Since most of the guys are gamers, but aren't into Old School specifically, I modified the rules to make the format more accessible.
1) Eternal Central Rules, except
2) Strip Mine is Banned
3) Restricted cards are Banned
4) No Sideboards
5) 40 Card Minimum Deck Size
And "Old School 40" was born!
There were six of us facing off for the prizes pictured below. Prizes were reverse drafted, where the player with the lowest rank after round-robin would choose first.
Here are the results.
This was a fantastic way to spend more than a few hours with friends. The deck construction rules helped to reduce the cost of building decks and focused the strategies around one or two key concepts. Players were mostly able to stick to using old school art and it felt like playing Magic with friends in days gone by.
Here are the decks everyone played.
|Mark's "Making Friends" Deck|
|Eric's "Also Making Friends" Deck|
|Ben's "Welcome to the Thunderdome" Arena Deck|
|Darren's "What Does Banding Do?" Deck|
|Will's "Giant Ape Escape" Deck|
|Chris' "Needs More Islands" Deck|
Here are some pictures of the action.
|Banding is fantastic!|
|Orb, Tower, and Vise? Hmm.|