Hey it’s Slamm.

I want to invite you to the return of in-person OS MTG in Toronto.

My feelings here are definitely conflicted. Is it too soon? Is this responsible?

Or is this what many people need in a time like this? To enjoy their hobby, rekindle old friendships, or start ones anew with people they’ve only met through forums and webcam?

I don’t know that answer. That’s for smarter people than me to debate, and for each individual to decide.

Anyways I’m hosting an event at Tilt Toronto

Tilt Toronto is an awesome Arcade Bar in Toronto. There are arcade games, pinball games, beers, and retro consoles available to play. A lot of the aesthetics and the machines (hello… SF2? NBA JAM? WRESTLEFEST? TERMINATOR2?) are straight outta the early 90s.

Toronto does cool shit too. There’s a lot of love for MTG.

It never ceases to amaze me how Toronto (and surrounding areas) have wizards and mages that seem to materialize out of thin air, or nostalgia, to show fondness and affinity for the old cardboard. There is certainly a lot of love for the game and for these old rectangles — let’s celebrate that and have a fun afternoon where we can forget the stresses of the world around us and tap these inherently magical cards.

Oh, and the venue is pretty cool and unique too. Should make for an interesting story on Monday at work or to your friends during the holidays – if you dare share your nerdiness.

I wanted to do something unique

This will be a success for me if I see people enjoying the unique venue, having a good time with in-person Magic, making trades, and tapping Hand of Justice(s). I hope that if this is your first OS event, it leaves a great impression of what the game, the format and the community is like.

And that if it’s your hundredth OS event, it’s notable enough that you’ll remember and cherish it as another great time.

Maybe this will suck.

Yah maybe. Maybe not. But I wanted to take the chance to do something cool, at the end of a particularly hard year for many people. If no one shows OR the event is a mess – I’ll take solace in the fact that we tried to do something cool in the face of so much around us today that sucks.

Come enjoy The Gathering

Full details and registration are at



Boreal Community Cup 2

Long time, no see, friends! This doesn’t mean that nothings been going on though. Deep in depths of the Canadian Old School discord, chatting and planning have been taking place for a few weeks on something new. Full details are still forthcoming, but we wanted to get the word out so y’all can mark your calendars. I’ll update this space with details as they become available, but for now, here’s the Press Release.

With everything happening with Omicron, how about another Boreal Community Cup to keep our minds off things, and to bring the Canadian communities together? And by that, we mean pitting Canada’s Old School communities against each other, all to benefit charity!

Like last year:

  • Communities compete together, including Outsiders.
  • Players accumulate points, which go towards their community totals.
  • Proxies are allowed.
  • Boreal banlist
  • ALL money collected will go to the winning community’s charity of choice.
  • $15 CAD entry

There will be a few changes:

  • We’re going to make the points system and event simpler.
  • The event will not take place over a day. Instead, you will get 5 opponents outside your community, and you play your matches over 2 weeks.
  • The winning community will be the one with the highest points per person, provided they have at least 3 registrants.
  • You will register to spice or spike. And you will be paired against others who did the same.
    • In the spike bracket, you get a point per win (up to 5).
    • In the spice bracket, you get a point per spice vote from our panel of judges (up to 5)
  • There are no community cards (or points for using specific cards).

The matches will take place between February 12 – 27. Registration opens January 24. All participants are expected to schedule matches during North American evenings. More details to come on prizes and raffles. Please reach out if you’d like to donate to the raffle. Please join the Canadian Old School Discord (https://discord.gg/FxSf37yJbK), and join us in the #boreal-community-cup channel.