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Ham on Wry IV

Ham on Wry IV
The Erik Friborg Celebration Classic


It’s that time. I’m going to ride this rocket once again. I am once more spitting in Death’s face, and celebrating the life and contributions of Erik Friborg, and the MTGO Community. Since Erik’s Birthday is on a Monday this year, I’m throwing the event the Sunday before.

Time:
Sunday, May 3rd 2015
Noon EST/1600 UTC

PST EST CET MSK
0800 1200 1700 2000

Format:
Constructed Vintage, X Rounds Swiss, T8

8-16 17-32 33-64 65-128 129-226 227+
4 5 6 7 8 9

Announcements and game chat: channel #HAM
Registration is open on Gatherling.
Intentional Draws are allowed.

Players, pairings, and standings for this Event, along with the current Prize Pool, can be seen here. Note the tabs at the bottom of the spreadsheet for easy navigation. You can review past events, as well.

The Riot Act…

Bullying, mobbing, foul language, & general rudeness will not be tolerated. This includes “snide remarks” about decks/playing ability, personal attacks, racial slurs, etc. A player will get 1 warning. Repeat violations will result in disqualification from the Event. This will be enforced. Flagrant violations may be screenshot and reported to WotC for harassment.

Please refrain from talking in other players games, or PMing players in a game. This will allow players to concentrate fully without interruption. We cannot prevent players from talking within their own game. If both players in a game agree to allow “peanut gallery” chat, this rule may be waived. Violations by players will get 1 warning. Repeat violations may result in disqualification from the Event. Flagrant violations may be screenshot and reported to WotC for harassment.

As people playing in my events over the years can attest, I will get medieval if the situation so demands. Don’t make me get naked.

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If you want to make a personal pledge, clan-based pledge, bounty of some sort, or a direct donation, let me know. You can also help support Erik’s family by buying cards from Hammybot.

Hammybot

One of the many wonderful things that came out of the first Ham on Wry project was Hammybotwhich was set up by Heath over at MTGO Traders to sell off Erik’s MTGO collection. All of the proceeds from Hammybot are slated to go to Erik’s widow and boy-child.

Hammybot is still around, and prices are discounted to 5% below  MTGO Traders list. Hammybot still has over 25,000 cards left, and almost 6,700 Tickets have been raised! Be sure to check out Hammybot first for all your card needs, and help out a good cause! At the first Ham on Wry event, several players put up cards, boosters, and tickets as personal pledges and bounties. You can use Hammybot to purchase cards for use as pledges or bounties for this year’s event for a double dose of good karma!

Projected Payout:

With this much chum in the waters, I expect a large turnout, with a great many sharks. Erik was no carebear when it came to gameplay. In fact, I’d call him downright cut-throat. I expect a significant percentage of players showing up to not be carebears, either.

Once again, to be clear:
There will be sharks. Oh yes, there will be sharks.

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Fine Print

  • Valid email required for some prizes. I will contact you via PM in client if needed.
  • Players receive 3 points for a match win, 1 point for a match draw.
  • All pairings and standings will be generated via Gatherling, and are DCI compliant.
  • Deck changes between games are not allowed.
  • Games are played in the Constructed Open Play/Getting Serious play lobby. Games must be set as Constructed Vintage, watchable, timed at 25 minutes, best 2 of 3, and be labeled “Ham Round x” in the Comments section.
  • First person listed makes table. Players have 10 minutes to make and join tables from time of pairings announcement.
  • Bullying, mobbing, foul language, & general rudeness will not be tolerated. This includes “snide remarks” about decks/playing ability, personal attacks, racial slurs, etc. A player will get 1 warning, then be ejected from event.
  • Talking during other players games is discouraged. You may chat – within the guidelines above – within your own game. Violations by non event participants may be screenshot & reported to WotC for harassment.
  • Results must be posted via Gatherling Player CP (near bottom of page during active matches) before intermission. Results posted in the Ham on Wry chat room, or via PM, will be ignored. Results not posted before intermission will be declared a draw.
  • WotC employees are welcome to play, but are ineligible for any prizes.
  • “Double Queueing” is not allowed. If you are found playing in another event, including WotC events, during Ham on Wry, you will be dropped from the event.

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Bad Moon Rising

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Bad Moon Rising

Thank you to our sponsor: DojoTrade

What is it?

Bad Moon Rising is a Vintage format double elimination tournament. We start with X rounds of Swiss pairing, and proceed normally. When your record reaches X-2, you’re eliminated.

When is it?

Bad Moon Rising happens once (sometimes twice) a month on the evening of the (astronomical) full moon at 1600 UTC or 830PM EST, depending on if it’s a weekend or weeknight. Our next event will be:

Bad Moon Rising #8
Tuesday, February 3, 830PM Eastern
Players, pairings, and standings can be found here.

Where is it?

Games will be played on MTGO in Play Lobby: Constructed Open Play > Getting Serious.

Game chat and instructions happen in the Bad Moon room. Join channel #BadMoon from your new chat window.

Does it cost anything?

Bad Moon Rising is free to enter! There is absolutely no cost – other than your time – to play.

How do I register?

You may register for an upcoming event at any time on Gatherling. Registration closes at 830PM Eastern sharp.

Simply log onto Gatherling, go to your “Player CP”, and in the list of events, click “Register” for the event you want to play in. This will take you to a screen where you enter your decklist. Paste your decklist in here.

Gatherling registration closes at event start time! Once the train leaves the station, it’s too late to jump on.

What can I win?

The winner of  Bad Moon Rising will receive 35 bot credits on DojoTrade.

The runner-up will receive 15 bot credits on DojoTrade.

How do I collect my prizes?

Credits will be automatically added to you account on DojoTrade. If you do not currently have an account, one will be created for you with your playername. No action from you is neccessary.

WARNING!

There will be sharks. Oh, yes. There will be sharks.

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Fine print

  • Event will be X rounds of Swiss pairing based on participation; there will be no Top (x) playoff.
  • Event will be double elimination; once your record reaches X-2, you’re out.
  • Event will continue until 1 player remains.
  • All pairings and standings will be generated via Gatherling.
  • Deck changes between games are not allowed.
  • Games are played in the Getting Serious Play Lobby. Games must be set as Vintage, watchable, timed at 25 minutes, best 2 of 3, and be marked “Bad Moon Round x”.
  • First person listed makes table. Players have 10 minutes to make and join tables from time of pairings announcement.
  • Bullying, mobbing, foul language, & general rudeness will not be tolerated. This includes “snide remarks” about decks/playing ability, personal attacks, racial slurs, etc. A player will get 1 warning, then be ejected from event. Further violations after ejection may be cause for suspension from Bad Moon Rising play.
  • Talking during other players games is not allowed. You may chat – within the guidlines above – within your own game. Violations by non event participants may be screenshot & reported to WotC for harassment.
  • Results must be posted via Gatherling Player CP before intermission. Results posted in the FNS chat room, or via PM, will be ignored. Results not posted before intermission will be declared a 0-0 draw.
  • For the purposes of this event, a draw is equal to a loss.
  • WotC employees are welcome to play, but are ineligible for any prizes. We request no “shop talk”, unless prior arrangements are made.
  • “Double Queueing” is not allowed. If you are found playing in another event, including WotC events, during Bad Moon Rising, you may be dropped from Bad Moon Rising.

What about…?
If you need further information, or have a question, feel free to contact me online.

Slugapalooza 2014

It’s that time again! Happy birthday to me! And what better way to celebrate turning 55 than throwing another free bash for all you MTGO players out there? And I do believe this slug knows how to party!

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Slugapalooza 2014

Wednesday, November 26, 2014
830PM Eastern
X Rounds Modern, determined by attendance, followed by T8
Registration is open via Gatherling
Players, pairings, prizes, and results can be found here.

Where Does All This Happen

Games will take place in Play Lobby Constructed Open Play > Getting Serious.

Event chat, player meeting, and pairing announcements will take place in the Slug channel, Select channel #Slug from chat dropdown menu.

How Many Rounds Is It?

8-16 Players: 4 Rounds
17-32 Players: 5 Rounds
33-64 Players: 6 Rounds
65-128 Players: 7 Rounds
129+ Players: 8 Rounds

Prize Pool

Prize Distribution

Donations Are Rolling In

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 Fine Print

  • All pairings and standings will be generated via Gatherling.
  • Deck changes between games are not allowed.
  • Games are played in the Getting Serious play room. Games must be set as Modern, watchable, timed at 25 minutes, best 2 of 3, and be marked “Slugapalooza Round x”.
  • First person listed makes table. Players have 10 minutes to make and join tables from time of pairings announcement.
  • Bullying, mobbing, foul language, & general rudeness will not be tolerated. This includes “snide remarks” about decks/playing ability, personal attacks, racial slurs, etc. A player will get 1 warning, then be ejected from event. Further violations after ejection may be screenshot & reported to WotC for harassment.
  • Talking in other players games is discouraged. You may chat – within the guidlines above – within your own game. Violations by non event participants may be screenshot & reported to WotC for harassment.
  • Results must be posted via Gatherling Player CP before intermission. Results posted in the Slugapalooza chat room, or via PM, will be ignored. Results not posted before intermission will be declared a 0-0 draw.
  • WotC employees are welcome to play, but are ineligible for any prizes. We request no “shop talk”, unless prior arrangements are made.
  • “Double Queueing” is not allowed. If you are found playing in another event, including WotC sanctioned events, during Slugapalooza, you may be dropped from Slugapalooza.

Bad Moon Rising

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Bad Moon Rising

Thank you to our sponsor: DojoTrade

What is it?

Bad Moon Rising is a Vintage format double elimination tournament. We start with X rounds of Swiss pairing, and proceed normally. When your record reaches X-2, you’re eliminated.

When is it?

Bad Moon Rising happens once (sometimes twice) a month on the evening of the (astronomical) full moon at 1600 UTC or 830PM EST, depending on if it’s a weekend or weeknight. Our next event will be:

Bad Moon Rising #8
Tuesday, February 3, 830PM Eastern
Players, pairings, and standings can be found here.

Where is it?

Games will be played on MTGO in Play Lobby: Constructed Open Play > Getting Serious.

Game chat and instructions happen in the Bad Moon room. Join channel #BadMoon from your new chat window.

Does it cost anything?

Bad Moon Rising is free to enter! There is absolutely no cost – other than your time – to play.

How do I register?

You may register for an upcoming event at any time on Gatherling. Registration closes at 830PM Eastern sharp.

Simply log onto Gatherling, go to your “Player CP”, and in the list of events, click “Register” for the event you want to play in. This will take you to a screen where you enter your decklist. Paste your decklist in here.

Gatherling registration closes at event start time! Once the train leaves the station, it’s too late to jump on.

What can I win?

The winner of  Bad Moon Rising will receive 35 bot credits on DojoTrade.

The runner-up will receive 15 bot credits on DojoTrade.

How do I collect my prizes?

Credits will be automatically added to you account on DojoTrade. If you do not currently have an account, one will be created for you with your playername. No action from you is neccessary.

WARNING!

There will be sharks. Oh, yes. There will be sharks.

jaws

Fine print

  • Event will be X rounds of Swiss pairing based on participation; there will be no Top (x) playoff.
  • Event will be double elimination; once your record reaches X-2, you’re out.
  • Event will continue until 1 player remains.
  • All pairings and standings will be generated via Gatherling.
  • Deck changes between games are not allowed.
  • Games are played in the Getting Serious Play Lobby. Games must be set as Vintage, watchable, timed at 25 minutes, best 2 of 3, and be marked “Bad Moon Round x”.
  • First person listed makes table. Players have 10 minutes to make and join tables from time of pairings announcement.
  • Bullying, mobbing, foul language, & general rudeness will not be tolerated. This includes “snide remarks” about decks/playing ability, personal attacks, racial slurs, etc. A player will get 1 warning, then be ejected from event. Further violations after ejection may be cause for suspension from Bad Moon Rising play.
  • Talking during other players games is not allowed. You may chat – within the guidlines above – within your own game. Violations by non event participants may be screenshot & reported to WotC for harassment.
  • Results must be posted via Gatherling Player CP before intermission. Results posted in the FNS chat room, or via PM, will be ignored. Results not posted before intermission will be declared a 0-0 draw.
  • For the purposes of this event, a draw is equal to a loss.
  • WotC employees are welcome to play, but are ineligible for any prizes. We request no “shop talk”, unless prior arrangements are made.
  • “Double Queueing” is not allowed. If you are found playing in another event, including WotC events, during Bad Moon Rising, you may be dropped from Bad Moon Rising.

What about…?
If you need further information, or have a question, feel free to contact me online.

Overdrive! Turns 3!

Overdrive! Turns Three!

A Brief History of Overdrive!
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Overdrive! began as an Overextended event with little fanfare at 830PM Eastern time on July 4th, 2011. It just so happened I did a Mad Max Marathon one Sunday, watched Highlander the following Monday, and then played in the Tuesday Overextended event. Someone mentioned they wanted more Overextended events to me during a break between rounds, I was listening to AC/DC’s Highway to Hell, and *click*! It really just all came together in its entirety in that split second. I lined up a sponsorship, hammered out the details, and a few days later we were ready to rock. And the 4th of July was just too serendipitous. I “put up the ads” and the rest… is history.

The last Overextended game on MTGO was played on August 22nd, 2011, and Modern became an officially sanctioned format online with the August 24th downtime. Overdrive! jumped right in. The first Modern games on MTGO were played August 29, at Overdrive! #9.

By now you’re probably well aware of my propensity to throw together extravagant prizes for significant events. Over the years I’ve put together some amazing prize pools, if I do say so myself.

*pats himself on the back*

Rest assured, I have given in to this urge once again for our third birthday, which will be Overdrive! #139, on July 7th.

Face to Face Games, our sponsor, has generously kicked in some additional ducats for the brouhaha, so the winner will receive CAD$25 store credit, and the runner-up will receive CAD$10!

But wait! There’s more!

The folks over at WotC have also kicked down! And how! They must like me, despite the [REDACTED] I continually fling at them. Go figure. WotC has given me the go ahead to hand out…

    

Check out the prize pool I was able to cobble together for this shindig:

  • Winner – CAD$25, 9 MTGO Modern Masters boosters
  • Runner-up – CAD$10, 6 MTGO Modern Masters boosters
  • Semifinalists – 3 MTGO Modern Masters boosters
  • Losing a match – 1 MTGO Modern Masters booster

Wait. What? Losing a match get you a booster?

That’s right! If you play a match, and lose, you get a booster. You have to actually play, though. You can’t just register and not show up. Boosters will be added to players accounts by WotC later in the week.

But I also wanted to make sure that everyone who plays walks away with something, so this seems like a good way to do it.

I hope to see you there!

Cruel Snaps

Creatures (7)
3 Augur of Bolas – dig for spells
3 Snapcaster Mage – flashback spells
1 Wurmcoil Engine – Lifelink, Deathtouch, baby wurms.

Spells (28)
1 Abrupt Decay – pesky removal
3 Blightning – hand disruption + burn
2 Cancel – hard countermagic
2 Cruel Ultimatum – end game
3 Electrolyze – double pinger + card draw
3 Inquisition of Kozilek – hand disruption
3 Lightning Bolt – 3 points
4 Remand – tempo countermagic + card draw
3 Spell Snare – hard conditional countermagic (seldom useless)
2 Terminate – spot creature removal
2 Thoughtseize – hand disruption

Lands (25)
3 Blood Crypt
1 Breeding Pool
1 Forest
2 Island
2 Lavaclaw Reaches – manlands rock
1 Mountain
1 Raging Ravine – best manland ever (IMO > Mutavault)
2 Steam Vents
1 Stomping Ground
3 Swamp
1 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
4 Verdant Catacombs
3 Watery Grave

Sideboard
3 Abrupt Decay
1 Black Sun’s Zenith
3 Elixir of Immortality
1 Red Sun’s Zenith
4 Spreading Seas
3 Volcanic Fallout

Word Doodling

I sit on the floor and pick my nose
And think of dirty things
Elven maidens in fishnet hose
Their nipples pierced by rings

I roll the boogers into little balls
As I dream about various nasties
Leather clad Dwarfgirls three feet tall
And the pleasures in their panties

All the while I sit and pick
The thoughts in my head unwind
On Dragons who like to give it a lick
And take it from behind

What is it about Legacy that you don’t like?

The very first thing that comes to mind when I think Legacy is the high entry cost. This is a relative thing. I’m sure there are plenty of people who can, and do, afford it. I’m so poor, I can barely pay attention. I understand that there a few (very few) “Tiered” Legacy decks that can be built for under $100 in a vacuum, notably RDW. I probably even have many of the pieces, both paper and online.

So I go to play some Legacy with my RDW deck, and get blown out of the water. Consistently. Every once in a while I might make T8, or better. But mostly, I lose. I get killed on occasion (not often, but enough) before I even draw. Doesn’t sound like fun to me.

Sure, I could buy more cards, and build a better deck. But when duals – not what we Modern (or Standard) players think of, but true dual lands that come in untapped with no penalty – run $35 a pop to start, for the “not played so much competitively” ones, in [REDACTED] shape, well… No, thank you. Even online, I might be able to afford it, if I worked hard, and saved up all my article credits instead of having to convert ’em to cash. Like I said, I’m dirt poor.

Those land prices will not go down. WotC has promised never to reprint them in paper again. Online, yeah. We already know what’s up there.

I also get a lot “down the nose looks” from Legacy players when I start talking about any format other than Legacy. I understand this. It’s a small club, and an elite one. But I don’t appreciate elitism and condescension. If you ever find me being elitist or condescending, please slap me.

A Bio/Blurb for Face to Face Games

Blippy 5Please allow me to introduce myself
I’m a man of no wealth, and no taste…

*struts about like a rooster on LSD*

I’m BlippyTheSlug, and I am an addict. I first fell into my addiction when a friend came over to our weekly Axis & Allies games and said Check this out! Before the weekend was out, I was hooked. Years passed, and I ended up in the middle of nowhere, Saskatchewan, and discovered Magic Online. I could get my fix, and I didn’t even have to wear pants! I also discovered that I like to organize and run tournaments, and soon became a mover and shaker in the online Player Run Events (PRE) scene. I organized and ran the largest (to date) PRE, in both prize support and attendance, in the history of MTGO: Ham on Wry. I’m also a Modern fanatic, and run an event every year on Modern’s “birthday”. Which would be Modern’s First, and Modern’s Second. As you may have gathered, I also write articles for various online-only card shops. (Though I hope to expand that!)

What is Slugapalooza?

I love to give back. Every year, on my birthday, I throw a PRE instead of a party. This year, I’m expanding the scope of this party to include physical prizes, as well as online prizes. I have a dream of one day being able to offer DCI/Planeswalker Points for online play. These physical prizes are a token of that dream.

What is a PRE?

Basically, a PRE is just like any other MTG tournament, except it takes place online. There is a set time, place, and format, and the players (virtually) sit across from one another and duke it out. Event winners receive prizes. The key differences (for a player) are: 1) there is no entry fee!, and 2) there are no DCI/Planeswalker Points available.

Prizes are provided by each event’s sponsors, who look upon PREs as a source of advertising, and building good online community relations.  It is up to the TOs (people like me, aka “hosts”) to organize the event, find a sponsor, tell the players, etc.

Where can I find these PREs?

The best places to find these events are Gatherling (recommended), which is a community driven PRE site, and the WotC PRE Forums.

How can I enter one of these?

For my events, it’s reasonably simple. Log onto Gatherling, find the event you want to play in on your Player Control Panel, click “Register”. This will take you to a screen where you can enter your deck. Decklists are required. Since this comes up frequently, I wrote up a short “how to

Asylum

What is that smell? I wondered as consciousness returned. I had no idea where I was. The last thing I remembered was running into Storm over at the park. Literally. I was pedaling my saggy ass across town to pick up a booster box when a transformer blew up (that happens sometimes when I’m not keeping a lid on it), and the EMP knocked Storm down from wherever the hell she was, and she landed right in front of my tire.

I distinctly remember the sound of the thud, and her Ooof! Ow! as my tire hit her ribcage. This in turn sent me ass over teakettle. I remember flying through the air, and the pavement looming large.

Now it gets fuzzy.

So. Where am I now? Why does it smell like a goat died a week ago? Can I move? It felt as though I were under some fuzzy blanket. I slowly sat up. I may have groaned, I don’t know. I wasn’t hearing anything.

I wasn’t seeing much, either. Everything was gauzy and pink. I rubbed my eyes, and felt hard grit come away. But my view was still rosy fuzziness. And why was that smell so familiar?

I pushed the wing up, crawled out from underneath. Oh fuck. Not again. Spitfire’s smiling face peered at me from the headboard. Good morning, Blippy! I know I groaned this time, because her face turned just that quick to blazing anger. You weren’t so upset last night, were you? You liked it just fine then, didn’t you, you nasty slug? Oh yes, you loved it! Don’t give me this shit! Quit your whining, put on that GI Joe outfit, and come here and fuck me, or I swear by the Horn of King Sombra I will shit on your grave tonight!

I stared at the costume hanging on the far wall, across a sea of cigarette butts, beer bottles, ropes, spilled bongs, roaches, dildos, and other less reputable items. Was I really going to do this? Again?

I started crawling.