Although there have always been “flashback” events, like some booster drafts with old packs, I think it is reasonable to say that the first popular Old Frame format was invented in Sweden, which ended up being called 93/94 Old School, or “93/94 Old School: Swedish”, as so many variations of this original idea appeared. On their website, I see they invented it as early as 2007, although it did not become very popular until a few years later.
So I guess it is not a coincidence that the Nordic country is where a group of 93/94 Old School regulars have tried our main format, Old Frame Vintage. However, they decided to make several changes, essentially creating a new format, which we have called Old Frame Vintage: Lindström Style, in honour of its creator, Martin Lindström.
- Enlightened Tutor.
- Fact or Fiction.
- Frantic Search.
- Grim Monolith.
- Lion’s Eye Diamond.
- Mind Twist.
- Mox Diamond.
- Time Spiral.
- Voltaic Key.
Also, these are the cards that they do not allow but we do:
- Every Portal, Portal Second Age, Portal Three Kingdoms and Starter 1999 cards. In practice, the only cards that have seen play from those sets are Imperial Seal and Grim Tutor.
- Time Vault.
Both formats allow cards played from Alpha to Scourge, the whole Old Frame era, except for the “starter” sets mentioned before, but Old Frame Vintage: Lindström Style seems to be a much more dangerous place, as so many powerful cards are unrestricted.
Some of them seem especially problematic, like Flash, which is very strong together with Academy Rector, letting you bring a Yawgmoth’s Bargain into play for just 1U at instant speed. Or Gush, which dominated the Type 1 scene in Gro-a-tog decks in 2003 before it was restricted. Lion’s Eye Diamond also became a key card in Burning Long decks those days, together with a playset of Burning Wish.
If you want to try the format in person, there is a tournament in Gothenburg in less than a month.