Monday, July 12, 2010

Elder Dragon Highlander Rules for July 19th and 26th

For the next two Mondays we will be playing Elder Dragon Highlander (EDH) duels for our fun format. If you are not familiar with this format try these links to get up to speed:
For help with deck building try

Here are the general rules for Elder Dragon Highlander (with slight modifications)

1)Players must choose a legendary creature as the "General" for their deck.

2)The General's manna cost limits what color of manna symbols may appear on cards in the deck.

3)A deck may not generate manna outside its colors. If an effect would generate manna of an illegal color, it generates colorless manna instead.

4)An EDH deck must contain exactly 100 cards, including the General and players start at 40 life.

5)Players may cast the General card from the command zone. However, the general costs two colorless manna more to cast for each time it has been cast this way. (If a General ends up in a player's hand, they may cast it as normal, and it neither costs more nor affects the cost to play it later.)

6)With the exception of basic lands, no two cards in the deck may have the same English name.

7)If a General would be put into a graveyard from anywhere or exiled, its owner may put it in the command zone instead.

8)If a player is dealt a total of 21 combat damage by any single General, he or she loses the game. The General does not have to be continuously in play. This is an additional state-based effect. Note that gaining life won't affect this total in anyway.

9)Matches will be only one game long (50 minutes) but 15 card sideboards are allowed for the purpose of wishes, Spawnsire, and similar cards.

7)Players get one free mulligan a game (to seven cards) and then mulligan normally (to six, then five, etc) afterward.

8)All magic sets except unglued and unhinged are legal.

The Banned List we are using is:
* Ancestral Recall
* Balance
* Biorhythm
* Black Lotus
* Braids, Cabal Minion
* Channel
* Coalition Victory
* Fastbond
* Gifts Ungiven
* Karakas
* Kokusho, the Evening Star
* Library of Alexandria
* Limited Resources
* Lion's Eye Diamond
* Metalworker
* Mox Emerald
* Mox Jet
* Mox Pearl
* Mox Ruby
* Mox Sapphire
* Painter's Servant
* Panoptic Mirror
* Protean Hulk
* Recurring Nightmare
* Rofellos, Llanowar Emissary
* Staff of Domination
* Sway of the Stars
* Time Vault
* Time Walk
* Tinker
* Tolarian Academy
* Upheaval
* Worldgorger Dragon
* Yawgmoth's Bargain
No Ante Cards.

9) All players will receive two league points. Players who choose to play standard legal EDH decks will start their games at 45 life and 8 cards. The top finishing standard legal EDH deck will earn one additional league point.

(Partially) Updated Fall League Standings

Friday 7/9 Precon Teaser Event

1)4-0 Joe Gelli
2)3-1 Todd Brooks
3)3-1 Paul Pittman

Saturday 7/10 and Sunday 7/11 PreRelease Events

Working on it...

Monday 7/12 Star Multi Player Hatefest

1)White Aggro Jacob John Jacob
2)Red Standard Duel Joe Gelli
3)Blue Combo Levelers Captain Thompson
4)Blue Spawnsire Combo Rick Nuzum

Fall Standings

1)12 Joe Gelli (3)
2)6 Sharon Thrailkill (3)
3)6 Andy Davis (2)
4)5 William Patterson (3)
5)5 Rick Nuzum (3)
6)5 Paul Pittman (3)
7)5 Todd Brooks (2)
8)5 Jacob John Jacob (1)
9)4 Tom Nuzum (2)
10)3 Chris Jones (3)
11)3 Greg Barr (2)
12)3 Timothy White (2)
13)3 Captain Thompson (1)
14)2 Steve Hickerson (2)
15)3 Amanda Davis (1)
16)2 Cody Church (1)
17)1 Dominic Casali (1)
18)1 Allen Greer (1)
19)1 Don Dahl (1)

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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