lördag 31 oktober 2015

Day 23: Notes from BSK

"Yo mama plays 40 creatures and 20 land"

BSK! In the middle of it right now. 55 players at the main 93/94 tournament, over a hundred at the Legacy Championships which supports #MtgForLife, and another 93/94 tournament coming up tonight. I'll be posting pictures, tech and trashtalk after the weekend.

And I've gotten my hands on this one from a guy in Norway:
That's pretty cool. They are, as always, not that easy to come by. I have a strong urge to add it to my TaxEdge deck, have it as a priced possession in my binder, or just build a casual circa 1995 Goblin deck and play it without sleeves in my local gaming store. Though I managed to complete my Nine last year, owning this tenth power card still feels precious. What if my girlfriend would start playing old school? With this, we could build an Electric Eel Aggro without having to fight over the Mox. Wouldn't it be cool to have two sets of power? Then we could build anything.

But that's not the case, of course. For this Mox, I'm just a placeholder. This Mox have bigger plans than just casting a turn two Blood Moon. This one wants to save the world.

We're over halfway with the MtgForLife campaign now, and regardless how the rest of it plays out, I wont be keeping the Mox when this is over. If we reach the $10,000 goal, I'll find someone to alter it and then give it to one of you who supported the campaign with $100 or more. If we for some reason won't reach the goal, I'll sell it and give the money to MSF directly.

We're at $7,471 now. This is you, this is the #mtgunderground. It has so far been a little hard to find backers from the mainstream Magic community outside of Scandinavia. Though it always helps to have LSV on our side:
At svenskamagic.com, the charity auctions set up during the last weeks have collected over $2,000 thus far. A Swedish judge has set up an auction where members on the site can donate website "credits" for later transfer to the campaign. Big players in the US Old School scene keeps showing love. And there is more to come.
Erik "Sehl" Larsson skipped upgrading his Balance to Beta, instead giving the money to #MtgForLife.
I'll be going back to the convention now. We'll end with a powerful list from the top tables to curb some curiosity before we'll get deeper into the reports:
Jocke Almelunds Power Monolith

tisdag 27 oktober 2015

Day 19: Masters across the globe

MtgForLife? Over $7,000 now. It's a humbling experience. I'm proud to be a part of it. It might not change the world, but we're doing something. We'll help someone.

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In the last couple of weeks there have been quite a few gatherings for old school mages across the globe. In the wake of BSK, let's see what's the hottest tech in other parts of the world.

If we go back a little over a month, we have the first French champion from the first non-proxy event in Paris; Céderic Germain.
Damn sweet Deck. I guess that many of you are thinking one of three things. First: The Deck with only three maindeck Disenchants? It's not a mistake, but rather a pretty clever design. As the 93/94 scene in France is still fairly young, and building many decks in the format takes all the time in the world, the current French meta has a lot of beatdown. A maindeck Wrath of God can hence be a much more appropriate card than the fourth Disenchant.

Second: Yes, a couple of the duals are Revised. Like in the US, UK, and some other parts of Southern Europe, Revised cards are legal in France. It might not be a bad idea if you want a diverse scene to grow a little quicker rather than having most people play WW vs MonoBlack matchups for the first years of the meta.

Third: Only one Fellwar Stone? I'm not sure here, but I can guess that Céderic took some inspiration from Randy Beuhler's winning list from Eternal Weekend (which played zero Fellwar Stone) and then added one, rather than being inspired by e.g. Kalle's winning deck from n00bcon and subtracted two.

Let's move a little forward and a little south. We're in Italy in the start of October, at the fourth largest Old School tournament series in the world (after n00bcon, Eternal Weekend and BSK). The 40-player (!) Ovinotournament in Italy was host to players from Italy, Germany and Spain. It was bested by Simone Esposito with his monored pile of awesome:
God damn that's a rad pile. Orcish Mechanics and Shivan Dragon for value. Kicking ass in one of the largest tournaments in the format yet.

Looking further ahead, we travel across the ocean to a land in the west. Here we have Eudemonia, one of the premier places to play with old cards in the US, and one of the first groups in the Americas that adopted the format. The California players use a slighly different ban list than the one on this site, a B&R somwhere between the European and the one used during Eternal Weekend. And they allow Fallen Empires as an eight legal set. So who ended up on top here?
Good old WW. White Weenie won BSK two years ago, and it's a really solid deck even without access to any Power. With an extra playset of pump knights from the Empires it's definitly not to be underestimated. Also note that this deck plays Shahrazade. Shahrazade is sweet.

We go back to Europe again and check out the MagicCardMarket Series in Prague. This was the first 93/94 tournament hosted by MKM. So who got to be the inagural champion here?
Was it this one? Maybe, I'm not sure. This was the first list I found from the tournament, so I assumed that it was a champion. It looks like a very solid deck. If you played at the MKM series tournament and want to write a short report about it, I'd be glad to post it here.

The second 93/94 tournament at Card and Board in Ohio took place shortly after that. The list at the top of the heap here was Deadguy Ale, i.e. Black/White with Sinkhole, Juzam, Disenchant and Hypnotic. I would really like to try that deck out some day. Just need three more Juzams. Eneas of Scania took his Deadguy deck to a coin flip away from the top8 at BSK last year, and it might be time for the deck to shine brighter here soon. If you only want to check out one deck from Card and Board though, look at Nicholas Rausch's Millstone Dream deck.

We round off the champions' decks by going back to Europe and the UK. Just a few days ago, the first UK national tournament title was claimed by one Mr Gershaw playing a pile of awesome flanked by Orcish Artillerists:
That's some nice tech right there. The Granite Gargoyles trade favorably with both Specters and Thunder Spirits, and can even hold off a Serra Angel if the mana flows right.

Only three days left until BSK. Looking forward to see good people and sweet tech!

lördag 24 oktober 2015

Day 16: Erhnam Burn'em

The Arvika 93/94 scene is without a doubt one of my favorite playgroups. A bunch of thugs with awesome tech, a beer in hand, and a solid  "play with what you own mentality". They go to 93/94 FNMs in pubs, host their own sweet old school tournaments, and are always a pleasure to play against. For many of them, 93/94 is the only constructed format they play in tournaments.

One of the pioneers for Old School Magic in Arvika was Markus "KungMarkus" Guldbrandsson. Markus and his friend Berntsson from Arvika first visited n00bcon 6 during Easter 2014, and since then the scene has grown quickly.
KungMarkus at the Moss tournament.
Among the players that has started to play more frequently during the last year are Lennart and Johan Guldbrandsson, Markus's father and brother. This is about Johan.

JohanGuld is currently the highest rated player from Arvika in the pimpwalker race, clocking in at 36 points for the season. His deck of choice is RG Berserk, or Erhnam Burn'em, a pile we haven't seen that much of during the last year or two.
JohanGuld's Erhnam Burn'em
Two years ago, the top8 of BSK contained a whopping 16 copies of Berserk, before White Weenie eventually claimed the title. We haven't really seen the card outside of Atog decks in the last year, but it looks like it might be primed for a comback.

Johan has been tweaking his deck for a while now. This latest version took him to the top8 of the Moss tournament, eventually being bested by Elof and his Troll Disco deck in the elimination rounds. From what I saw, I must say that Johan really played the deck tighly. He avoided overcommiting his board, he used his Tsunamis as Ice Storms when needed instead of being greedy, and he got some surprising wins out of nowhere with his set of Berserks. No power cards nor library yet, and a very impressive performance. I'm looking forward to see how it goes at BSK next weekend.

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MtgForLife. We've raised $6,821 as I type this. New auctions have started during the last three days as well; a second one from former head of DCI in Sweden Mikael Mällroth, one from Henrik "Johewa" Wallin, and one from the SvenskaMagic store itself. The new auctions in Sweden and Norway can be found at http://www.svenskamagic.com/marketplace/?what=mtgforlife. It's awesome to see. There's also a couple of charity tournaments coming up in the next weeks. Any non-Scandinavian stores or organizer wanting to jump in on the cause? Feel free to contact me and I'll give you a massive digital high five and try and help to promote the store/event.

For those of you in need of some more old school tech, go and check out the last post at Danny Freidman's Understanding Ancestral Recall blog. He writes a little about #MtgForLife and delves deep into Guardian Beast combo decks. Good stuff!

torsdag 22 oktober 2015

Day 13: The Moss Deck

This is pretty damn cool:
That's the by far largest Swedish Magic site, having it's own MtgForLife page. The site is renowned enough on an international level that they get their own preview cards (like Eidolon of the Great Revel), and the founder of the site was a part of last years community team at Wizards Community Cup. They are backing the project with a lot of support both to spread the word and donate cards, and I didn't even have to ask. God damn that's a great site. Also the place for the original 93/94 forum btw.

And it's not only Sweden. This is the Norwegian counterpart:
$6,500 now. Cards sold to make up the $500 during the last three days include more than half of the profit from a Timetwister, a Liliana of the Veil, and a slew of fetchlands. Apart from the high activity in Sweden and Norway, it's so damn nice to see how most countries with an Old School community join in on the project. Denmark, Italy, Germany, US and Canada are backing up a lot. You make me proud of being a part of the community. We're making a small difference.

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So, Magic. I need a little more work on the post I had originally planned for tonight, so I'll just make it easy for me and post the winning list from the Moss tournament.
That's a pretty damn rad deck. Any pile with a Giant Shark in the sideboard is to be feared, and Kalle has two. His spoils of his victory was the Moss Monster lying fearsome at the edge of his sideboard.
Speaking of Giant Sharks, it's only about ten days left until BSK. The Old School tournament there is one of two gatherings of the year where the first price is a Giant Shark (the other being the n00bcon Championships). BSK is easily in my top two nerd events of the year. We're currently about 45 people from Sweden and Norway signed up. The tournament can be compared to something like the Swedish or Nordic Championships in 93/94. If you want to join us for a post-game beer or compete in the tournament, feel free to contact me. I'm sure you'll have a blast :)

söndag 18 oktober 2015

Day 10: Stasis

Didn't get the chance to update this Friday, so I'll compensate with both a card of the day and a decklist today. To keep the fun at a reasonable level though, let's talk about Stasis.
Stasis was a late addition to Alpha, one of the five rare cards added in the last minute "top-down cycle" of the set. The five cards in the cycle were reportedly added to make use of otherwise unused art, and the cards never got playtested before release. The five in question were Island Sanctuary, Stasis, Word of Command, Sedge Troll and Birds of Paradise. Some of these cards worked better than others, and e.g. Word of Command is easily in the top five of "cards-giving-rules-headaches" in Magic. The function of Stasis was inspired by the team working on Ice Age, and gave us a first peek on what would later become Cumulative Upkeep.

The art is a story in its own. In contrast to most of the other Magic artist, who were mainly local art school students, Fay Jones was an established artist. She's got her own wikipedia page and everything. Faye only ever painted one Magic card, Stasis, and getting her to sign the card can be notoriously difficult. If you are looking to get a signed set of the original Gathering, you'll probably need to use a portion of your cunning get Stasis signed. So why would Fay Jones paint a Magic card? Well, turns out she did it as favor to her nephew, Richard Garfield. 
Faye Jones
The unusual art has gotten a polarized response from the players over the years. To quote the first description I found after a quick googling: "[...] this card’s blatant defiance of logic, even in the fantastical sense, has baffled and enraged Magic players for years. You see, the nerd mind demands structured art on MTG cards, something that illustrates what the card does effectively while still being interesting – and clear – enough to hold one’s attention. Thus, this illustration, which appears to be of a mime analyzing a floating paint palette on a seesaw opposite a blindfolded deer-human hybrid pressing its nose against an orange ball while a giant amoeba looks on, simply won’t do. "

Well, drawing "time standing still" is pretty hard to without some abstraction. I've always figured that the fox is a representation of Anubis from Egyptian Mythology, and the scale is some sort of interpretation of the scale he used to weigh a persons sins against a feather before entering eternity. The pierrot on the left side is drawing blue mana (the "amoeba") to keep the scale fixed and keep the world in a purgatory. I could be way off, and I'm sure someone more cunning than me has made a deeper interpretation of the art. The ball the fox is holding surely have some purpose, and the color palette in the middle looks a little random at glance. But that's one of the things I like with Stasis, the art can't pass you by unnoticed and trying to interpret it opens up for discussions.
Ivory Tower has little effect when the wincon is Feldon's Cane.
Playing the card can be a good way to make some enemies. Around the time of Legends, when Time Elemental and Kismet saw the light of print, players started to work on ideas to live the dream of "hard locks", where the opponent won't ever get to play an untapped permanent nor untap the ones in play. One issue with the card is that whenever you cant or wont pay the upkeep, your opponent gets to untap first. Time Elemental and six mana makes this a non-issue. The problem is however that it's really slow, and is fairly easy for an opponent to stop unless you already have control of the game.
Resolving Reset is (usually) easier.
The latest version of Stasis showing up to break the meta was Shark-winner Henrik "Brorsan" Jerberg's top8 deck from the Moss tournament last weekend. It looks like a really solid pile.
One-off Feldons Cane is as good a wincon as any :)
If you don't have access to a slew of dual lands, and enjoy sucking up all the fun of a Magic game to have it for yourself, I can highly recommend trying out Stasis. It is a very interesting deck. Some "less evil" lists splash e.g. white for Island Sanctuary or Serra Angel; or green for Birds and Instill Energy.

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What about #MtgForLife? We've reached over $6,000 by now! The #mtgunderground is contributing a lot to make this a success. There might be some things in the works to reach out to the more general community as well, I'll let you know how it works out in the coming days :)

tisdag 13 oktober 2015

Report from Moss and Day #6

So, MtgForLife. Quite a few cool things the last days! A big one is from the Legacy nationals in Sweden taking place October 30th. The organizers contacted me the other day and told me they wanted to support the campaign and decided to donate all the entry fees from the tournament to #MtgForLife. That is awesome. I guess it's time to build a Legacy deck again. Is Monoblack Necrotic Ooze a deck? We also have a few new backers from outside Scandinavia, which is great. The campaign has mostly been backed by players from Northen Europe yet, but it looks like its starting to spread.

But now, lets give the word to Lars Harald "Verzutiko" Nordli, head honcho and admin for NorskeMagic.com, who organized last weekend's old school tournament in Moss, Norway. This is his story (with some pictures added by me). Enjoy! /Mg out

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When I was about to organize Moss’ first convention, I knew that I wanted to have the 93/94-format on the program. Mostly of my own interest as I acquired P9 last year and hadn’t the opportunity to play them yet. To attract as many players as possible to the tournament, I personally wanted to run it with the rules stated on this very site. It did have some pitfalls however as I didn’t know if there would come enough players from the local area. I got out with the info early and posted both on the Facebook-group for 93/94-players in Norway, and on the Old School MtG forum on NoM/SvM. After some feedback I landed on this:
  • Play 93/94 with the rules from oldschool-mtg.blogspot
  • Start late in the afternoon (5 PM)
  • Enjoy beer during the tournament
The combination of these decisions attracted a whopping 26 players (two more than the Sealed Deck PPTQ-tournament the same day!), the second largest non-shark tournament in Scandinavia to this date! Even though we didn't have Giant Shark in the pricepool, we had something even more appropriate for our tournament. I introduce you to Moss Monster:
Credit to Felipe Garcia Arenas for the beautiful alter.
26 players ment 5 rounds of swiss followed by top 8. Since 93/94 games can go long (especially with Stasis in the room), the players wanted one hour rounds instead of 50 minutes. The beer was flowing and the participants were having a blast playing these old cards.
Round one has started.
For my own part this was my first 93/94 tournament and my first round was up against Troll Disco, where I was danced dizzy and ended up 0-2. The round after was against Power Monolith with Great Balls of Fire (Fireballs) to which I crashed and burned. 1-4. It didn’t matter that I was losing, I was having the time of my life with great cards and even better adversaries!
Facing off against KungMarkus, one of the pioneer 93/94 players from Arvika.
It all culminated in me playing for top 8 (see, I was winning some games as well) in the final round, but I was not prepared for what I was about to face: Stasis! I was locked out in both games and couldn’t do a squat, but my how wonderful it was to see how efficient my opponent’s deck was.
Elof vs Kalle Nord in the semifinals. Former vs current world champion. Five Giant Sharks total in their deck lists.
Top 8 consisted of many different decks and the man who stood out against all others were Kalle from Gothenburg. Congratulations again with the victory and the price card that of course needs to be in the main 60 next CrowCon! Yes, the feedback after the tournament was so positive that I'll work hard to arrange CrowCon 2016 where 93/94 definitively will be part of the schedule. To ensure that Kalle will come back to defend his title, I’ll personally buy him a beer next year.

At last I wish to thank all who took their time to come to Moss so our very first 93/94-tournament was a success! I had a blast and I hope you had as well!

söndag 11 oktober 2015

Power Monolith tech and #MtgForLife day 4

My original plan for this weekend was a trip to Munich for a company conference, but I eventually realized that it wasn't a sustainable plan. My girlfriend is leaving for a six-month mission in a few weeks, and a weekend with a packed schedule in another country didn't feel like the best of timings. A lot to do at work as well, so in the end I opted to stay in Oslo. And it was a good weekend to stay in Norway. Yesterday, the second non-proxy 93/94 tournament was hosted in Moss, about an hours drive away from my home.

It was a great tournament. No less than 26 people showed up, making this the second biggest non-shark tournament in Scandinavia yet. The store where we played had its own bar, the tech was plentiful, and the ambience was great. A big group from Arvika joined up, as well as a car from Varberg, and the latest n00bcon winner Kalle from Gothenburg. I started out at 0-2, but eventually picked up some victories for a 3-2 record, missing top8 on my horrible tiebreakers. I have a bunch of pictures from the tournament, and hope to get a tournament report from the organiser or winner.

The top8 was diverse, with RG Berserk, Troll Disco, The Deck, Stasis, Nether Void Ponza, and two copies of Power Monolith. Power Monolith combo is clearly the real deal, with 2 out of 2 decks in the tournament going to the elimination rounds. The decks have pretty different builds though.
Thomas's Power Monolith
Jhovalking's Power Monolith
The Candelabra looked like insane sweet tech in Thomas's deck. It untapped all his lands to give him colored mana the same turn he cast Power Artifact, and when he got it together with Library of Alexandria and Maze of Ith things just got ridiculous. Jhoval's deck was a little less "all-in", and only played two copies of Power Artifact, but backed up the main combo with cards like Su-Chi and the Guardian Beast / Chaos Orb combo.

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So, #MtgForLife. Four days, and we've raised $5,711. Some players are simply awe-inspiring, and players from everywhere contribute the way they can. Two days ago, a guy walked into a store in Sweden, sold his Unlimited Black Lotus, and promtly donated $1,500 to the campaign. That is god damn generous. I've talked to the owner of the Mindstage store in Gothenburg, and he is planning on hosting a charity tournament in his store in November. Greg Titcomb (@oldschoolmtg at instagram) has started a raffle to give perks from his own collection to any of his followers who supports the campaign. Shaman Ben of the MtgUnderground gave the money he would spend on his Beta Nevinyrral's Disk to #MtgForLife, and instead did this to his Unlimited Disk:
59 backers so far. You are awesome. Even if you don't feel you can afford to give more than a few bucks, every contribution matters, and any help to spread the word is appreciated.

Again, we've raised over $5,700 in four days. It is reason to be proud. After the response from the stores in Sweden, lets see if we can get some of the large American stores on board as well!

#MtgForLife

fredag 9 oktober 2015

#MtgForLife, day 2

When I first started thinking about #MtgForLife, I was actually a little worried. Worried that it would make people feel aliened, or that I brought up problems in the world people didn't want to hear about. Two days ago, before posting, I braced myself for haters, and hoped that the people who would see the importance of the issue would be able to raise at least a few hundred dollars in the 40 days. I've clearly been underestimating just how awesome this community is. Today, two days later, we have already raised god damn $3,461.
People of the mtgunderground
The response has simply been fantastic. It feels great to see how the community can gather to support people in an abysmal situation. And the plans are growing. People have started auctioning duals, 93/94, and pimp cards at the market place at svenskamagic.com - auctions like this one, this one, this one and this one - donating the future proceeds to the campaign. The guys running svenskamagic has not only donated cash from their own pockets, but also donated an Unlimited Underground Sea as one of the 93/94 cards to be given out to a random funder of the campaign. The guy running Mindstage, Gothenburgs premier LGS, has contacted me and started talking about how they can help. Greg Titcomb who runs the oldschoolmtg Instagram account has an exciting plan in mind for the weekend. Tonight I heard a rumor about the deeds of one Erik Åstedt, which blew my mind. And this is day 2. We're still growing, and people are getting aware and finding new ways to contribute. We'll reach $10,000. We might even go beyond that. This shit will matter for someone.

Due to the continuous flow on the campaign, I'll update this blog more frequently in the next 40 days. I'll post our current status and what's going on with the campaing, alongside a "card of the day", decklist or pics from events every other day to keep some content flowing. So lets start with a short card of the day:
Time Walk it is. A couple of years back, when I first got my Time Walk, I wrote a fairly extensive post about it. What I didin't mention in the post was that, in the pre-Alpha days, some playtest versions of Time Walk had errata to cost 1UU, and at another point it cost 1U but forced you to sacrifice an Island. This was clearly not good enough, so the cost for taking an extra turn was changed back to the 1U cost we know today (or rather knew in 93; today it'll usually set you back 3UU to get an extra turn). During playtesting, there supposedly existed a Time Walk in three colors; red and black apart from the blue one that eventually saw the light of print. The red one was called Starburst and can easily be found pictures of on the web. I've never seen a picture of Paralysis, the black one, but good authority states that it exists. Time Walk is rad as hell, and was my first favorite power card.

Again, $3,461 in two days. #MtgForLife.

onsdag 7 oktober 2015

#MtgForLife

I have a plan. Bear with me, and I might give you a Mox. At the very least, I'll give you the chance to pimp a Magic card for a good cause.

We hear the news. We feel some kind of empathy for whatever war-torn country is the "flavor of the week", eventually shut down the tv, and go readily to sleep at night. But god damn. Fuck people shooting tear gas at boat refugees trying to find harbor, and fuck people who thinks owning a cell phone makes your home bomb proof.

The amount of refugees today can only be compared to the time of the Holocaust and WW2. Nearly 60 million people were forcibly displaced in 2014. That's one out of every 122 on the planet. Of these, the confilict in Syria is the single biggest one. 250 000 dead in the civil war so far, and Doctors without borders has reported that suppliers in Syria refuse to sell essential medical supplies such as gauze and surgical threads to doctors due to government intimidation.

Stay with me, duals and curses ahead.

I wont tell you the horror stories, mostly as I can't grasp them. I have spent 15 months training in the Swedish military, but I never went to a war. This is outside my realm. When I work an eleven hour day with a stressed out boss, that's a very bad day for me. For someone used to a salt mine in Bolivia, sitting in a chair with free coffee for eleven hours would probably be the sweetest workday ever. People fleeing from ISIS is outside my context.

So what then? Play the waiting game, and accept that this is not happening to us? Well. Lets do something instead. Lets downgrade one of our cards.

I've been updating this blog weekly for three or four years now. During this time, the interest in old school magic has grown immensely. This blog gets about a 1000 pageveiws a day by now, which is kinda insane. I don't use any ads, premium content, nor any other way to collect any money from this. Some people have asked me about a paypal donate button here to support the blog and our tournaments, but I've never felt that Old School Magic or #mtgunderground should be incentivised by money. But if you ever felt that this blog or this format was a good thing, and you've wanted to support, now is a good time.

So here's my plan. This is four days salary for a Medicin sans frontiers employee working in Syria:
This could be food for a week:
This is a golden time to act. Changing a Tarmogoyf to a Scavenging Ooze in your deck could actually save lives. Downgrading a BB card to WB has real value. We all have a couple of cards we don't really need, staples sitting in our binders or cards that could be exchanged. If we do this, we might actually save a handful of real people from dying. Using our hobby and the community for the people in the real underground.

So this is what I'll do. I'll sell that Tundra to get some money to give to Doctors without borders. Instead of that Tundra, I'll write MtgForLife on a Hallowed Fountain and play that one in my EDH deck instead. It's not like I'll ever be sad drawing that one instead of the Tundra. Hell, I'll play it with much more pride. Then I'll sell a Volcanic Island to buy stamps. Because this is where you come in.
Yeah, you guys.
For anyone selling, downgrading or just neglecting to buy a $25+ card, and giving the money to the #MtgForLife project, I'll send you a random 93/94 legal card. I'll sign them and tag the card with the project as a memorabilia. If you don't have any card you want to downgrade, just neglect to buy one or donate some money for the cause anyway, and I'll send you a card. If we get just 10 people to skip a blue dual for a basic land or shockland, we'll reach $1000. If we reach $1000, I'll throw in another Tundra in the pot.

Anything helps. A Thoughtseize to a Duress. A skipped booster draft.

And let's make this interesting. I have a deck under construction which I hoped to finish by the end of the year. I lack a pair of duals and a Bazaar of Baghdad, among other things. If this project should reach $10,000, I'll put my next deck on hold, and use my Magic budget for the rest of the year to buy a Mox, find someone skilled to give it an awesome alteration, and give randomly to someone who donated $100 or more. All we need is 100 people giving up a dual or a Tarmogoyf. 10 people willing to downgrade a Mox from Beta to Unlimited. Raising $10,000 will be hard. If we don't, I get a small win in the fact that I'll still have a Magic budget for the year. If we do, I might say bye to my Bazaar shenanigans, but I'll get a huge win in the fact that the community raised fucking $10,000 to save some people in the real underground.
All the money we collect will be given to Doctors without borders. I'll sell some of my own cards to pay for the stamps. Our incentive in this is a collective sense of accomplishment and the knowledge that we did something decent. At the very least, I'll give up a pair of blue duals and big chunk of 93/94 cards I don't really need to live. If this actually works, one of you'll be a feel-good Mox richer in a month. I'm not the richest man per say, I don't own my own apartment nor have a car. But I certainly have a few cards I could give up to make a fubar situation ever so slightly better. Here's the campaign at Indiegogo.

#MtgForLife. Lets do this shit!