Raging Bull Series: Online 2021 Coverage & Results

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The 3rd Raging Bull Series was again an online edition. It was really time to play some live Magic again but we weren’t allowed to do that just yet. I wasn’t really looking forward to host an online edition but I felt I couldn’t skip it either. After talking with Timmy we decided he would join me at my place which already made things a little better. Last year we did a 12 hour non-stop livestream but we were both sitting at home. The difference was definitely noticeable. I opened sign-ups and 34 players joined us to play the Raging Bull Series. I was aiming for 32+ so that was great, playing 6 rounds + top 8 is a sort of sweetspot for me. 9 hours of play if you make it till the finals and done around dinner time if you don’t make top 8. I did some grocery shopping before the tournament and felt pretty excited the week in advance.

When Timmy came in we started setting up everything. Unfortunately we had some issues with the livestream for the first 2 hours, but fixed it when we switched laptop. Making the decision to do everything on Tolaria.app was a great choice. The platform has literally everything you need and saves me as TO a lot of work. Most players seem to like it as well and we hardly had any issues. Players who used it for the first time already got it after 1 round of play, which says a lot. Slanfan and the team have done an excellent job and I would really recommended everybody to start hosting their tournaments on Tolaria if they can. Biggest downside is probably that the site isn’t suitable for mobile yet, which you don’t really need if you are going to play but is handy for reading messages and signing up events.

I’m writing this post one month after the tournament which is way to late to remember everything. However I vividly remember the first match we streamed which was Bob against Ben. Bob played his non standard Mono Blue deck which he tweaked at the kitchentable over a long time. I’ve often been his opponent during those kitchentable sessions and his deck improved from T3 to something that curves out so well that it’s a fierce competitor against almost any deck. Ben played Titania’s Prison which is my pet deck. Only Ben did it with a switcheroo sideboard which caught many people by surprise. The match played out perfectly on stream and from that 1st minute Timmy and I were on fire. It was the most fun I ever had doing live commentary. 11,5 hours of non-stop streaming and not a moment I felt like taking a break. Almost all matches were enjoyable to watch and else there was a story to tell which lead us down a rabbit hole which we hardly got out. Yes, we sometimes missed a play and it contained a lot of x-rated material, but those who joined earlier livestreams probably knew that in advance.

Top 8 contained great people. Henk & Bob, 2 of my best friends. Ben with his Titania’s switcheroo deck. Ron, who tweaked his deck to make it a little faster, since his opponents always take to much time when playing against him….. Baptist who I didn’t knew before the tournament and send in half a deck so clueless what he was playing ūüėČ Ole who is 1 of those legendary players who just resemble what Old School is about. Bjorn, who we made fun of since he played a “suboptimal” version of Leo Bruder’s Robots all the way till the semi’s. And last but not least, Wouter B. Wouter played a non-powered Mono Red Atog deck and won the Raging Bull Series. That’s just awesome in itself and although it’s pretty impossible to build a cheap Swedish Legal deck nowadays, it again proofs that you can win decent sized tournaments without Power.

For me this was the closure of 1,5 years of online Old School Magic due to COVID. These were strange and uncertain times but the online presence of the Old School community was a great distraction for myself and many others. It was an opportunity to meet many people from different communities across the world and I’m certain that in the future we will see some awesome live gatherings where people who played online against each other for months will finally meet for the first time. Since my wife and I are expecting a new baby (delivery date was yesterday…) I’m probably not crossing to many borders in the coming months but I can’t wait to see you all at Dwarven Warriors, Hill/Frost Giant Cup, Uthden Troll Cup, Gathering of The Knights of Thorn, my beloved Raging Bull Series next year in Amsterdam or any other tournament in the near future!

Live stream by Timmy the Sorcerer

During the Raging Bull Series we streamed live on YouTube. You can view the complete stream on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUbESLp8Iuw

Timmy will also create commentated video’s which will air on his YouTube channel. The first one will be released coming Tuesday.

Pairings & Results

Round 1:

Round 2:

Round 3:

Round 4:

Round 5:

Round 6:

Final Standings:

Top 8:

Participants & Archetypes

ResultNameArchetypeUnpowered
1Wouter BoendermakerAtog (R)Y
2Ole RustadAvoid The Efreets
3Bjorn SSuboptimal Bots
4HW-MTGRobogeddon
5Ben TwitchenTitania good stuff
6Ron DijkstraSac Valley
7Baptist MatthysLions and Friends
8BobI'm blue dabedeedabedow
9Jason SchwartzUBRw Pain
10Jordan BoyleJordan.Fish
11Erwin DemmerLeo's Broeder
12Robbert ValkeneersLat-Nam Brobots
13MerhansGoblinsY
14Gideon EversRGW Zoo
15Robert MeijboomGentleman BlackY
16Tim GoudsmidMono Green
17Michel KLion Dib
18Bartel KarsBorn on the Bayou
19Nick CramerLion Dib Bolt
20ReindeerBonjour chez les Kötts
21Steven DeckersDead Guy AleY
22Erik OlstadMalte AggroY
23√ėyvind Skattum VestengSaturday Night Moon DiscoY
24Thomas SkowronAtog & Friends are going to Sweden
25Gijsbert HaaksmanMono GreenY
26Jordi G√°lvezPurple Mono BlackY
27Carl DevosChimay Triple
28Henk De GrootHankdestruction
29Ivo BackbreakerBW Beauty
30Bas DietvorstRukh Valley
31Edo HoksbergenFast Universe
32Pablo VeraSu-Chi Burn 'Em
33David SimonsZombie DiscoY
34Marten BuhlerGoblins

Decklists

1 – Wouter Boendermaker – Atog (R)
2 – Ole Rustad – Avoid The Efreets
3 – Bjorn S – Suboptimal Bots
4 – HW-MTG – Robogeddon
5 – Ben Twitchen – Titania good stuff
6 – Ron Dijkstra – Sac Valley
7 – Baptist Matthys – Lions and Friends
8 – Bob – I’m blue dabedeedabedow
9 – Jason Schwartz – UBRw Pain
10 – Jordan Boyle – Jordan.Fish
11 – Erwin Demmer – Leo’s Broeder
12 – Robbert Valkeneers – Lat-Nam Brobots
13 – Merhans – Goblins
14 – Gideon Evers – RGW Zoo
15 – Robert Meijboom – Gentleman Black
16 – Tim Goudsmid – Mono Green
17 – Michel K – Lion Dib
18 – Bartel Kars – Born on the Bayou
19 – Nick Cramer – Lion Dib Bolt
20 РReindeer РBonjour chez les Kötts
21 – Steven Deckers – Dead Guy Ale
22 – Erik Olstad – Malte Aggro
23 – √ėyvind Skattum Vesteng – Saturday Night Moon Disco
24 – Thomas Skowron – Atog & Friends are going to Sweden
25 – Gijsbert Haaksman – Mono Green
26 – Jordi G√°lvez – Purple Mono Black
27 – Carl Devos – Chimay Triple
28 – Henk De Groot – Hankdestruction
29 – Ivo Backbreaker – BW Beauty
30 – Bas Dietvorst – Rukh Valley
31 – Edo Hoksbergen – Fast Universe
32 – Pablo Vera – Su-Chi Burn ‘Em
33 – David Simons – Zombie Disco
34 – Marten Buhler – Goblins

Author: TaGMoM

Started playing in 1995 when Ice Age was launched and quit playing in 1999 since I didn't like the fast rotation of cards. When I heard about Old School Magic in 2017 I returned to the scene and now I'm spending way to much time on Magic, loving it all the way!

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