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    Is there any decent scene around the Portland area?

    As the title states, I'm looking for a new playground in the Portland area. I'm considering moving out there with some family and was just curious if there was anything happening.

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    according to that show portlandia, magic the gathering SHOULD be huge out there.

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    Re: Is there any decent scene around the Portland area?

    Which Portland?
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    Re: Is there any decent scene around the Portland area?

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    Which Portland?
    Oregon.

    I did some googling and found quite a few shops in the area (like 12 or something), but if they're anything like the ones around here... meh. Sure gigantic FNM's are cool, but I need a good Legacy scene that doesn't involve me driving 4 hours for a change.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iPhael View Post
    Oregon.

    I did some googling and found quite a few shops in the area (like 12 or something), but if they're anything like the ones around here... meh. Sure gigantic FNM's are cool, but I need a good Legacy scene that doesn't involve me driving 4 hours for a change.
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    Re: Is there any decent scene around the Portland area?

    Quote Originally Posted by iPhael View Post
    Oregon.

    I did some googling and found quite a few shops in the area (like 12 or something), but if they're anything like the ones around here... meh. Sure gigantic FNM's are cool, but I need a good Legacy scene that doesn't involve me driving 4 hours for a change.
    The only store around here that I know of that does legacy is Guardian Games... who only do it on the 3rd Tuesday of every month. They have said that if there are enough people wanting it, they can make it a regular thing and replace more TNMs.
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    Was just in Portland for a few months. For Legacy, you'd want to check out Portal Games, pretty much the only shop that continues to host the format, but it's a chill environment with a decent selection of cards. Guardian seemed more keen on EDH, Standard, and some Modern.

    There are some cool dudes out there and a few of them (FromCairo, Lochlan, others) post in the boards. The events are 5 bucks every Saturday at 3, then the last week of the month is a 15 dollar tournament. Usually a turnout of 6-12 players. They have a thread going somewhere here...something like "Portland Legacy, WTF?" for more info.

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    Re: Is there any decent scene around the Portland area?

    Sad to say, but I'm not sure where -- if any -- the Portland Legacy exists these days. It periodically shifts between here and Vancouver (just over the Columbia River), but it's pretty dead now, as far as I know. In the past, it would pick up in the summer when people were between years in college, but I haven't been to a local Legacy tournament in 1.5 years.

    If you find anything, let me know.

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    Re: Is there any decent scene around the Portland area?

    http://portalgamespdx.com/portland_games/calendar.html

    One day I'll get a deck and make it to one. This looks like the only regular Legacy.

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    Re: Is there any decent scene around the Portland area?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jak View Post
    http://portalgamespdx.com/portland_games/calendar.html

    One day I'll get a deck and make it to one. This looks like the only regular Legacy.
    Didn't know this was a store. Will definitely check it out. 10-proxy, eh? Makes quite a few decks very appealing.
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    Re: Is there any decent scene around the Portland area?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jak View Post
    http://portalgamespdx.com/portland_games/calendar.html

    One day I'll get a deck and make it to one. This looks like the only regular Legacy.
    Yeah this has my attention, I'll definitely look into it if I make the move (which is looking more and more likely). Thanks.

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    Re: Is there any decent scene around the Portland area?

    Cool, look forward to some new faces.

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    Re: Is there any decent scene around the Portland area?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jak View Post
    http://portalgamespdx.com/portland_games/calendar.html

    One day I'll get a deck and make it to one. This looks like the only regular Legacy.
    The location is great. Have you or anyone played in any of their legacy tournaments? What's the scene like?

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    Re: Is there any decent scene around the Portland area?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bardo View Post
    The location is great. Have you or anyone played in any of their legacy tournaments? What's the scene like?
    I've played in most of their legacy tournaments. The attendees are competitive and friendly and the decks change a lot. It's always fun and 100% of the entry fees go to a prize of store credit--and the shop itself is excellent (although smaller than Guardian) with nice owners and a fairly good selection of singles.

    @ Jak: There's half a dozen full-proxy house decks you can use if you don't own cards, so there's really no reason not to show up.

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    Re: Is there any decent scene around the Portland area?

    Will definitely try. I invested in standard last year since there was no legacy to be found, so eventually I'll make the transition back to the legacy cardboard. I just havent been interested in magic for a bit. This sparks it though. Hopefully I can make it to one soon! I do like the ten proxy rule because it will allow for some good experimentation. Haven't played in a legacy tournament since rocking Bant Survival ha.

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    Re: Is there any decent scene around the Portland area?

    I would like to put in in favor of Portal Games.

    The Legacy community there, while not as vast as some other places, (LA, NY) is very enthusiastic and the man who runs the store is a very honest and considerate person.

    They give a very, very good trade in rate for cards, and also have very competitive prices.

    I always make it a point to make a trip there, play some legacy/EDH, and trade in some cards when i go up to portland to visit family.
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    Re: Is there any decent scene around the Portland area?

    I'll be at one of these in the future. Just started putting a deck together so once the cards get here I'll be slinging spells. Hope to see this great scene in action!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jak View Post
    I'll be at one of these in the future. Just started putting a deck together so once the cards get here I'll be slinging spells. Hope to see this great scene in action!
    Yeah, I'll probably be running something terrible. But what the heck, right?
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    Re: Is there any decent scene around the Portland area?

    So I made the move and headed down to Portal last night for draft night. I was seriously impressed. They had basically everything I needed and had EXTREMELY reasonable trade in values. Plus the guys running the show are really really cool.

    They said that the 10 Proxy Tourneys every Saturday draw between 6-12 people, which is a fine to start and grow upon. I'm very excited to see some other Sourcers out there, and my buddy Coraz86 here needs me to confirm Bardo and Pinder's "BAMFitude" hahaha.

    See you all at the tables!

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    Re: Is there any decent scene around the Portland area?

    I still need to find time to head over there.
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