Krzikalla Goes Fishing For The Title

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Olaf Krzikalla lured enough fish to the surface to drown everyone else in a scaly heap.
Merfolk! The little blue men carried Olaf Krzikalla to a German National Championship. Against all expectations, his own as well as those of the metagame experts, the deck performed exceptionally here. Strong draft performance marked the second leg of Olaf’s journey. He heads a National team that carries some prowess. Former PT top 8 finisher Fabio Reinhardt has risen magnificiently to the occasion of finally playing some Magic again, as has Harald Stein for whom the top 4 finish at Nationals marked the end of long months without magical cards.

As an event, Nationals was a big drawcard for players from all over the country. Almost 150 Legacy players, more than 70 teams in the Two-Headed Giant champs, and two PTQs with more than 100 players each framed the main event. For the German pro players, though, the pro points they stood to gain here did not materialize. Only Jan Ruess fought back from a 2-4-1 start on day one to go 7-0 on day two, finishing in 15th place to earn himself one pro point.

With Nationals over and done with, the next event players especially here in Germany are looking forward to is Pro Tour: Berlin. From October 31st to November 2nd, pros from all over the world will converge in Berlin to find an Extended master. Before that, everybody has the chance to show his magical prowess on the Grand Prix circuit, in Rimini and Paris. Join us here at the new magicthegathering.com to read, hear and watch all about how you too can play the game and see the world!




Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Finals   Champion
1 Olaf Krzikalla   Olaf Krzikalla, 3-2        
8 Babak Mojtahedy   Olaf Krzikalla, 3-1
       
4 Roland Bode   Harald Stein, 3-1   Olaf Krzikalla, 3-0
5 Harald Stein    
       
2 Jan Lorenz   Jan Lorenz, 3-1
7 Martin Bisterfeld   Fabio Reinhardt, 3-1
       
3 Thoralf Severin   Fabio Reinhardt, 3-1
6 Fabio Reinhardt    

3rd Place Playoff  
Jan Lorenz Harald Stein wins 3-1!
Harald Stein


EVENT COVERAGE INFORMATION

  • Blog: Sunday, August 31st, 5:34 p.m.
    We Have A Winner (or more than one)
    by Hanno Terbuyken
  • Feature Match: Finals
    Olaf Krzikalla vs Fabio Reinhardt
    by Hanno Terbuyken
  • Feature Matches: Semifinals
    Fabio Reinhardt vs Jan Lorenz
    Olaf Krzikalla vs Harald Stein
    by Hanno Terbuyken
  • Blog: Sunday, August 31st, 10:05 a.m.
    Quarterfinal round-up
    by Hanno Terbuyken
  • Feature Match: Quarterfinals
    Roland Bode vs Harald Stein
    by Hanno Terbuyken
  • Blog: Sunday, August 31st, 9:45 a.m.
    A Series Of Tubes
    by Hanno Terbuyken
  • Info: Day 2 Blogs
    Feature Matches, Blogs, and more!
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Info: Day 1 Blogs
    Feature Matches, Blogs, and more!
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Info: Fact Sheet
    by Event Coverage Staff
 1.  Olaf Krzikalla
 2.  Fabio Reinhardt
 3.  Harald Stein
 4.  Jan Lorenz
 5.  Thoralf Severin
 6.  Roland Bode
 7.  Martin Bisterfeld
 8.  Babak Mojtahedy
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  • Blog: Sunday, August 31st, 9:45 a.m. -- A Series Of Tubes
    by Hanno Terbuyken
  • Tobi Henke and Sebastian Abresch hard at work.
    The internet is a series of tubes, we all know that one. Unfortunately, these tubes are sometimes blocked, obstructed, or simply vanish. This was precisely what happened yesterday night during round 13. It is the nightmare of every coverage reporter, and yet it keeps happening at almost every event.

    Coverage reporters need two things: electricity and internet. (We nourish from ions.) If either one breaks down, so does the reporter. Then the big hunt for internet started. In the hotel, we unplugged the free internet kiosk in the lobby to plug our laptops in. In our rooms, we tried to connect via the phone lines. In the end, a phone call pointed us to a bar across town that had free wireless, right next to the Invasion bar.

    Tobias Henke and Sebastian Abresch from PlanetMTG and myself grabbed a cab and chased the internet. When we arrived, it also came with refreshments. Luckily, the problem is apparently fixed today, so expect some coverage from the top 8!

    The Invasion bar.

     

  • Feature Match: Quarterfinals -- Roland Bode vs Harald Stein
    by Hanno Terbuyken
  • Before the match could start, judges had noticed that Roland was playing two of his Figures of Destiny as Foil versions. They bent noticeably, and the judges asked Roland to replace them. In the ensuing scramble for two non-foil Destinies, Harald remembered that he also had two of those, but couldn’t find a replacement anywhere, and his weren’t as bent anyway.

    Traditionally, red aggro decks have had an edge against their traditional arch-enemy white weenie decks, if they can overcome the hate in the tradition of Soltari Priest and Silver Knight. This was also the general opinion before this match: Roland would probably take this one home after sideboarding.

    Game 1:

    Roland won the die roll. It didn’t help him much, as the Kithkin leader Harald had the first play with Burrenton Forge-Tender, and followed it up with Spectral Possession. Roland struck back with Boggart Ram-Gang, of which he had four in his maindeck. An unusual choice for the field, but Roland had figured that blocking was more important than the extra point of power. In this match, that was certainly true.

    Roland Bode hunched over his side of the board.
    Harald entered a second Spectral Possession into the mix. Roland was clearly outnumbered despite his (non-foil) Figure of destiny. Wilt-Leaf Liege from Harald got hit by Skred. Harald sacrificed his Essenmann to prevent that Skred, but Roland had a second one.

    At the end of turn, Roland forgot to put a counter on his Figure of Destiny. He realized it just after his untap, but of course couldn’t back up. Harald attacked with his flying Spirit army, bringing Roland to 5 life, and bolstering precisely nothing with his new Wizened Cenn.

    Harald was on 12, and carefully figured out how to block, as he knew that Roland held Incinerate from the trigger on Countryside Crusher, that had recently come into play. All five Spirits entered the non-existent red zone, and to keep himself from death, Roland had to Incinerate one of them. But Harald had two Mana Tithe to stop the burn, and the Spirits killed Roland easily.

    Roland Bode 0 – 1 Harald Stein

    For sideboarding, Roland removed his single Ashenmoor Gouger, 2 Greater Gargadon and 3 Unwilling Recruit, puting in 2 Sulfurous Blast, 2 Brute Force and 2 Sulfur Elemental.

    Harald took his 4 Mana Tithe out of his maindeck to replace them with 3 Oblivion Ring and his sideboarded Unmake.

    Game 2:

    Roland had the faster start on the play, as he opened with Magus of the Scroll and Blood Knight. Harald answered with Burrenton Forge-Tender and Knight of Meadowgrain, but the Blood Knight could be a dire problem. The race was on.

    Three Spirits joined Harald by way of Spectral Possession. The bigger guys were on Roland’s side, though, as he added another Blood Knight and Boggar Ram-Gang to his already imposing force. The first Knight and the fresh Ram-Gang took Harald to 13. But the man from Cologne wasn’t about to hand the game to Roland. Wilt-Leaf Liege meant that his flyers carried considerable more weight, and he hit back with eight damage, taking Roland from 19 to 11 life in one fell swoop.

    Harald Stein, despite a fever shaking his insides, managed to hand on for dear life.
    The two Blood Knights remained Roland’s first line of offense, who added a new defensive lineman in the form of Countryside Crusher. Harald’s turn took a good while. “This is hard, and decisive. No pictures please!” said the tense player, who did not want to be disturbed in thinking through this turn.

    His attack was two Spirits and Knight of Meadowgrain. Roland blocked the Knight with everything he had – Ram-Gang, Crusher, and Magus. Harald killed the Ram-Gang with first strike, added Unmake, and killed Countryside Crusher, while still dealing four damage to Roland.

    The former Team World Champ went to 7. His Skred on Knight of Meadowgrain ran into Burrenton Forge-Tender, and when Harald added a second Wilt-Leaf Liege to the board, Roland conceded the game.

    Roland Bode 0 – 2 Harald Stein

    “Now the match-up doesn’t look as good anymore,” said Roland, who had done 25 post-sideboarded matches yesterday night, and won 20 of those. “That’s not a representative sample,” smiled Harald with his two-game lead.

    Game 3:

    Harald took enough time to decide about his mulligan to gain himself a slow-play warning. He appealed, as he felt that he hadn’t taken enough time yet to think this through. But the ruling stood.

    The hand Harald finally kept contained just one land, as he failed to make his second and third land drops. Harald still had Goldmeadow Stalwart and Figure of Destiny to make plays, but at the end of his third turn, he had nothing to do but to pump his Figure.

    Roland, meanwhile, also had a Figure of Destiny, but his was 4/4 already when it took Harald to 16. Magus of the Scroll and Blood Knight promised Roland a solid midgame. As he added Demigod of Revenge, Harald shook his hand. He had not played a land in his fourth or fifth turn, either. “I’m not conceding out of principle, because people conceded games they could have won too often,” said Harald.

    Needlessly, as it turned out, because there was no way for him to pull out this one.

    Roland Bode 1 – 2 Harald Stein

    Post-game, Harald complained about the slow-play warning, arguing that he should have more time to think about his opening hand in such a difficult beatdown match. Headjudge Michael Wiese upheld the warning on the grounds that game and tournament rules have to be followed, including pre-game procedure time limits, even in an untimed match like this one. The Kithkin player took a short break from the match to regain his composure and to get some fresh air, citing a fever he had. Indeed, Harald looked pale and sounded coarse. So far, we didn’t have to break out the Karsten bucket – yet.

    Game 4:

    On the draw, Roland could not keep his initial seven which contained Sulfur Elemental, four Demigods and a single land. “Turn 20: Demigod, Demigod, Demigod!” Roland described how that game would have turned out.

    Goldmeadow Stalwart and Burrenton Forge-Tender from Harald, Magus of the Scroll from Roland were the openings. A Demigod of Destiny from Harald received an immediate upgrade and sidled over to Roland to take four life from him, taking Roland to 11.

    By now, Roland’s board was Magus of the Scroll and two Boggart Ram-Gangs. Spectral Possession addded three fliers to Harald’s board, and now Roland was in trouble. He knocked the top of his deck – “Elemental!” -- hoping to find Sulfur Elemental. Instead, he had Demigod of Revenge. On 11 life to Harald’s 20, he had nothing to say but “go”.

    Burrenton Forge-Tender and two unblocked Spirits brought Roland to 8. Three more Spiritis came from Harald’s hand, and now Roland really needed that Elemental, not the Countryside Crusher he played. On the other hand, there was no point for him to hold back all of his ground forces. Since he wouldn’t be able to stop more than one flier anyway, engaging in a creature tangle to start some damage seemed good.

    Not to Roland, though. In the end, that thought was moot, as Harald plunked down Wilt-Leaf Liege, and Roland had no choice but to extend the hand.

    Roland Bode 1 – 3 Harald Stein

    Roland: “Crap.”

    He commented that Harald won every game he did through Spectral Possession, typically pumped by Liege. His opponent disagreed, claiming that his other beatdown draw would also work fine against Roland’s red deck. Either way, Harald Stein would go on to face the winner of the quarterfinal between Olaf Krzikalla and Babak Mojtahedy.

     

  • Blog: Sunday, August 31st, 10:05 a.m. -- Quarterfinal round-up
    by Hanno Terbuyken
  • While Harald Stein fought his fever and Roland Bode, so far only winning one of those match-ups, three other quarterfinals happened. This is their story.

    Olaf Krzikalla vs Babak Mojtahedy

    Olaf’s Merfolk did have more trouble than expected with Babak’s green men. Babak took the first match on the back of Olaf’s double mulligan, despite two Cryptic Commands from Olaf to fight back. Game 2 went to Olaf, who had multiple Sower of Temptation from his sideboard to decimate Babak’s board presence. Groundbreaker plus Giant Growth didn’t save Babak from his loss.

    In the third game, it was the Groundbreakers that did indeed pummel Olaf to death, with a little help from Garruk Wildspeaker and Stonewood Invocation. Olaf proved that Merfolk can pretty much do the same: Two Merrow Reejereys and a timley Unsummon on a 5/4 Battalion equaled the score in that match.

    The decider saw an exciting match, with Olaf down to five life by turn four, but hanging on to it dearly. A flurry of trades between Sower of Temptation and Cryptic Command on the one side and Garruk Wildspeaker and Stonewood Invocation led to a gigantic ground battle. Olaf had gradually whittled down Babak’s life to his own level, fended off an 8/8 Treetop Village boosted by Stonewood Invocation and finally killed Babak through the air.

    Olaf Krzikalla 3 – 2 Babak Mojtahedy

    Thoralf Severin vs Fabio Reinhardt

    The match between Fabio Reinhardt and Thoralf Severin was the first to be broadcast to the adjoining room, where players could watch and hear a live commentary by André Müller and Christian Reinschmidt.
    The first game took aaaages, until Fabio delivered a gigantic Wrath of God, clearing Thoralf’s board and saving himself on a mere three life. Thoralf tried to finish him with Siege-Gang Commander, but Fabio had Riftwing Cloudskate to keep it at bay. Eventually, Fabio won the game with Reveillark beatdown.

    Game 2 saw a mulligan to four cards from Fabio, so that Thoralf almost had the game in the bag. Fabio recovered with Ancestral Vision, and almost had turned the game round. But Thoralf drew Profane Command, let his Gargadon come into play with mana floating and gave the Gargadon Fear to kill Fabio.

    The final two games went to Fabio, who won both games with aggro beatdown off Ronom Unicorn, Riftwing Cloudskate, and Reveillark. Even though Thoralf had two Bitterblossom in the fourth game, Fabio drew enough Ronom Unicorns to stop those shenanigans and destroyed Thoralf with two Reveillark on the attack.

    Thoralf Severin 1 – 3 Fabio Reinhardt

    Jan Lorenz vs Martin Bisterfeld

    Jan with his Elves won the first game handily, as Martin drew two lands and nothing else. The same result came from the second game, where Martin tried finally evoked Reveillark on one life, and then lost to Jan’s removal. Martin had his comeback in Game 3, where he faced an early Thoughtseize but then stole Jan’s offense with Sower of Temptation and used Mulldrifter for aerial attacks. On one life, Jan gained nine life with Primal Command and Kitchen Finks, but had nothing left to defend with against air forces. But the fourth game netted Jan a 3-1 win. His early Elves beatdown did not do enough to kill Martin outright, but when he was about to stabilize Martin failed to draw anything but lands, and had to go down.

    Jan Lorenz 3 – 1 Martin Bisterfeld

     

  • Feature Matches: Simifinals
    Fabio Reinhardt vs Jan Lorenz
    Olaf Krzikalla vs Harald Stein
    by Hanno Terbuyken
  • Jan Lorenz was thoroughly rattled by the judge's investigation and happy to play in the top 4 in the end.
    Through the open window of the top 8 room came the sounds of a choir singing in the park grounds behind the Hanover Congress Center. Peacefully, Fabio and Jan waited for head judge Michael Wiese to allow them to start their match. They had to wait because the judge staff was investigating an alleged discrepancy between Jan’s decklist and the deck he played during the Standard rounds, wanting to assert if there was anything wrong or not.

    Meanwhile, Olaf Krzikalla and Harald Stein had started the second semifinal between Merfolk and Kithkin. Let’s check in with the two!

    Semifinal 1: Olaf Krzikalla vs Harald Stein

    Game 1:

    Olaf’s Merfolk had mounted a quick attack, with a board of two Cursecatcher, Venser, Shaper Savant, Silvergill Adept and Merrow Reejerey nipping at Harald’s heels. At 9 life, Harald had only a 2/2 Demigod of Destiny and Wizened Cenn to show. The boosted beater took Olaf to 8 life, and a second Demigod joined Harald’s team.

    Boosting was also on Olaf’s mind when he deployed Lord of Atlantis, tapping Harald’s Mutavault with the Reejerey’s ability. “You’re on nine, that’s exactly one too much,” said Olaf, attacking with 2 Cursesnatchers, Venser and Silvergill Adept, all of them with a +2/+2 bonus from Lord of Atlantis and Merrow Rejeerey.

    Wizened Cenn blocked Silvergill Adept, the smaller Demigod traded with Venser. Harald went to 3. He drew his card for the turn, and in the draw step, Olaf flashed in Vendilion Clique. Mana Tithe and Plains remained in Harald’s hand, who had to read the Clique twice to grasp its ability.

    Land, go, and Harald died from massive watery beatdown. Both players agreed that Olaf’s topdecks saved him through the match, as he had begun the match (before I started watching) with a good number of misplays.

    Olaf Krzikalla 1 – 0 Harald Stein

    Just after the players had started their second game, head judge Michael Wiese gave the ok for the second semifinal to start. It turned out that Jan Lorenz had had a superfluous Swamp in his deck, but not on his decklist, in the first match of Nationals on Friday. He had rectified his deck to match his decklist, but had not told a judge at that point.

    Semifinal 2: Fabio Reinhardt vs Jan Lorenz

    Game 1:

    Jan won the roll and kicked off with one of the classic opening moves of Magic through the ages: Forest into Llanowar Elf, and shortly after a second one. Fabio suspended two Ancestral Vision in a row. Jan took him to 14 via Wren’s Run Vanquisher. Jan made a second one and a Treetop Village. Forgetting to activate his Treetop Village, he instead attacked just with two Vanquishers. Fabio blocked with Mutavault and used Momentary Blink to save it.

    Jan did not let up, adding Civic Wayfinder and Tarmogoyf to his side, and Fabio hadn’t even resolved a single Ancestral Vision yet. At ten life, with three lands in hand, Fabio had to have something up his sleeve. He hadn’t, and when Jan revealed Profane Command, Fabio had no choice but to lose.

    Fabio Reinhardt 0 – 1 Jan Lorenz

    3 Chameleon Colossi, 1 Profane Command and 1 Murderous Redcap left Jan’s deck in favor of 3 Primal Commands, a Slaughter Pact and Faerie Macabre.

    Fabio decided that he wanted silver bullets in this match and sided in 2 Teferi’s Moat, in addition to 2 Condemn, and took out 2 Runed Halo, an Aven Riftwatcher and one Momentary Blink.

    Game 2:

    Cryptic Command, Cryptic Command, Teferi’s Moat (and two lands). That was what Jan’s Throughtseize revealed on the third turn. Jan took the Moat to allow a pathway for his Wren’s Run Vanquisher. It took Fabio to 11 before the Command came into play, countering Jan’s Civic Wayfinder and drawing Fabio a card.

    For the first time in this match, Fabio’s deck’s namesake showed up: Reveillark. Jan had Profane Command to kill it and return his Wayfinder. The killed Reveillark brought Mulldrifter back to net Fabio two cards, but nothing to stop the next three damage from Wren’s Run Vanquisher.

    Three more cards jumped into Fabio’s hand when he resolved a previously suspended Ancestral Vision. “So many cards,” sighed Jan, who certainly didn’t like it for fear of the game slipping out of his reach.

    The choir outside had changed to a shanty group, whose acccordion-powered sailor songs sounded loud and clear through the window. In theme with the sea-borne music, Fabio played a couple of blue cards, suspending Ancestral Vision and casting Riftwing Cloudskate.

    Kitchen Finks and Llanowar Elves joined Jan’s board before the next attack, promting Fabio to wonder aloud why he’d play his creatures first. Mulldrifter traded with Civic Wayfinder, but another one evoked even more cards into Fabio’s hand.

    By now, Fabio had two Mutavaults and two Treetop Villages among his seven lands, and pushing damage through should have been more of a priority for him before Fabio could grab the game and not let it go again. He did in fact activate one Mutavault and attacked, but Fabio stopped him in the beginning of combat step to reveal Cryptic Command. He tapped all attackers and bounced Jan’s Treetop Village.

    Playing Reveillark gave Fabio another blocker, but he wasn’t going to have much of an effect, as Jan used Primal Command to shuffle Fabio’s graveyard back into his library. To prevent his Reveillark from becoming useless, Fabio used Momentary Blink to flicker the Reveillark and return two Mulldrifters into play, drawing four cards in the process.

    The creature Jan chose to search for was Faerie Macabre. Kitchen Finks, Treetop Village and Wren’s Run Vanquisher ran into Mulldrifter and Riftwing Cloudskate on Jan’s next attack, taking Fabio to 5 life, with Reveillark and Mulldrifter in play and Ancestral Vision about to unsuspend. Fabio turned the pressure dial up with another Reveillark, Kitchen Finks of his own and Runed Halo naming Mutavault. With no way to stop ten flying damage a turn, not even Eyeblight’s Ending on Reveillark could save Jan from death by the control deck’s beatdown suite.

    With a last-ditch effort, Jan played Primal Command to gain seven life and searched for Kitchen Finks for even more life, but Fabio was firmly in control and not about to let it go.

    Fabio Reinhardt 1 – 1 Jan Lorenz

    On the main table under the camera that broadcast into the next room for everybody else to watch, Olaf Krzikalla’s Merfolk had just gained a 2-1 lead over Harald Stein’s Kithkin.

    Game 3:

    A first-turn Thoughtseize from Jan revealed Reveillark, Riftwing Cloudskate, Venser, Shaper Savant, Ancestral Vision and three lands, among them Mutavault. Fabio suspended the Vision, Jan made Wren’s Run Vanquisher and the same old dance between aggro and control began anew.

    Another Thoughtseize later, Venser was gone from Fabio’s hand. Aside from that, they both continued their dance with another Wren’s Run Vanquisher from Jan, and another Ancestral Vision from Fabio. Attacks met Cryptic Command or Fabio’s chest (down to 9 life), but he was drawing enough cards to keep Jan in check so far, for example with Teferi’s Moat.

    Jan’s only out against the enchantment were his three Primal Commands, or beating Fabio to death with Mutavaults. Riftwing Cloudskate kept on ticking down Jan’s life total, Fabio added a Reveillark and the game was virtually over. The players went through the motions of Jan trying to slow down his death and Fabio trying to make it happen faster, but the end result was all the same another win for Fabio.

    Fabio Reinhardt 2 – 1 Jan Lorenz

    The update from the other semifinal brought the news that Olaf Krzikalla won 3-1 against Harald Stein’s Merfolk.

    Game 4:

    A calm and collected Fabio Reinhardt on his way to the finals.
    Another early Thoughtseize showed that Fabio had started the game with Reveillark and Cryptic Command in hand, in addition to the Ancestral Vision he had already suspended. As usual, Jan put on pressure with Wayfinder, Tarmogoyf and Vanquisher, but Fabio had his first Wrath of God of the match to reset the board.

    After the Wrath, both players traded beats with Murderous Redcap and Venser, keeping the life totals even at 13 (Fabio) and 14 (Jan). Tarmogoyf for Jan promised to speed the dragging match up a little, but at just 2/3, the two-drop wasn’t doing much.

    Fabio attacked with Kitchen Finks, Jan responded with Slaughter Pact on Venser. A second Venser from Fabio bounced Jan’s Tarmogoyf, and he pushed three damage through. Reveillark followed the replayed Tarmogoyf. Fabio expended his last card in hand, the Cryptic Command, to save the Reveillark from Eyeblight’s Ending, tapping all of Jan’s creatures in the process. That left Jan open to a counterattack that left him dead.

    Fabio Reinhardt 3 – 1 Jan Lorenz

     

  • Feature Match: Finals
    Olaf Krzikalla vs Fabio Reinhardt
    by Hanno Terbuyken
  • Game 1:

    Olaf won the die roll and wasted no time. An unrelenting army of Merfolk, with Merrow Reejerey, 2 Cursesnatcher and Silvergill Adept, with Venser, Shaper Savant to boot, brought Fabio to a quick 10 life. Fabio played his own Venser to bounce the Reejerey and kill Olaf’s Venser, but he found nothing that would dam the blue tide drowning him. Even before his Riftwing Cloudskate would unsuspend, Olaf had overwhelmed Fabio.

    Olaf Krzikalla 1 – 0 Fabio Reinhardt

    Both players sideboarded, like this:

    Fabio:
    Out: 1 Reveillark, 1 Momentary Blink, 3 Runed Halo
    In: 2 Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir, 1 Pact of Negation, 2 Teferi’s Moat

    Olaf:
    Out: 3 Unsummon, 1 Stonybrook Banneret
    In: 1 Reveillark, 3 Sower of Temptation

    Fabio Reinhardt is back.
    Game 2:

    On the play, Fabio didn’t like his first two hands and mulliganed twice. His first play: Suspending Ancestral Vision. Olaf, on the other hand, kicked off with Silvergill Adept. Fabio had Riftwing Cloudskate and missed his land drop.

    Falling behind was painful in this one, as Olaf kept building his army, adding two Stonybrook Bannerets to his Adept and beating Fabio for four, down to 13 life. Fabio had banked on Ancestral Vision, but it smacked into Olaf’s Sage’s Dousing, captalizing on Fabio’s land shortage.

    Venser from Olaf further complicated Fabio’s problem, bouncing an Island. Another Sage’s Dousing countered Fabio’s Riftwing Cloudskate, and a third one prevented Fabio from ever getting back into this game by countering Wrath of God.

    Fabio’s life total from this game: 20, 17, 13, 7, 1, dead.

    Olaf Krzikalla 2 – 0 Fabio Reinhardt

    Game 3:

    Fabio: “2-0? Then I’m not under pressure anymore. I’ll play first.” Ancestral Vision as first play and Riftwing Cloudskate to boot promised a better game for Fabio than the previous one was, especially since he did not miss a land drop this time. Kitchen Finks provided him with a first line of defense.

    Olaf Krzikalla did not expect to be here on Sunday.
    On the other side, the usual line-up of gilled beaters showed up: Cursecatcher, Merrow Reejerey, Stonybrook Banneret. Lord of Atlantis decided to put a thicker hide on everyone. Olaf activated Mutavault and attacked with Reejerey, Cursecatcher, Mutavault and Banneret, dealing 13 damage to Fabio. Now on 6 life, Fabio definitely needed a solution, and he needed it now.

    On his turn, Cloudskate and Ancestral Vision came into play. The Cloudskate bounced Mutavault but Fabio needed more than that. With just four mana available, he attacked Olaf down to 15 with Kitchen Finks and Cloudskate.

    Fabio’s solution was Teferi’s Moat.

    Olaf smiled, and revealed Venser, Shaper Savant, to become the German National Champion 2008!

    Olaf Krzikalla 3 – 0 Fabio Reinhardt

     

  • Blog: Sunday, August 31st, 5:34 p.m. -- We Have A Winner (or more than one)
    by Hanno Terbuyken
  • Team member Harald Stein, alternate Jan Lorenz, champion Olaf Krzikalla and team member Fabio Reinhardt (from left to right).
    The 2008 German National Champion is Olaf Krzikalla. Living in Berlin and Dresden, Olaf hadn’t expected to do this well. He had experience with his Merfolk deck, but had never drafted Eventide before. Still, he aced his Lorwyn draft 4-0 and posted a respectable 2-1 finish in the Shadowmoor draft format.

    He heads a team that should be capable come Worlds. Fabio Reinhardt and Harald Stein have been around for a long time, oscillating between playing and not playing from year to year. Both had resurfaced for this Nationals, and talent and experience prevailed over the countless hours of playtesting that others had put in. Harald Stein had secured his spot on the team with a 3-1 victory over Jan Lorenz in the play-off match for third place during the final match.

    Team Casual Pros: Klaus Jöns and André Müller are Germany's 2HG champs.
    Nationals also produced another couple of winners. André Müller and Klaus Jöns failed to generate anything attention-worthy during the main event. But when the two turned their collective attention to Two-Headed Giant, they roamed through the field like a four-eyed corn harvester. At the end of the day, they won their way to the Foil common print sheet that was the grand prize for 2HG.

    Also, the traditional soccer match on Saturday night had a winner: The team from the East now holds that title for one year. They had to play against three other teams, one from the North, one from Northrine-Westphalia, and one with all the other players from around the country.

    And as a farewell bit of information, here are the top 8 decklists from today’s qualifier for PT Berlin:


    Nikolay Mihnev – Merfolk
    Block Constructed PTQ Top 8

    Marcus Reissenberger – Faeries
    Block Constructed PTQ Top 8

    Tobias Maurer – Kithkin
    Block Constructed PTQ Top 8

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