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By: BlippyTheSlug, Volker Kirstein
Apr 20 2014 12:00pm
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Ham on Wry III ~ The Erik Friborg Celebration Classic

It's that time. Another year has come and gone, and it's time to pull this strange rocket out of the storage shed and take it for a ride once again. What started as a kneejerk response to morbid trolling has turned into an annual celebration of the life and contributions of Erik Friborg. Join me for the third running of Ham on Wry!

Time: Sunday, May 4th 2014 Noon EST/1600 UTC

0800 1200 1700 2000

Format: Constructed Classic, X Rounds Swiss, T8

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

Announcements and game chat: /join HAM (v3 client), or channel #HAM (wide beta client)
Registration is open on Gatherling. Decklists are required.
Intentional Draws are allowed.

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 past 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


One of the many wonderful things that came out the first Ham on Wry was Hammybot. Hammybot was set up three years ago by Heath Newton (and crew) over at MTGO Traders to sell off Erik Friborg's MTGO collection. All of the proceeds from Hammybot are slated to go to Erik's widow and boy-child.

This is the last year Hammybot will be around. After this year's event, Hammybot is scheduled to be paid out and the proceeds sent to Tammy and son. 

Prices are discounted to 5% below MTGO Traders list. Hammybot has raised over $6,700, but still has over 25,000 cards left. 

Be sure to check out Hammybot first for all your card needs, and help out a good cause! At the first Ham on Wry 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 in this year's Ham on Wry for a double dose of good karma!

Projected Payout:

T32/$10 Bot Credit

5 x $5 Bot Credit Door Prizes

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.

Prize Pool

I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all of our sponsors for the generous support they've shown for this event! I wouldn't be able to do this without them. I'm still pounding on doors and harassing people, so there may be more in the pipeline.

Fine Print

  • Players receive 3 points for a match win, 1 point for a match draw.
  • All pairings and standings will be generated via Gatherling in accordance with DCI protocols.
  • Deck changes between games are not allowed.
  • Games are played in the Anything Goes/Getting Serious play room. Games must be set as Constructed Classic, watchable, timed at 30/25 minutes, best 2 of 3, and be marked "Ham Round x".
  • First person listed makes table. Players have 10 minutes to make and join tables from time of pairings announcement.
  • 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, then be ejected from event.
  • Talking during other players games is discouraged. You may chat - within the guidelines above - within your own game. Violations by non event participants may be screenshot and reported to WotC for harassment.
  • Results must be posted via Gatherling Player CP before intermission. Results posted in the Ham on Wry chat room, or via PM, will be ignored. Results not posted before intermission will be declared a 0-0 draw.
  • WotC employees are welcome to play, but are ineligible for any prizes, other than bragging rights.
  • "Double Queueing" is not allowed. If you are found playing in another event, including WotC events, during Ham on Wry, you will be dropped from the event.
  • Shipping on Booster Box is free within US only. Recipient must pay shipping if outside USA.
  • Valid email addresses are required for some prizes. You will be notified via private chat if needed.



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