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The two happy finalists of Grand Prix Dortmund, Julien Goron of France and David Brucker of Germany

Grand Prix Dortmund has a winner! David Brucker from Germany takes the trophy in three games over Julien Goron from France.

Both players had played Magic for more than 13 hours on this Sunday before they could get up on the stage to receive their prizes, and they were exhausted. The Top 8 saw favorites Olivier Ruel and Julien Nuijten fall early, but the two finalists deserved their wins. On the back of two draft decks that combined consistency and limited bombs Brucker and Goron clinched their way to the top.

One lesson this Grand Prix has taught is that neither consistency nor bombs alone will make a winning deck in this very complicated limited format. Green-White-Black, combining token-happy Selesnya, graveyard-hugging Golgari and control-oriented Orzhov, was the most popular color combination in the Sealed portion of the Grand Prix. In the draft, different strategies came out well. Mid-range flyers, spell-based Izzet tricks or the many enchantments in Ravnica and Guildpact created a very diverse environment. The format is far from solved, and Dissension, the next expansion to come, will only add to the confusion.

Watch out for the coverage from Grand Prix Cardiff, where pros and amateurs alike will try their again at Ravnica-Guildpact Limited!


Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Finals   Champion
1 Dennis Grudowski   Mathias Wigge, 2-1        
8 Mathias Wigge   David Brucker, 2-1
       
4 Stefan Rentzsch   David Brucker, 2-0   David Brucker, 2-1
5 David Brucker    
       
2 Julien Goron   Julien Goron, 2-0
7 Olivier Ruel   Julien Goron, 2-1
       
3 Julien Nuijten   Marco Rothaupt, 2-0
6 Marco Rothaupt    


EVENT COVERAGE FINAL TOP 8 STANDINGS

  • Blog - 10:34 p.m. - Finals: David Brucker vs. Julien Goron
    by Jörn Martin Hajek
  • Blog - 10:02 p.m. - Viertelfinale David Brucker gegen Stefan Rentzsch
    by Von Claudia Loroff
  • Blog - 9:56 p.m. - Quarterfinals: David Brucker vs. Stefan Rentzsch
    by Peer Kroger
  • Blog - 9:22 p.m. - Semifinals: David Brucker vs. Mathias Wigge
    by Hanno Terbuyken
  • Blog - 8:41 p.m. - The Top 8 Player Profiles
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Blog - 8:25 p.m. - Semifinals: Julien Goron vs. Marco Rothaupt
    by Jörn Martin Hajek
  • Blog - 7:53 p.m. - Quarterfinals: Dennis Grudowski vs. Mathias Wigge
    by Hanno Terbuyken
  • Blog - 7:37 p.m. - Quarterfinals: Olivier Ruel vs. Julien Goron
    by Jörn Martin Hajek
  • Blog - 7:15 p.m. - The Top 8 Decklists
    by Event Coverage Staff



  • Day 2 Blog Archive: Drafting with the Champ, Top Pro Play, Three DQ's, Gunslinging with Wotc, and much more!
    by Hanno Terbuyken & Jörn Martin Hajek
  • Round 13: Pods
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Round 10: Pods
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Info: Day 2 Player List
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Info: Day 2 Country Breakdown
    by Event Coverage Staff



  • Day 1 Blog Archive: Undefeated Decklists, Girl Power, Fantastic Frank Karsten, Top Pro Play, Artist on Duty, and much more!
    by Hanno Terbuyken & Jörn Martin Hajek
  • Info: Day 1 Player List (Green Bracket)
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Info: Day 1 Player List (Blue Bracket)
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Info: Day 1 Country Breakdown (Green Bracket)
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Info: Day 1 Country Breakdown (Blue Bracket)
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Info: Fact Sheet
    by Event Coverage Staff
 1.  David Brucker $2,400
 2.  Julien Goron $1,700
 3.  Mathias Wigge $1,200
 4.  Marco Rothaupt $1,000
 5.  Dennis Grudowski $800
 6.  Julien Nuijten $800
 7.  Olivier Ruel $800
 8.  Stefan Rentzsch $800
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  • Sunday, February 19: 7:15 p.m. - The Top 8 Decklists











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  • Sunday, February 19: 7:37 p.m. - Quarterfinals: Olivier Ruel vs. Julien Goron


  • Olivier Ruel laughs about his draw

    Olivier's draft went pretty well. He got the deck known around here as the Levy deck - lots of auras and ways to play them more than once. Olivier had three Galvanic Arcs, two Fists of Ironwood, a Flight of Fancy, and Mark of Eviction and Drake Familiar to get them back.

    Julien's draft didn't go as well, but he still had a very competitive deck. It was white and black with a splash of blue for Vedalken Entrancer, Followed Footsteps and Moroii

    Julien had a dream start, with a turn three Moroii thanks to a Signet. Olivier made it less dreamy by playing a Mark of Eviction on the vampire, and following up with Civic Wayfinder. Julien made a Screeching Griffin, that was promptly destroyed by Galvanic Arc. He then tried with Followed Footsteps on Civic Wayfinder, but things didn't look good for him when Olivier slapped Mark of Eviction and another Galvanic Arc on the Civic Wayfinder.

    Julien Goron advanced to the semifinals

    Julien was at six, and the two Arcs on the Wayfinder would return to Olivier's hand on the next turn. But he had a Woebringer Demon that he played, and because of the timing rules, the Wayfinder died before he could be returned to the hand. Olivier was out of gas, and Julien could win with the creatures that had gathered in his hand.

    1-0 Julien Goron

    Olivier started by developing his mana with a Signet and Silhana Starfletcher. Julien's first play was a Castigate, which revealed a strong hand with 2 Fists of Ironwood, Flight of Fancy, Galvanic Arc and a Terraformer. He took the Arc. Olivier then used the remaining cards to build up quite a force, but Julien had Droning Bureaucrats and enchanted it with Followed Footsteps. That way, he was able to hold of Olivier's creatures and assemble an army of his own. It seemed like he was getting the upper hand, but one turn before he could win, Olivier topdecked Savage Twister and could reset the board. He still didn't manage to come back, as Julien had held unto a Moroii that could finish the job.

    Julien Goron beat Olivier Ruel, 2-0


     
  • Sunday, February 19: 7:53 p.m. - Quarterfinals: Dennis Grudowski vs. Mathias Wigge


  • Dennis is one of only two amateurs in this top 8, his opponent has previous PT points from a stunt on the Pro Tour a couple of years ago. Grudowski is actually playing with a handicap, having his left wrist in a bandage. It doesn't keep him from shuffling properly, though.

    Mathias Wigge

    Both Germans keep their initial seven, and Dennis kicks off the match with a Boros Guildmage, prompting a "really bad deck" from Mathias, who is not content with how his draft turned out. His Selesnya Signet is not a match for the Boros Guildmage swinging in for two, but Drift of Phantasms promises to halt the offense that Dennis is bringing on - for the moment.

    Petrahydrox for Dennis is a controversial creature not everyone would want in their deck, as it is difficult to keep on the table. The Ogre Savant from Mathias bounces it either way. Conclave Equenaut is a worthy replacement, as both players settle in for a match that is unlikely to end soon. Infiltrator's Magemark makes the Savant unblockable and that takes Dennis to 16.

    Thinking for a while, the younger German (Dennis) brings on a Sabertooth Alley Cat, gives it haste and serves with Guildmage, Equenaut and Cat. Drift of Phantsasm stops the Equenaut and Darkblast takes out the Cat. Mathias retaliates with the unblockable Savant and adds tho his board with a Gelectrode, still not content with his deck although he is looking to be in good shape.

    A twice Replicated Pyromatics takes out the Gelectrode and the Drift of Phantasms that had been blocking, and Mathias comments with "That was a big play" as he sighs and puts the two creatures into his graveyard. Izzet Chronarch allows him to retrieve the Darkblast from his graveyard, as there was nothing else and he felt the need for a defense at 11 life. Dennis says "go" with six mana untapped, and Mathias smells something fishy, remarking "I don't like go". In come both the Chronarch and the Savant, and it is the battle trick against trick - or just bluff against bluff?

    Dennis considers. Boros Guildmage blocks the Chronarch and gets First Strike, and Mathias Darkblasts it in response down to 1/1. With the Guildmage threatened to die, Bathe in Light for Protecction from Blue to all red creatures saves the Mage, makes Mathias' blue Magemark fall off the Ogre Savant and a second Boros Guildmage joins the fray on Dennis' side.

    Mathias gets remanded to play faster by the table judge. Dredge returns the Darkblast and with the trick in his hand Mathias swings in with Chronarch and Savant. Dennis is on 5 and Mathias on 8 life, so the attack is potentially lethal. Both Boros Guildmages block, both as First Strikers. Again, Darkblast reduces one Mage in size to save the Ogre Savant. With First Strike damage on the stack, Fiery Conclusion from Mathias comes down on the Chronarch to kill Boros Guildmage #2. The board resolves to one Guildmage against one Savant, and Mathias is not content. "that can't be it", he says.

    While Dennis plays Petrahydox, Mathias has the much better answer in Netherborn Phalanx and can return the 'Hydrox with Darkblast at will. Dennis does so himself with the Guildmage's ability to lose one less life from the Phalanx, and the game drags on. With his five power on the board Mathias hopes to put Dennis close towards lethal. A First-Striking Guildmage, getting a lot of action, hops in front of the Phalanx. Mathias fears Cleansing Beam, correctly as it turns out. Reducing the Mages power with Darkblast once more, he saves the Netherborn Phalanx.

    Dennis rebuilds his empty board with Petrahydrox and Ghost Warden. Naturally, Mathias dredges back the Darkblast to bounce Petrahydrox (losing Lurking Informant) in the process. Dennis realizes that he cannot overcome the recurring Darkblast as he has nothing else to bring, and condedes Game 1.

    Grudowski 0 - Wigge 1

    During sideboarding, Wigge again desperately shakes his head and says "how bad", meaning his deck, but it does not exactly sound believable. Both players complain about the draft, where the green-black cards seemed to go around and around the table... however, someone has to have the deck that these cards built.

    Dennis chooses to play first, both players keep. First action comes from Mathias with a third turn Orzhov Euthanist, matched by Deniis' Viiashino Fangtail which Mathias would have dearly liked on his side now. Drift of Phantasms, however, isn't too shabby either. Giant Solifuge cirdumvents the Drift and takes Mathias down to 16, only to run into the Euthanist on the next attack. Bathe in Light saves the Giant Solifuge and the Euthanist Haunts Mathias' Drift of Phantasms. Viashino Fangtail makes mathias cycle through his second Surveilling Sprite which does next to nothing here.

    Fangtail and Solifuge come to smash face, and the Fangtail runs into the Drift only to be saved with Rally the Righteous, which ends this game as Mathias reveals he has only lands in his hand.

    Grudowski 1 - Wigge 1

    Mathias decides to let Dennis play first, who shows off a peculiar method of laying out his opening seven: He puts them face down and tapped in pairs on the table before picking them up. Dennis opens with Boros Swiftblade, Mathias has Dimir Guildmage and all the other matches are finished already.

    Dennis brings on a Guildmage of his own, this one of the Boros variety. Gelectrode for Mathias is the pinger he hoped for in the last game. Headjudge Tessitori is picking up Mathias library, who laughs and desperately comments "I've never played this bad", although the spectators seem to feel he is putting on a show. Dennis meanwhile continues his offense with a Thundersong Trumpeter and walks further down the Boros path.

    Mathias' Izzet-aligned Gelectrode pings the Trumpeter which rather goes away to Dennis' Fiery Conclusion targetting Dimir Guildmage. Mathias thinks, swears and finally puts the Guildmage into his graveyard, making a stage-like performance of his misery. Pondering, he Disembowels the Boros Guildmage. Dennis has no play, which seems to encourage Mathias who speeds up his play and returns the lonesome Trumpeter with Ogre Savant. Boros Swiftblade from Dennis comes into play next turn and holds off the Savant and the Gelectrode, aided by Mausoleum Turnkey on Mathias' side.

    Dennis Grudowski

    Again, Dennis has no play and choses to block the Turnkey with the Swiftblade, saving it from death by Turnkey with Withstand. Mathias keeps it up with Netherborn Phalanx, but nothing game-winning is coming from either side while Gelectrode happily pings Dennis down to 10. Phalanx enters the red zone for Mathias and the Boros Swiftblade serves as fodder for a Fiery Conclusion from Dennis taking down the 2/4.

    Mathias says "go" against Dennis' empty board, not wanting to attack his Ogre Savant into anything Dennis might hold. But it doesn't matter, since Pyromatics from Dennis kills everything but the Savant, a Dimir Guildmage and the Gelectrode. Infiltrator's Magemark pumps Mathias' Savant, not that Dennis had any blockers. Petrahydrox for Mathias makes an appearance and stays for the moment while Dennis makes a Giant Solifuge. Sadistic Augermage is another one of the mediocre creatures creatures Mathias has at his disposal, but Dennis has even less defense and extends the hand after a quite unexciting, but long game.

    Mathias Wigge wins 2-1 against Dennis Grudowski


     
  • Sunday, February 19: 8:25 p.m. - Semifinals: Julien Goron vs. Marco Rothaupt


  • Marco Rothaupt

    Julien started with Castigate, picking a Shambling Shell from Marco's creature-heavy hand. By turn four, he had Moroii, and as it was the only creature on the board and he hadn't seen removal on Marco's hand, he was quite confident. Just to make sure, he played another Castigate after Marco had gotten a Greater Mossdog into play, and removed a Siege-Wurm. Marco played some more of the creatures in his hand, like Nullmage Shepherd, Dimir House Guard and Mourning Thrull, but Julien's Droning Bureaucrats could hold of most of them, and he won convincingly.

    1-0 Julien

    Game 2 looked started really good for Marco, with a Mourning Thrull that got enchanted by Moldervine Cloak. Julien tried to get tricky with Courier Hawk and Leave No Trace, but Marco had Seeds of Strength and dredged the Cloak back. Luckily for Julien, he got Droning Bureaucrats, and could hold off the monster Thrull for only two mana each turn. Marco tried another path, and played a Dimir House Guard that could evade Julien's blockers. When a Greater Mossdog was added to Marco's side, Julien eventually had to switch to paying four mana for the Bureaucrats. Marco ignored the fact that his two-mana Thrull could attack, and just played a Siege Wurm instead. That gave Julien a chance to play Hex, but Marco could regenerate his House Guard, and dredge the Cloak back for the win.

    Julien Goron

    1-1

    Marco had the Mourning Thrull again in Game 3 (actually, two of them,) but Julien's Veteran Armorer - enforced Shrieking Grotesque and Screeching Griffin did a great job at holding them off, while dealing a little damage themselves. He even got the Bureaucrats again, but he was far away from seven mana when Marco convoked Siege Wurm into play and enchanted it with Strands of Undeath. He tried fighting fire with fire and enchanted the Siege Wurm with Followed Footsteps. Marco's next turn Shambling Shell seemed to give his 5/5 Wurm the edge over Julien's 5/6 Wurms, but Julien drew Stasis Cell and played it with a sigh of relief. It was the victory for him, as Marco had no way to deal with all the Wurms.

    Julien Goron beat Marco Rothaupt, 2-0, and advanced to the finals


     
  • Sunday, February 19: 8:41 p.m. - The Top 8 Player Profiles


  • Mathias Wigge

    Mathias Wigge
    Age: 25
    Occupation: university student
    City: Lipstadt (Germany)
    Record on day one1: 7-2

    Mathias Wigge is an upcoming young German player who has his first major T8 today. He started playing Magic in Ice Age, and he is not an amateur anymore, having played on a PT before. "I'll take today as it comes", he said, "I am undefeated today." He would sure like to stay that way today.

    His draft deck is, in his words, "really bad". He passed a lot of green-black cards, only to have them come back the other way, but still stuck to his Dimir-Izzet strategy. He has no Signets and no bounce lands, so his mana base relies mostly on luck.

    David Brucker

    David Brucker
    Age: 23
    City: München (Germany)
    Occupation: university student
    Record on day one: 8-0-1

    David Brucker is a German Grand Prix mainstay and one of the old-timers. Having started to play Magic eight years ago, the student has a GP T8 from Bologna to his name and also T8'd German Nationals. He was confident before the draft, claiming that "the finals are a possibility", and his draft confirms this outlook. "It went very well, I am exalted how my deck came together."

    David had Julien Nuijten on his right and Julien Goron on his left and definitely profited from the young Dutchies draft: He picked up a lot of the good green cards that Nuijten let go through. David's deck looks strong, it is basically a Golgari goodness mix with a white splash for two Pillories thrown in for good measure. "It's quite alright", said Brucker, presenting his two Pillories, Last Gasp and Necroplasm.

    Stefan Rentzsch

    Stefan Rentzsch
    Age: 21
    Occupation: student
    City: Dresden (Germany)
    Record on day one: 8-1

    Stefan Rentzsch is a young hopeful from Dresden. This T8 appearance is his first, and it comes as a bit of a surprise even for Stefan himself: "I have no idea how I did this", says he. Stefan, who started to play five years ago, has drafted a so-so deck. "Well", he contemplates, "it was alright but it could have been better." His deck is Dimir blue-black with no splash, having nothing of worth to add to his deck. Also, he is short on removal and his chances are not too good.


    Marco Rothaupt

    Marco Rothaupt
    Age: 20
    Occupation: student
    City: Krefeld (Germany)
    Record on day one: 8-1

    Marco Rothaupt is the second amateur in this Top 8. He takes a pessimistic approach, saying: "I am happy that I made this Top 8 at all." He comes back from a two year's break from Magic, only to find himself with a green-black draft deck with a white splash that he likes. "It's not too bad, I think", commented Marco on his Angel of Despair, double Moldervine Cloak, double Siege Wurm and a Drooling Groodion. "I have next to no removal", complains Marco, but then points to the Grave-Shell Scarab that should be able to help out.

    Julien Goron

    Julien Goron
    Age 23
    Occupation: Postman
    City: Paris
    Record on day one: 8-1

    Julien Goron is one of two French players in this Top 8. He was runner-up in last year's Rookie of the Year race and made T8 in Grand Prix Hasselt, just three weeks ago. Asked what he expects from today, he answered half-jokingly (edged on by Olivier Ruel): "Oh yes, Im winning, because I am plyaing my best magic today!"

    The black-blue-white deck he drafted might aid him in that. Woebringer Demon and Moroii are his finishers, and his removal suite is quite strong with double Brainspoil, Hex, Followed Footsteps, and Douse in Gloom. He plays two maindeck Castigates, saying "if I can remove a creature with it, it's just like a removal spell."

    Olivier Ruel

    Olivier Ruel
    Age: 24
    City: considering how much he travels, Olivier is at home everywhere
    Occupation: "I ran a magazine which went bankrupt last week, so I guess I am a professional Magic player again."
    Record on day one: 7-1-1

    His only answer to the question if he would win the tournament was "obv!" Olivier's deck is excellent, he thinks, as he also picked up a couple of the green cards that were going around unheeded. He has double Fists of the Ironwood, but even more impressive were his first three draft picks: Galvanic Arc, Galvanic Arc and Galvanic Arc. The red-green-blue deck Olivier built was rounded out by a pair of Steamcore Weirds, giving him high hopes for the Top 8.

    Julien Nuijten

    Julien Nuijten
    Age: 17
    Occupation: student
    Record on day one: 8-1

    Julien Nuijten, former World Champion and Ravnica-Guildpact limited expert, should be expected to do well in this Top 8. He has four Grand Prix Top 8's to his name and a Pro Tour Top 8. His only comment was not given by him, but by the Pro Tour Prankster Olivier Ruel, who put the following words in the Dutchman's mouth: "I wish I would take the prize, but obviously Olivier is going to win." Julien had no objections to this statement, although going into the draft he probably had higher hopes than afterwards.

    Julien's deck is "not so good", in his own words. His first pick was Golgari Rotwurm versus Belltower Sphinx, where the Dutchman took the blue creature. The draft shaped up like a bad dream for Julien, who justified his first pick: "I don't like green anymore." In hindsight, he wished he had taken the Rotwurm: "I figured thhe guys to my side would take the green", but it came around and by then Julien couldn't switch anymore. "If I'd only have picked the Rotwurm first, I'd have the best deck ever", sighs Julien, as he contemplates playing Grozoth in his deck.

    Dennis Grudowski

    Dennis Grudowski
    Age: 17
    Occupation: student
    City: Stuttgart (Germany)
    Record on day one: 7-2

    The youngest T8-competitor today is an amateur player and pretty surprised he made it this far. "I never thought I'd come this far", says Dennis, "my Sealed deck wasn't that good." Apparently it was good enough to put the German into day two.

    Dennis is not happy with his deck, saying: "I was forced into Boros." He got good cards late, like a 14th pick Rally the Righteous and two Boros Guildmages around pick ten. "Usually I am not a Boros drafter, because I don't really like it", said the young student, but it is the deck he built. We will see how far the unloved strategy can take him.


     
  • Sunday, February 19: 9:22 p.m. - Semifinals: David Brucker vs. Mathias Wigge


  • Mathias has won the roll and lets David start this all-German semifinal. David has one of the rare one-drops in this format, Elves of Deep Shadow, and follows that up with Carven Caryatid. Mathias "opens the beats", as he says, with the mighty Surveilling Sprite. Wee Dragonauts for Mathias shows that he wants to go the flying route in this game. David stays on the ground with Scatter the Seeds, prompting the judge to make tokens from VIP badges, and Wildsize from Brucker kills the blocking Dragonauts. Off the two are into the early trading of beats.

    Mathias Wigge

    The Darkblast Mathias draws spells bad news for Davids small army of tokens, and the Drift of Phantasms he summons can hold off a couple more. David is not to be deterred and plays a Golgari Rotwurm which falls victim to Sadistic Augermage and Fiery Conclusion. David keeps the beats on in this fast game as he has Dryad Sophisticate and a Pillory of the Sleepless on Mathias' Drift of Phantasms. Mathias goes back up to seven life as he summons Netherborn Phalanx, but still is far behind. Another Pillory from David and an attack make Mathias' life miserable and short, as he dies to the two Pillories.

    Brucker 1 - Wigge 0

    Wigge sideboards in a Convolute, testament to the relative weakness of his Dimir-Izzet deck which should be no match to Brucker's solid Golgari deck splashing white for the Pillories, both of which showed up in the first game.

    Shuffling Mathias' deck, David notes that many of his opponent's cards are worn. Mathias has been playing this Top 8 without sleeves. The judges agree that the cards are not evenly worn enough to let Mathias continue without sleeves, so he has to sleeve his deck. David helps and soon they are off to the second game.

    Wigge lets Brucker play first again, and they contemplate mulligans. Mathias takes the free trip to Paris and Brucker confidently holds on to his initial seven. Dimir Guildmage from Mathias is the first play, matched by David's Carven Caryatid. Mathias gets the spoiler in his deck that he had ben hoping for, Gelectrode. His comment: "It doesn't get better than that", and David agrees as Dimir Guildmage and Gelectrode are not a bad pari to have on the board.

    Drawing from the Guildmage, Mathias just says go and Brucker digs out his own bomb, which is a Vulturous Zombie. Both Mathias and the table judge read the card to get the deal. Mathias is quickly able to deal with the monster with a combination of Gelectrode and Darkblast before the Vulturous Zombie gets to big to handle. Gruul Scrapper comes instead from David, not nearly as powerful as the Zombie. Mathias takes to the air again with Wee Dragonauts and Surveilling Sprite, then going to 17 from Brucker's attack. David then casts Orzhov Euthanist, which at the moment is good but not too exciting.

    Mathias gets Darkblast back via Dredge to have the powerful instant available. With his Gelectrode, he tries to kill Gruul Scrapper, but David supersizes it with Wildsize, creating a little stack confusion. The Scrapper ends up as a 4/3 with one damage on it, and Mathias uses his Dimir Guildmage to re-dregde the Darkblast and finally kill the Gruul Scrapper with the same combo. Wee Dragonauts received some power in the process and the ensuing attack brings David down to 12 life.

    David rebuilds with Woodwraith Corrupter, which is much harder to kill than the 4/2 Gruul Scrapper, but he will eventually have to deal with the Gelectrode to prevent both Darkblast shenanigans and being pinged to death. He can't, and Mathias' extremely synergistic board of Dimir Guildmage, Wee Dragonauts, Gelectrode and Surveilling Sprite in combination with Darkblast take David Brucker down.

    Brucker 1 - Wigge 1

    During shuffling, both players reveal their different personalities at the gaming table: David marks the silent, confident guy, while Mathias keeps up his show. David lets Mathias begin the game. Mathias: "Are you sure this won't backfire?", but David smiles and says: "I sideboarded quite mean." Mathias takes this as a giant hint that David has brought in the Rolling Spoil from his board.

    So Mathias plays first, no mulligans happen. David opens with Elves of Deep Shadow, which is met by the Darkblast Mathias already has. And the mighty Surveilling Sprite brings on the beats, but doesn't even gets a single hit in as David actually draws Rolling Spoil taking Mathias lonely Island and the Sprite away. Bramble Elemental and Sewerdreg promise to make short work of Mathias, who rips an Island off the top of his deck, eliciting a "how lucky!" from David. Mathias has no play but the Disembowel against David's Sewerdreg which removes the Darkblast Mathias has in his grave on the way out.

    David Brucker

    Savagely, Mathias peels Ogre Savant for a solid tempo swing but as he is only on 5 life fmo the early raging Onslaught and facing down the Bramble Elemenral again, he needs action quick. It comes in the form of Izzet Chronarch returning Disembowel. Having done that deed, the Chronarch jumps in front of the Bramble Elemental, leaving the life totals at 20 to 5 in David's favour and the board at Bramble Elemental, Civic Wayfinder against Ogre Savant and the Disembowel in Mathias' hand.

    Scatter the Seeds and a Golgari Rotwurm from David make the situation difficult for Mathias. "I have everything in my hand!", complains Mathias, but David calmly replies "me too." Calculating the damage he will take, Mathias makes some empty calculations and extends the hand.

    David Brucker advances to the finals of GP Dortmund with a 2-1 win over Mathias Wigge.


     
  • Sunday, February 19: 9:56 p.m. - Quarterfinals: David Brucker vs. Stefan Rentzsch


  • Stefan Rentzsch

    David Brucker is a very well known player from Germany, with tons of international successes. Stefan's biggest international success was a 26th place at GP Vienna - so far. David's deck was a green and black powerhouse, featuring amazing cards like Woodwraith Corrupter and Vulturous Zombie. Stefan's deck was a blue and black mix with a lot of spells but very few decent creatures.

    Game 1

    Stefan went first. David played a Terrarion on his first turn, while his opponent answered with the other one-mana-artefact, Voyager's Staff. David played a Dryad Sophisticate but it got bounced back by a Repeal just to be cast again. Stefan summoned a Smogsteed Rider, but on the following attack it didn't block the Dryad. It better should have, the damage dealt to Stefan allowed David to cast a bloodlusty Ghost-Clan Savage.

    Stefan answered with a Roofstalker Wight, and on the following attack that traded with the Dryad, while the Savage got temporarily removed by the Staff. That also shrank it to a smaller size, when it came back. But to add even more problems to the table David summoned the mighty Woodwraith Corruptor.

    Stefan didn't do anything on his turn but look frustrated, and David added a Civic Wayfinder to his team and sent the Savage and a forest into the red zone. The Savage died to Thunderheads, but Stefan only had five mana on the table and couldn't afford the replicate cost for a second blocker.

    On his turn Stefan cast a Tidewater Minion, which didn't survive it's summoning sickness and immediately died to a Ribbons of Night. In David's attack the Steed traded with the Wayfinder. Stefan took one more draw but didn't find any solution for the big problems at hand and shuffled his cards together. That was fast!

    David Brucker 1 - Stefan Rentzsch 0

    Game 2

    Stefan started off with a mulligan. A Drowned Rusalka on his second turn was the first creature to see the light of the gaming table. David cast a Signet, it got repealed, but instead of casting it again David preferred to summon a Trophy Hunter on the next turn. Stefan didn't look happy at all, he seemed to contemplate his bad luck and looked frustrated, to say the least. In David's turn the Hunter attacked but ran into Thunderheads. David didn't have another creature and rather played the Signet again.

    With the Hunter gone, Stefan could safely play his Snapping Drake to the table, and for a short moment it looked like the pressure was onto David. But he sat there calmly, with a fistful of cards, and it seemed like he couldn't decide what card to play. Finally he chose to simply play Last Gasp on the Drake to take it out.

    Unhappy Stefan enchanted his Rusalka with a Necromancer's Magemark, attacked David down to 16 and played a Vertigo Spawn to his side of the table. "I'm only playing the best creatures" he remarked ironically. David showed him what good cards look like when he cast Scatter the Seeds to put three Saprolings into play. Stefan attacked with the Rusalka again, which got blocked by all of the tokens, and sacked it with damage on the stack taking out two Saprolings. After the attack, a Stinkweed Imp joined his army.

    Unimpressed, David played the mighty Woodwraith Corruptor. Stefan heroically sent his Stinkweed Imp into the red zone and after combat played another one, which provoked laughter from the watching crowd, and the Rusalka again. David sent his remaining token over for an attack. It got blocked by the Spawn, but a Wildsize took the little Defender out.
    Stefan attacked with one of the Stinkies again and added a Lurking Informant to the table. At the end of the turn David turned one of his forests into a creature and played a Centaur Safeguard on his turn.

    David Brucker

    Stefan attacked again with one of his Imps - putting David down to 13 - and summoned a Tidewater Minion to the table. That's not what pressure looks like. David transformed another one of his forests, in his turn cast a Pillary of the Sleepless on the untapped Imp and sent his forests, the token and the Centaur into the red zone. That's how pressure is applied! The Minion took out the Safeguard, the Informant the token and Stefan took eight points of damage. An Orzhov Euthanist punished the Minion for blocking.

    In Stefan's turn another forest came to life, and swung in the following attack together with his two wooden brothers, the Euthanist and the Corruptor. The Imp took out one of the living trees, the Informant and a Last Gasp a second one. The Rusalka did some sacking but it didn't seem to help. Stefan dredged back an Imp but in the following turn could only chump block once more before collapsing to David's overwhelming forces.

    David Brucker 2 - Stefan Rentzsch 0

     
  • Sunday, February 19: 10:02 p.m. - Viertelfinale David Brucker gegen Stefan Rentzsch


  • Stefan (sein bester Erfolg 26. GP Wien) geht mit einem blau-schwarzen Draftdeck an den Start gegen David Brucker - wohl bekannt in Deutschland, der ein hauptsächlich grün-schwarzes Deck spielt.

    Stefan gewinnt den Würfelwurf und fängt an. David legt Terrarion und damit eine Dryad Sophisticate. Stefan ist nicht ganz so schnell, hat nur einen Voyager Staff und erkauft sich Zeit und eine Karte mit einem Repeal auf die angreifende Dryade. David baut sein Mana mit einem Signet weiter aus und er spielt wieder die Dryade. Auch Stefan kann nun auch seine erste Kreatur ins Spiel bringen - ein Smogsteed Rider. Da er damit aber nicht die angreifende Dryade von David lockt kann dieser mit Hilfe des David Terrarion einen Ghor-Clan Savage mit drei Countern ins Spiel legen. Stefan kann dem nur einen Roofstalker Wight entgegen setzen. David macht Druck und greift mit den beiden Kreaturen an. Stefan tauscht seinen Wight mit der Dryade und erkauft sich Zeit mit dem Voyager Ghor-Clan Staff auf den Savage.

    Doch dann legt David seinen Spoiler - einen Woodwraith Corrupter. Nun kann er munter seine Wälder in 4/4-Kreaturen umbauen - eine harte Ansage für ein blau-schwarzes Deck wenn dieses nicht schnell ein Removal zieht. Stefan kann vorerst nichts machen. David spielt noch einen Civic Wayfinder, baut sich einen 4/4er und greift mit allem an. Doch Stefan kann immerhin mit Thunderheads, was einen 3/3 Token ins Spiel bringt, den Savage, der durch die Aktion mit dem Voyager Staff keine Counter mehr hat, tot blocken. In seiner Runde legt er dann einen Tidewater Minion hinterher. David ist dran, tötet kurzerhand die Wand mit Ribbons of Night, macht weiter Druck. Zwar kann sich Stefan durch einen Chump-Block noch eine Runde "erkaufen" und geht auf 7, zieht aber nichts nach und verliert das erste Spiel.

    Im zweiten Spiel muss Stefan einen Mulligan nehmen - dann fängt er an. Dieses Mal legt er die erste Kreatur - einen Drowned Rusalka. David bastelt an seiner Mana-Basis mit einem Signet, doch Stefan versucht ihn zu verlangsamen, schickt es mit Repeal wieder auf die Hand und zieht selbst eine Karte. David ist dran und spielt einen Trophy Hunter - eine ziemlich böse Kreatur gegen das Flieger-Deck von Stefan. Doch dieser bleibt ganz gelassen und blockt ihn in Davids nächster Runde mit einem Thunderheads-Token tot. David kann momentan nichts tun außer einem Signet spielen und ein blau-schwarzes Land nachzulegen. Stefan spielt einen Snapping Drake, den David jedoch schnell mit Last Gasp töten kann.

    Da bleibt Stefan nichts anderes übrig, als seinen blauen 1/1er mit einem Necromancer's Magemark zu verzaubern und damit anzugreifen, da er mit dem nachgelegten Vertigo Spawn nicht wirklich Druck machen kann. Stefan kann nicht countern, deshalb spielt David in seiner Runde ein Scatter the Seeds. Die Token blocken den verzauberten 1/1er von Stefan tot, doch immerhin kann Stefan noch eine Karte ziehen und den Drowned Rusalka durch die Verzauberung wieder auf die Hand nehmen.

    In seiner Runde legt Stefan einen Stinkweed Imp - zwar kann er nicht wirklich Druck machen, doch David hat bisher auch noch nichts auf dem Tisch, was Angst machen würde. Bis zum nächsten Zug - denn da spielt er wieder den gefürchteten Woodwraith Corrupter. Stefan stöhnt unbegeistert auf. Er kämpft mit allem was er hat gegen sich vermehrende dicke 4/4 Token an - diverse neue und gedredge Imps müssen sterben, auch ein Lurking Informant, ein Tidewater Minion und der kleine blaue 1/1er, der durch das heftige Gemetzel Stefan viele Karten ziehen lässt. Trotz der zusätzlichen Karten findet Stefan nichts um den Woodwraith Corrupter zu handeln - das einzige Removal, das er zieht, ist ein Last Gasp. Das reicht natürlich nicht für einen Woodwraith Corrupter, der bei den Angriffen immer feige daheim bleibt. Trotz diverser Stunts muss sich Stefan letztlich der Flut von Davids Token - verstärkt durch einige weitere Kreaturen - geschlagen geben.

    David Brucker gewinnt das Match gegen Stefan Rentzsch 2-0 und somit den Einzug ins Halbfinale.

     
  • Sunday, February 19: 10:34 p.m. - Finals: David Brucker vs. Julien Goron


  • Julien Goron

    Julien kicked off the game with Castigate, and stole Vulturous Zombie from David's hand. After that, the two started to trade creatures, and it took a while before one of them gained a significant advantage. The ground was congested, but Julien got to hit with his flyers, Courier Hawk and Screeching Griffin, aided by Ghost Warden. He then set up a nice card-drawing engine with Followed Footstep on David's Carven Caryatid, but it didn't really matter, as David never drew an answer to the flyers.

    1-0 Julien

    In game two, David quickly set up an offense, with Gruul Scrapper, Bramble Elemental, and Ghor-Clan Savage. Julien only had a Vedalken Entrancer to stand in the way, and it seemed that whenever he drew a blocker, he was forced to chumpblock with it sooner or later. He milled away at David's library, but there were still over 15 cards left when he ran out of life.

    1-1

    David Brucker

    David had to discard on his turn two, but didn't get too far behind on mana as he could play a turn three Gruul Signet and a turn four Civic Wayfinder. Julien had used that time to set up an air assault, with Courier Hawk, Shrieking Grotesque and Screeching Griffin. David had a Pillory of the Sleepless for the Griffin, but it was quickly disenchanted by Leave No Trace. At seven life, David stabilized with Vulturous Zombie, and set up his own offense with an unblockable Sewerdreg. When a Trophy Hunter joined his forces, he quickly dispatched all of Julien's flyers, and could attack David unopposed for the win.

    David Brucker beats Julien Goron, 2-1, and is the Grand Prix Dortmund Champion!


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