Saturday, January 23, 2010

Top 5 Extended Pauper Decks and Spring League Standings

The top 5 finishers and their extended pauper decks were:

1)3-0-1 Mono Blue Fairy Control by Don Dahl
2)3-0-1 High Toughness Soldiers by Andrew Davis
3)3-0-1 B/W Mimic Beats by Stormy Lombardi
4)3-1 Esper Blink by Joe Gelli
5)3-1 Exalted Soldiers by Shannon Buchanan

Spring League Standings

1)19 Captain Thompson
2)17 Joe Gelli
3)15 Billy Barkley
4)13 Stormy Lombardi
5)13 Don Dahl
6)11 Shannon Buchanan
7)11 Cody Church
8)10 Tom Nuzum
9)9 Joseph Nester
10)8 Rick Nuzum
11)8 Ryan Ridder
12)7 Allen Greer
13)7 Kelly Mayo
14)6 Jay Buchanon
15)6 Michael Mayo
16)6 Victor Delacroix
17)5 Chad Barnette
18)5 Michael Peterson
19)5 Andrew Davis
20)4 Perry Butt
21)3 Will Bass
22)3 Terrence Crosby
23)2 Amanda Davis
24)2 Cati Huff
25)2 Eric Grogan
26)2 Sims Long
27)2 Andrew Philips
28)2 Ally Blaber
29)2 Franklin "Cody" Stephen
30)2 Aaron Fritts
31)1 Nate Gauthier
32)1 Aaron Blomberg
33)1 Matthew Burcham
34)1 Karen Burcham
35)1 Jon Hoin
36)1 John Jacob
37)1 Adam Kawa
38)1 Demarco Steadman
39)1 Cory Hill
40)1 Nick Maley
41)1 Jonathan Saylor
42)1 Geoffrey Marsi
43)1 Dominique Bove

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Top 4 Pauper Draft Decks and Updated Spring League Standings

The top 4 finishers and their pauper draft decks were:

1)3-0 B/R 2xHideous End,2xPlated Geopede,Hexmage,Marsh Casualties by Billy Barkley
2)3-0 Naya 2xVines Vastwood,Journey,Shepherd Lost,Burst Lightning by Michael Patterson
3)2-1 Green 4xScythe Tiger,2x Timbermaw Larva,2xGrazing,2xMold Shambler by Tom Nuzum
4a)2-1 G/B 2xRiver Boa,Woodcrasher,Grazing,Harrow by Stormy Lombardi
4b)2-1 U/R 2xLiving Tsunami,2xMerfolk Seastalkers,3xPunishing Fire by Allen Greer
Note: The two pods starting at different times and running separately caused some confusion including whether all prize winners would be awarded league points. With the same tiebreaks it seems fairer to just award one 4th place point to both players than flip a coin and leave one out in the cold.

Spring League Standings

1)18 Captain Thompson
2)15 Billy Barkley
3)14 Joe Gelli
4)11 Cody Church
5)9 Stormy Lombardi
6)9 Shannon Buchanan
7)9 Joseph Nester
8)9 Tom Nuzum
9)8 Ryan Ridder
10)7 Allen Greer
11)7 Don Dahl
12)7 Rick Nuzum
13)6 Kelly Mayo
14)6 Jay Buchanon
15)5 Chad Barnette
16)5 Michael Mayo
17)5 Victor Delacroix
18)4 Perry Butt
19)4 Michael Peterson
20)3 Will Bass
21)3 Terrence Crosby
22)2 Cati Huff
23)2 Eric Grogan
24)2 Andrew Philips
25)2 Ally Blaber
26)2 Franklin "Cody" Stephen
27)2 Aaron Fritts
28)1 Nate Gauthier
29)1 Aaron Blomberg
30)1 Matthew Burcham
31)1 Karen Burcham
32)1 Jon Hoin
33)1 Amanda Davis
34)1 John Jacob
35)1 Adam Kawa
36)1 Demarco Steadman
37)1 Cory Hill
38)1 Nick Maley
39)1 Sims Long
40)1 Jonathan Saylor

Monday, January 18, 2010

Top 5 Standard Decks and Spring League Standings

The top 5 finishers and their standard decks were:

1)4-0-1 Jund by Captain Thompson
2)4-1 Vampire Rush by Joe Gelli
3)3-1-1 Naya Luminarch Control! by Don Dahl
4)3-2 Red Deck Wins by Terrance Crosby
5)3-2 Sorta Soldiers by Shannon Buchanan
Note 4-0-1 White Rock by Jesse Inman was ineligible for prizes.

Spring League Standings

1)18 Captain Thompson
2)13 Joe Gelli
3)11 Cody Church
4)10 Billy Barkley
5)9 Shannon Buchanan
6)8 Joseph Nester
7)7 Ryan Ridder
8)7 Stormy Lombardi
9)7 Don Dahl
10)6 Kelly Mayo
11)6 Jay Buchanon
12)6 Rick Nuzum
13)6 Tom Nuzum
14)5 Chad Barnette
15)5 Michael Mayo
16)5 Victor Delacroix
17)5 Allen Greer
18)4 Perry Butt
19)3 Will Bass
20)3 Terrence Crosby
21)2 Cati Huff
22)2 Eric Grogan
23)2 Andrew Philips
24)2 Ally Blaber
25)2 Franklin "Cody" Stephen
26)2 Aaron Fritts
27)1 Nate Gauthier
28)1 Aaron Blomberg
29)1 Matthew Burcham
30)1 Karen Burcham
31)1 Jon Hoin
32)1 Amanda Davis
33)1 John Jacob
34)1 Adam Kawa
35)1 Demarco Steadman

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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