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GOAT Magic: Old School—BantamGeddon vs. Underworld Dreams

Right now, the Magic world's focus is on the game's history thanks to Dominaria, which is overloaded with sweet reprints and callbacks. In celebration, for this episode of GOAT Magic, we're exploring one of the most historic formats in all of Magic: Old School! If you aren't familiar with Old School, it's a strange format that only allows cards from the first couple years of Magic (from Alpha through Fallen Empires), which helps the format capture the flavor of playing Magic back during its infancy in 1993 / 1994. While the card pool is small, it's also powerful, with all of the Power 9 being legal along with degenerate combos and powerful spells! 

For our match today, Richard is running BantamGeddon, which is looking to play a bunch of aggressive creatures and fast mana, wrath away all of the lands on the battlefield with Armageddon, and then finish things off with Erhnam Djinn or Serra Angel. Meanwhile, I'm trying to combo off with Underworld Dreams Combo by Forking Wheel of Fortunes before eventually winning the game with a combination of Black Vise and Underworld Dreams. What is this crazy Old School format all about? Let's get to the videos and find out!

Oh yeah, if you're interested in reading more about the Old School format, you can read up on all of the rules, while Old School MTG has a ton of deck lists from Old School tournaments.

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GOAT Magic: Old School


It's hard to say too much about the Old School format or even the decks based on a single match, other than it was a lot of fun. While playing Old School in paper is prohibitively expensive unless you happened to be collecting Magic cards back in 1993 or have a ton of disposable income, it's surprisingly affordable on Magic Online. While the client doesn't officially support the format, if you have a friend or two who are interested in trying it out, it's worth the effort. You get to play a lot of cool old cards and do a lot of really powerful things that simply aren't allowed in modern Magic, like blowing up all of your opponent's lands or drawing three cards with Ancestral Recall! Give Old School a shot if you are looking for a different way to play Magic and are independently wealthy (or enjoy Magic Online)—it's a lot of fun!

Anyway, that's all for today. We'll be back in a few weeks with another GOAT Magic. Until then, leave your thoughts, ideas, opinions, and suggestions in the comments, and you can reach me on Twitter @SaffronOlive or at

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