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By: BlippyTheSlug, Volker Kirstein
Apr 19 2013 12:11pm
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Ham on Wry II: The Erik Friborg Celebration Classic


Since last year's celebration was such a rousing success, I'm going to ride this rocket once again. Rather than dwell on the death of Erik Friborg, I've decided to once more spit in Death's face, and celebrate his life instead. 

Date: Saturday, May 4th, 2013 Happy Birthday, Hammy!
Start Time: 1800 UTC

1000 1400 1800 1900

Format: Constructed Classic
Structure: X rounds of Swiss pairing, followed by a T8 playoff (All pairings & standings will be generated by Gatherling)

8-16 17-32 33-64 65-128 129-226 227+
4 5 6 7 8 9

Announcements and game chat: /join HAM (old client), or channel #HAM (wide beta client)
Registration is open on Gatherling. Decklists are required.
Intentional Draws are allowed. Instructions for doing so will be provided during the player meeting at event start.

Players, pairings, and standings for this Event, along with the current Prize Pool, can be seen here. Note the tabs at the bottom of the spreadsheet for easy navigation. You can review last year's events, as well.

The Riot Act...

Bullying, mobbing, foul language, & general rudeness will not be tolerated. This includes "snide remarks" about decks/playing ability, personal attacks, racial slurs, etc. A player will get 1 warning. Repeat violations will result in disqualification from the Event. This will be enforced. Flagrant violations may be screenshot and reported to WotC for harassment.

Please refrain from talking in other players games, or PMing players in a game. This will allow players to concentrate fully without interruption. We cannot prevent players from talking within their own game. If both players in a game agree to allow "peanut gallery" chat, this rule may be waived. Violations by players will get 1 warning. Repeat violations may result in disqualification from the Event. Flagrant violations may be screenshot and reported to WotC for harassment.

As people playing in my events over the years can attest, I will get medieval if the situation so demands. Don't make me get naked.



Ham on Wry II is brought to you by:

  • Alphabot has pledged 250 tickets bot credit!
  • Cardhoarder has pledged 100 tickets bot credit!
  • CardShop has pledged 100 tickets bot credit!
  • CerealKillaz has pledged 40 Tickets!
  • Gatherling has pledged 50 Tickets!
  • MTGO Traders has pledged $100 in gift certificates! (valid email address required)
  • ValueBot has pledged 250 tickets bot credit!
  • Wizards of the Coast has pledged 30 ME Draft Sets! (Value ~$678)
  • Yours Truly started this one with 20 Tickets!

Approximate Prize Pool Value: $1,588.00!

Current Payout:

  • 1st - 145 various Tickets/bot credit, 8*ME Draft Set
  • 2nd - 89 various Tickets/bot credit, 6*ME Draft Set
  • T4 - 44 various Tickets/bot credit, 4*ME Draft Set
  • T8 - 22 various Tickets/bot credit, 2*ME Draft Set
  • T16 - 17.5 tickets bot credit
  • T32 - 10 tickets bot credit
  • First 100 players* registered - 2 various bot credit

* A player is defined as entering the event and playing all rounds. A bye is considered playing in a round. Failure to appear for a round is considered a drop, unless prior arrangements are made. Any drops prior to pairing announcement for final round will be ineligible for any prizes. :) We're basically paying people to play!


More pledges, bounties, and donations are still coming in. This gala bloodfest is two weeks away; I am still pounding on doors and making a nuisance of myself. You can see the current Prize Pool and proposed distribution here

If you want to make a personal pledge, clan-based pledge, bounty of some sort, or a direct donation, let me know. You can also help support Erik's family by buying cards from Hammybot


One of the many wonderful things that came out of the first Ham on Wry project was Hammybot, which was set up by Heath over at MTGO Traders to sell off Erik's MTGO collection. All of the proceeds from Hammybot are slated to go to Erik's widow and boy-child.

Hammybot is still around, and prices are the exact same as at MTGO Traders. Hammybot still has over 26,000 cards left, and over 5,700 Tickets have been raised! Be sure to check out Hammybot first for all your card needs, and help out a good cause! At last year's event, several players put up cards, boosters, and tickets as personal pledges and bounties. You can use Hammybot to purchase cards for use as pledges or bounties for this year's event for a double dose of good karma!

With this much chum in the waters, I expect a large turnout, with a great many sharks. Erik was no carebear when it came to gameplay. In fact, I'd call him downright cut-throat. I expect a significant percentage of players showing up to not be carebears, either.

Once again, to be clear: there will be sharks. Oh yes. There will be sharks.


This was *SUPPOSED* to be by BlippyTheSlug at Fri, 04/19/2013 - 13:09
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This was *SUPPOSED* to be tomorrow. :(

Keep it up when you are doing by chanpolice2017 at Sat, 08/27/2016 - 05:41
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Keep it up when you are doing well. That is how the game works. - Mark Zokle