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Draft 2: www.starmaker.nl/lap vs. Panzer Hunter

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The ever surprising Dutch team of star-maker seemed to have the early run of the packs, solidifying their color choices with a few specific picks. The Panzer Hunters quickly adapted though and presented a unified drafting front, moving their colors in such a way to nullify any long term draft advantage that the Dutch tried to garner. They maneuvered their way into choosing colors that not only maximized their seating postion but also took of their opponent's choices.

The table was seated as such: (Frank Karsten opened the first booster of the draft)

Itaru Ishida	Kazayuki Momose	Reiji Ando
Blue/White	Blue/Black	Red/Black

Jelger Wiegersma	Frank Karsten	Victor Van der Broek
Blue/Black	Red/Green	Blue/Green (splash White)

The Matchups:

Match A - Van der Broek vs Ishida

This matchup didn't fare so well for the Dutchman, as Ishida seemed to be placed in a more favorable seat for a Blue/White player, though Victor did get a number of creatures that work well in the combination, notable some Werebears and Springing Tigers. The Dutchman also was able to get a late gamebreaker Cultural Exchange which could prove important in the slow matchup.

Ishida seems to have the lions' share of good blue, getting Cephalid Broker and Looters, Aven Smokeweaver as well as Nomad Decoy, all of which are problematic for the removal light U/G/w deck. Ishida's problems started significantly in the Torment boosters, as he failed to get any significant picks that improved his draft. In the end, the Japanese should come out the winner with his superior card quality derived from the multiple Looters.

Match B – Momose vs Karsten

This is where the Europeans seem to have a siginificant edge, with Karsten having a terrific Red Green deck that was largely unfettered by the ebb and flow of the draft. With two Firebolts and two Fiery Tempers, very little should get in the way of his deck. Karsten also has a decent amount of quality creatures and made sure he was well-metagamed with two Krosan Constrictors both of which will prove to be golden versus the Blue/Black mage.

Momose though the underdog in this matchup, is far from helpless with a fine array of black creatures (Faceless Butcher, Soul Scourge) but in the end the speed and burn should make any effort inconsequential to the rampaging Dutchman.

Match C – Wiegersma vs Ando

The match is likely to come down to this crucial pairings with both sporting multiple bombs in their draft decks. Jelger sports a first picked Cabal Patriarch as well as two Faceless Butchers and a Hydromorph Gull. This backed up with a Morbid Hunger and two Syncopate is sure to make life tough for the Reiji.

Ando's deck is a creature removal heavy red black deck that is peppered with bombs, with Stalking Bloodsucker, Possessed Barbarian and a Pardic Collaborator to deal with the Dutch's lifetotal once the board is clear. This matchup will likely come down to draws, with the last man standing likely to emerge winner for his team.

Victor Van Den Broek
Team www.star-maker.nl/lap “A” Deck, Osaka Masters Semi-Finals

Main Deck Sideboard
              
                
2 Aven Flock 1 Aven Windreader 1 Scrivener 1 Cartographer 1 Crashing Centaur 2 Diligent Farmhand 1 Ivy Elemental 1 Springing Tiger 2 Werebear 1 Zoologist 1 Aquamoeba 1 Possessed Centaur
              
                
1 Shelter
1 Cultural Exchange
1 Deluge
1 Words of Wisdom
1 Deep Reconnaissance
1 Moment's Peace
1 Seton's Desire
1 Compulsion
1 Obsessive Search
              
            
              
                
1 Angelic Wall
1 Balancing Act
1 Immobilizing Ink
2 Touch of Invisibility
1 Decompose
1 Bash to Bits
1 Tremble
1 Aven Trooper
1 Mystic Familiar
1 Cephalid Illusionist
2 Liquify
1 Cabal Ritual
1 Organ Grinder
1 Kamahl's Sledge
1 Invigorating Falls
2 Krosan Restorer
              
            

Frank Karsten
Team www.star-maker.nl/lap “B” Deck, Osaka Masters Semi-Finals

Main Deck Sideboard
              
                
1 Lithatog 1 Barbarian Lunatic 1 Dwarven Recruiter 1 Krosan Avenger 1 Nantuko Disciple 1 Wild Mongrel 2 Crazed Firecat 1 Hell-Bent Raider 1 Basking Rootwalla 2 Krosan Constrictor 1 Nantuko Calmer
              
                
1 Engulfing Flames
2 Firebolt
1 Flame Burst
1 Thermal Blast
2 Elephant Ambush
2 Fiery Temper
              
            
              
                
1 Abandoned Outpost
1 Cease-Fire
1 Kirtar's Desire
1 Pilgrim of Justice
1 Sacred Rites
1 Shelter
1 Balshan Beguiler
1 Last Rites
1 Demoralize
1 Dwarven Grunt
2 Pardic Swordsmith
1 Seize the Day
2 Moment's Peace
1 Primal Frenzy
1 Rites of Spring
1 Cephalid Snitch
1 Mortal Combat
1 Kamahl's Sledge
1 Sonic Seizure
1 Dwell on the Past
              
            

Jelger Wiegersma
Team www.star-maker.nl/lap “C” Deck, Osaka Masters Semi-Finals

Main Deck Sideboard
              
                
2 Aven Fisher 1 Cephalid Scout 1 Dreamwinder 1 Scrivener 1 Cabal Patriarch 1 Crypt Creeper 1 Fledgling Imp 1 Whispering Shade 1 Hydromorph Gull 2 Faceless Butcher 1 Gravegouger
              
                
1 Darkwater Egg
1 Peek
1 Predict
2 Syncopate
1 Last Rites
1 Malevolent Awakening
1 Deep Analysis
1 Waste Away
              
            
              
                
1 Dedicated Martyr
1 Life Burst
1 Testament of Faith
1 Aether Burst
1 Immobilizing Ink
1 Words of Wisdom
2 Face of Fear
1 Frightcrawler
1 Mind Burst
1 Battle Strain
1 Krosan Archer
1 Tainted Field
1 Equal Treatment
1 Alter Reality
1 Cephalid Snitch
1 Carrion Rats
1 Putrid Imp
1 Flaming Gambit
1 Flash of Defiance
1 Pardic Collaborator
              
            

Itaru Ishida
Team Panzer Hunter “A” Deck, Osaka Masters Semi-Finals

Main Deck Sideboard
              
                
1 Beloved Chaplain 2 Hallowed Healer 2 Mystic Visionary 1 Nomad Decoy 1 Patrol Hound 1 Resilient Wanderer 1 Aven Smokeweaver 1 Cephalid Broker 2 Cephalid Looter 1 Mystic Familiar 2 Teroh's Faithful 2 Aquamoeba 1 Hydromorph Guardian
              
                
1 Second Thoughts
1 Acceptable Losses
1 Demoralize
1 Epicenter
1 Churning Eddy
1 Ghostly Wings
              
            
              
                
1 Cabal Pit
1 Aegis of Honor
1 Angelic Wall
1 Pilgrim of Justice
2 Pilgrim of Virtue
1 Escape Artist
1 Druid Lyrist
1 Moment's Peace
1 Primal Frenzy
2 Militant Monk
1 Pay No Heed
1 Cephalid Snitch
1 Mortiphobia
1 Crackling Club
1 Sonic Seizure
              
            

Kazuyuki Momose
Team Panzer Hunter Deck “B”, Osaka Masters Semi-Finals

Main Deck Sideboard
              
                
1 Crypt Creeper 1 Dirty Wererat 1 Frightcrawler 1 Zombie Assassin 2 Leaf Dancer 1 Faceless Butcher 1 Slithery Stalker 1 Soul Scourge 1 Nantuko Calmer
              
                
3 Innocent Blood
2 Morbid Hunger
1 Chatter of the Squirrel
1 Muscle Burst
1 Squirrel Nest
1 Still Life
1 Strength of Lunacy
3 Unhinge
              
            
              
                
1 Ravaged Highlands
1 Limestone Golem
1 Sacred Rites
1 Sphere of Law
1 Tireless Tribe
1 Cephalid Retainer
1 Dreamwinder
1 Peek
1 Phantom Whelp
1 Coffin Purge
1 Dwarven Grunt
1 Earth Rift
1 Mad Dog
1 Rites of Spring
1 Woodland Druid
1 Pay No Heed
1 Cabal Ritual
1 Psychotic Haze
1 Putrid Imp
1 Rancid Earth
1 Kamahl's Sledge
1 Far Wanderings
              
            

Reiji Andou
Team Panzer Hunter “C” Deck, Osaka Masters Semi-Finals

Main Deck Sideboard
              
                
1 Millikin 1 Childhood Horror 1 Dusk Imp 1 Frightcrawler 1 Gravedigger 1 Mindslicer 1 Stalking Bloodsucker 1 Whispering Shade 2 Anarchist 1 Halberdier 1 Gravegouger 1 Barbarian Outcast 1 Pardic Collaborator 1 Possessed Barbarian
              
                
1 Afflict
1 Patriarch's Desire
1 Liquid Fire
1 Thermal Blast
1 Crippling Fatigue
1 Waste Away
1 Pyromania
1 Violent Eruption
              
            
              
                
1 Sandstone Deadfall
1 Cease-Fire
1 Embolden
1 Life Burst
1 Ray of Distortion
1 Balshan Beguiler
2 Dwarven Grunt
1 Dwarven Shrine
1 Frenetic Ogre
3 Pardic Firecat
1 Reckless Charge
1 Whipkeeper
1 Frantic Purification
1 Mystic Familiar
1 Stupefying Touch
1 Rancid Earth
1 Enslaved Dwarf
1 Flash of Defiance
              
            
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