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Three Akron Legionnaires Trek to the Columbus Kobolds Butterball Tournament (93-99/302)

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Greetings duelists around the world, and a belated Happy Thanksgiving. The holiday season has always been my favorite time of year, and I can say without reservation that I am super stoked about Christmas this year. I love giving and getting gifts, eating well, and taking a few weeks off at the end of another wild year. I am happy to report that I kicked off the holiday season this year with a bang. My brother Jimmy,  Matt  and I represented the Akron Legionnaires at the inaugural Butterball OS 93/94 tournament put on by the Columbus Kobolds the Saturday before Turkey Day. Though we sorely missed our friend and fellow Legionnaire  Sean , it was a great day of dueling. I can say without reservation that the Kobolds are awesome, many thanks to them for putting on a great tournament and being a generally classy, jovial group of guys. Jimmy, his fiancee, and Matt headed down bright and early Saturday morning. Since my sister-in-law lives in Columbus my wife and I decided to make a weeken

A Very Special Episode of Unlimited Adventures: Scryings Spoiler

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Greetings Old School community far and wide. We are getting ever so close to the big 2 holidays here in the states and I don't know about you but if you are celebrating Thanksgiving then I am sure you are starting to feel the same hunger pangs that I am. You may be wondering why I am posting so soon after the pretty big article describing my adventures at  Eternal Weekend a few weeks ago. No, I do not have any new Unlimited cards in my collection. Tonight I have the privilege of being a part of a radical, tubular, nay bodacious idea from our friends in Europe. On December 28th a new set will be released into the Old School community. How is this possible you say? Surely Wizards wants nothing do with us. Are those wild-eyed Scandinavians creating cards from scratch? No,  Scyings is being released.  It will be a collection of 116 cards from Fallen Empires through Weatherlight . Those of you who were playing like me back in 1995 surely remember the excitement when the first rumblin

Eternal Weekend (77-92/302)

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Hello Old School community far and wide, greetings from the cold burbs of Akron, Ohio. Winter is rapidly approaching as we barrel towards Thanksgiving here in the United States. November means Eternal Weekend, and being that the Akron Legionnaires are less than two hours from Pittsburgh, Matt, Jimmy, Sean, and I decided to make the sojourn east to the iron city to take in the fun. This was not the first Eternal Weekend for Matt and Sean, but it was all new to the brothers Casale. When I found out our cousin John would be there, he who first introduced the game to my family back in  1994 , I knew this would be an excellent way to commemorate nearly a year back in the game. The four of us spent the drive discussing what deals we would be looking for at the sprawling convention hall. Regrettably, none of us could participate in the Sunday tournament for scheduling reasons so this trip would be all about dueling among ourselves and picking up cool new cards. Jimmy was unsure what he woul

Blockbuster Deal Leads to Major Acquisitions (64-76/302)

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Hello again Old Schoolers from sea to shining sea and across the mighty oceans. It has been less than a week since my last post, but there is some big news out of Akron this weekend. Today's post will be relatively brief but filled with major news regarding my Unlimited  collection. I was playing this weekend with my brother Jim when I got to talking about my plans for Eternal Weekend. We were both tossing around ideas for what we might try to get while we were looking through each other's binders. One thing led to another and then something decidedly Old School took place: a blockbuster trade. After a lot of friendly negotiating I added the following to my collection That's right: my first dual land. It is by far the most valuable card in my collection. Now I have seen many dual lands before, but obviously this is my first one without the tap symbol. Growing up Jim and I had four Revised dual lands (Savannah, Tundra, Underground Sea, and Plateau.) Though it is of no

From Scandinavia with Love (51-63/302)

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Greetings fellow duelists. Halloween will soon be upon us here in the states and nothing puts me in the mood for Magic: The Gathering like chilly nights, ghouls about, and stuffing my face with candy. I was going to (finally) post about my various decks this month, but then something totally awesome happened: I received not one, but TWO letters in the mail from all the way across the ocean in Europe. That's right, a missive arrived in my post box from the Scandinavian mecca of Old School. This was a very special mail day. Back in August, Magnus over at the Old School blag was gracious enough to highlight my quest to acquire a full set of Unlimited Edition . I have really enjoyed reading through his old blag posts and have come to appreciate the Swedish roots of Old School. While I used to think it was crazy not to allow reprints, I now see that the price of the cards is the only real way to recreate the scarcity of the original Gathering set and early expansions. While I am no

My 50th Card and Alpha/Beta 1,2,3 (50/302)

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Greetings friends both far and wide, I hope everyone in the Old School community had an awesome summer and is looking forward to autumn as much as I am. I love this time of year. From Labor Day until the Super Bowl I am like a kid all over again. Football, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, snow...it is all right in my wheelhouse. Another great thing about winter is the cold, snowy days. It is perfect weather for slinging spells by a fire with friends and loved ones. Seasons change, but my slow, awesome quest for a complete set of Unlimited Edition  continues. Regular readers know that my original Magic: The Gathering compatriot and oldest friend is my brother and fellow  Akron Legionnaire  Jim Casale.  He joined me in Old School within a few weeks of my meeting Matt and Sean in January. We rediscovered the game after 20 years with a box of Ixalan  a few months prior. He has contributed several great cards to my   quest  including the   Mana Flare   from my last post. At our regular

Looking Back, Looking Forward (49/302)

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*** Note: Magnus over at the mothership Old School blog was gracious and awesome enough to post this article on the site. This is the same article if you already read it on the Old School blog. Thanks again Mg!!!!  Hello again Old School friends. Here in the burbs of Akron, Ohio we seem to have escaped the cycle of torrential downpour and heatwave that has defined the summer and settled into some nice weather. There have been many great evenings for slinging some spells on a patio with a cold one in your hand or taking a long ride to that out-of-the-way LGS you've been meaning to visit. As for me, I am spending some time outside on a breezy, sunny Tuesday  reflecting on roughly six months back in Magic after a 20-year absence. I am also sorting through the exciting ideas swirling in my head to chart a course forward. The Mana Flare my brother Jim gave me is also pretty sweet, but more on that later. The glorious sunshine... I mentioned in my first post that Jim and I p

Ten Gracious Gifts (39-48/302)

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Goooooood evening Old Schoolers!!! Since we last got together the weather here in the Akron area has turned from torrential downpour to blistering heat, I've rediscovered the joys of eating cherry airheads at the town pool, and I am pressing forward in my quest to collect a full Unlimited set. I have almost 50 cards now and am having a blast going to local shops and conventions looking for cards. I have not made any blockbuster acquisitions yet, but every quest starts somewhere, and I do have a few rares and cards that were unknown to me since they were not in the Revised set. I am also enjoying the heck out of the three decks I am playing right now with my local group. Old School fun abounds in the Rubber City. I have been friends with my brother Jim since the days of MC Hammer and Trapper Keepers, but my new friends Sean and Matt came to me by way of Old School. They welcomed me and Jim into their world of brewing, collecting, and dueling and have been not only cool to hang out

Local Game Shop Bonanza Leads to New Ground Rules (16-38/302)

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Hello again fellow Old Schoolers. I don't know about you folks, but here in my corner of the Akron, Ohio burbs we have had nothing but rain this summer. It may be disappointing in some regards, but it makes for perfect Magic weather. Just last night my brother, Matt, Sean and I had several hours of serious spell slinging fun. All in all it has been a great time playing recently. In addition to my never-ending attempts at crafting the perfect deck, I of course have not forgotten about my ultimate adventure: the quest to collect a full set of Unlimited. Progress was minimal last month, but thanks to a trip to my local game shop I picked up my biggest haul yet. In addition to this I have made a dramatic change to the rules of my quest. My brother called me up last week and asked me if I wanted to check out a really awesome LGS in downtown Akron, Full Grip Games . He said they had a ton of Old School stuff, lots of board games, plenty of tables on which to play, and a generally great

Powerful Black Commons, Some Thoughts on the Game (13-15/302)

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Hello fellow Old Schoolers. I hope we are all having a blast dueling and collecting as Summer rapidly approaches. I know that my local Old School group is enjoying our weekly meetings immensely. Since I got into the format in December after a 20 year Magic coma I've made some awesome new friends, interacted with an amazing community, and rediscovered a passion that gives me a great outlet from the rigors and grind of adult life. That being said I plan on posting more regularly than once a month. I will also be expanding the focus of my blog. Each post will now include thoughts on another Old-School related topic in addition to the regular update on my quest to collect a full Unlimited set. Now that I have started to settle into the community I will have a lot more to talk about! Since my last post I was able to get my hands on three new cards, all black commons, all great cards: Dark Ritual, Drain Life, and Paralyze . I am running both Dark Ritual and Paralyze in my deck right

Sprites and Monsters, Plus Dividing Our Collection (11-12/302)

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Hello fellow Old Schoolers. When I created this blog back in January I had aspirations of posting about once a week. I have been adding a new post about once a month and that seems to be a better pace as it allows more time to not only acquire cards but also to report on other goings-on in my Old School adventure. Though I did not get too much further in my quest to acquire a complete Unlimited set this month, I have had a tremendous amount of fun dueling and brewing with my buddies here in the burbs of Cleveland. Those of you who have read my earlier posts know that I started playing with my brother back in March of 1994.  We saved our collection of about 2000 cards from Revised to Visions (the overwhelming majority being split evenly between Revised and 4th Edition .) Having all of our cards together was great when we were younger because whenever anyone wanted to build a deck they had access to the full collection. Now that we are adults this presents a problem, it would not be