Editor’s Note: We are happy to host this guest tournament report, authored by upstart tournament organizer and fellow Old School baller Dave Gura, who recently ran the first annual Midwest Thrash Bash.
On October 8, 2022 in South Bend, Indiana, 28 mages descended upon Tippecanoe Place (the Studebaker Mansion) for the first annual Midwest Old School Thrash Bash Tournament. Players represented several regional Old School clubs, including Lords of the Pit, Cleveland Rocs, The Ebon Hand (Cincinnati), Columbus Kobolds, Water Elementals, and Indy Djinns, as well as several unaffiliated hessians who came to thrash.
Tournament Structure and Prizing
Hessians vied for dominance in 5 rounds of Swiss using Eternal Central 94 rules throughout the day. Each participant received a stamped Hymn to Tourach to collect signatures, and several prizes and alters were donated by the community. Special alters were awarded for First Registered (K. Wells), First Blood (K. Wells), Winner (J. Stacko) + Top 4 Swiss (D. Gura, M. Folk, K. Ballantine), and the Most Hesh Deck (B. Limbacher). Two special Hymns were signed and mailed to the two St. Louis Rivermen who were struck by Covid prior to the event and had to withdraw. Thrash Bash participants also had access to a custom food menu and Tippe’s fully stocked bar.
Final Standings After Swiss
In the end, Joe Stacko won 1st Place with a gnarly, quadruple-sleeved Shops brew, taking home the signed Thrash Bash Trophy donated by Brian Limabacher and signed by all participants. Congratulations Joe!
Brian Limbacher Most Hesh Deck
Dave Gura 2nd Place Swiss
Joe Stacko 1st Place Swiss
Kevin Ballantine 4th Place Swiss
Kyle Wells First Blood
Matt Folk 3rd Place Swiss
Thrash Bash 2022 Participants
Kyle Wells displays First Blood + sandwich
Brian Limbacher accepts the Most Hesh Deck award
Jaco vs. Walton
Moss vs. Seabolt
Gura vs. Piquard, when Sandstorm hits
Chad Frazier takes home a custom Thrashin’ Deck Box made by Brian Limbacher
Guillen vs. Hawksworth
Ben Revell vs. Knerr
Ballantine comes out of retirement for a Top 4 finish
Signing of cards
Friday Night’s Secret 7 pt. Singleton Hesh Sesh
Till Next Year, Hessians!