So, unfortunately, I wasn’t available to attend all 4 days of the convention this year. However quick first impressions from my two day experience are that 2019 was a fairly mellow year on the expo floor. Perhaps this had a negative impact of my perception of the convention this year, or perhaps it had something to do with a sleeping toddler napping while I carried her through the expo hall every day from 2pm to 5pm. But in any case, I’ve tried to shift those opinions off and give a mostly objective observation.
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In my first Old School 93/94 on a Budget article, I boasted that you can play Old School, competitively, for just $40. During the NEOS Monthly Tournament series, I put that bold statement to the test. Now that the tournament is officially over, I can post the results, which are what you would expect: a meager 1-4. However, I won several games (4/13; a win percentage of 31%) against legitimate decks piloted by some of the community’s best players, including a finalist. More importantly, I had a ton of fun, and that’s what really matters. (“Some of the best games… that I’ve had in tournaments is when I’m at the middle or bottom tables where it really doesn’t matter… Everyone’s laughing and having a good time… and you wouldn’t be able to tell who won the game…” Andy Baquero, All Tings Considered, “Spike to Spice“ at 28:20)
The community’s response to last month’s budget article was amazing. Among the support were several requests for a budget Red deck (the only color left out of the article). As I brewed, a $40 budget version of Mono Red, that I felt confident in, proved to be a challenge. I couldn’t quite build Goblins or Sligh the way I wanted to with that much of a restraint on the budget. On paper, it looked really underpowered without Chain Lightnings or Blood Moons. If you have more room in your budget, DFB’s Goblins list is a great place to start. Ultimately, I chose to build U/R Burn for my next deck tech because I expect it should have a similar feel to Goblins, Sligh, and/or Suicide Blue. Additionally, U/R Burn itself is a top-tier deck.