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  • Blog - 7:30 p.m. - The Final Round of Death and Glory
    by Hanno Terbuyken
  • Blog - 5:57 p.m. - Decklists: The JSS Top 8 Decks
    by Hanno Terbuyken
  • Blog - 4:20 p.m. - Round 13: Tobias Rasir vs. Florian Seiter
    by Hanno Terbuyken
  • Blog - 3:46 p.m. - News, Notes and Decks
    by Hanno Terbuyken
  • Blog - 2:30 p.m. - Round 11: Florian Seiter vs. Paul Borczyk
    by Hanno Terbuyken
  • Blog - 1:41 p.m. - Mystery Man Paul Borczyk
    by Hanno Terbuyken
  • Blog - 12:22 p.m. - Round 9: Daniel Rodi vs. Andre "TrashT" Müller
    by Hanno Terbuyken
  • Blog - 11:37 a.m. - The Red-Tainted Zebra
    by Hanno Terbuyken
  • Blog - 10:45 a.m. - Drafting with a Member Of The Team
    by Hanno Terbuyken

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  • Saturday, Sept 1: 10:45 a.m. - Drafting with a Member Of The Team
    by Hanno Terbuyken


  • Jörg Unfried made the National team last year on the merits of his limited skills. But yesterday, he managed to extract just six points out of four draft rounds. A 3-0 record in Standard preserved his chances at Top 8 this year, but he had to play to his strengths to win.

    Unfried kicked off his Time Spiral booster with a choice between Might Sliver, Jolrael, Empress of Beasts, Castle Raptors, and Stonebrow, Krosan Hero. Not wanting to fight for green, Unfried picked Castle Raptors. Second pick saw him choosing Griffin Guide over Benalish Cavalry, Ivory Giant and Keldon Halberdiers. The third booster was irrelevant for his draft, as he picked Gemhide Sliver over Grapeshot and Looter il-Kor, and neither of those cards was in a color he'd play in the end. Pick 4 gave him the direction to go in: Tendrils of Corruption, over Empty the Warrens (the only one he would see) and Icatian Crier.

    Couldchaser Kestrel was next in pick 5, but pick 6 elicited a swearword from Unfried. Yavimaya Dryad and Goblin Skycutter? Not the options that he wanted, and for a short moment he thought the promising vein of black cards had dried up. Pick 7 gave him an Assassinate and the reassurance that the white-black plan was the way to go. 8th Deathspore Thallid, 9th Ivory Giant and Jörg was set. Mindstab and another Ivory Giant as the very last card completed his Time Spiral selection.

    What's the card that you want to open in Planar Chaos if you are in black? Correct: Damnation. Jörg found the black Wrath, Mirri, Rathi Trapper, Dead // Gone and Shaper Parasite in his Planar Chaos opener. Another Rathi Trapper came his way for the second pick, along with a Whitemane Lion (which he shipped). Another Lion got the nod over Saltfield Recluse as pick 2 of Planar Chaos, and in pick 3, yet another Whitemane Lion showed up. Jörg chose Blightspeaker instead.

    Deep in thought, but happy deep inside: Jörg Unfried.

    Planar Chaos continued without any controverse picks, from Cradle to Grave (5th) over 6th pick Voidstone Gargoyle, and then Rathi Trapper, another Cradle to Grave, and Midnight Charm. Future Sight began with Knight of Sursi, Lucent Liminid, Seth's Tiger and a 4th pick Ichor Slick. In pick 5, Jörg took a Whip-Spine Drake next, complementing his set nicely, and with Spirit en-Dal as the 6th Future Sight card plus a late Lumithread Field, his deck was set.

    Jörg had set himself up very well right at the beginning of the draft, because Alexander Mack right next to him took the Stonebrow and stuck to the colors. The cooperative attitude of his left neighbour paid off big time in Planar Chaos, giving Jörg plenty of options and a good chunk of removal.

    "My deck is nuts", Jörg grinned after deck construction. He agonized over the last card to include in his deck, Midnight Charm or one Ivory Giant, but apart from that, his straight black-white spoiler-peppered deck practically built itself.



     
  • Saturday, Sept 1: 11:37 a.m. - The Red-Tainted Zebra
    by Hanno Terbuyken


  • While the species of the black-white striped, two-legged zebra is a common one at Magic tournaments, the black-red striped variant is harder to find. They are only common among large herds, and typically hide behind desks or in crowds of their white-striped brethren. Their proper name is "iudicis ruber", generally known as "head judge".

    Here in Aschaffenburg, Falko Görres is wearing the red stripes. I had the chance to sit down with him for an interview.

    How often have you been wearing the red-striped shirt?

    Falko Görres: "In physical form, I'm wearing the red stripes for the first time. But three weeks ago, I gained experience at Irish Nationals, which I also head-judged."

    How did that happen?

    "I got the call on Thursday, asking if I could fly to Ireland the next day. Their headjudge was incapacitated on short notice, so Wizards UK asked me. There were just four judges, including me, for 98 players."

    How was that different from here?

    "The Irish nationals were difficult insofar as they are run on a very different level compared to here. We had a lot of deck trouble because the players just weren't used to using decklists. We had to remind the players of things that are almost second nature to the players here. It was a very helpful preparation for me before coming to Aschaffenburg."

    How do you collect enough judging experience to be a good head judge?

    "In all tournaments where you are the head judge, and are not alone, you gain a lot of experience, for example at PTQs. Also, I've been to enough Nationals to prepare mentally for the challenges I have to face here. In the past three years, I judged at nine Nationals all over Europe!"

    What's the biggest challenge when being the head judge of German nationals?

    "Coordinating the 22 judges. I have to do less actual judging and more guiding, taking care that my team leades do their job just as they advise the floor judges."

    You have been to other countries' Nationals, as well as judging on the Grand Prix and Pro Tour circuit. How important is the integration into the international judge community?

    "It is very important. It allows you to expand your horizon, get insight into how other judges in other regions and areas work. The IRC judge chat channel on Efnet is especially good for that, apart from personal meetings at tournaments. The exchange of ideas and perceptions happening there is invaluable for the judging community."

    Is "Nationals Hopping" a common sport among judges?

    "There are a good handful of level 3 judges who travel around Europe to judge or head-judge various Nationals. There are many smaller countries who have enough players for Nationals qualifier tournaments, but have no level 3 judge. I have a second Nationals coming up: In two weeks, I'll be head judge at the Danish Nationals in Denmark."



     
  • Saturday, Sept 1: 12:22 p.m. - Round 9: Daniel Rodi vs. Andre "TrashT" Müller
    by Hanno Terbuyken


  • Is this the face of a potential winner, dear Daniel Rodi?

    On 18 points, both of these players are under pressure to win. Already, the race to top 8 has begun in the player's minds. Daniel Rodi is a recent PTQ winner, hoping to prove himself on the big show. Andre Müller has had an abysmal Constructed performance with his "fog" deck. He was under a different pressure altogether: Not being qualified for Worlds, he feared for his Limited rating. He already announced that if he got even one Limited loss today, he might just drop from the tournament just to preserve his Limited Rating, by preventing the chance for a second loss.

    Game 1

    Daniel won the die roll, mulliganed, and came out of his green-red gates with Mire Boa, Thallid Germinator and Bloodshot Trainee. While Müller was able to kill the Mire Boa with Deathspore Thallid action, Sporoloth Ancient joined Daniel's board and made Andre cringe, who had just the Thallid and a morph. Sunlance from Müller dispatched Thallid Germinator, but Daniel refueled with kickered Citanul Woodreaders.

    The morph was Zoetic Cavern, blocking one attack from Daniel. Daniel added to his Fungus army with Vitaspore Thallid, bounced Andre's new kickered Kavu Primarch. That left Müller wide open for an all-in attack, which took him to 11. Fortunately, the Essence Warden in play had already bought him some time. Daniel had a second Sporoloth Ancient, and with Müller on 13 life, re-playing Kavu Primarch was his hope for defense.

    Corpulent Corpse for Andre, Skirk Shaman for Daniel, and it looked like Daniel's window of opportunity to put successful pressure on Andre had passed. Müller, known for draft picks that deviate from conventional wisdom, liked his deck, and Daniel would soon know why. Corpulent Corpse and Skirk Shaman traded beats, while the rest of the Board sat idle. Andre had the game in the bag. Corpulent Corpse with Thrill of the Hunt took Daniel to eight. Seven mana, four of them black, meant Phthisis on Sporoloth Ancient - and Daniel was dead and dejected. He just hadn't seen it coming.

    Daniel Rodi 0 - 1 Andre "TrashT" Müller

    Between the games, Andre entertained the crowd with a bad beat story from the round before, where his opponent lost despite having Damnation against Andre. He also remarked how few games he ever won on Sulfurous Blast, and came to the conclusion: "Mass removal is overrated!"

    Game 2

    Deathspore Thallid action amuses Andre 'TrashT' Müller to no end.

    Daniel, on the play, accelerates with Utopia Mycon into a turn two Mire Boa. Uktabi Drake and Thornweald Archer added themselves to the table, and Andre was actually under pressure this time. He had Ichor Slick for the Mire Boa, though no creature save a lonely Deathspore Thallid.

    "Mass removal is good sometimes." - Daniel
    "Mass? What mass?" - Andre

    Daniel paid the Echo on Uktabi Drake and took Andre to 12, then to 8. Sporoloth Ancient wanted to seal the game, but Andre had Cradle to Grave. Spike Feeder on his side boosted Deathspore Thallid in combat, where Daniel had unwisely blocked with his Utopia Mycon, losing it.

    Daniel refilled with Citanul Woodreaders, but with a Morph, the momentum swung back to Andre's side - who started his trademark pen tricks. Daniel went for Phantom Wurm and Sword of the Meek on Thornweald Archer. Daniel came in for a potential ten. Spike Feeder blocked Phantom Wurm, Morph and Deathspore Thallid blocked Citanul Woodreaders to death. Andre went to 5 live. He had decided to kill the Spike Feeder in favor of his Deathspore Thallid, leaving Phantom Wurm where it was.

    Andre's counter-attack took 3 life out of Daniels 20. The next attack emptied Andre's board save for the Deathspore Thallid, and Müller found no way to deal with Phantom Wurm.

    Daniel Rodi 1 - 1 Andre "TrashT" Müller

    Game 3

    TrashT, frequent smoker, makes a Saproling token.

    Andre chose to play and to mulligan, not an ideal combination. He missed two land drops, while Daniel dispatched Deathspore Thallid with Orcish Cannonade and brought the beats on with Bloodshot Trainee. His attempt at Sporoloth Ancient was Cradled to the Grave, but nevermind - Daniel had Phantom Wurm. Andre was left with just a morph, His Limited rating threatened to crawl towards the list of endangered species, unless his intense stare meant that he had something off his three lands.

    Suspending Corpulent Corpse, and grabbing the fourth land with Evolution Charm? Not enough against Petrified Plating on the Bloodshot Trainee. Andre dropped his cards on the table and extended the hand in a very short, anti-climatic third game.

    Daniel Rodi 2 - 1 Andre "TrashT" Müller



     
  • Saturday, Sept 1: 1:41 p.m. - Mystery Man Paul Borczyk
    by Hanno Terbuyken


  • Paul Borczyk is a mystery to almost everybody here. He came undefeated out of the seven draft rounds, with decks that nobody believed could be played that well. He had no prior experience in TSP/PLC/FUT-draft, saying: "The last time I played a Magic tournament was at Regionals. I've never drafted the full block before, just played the Time Spiral prelease. I had a look at the commons the night before Nationals, though."

    Constructed testing was also almost non-existent in his preparation. His B/G Tarmogoyf deck is basically a modification of what he always plays: "I've been playing this deck since the Kamigawa block." Talking more about his draft, Paul explained: "I had no strategy. If you can't draft, you just have to play well!" His Limited rating hovers around 1900, but "I was inactive in recent times". Inactive enough to play Brass Gnat in his second Limited deck, and even beat one of his opponents with it!

    Caption: Mystery man Paul Bordczyk with his 4-0 draft deck from day 1.

    These were his decks:




     
  • Saturday, Sept 1: 2:30 p.m. - Round 11: Florian Seiter vs. Paul Borczyk
    by Hanno Terbuyken


  • This was the first round of four final Standard bouts, and Paul Borczyk towered with 9-1 at the top of the standings. Florian had brought U/B Teachings to the table, Paul trusted in B/G TarmoRack. A win here would place Borczyk as the first player in the Top 8 - barring him not being able to draw at least once in the last rounds.

    Despite Chroniclers, Florian Reiter was no match for Treetop Village.

    Game 1

    Florian opened the match with lands, but Paul brought the first animals to the match, with Bids of Paradise and Tarmogoyf threatening to manhandle Florian. Damnation from Florian took care of that, and his Sudden Death killed Treetop Village. At 11 life, Florian had the second Compulsive Research of the match. Paul tried to keep up: relentless Rats made Florian discard an Aeon Chronciler - a small matter, because he suspended a second one with two coutners.

    Funeral Charm from Paul took Damnation out of Florians hand. He didn't care, suspending a second Chronicler. Paul manage to make Skeletal Vampire stick, but had to face off against one 6/6 Aeon Chroniclers. Once he got the Vampire bat multiplication going, blockers wouldn't be a problem, though.

    Florian, on 9, tried to keep the damage low with Mortify on the Vampire. That forced Paul to go into bat action early, and regenerate the Vampire, removing it from this attack. Florian went to 7 and counter-attacked with two Chroniclers. Paul blocked with a Bird and Putrefied the other, opening the way for a five-point attack with Batman and two of his minions and sealing the game because Florian found no removal.

    Florian Seiter 0 - 1 Paul Borczyk

    "How do you look against The Rack? Not so good, right?" Paul enquired after the match. Obviously, Florian was reluctant to answer and grudgingly shuffled up for game 2.

    Game 2

    Florian chose to play, and neither player had a mulligan. Again, Paul opened on Birdsof Paradise and Treetop Village, but this tim, his follow-up was not Tarmogoyf but Castigate. He saw: Condemn, Damnation, Beacon of Unrest, and two Signets in Florian's hand. The Condemn fell victim to the discard spell, because Paul realized that Florian would need another black source before he could Damnation anything. Florian had another Signet, giving him that source, but he went for Castigate himself. This time, two Crime // Punishment, a Skeletal Vampire, Extirpate and a land stared at him. Batman hit the bin.

    Thoughtful Paul Borczy had an amazing comeback after a break from the game.

    "Good that I have two of those", said Paul, and punished away Florian's Signets and black sources. Treetop Village smashed for what it could, taking Florian to 14. Paul overextended on Birds, having three of them in play plus two lands and the Treetop Village. He was bankgin on Florian not finding anohter Black for the Damnation in his hand. Funeral Charm discarded Florian's Beacon of Unrest, Treetop Village took him to 11 and he still had nothing.

    Florian's draw step yielded the black-producing Signet he needed, but he chose to hold back on it. Extirpate from Paul revealed that very Dimir Signet, two Damnations and an Aeon Chronicler in Florian's hand. Paul extracted the lone Beacon of Unrest: "I just wanted to see the hand." Village beatdown took Florian to 8, and Paul played Tarmogoyf. Florian needed land badly, and found one with Court Hussar.

    Paul Putrefied the blocker, landing a creature n the yard, and Treetop Village with Tarmogoyf slammed Florian to one single life. He had to Damnation now or never, which he did, but Treetop Village still took him down.

    Florian Seiter 0 - 2 Paul Borczyk



     
  • Saturday, Sept 1: 3:46 p.m. - News, Notes and Decks
    by Hanno Terbuyken


  • The PTQ yesterday night wasn't over when the tournament hall closed, so the finals had to be taken to the staff hotel. At 1:15 a.m., after long hours of a Relic Control mirror match, an exhausted Thomas Kannegießer won the last available PTQ-slot for Pro Tour Valencia, which will be Extended.

  • The hotel final.
  • The judges have kept a running count of missed triggers on Pacts, leading to immediate game losses. So far, just three cases have been reported, but more grave pacts are bound to happen.

  • Aaron Brackmann received a warning during the draft for a recent poker-induced habit. In his own words: "There were just two cards lying next to me. I was like, yeah, I'll look at the hole cards, and bent the edges up." Thwack, there came the warning for "Draft Procedure Violation".

  • Andre "TrashT" Müller had Null Profusion in his first draft deck, which was his reason for playing just one Cradle to Grave and leaving the second in the sideboard: "If I have two in my hand, I'll just get stuck with them, so I'm just playing one!"






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  • Saturday, Sept 1: 4:20 p.m. - Round 13: Tobias Rasir vs. Florian Seiter
    by Hanno Terbuyken


  • A thoughtful Tobias Rasir hopes to be on the team.

    The day was drawing to a close, and these two were fighting for their spot in the Top 8. Florian came into the match with 27 points. He needed the win. Tobias had 30 points and was in the "win-and-in" spot. A draw would potentially keep him alive, but barely, because then he'd have to win out in the last round. Tobias piloted a Glittering-Wish-Based control deck of his own design, Florian Reiter was with U/B Teachings.

    Game 1

    Tobias played first and came out hard with Loxodon Hierarch. The next major play was Castigate from Tobias, seeing Compulsive Research, Angel of Despair, Court Hussar, Damnation, Signet, Sudden Death. He took a while to decide on the Compulsive Research, but when the Castigate resolved, he moved to draw a card. Florian made a move to stop him and Tobias realized it immediately. The players called a judge, and Tobias received a warning for looking at extra cards, as he hadn't drawn the card yet.

    Moving on, Tobias kept up the pressure, casting Troll Ascetic and activating his Treetop Village to take Florian down to 14. Florian had nothing but mana on his side of the board, but two Court Hussars had presented him with a good selection. A choice piece in his hand was the Damnation he used to destroy Loxodon Hierarch and Troll Ascetic, while Tobias was tapped out. Treetop Villge was also not alive for long, as Florian had Angel of Despair to kill it. That Angel in turn played catch with Tobias' Wrath of God, and the board was reset to mana only on both sides.

    Florian was first to break the quiet, with an Aeon Chronicler of his sauntering into the removed-from-game-zone with one counter. Florian was tapped out, but Tobias could not capitalize, and after he had untapped again, Florian revealed Castigate. Wrath, Glittering Wish, and Angel of Despair showed up in Tobias' hand. Florian decided that the Wrath was too dangerous. Chronicler came in for five, and Beacon of Unrest returned Angel of Despair to destroy one of Tobias' lands.

    A smile he could not hide stole itself on Tobias' face when he drew his next card: Wrath of God, from the top. "It's still looking better for you", he said, and he was right: Florian was drawing a ton of cards. Alas, Tobias had entered topdeck mode, showing Harmonize off the top to refill, making both players smile - one in happiness, the other in disgust.

    Troll Ascetic from Tobias proved that Harmonize had brought business. Florian had his third Court Hussar and his fourth Compulsive Research, but no smile found his face. Castigate again. and he saw: Putrefy, Glittering Wish, Angel of Despair and Troll Ascetic. Discarding Tobias' Angel of Despair was no easy decision for Florian, who clearly didn't like what he saw.

    Castigate from Tobias, from the top, revealed Angel of Despair, Damnation, Sudden Death, and three Signets. The axe hit Angel of Despair, the obvious choice. Florian's Damnation got Troll Ascetic; the players were now trading on a one-to-one basis. As both players knew, Tobias had another troll Ascetic in his hand. It came down to the accompaniement of Glitttering Wish, getting Grave-Shell Scarab.

    "Look, I have cards in my deck as well!", demnaded Florian when he lifted his next draw off the top. It was Aeon Chronicler, quickly suspended with three counters. Troll Ascetic hit, taking Florian to 8. Grave-Shell Scarab followed. Florian responded with a second Chronicler, suspended for one, to stop the bleeding soon.

    Tobias attacked, Grave-Shell Scarab caught the inevitable Sudden Death. Another Glittering Wish returned the previously discarded Angel of Despair to his hand, but would the Agnel be able to kill Florian's frist 7/7 Chronicler? no, because Florian had Castigate. Tobias responded with Putrefy to actually kill the Chronicler, but the Angel on his hand was gone. Florian played Extirpate on Grave-Shell Scarab to see Tobias' deck.

    Tobias was now under pressure, because the second Chronicler came in and hit for 7. Both players were on 8, but Tobias had no pressure and no defense - yet. Florian wanted to make sure and played beacon of Unrest on Tobias' Hierarch. Tobias had one of his own, though. making Florian say, "Does this ever end?" (Which is just what you are thinking while reading this, probably.) It did, with Florian's Chronicler taking down Tobias.

    Tobias Rasir 0 - 1 Florian Seiter

    The 60-minute round was half over at this point, even though both players had proceeded at a brisk pace.

    Game 2

    The players sped up even more, quickly laying their first succession of mana. Where Tobias had Edge of Autumn, Florian had Signets, but this time it was Tobias to surge ahead in card advantage, with Harmonize. Florian chained Signet into Signet, but the first aggression came from Tobias with Troll Ascetic. He cracked double Flagstones of Trokair. Florian had Tidings. The amount of card advantage gained in this entire match already seemed enough to fuel an entire top 8 of draft mathces.

    Tobias made a giant leap when he played Glittering Wish for Crime // Punishment, offing Florian's three Signets. He made the audience laugh when he calmly plunked down two new ones. Tobias cracked with Treetop Village (that caught Concdemn) and Troll Ascetic. Another Treetop Village came down, and a second Glittering Wish, getting Angel of Despair. "Yes, there's one in the sideboard, too!"

    The table in the feature match area is just a normal table, but it carries all the drama.

    Florian spent a Damnation on the Troll Ascetic. Tobias made Teneb, the Harvester, showing the massive beats his deck could deliver. Florian had a second Damnation, but Angel of Despair was still looming, possibly waiting for Aeon Chronicler as target. Sudden Death from Tobias got Treetop Village, though Florian catched a Warning for mis-tapping his mana.

    Tobias wanted more mana, again cracking a pair of Flagstones and playing Farseek. The first Castigate made an appearance from Florian. Extirpate, Angel of Despair, and Putrefy - what would he take away from Tobias? Angel of Despair, "again". Florian then reanimated one of Tobias' Troll Ascetics with Beacon of Unrest, dealing the first damage to Tobias, who then had Wrath.

    Like a power game of tit-for-tat, the players gave their respecitve opponent no leeway. This was a match well worthy of the finals themselves Beacon of Unrest for a Troll, again, put Florian in the attacker's seat, even though Tobias had Treetop Village for blocking. Tobias' Wrath dispatched Tobias' Troll.

    A series of meaningless exchanges of Harmonizes, Castigates and Extirpates later, Tobias had punched Florian to -2 life with Treetop Village.

    Tobias Rasir 1 - 1 Florian Seiter

    Game 3

    Ten minutes left on the clock. A draw would benefit Tobias exclusively, but both players needed the win. During their speed-shuffles, they were already mentally preparing for the extra turns.

    Tobias mulliganed on the draw. As always, mana development was at a prime for both, with Farseek one one and Signets on the other side. Harmonize was matched by Compulsive Research. Castigate from Florian showed two lands, a Putrefy, Glittering Wish and three Wrath of God. Creatures would stand no chance here! Florian took Glittering Wish and suspended Aeon Chronicler. Thank god that thing draws cards, otherwise the Wraths would make it entirely unusable.

    With an eye on the clock, Tobias plunked down Teneb, the Harvester. Florian made Angel of Despair, answered by Tobias' Castigate a turn later. "That's mean", commented Florian, showing Teachings, Wrath, Mortify and Compulsive Research. Tobias took Teachings.

    Tit-for-tat on table one with Florian Seiter.

    Angel of Despair and Aeon Chronicler hit Tobias for 11, taking him down to 9 life. The inevitable and expected first Wrath reset the board. Tobias tried Teneb, the Harvester, which Florian snagged right out of the air with Mortify. Glittering Wish from Tobias promised big beats again, with Grave-Shell Scarab going to his hand and then Troll Ascetic being played from his hand. Florian went to 15.

    Angel of Despair from Florian killed the Scarab, which Tobias chose not to dredge back at the next opportunity. Instead, he Putrefied the Angel of Despair, not Knowing that Florian held Damnation in his hand. The extra turns came nearer. Tobias decided to dredge up and play the Scarab so he could have a beater for the extra turns. Florian followed suit, Beaconed up Angel of Despair and killed a land. In response, Tobias Putrefied the Angel. Had Florian targeted the Scarab, Tobias ould have had to decide between drawing a card and Putrefying.

    This way, Grave-Shell Scarab took Florian to 8, then 4, But Florian had Aeon Chronicler coming into play, and Mortify for the Scarab to remove the pesky blocker. Tobias was on 9. Florian could not make his Chronicler big enough to kill Tobias. The result was going to be a draw, but after a short deliberation phase, closely watched by the head judge, Florian decided to concede to Tobias. Florian would have had to win both this and the next round. Since a win here was not in reach, he decided to give his opponent the three points he needed to make top 8.

    Tobias Rasir 2 - 1 Florian Seiter



     
  • Saturday, Sept 1: 5:57 p.m. - Decklists: The JSS Top 8 Decks
    by Hanno Terbuyken


  • Not four, but five trips to Worlds New York could be won at this Nationals. The four members of the National team will of course be there, with their flights paid for by WotC. But the winner of the German Junior Super Series final one-ups them all: He wins a fully paid trip, flight and hotel, for himself and one accompanying person, to the big show in December. 41 players under 17 years old competed for the trip and a trophy, a Foil Bogardan Hammer encased in plastic. The second place does not go away with nothing, though, getting an iPod for his trouble. Down to the 16th place, Fat Packs and booster packs make up the prize pool.

    A special prize was given to all players who hadn't dropped by the third round, which was everybody: one extra booster. Here are the final 8 decks from the tournament:




    Niko Hesse
    German Nationals JSS Top 8


    Bernd Hofmann
    German Nationals JSS Top 8



    Julian Ludwig
    German Nationals JSS Top 8




     
  • Saturday, Sept 1: 7:30 p.m. - The Final Round of Death and Glory
    by Hanno Terbuyken


  • The last round of the German Nationals was a round full of drama. Table 1 had Tobias Gräfensteiner (31 points, OmniChord) playing against Tobias Rasir (30 points, G/B/W Wish Control). Gräfensteiner refused to draw them both into the Top 8, a thing he is notorious for. Rasir was a virtual lock, but if he had lost that match, he was in danger of not making it as one of the 10-4's. On table 2, the same situation happened between Dennis Johannsen and Paul Borczyk.

    While these matches kicked off under tension, Thomas Koch (Gruul) and Michael Müller (ldiot Life) decided on an intentional draw to get into the Top 8 without trouble. Bodo Rösner (Angelfire) beat Alexander Fanghänel (Dredge) to secure his slot, just like Sven Johnson (TarmoRack) defeated Daniel Steinsdörfer (G/W/B Rack). Paul Porojan, GP Strasbourg finalst, managed to beat Stephan Niebler in a Gruul mirror match, but ended up with the unlucky 9th place. Well, someone has to…

    The final table 1 match between Tobias Gräfensteiner (left) and Tobias Rasir.

    On table 7, the match's beginning was intercepted by a deck check. The players had a coupe of minutes free. "I just asked my buddy what my opponent was playing", related one player after the event. That question and the following answer was overheard by a judge, and after consultation with the head judge, the player - still in the running for Top 8! - was disqualified.

    Meanwhile, on the top two tables, the players decided to draw anyway, in one case with legal damage on the stack. That meant the final eight were final, and after the dust settled, the following eight players had made it to Sunday:

    Bodo Rösner (33 points)
    Tobias Gräfensteiner (32)
    Dennis Johannsen (32)
    Tobias Rasir (31)
    Paul Borczyk (31)
    Thomas Koch (31)
    Michael Müller (31)
    Sven Johnson (30)

    Congratulations so far! One of these will be the German champion come tomorrow evening. Stay tuned for the Top 8 tomorrow, and of course stories from the players party tonight!

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