Spring MTG Old School Challenge Top 8 Decklists & Photos, by Andrew Quinn

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Spring MTG Old School Challenge Top 8 Decklists & Photos

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Old School Magic has really taken off in recent years. This unique format requires you to not only stick to a limited number of sets, but to not play ANY reprints in your deck, requiring you to only play cards that were printed in the original sets, as printed in the years 1993 and 1994. Given that Standard uses the most recent 2 years of sets, Old School is the exact opposite, using the oldest 2 years of sets available to Magic players. The result is a format that plays out exactly how Richard Garfield intended the game to be played when he first designed the game in the early nineties.

The Old School community is incredible and whilst they don’t like to share decklists (because the internet wasn’t even readily available to do such things back in 93/94), they agreed to allow us to share their decklists from our event this weekend, along with the traditional deck photos that show off all of their gorgeous cards.

The event itself yielded some interesting results. Early talk around the tables was that a lot of players turned up with Zoo, the classic Red/White/Green aggro deck that combines cheap, efficient creatures with powerful burn spells. That being said, only one unpowered copy (that is to mean, it didn’t feature any of the Power 9 cards) made it to the Top 8. The overall winner was Sebastion Davidson with his “budget” Mono Black deck, the joke being that there a number of budget versions of cards in his list, but he was rocking a gorgeous Beta Black Lotus. The classic combo of Dark Ritual into Hypnotic Specter is still viable in some form or another and in this case managed to win Sebastion the top prize of a personalised card alteration by none other than James Griffin.

Here are the top 8 decks for this incredible format:

WINNER – Sebastion Davidson, Mono Black Aggro

WINNER - Sebastion Davidson, Mono Black Aggro
WINNER – Sebastion Davidson, Mono Black Aggro
Summons: (16)
Black Knight
Hypnotic Specter
Juggernaut
Sengir Vampire
Su-Chi

Spells: (23)
Black Lotus
Black Vise
Chaos Orb
City in a Bottle
Dark Ritual
Demonic Tutor
Drain Life
Mana Vault
Mind Twist
Mox Jet
Sinkhole
Sol Ring
Underworld Dreams
Lands: (21)
Mishra’s Factory
Strip Mine
15 Swamp
Urborg

Sideboard: (15)
Gloom
Nevinyrral’s Disk
Oubliette
Paralyze
Royal Assassin
Terror

Finalist – Gordon Andersson, “Parfait”

Finalist - Gordon Andersson, "Parfait"
Finalist – Gordon Andersson, “Parfait”
Spells: (42)
Ancestral Recall
Black Lotus
Braingeyser
Chaos Orb
Counterspell
Disenchant
Fellwar Stone
Fireball
Howling Mine
Icy Manipulator
Mana Drain
Mox Emerald
Mox Jet
Mox Pearl
Mox Ruby
Mox Sapphire
Recall
Relic Barrier
Sol Ring
Swords to Plowshares
Time Walk
Transmute Artifact
Winter Orb
Lands: (18)
City of Brass
Library of Alexandria
Mishra’s Factory
Mishra’s Workshop
Plains
Strip Mine
Tundra
Volcanic Island

Sideboard: (15)
Blue Elemental Blast
City in a Bottle
Counterspell
Divine Offering
Ivory Tower
Moat
Red Elemental Blast
Serra Angel

Top 4 – Bryan Connolly, Flying Men

Top 4 - Bryan Connolly, Flying Men
Top 4 – Bryan Connolly, Flying Men
Summons: (8)
Electic Eel
Flying Men
Serendib Efreet

Spells: (32)
Ancestral Recall
Black Lotus
Black Vise
Braingeyser
Chain Lightning
Chaos Orb
Counterspell
Demonic Tutor
Fireball
Lightning Bolt
Mana Drain
Mind Twist
Mox Jet
Mox Ruby
Mox Sapphire
Psionic Blast
Shatter
Sol Ring
Time Walk
Timetwister
Wheel of Fortune
Lands: (20)
Badlands
City of Brass
Island
Library of Alexandria
Mishra’s Factory
Strip Mine
Underground Sea
Volcanic Island

Sideboard: (15)
Blood Moon
Blue Elemental Blast
Control Magic
Earthquake
Energy Flux
Red Elemental Blast
Shatter

Top 8 – Rod Smith, Juzam Midrange

Top 8 - Rod Smith, Juzam Midrange
Top 8 – Rod Smith, Juzam Midrange
Summons: (8)
Juzam Djinn
Sedge Troll

Spells: (29)
Black Lotus
Chaos Orb
Demonic Tutor
Disenchant
Disintegrate
Divine Offering
Fireball
Fork
Lightning Bolt
Mind Twist
Mox Jet
Mox Peral
Mox Ruby
Nevinyrral’s Disk
Sol Ring
Stone Rain
Swords to Plowshares
Wheel of Fortune
Lands: (23)
Badlands
City of Brass
Library of Alexandria
Mishra’s Factory
Plains
Plateau
Scrubland
Strip Mine

Sideboard: (15)
Balance
Black Vise
City in a Bottle
Circle of Protection: Black
Circle of Protection: Blue
Circle of Protection: Red
Divine Offering
Red Elemental Blast
Terror

Top 8 – Jim Corwood, 5 Colour Control

Top 8 - Jim Corwood, 5 Colour Control
Top 8 – Jim Corwood, 5 Colour Control
Spells: (41)
Ancestral Recall
Black Lotus
Braingeyser
Chaos Orb
Copy Artifact
Counterspell
Demonic Tutor
Disenchant
Disrupting Scepter
Fellwar Stone
Fireball
Jalum Tome
Jayemdae Tome
Lightning Bolt
Mana Drain
Mind Twist
Mox Emerald
Mox Jet
Mox Pearl
Mox Ruby
Mox Sapphire
Power Sink
Recall
Regrowth
Sol Ring
Swords to Plowshares
The Hive
Time Walk
Timetwister
Lands: (19)
City of Brass
Island
Library of Alexandria
Mishra’s Factory
Plains
Strip Mine
Tundra
Underground Sea
Volcanic Island

Sideboard: (15)
Blue Elemental Blast
Circle of Protection: Red
Disrupting Scepter
Divine Offering
Dust to Dust
Ivory Tower
Millstone
Plains
Red Elemental Blast
Serra Angel
Stone Rain
Wrath of God

Top 8 – Alastair Kennedy, U/W Control

Top 8 - Alastair Kennedy, U/W Control
Top 8 – Alastair Kennedy, U/W Control
Creatures: (2)
Serra Angel

Spells: (37)
Ancestral Recall
Black Lotus
Braingeyser
Chaos Orb
Counterspell
Disenchant
Fellwar Stone
Forcefield
Jalum Tome
Jayemdae Tome
Mana Drain
Mana Vault
Moat
Mox Emerald
Mox Jet
Mox Pearl
Mox Ruby
Mox Sapphire
Power Sink
Recall
Sol Ring
Spell Blast
Swords to Plowshares
The Hive
Time Walk
Transmute Artifact
Lands: (21)
Island
Library of Alexandria
Maze of Ith
Mishra’s Factory
Plains
Strip Mine
Tundra

Sideboard: (15)
Amnesia
Balance
Circle of Protection: Blue
Circle of Protection: Green
Circle of Protection: Red
City in a Bottle
Control Magic
Divine Offering
Dust to Dust
Flash Counter
Mirror Universe
Power Sink
Preacher

Top 8 – Freddie Barber, Zoo

Top 8 - Freddie Barber, Zoo
Top 8 – Freddie Barber, Zoo
Summons: (19)
Argothian Pixies
Elvish Archers
Granite Gargoyle
Kird Ape
Orcish Artillery
Savannah Lions
Scryb Sprites

Spells: (19)
Blood Lust
Chain Lightning
Disenchant
Fireball
Hurricane
Lightning Bolt
Sol Ring
Storm Seeker
Sylvan Library
Wheel of Fortune
Lands: (22)
City of Brass
Mishra’s Factory
Mountain
Plateau
Savannah
Strip Mine
Taiga

Sideboard: (15)
Artifact Blast
Circle of Protection: Red
Disenchant
Hurricane
Ifh-Biff Efreet
Red Elemental Blast
Tranquility

Top 8 – David Wall, 4-Colour Control

Top 8 - David Wall, 4-Colour Control
Top 8 – David Wall, 4-Colour Control
Summons: (3)
Serendib Efreet

Spells: (40)
Amnesia
Ancestral Recall
Black Lotus
Boomerang
Braingeyser
Chain Lightning
Chaos Orb
Counterspell
Demonic Tutor
Disenchant
Fellwar Stone
Lightning Bolt
Mana Drain
Mox Emerald
Mox Jet
Mox Pearl
Mox Ruby
Mox Sapphire
Mind Twist
Power Sink
Psionic Blast
Recall
Sol Ring
Spell Blast
Swords to Plowshares
The Abyss
Time Walk
Timetwister
Lands: (16)
City of Brass
Mishra’s Factory
Tundra
Underground Sea
Volcanic Island

Sideboard: (15)
Boomerang
Disenchant
Dust to Duse
Earthquake
Moat
Power Sink
Red Elemental Blast
Serendib Efreet
Spell Blast
The Hive
Wrath of God

 

Spring MTG Old School Challenge Top 8 Decklists & Photos, by Andrew Quinn
Old School Magic has really taken off in recent years. This unique format requires you to not only stick to a limited number of sets, but to not play ANY reprints in your deck, requiring you to only play cards that were printed in the original sets, as printed in the years 1993 and 1994.

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