Chicago Old School 93-94 May 2016 – Decklists and Photo Report

This past weekend the Chicago Old School group hosted a small 93-94 tournament, and we had 15 players show up to battle, including a number of local players, and players from Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio, and Texas!

Entrance fee was drink of choice to share with the posse, and we all chipped in for local delivery pizza. Prizes were donated by the players, and ended up being pretty sweet, and each prize was signed by all players. Players drafted a card from the prize pool of their choice, starting with first place and heading on down the line.
PrizePool05142016

We also gave away 200ML bottles of liquor as door prizes to those attending from out of state (shoutout to @mithmtg for donating these!).
DoorPrizes05142016

Continuing with our previous tournament structure, to encourage the maximum rounds played, we decided on six (6) 50 minute rounds of Straight Swiss (no Top 4/8 playoff), with NO MATCH DRAWS ALLOWED (unintentional or otherwise). After 50 minutes if there was a tied match, the tie breaker would be a sudden death Chaos Orb flipping contest, similar to a hockey or soccer overtime shootout. If both players make or miss the Chaos Orb flip in the same round, go again. The first person to make it while the other person misses will be declared the winner of the match. We had one match decided this way on the day.

This time there were tons of artifacts and The Abysses floating around, and not nearly enough Energy Fluxes, Armageddons, and Shatterstorms to offset them.

Final Standings, After 6 Rounds Straight Swiss

(Note: not actual DCI numbers)
ChicagoOldSchoolStandings05162016

ALL Decklists, by Final Standing

5C Copy Artifact, by Danny Friedman – 1st Place

Business (34)
Mana Drain
Counterspell
Power Sink
Red Elemental Blast
Mind Twist
Swords to Plowshares
The Abyss
Balance
Chaos Orb
Disenchant
Ancestral Recall
Time Walk
Jayemdae Tome
Braingeyser
Demonic Tutor
Regrowth
Recall
Millstone
Copy Artifact
Fireball

Mana Sources (26)
Black Lotus
Mox Emerald
Mox Jet
Mox Pearl
Mox Ruby
Mox Sapphire
Sol Ring
Fellwar Stone
Library of Alexandria
Strip Mine
Mishra's Factory
City of Brass
Tundra
Underground Sea
Volcanic Island
Sideboard (15)
Millstone
Circle of Protection: Red
Ciricle of Protection: Black
Red Elemental Blast
Blue Elemental Blast
Dust to Dust
Swords to Plowshares
Earthquake
Wrath of God

DannyFriedmanDeck05142016

Esper Workshop Aggro, by Jaco – 2nd Place

Business (34)
Swords to Plowshares
The Abyss
Balance
Disenchant
Dust to Dust
Chaos Orb
Relic Barrier
Icy Manipulator
Mind Twist
Demonic Tutor
Ancestral Recall
Time Walk
Jade Statue
Su-Chi
Juggernaut
Triskelion
Tetravus
Copy Artifact

Mana Sources (26)
Black Lotus
Mox Emerald
Mox Jet
Mox Pearl
Mox Ruby
Mox Sapphire
Sol Ring
Fellwar Stone
Library of Alexandria
Strip Mine
Mishra’s Workshop
Mishra’s Factory
Tundra
Scrubland
Underground Sea
Sideboard (15)
Dust to Dust
Flash Counter
Blue Elemental Blast
Mirror Universe
City in a Bottle
Circle of Protection: Red
Swords to Plowshares
The Abyss

JacoDeck05142016

Abyss Control, by John Beste – 3rd Place

Business (33)
Mana Drain
Counterspell
Power Sink
Swords to Plowshares
The Abyss
Maze of Ith
Balance
Disenchant
Chaos Orb
Icy Manipulator
Mind Twist
Amnesia
Demonic Tutor
Ancestral Recall
Time Walk
Timetwister
Jayemdae Tome
Braingeyser
The Hive
Copy Artifact

Mana Sources (27)
Black Lotus
Mox Emerald
Mox Jet
Mox Pearl
Mox Ruby
Mox Sapphire
Sol Ring
Library of Alexandria
Mishra’s Factory
Tundra
Underground Sea
Scrubland
Island
Plains
Sideboard (15)
Blue Elemental Blast
Strip Mine
Divine Offering
City in a Bottle
Wrath of God
Moat
Disrupting Scepter
Control Magic
Serendib Efreet

JohnBesteDeck05142016

Mono Blue Tempo, by Brandon Sanders – 4th Place

Business (38)
Force Spike
Mana Drain
Counterspell
Chaos Orb
Phantasmal Terrain
Energy Flux
Psionic Blast
Ancestral Recall
Time Walk
Timetwister
Braingeyser
Recall
Unstable Mutation
Flying Men
DanDan
Old Man of the Sea
Time Elemental
Serendib Efreet
Serendib Djinn
Mahamoti Djinn

Mana Sources (22)
Mox Sapphire
Sol Ring
Strip Mine
Tolaria
16 Island
Sideboard (15)
Acid Rain
Mahamoti Djinn
Blue Elemental Blast
Strip Mine
Phantasmal Terrain
Psychic Purge
Energy Flux
Golgothian Sylex

BrandonSandersDeck05142016

UR Workshop Aggro, by Nicholas Rausch – 5th Place

Business (27)
Lightning Bolt
Chaos Orb
Ancestral Recall
Time Walk
Timetwister
Wheel of Fortune
Atog
Sage of Lat-Nam
Su-Chi
Triskelion
Tetravus
Copy Artifact

Mana Sources (33)
Black Lotus
Mox Emerald
Mox Jet
Mox Pearl
Mox Ruby
Mox Sapphire
Sol Ring
Mana Vault
Fellwar Stone
Mishra's Workshop
Mishra's Factory
City of Brass
Volcanic Island
Strip Mine
Sideboard (15)
Shatter
Lightning Bolt
Red Elemental Blast
Blood Moon
City in a Bottle
Mountain

NicholasRauschDeck05142016

Titania's Song, by Andrew Bowman – 6th Place

Business (35)
Avoid Fate
Power Sink
Maze of Ith
Swords to Plowshares
Balance
Disenchant
Dust to Dust
Chaos Orb
Winter Orb
Icy Manipulator
Relic Barrier
Howling Mine
Ancestral Recall
Time Walk
Sylvan Library
Regrowth
Recall
Jade Statue
Copy Artifact
Titania’s Song

Mana Sources (25)
Black Lotus
Mox Emerald
Mox Jet
Mox Sapphire
Sol Ring
Fellwar Stone
Library of Alexandria
Mishra’s Workshop
Strip Mine
Mishra’s Factory
Tropical Island
Savannah
Plains
Forest
Sideboard (15)
Blue Elemental Blast
Wrath of God
Swords to Plowshares
Tranquility
Circle of Protection: Red
Disrupting Scepter
Jayemdae Tome
Dust to Dust
Avoid Fate

AndrewBowmanDeck05142016

5C The Deck, by Mike VanDyke – 7th Place

Business (31)
Mana Drain
Counterspell
Mind Twist
Swords to Plowshares
The Abyss
Balance
Chaos Orb
Disenchant
Ancestral Recall
Time Walk
Jayemdae Tome
Braingeyser
Demonic Tutor
Regrowth
Recall
The Hive
Mirror Universe
Fireball

Mana Sources (29)
Black Lotus
Mox Emerald
Mox Jet
Mox Pearl
Mox Ruby
Mox Sapphire
Sol Ring
Library of Alexandria
Strip Mine
City of Brass
Tundra
Underground Sea
Volcanic Island
Island
Plains
Sideboard (15)
Circle of Protection: Red
Earthquake
Ivory Tower
Strip Mine
Red Elemental Blast
Blue Elemental Blast
Divine Offering
Amnesia

MikeVanDykeDeck05142016

RG Aggro, by Vincenzo Balistreri – 8th Place

Business (38)
Lightning Bolt
Chain Lightning
Fireball
Shatter
Fork
Channel
Sylvan Library
Black Vise
Giant Growth
Scryb Sprites
Scavenger Folk
Kird Ape
Argothian Pixies
Erhnam Djinn

Mana Sources (22)
Strip Mine
Mishra’s Factory
Pendelhaven
Hammerheim
Taiga
Mountain
Forest
Sideboard (15)
Shatter
Tranquility
Flashfires
Shatterstorm
Hurricane
Whirling Dervish
Red Elemental Blast

VincenzoBalistreriDeck05142016

Dreamweaver Control, by Shane Semmens – 9th Place

Business (34)
Mana Drain
Counterspell
Red Elemental Blast
Swords to Plowshares
Balance
Disenchant
Dust to Dust
Chaos Orb
Fireball
Tawnos’s Coffin
Icy Manipulator
Regrowth
Recall
Mind Twist
Ancestral Recall
Time Walk
Sylvan Library
Jayemdae Tome
Braingeyser
Demonic Tutor
Transmute Artifact
Serra Angel
Triskelion
Rasputin Dreamweaver

Mana Sources (26)
Black Lotus
Mox Emerald
Mox Jet
Mox Pearl
Mox Ruby
Mox Sapphire
Sol Ring
Fellwar Stone
Library of Alexandria
Strip Mine
Mishra’s Factory
City of Brass
Tundra
Volcanic Island
Underground Sea
Tropical Island
Sideboard (15)
Blue Elemental Blast
Copy Artifact
Wrath of God
Maze of Ith
Moat
Spirit Link
Divine Offering
Disenchant
Greater Realm of Preservation
Swords to Plowshares
Red Elemental Blast
Fireball
Forcefield
Tetravus

ShaneSemmensDeck05142016

BW, by Ben Wagnon – 10th Place

Business (30)
Demonic Tutor
Hymn to Tourach
Mind Twist
Swords to Plowshares
Disenchant
Chaos Orb
Armageddon
Black Knight
Hypnotic Specter
Juzam Djinn
Sengir Vampire

Mana Sources (30)
Dark Ritual
Sol Ring
Fellwar Stone
Strip Mine
Mishra’s Factory
City of Brass
Urborg
Scrubland
Swamp
Plains
Sideboard (15)
Sinkhole
Divine Offering
Terror
Drain Life
Tormod’s Crypt

BenWagnonDeck05142016

White Weenie, by Nathan Mullen – 11th Place

Business (37)
Swords to Plowshares
Disenchant
Crusade
Savannah Lions
Tundra Wolves
Icatian Javelineers
Order of Leitbur
White Knight
Thunder Spirit
Preacher

Mana Sources (23)
Strip Mine
Mishra’s Factory
15 Plains
Sideboard (15)
Armageddon
Circle of Protection Red
Divine Offering
Dust to Dust
Circle of Protection Black
City in a Bottle
Preacher
King Suleiman

NathanMullenDeck05142016

URB, by Stephen Maldonado – 12th Place

Business (35)
Mana Drain
Counterspell
Fork
Lightning Bolt
Chain Lightning
Psionic Blast
Fireball
Chaos Orb
Ancestral Recall
Time Walk
Timetwister
Wheel of Fortune
Braingeyser
Recall
Demonic Tutor
Black Vise
Flying Men
Serendib Efreet

Mana Sources (26)
Black Lotus
Mox Jet
Mox Ruby
Mox Sapphire
Sol Ring
Library of Alexandria
Strip Mine
Mishra’s Factory
City of Brass
Volcanic Island
Badlands
Island
Sideboard (15)
Red Elemental Blast
Blue Elemental Blast
Control Magic
Shatter
Energy Flux
Earthquake

StephenMaldonadoDeck05142016

Big Pink, by Nick Rohr – 13th Place

Business (28)
Wheel of Fortune
Lightning Bolt
Chain Lightning
Pyrotechnics
Fireball
Disintegrate
Earthquake
Disenchant
Chaos Orb
Fork

Mana Sources (32)
Mox Ruby
Sol Ring
Mana Vault
Strip Mine
Mishra’s Factory
City of Brass
Plateau
10 Mountain
Sideboard (15)
Earthquake
Red Elemental Blast
Divine Offering
Balance
Swords to Plowshares

NickRohrDeck05142016

Mono Black, by James Tork – 14th Place

Business (35)
Demonic Tutor
Mind Twist
Greed
Paralyze
Oubliette
Chaos Orb
Nevinyrral’s Disk
Drain Life
Order of the Ebon Hand
Black Knight
Royal Assassin
Hypnotic Specter
Juzam Djinn
Sengir Vampire

Mana Sources (27)
Dark Ritual
Black Lotus
Mox Jet
Sol Ring
Strip Mine
Mishra’s Factory
Urborg
14 Swamp
Sideboard (15)
Maze of Ith
Gloom
Sinkhole
Hymn to Tourach
Terror

JamesTorkDeck05142016

Land Tax, by Dominic Dotterer – 15th Place

Business (37)
Lightning Bolt
Spirit Link
Balance
Disenchant
Divine Offering
Chaos Orb
Ivory Tower
Feldon’s Cane
Library of Leng
Winds of Change
Sylvan Library
Wheel of Fortune
Land Tax
Land’s Edge

Mana Sources (23)
Mox Emerald
Mox Pearl
Mox Ruby
Fellwar Stone
Library of Alexandria
Rainbow Vale
City of Brass
Plains
Mountain
Forest
Sideboard (15)
Dust to Dust
Blood Moon
Circle of Protection: Red
Red Elemental Blast
Feldon’s Cane
City in a Bottle
Earthquake
Drop of Honey

DominicDotterrerDeck05142016

Photo Report

Many thanks to all the players for snapping pictures of the action during the event. Here’s just a small sample of the action as it unfolded.

Action Shots

Dotterer vs. VanDyke
DottererVsVanDyke05142016

Semmens vs. Rohr
SemmensVsRohr05142016

Balistreri vs. Rausch
BalistreriVsRausch05142016

Wagnon vs. Bowman
WagnonVsBowman05142016

Sanders vs. Maldonado
SandersVsMaldonado05142016

Mullen vs. Friedman
MullenVsFriedman05142016

Semmens vs. Rohr
SemmensVsRohr05142016_2

Beste vs. Balistreri
BesteVsBalistreri05142016

Tork vs. Bowman
TorkVsBowman05142016

VanDyke vs. Sanders
VanDykeVsSanders05142016

Jaco vs. Rausch
JacoVsRausch05142016

Bowman vs. Beste
BowmanVsBeste05142016

Semmens vs. Sanders
SemmensVsSanders05142016

Wagnon vs. Rohr
WagnonVsRohr05142016

VanDyke vs. Tork
VanDykeVsTork05142016

Mullen vs. Bowman
MullenVsBowman05142016

Semmens vs. Tork
SemmensVsTork05142016

Sanders vs. Rausch
SandersVsRausch05142016

Jaco vs. Bowman
JacoVsBowman05142016

Dotterer vs. Wagnon
DottererVsWagnon05142016

VanDyke vs. Beste
VanDykeVsBeste05142016_2

Rohr vs. Maldonado
RohrVsMaldonado05142016

Semmens vs. Wagnon
SemmensVsWagnon05142016

Tork vs. Semmens
TorkVsSemmens05142016

Rausch vs. Jaco
RauschVsJaco05142016

Bowman vs. Mullen
BowmanVsMullen05142016

Tork vs. Balistreri
TorkVsBalistreri05142016

Some of the Players, with Spoils

Vincenco Balistreri
BalistreriWinnings05142016

Danny Friedman
FriedmanWinnings05142016

Stephen Maldonado
MaldonadoWinnings05142016

Jaco
JacoWinnings05142016

Ben Wagnon
WagnonWinnings05142016

John Beste
BesteWinnings05142016

Brandon Sanders
SandersWinnings05142016

Nicholas Rausch
RauschWinnings05142016

Andrew Bowman
BowmanWinnings05142016

Tournament winner Danny Friedman has also just posted a nice report on his blog here, so be sure to check that out as well. If you wish to attend a Chicago Old School event in the future, but don’t know how, please email at jaco@eternalcentral.com. Thanks for reading!

Jason Jaco

Jaco is a longtime Magic player, author, and the CEO of Eternal Central. A purveyor of rare and unique Magic cards, he is know in some circles as "The Godfather of Pimp." In his free time he enjoys exploring the great outdoors, dominating the dojo, and punching unprotected sandwiches.

  • Mano

    These are some great decks! Love Friedman’s deck, although it feels like a worse “deck” (which is certainly not a bad thing.) Jaco, I have a very similar deck to yours built. 2 questions: (1) How did you like the Jade Statues? I mean they are insane gas of course, but if playing strictly to win would they have been better as more Su-Chis? and (2) What does Relic Barrier do in your deck? Also dear lord Dotterer’s deck is such high tech! Rainbow Vale! Looks like he really put a lot of thought into that one.

  • scott

    Where the hell do I get the Big Lebowski playmat!?!?!

  • Matt Young

    Jason, thanks for the time and effort you put in to showing the Old School decks and format. There is no OS group where I live, so seeing the lists, the decks, and the fun means a lot to me and motivates me to build a deck and attend an event. Awesome!