NoviceCon 2018 Split Format Unified Old School Tournament

The Lords of the Pit and Eternal Central are proud to announce NoviceCon 2018, a charity Old School Magic 93-94 event in Chicago, on Saturday April 28 2017.

Tournament Entry and Prizes

The NoviceCon Old School 93-94 tournament will be held on Saturday, April 28 2018.
Tournament start time is 11:45am (site will open at 11am for deck reg, card signing, and imbibing; plan on showing up a little early to do this).
Tournament structure and length will be SWISS+1 (6 rounds most likely). There will be no draws allowed, and at the end of 50 minutes if there is a tied match both players will do a sudden death Chaos Orb flipping contest (complete details in our Old School 93-94 rules here). This is to keep the pace of play and keep the day going more smoothly than last year. Play a fun deck, imbibe, and have a blast with friends new and old!
Prizes will again be awarded by the Lords of the Pit and Eternal Central, and will be Old School cards in flavor and nature, Alpha through Fallen Empires. This is a tournament for fun, and not ‘EV,’ so if you’re expecting to pay off your car with your winnings at this or any other Eternal event you will sadly be disappointed. We already have a number of goodies in hand, but if you wish to donate any cards to this please email
Tournament entry fee will be one (1) new toy, with tag or package still intact (suggested value $10-20). The charity that Chicago Old School will once again be helping is Cornerstorne Community Outreach (CCO). All toys collected will be donated to CCO for distribution to those children less fortunate.

Tournament Format and Rules

This tournament will be a special “Unified” Old School format, utilizing both 93-94 Old School and 95 Old School. Players will construct 2 decks ahead of time, and play a total of 6 rounds of Swiss:
3 Rounds of 93-94 Old School
3 Rounds of 95 Old School

Unified Old School Split Format Rules

Unified Old School rules mean that if you shuffle your two decks and sideboards together, it could be presented as a legal 150[+] card deck. The totality of your two decks must follow the appropriate Banned and Restricted List, and must not include more than 4 of any other than basic lands. For example, if you include 1 Mox Pearl in one of the decks, it may not be included in the other deck, as that would be more than the 1 total allowed by the Restricted List. If you included 3 Tundras in one deck, the other deck may contain no more than 1 other Tundra (3+1 = 4, the total allowed between the two decks combined).

Old School Lending Library

We have now set up an Old School Lending Library, with tons of cards available for you to borrow for a specific day or event, ranging from Swords to Plowshares to dual lands to Field of Dreams to The Abyss. It can be found online here. Contact Jaco at ahead of time to arrange borrowing something.

Tournament Site Logistics & Preregistration (Required)

Tournament Location:
Eternal Central HQ
4223 W Lake Street
Chicago, IL 60624

Plenty of free street parking available right in front of the building. This tournament is a private event, that you can reserve a spot for ahead of time by preregistering. This tournament is open to participants 21+ years of age (there will be alcohol), but you must preregister ahead of time to reserve a slot. This event will have a cap of 24 players. If you are sure you will attend, please contact us at with your contact information (your full name/phone number), and we will pre-register you and add you to the contact group for logistics purposes. This will ensure everybody is in the correct location on game day.

Preregistered players:

1. Jaco
2. Charlie H
3. Brandon Sanders
4. Matt Moss
5. Mike Butzen
6. Danny Dunaway
7. Chris Bergeson
8. Stephen Maldonado
9. Rohr
10. Grant Castleton
11. Nathan Mullen
12. Bill S.
13. Ron Longhi
14. Andrea Longhi
15. Bob Agra
16. Tyler Etters
17. Joe Stacko
18. Dan Piquard
19. Shane Semmens
20. Carter Petray
21. Matt Sharp
22. Matt Hahn
23. Lorien Elleman
24. Greg Kotscharjan


This event is BYOB as usual, and we may also be providing a handcrafted cocktail menu as well. Further sustenance will likely be found in the form of pizza and JagerBombs, as well as some carefully selected non-alcoholic beverages for teetotalers.