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Round 5: Eric Froehlich vs. Tom Van de Logt

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Worlds is definitely a good tournament for Tom Van de Logt. He made Top 8 at Brussels, and followed up by winning the whole thing last year in Toronto. Eric Froehlich is no slouch either, and has had a breakout season this year. Widely considered to be the hottest player in America at the moment due to his consistent finishes, he has an added advantage in this tournament thanks to being a part of the Magic Colony. Testing for about a month straight is likely to have its advantages, but this week will prove if the theory actually works.

Game 1

Froehlich opened with Birds of Paradise, and followed with a turn two Anurid Brushhopper. Van de Logt cast Repulse on his end step, and Froehlich discarded two cards in response. An argument resulted, as Froehlich assumed the Brushhopper would come back on Van de Logt's turn. The judge ruled that because the Brushhopper triggers on end of turn, and the end of the turn trigger had already passed, it would not come back until Froehlich's end step. Froehlich cast a second Brushhopper, while the World Champion summoned Psychatog. Both of Froehlich's Brushhoppers attacked, and a Psychatog took one down. The lone Brushhopper attacked on the following turn, and left play after damage went on the stack. This allowed Flametongue Kavu to shoot down the 'Tog, and Froehlich had no cards in hand, but two Call of the Herd in the graveyard.

Froehlich now improved his board position, flashing back Call of the Herd and attacking into Van de Logt's Nightscape Familiar. This allowed Van de Logt to Cunning Wish for Fire/Ice, and take out Flametongue Kavu and Llanowar Elves. Repulse bounced away an elephant token, and Froehlich was suddenly left with only a Brushhopper on offense. The other Call was flashed back, but Van de Logt had Circular Logic. Van de Logt incorrectly tapped his black sources, which made Froehlich's Fire/Ice on Nightscape Familiar critical, and it had to be Counterspelled. This left Van de Logt with no cards in hand, but he topdecked a pair of Flametongue Kavus to win the game.

Froehlich- 0 Van de Logt- 1

Game 2

Llanowar Elves accelerated Froehlich right out the gate, and was followed by Wild Mongrel. Phantom Centaur was Memory Lapsed, and countered with Circular Logic the second time. After a few attacks Repulse bounced the Mongrel, and Van de Logt summoned Psychatog to stop the beats. The Mongrel came back into play, and Van de Logt cast Duress on his turn. Froehlich was a bit stunned and asked, "Who does that?" and saw a hand of two Fire/Ice, Global Ruin, and Flametongue Kavu. Naturally, the World Champion made Froehlich discard the Armageddon-type spell. Fact or Fiction presented Van de Logt with Fact or Fiction and three lands or Flametongue Kavu, and he gladly took the four card pile. Van de Logt already had a Flametongue waiting in his hand, and Froehlich lamented, "I wish I could (Global) Ruin you right now so badly."

Van de Logt's Psychatog seemed as if it would have free reign over the Red Zone, but Froehlich summoned Phantom Centaur. With the board even for the moment, Fact or Fiction put Van de Logt further ahead. Ice tapped down Froehlich's Centaur during his attack step, so Flametongue Kavu was summoned to at least slow Psychatog down. Van de Logt had Circular Logic, so Llanowar Elves took one for the team. Upheaval was followed by a land and Nightscape Familiar, and Psychatog was not far behind. Ice would have slowed it down for a turn, but Van de Logt had Memory Lapse.

Final Result: Froehlich- 0 Van de Logt- 2


2002 Worlds (Type 2): RUB Psychatog
Tom Van de Logt

2002 Worlds (Type 2): Red Zone 2K
Eric Froehlich

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