Vienna Geddonless Ante-geddon

As the only two contract-carrying madmen attending the Viennageddon tournament last weekend, The Reindeer and I crossed birds in a duel for ANTE superiority. We had a great series of 7 Ante40k games over the course of two days. Good birds saved great cards, named birds changed hands (and then returned home as well). We had some games where we chickened out early and saved our antes quickly. We also had some long games where no one seemed to be able to draw a bird and the game ended with dramatic revelations that the ante was… a bird the whole time.

Good bird, good bird, save my precioussss ‘byssssss

I played a Black/Blue robots brew that suffered from a chronic lack of black mana in the opening hands. I lost one game with Dark Ritual, The Abyss, Contract from Below, and Demonic tutor all sitting useless in my hand while getting beat down (there might have even been a mind twist too). I think that was the game that I lost where my ante turned out to be a swamp (just the one I needed, see it in the above picture on the other side of the table the next day). Christian played another beautiful Black/Blue deck full of Sengirs, Hypnotics, Serendib Efreets and a lovely beta Royal Assassin which I drooled over. One day… one day… I dream it might be mine.

Another good good bird, saving a vulnerable Efreet from the tough streets of Vienna (2 at-risk Efreets were saved like this over the course of the weekend).

Of particular note was a bird which Reindeer won on Saturday, a bird going by the name Opotamus Rex. Before this bird had a name, I had won it from Christian in London at the World Cup mini-ante tournament. When he won the bird back from me in Vienna, I added a nice middle finger to its feathers and added an alter to the casting cost. Opotamus Rex now costs only 0 mana to play when cast ‘gainst Jason (and this will be in effect no matter who owns the bird in the future). Luckily I won this bird back before the weekend ended, so someone else will have to win it off me if they ever want to benefit from the alternative casting cost.

Another one of my named birds, Incognito, also changed hands, but again. I managed to bring the flighty little thing home and apologized for dubbing it a “witch”. I also added a new unnamed bird to my collection and a glorious Mishra’s Monster Factory. Overall, I won the series of 7 games barely by a margin of 4 to 3. It was a small victory after being DECIMATED 3 different times by Christian and his 93/94 decks in the regular tournaments.

Feeling spoiled by nice war spoils

As always, it was a pleasure playing ANTE40k with a good friend. These games add an extra rush of adrenaline for me that I assume only usually happens in other high pressure games, like a finals (not that I’d know). It fulfills that tendency I have to want to gamble while still feeling like I can lose and have a good time. In that way, it’s just like 93/94, but just a little hotter, a little more spicy! Having an enthusiastic audience for our games also added to the fun and I’m fairly sure we might just have a new contender entering our ranks sometime in the not-too-distant future.

Stay safe out there, madmen. Love you all. Flying Bear and Prancing Reindeer, out.

Worlds farthest up Ante Gathering

Welcome, Madmen around the Globe. We proudly present the worlds farthes up Ante Gathering! On top of Mount Rigi, great men of honor meet up to battle for Beer, Rum and AnteAnte!

It was a cloudy day – no just kidding, sun was shining and the temperatures were really nice for January. The biggest, most numerous and gigantic Ante Tournament took place! Two players – i repeat – TWO PLAYERS (world record on this height!) shuffled their Decks, they cutted and (you know what there is to come) they Ante’d! Yes, they Ante’d and battled for victory.

Jason “the legend” VS Christian “the Reindeer”. Two foes with individual strenghts and weaknesses. Two players of the first minute of this glorious format. And two Friends. The first big surprise was the bird which hitted the table from Reindeer. A really good bird saved the mighty Chaos Orb from changing sides to Jason. Reindeer followed up with a City in a Bottle and ruined all dreams for a victory for Jason. With 5 Arabian Nights cards in his hand (two Cities) he never regained the strength and got beaten down by a very angry Electric Eel to zero live. Urrrg. First Match goes to Reindeer.

But it is not a proper tournament without a proper revenge. So both players shuffled, cutted aaaaaaaand Ante’d again of course. This time the match went back and forth. Jason with his Robots tried to gain advantage, but Reindeer had Shatters and a Disk ready to parry. No Birds saw the daylight of the battlefield and the Ante stayed hidden for the whole game. in Turn 10ish, Reindeer slammed the most feared foe for Jason on the table. Jason gave a whining moan, never heard before in the whole carreer of both players. It seemed that a Leviathan hitted the table – but NO, it was an electric Eel haha. Unresponded and fuelled with 4 Red the Eel managed to attack twice and deal lethal to poor Jason. Game Over. Two Games – Tournament done.

Tournament Price – altered from Mari “the Destroyer”

The Spoils of War – the winner takes it all. Even a lonely Kraken – hand painted from mighty Mari Stenhage, was waiting to change sides. But it did not happen.

Spoils of War!

Thank you Jason for this great opportunity and see you next time in Vienna.

Shuffle

Cut

Ante

yours
Reindeer

We all love spoil(er)s right!?

Spoils of war is a coming term among the players who play “real magic”.

You know the thrilling feeling you get whenever you are surprised with a gift and have no clue whatsoever might be inside?

I believe it’s the unknown combined with the fact that your reactions to the content will tell whatever you feel about it. You don’t want to hurt the feelings of the bringer of such gift if it’s something unwanted and…you might feel anxiety and noxious all at ones.

This is the same kind of feeling I get whenever I win or loose a battle of wits and get to turn the anted card face up.

Will I loose or win big or small!?

Another feeling connected to this could of course be the excitement, right?

Well well. Needed to get that out of the system, time to tell you about something I think is really exciting.

Scryings

There is a great amount of excitement whenever there is spoiler season for a new set. At least I thought so a couple of years ago when I actually cared about new magic sets and whatnot. These days I rarely look at spoilers as the only format I usually play is Oldschool.

I remember how it was prior to new releases with all the cool stuff spoiled every day and sometimes I follow a spoiler season for new sets just to itch that nerve…but it’s not quite the same when you know you are not going to chase the new cards down and start brewing with them in real life.

This time it’s different as I will actually both enjoy the spoiler season and the chase afterwards (or actually going on) as the cards will affect me and the format I actually play.

Will you stop all the nonsense and come to the point already!

OK, no more messing around with fancy words about feelings and such. Let’s get to the point!

It’s spoiler season and we (the ante group of the world) have got a juicy one for you!

We love signing contracts and getting screw by others, unlike Tarenah, who probably lived in the Suq’Ata Empire in northern Jamuraan during the Mirage Wars. Event though Suq’Ata suffered the least during the war I believe that Breathstealers brought some evil with them. The noble people living on trade maybe wasn’t prepared for this change and might as well thought their trading skills where plain awesome.

But we all know that you can’t be to careful when it comes to dealing an wheeling with the evil of any world and especially hell. Tarenah clearly didn’t know that!

With that said I think it’s time to reveal what you have come for. Let’s meet…

Well that is a proper magic card fit for any misfit ready to give some and get some.

The art, flavor and name all fits perfect here in hell. This is the kind of stuff we all love!

Can’t wait to start brewing with this and especially start jamming games with it.

Don’t forget that when it comes to contracts, first READ, then sign and finally…

— SHUFFLE

— CUT

— ANTE

Tales of the Ante40K community

Since N00bcon 2019, playing for Ante is kind a thing – during various Tournaments we tried to organize a “REAL Tournament after the Tournament” and play for real Ante (including all the nice Ante Cards of course 🙂 )

Maybe you asked yourself nowadays “why do they do that? Are they crazy?” Short answer would be: Yes, they are. They are completely insane – but this would be a way to easy shortcut. Truth is, that the Oldschool Community is an incredible fair, nice, lovely, caring, sharing, drinking pulk of various people around the world. We (obviously and of course!) do not care about race, gender, sexual orientation or other exclusionary things (despite the fact that anbody in the community should love the game, should be friendly, polite and fair and wants to have a great time). This is what we discover in various places and locations around the world.

I for myself found within this amazing Community a lot of new Friends around the world. Some friendships around them are outstanding and we try to meet at as much Oldschool-happenings as possible to have a great time and play our game we love so much. I am in this Community since mid 2018 and had a very warm welcome, especially by the members of this small Ante40K-Club. I met Jason in Genova at the Breakfast table. We talked about Magic and have become close Tournament buddies since then 🙂 Also in Genova, same year, Bonnie played against me in round 5. He told me if he is playing to slow due to his intoxination, i should tell. As my Level was also quite high, i did not even understand his sentence haha. Ben and the Brothers of Fire have been opponents in our first Team Worlds in 2018 – we had very nice talks. Markus is the bringer of the Format and we played at N00bcon 2018 (respectively, grandmaster Paul da Silva had to sling the spells as Markus was, hm let’s say “currently unavailable”…) Allan hostet DOS 2.0 in which i was guest and he cared very nicely for this foreign guest of Switzerland 🙂 Svante was a known Name for me due to various Tournament reports i read through this time. We also met in Genova and had some talks about “restrict to two” that time. I think we actually never played against each other at a OS Tournament – is this true? Bryan was also playing N00bcon 2019 and he missed Ante40 action due to his Top8-matches – but we had a very nice talk and All Tings Considered Episode together. Magnus is also part of this group – we met in real life at N00bcon 2019 and instantly knew, that we connect very well 🙂 And finally Slanfan – i could write books about this wonderful Person but i Keep it short: Great human being and great OS friend 🙂 We expanded just today in the USA with 3 nice Oldschool-Gentlemen (DFB, Eliot Davidoff and Scott Bradley) – a warm welcome to you guys.  So a big hug and thank you Ante-Friends to be part of this amazing Ante-Community and for your Oldschool Friendship! Rock on!

So after N00bcon 2018, where Markus and Mighty Magnus played an Ante Match with their real Decks (yes!) a Llanowar Elf changed side to Markus and the Idea of Ante was born in his head. He needed one whole year to plan, organize and handle everything for the great Ante40K N00bcon Aftermath Tournament (just joking, i assume he did that in a couple of Hours haha). There was a quite decent announcement and 6 fellow Madmen gathered together to play for – hm, i can’t really remember? a Contract from Below? a Darkpact? i really don’t know anymore… We agreed that a Card which switches Sides of course has to be signed and properly altered (if you are an Artist like i am, you will receive veeeery Beautiful altered Cards haha).

We discovered that the Ante40K format opens up for quite some interesting Deck Archetypes – mostly because the lack of Power9 and fully teched out decks. Also, normally you include 4 Jeweled Birds so you Need some space for them.  So far, everybody was more or less happy or at least not devastated as one lost Dual Lands, Ehrnam Djinns or even a Chaos Orb – we all know that this Card will be taken over by a friend – not some random foe. Also, the Cards will be included in OS-Decks for actual Tournament play 🙂 Everybody wins 😉

So if you ever again ask yourself, why there are reasons for Ante:
– being insane could be a good one
– Altering cards and hand them over to friends
– love all facettes of the game and playing Magic overall

So may the Moxen be with you and don’t forget:

Shuffle

Cut

ANTE!

See you around
Reindeer

It has to be London

London – legendary City in which so much happened. It will also be the place where the first high-stake-international Ante40K tournament with 7 +1 Players will take place 🙂

After the Main tournament, the REAL main tournament started. We gathered after 7pm for the real deal – AnteAnte40K.

  • Slanfan
  • Svante
  • Markus
  • Ben
  • Allan
  • Jason
  • Reindeer
  • Dan (Guestplayer with my Deck)

It was a beauty to watch how Ehrnam’s changed owners, Birds stole away Underground Sea’s (twice!) and finally a very aggressive Fish which was already signed was handed over from Slanfan to Svante. Therefore the black bordered Contract from Below (sponsored from SlanfanReindeer Intoxinated 2019) is going to get a new Owner – Svante. To honor this first Ante40K achievment, the Fish is now a 6/4 even more aggressive japanese meal!

Dan Sonderskov, a nice Gentlemen from Danmark rounded up the Tournament to 8 players and fought a match with my Deck against Slanfan – and he lost just a Birdie… Goodbye my lovely Jeweled Bird… But it was beautiful to see how my Black Green brute force Aggro was fighting its battle without me as pilot. So i did enjoy my beer and waited until the Ante was stolen away (a contract from below by the way 😉 ) from the Birdie.

Even more fun was the aftermath – we discussed via our Ante-Chat which player battled which one and which player won/lost… The memory of each participant was kind of deleted or at least “a little bit foggy” hahaha. But we figured it out and i assume that Svante is the overall winner of the tournament, right?

So i hope there will be many more interesting games and i hope you will enjoy the time until Christmas 🙂

See you soon
Reindeer

Fishliver War Report

Time for a short war report from the 2019 Fishliver Oil Cup!

First I played some games with Jason. He was on the same deck as when we played on the Magic Island Tour, Rb atog with lots of artifacts but few creatures, but I had managed to make my tax/tower millstone deck even worse for everybody involved: I had turned it into Buehler tax/tower combo with the Land’s Edge finish. Twice, it failed miserably, but once, I got Library of Leng + Ivory Tower going and ended up at over 170 life. In that game, I also managed to stop all Jason’s birds, so while I lost a bird the other two games, in this game, I did win this beauty, my first non-Bird spoils:

Then, for the next days, I rebuilt my deck into BW control. I only got in two games, but I thoroughly demolished Christian, resupplying my Birds. Really looking forward to revisiting this deck in the future. Unless the Land Tax decks, it was a lot of fun to play. (Possibly because I won by huge margins. Possibly.)

Casual Win and Loss

On the bi-weekly meetups in Stockholm there’s all kind of cardslinging. Mostly premodern and regular Oldschool but also other older formats.

As I am traveling to Oslo in work I usually can’t attend these meetups cause the wife is working late almost every evening when I’m home in Sweden, but this day I had the opportunity to attend.

As always, there where oldschool games running and the only deck I had ready for battle was my 20-20-20 Robots. I ordered a bottle of red wine and played some games against two different mono green decks.

Took a break talking to some people which I seldom get to meet and after a while Bonnie had assembled his own 20-20-20 build to jam some games.

We sat down, poured some wine and shuffled up, cut and…yeah…why not…ANTE BABY!

Both playing decks way above the 40K limit packed with alpha and beta power! But what the hell, you only live once right! 🙂

After two games we settled the score equally but both with new possessions.

My loss to Björn was this Quinton Hoover piece.
I won a this awesome Rush-Myrbacka Su-Chi

Ante out!

The rules of Hell!

We shall welcome all new members into the Thunderdome of the AnteAnte 40K cabal. But to enter, everybody has to pay – ANTE! To earn the right to wear the Cabal-Pin one has to obey to the following rules:

  • Your Deck has to be Swedish legal
  • Your Deck shall follow the B&R, also for Ante cards
  • Your Deck has a value of at least 40K SEK (3‘800 EUR / 4‘200 USD)
  • You shall not Scry (3) for Ante and you shall not fake Ante
  • You shall not use a Sideboard – play what you have and play straight
  • You have the madness level of a true madman (this one is the most important rule of all)

If you fulfill those simple rules and you find another madman to duel, then duel – WELCOME TO THE THUNDERDOME!

Shuffle – Cut – ANTE!

Regards

The Reindeer

PS: before you ask – one can disenchant a Jeweled Bird if the ability is on the stack. You are welcome 🙂

Welcome to hell!

As the Demonic Attorney of this site I hereby officially welcome you all to hell!

Hell is a nice place where you are able to speak freely without the risk of being trolled or eaten by a lesser demon or greater evil.

But, you should keep in mind that there is always rules to follow, even in hell.

Be nice to one another cause even demons, misfits, monsters and others have feelings, respect that!

SHUFFLE

CUT

ANTE