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Title: Winter War - January 27 in Champaign Illinois
Post by: VictorE on October 03, 2017, 06:12:24 PM
Hello everyone. We've set up a Mage Wars tournament as part of Winter War 45 on Saturday, January 27th in Champaign, Illinois. www.winterwar.org. I'll post more details when I have them included venue information and registration. The normal location is under renovation, so I'm not sure yet where in Champaign it will be. They also haven't posted the registration site yet for participants. So for now this post is just a heads up. I will post more as soon as I have the information.
Title: Re: Winter War - January 27 in Champaign Illinois
Post by: Coshade on October 03, 2017, 08:26:28 PM
Gotta check with work on that weekend, but I will do everything possible to be in this tournament! Let's do it!
Title: Re: Winter War - January 27 in Champaign Illinois
Post by: farkas1 on October 03, 2017, 09:17:17 PM
Sweet yeah love to have you at the tourney!!! We have the STL crew joining us and our Champaign group as well. 
Title: Re: Winter War - January 27 in Champaign Illinois
Post by: zot on October 03, 2017, 11:04:03 PM
i will do my best to make it
Title: Re: Winter War - January 27 in Champaign Illinois
Post by: VictorE on October 14, 2017, 07:19:54 PM
Update:
The web page doesn't yet confirm, but the Winter War Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/488317051201109/ has that this years Winter War will be at the Wyndham Garden Hotel in Champaign-Urbana, IL. (the regular site is being renovated)
Registration is supposed to open in the beginning of December. I'll post more information at that time. By then, the games list will be complete.
As of now, we will have 4 tables to run up to 8 games of Mage Wars for 8 hours on Saturday, January 27, 2018. After registration we can set up the matchups and register spell books.
If you go to the winter war site, for this event it says, "Presented by: Mage Wars featuring Virgil Varvel". I asked them to change that. I am definitely not a feature. I've only been playing about 6 months now, but I love the game and wanted to run an event. My friend farkas1 (who's been playing for years) will be there for any rules questions.
Arcane Wonders graciously supplied several prizes, and I've added a few others including a copy of the warlord expansion. But then the main prize is having fun playing Mage Wars with new and old friends.

While we will try to supply markers as needed, if you are playing a non-core mage, as many of you probably will, you will want to bring markers specific for your mage. Otherwise, we will probably run out. Between farkas1 and me we have at least 3 of every set with plenty of boards and stuff, but it never hurts to be prepared.

For those just checking us out at the event, I will have the four apprentice spell books available.

That's all I know to add right now.


Title: Re: Winter War - January 27 in Champaign Illinois
Post by: wtcannonjr on October 15, 2017, 10:08:32 AM
Good luck with the event. Wish I could make it.
Title: Re: Winter War - January 27 in Champaign Illinois
Post by: DaveW on November 11, 2017, 06:28:05 PM
I am going to try to make it, and spoke with one other person from my area who said that was in his plans also.

Thanks for offering to run the event. I hope that it will be a great success. I can bring some that nags that you can use for prizes if you like... leftovers from when I ran an event a while back. Drop me a note if you want to talk about that.
Title: Re: Winter War - January 27 in Champaign Illinois
Post by: Ash on November 13, 2017, 01:05:46 PM
I am totally interested in this.
Title: Re: Winter War - January 27 in Champaign Illinois
Post by: Puddnhead on November 13, 2017, 01:40:51 PM
We will dethrone the wizard.  See you on the 27th.
Title: Re: Winter War - January 27 in Champaign Illinois
Post by: VictorE on December 03, 2017, 11:39:15 PM
You can now register for the event at http://www.winterwar.org/. The cost is $4. There are about 10 prizes that arcane wonders graciously supplied. We just had a great gaming session this weekend where I was asked if there would be a trophy. I can't promise anything, but I will see what I can do.
Title: Re: Winter War - January 27 in Champaign Illinois
Post by: Coshade on December 20, 2017, 08:12:46 PM
Just registered! Can't wait!
Title: Re: Winter War - January 27 in Champaign Illinois
Post by: silverclawgrizzly on December 20, 2017, 08:43:13 PM
I'm interested in attending. What's the housing situation look like?
Title: Re: Winter War - January 27 in Champaign Illinois
Post by: farkas1 on December 21, 2017, 12:41:59 AM
I can talk with my buddies to see if they are willing to house some folks, I'm sure they are willing. 
 silverclaw if u want to stay at my place ur more than welcome.  I may have room for a few more folks if people are interested.  I have a spare mattress and a couch that sleeps fairly comfortably.  Let me know
Title: Re: Winter War - January 27 in Champaign Illinois
Post by: zot on December 21, 2017, 08:34:06 AM
I will be heading over with some few. I think 2-3 total arriving. Will know as we get closer.
Title: Re: Winter War - January 27 in Champaign Illinois
Post by: silverclawgrizzly on December 21, 2017, 09:42:58 AM
Let me put in the request at work and we'll see what we can do.
Title: Re: Winter War - January 27 in Champaign Illinois
Post by: zot on December 21, 2017, 12:53:55 PM
pretty awesome if you can make it.
Title: Re: Winter War - January 27 in Champaign Illinois
Post by: farkas1 on December 23, 2017, 06:02:00 PM
Ok I have confirmation from VictorE and my buddy Jon.  So we have three different spots including my own to host people to spend the night.  So we should have enough space for people coming in from out of town.
Title: Re: Winter War - January 27 in Champaign Illinois
Post by: DaveW on January 12, 2018, 07:51:30 PM
OK, I've just registered... I'll be there presuming this Winter weather mix junk stops hitting us by then....

Dave
Title: Re: Winter War - January 27 in Champaign Illinois
Post by: zot on January 12, 2018, 08:59:57 PM
I have the 26th off and am planning on making it. can we register on arrival? how much is it?
Title: Re: Winter War - January 27 in Champaign Illinois
Post by: DaveW on January 13, 2018, 06:44:57 AM
The weekend pass was $15... $10 for a single day.

The events I got into were on the order of $2 for a four-hour slot.

The Mage Wars event was $4 and set to take eight hours, starting Saturday morning at 9 a.m.
Title: Re: Winter War - January 27 in Champaign Illinois
Post by: farkas1 on January 13, 2018, 09:57:27 AM
Yea you guys can register at the event.   

there is plenty of space still available.

 I think we have 8 players so far counting those here who have not registered for the event yet that I know of.  The STL crew have not officially signed up yet but I do have word we have Ryan and others planning on attending.  So our count most likely will Rise to 10-12 player count.  Plenty for a good fun Mage Wars tourney.

Awesome to hear Dave, I am looking forward to the event.   
Title: Re: Winter War - January 27 in Champaign Illinois
Post by: DaveW on January 21, 2018, 10:31:40 PM
VictorE or farkas1, are one of you folks running the tourney?

I am wondering what rules will be in place for determining victory and finishing order, and whether any special rules exist for spell selection (promos, banned cards, etc.).

I need to finalize my book....
Title: Re: Winter War - January 27 in Champaign Illinois
Post by: farkas1 on January 22, 2018, 02:46:47 PM
Hey I will let VictorE know and confirm and add to what I know about the details of Winter War Tournament

4 matches per person with random system to pair people up.

One book per person 120 Sbp , all sets allowed, current AW errata on cards, no promos allowed,  no banned cards, no substitutes

point wise going with the standard point system nothing new. 


-Full Victory: You killed the enemy mage. Simple as that. First mage to dies loses.
-Modified Victory: If time runs out and both mages are alive then the mage with the most life left wins.
-Draw: If time runs out and both mages have equal life remaining then a draw occurs. This is rare.
-Lose: If you mage dies or time runs out and you have less life then you lost.


Im looking forward to the event and getting to play a full day of MW with players around the midwest!...
and maybe NC? 

Its going to be a fun day
Title: Re: Winter War - January 27 in Champaign Illinois
Post by: DaveW on January 22, 2018, 05:04:24 PM
Thanks for the additional info, and thanks for putting this together for us.
Title: Re: Winter War - January 27 in Champaign Illinois
Post by: VictorE on January 22, 2018, 08:17:21 PM
Confirming Farkas.

Time is 9a.m. - 1p.m. and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. We aren't supposed to play during the lunch time and auction.

Also, I will not know until the day of if we are allowed to keep going after 7p.m.. 8 hours is the longest allotment they give per game, but the conference keeps going until midnight I think.

Plan is minimum of 4 games. If we get started with games by 9:30 -10, we can get 2-3 in the morning and 3 in the afternoon, which would allow a 4 game random matchup round robin and a round of final matches based on performance. I did not receive confirmation on when the doors actually open. The games are supposed to start at 9:00, so I'm assuming they open before that, but no one answered my question.  I doubt we will start right at 9 since many are traveling to get there. We will determine match-ups randomly the day of based on number of registrants. If we have room, based on how many players sign up, I will try to have a table set up for anyone that wants to just try out the game, with some apprentice spell books built, but if I do that, I will probably have to take a loss on whatever game I'm in so that I can help any beginners.

I'll check back in a day or two if I find out more.




Hey I will let VictorE know and confirm and add to what I know about the details of Winter War Tournament

4 matches per person with random system to pair people up.

One book per person 120 Sbp , all sets allowed, current AW errata on cards, no promos allowed,  no banned cards, no substitutes

point wise going with the standard point system nothing new. 


-Full Victory: You killed the enemy mage. Simple as that. First mage to dies loses.
-Modified Victory: If time runs out and both mages are alive then the mage with the most life left wins.
-Draw: If time runs out and both mages have equal life remaining then a draw occurs. This is rare.
-Lose: If you mage dies or time runs out and you have less life then you lost.


Im looking forward to the event and getting to play a full day of MW with players around the midwest!...
and maybe NC? 

Its going to be a fun day
Title: Re: Winter War - January 27 in Champaign Illinois
Post by: VictorE on January 26, 2018, 07:03:37 AM
Doors will open at 8 a.m. for registration tomorrow in Champaign Winter War (or today since the convention starts today). Hope to see you there.
Title: Re: Winter War - January 27 in Champaign Illinois
Post by: farkas1 on January 26, 2018, 02:51:56 PM
Alright in addition to numerous prizes for players participating, I have designed and made a customized a trophy for the 1st place Winner of Winter War Mage Wars Tournament WWMW2018.  Still have to put finishing touches on.  (http://) good luck to all participants.  Looking forward to The War.  :D
Title: Re: Winter War - January 27 in Champaign Illinois
Post by: Reddicediaries on January 26, 2018, 03:03:17 PM
Alright in addition to numerous prizes for players participating, I have designed and made a customized a trophy for the 1st place Winner of Winter War Mage Wars Tournament WWMW2018.  Still have to put finishing touches on.  (http://) good luck to all participants.  Looking forward to The War.  :D
Looks great! Good luck to all!
Title: Re: Winter War - January 27 in Champaign Illinois
Post by: DaveW on January 26, 2018, 04:20:53 PM
Ok, zot and I are here... when is everyone else coming?
Title: Re: Winter War - January 27 in Champaign Illinois
Post by: farkas1 on January 26, 2018, 04:45:10 PM
I will not there till tomorrow morning at 8.   STL group should be here tomorrow around 10.   I'm not sure if Jon is there I will find out.  as far as I know everyone else will be here tomorrow morning for the tournament.

  If you guys are looking for good local food tonight.  Black dog And the Courier Cafe are great places. Glad u guys made it in town.
Title: Re: Winter War - January 27 in Champaign Illinois
Post by: farkas1 on January 26, 2018, 05:11:55 PM
Also I would love to meet up with you guys and get some games in if I could,  One of my kiddos is not feeling good. Otherwise I would totally be there tonight.  Tomorrow on the other hand I'm gaming as long as I can.  ;D
Title: Re: Winter War - January 27 in Champaign Illinois
Post by: zot on January 26, 2018, 05:21:48 PM
too bad. we are here and up for games anytime folks get here.
Title: Re: Winter War - January 27 in Champaign Illinois
Post by: Puddnhead on January 26, 2018, 06:25:41 PM
Sad news. Coshade up and came down with a sickness so he and I won't be making it this year. I wish luck to everyone.
Title: Re: Winter War - January 27 in Champaign Illinois
Post by: Reddicediaries on January 26, 2018, 06:34:31 PM
Sad news. Coshade up and came down with a sickness so he and I won't be making it this year. I wish luck to everyone.
I hope he feels better!
Title: Re: Winter War - January 27 in Champaign Illinois
Post by: farkas1 on January 26, 2018, 07:55:16 PM
Bummer, Yep hope he feels better.    Yea bad stuff is going around this past few weeks.  I have students and other coworkers sick off and on.  Not fun.  Taking some vitamin c, Airbourne and any essential oil to try and stay healthy myself. 
  Good luck dudes and we shall game another day. 
Title: Re: Winter War - January 27 in Champaign Illinois
Post by: VictorE on January 26, 2018, 10:14:09 PM
My back is out, but I will be there around 8 a.m. tomorrow.
Title: Re: Winter War - January 27 in Champaign Illinois
Post by: farkas1 on January 28, 2018, 12:19:07 AM
Thank you all for showing up for Winter War 45.  Lots of fun. 8 participants played and we had good competition. 

Zot took home 1st place this year.  Congrats to him for winning and thanks for all those who participated. 

I'm sure Virgel or I will post more about the event with full stats.  I will attempt to do my tourney report with some highlights of the matches I played.  Very fun day long event. 
Title: Re: Winter War - January 27 in Champaign Illinois
Post by: Puddnhead on January 28, 2018, 09:07:15 AM
Congratulations to zot! Super bummed I couldn't make it. Looking forward to details.
Title: Re: Winter War - January 27 in Champaign Illinois
Post by: VictorE on January 28, 2018, 04:38:47 PM
Sorry I don't know everyone's call sign, but here are the results by first name for some.  No one went undefeated. Some exciting games. Farkas made a trophy, and I think that there is a photo of Zot with the trophy.

1 - Zot using a Paladin
2 - Ryan using J. Beastmaster
3 - Farkas using S. Beastmaster
4 - Arthur using Forcemaster
5 - Michael using Warlock
6 - Andrew using Warlord
7 - David using Priestess
8 - John using Warlock
Title: Re: Winter War - January 27 in Champaign Illinois
Post by: farkas1 on January 29, 2018, 10:38:41 PM
I used my Straywood swarm master book again.  Started off really well in my first few matches. 

My first match was against Arthurís Forcemaster Swarm book.  He opened with a battleforge and crystal I believe.  Minds eye came out and an enchantment on my mage he had equipped some forcemaster gear early on.  I had my standard harmonize Lair opening.  Round two Wychwood fairee, and pet falcon. I managed to get a lions savagery and divine might on my pet falcon.  He popped the enchantment on me for with a bomb.  Arthur spawned two more minds eyes.  Took down one and he popped his fourth.   So I just ignored them after that.  Started swarming with falcons, asps, Got out marked for death, and a rust.  Started to work on his armor and he popped the force shield.  I dispelled that next turn.  He started popping force golems, and a force scarab and all of our creatures converged.  He was running low on life and had to start guarding.  I managed to keep the pressure up and using my asps to get rid of his guards to knock him with my pet and other falcons.  He misplayed a few times forgetting his deflect a couple of times sealing the game for me fairly early.  He did not play his best and I took advantage of a sleepy Arthur who had to work late the prior day.  It was still a solid win and helped me build my momentum for the next game.
 
My second match I went up against Daves priestess.  he  opened with Artemiss dawnsbreaker eye.  With malekais basilica.  Which was super scary for my falcons.  He almost one shotted a couple of falcons.  I had many dead creatures at the end.  Same opening since my creatures were being focused I had jeweled scarab out which did make it out last game but this paid off more since my creatures were being targeted. I killed Artemis very early because it posed a big threat.   I also had to avoid a pillar of righteous flames.  He pumped up his mage with the dawnbreakers ring and a hawkeye too hitting his holy spells for crazy dice.  Fortunately, I pushed him out of zone and tanglevined him he popped temple of light as well which was zapping my birds out of the sky.   Negating the healing he could do at the end.  He managed to pop a few heals raising his life a little during the match.  Swarm was too much and killing Artemis and avoiding the pillar managed to save me the game.  Fortunately with a well timed dissolve to his equipment and a poison blood I was able to swarm him and take him down.

My third match was against Zot.  My memory is fuzzy on this one we played two more times after the tournament so the matches kind of blurred together in my brain.  That said all matches with him were very tough and fun to play.  Ehren and hand of bim shalla came out for him turn one.  I did my standard opening this time with ring of beast instead of the wychwood fairie round 2.  since i faced a paladin i wanted to press early.  got a pet falcon out and another one the following round.  I summoned a bitterwood fox and took down a ballista rather early.  i think it only got off one shot. he was going heavy equipment with a spike buckler and a radiant breastplate he also equipped the  defence ring.  I had to hit Ehren a few times to keep him from healing all the way up.  I ignored him for the most part and focused on the mage tho to not deter my main objective.  This helped keep up the damage I wanted on his mage.  However with a well timed seeking dispel Zot dispelled a rust.  The spiked buckler and the ring did alot of work dodging more than half the time.  He used ehren to block he also got out a Izimballa as well to help defend and take down some creatures.  He also brought out renewing springs and used it to pretty good use.  I used a few acid balls to try and corrode him.  Renewing spring popped them off rather easily.   Some of the rolls for healing were in my favor tho because the rolls did not go well.  Fortunately I had the numbers for the remainder of the game.  He took out a bunch of falcons, hounds, and asps. I summoned Slavorg for five mana with all the dead animals.  I summoned a corrosive orchid after i dissolved his tempered faulds and a radiant breastplate.  he was able to spawn a radiant breastplate and eventually a third.  I was caught off guard without armor on he popped a wall of thorns and Pushed me through.  he did it next round for a total of about 20 damage.  A few more blows with each of us I was able to lock down a poison blood and a nullify in the last couple of rounds.  So he could not heal.  Match went to time with me barely squeaking out the win.   Very entertaining match.  Lots of back and forth.  I made a few mistakes and Zot played very well and pressed super hard at the end. 

my last match of the tournament was against Ryanís Joktari cevere fellella book.  first match between both our main books so there was alot of concerns from both sides how this match was going to go down.  he played fellella and harmonized her.  cevere and enchantments were layered on himself and cevere.  i got a pet falcon out early and started summoning asps i figured i should get out weaks on cevere early to mitigate the damage.  unfortunately none stuck.  i got one on his mage.  he pressed early with his pumped up cevere i split my attacks trying to get damage on both mage and cevere.  cevere was dodging stuff like crazy and i failed to pop my falcon precision during the match which would of decimated cevere.  i laid on the damage to his mage tho in one round dealing 20+ damage.  i tried to use surging waves to keep cevere dazed but both times the dazes did not work.  cevere almost died in the final round. cevere did some work ripping my mage apart.  i even had tangle root on him and was still hitting hard.    i pushed his mage through a wall of thorns he had rhino hide and negated most of the damage.  he hurled two rocks for some crazy damage and a couple of hurl boulders for the win during the last two rounds.  very impressed with the match and i know i had answers just did not execute them well.   fun quick match, lots of damage went down from both sides.  that said i'm looking forward to a rematch.
Title: Re: Winter War - January 27 in Champaign Illinois
Post by: farkas1 on January 29, 2018, 10:54:51 PM
again congrats to Zot on impressive matches and being victorious at Winter War!!!!!
Title: Re: Winter War - January 27 in Champaign Illinois
Post by: zot on January 30, 2018, 03:33:03 PM
   it was a great time. thanks to so much to farkas1 and victore for broadcasting the event, and for hosting/judging. thanks to farkas1 for the unique trophy. looking forward to the final result: a mage hand casting a spell. how cool is that?

   we had a number of folks who could not make it due to illnesses. but for all who did make it, we had some great matches and a fun time. a special shout out to the st Louis crew who are awesome competitors and help make events super fun just by showing up.

   I went 3-1 before the final match. the -1 was a timed tie (loss) to farkas1. I did not play correctly against his swarmy beastmaster. in tournament you cannot afford to make play mistakes against good players.

   my favorite match was actually a casual match against farkas1 after the tournament. his siren against my latest silly forcemaster build. think of it, two super positional mages, what nuances and tactical play to be had? nope, just a slug fest. was really entertaining. could have gone either way, however I managed to turn the tide and snag a win.




Title: Re: Winter War - January 27 in Champaign Illinois
Post by: Reddicediaries on January 30, 2018, 04:15:56 PM
Was there a finals match between the top 2? If so, how did it go?
Title: Re: Winter War - January 27 in Champaign Illinois
Post by: zot on January 30, 2018, 04:39:13 PM
yes. the final match was between my paladin and ryan's johktari beastmaster. I won that match to finish 4-1. I got a bit lucky to kill a wounded cevere which probably was the largest contributing factor to the win.