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Australian Champ Repeats!

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Canberra, the nation's capital. Australia looks to this city to find its political power, so what better place for the Magic players of Australia to gather to determine who will be representing them at the World Champs later this year in France?

101 players fronted up this weekend with the hope that they would be one of the hallowed four. Climbing to the top of the pile once again, to repeat his 2004 performance, was Tim He, who will be joined by Cameron Veigel, Daniel Piechnick and Anthony Purdom competing under Australia's banner at the Louvre come November this year.



Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Finals   Champion
1 Tim He   Tim He, 3-0        
8 Hugh Glanville   Tim He, 3-0
       
4 Anthony Purdom   Anthony Purdom, 3-2   Tim He, 3-2
5 Jarron Puszet    
       
2 Cameron Veigel   Cameron Veigel, 3-2
7 Merlyn Evans   Cameron Veigel, 3-2
       
3 Daniel Piechnick   Daniel Piechnick, 3-1
6 Paul Batum    

3rd Place Playoff  
Daniel Piechnick Daniel Piechnick, 3-2
Anthony Purdom


EVENT COVERAGE INFORMATION

  • Blog - 9:22 p.m. - Decklists: The Top 8 Decks
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Blog - 8:56 p.m. - Finals: Tim He vs. Cameron Veigel
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Blog - 8:31 p.m. - 3rd Place Playoff: Daniel Piechnick vs. Anthony Purdom
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Blog - 8:08 p.m. - Semifinals: Tim He vs. Anthony Purdom
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Blog - 7:38 p.m. - Semifinals: Cameron Veigel vs. Daniel Piechnick
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Blog - 6:40 p.m. - Quarterfinals: Tim He vs. Hugh Glanville
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Blog - 6:15 p.m. - Quarterfinals: Paul Batum vs. Daniel Piechnick
    by Event Coverage Staff



  • Day 2 Blog Archive - Last Round Action, Photo-Essay, Top Pro Play, and More!
    by Event Coverage Staff



  • Day 1 Blog Archive - Grinders Decklists, Top Pro Play, Raredrafting, The Ballad of Joe Connolly, and More!
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Info: Fact Sheet
    by Event Coverage Staff
 1.  Tim He
 2.  Cameron Veigel
 3.  Daniel Piechnick
 4.  Anthony Purdom
 5.  Hugh Glanville
 6.  Jarron Puszet
 7.  Merlyn Evans
 8.  Paul Batum
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  • Sunday, July 23: 6:15 p.m. - Quarterfinals: Paul Batum vs. Daniel Piechnick


  • Paul Batum's Zoo faced off Daniel Piechnick's homebrew Blue-Green-White control in the quarter finals, the only matchup in the quarters that can't be described as Blue-Green aggro verses Black-White-Blue control. Batum went undefeated with his deck, going 5-0 before IDing. Piechnick, the last player to take a loss in the tournament, went 3-1 with the deck before double drawing into the top eight, using nearly exactly the same deck that qualified him through Regionals.

    Batum won the roll and was forced to keep sending back his hands until settling on four, lamenting Zoo's difficult mana base. Piechnick kept a full grip of seven. Paul managed to hit his land drops nonetheless, but Piechnick's counterspells and his own poor draw kept him from applying any pressure. A well-timed Bathe in Light shut down the hallmark card of Piechnick's deck, Genju of the Fields. Another couple of Bathes tried to deal with Piechnick's Fetters but his counterspells were having none of it.

    Piechnick reads the Bathe in Light.

    Many exciting turns of draw-go later, Piechnick set up his second Genju and Batum was out of answers, unable to race 6 points of life gain a turn. Eventually he managed to build up a reasonable force of dudes before Wrath of God cleared them away, and finally Batum directed a futile post-script Demonfire at Piechnick's life total, then above 30, before scooping up his cards.

    Paul Batum 0-1 Daniel Piechnick

    Piechnick removed a handful of hard counters for a playset of the unlikely base set uncommon, Spirit Link, while Batum removed his Helixes for three Kami of Ancient Laws and a single Glare.

    Batum's first-turn Isamaru ate a Condemn and was followed up by a Selesnya Guildmage and Scorched Rusalka, while Piechnick set up Genju of the Fields and Vitu-Ghazi on defense. Batum seemed unimpressed with his inability to break through a single Enchant Plains, and instead both players slowly built up an army of Saprolings, before a Wrath eventually cleared the board, Piechnick's life still comfortably in the double digits. Batum's second wave of guys was taken down by Final Judgment.

    An 8-point Demonfire toke Piechnick's life into the single digits, but Genju quickly ensures he was in no danger. Char is not so hot when your opponent is gaining six life a turn. Once Piechnick got above 20, Batum quipped,

    "I'm going to concede just so you go back to twenty."

    Paul Batum 0-2 Daniel Piechnick

    The players shuffled while chatting about the matchup, Batum did his best to shuffle all three Genjus to the bottom of Piechnick's deck. Apparently he had some success, with Piechnick forced to mulligan to four.

    Piechnick managed to put up a good fight in any case, with Condemn, Mana Leak and a Karoo helping somewhat to deal with Batum's early guys. Bathe in Light thwarted his attempt to stabilize with Faith's Fetters. Piechnick's hand of counterspells was no match for the small force of creatures Batum had managed to accumulate, and Spirit Link was unfortunately of little help when the creature happens to be dealing lethal damage.

    "Just got to do that two times more!" Batum announced to the spectators as they shuffled up for a fourth game.

    Paul Batum 1-2 Daniel Piechnick

    The trend of mulligans continued, with Batum this time forced to start with an opening grip of four cards. Batum's curve was respectable, opening with Kird Ape, Kami of Ancient Law to get rid of Spirit Link and a third turn Savannah Lions that prompted a Wrath of God. Burning-Tree Shaman was completely (and amusingly) eliminated by Spirit Link, with Piechnick refusing to allow Bathe in Light to resolve.

    "Man, you get life when I activate abilities," complained Batum. "So unfair."

    Kami of Ancient Law finally toke down the Spirit Link, gaining a life for Piechnick in the process. Batum grimaced when Piechnick complemented his Vitu-Ghazi, the City-Tree with Prahv, Spires of Order. Saprolings and Prahv combined to make Batum's Watchwolf look pretty silly, and a small horde of Saprolings finished Batum off, putting Piechnick into the semifinals.

    Paul Batum 1-3 Daniel Piechnick


     
  • Sunday, July 23: 6:40 p.m. - Quarterfinals: Tim He vs. Hugh Glanville


  • I took a stroll around the feature match area as the top 8 players reviewed each other's decklists. It seemed that three of the four match-ups were pretty much the same, so I threw ring-in Dave Crewe on the one that's not like the others, and I sat down to see who could triumph out of Tim He and Hugh Glanville.

    Glanville started by throwing down some Simic monsters, and turning them towards He, who found his attempts to clear the menace away with either Wrath of God or Yosei the Morning Star repeatedly thwarted by Remands and Mana Leaks. Thankfully, numerous Court Hussar's stemmed much of the flow, and eventually one of He's Wraths struck home, giving him an opening to Zombify his Yosei back into play. Glanville tried to match it with a Kodama of the North Tree, but by this point, He had achieved critical mass, and proceeded to summon not only an Angel of Despair (taking out a Simic Growth Chamber), but also a Kokusho the Evening Star as well.

    Apparently the same was ringing true in the other top 8 matches with these decks. Anthony Purdom was up 1 - 0 against Jarron Puszet, and Cameron Veigel the same over Merlyn Evans.

    Glanville seemed to be faring better in Game 2, as He's bounce lands slowed him from getting on top of Glanville's early monsters. However, he (Hugh, not Tim) over-committed straight into a Wrath of God, which was quickly followed by an Angel of Despair on another Simic Growth Chamber. The Angel was soon joined by a Meloku, the Clouded Mirror, and Glanville was packing it in for Game 3.

    Both players started Game 3 relatively slowly, thanks to Glanville's mulligan, which you have to assume, is just how He likes it. He (as in Tim) held back on making plays until Glanville committed more to the board, finally opting to try a Condemn on an incoming 3/3 Vinelasher Kudzu. Glanville fired back a Voidslime, but He then threw out a Mortify to finish the job. Glanville lured out He's Wrath of God with a Cytoplast Root Kin. Glanville could then only muster a Llanowar Elves, while He continued to dominate the game with a Descendant of Kiyomaro. He then went for a Yosei, and Glanville paid two Mana Leaks to send it on by. A Remand from He stalled a Meloku for a turn, before He once again slammed an Angel of Despair into play, to take the match 3 - 0.

    Tim He defeats Hugh Glanville 3 - 0


    In other news, Anthony Purdom defeated Jarron Puszet 3 - 2, and Cameron Veigel also defeated Merlyn Evans 3 - 2, meaning that all three Reanimator Control decks advance their pilot's to be part of the Australian Nation team.


     
  • Sunday, July 23: 1:55 p.m. - Semifinals: Cameron Veigel vs. Daniel Piechnick


  • The semifinals saw renowned scrabble champion Daniel Piechnick and tae kwon do master Cameron Veigel battle for the chance to play for ultimate Nationals glory, and a guaranteed spot in the Australian National team. Piechnick is running his own rogue deck, Blue/Green/White Control, while Veigel is running the Renimator Control deck, popularized by Kenji Tsumura on Magic Online and being played by three out of four players in the top four. If you're looking for an exciting, dynamic, fast-paced matchup… I suggest looking elsewhere.

    Game 1 began with both players taking a trip to Paris - how ironic! - and keeping six card hands. Veigel briefly looked to be mana screwed after missing his third land drop, but was saved by three signets and a karoo. For the first few turns the players traded threats, counterspells and removal, with little of relevant actually staying on the board or more than a turn. A small battle developed over Vitu-Ghazis, with Veigel using Angel of Despair, Fetters and Zombify targeting Angel of Despair to try and fight the saproling factories - Fetters proved a poor response thanks to the high number of karoos in Piechnick's deck.

    Eventually the slowly amassing army of saprolings wore down Veigel's life total, but a Wrath turned up just in time, Veigel on a dangerous two life. Miren and Kokusho allowed Veigel to get his life back into double digits. The removal spells kept coming though, and after some agonizing turns of draw-go, Piechnick dealt with all three of Veigel's Kokushos and his last Zombify returning Kokusho, leaving Veigel with only an Angel of Despair in his deck and the life totals completely reversing. After just stabilizing at two life, Veigel ended up on 36 to Piechnick's 16.

    When Piechnick killed Veigel's last threat, an Angel of Despair, he scooped up his cards - although he had dealt with all of Piechnick's Vitu-Ghazis, his higher number of draw spells would ensure he decked first. The game went by like a breeze, the players taking a mere fifty minutes to complete the game.

    Daniel Piechnick 1 - Cameron Veigel 0

    At this stage the match was beginning to look more like a test of physical endurance than anything else, with each player dreading another two to four fifty minute games.

    Both players opened with turn three Compulsive Researchs this game, Veigel using his window of opportunity to Persecute Piechnick for a pair of Rewinds, revealing a handful of white removal. Veigel then Extracted Wrath of God from Piechnick's deck, announcing,

    "This is part of the decking you plan."

    Again the players commenced the countermagic verses threats dance, while Court Hussars and Saprolings stared blankly at one another. Kokusho, Piechnick's Faith's Fetters. Skeletal Vampire waltzed with Rewind, while Angel of Despair did an unfortunate jig with Hinder. Kokusho managed to slip into play before being judged inadequate by Final Judgment. Finally Veigel was able to resolve a Persecute, tearing white removal from Piechnick's hand and leaving him with only a Hinder. An Angel of Despair took down a Prahv before being Fettered, and finally Veigel dropped the Bat Man: Skeletal Vampire.

    With about two hundred lands in play, Veigel's army grew quickly, and Piechnick was only given three draw steps to find an answer to the Vampire, which he did not. After collecting up a sizable pile of Pro Player Tokens, the players shuffled up for the third game - having taken over an hour and a half to finish the first two games. Riveting stuff.

    Daniel Piechnick 1 - Cameron Veigel 1

    Veigel opened strongly with a pair of signets, but didn't have quite enough mana to force his turn four Persecute past a Mana Leak. Turn five Skeletal Vampire was quickly dealt with by Final Judgment, but a Descendant of Kiyomaro was able to start swinging thanks to a Mortify on Faith's Fetters. With a couple of Court Hussars, Veigel kept up the beatdown with random dudes while Piechnick was unable to find Green for his Vitu-Ghazi.

    After Game 2 Piechnick was determined not to let a Skeletal Vampire resolve, countering Veigel's second attempt. A second Descendant was also dealt with, but a Wrathed Kokusho took Piechnick to the dangerous life total of five life. Again, counterspells kept the Saproling deck in the game. Kokusho was Rewound - twice, thanks to Veigel's Remand - and Extraction was Hindered. Piechnick began to accelerate the game state thanks to Minamo plus Mikokoro - putting Veigel in serious danger of decking, although thanks to Hinder he had a number of powerful cards towards the bottom of his deck.

    Again, threats and answers continue to trade, Veigel even digging his way to one of his Skeletal Vampires again - which was, of course, countered. Piechnick regained some life with a pair of fetters, but a Kokusho was able to connect before being dealt with and Piechnick ended up on 3 life, able to deck Veigel on his next turn. Thinking carefully, Veigel determined that the only hard counter left in Piechnick's deck was a Hinder. He successfully Extracted Piechnick for the Hinder in his hand, then used a Zombify that had been Hindered only a few turns ago to bring back Kokusho, before Mortifying it for the win.

    By this stage it had taken over two hours to complete three games, and judge Rob made sure the players were aware of what slow play means exactly. Thanks Rob!

    Daniel Piechnick 1 - Cameron Veigel 2

    Both players shipped their hands back this game, Piechnick ending up with six and Veigel ending up with five. Veigel looked impressive at first, curving out with turn three Perescute, turn four Cranial Extraction, but failed to draw anything other than land from that point on and was torn apart by a Genju of the Fields and a handful of saprolings in under ten minutes. After watching the last few games, I wouldn't have thought it was possible.

    Daniel Piechnick 2 - Cameron Veigel 2

    Veigel brought some serious Court Hussar beats in the fifth and final game, with Piechnick unable to find the second White to Wrath. Things get worse for Piechnick when his only White source - a Genju'd Plains - was Mortified and a third Court Hussar was added to the board. Veigel then resolved a Persecute on Blue, hitting absolutely nothing but revealing a hand full of White goodies; three Wraths, Condemn, Faith's Fetters and a Genju of the Fields.

    Without countermagic to worry about, Veigel played a Kokusho, and finished the job begun by his Court Hussars on the following turn by swinging with, and then Mortifying his own Kokusho.

    "You don't want to Mortify your own creature," pleaded Piechnick, then extending his hand.

    Cameron Veigel now goes on to the finals to play for the title of Australian National Champion!

    Also, a word of thanks to judge Rob - without his careful advice about slow play, the last two games may have taken over an hour combined rather than less than half an hour.

    Cameron Veigel defeats Daniel Piechnick 3 - 2


     
  • Sunday, July 23: 8:08 p.m. - Semifinals: Tim He vs. Anthony Purdom


  • The clock started with 90 minutes on it.

    "He's got two more threats, and I've got two more removal spells" laughed Anthony Purdom, practically summing up the best three of five mirror match he and Tim He were about to endure.

    And "endure" is the word. The first game took nearly fifty minutes, and Purdom lost to decking. It was the antithesis of exciting. I had around 400 words written on the game, but to sum it up, they both played creatures that died, and Purdom cast a Compulsive Research on himself when he probably should have held it back to play it on He. I will be on the edge of seat for the next few games, I can tell you.

    He 1 - Purdom 0

    p.s. Anthony Purdom mana-burned for one in that game, he wanted you all to know that.

    In Game 2, He Persecuted Purdom for three cards, while Purdom beat down with three Court Hussars. Approximately three years later, He (as in Tim) landed a Meloku and uhh, yeah. It stayed and was eventually joined by a Kokusho so uhh, yeah, He (as in Tim) won.

    He 2 - Purdom 0

    Oh god. This is best three out of five. I know I typed that only 151 words ago, but so much time has elapsed that I had forgotten.

    I have never owned a hand-held gaming device, nor am I playing one in this photo.

    In Game 3, He again Persecuted Purdom. The world turned for a bit. Purdom got a Kokusho into play! Wait, He (as in Tim) got an Angel. Eventually, He played Cranial Extraction on Purdom's Angels. Purdom Zombified back a Kokusho, but He squashed it with an Angel. Purdom then put a Faith's Fetters on the Angel, and He dug up a Zombify to get back another Angel, which was enough to finish Purdom off and take him through to the finals.

    Tim He defeats Anthony Purdom 3 - 0



     
  • Sunday, July 23: 8:31 p.m. - 3rd Place Playoff: Daniel Piechnick vs. Anthony Purdom


  • The match to determine who would feature on the Australian National Team and who would just get to hang out in Paris frightened and alone, came down to Anthony Purdom and Daniel Piechnick. Purdom was wielding the widely played Reanimator Control deck, and had made his way to the top four after starting 3-3 on day 1, while Piechnick was running a homebrew Blue/White/Green Saproling control deck.

    Purdom won the roll and opened with a Court Hussar up against Piechnick's Vitu-Ghazi. Genju of the Fields was Remanded not once, not twice but thrice before Purdom slapped down a Kokusho, only to have it Wrathed. The Genju was Mortified, and in the continuing trend of threats versus answers, Purdom dealt with Piechnick's two Vitu-Ghazis with an Angel and a Fetters. As seems to be the standard in this matchup, counterspells and removal traded alternately, until Purdom was able to establish a Kokusho against Piechnick's ten life and zero cards.

    Fate was not on Purdom's side however, with Purdom's second Kokusho hit by a Rewind off the top, and his second attack thwarted by a Condemn similarly ripped off the top on the following turn. A karoo brought Vitu-Ghazi back online to face up against Court Hussar. After a few turns of draw go, Purdom considered his options for a while, then announced,

    "I'm not going for the decking plan. It's just too… lame," before sending off a Compulsive Research.

    Purdom tried to force through a Persecute, but missed that Remand could be used on his own Persecute to dodge Rewind. Other than a significant play of three signets in one turn, the game was uneventful for some time, and despite Purdom getting to a more than comfortable 42 life, Piechnick had more than enough answers and just a little bit too much life, and Purdom eventually lost to decking.

    Daniel Piechnick 1 - Anthony Purdom 0

    Purdom mulliganed down to five, Piechnick sticking with seven. Purdom's play was also hampered slightly by the slice of pizza clenched in one hand. The first play of the game came when Purdom attempted a turn five Descendant of Kiyomaro which was Mana Leaked. Piechnick chose to eschew spells, developing his inevitable Saproling force, which began to chew at Purdom's life total much akin to the way Purdom chewed on his slice of pizza, all the while blue mana refused to arrive on Purdom's side of the table. Purdom's next attempt at a spell, an Angel of Despair, hit a Mana Leak.

    On nine life from Saproling beats, Purdom attempted a Wrath of God, but to no avail. Piechnick then announced,

    "You can try any spell you want, it won't resolve," before laughingly allowing a Compulsive Research to resolve. Purdom found nothing and scooped his cards up.

    Daniel Piechnick 2 - Anthony Purdom 0

    Purdom managed to bring some early beats with Descendant of Kiyomaro while Piechnick, left without White mana, simply countered the next six or so spells that Purdom attempted to resolve. Meanwhile, the Descendant beats had taken Piechnick to a perilous life total of 5, all the while Piechnick dug for White mana with Mikokoro. Eventually he found it, and the game stalled for a little while, Piechnick stabilizing on the dangerously low 5 life.

    Inevitably Purdom was able to resolve a Kokusho, but Piechnick seemed to have all the answers with a Condemn for the attacking Kokusho and a Hinder for Purdom's Mortify, but Purdom's second Mortify sealed the deal, giving Purdom his first game win of the match.

    Daniel Piechnick 2 - Anthony Purdom 1

    Both players kept full grips, and Purdom's turn three Persecute was met with a Mana Leak. On turn four he tried again to the same results. Piechnick briefly added a Genju to the table before Purdom dealt with it. Piechnick was up to his old tricks with Vitu-Ghazi. Kokusho made it into play, only to be eaten by Miren in response to a Condemn. Court Hussar arrived as reinforcements against the Saprolings. Piechnick was unfazed, setting up a second Vitu-Ghazi.

    Wrath of God, Court Hussar and Vitu-Ghazi all did their thing for a while, before Purdom finally resolved a relevant threat in the form of a resurrected Kokusho, which quickly gained Purdom ten life through Miren in response to Fetters. Purdom decided that Saprolings sounded like a lot of fun, and cast Mimeofacture for a Simic Growth Chamber and City-Tree of Piechnick's.

    "It's wrong to steal," complained Piechnick, on 9 to Purdom's 35.

    Purdom set up his own Vitu-Ghazi - plus Miren! - against Piechnick's pair, but it was answered after a couple of turns with Faith's Fetters. Piechnick had one card in hand and his Saprolings were soon facing down a Court Hussar and Kokusho. The pair of them took Piechnick to 6, a risky life total given Purdom controlled a Miren. A Genju of the Fields had a shot of getting Piechnick's life total to a safe level, but Purdom didn't forget about his Miren and Court Hussar, so a Kokusho swing and a Miren activation finished the job, sending the players to a fifth and final game.

    Daniel Piechnick 2 - Anthony Purdom 2

    Purdom was forced to go to six, while Piechnick kept his opener. The early game was largely dominated by Piechnick's Genju of the Fields and his counterspells to back it up, the life total between the players gradually increased. Eventually Purdom cracked out the Mimeofacture, stealing one Genju with the other replicated copy Hindered. Fetters dealt with the Genju, but only until Purdom brought out another Mimeofacture to get Piechnick's last Genju and a Vitu-Ghazi over on his side of the table.

    Once again fat guys, removal and counterspells all traded with one another. Piechnick managed to extend the life difference to 30, going to 41 to Purdom's 11. Purdom's stolen Genju was Condemned, but with some help from Miren and Kokusho he managed to take the life discrepancy back to a mere 7 points. Purdom made a minor mistake by Mortifying a largely irrelevant Saproling token after determining Piechnick had no more targets, forgetting about the Fetters on his stolen Genju.

    Eventually Purdom set his goal on decking, after confirming he had five more cards in his library than Piechnick. However he cast his last Compulsive Research targeting himself nonetheless, to deal with the steadily increasing horde of Saprolings bursting forth from Piechnick's two Vitu-Ghazis. While this play allowed Purdom to stabilize through the Saprolings, the Research allowed Piechnick to double activate Mikokoro with Minamo, then fire a Compulsive Research at Purdom, winning in Purdom's draw step with one card remaining in his library, and becoming a member of the 2006 Australian Nationals Team.

    Daniel Piechnick defeats Anthony Purdom 3 - 2


     
  • Sunday, July 23: 8:56 p.m. - Finals: Tim He vs. Cameron Veigel


  • "We played in the Swiss." Cameron Veigel explained. I asked if their match went to time, per chance? "No. I discarded every card in his hand and he still crushed me."

    Despite missing a land drop for a turn, Tim He still managed to fire off a Persecute that nabbed an Angel of Despair and a Persecute from Veigel before he had a chance to do anything with them. Veigel nibbled away at He with a trio of Court Hussars, but couldn't stop He from eventually landing an Angel of Despair on his Azorius Chancery. Veigel fought back with a Persecute for White, hitting a Yosei and a Mortify and managing to Faith's Fetters the Angel a turn later. Another Angel came down from He, this one taking out an Orzhov Basilica, leaving Veigel dangerously low on mana.

    After a couple of false starts, Veigel managed to get the second Angel under control with a second copy of Faith's Fetters, but then had his Kokusho Remanded. After approximately 10 minutes (I'm not kidding) of He drawing three cards, looking at the top three and so on, he Mortified one of the Fetters, and Zombified a Yosei into play. Veigel responded naturally, with his Kokusho again, which then traded with the one Angel that could do anything, leaving the Yosei yet to be answered.

    He (as in Tim) had other ideas however, and answered it himself by Wrathing the board clean, despite having the only thing capable of damaging anyone at this point. While Veigel was tapped down, He dropped a Meloku into play. Veigel simply untapped and played a Wrath of his own, and followed it with a Kokusho, to which He had no answer.

    He 0 - Veigel 1

    A crippling series of mulligans left Veigel on the back foot all throughout Game 2. After a mere 20 minutes, He put Veigel out of his misery with an Angel of Despair and a Yosei, followed by a Remand on Veigel's Kokusho.

    He 1 - Veigel 1

    To get the ball rolling in Game 3, He rolled out a turn five Yosei, only to have four out of five of the cards in hand stripped away with a Persecute. Veigel followed that up with a Kokusho, which kept Yosei at home for the time being. No play from He, prompted a Cranial Extraction from Veigel, nurfing He's Angels of Despair. Again, He had no play, so Veigel Mimeofactured the Yosei, leaving both players tapped out, but He slated to have a date with Kokusho some time in the very near future. To keep things from spiraling any further out of control, He retaliated with a Cranial Extraction of his, now leaving both players without their Angels. Because it seemed to be the thing to do, Veigel came back with anotherCranial Extraction, this time for He's Kokushos. He just shook his head and reached for his sideboard.

    He 1 - Veigel 2

    He's first attempt at a Persecute met a Remand. When Veigel fired back with a Cranial Extraction, He had a Remand of his own, and wasted no time calling Black on the second attempt to Persecute Veigel. He's Kokusho then proceeded to dwarf Veigel's pair of Court Hussars, so a Skeletal Vampire joined them to help hold off the Dragon. He doubled his Dragon army by adding a Yosei to his side, and then promptly doubled them up to tap Veigel down long enough for the Kokusho to finish him.

    He 2 - Veigel 2

    Both players had a turn three Hussar in the final game, but as Veigel was on the play, he was able to get off a Cranial Extraction for He's Angels before he (I could use either "he" here, tricksy!) could defend himself. He's reply was to Extraction Veigel for his Persecutes. Veigel then played another Extraction, this time for the sole Meloku in He's hand.

    Both players then began digging for threats. Veigel found a Kokusho first, but He had a Mortify for it. He then dropped a Yosei, to which Veigel replied with a Skeletal Vampire. He played an Extraction for Veigel's Angels, and visibly flinched at the sight of a Mimeofacture in Veigel's hand. He had no choice but to pass the turn back to Veigel, who attacked He down to 6 with his Vampire and Bats combo. Leaving mana open to upsize it if need be.

    And upsize he did, spending ten mana at the end of He's turn to double his helping of Bats. Being the generous type, Veigel then served up a dish of Bat and Vampire surprise. He forced the Vampire to regenerate with a Mortify, preventing some of the damage coming his way. He swung back with his Yosei, but was forced to eat it with his Miren when Veigel pointed a Mortify at the Dragon. A Zombify from He soon had the White Legend back in play, with Veigel also dangerously low on life, sitting at 8.

    Veigel untapped nothing, and was forced to chump the Yosei on it's way back over. He fed it to the Miren again, keeping Veigel tapped down, and then dropping his remaining Yosei into play to take the title for a second time in two years.

    Tim He defeats Cameron Veigel 3 - 2




     
  • Sunday, July 23: 9:22 p.m. - Decklists: The Top 8 Decks


  • Daniel Piechnick
    Top 8 Australian Nationals - Blue/White Control, splash Green


    D. Hugh Glanville
    Top 8 Australian Nationals - Simic Aggro


    Jarron Puszet
    Top 8 Australian Nationals - Simic Aggro

    Main Deck

    60 cards

    Breeding Pool
    Forest
    Island
    Oboro, Palace in the Clouds
    Yavimaya Coast

    20 lands

    Birds of Paradise
    Kodama of the North Tree
    Llanowar Elves
    Plaxcaster Frogling
    Trygon Predator

    16 creatures







    Mana Leak
    Remand

    24 other spells

    Sideboard

    Cytoplast Manipulator
    Kodama of the North Tree
    Rewind
    Spell Snare
    Voidslime

    15 sideboard cards



    Merlyn Evans
    Top 8 Australian Nationals - Sea Stompy

    Main Deck

    60 cards

    Breeding Pool
    Forest
    Island
    Karplusan Forest
    Mountain
    Shivan Reef
    Steam Vents
    Stomping Ground

    21 lands

    Birds of Paradise
    Dryad Sophisticate
    Kird Ape
    Ninja of the Deep Hours
    Plaxmanta
    Trygon Predator

    23 creatures

    Mana Leak
    Remand
    Seal of Fire
    Umezawa's Jitte

    16 other spells

    Sideboard

    Char
    Giant Solifuge
    Plaxmanta
    Rumbling Slum

    15 sideboard cards




    Anthony Purdom
    Top 8 Australian Nationals - Reanimator Control


    Tim He
    Top 8 Australian Nationals - Reanimator Control


    Paul Batum
    Top 8 Australian Nationals - Zoo

    Main Deck

    60 cards

    Battlefield Forge
    Brushland
    Forest
    Karplusan Forest
    Plains
    Sacred Foundry
    Stomping Ground

    18 lands

    Gruul Guildmage
    Kird Ape
    Savannah Lions
    Selesnya Guildmage
    Watchwolf

    15 creatures





    Bathe in Light
    Char
    Demonfire
    Lightning Helix

    27 other spells

    Sideboard
    Glare of Subdual
    Kami of Ancient Law
    Loxodon Hierarch
    Tin Street Hooligan
    Umezawa's Jitte

    15 sideboard cards



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