Monday, December 28, 2009

Top 4 Draft Decks and Final League Standings!

The top 4 finishers and their draft decks were:

1)3-0 Mono Red by Rush by Jay Buchanan
2)2-1 Black Bombs splash White by Ryan Ridder
3)2-1 U/B Control by Allen Greer
4)2-1 U/W Control by Victor Delacroix

Final League Standings
1)28 Billy Barkley
2)23 Joe Gelli
3)22 Jay Buchanan (tiebreak win based on more tournaments attended)
4)22 Stormy Lombardi
5)18 Rick Nuzum
6)18 Allen Greer
7)17 Captain Thompson
8)16 Victor Delacroix
9)14 Shannon Buchanan
10)13 Cody Church
11)12 Ryan Ridder
12)10 Michael Mayo
13)9 Donald Dahl
14)6 Franklin Stephen
15)6 Andrew Davis
16)5 Patrick Rolow
17)4 Jeff Folk
18)4 Will Bass
19)4 Amanda Davis
20)3 Dominique Bove
21)3 Kelly Mayo
22)3 Tom Nuzum
23)3 Joseph Nester
24)2 Karen Burcham
25)2 Abby Reller
26)2 Jaime Murray
27)2 John Jacob
28)2 Eric Grogan
29)2 Justin Childers
30)1 Cati Huff
31)1 Adam Kawa
32)1 Jazz Ziesmer
33)1 Perry Butt
34)Philip Childress

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Top 4 Standard Decks and Updated League Standings

The top 4 finishers and their standard decks were:

1)3-0-1 Jund by Cammy Thompson
2)3-1 Naya Planeswalkers by Joe Gelli
3)3-1 Bant by Donald Dahl
4)3-1 Jund by Rick Nuzum
Note: Cody Church's 3-1 White Weenie missed out on tiebreakers.

League Standings
1)27 Billy Barkley
2)22 Greg Lombardi
3)22 Joe Gelli
4)17 Cammy Thompson
5)17 Jay Buchanan
6)17 Rick Nuzum
7)15 Allen Greer
8)14 Victor Delacroix
9)13 Shannon Buchanan
10)13 Cody Church
11)9 Michael Mayo
12)9 Donald Dahl
13)8 Ryan Ridder
14)6 Franklin Stephen
15)6 Andrew Davis
16)5 Patrick Rolow
17)4 Jeff Folk
18)4 Will Bass
19)4 Amanda Davis
20)3 Dominique Bove
21)3 Kelly Mayo
22)3 Tom Nuzum
23)2 Karen Burcham
24)2 Abby Reller
25)2 Jaime Murray
26)2 John Jacob
27)2 Justin Childers
28)3 Joseph Nester
29)1 Adam Kawa
30)1 Jazz Ziesmer
31)1 Philip Childress
32)1 Perry Butt
33)1 Eric Grogan

Pauper January Events

The winner of last month's poll was pauper so... We will have two pauper drafts and two pauper constructed events. Pauper drafts will be January 4rd and 18th. They will still be 8 dollars and will happen at the same time and place (Hampton Courts Clubhouse Mondays at 6 P.M.). In these drafts you open your pack and pocket the rare. It is yours to keep. Then you draft as normal. If you are lucky enough to open a pack with two rares/mythics,you keep both and the pack will have a random common added. So the draft decks you build will be completely rare free.

ColumbiaFreeMagic will be hosting Extended Pauper Tournaments on Friday, Jan 8th and Friday Jan 22nd at the Hampton Courts Clubhouse, starting at 6pm.

They will be free events but there will be Zendikar boosters as availiable prize support. Top 4 and one random person will be able to choose between a DCI foil OR packs.

The basic rule of Pauper Magic says that only Commons are legal.

Pauper Legality Rule: A card is legal in a Pauper format if it is a common in that format. (Cards that are common in another format like Legacy, but uncommon in all Extended set printings, are not legal).

Timeshifted (Purple rarity symbol-TSB) cards are rares for Pauper purposes (since that is their equivalent rarity, from a frequency point of view) and so are not legal.

The following card sets are permitted in Extended Pauper tournaments:

Ninth Edition
Tenth Edition
Magic 2010
Fifth Dawn
Champions of Kamigawa
Betrayers of Kamigawa
Saviors of Kamigawa
Ravnica: City of Guilds
Time Spiral
Planar Chaos
Future Sight
Shards of Alara
Alara Reborn
Worldwake (effective February 5, 2010)
Rise of the Eldrazi (effective April 23, 2010)

The following cards are banned in Extended Pauper tournaments:
* Aether Vial
* Disciple of the Vault
* Sensei's Divining Top
* Skullclamp
# Cranial Plating

The following cards are restricted (only one copy per deck/sideboard may be played) in Extended Pauper tournaments:
# Ancient Den
# Great Furnace
# Seat of the Synod
# Tree of Tales
# Vault of Whispers
# Darksteel Citadel

* From
# From
2.4 Is there a banned or a restricted list in PDC?
Yes. Cranial Plating is banned in all formats and Artifact Lands (Ancient Den, Great Furnace, Seat of the Synod, Tree of Tales, Vault of Whispers, Darksteel Citadel) are restricted to one of each in Extended. This is to weaken Affinity decks, which might be metagame-warping otherwise, while allowing one of each Artifact Land to be used by decks in Extended that can find a use of them.

Check out for more information about the Magic Online Pauper Community.

Top Decks Feature (Legacy)

Legacy is a really fun format that lets you play cards from any set in magic except for the silver bordered Unglued and Unhinged. This can be a little intimidating if you are a new player. Here are some of the decks that have been doing well lately at Columbia Free Magic. Feel free to copy them or make your own monster that will crush them. Happy building!

1)G/W/B Rock or "Junk". This deck uses efficient creatures like tarmogoyf and Knight of the Reliquary along with card advantage spells like Hymn to Tourach to grind out advantageous board states where they have at least one morethreat than their opponents has answers. Here is a decklist Potential Weaknesses: Hyper aggressive decks like Mono Red Burn or glacially slow decks like Landstill

2)Dredge. This deck abuses it's graveyard by using a card called Bridge from Below that makes zombie tokens even when it is in the graveyard and several "dredgers" like Golgari Grave Troll that repeatedly put useful cards into the graveyard. Decklist: Potential Weaknesses: Anything that can repeatedly remove graveyards. Once is not enough.

3)Affinity. This deck makes lots of artifacts very quickly and boosts their power using an equipment called Cranial Plating or sacrifices some to make one huge creature using an artifact creature called Arcbound Ravager. They also play a card called disciple of the vault that hurts their opponent whenever an artifact dies. Decklist: Potential Weaknesses: Decks with both pinpoint removal like Swords to Plowshares to deal with Disciple and mass removal to destroy lots of artifacts at once.

4)Landstill. This control deck plays lots of counters and an enchantment called Standstill that lets a player draw three cards if their opponent plays a spell. By playing lots of lands that can turn into creatures like Mishra's Factory, Landstill can win if neither person plays spells. Decklist: Potential Weaknesses: Decks that win quickly without relying on one key spell to resolve and/or decks that feature creatures with island walk that its lands can't block.

There are lots more decks, but these are a good starting point to consider. Have fun!

Winter Invitational Winners

Winter Invitational Winners
Congrats Everyone!

Summer League Winners

Summer League Winners

One of the Summer League Prizes

One of the Summer League Prizes

And Another...

And Another...

Yeah he's back too

Yeah he's back too
In addition to the "regular" top 8 trophies and prizes, the top three in this summer's invititational event will pick from these top three planeswalkers!

Top Trios Teams

Top Trios Teams
Congrats to Allen, Jeff and Steven. It's still Amandas world though and we all just live in it...

Spring League Top 8

Spring League Top 8
Over $500 in trophies and prizes were given out to the Spring League Top Eight. Congrats to winners Gelli,Dahl,Thompson,Lombardi,Davis,Nuzum,Greer and Mayo!

Happy Baneslayer Invitational Players

Happy Baneslayer Invitational Players
They're all winners! Or bad counters, either way...

Crazy Top Seven from another Big Turnout

Crazy Top Seven from another Big Turnout
Congrats to Andy, Evan, Jacob, Amanda!,Captain,Jay, and Geoffrey for their great adaptation skills in making the most of new decks and new rules. Thanks to everyone who came out and mafe this a huge fun event!

Zen Block Multiplayer=Massive Fun

Zen Block Multiplayer=Massive Fun
Don Dahl's playtest group put three in the winner's circle. Dahl narrowed the gap to just three points behind Gelli. Davis moved safely into 7th. Jacob made one of his rare appearances count. Newcomer Jolly demonstrated serious multiplayer skillz. Stormy got solidified his top four spot and Marsi continued his late run to the top 8.

Top 5 Standard Finishers

Top 5 Standard Finishers
The Top Two tightened again as Don Dahl narrowed the gap on Joe Gelli. Cory Hill kept moving up the standings and Andrew Davis snuck ever closer to a top 8 berth. Charles Murphy made his first final photo and ensured that vampires will have to continue to be on top players radars.

Worldwake Gameday Fearless Five Finishers

Worldwake Gameday Fearless Five Finishers
Top 8 in league standings saw a sizeable shakeup as Cory Hill and Rick Nuzum made big jumps. Michael Mayo and Cody Church are just outside the magic 8 spot and don't count out the diabolical Robin Dial as he picks up points in bunchs as we head towards the final few weeks of Spring League.

Top 4 Zen Block Multiplayer Finishers

Top 4 Zen Block Multiplayer Finishers
Aaron Blomberg shows that years of multiplayer practice pay off. Dahl closes the gap on first place. Mr. Mayo sneaks back into the top 8. Amanda Davis looked innocent and unassuming until it was too late for her opponents round after round. Nicely played one and all!

First FNM Top Four

First FNM Top Four
Gelli puts up a top finish to match infinite participation points. Captain Thompson returns triumphantly from her Olive Garden Exile. Victor also returns to the top four after an overhaul of his trusty vamps. Cory meanwhile may have unleashed a monster with the new Open the Vaults deck...

Worldwake Box Tournament Top 8

Worldwake Box Tournament Top 8
The top 8 was a great mix of longtime and new players. Nuzums took two slots as did the Buchanans. Recenct addition Robin Dial represented the Columbia Magic League well. The Double D and Andrew Davis connection remained strong and Mr. "Double F" Marsi added another top 8 to go with his Champs near miss.

Top 4 Two Headed Giant Teams and Updated League Standings

Top 4 Two Headed Giant Teams and Updated League Standings
A great tournament and a great top 4. Allen and Jeff Folk said preperation, smeperation as their last minute team up took first. Don Dahl dispalyed the classic silver medal face but moved closer to first overall. Andrew Davis smiles as he knows he is now in a tie for the all important 8th and last playoff spot. The Driggers continued the succes of Columbia Magic League members. They also were the top finishing couple (Mr. Mayo and I are just friends...)Stormy made a triumphant return with Karen in tow to keep hopes for first place alive.

Congratulations League Winners

Congratulations League Winners
Congrats Billy, Joe, Jay and Greg on making top 4 in the winter league! Congrats Shannon and Victor on winning the ironman awards for most tournaments rocked out at!

Winter League Prize Buffet

Winter League Prize Buffet
One league ends and hundreds of dollars of prizes go to the worthy winners. Make sure you're a part of the bigger and even better Spring League starting Sunday.

Christmas is ... Draft Time!

Christmas is ... Draft Time!
Drafting, Two Headed Giant play, Free Pizza and Soda. It was an "okay" evening for C.F.M. players...

Two Headed Giant Winners

Two Headed Giant Winners
Really everyone who came was a winner. One of the most fun tournaments we (or anyone) has had.

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