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Once Upon a Time in Amsterdam

The upcoming Pro Tour takes me back to almost a year ago. It was, just like it will be this year, the Pro Tour with the largest card pool (Extended instead of Modern). And it was in Amsterdam. What is the relevance of all this? Well, it was the first Pro Tour I visited. Not as a competitor, but just as a railbird and side event-competitor. It was an amazing and fun weekend which won’t happen again, since they closed the Pro Tours for the public. Reminisce a bit with me today, will you?

(Please bear in mind this is written almost a year after it happened and without notes to recall from. Everything comes from the mind. The miiiiiind.) Continue reading


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Eleven Karns and double the Anticipation

Wow, that was fun. Last afternoon (I’m writing this the next day) and night Robert and I cracked a lot of New Phyrexia packs, for his to-be shop. Ten boxes, to be precise. We managed to slug out 35 one-of matches with a mixture of Pack Wars and Type 5 Draft, with Robbert beating me 18-17. The numbers, how impressive and gigantic they may sound, where just the basis for half-a-day filled with pure fun and genuine little-kids’ excitement. That little boy present in each and every one of us just wants to crack a pack and open a big, expensive, and possibly foil card. Today, I’m gonna give a recap of that day, and afterwards I’m gonna do something new. Sounds interesting? Read on! Continue reading