Maand: januari 2017

Modern Monklies and DOS – plans for 2017

’t LAB
Dutch Open Qualifiers
Your Road to the Player’s Championship

We from ’t Lab have long supported Modern and all it’s players, this was also the main reason to support Dutch Open Series from the start in 2015. After three great seasons of The Monkly Invitational we felt something was ‘missing’. Of course, people were working hard to get into The Invitational but it still felt very ‘local’. You have been competing with your local player’s but there was no sense of an ultimate goal where you can shine as a player and rank yourself among the very best in The Netherlands. We wanted to change that and thus plans were made for 2017.

In cooperation with some of the biggest Tournament Organizers active in The Netherlands we decided to lay to rest our own Invitational program & fasten our bond with the Dutch Open Series. We feel that The Netherlands is currently swarmed with tournaments, some better than others. With this joint venture (currently consisting out of GameForce, ’t Lab, Magic-United & 4YourGames) you as a player will receive the very best from your known Tournament Organizers & have an even bigger and better goal to achieve: attending the The Player’s Championship hosted by Dutch Open Series.

Starting in 2017 we will host Dutch Open Qualifiers each month where you can earn points for the Player’s Championship, awesome playmats & great prizes. We will be hosting Modern DOQ (short for Dutch Open Qualifiers) events.

Please check the schedule from time to time to stay up-to-dated with our tournaments.

1. Dutch Open Qualifiers
We at ’t Lab will start hosting DOQ in Modern each month. Each Qualifier people will gather points for the Player’s Championship at the end of the year. The winner of a DOQ will receive an invite to a (constructed) Dutch Open Series event including 1 bye, he will also receive a great custom-made playmat. All of the DOQ are tournament regulation: competitive and require a deck-list, based on a Swiss tournament setup including Top-8.

2. Location(s)
DOQ will be held the entire year in The Netherlands at 4 premium stores. ’t Lab is one of the premium partners hosting Dutch Open Qualifiers throughout the year.

3. Entrance fee & prizes
We always try to make the expected prizes as transparent as possible for the players. This year we have the following structure in place regarding pricing. Entrance fee is € 15,00 per edition (only cash). We divide the entrance fee as followed:

€ 9,00 for the Prize support
€ 3,00 for hosting a DOQ
€ 2,00 cost for Judge staff
€ 1,00 cost for Tournament Organizer

Prize split is allowed and will be announced at every tournament, but players will always need to play for the Dutch Open Series invite + playmat, those prizes are non-split able. If attendance is higher or lower prizes will scale up / down accordingly. Dutch Open Invite + playmat are guaranteed no matter the attendance.

If you earn store credit but rather receive cash we can give you 85% of the value of the store credit in cash. This is only applicable on new earned store credit won at a Dutch Open Qualifier (not applicable on current store credit).

Playmat for the winner:


4. Dutch Open Points
The point system that is in place for the Player’s Championship is rather simple. For each DOQ you visit you will receive at least 1 Dutch Open Point. If you make it to the Top-8 of a DOQ you will receive bonus points for your achievement, you can also earn these points at other LCQ’s and at the Dutch Open Series events:

So if you win you will be awarded 8 Dutch Open Points that count for the Season / Yearly ranking. If you don’t go Top 8 you will be awarded 1 Dutch Open Point.

5. Player’s Championship
The Players’ Championship (read more about it here) is the Dutch Open Series & Dutch Open Qualifiers invite-only year-end event. The year’s Dutch Open winners, seasonal point leaders & the top Dutch Open Points earners form a field of thirty-six to compete for an expected prize pool of € 5.000,00 in prizes with € 2.000,00 for the winner including free entrance to all Dutch Open Series in 2018 with one bye!

 

Monkly Invitational Results and Decklists

Last year, December 18: the winners and most loyal players of our Lab Monklies throughout the season of 2016 gathered together to decide the ultimate winner and get a share of a €500 prize pool.

During the first 5 rounds of Swiss they played Modern, which again proved to be a very diverse format. And in the end 8 mages proved their supremacy in this format and got into TOP-8!

TOP-8 was not a regular tournament, not something you would expect… it was Cube Draft! All kinds of broken strategies were possible there, but the question was – in which direction was it better to go? In the end Frank van Houten proved that Monored with Winter Orb was the best choice, which made him our Monkly Invitational 2017 Champion, congratulations to him!

NEWS SPOILER: First of all, thank you for coming to our Monklies, playing with us and helping make Magic more fun and enjoyable for everyone! We will continue supporting Modern, of course, but for the upcoming 2017 we have a change of plans – we are teaming up with the biggest Modern-supporting stores in NL and together we will create a big joint Invitational! So that still means we will have Modern Monthlies every month, but in a new setting and also with cooler things! Stay tuned to hear more about it in the upcoming news 🙂

Decklists of TOP-8 and metagame breakdown you can find below.

Frank van Houten – Whacker Zoo

Creatures (28)
Burning-Tree Emissary
Experiment One
Flinthoof Boar
Ghor-Clan Rampager
Kird Ape
Reckless Bushwhacker
Vexing Devil
Wild Nacatl
Zurgo Bellstriker

Spells (10)
Atarka’s Command
Lightning Bolt
Blossoming Defense
Lands (18)
Forest
Mountain
Arid Mesa
Sacred Foundry
Stomping Ground
Temple Garden
Windswept Heath
Wooded Foothills

Sideboard (15)
Grafdigger’s Cage
Destructive Revelry
Deflecting Palm
Pyroclasm
Lightning Helix
Path to Exile
Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
Dromoka’s Command

Anco van den Berg – Zoo

Creatures (17)
Monastery Swiftspear
Wild Nacatl
Eidolon of the Great Revel
Goblin Guide
Grim Lavamancer

Spells (23)
Atarka’s Command
Rift Bolt
Lava Spike
Lightning Bolt
Boros Charm
Searing Blaze
Lands (20)
Wooded Foothills
Arid Mesa
Bloodstained Mire
Stomping Ground
Sacred Foundry
Mountain

Sideboard (13)
Skullcrack
Path to Exile
Rest in Peace
Deflecting Palm
Destructive Revelry

 

Pim Heijne – Affinity

Creatures (27)
Master of Etherium
Vault Skirge
Arcbound Ravager
Etched Champion
Memnite
Ornithopter
Signal Pest
Steel Overseer

Spells (16)
Galvanic Blast
Cranial Plating
Mox Opal
Springleaf Drum
Lands (17)
Blinkmoth Nexus
Darksteel Citadel
Glimmervoid
Inkmoth Nexus
Island
Mountain

Sideboard (15)
Ancient Grudge
Etched Champion
Ghirapur Aether Grid
Natural State
Nihil Spellbomb
Rest in Peace
Sea Gate Wreckage
Spell Pierce
Stubborn Denial
Thoughtseize
Whipflare

 

Joost Verburg – Abzan Coco

Creatures (29)
Anafenza, Kin-Tree Spirit
Aven Mindcensor
Fiend Hunter
Viscera Seer
Birds of Paradise
Eternal Witness
Melira, Sylvok Outcast
Noble Hierarch
Scavenging Ooze
Wall of Roots
Kitchen Finks
Murderous Redcap
Spellskite

Spells (8)
Chord of Calling
Collected Company
Lands (23)
Forest
Gavony Township
Godless Shrine
Horizon Canopy
Overgrown Tomb
Plains
Swamp
Temple Garden
Verdant Catacombs
Windswept Heath

Sideboard (15)
Abrupt Decay
Burrenton Forge-Tender
Kataki, War’s Wage
Orzhov Pontiff
Path to Exile
Pharika, God of Affliction
Qasali Pridemage
Tidehollow Sculler
Yixlid Jailer

 

Xandor Tollenaar – Jund

Xandor Tollenaar – Jund (0)

Creatures (14)
Tarmogoyf
Dark Confidant
Scavenging Ooze
Kitchen Finks
Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet

Planeswalkers (3)
Liliana of the Veil

Spells (20)
Lightning Bolt
Terminate
Abrupt Decay
Thoughtseize
Inquisition of Kozilek
Maelstrom Pulse
Kolaghan’s Command
Collective Brutality
Dreadbore
Lands (24)
Overgrown Tomb
Mountain
Blood Crypt
Stomping Ground
Twilight Mire
Wooded Foothills
Verdant Catacombs
Bloodstained Mire
Swamp
Forest
Blackcleave Cliffs
Raging Ravine
Hissing Quagmire

Sideboard (16)
Ancient Grudge
Nihil Spellbomb
Painful Truths
Liliana, the Last Hope
Ishkanah, Grafwidow
Fulminator Mage
Thrun, the Last Troll
Anger of the Gods
Night of Souls’ Betrayal
Kolaghan’s Command
Golgari Charm

 

Pascal van Alphen – Affinity

Creatures (27)
Memnite
Ornithopter
Signal Pest
Vault Skirge
Steel Overseer
Arcbound Ravager
Etched Champion
Master of Etherium

Spells (16)
Mox Opal
Springleaf Drum
Galvanic Blast
Cranial Plating
Lands (17)
Glimmervoid
Mountain
Inkmoth Nexus
Blinkmoth Nexus
Darksteel Citadel

Sideboard (15)
Ancient Grudge
Ghirapur Aether Grid
Etched Champion
Whipflare
Grafdigger’s Cage
Dismember
Spellskite
Thoughtseize
Sea Gate Wreckage
Stubborn Denial

 

Claes de Graaff – GW Tron

Creatures (6)
Spellskite
Wurmcoil Engine
World Breaker
Ulamog, Ceaseless Hunger
Platinum Angel

Planeswalkers (6)
Karn Liberated
Ugin, The Spirit Dragon

Spells (28)
Relic of Progenitus
Oblivion Stone
Path to Exile
Chromatic Star
Chromatic Sphere
Ancient Stirrings
Sylvan Scrying
Expedition Map
Lands (20)
Geier Reach Sanitarium
Mystifying Maze
Sanctum of Ugin
Forest
Brushland
Razorverge Thicket
Urza’s Tower
Urza’s Power Plant
Urza’s Mine

Sideboard (15)
Nature’s Claim
Surgical Extraction
Thragtusk
Ghost Quarter
Blessed Alliance
Warping Wail

 

Nick Wildschut – UWR Ascension

Creatures (4)
Thing in the Ice

Spells (38)
Pyromancer Ascension
Serum Visions
Manamorphose
Visions of Beyond
Thought Scour
Gitaxian Probe
Lightning Bolt
Lightning Helix
Remand
Faithless Looting
Lands (18)
Flooded Strand
Scalding Tarn
Spirebluff Canal
Sacred Foundry
Steam Vents
Hallowed Fountain
Island
Mountain

Meta Breakdown (4)
Affinity
Abzan Coco

 

Metagame Breakdown

3 Affinty
2 abzan Coco
2 GR Burn
1 UWR Ascension
1 Jund
1 GW Tron
1 Eldrazi & Taxes
1 Dredge
1 Mono U Turns
1 Ad Nauseam
1 Lantern Control
1 Mono U Tron
1 Madcap Experiment
1 Kiki Coco

 

 

Board Games Evening – on Thursdays

Have you ever wanted:

  • to start and try board games
  • to find a (new) group of people to play board games with
  • to try a particular board game before buying it
  • to have a fun Thursday evening after a tiresome work day
  • a new hobby for yourself and your friends

Without any doubt, you can recognise yourself by at least one of these points! Which is why we are introducing Board Games Evenings on Thursdays – from 18:00 to 21:30. We will provide you with a lot of different games, introduce you to the world and the community of board games (both are amazing!), help you with the rules, and play a few games with you. You can make new friends and also come with your own group and join the fun 🙂

Also it is completely free, and the only thing you need to bring with you is your good mood 😉

Tell your friends and see you on Thursday evenings!