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I have been to Columbus for Team Serious events. However, we were trying to keep things local since we're both in law school and time is at a premium for us. More for me, really, since I have a day job and family stuff going on. There will be more flexibility in a few years once we graduate.

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Are there any Old Schoolers around the Cincinnati area interested in meeting up to play? I currently play with one friend using slightly modified European and EC rules (which are easily negotiable). Please either respond to this thread or PM me and we'll try and get something started.

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I'm only about halfway through and I'm loving it.

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@JACO As a former Vintage enthusiast who has transitioned to Old School, I know that would have been the only reason for me to attend. My friend and I just couldn't make it up due to other obligations. Maybe next year!

Glad everybody had a good time at the event.

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I saw a post on the reddit old school thread that was advocating for an errata change.

Mishra’s Factory
Mishra’s Factory doesn’t assign damage if tapped as a blocker.
{T}: Add {C} to your mana pool.
{1}: Mishra’s Factory becomes a 2/2 Assembly-Worker artifact creature until end of turn. It’s still a land.
{T}: Target Assembly-Worker creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn.

I'm much more in favor of this than wasting time restricting such an innocent card under the old rules.

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As usual, an exhaustive approach combined with an easy read. Nice work.

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Nice read. Toolbox decks are always a blast!

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The merits of allowed sets isn't a big deal for me. I have cards that would allow me to play EC rules, but so far I prefer playing Swedish. I thought it would be more interesting to talk about the aesthetics of the format. I'm relieving my teenage years playing old school, which to me is precisely what type 1 should be. I love the old cards; I love making all black bordered decks. I love 'snobbing' up and only playing unlimited white borders. I grew up on 4th and Ice Age, but right now I can only stomach cards from 1993-1994. I've even picked up the 1994 Duelists to relive the 'magic' of the era (no pun intended). I'm enjoying saving up for cards, just like when I was a kid. I can't build the best decks, so I make do with the best I've got.

Hmm, I also just noticed that I can't spell the word 'thread' in my opening post. I was on heavy Mucinex yesterday...

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So . . . is there ever going to be an Old School thread here? I don't play Vintage anymore as Old School is more up my alley. There seems to be nowhere to talk about it, other than reading blog postings. Am I missing the thread as it was not stickied?


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I've spent the last several months acquiring old school cards. My preferred format is "encyclopedia magic." I made my own banned/restricted list and have been enjoying it. As a consequence, I also have cards to play 93/94, old school, etc. Steve's article put into words all the thought I put behind my personal format.

The best part about formats like this bring you back to when Magic was young and fresh, either as a player, or as a fan of Magic in general. I came back to Magic with Worldwake, and while I appreciate this brave, new world, something never truly clicked with me. Choosing to play old cards in my own terrible brews, combined with the slower format and fantastic artwork is really a homecoming for me.

Going back and playing true ABU cards, which I never had originally, has also been wonderful. I've always had a penchant for white borders (thanks 4th edition), but now I truly appreciate fully black bordered decks.

In conclusion, there is something incredibly satisfying in playing old school formats. I haven't enjoyed Magic like this since I first started playing back in 1995. If you haven't tried these formats out yet, I highly recommend them. Play an "official" one, make your own, just get to it, grab some buds and brews, and HAVE FUN! You won't regret it.

PS - the absolute best part of these formats is NO FETCH LANDS . It is an absolute joy to just top deck. Unless you are timetwistering for the win, of course!