March 27th of the year 2021 was held the fourth Tundra Wolves Challenge, a yearly Old school 93/94 Magic: the Gathering tournament where the Montréal Tundra Wolves call for mages from across the Old school Magic world to challenge their lupine might. This year, 50 players from all over Canada, from the States and, for a first, a buncha players from France, Germany and Sweden, gathered to sling spells through their webcam for 6 rounds of Boreal ruleset goodness. Among other, some communities had strong representations: Vancouver Grizzly Bears (VAN), Toronto Citizen of Brass (TOR), Ottawa Capital Chaos (OTT), Québec city Brew Crew / Fallen Angels (QC), Montréal Tundra Wolves obviously (MTL), New England Old School (NEOS), France’s French Boars (FR) and more!
For a fourth consecutive year, the Wolves are proud to support Montreal’s Sun Youth Organization / Jeunesse au Soleil which, for decades now, has been helping youngsters and families in the most tangible of ways. This year, the tournament proceeds amount to a 600$ donation to them. We urge you to visit their website and see for yourselves what a wonderful organization they are!
Before getting into the prizes and results, we have to thank Top Deck Hero, a very cool MTG shop that’s been generously supporting us for two years. Thanks to them, TWC4 was topped off by a fierce charity-auction over a gorgeous “Ottawa Beta” (expertly inked Unlimited) Wheel of Fortune! Talk about swag. The amazing prizepool that we’ve assembled is also in big part due to them, with the added cherry-on-top that was the Dave Lee / @DurdlingAround Tundra Wolves alter — a very gracious contribution from him:
It is paramount to the Wolves that everybody gets a chance at winning the most precious stuff. We like to say: glamorous cardboard for all! That’s why five lucky winners got picked in random giveaways of increasing awesomness throughout the night, netting the bulk of the prizepool value. In such fashion, Andrew Ruschpler (TOR), Pierre-Olivier Roy (MTL), Marc Flore (NEOS), François Rousseau (MTL) and Derrick Boyce (MTL) all respectively got themselves rad TWC4 stamped Gaea’s Liege, Blood Moon, Mishra’s Factory, Berserk and Balance (ink gore by yours truly).
Then Toronto Citizen of Brass’ own Eric Do’s Unpowered finish was the best recorded at 27th, so his feat was awarded with a TWC4 stamped Meekstone trophy card! The Spiciest deck submission, as judged by nigh-omniscient (and also 2020 American North-East Chaos Orb flip contest champion) Laurence Boulanger, was Tundra Wolf Derrick Boyce’s Tribal Mana Battery deck (shown below). Derrick “The Boyce” was awarded with a TWC4 stamped Braingeyser trophy card — with a 0-6 record, it’s a second big win for him in a day anyways! You’re an inspiration to all of us, Derrick.
Lastly, Top 8 finishing players were all rewarded with a TWC4 stamped & sticker-altered Atog, that is: Matthew Messa (8th, ND/USA), Benoit Seveno (7th, MTL), Kyril Doubson (6th, MTL), Gaetan Zell (5th, VAN), Christian Arcand (4th, QC), Brendan McBain (3rd, VAN) and last year’s Champ Patrick Burt (2nd, OTT). Except for the champion, who was awarded a TWC4 stamped & sticker-altered Demonic Tutor as well as the coveted Dave Lee Tundra Wolves alter. That is: yours truly François R. Derbas Thibodeau (MTL), who went on a hot streak, undefeated in games and matches piloting pet deck Beast Island (shown below; further reading: 1, 2).
It seems fair to say that the Wolves, also Canada’s Boreal Community Cup champions, were up for the challenge this year! Now without further ado, let’s dive into the general results and deckpics, shall we?
After the full standings, you will find the Spicy decks of the event presented first along some notes from Spicemeïster Laurence. Top 8 deckpics follow and, lastly, the rest of the fighting field alphabetically.
Spicy decks from the event
Top 8 decks
The other decks (in alphabetical order)
Some early coverage is available here (to be updated):
i. G1 from the finals on Patrick Burt’s Capital Chaos Twitch hosted by Terrain Basique on YouTube: Link
ii. Full Patrick Burt’s Capital Chaos Twitch stream (only available for a couple of weeks!): Link
iii. Terrain Basique interview with François R. Derbas Thibodeau (french): coming april 7th or so!
iv. Your coverage here. Hit us up with reports or whatever!
Our most heartfelt thanks to our volunteering pro judges, Robert Hinrichsen and Eric Paré. They’ve played a key role in the way everything went fairly, and smoothly. As did Maxou Duguay! Our pro tournament logistics tech, who was graciously lended to us by Top Deck Hero.
A final shout out to the organizing team this year, with members working as a team most brilliantly: Wolves Dominic Beaudry, Maxime Bergeron, Laurence Boulanger, François R. Derbas Thibodeau, Karl Rivest-Harnoix, Pierre-Olivier Roy.
But first and foremost, thanks to all of you who participated. There would be no TWC without you! Til next time.
PS. We still have some limited-print stickers up for grabs in exchange for direct donations to SYO/Jeunesse au Soleil, so please do reach out if you want some of that swag!