifacts (5)
1 Chaos Orb
4 Nevinyrral's Disk
Creatures (13)
4 Ball Lightning
3 Rukh Egg
2 Triskelion
4 Ydwen Efreet
Mana Sources (29)
Artifacts (6)
1 Mox Ruby
4 Mana Vault
1 Sol Ring
Lands (23)
4 City of Brass
2 Dwarven Ruins
4 Mishra's Factory
4 Plateau
4 Strip Mine

Sideboard (15)
Instants (7)
3 Disenchant
4 Red Elemental Blast
Lands (1)
1 Maze of Ith
Enchantments (7)
3 Blood Moon
1 Greater Realm of Preservation
3 Spirit Link


Essen Haus Open

After our tournament which took place at the University of Wisconsin Union, we headed over to Essen Haus for a '95 tournament and German beer (the boots required a deposit).


And the greatest of times were had...


By the end of the event, John Beste came out an undefeated 5-0 with Reanimator.

Essen Haus '95 Standings


1st place
Reanimator
by John Beste

2nd place
Zoo
by Brian Fisher

3rd place
White Weenie
by Nathan Mullen

4th place
Mono Blue Flying Boys Club
by Carter Petray

5th place
Zoo
by Bryan F.

6th place
WRG Bazaar Zoo
by Jason Jaco

7th place
The Deck
by Bob Agra

8th place
GW Beats
by Grant Casleton

9th place
Dreams Combo featuring 4x Necropotence and 4x Demonic Consultation
by Danny Friedman

10th place
Stormbind Zoo
by Ben Wagnon

11th place
Spiders
by Dan Rech

12th place
UW Mill Control
by Matt Moss

13th place
Prison Ramp
by Nick Rohr

14th place
The Deck
by Matt Slack

15th place
Weirding Control
by Shane Semmens

16th place
Global Force
by James Tork

17th place
Dom Doesn't Even Know
by Dominic Dotterrer

18th place
Bolt Forkery
by Brandon Sanders


Pictures from both events (in no particular order):




 
   

Extra thanks to Shane Semmens for technical help with this blog post—it would have been posted even later if he had not put his time into getting this done.