A Shard of the Past (My First SCG Top 8 in Los Angeles in March 2011)

Quite a few years ago I made top 8 of my first SCG Open, against a stacked run of opponents, under some questionable circumstances. As a result, when I wrote a tournament report, it was well received by the small audience it reached.

It was one of my early attempts at writing about Magic. I was not new to writing, just writing about Magic.

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What Once Was (The First MTG Underground Invitational)

The first MTG Underground Invitational was held on April 19th (yes that was over a month ago.) It was four players, $100 buy in, $300 to first and $100 to second. As an additional cost, to enter the venue (my apartment near the freeway) a bottle of scotch had to be donated to the host (me) who would provide food, the quality of which would be judged by the quality of Scotch offered.

The format was Magic 93/94, or Oldschool, the flagship format (though not exclusive format) of the MTG Underground. This nostalgic format aims to capture the glory of our youth, the dreams of the past, and bring them back to life to tower over the mediocrity of what has come to be.

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Notes from the Underground

Do you read every {Article} you’re supposed to read? Do you {test} every {deck} you’re supposed to {test}? Buy {the cards} you’re told to want? Get out of your {LGS}. Meet a member of the opposite sex. Stop the excessive {Drafting} and masturbation. Quit your job. Start a fight. Prove you’re alive. If you don’t claim your humanity you will become a statistic. You have been warned.” —Chuck Palinchron

Welcome back.

I am taking the time write again, which is to say I am wasting time on writing this instead of finding the will to write something worthwhile. In truth there is nothing worthwhile to write. The only person who squanders more time than the audience is the performer. You read at your leisure, and I write at my labor.

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