The Dawn of Sanctioned Magic

Posted in Arcana on October 14, 2003

By Wizards of the Coast

Some of the latest news in tournament-level Magic, as Daniel Stahl reported last week, is that MagicTheGathering.com will soon include a section for tournament-level Magic strategy and event coverage. Today we take a look at some of the oldest news in tournament history: Magic's first sanctioned tournament.

The first Magic: The Gathering tournament sanctioned by the DCI took place at Gen Con 1993. Not many records of that tournament are still around, but we still have a play-by-play record of the last duel. In the following transcript, Rick Townsend, running a defensive green-white deck, faces off against Alex Parrish's aggressive red-black. (It's important to note that, as mentioned in a past Magic Arcana, Orcish Oriflamme was misprinted in Alpha with a mana cost of .)

Rick and Alex are tied in the finals, 1-1, and this duel would decide the winner of the first sanctioned tournament. (Transcription by Steve Bishop and Monty Ashley.)

Magic's First Sanctioned Tournament
Gen Con 1993

Mons's Goblin Raiders

Game Three

Turn #1 (Alex)

Alex: 20, Rick: 20

In Play: Nothing

Turn #2 (Rick)

In Play: Nothing

  • Drop: Plains

Turn #3 (Alex)

In Play: Mountain, Mons's Goblin Raiders

  • Drop: Swamp
  • Tap: Mountain and Swamp to cast Orcish Oriflamme
  • Attack: with Goblins

Alex: 20, Rick: 18

Circle of Protection Red

Turn #4 (Rick)

In Play: Plains

Turn #5 (Alex)

In Play: Mountain, Swamp, Mons's Goblin Raiders, Orcish Oriflamme

Alex: 20, Rick: 14

Turn #6 (Rick)

In Play: Plains, Forest, Circle of Protection: Red

Turn #7 (Alex)

Orcish Oriflamme

In Play: Mountain, Swamp, Mons's Goblin Raiders, Orcish Oriflamme

Alex: 20, Rick: 12

Turn #8 (Rick)

In Play: Plains, Forest, Circle of Protection: Red

  • Drop: Plains

Turn #9 (Alex)

In Play: Mountain, Mountain, Swamp, Mons's Goblin Raiders, Orcish Oriflamme

Alex: 20, Rick: 12

Giant Spider

Turn #10 (Rick)

In Play: Plains, Plains, Forest, Circle of Protection: Red

  • Drop: Forest
  • Tap: Forest, Forest, Plains, Plains to cast Giant Spider

Turn #11 (Alex)

In Play: Mountain, Mountain, Swamp, Swamp, Juggernaut, Mons's Goblin Raiders, Orcish Oriflamme

Terror

Alex: 20, Rick: 4

Turn #12 (Rick)

In Play: Plains, Plains, Forest, Circle of Protection: Red

Turn #13 (Alex)

In Play: Mountain, Mountain, Swamp, Swamp, Juggernaut, Mons's Goblin Raiders, Orcish Oriflamme

Alex: 20, Rick: 0

ALEX PARRISH IS THE 1993 GENCON MAGIC TOURNAMENT CHAMPION!

It was a simpler time, wasn't it? Doesn't it make you want to wax nostalgic, dig out your Alpha cards and build an Orcish Oriflamme deck? (Or perhaps you it makes you run screaming and go crack packs of Mirrodin.)

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