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Rainbow Vale Cup at Gamers Ranch

I have to start out saying that this turned out to be less of a tournament and more of an old school party weekend at an amazing retreat out in the middle of Missouri! There was too much fun to be had, so this is just a brief overview with our decklists and standings from the weekend!

I scheduled this event at the start of the year before Eternal Weekend was officially announced. Since Eternal Weekend ended up being 2 weeks before our event I think that hurt attendance a little. We only had 10 people but it was still amazing! David who runs the ranch was incredible as well. He stays there with you the whole time and is super personable and approachable. He will be as involved as you want but we enjoyed his company the entire weekend and cannot wait to go back. We were very unorganized (for many reasons, mostly drinking) but did manage to draft Onslaught block, Chronicles w/ Fallen Empires, and have our Old School tournament of course! When we weren't playing old school we were playing board games, pool, virtual reality, ping pong, commander, fishing, or exploring the ranch! Check out that TV setup!

The drafts were fantastic. We drafted 1x Chronicles with 4x Fallen Empires previously this year and we quickly discovered that it makes the decks extremely grindy and a bit insufferable. We changed it to 2x Chronicles and 2x Fallen Empires for this event and it seemed much better. It allowed for more powerful cards to be played and less stalemates or games going to time.

I managed to draft 5 Ghazban Ogres out of the 2 packs of Chronicles which typically would not be great if you can only get 1 or 2 but with 5 I was always able to get out ahead of my opponent by almost always having a 1 drop 2/2 with no real drawback. I knew if I didn't open a bomb rare like an Elder Dragon then I had to be fast and I just kept seeing these guys! Can't wait for next year either as hopefully we can draft some The Dark, Antiquities, or throw some Revised in to the mix. For the Old School tournament I gave away a custom drinking horn with stand to first place in standings. One of our original members Ryan Sala went undefeated and won the horn with 5 color Atog! Below will be the standings followed by decklists for the weekend.

1st - Ryan Sala - 5 Color Atog 2nd - Ryan Crouch - 5 Color ErhnamGeddon 3rd - Phil Burzinsky - White Weenie 4th - Michael Thorington - B/W Rack 5th - Matt Dennis - U/W Martyr Geddon 6th - Jeremy Bates - B/R Aggro 7th - Tom Morrow - B/W/G Hymn Aggro 8th - Rob Burzinsky - Black Red Storm World Winds of Mephistopheles 9th - Homero Flores - U/G Berserk Aggro 10th - Jonny Woods - Mono Red Goblins


1st - Ryan Sala - 5 Color Atog

2nd - Ryan Crouch - 5 Color ErhnamGeddon

3rd - Phil Burzinsky - White Weenie

4th - Michael Thorington - B/W Rack

5th - Matt Dennis - U/W Martyr Geddon

6th - Jeremy Bates - B/R Aggro

7th - Tom Morrow - B/W/G Hymn Aggro

8th - Rob Burzinsky - Black Red Storm World Winds of Mephistopheles

9th - Homero Flores - U/G Berserk Aggro

10th - Jonny Woods - Mono Red Goblins

All in all it was a great weekend and we plan to do it again in the future! If you are interested in attending future events just keep an eye on the site or contact myself (Matt Dennis) on Facebook or through the site. Check out some more pics of this awesome place from the weekend!

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