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  • Blog - 4:22 p.m. - Round 15: Shouta Yasooka (JPN) vs. Olivier Ruel (FRA)
    by Jörn Martin Hajek
  • Blog - 3:09 p.m. - Drafting with Raphael Levy
    by Jörn Martin Hajek
  • Blog - 1:08 p.m. - Artist on Duty: Rob Alexander
    by Jörn Martin Hajek
  • Blog - 12:21 p.m. - Round 11: Shuhei Nakamura (JPN) vs. Raphael Levy (SWE)
    by Jörn Martin Hajek
  • Blog - 10:55 a.m. - The Judges
    by Jörn Martin Hajek
  • Blog - 9:41 a.m. - 8-0 Decklists
    by Jörn Martin Hajek

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  • Sunday, June 25: 9:41 a.m. - 8-0 Decklists


  • Shuhei Nakamura
    8-0 Sealed Deck GP Toulouse 2006

    Main Deck

    40 cards

    Breeding Pool
    Forest
    Island
    Plains
    Simic Growth Chamber
    Swamp
    Temple Garden

    16 lands

    Azorius First-Wing
    Blind Hunter
    Demon's Jester
    Golgari Rotwurm
    Greater Mossdog
    Helium Squirter
    Orzhov Pontiff
    Ostiary Thrull
    Selesnya Guildmage
    Simic Ragworm
    Snapping Drake
    Stinkweed Imp
    Terraformer
    Tidewater Minion
    Transluminant

    15 creatures

    Bottled Cloister
    Compulsive Research
    Faith's Fetters
    Last Gasp
    Orzhov Signet
    Ribbons of Night
    Selesnya Signet
    Twisted Justice
    Wildsize

    9 other spells

    Sideboard
    Azorius Signet
    Barbarian Riftcutter
    Bathe in Light
    Burning-Tree Bloodscale
    Cleansing Beam
    Conjurer's Ban
    Consult the Necrosages
    Courier Hawk
    Cry of Contrition
    Crystal Seer
    Cyclopean Snare
    Delirium Skeins
    Drake Familiar
    Fertile Imagination
    Gather Courage
    Glass Golem
    Golgari Brownscale
    Gruul Turf
    Guardian of Vitu-Ghazi
    Infectious Host
    Kill-Suit Cultist
    Leave No Trace
    Lionheart Maverick
    Netherborn Phalanx
    Nightcreep
    Nullstone Gargoyle
    Ogre Savant
    Ordruun Commando
    Psychic Drain
    Psychotic Fury
    Quickchange
    Rain of Embers
    Sabertooth Alley Cat
    Scorched Rusalka
    Shred Memory
    Simic Initiate
    Skarrg, the Rage Pits
    Skarrgan Pit-Skulk
    Stasis Cell
    Stone-Seeder Hierophant
    Surge of Zeal
    Thundersong Trumpeter
    Trial // Error
    Viashino Fangtail
    Viashino Slasher
    Vindictive Mob
    Vision Skeins
    Wojek Siren

    48 sideboard cards



    Olivier Ruel
    8-0 Sealed Deck GP Toulouse 2006

    Main Deck

    40 cards

    Azorius Chancery
    Dimir Aqueduct
    Forest
    Golgari Rot Farm
    Island
    Swamp

    15 lands

    Assault Zeppelid
    Birds of Paradise
    Centaur Safeguard
    Demon's Jester
    Dimir Infiltrator
    Drift of Phantasms
    Drooling Groodion
    Dryad Sophisticate
    Elves of Deep Shadow
    Nullmage Shepherd
    Stinkweed Imp
    Szadek, Lord of Secrets
    Tidewater Minion
    Torch Drake
    Verdant Eidolon

    15 creatures

    Darkblast
    Fists of Ironwood
    Flight of Fancy
    Galvanic Arc
    Golgari Signet
    Gruul Signet
    Last Gasp
    Moldervine Cloak
    Strands of Undeath
    Train of Thought

    10 other spells

    Sideboard
    Absolver Thrull
    Aurora Eidolon
    Beastmaster's Magemark
    Blessing of the Nephilim
    Borborygmos
    Coalhauler Swine
    Conclave's Blessing
    Convolute
    Courier Hawk
    Court Hussar
    Delirium Skeins
    Devouring Light
    Dogpile
    Enigma Eidolon
    Frenzied Goblin
    Ghor-Clan Bloodscale
    Golgari Brownscale
    Golgari Thug
    Grayscaled Gharial
    Gruul Scrapper
    Infiltrator's Magemark
    Leap of Flame
    Muddle the Mixture
    Nightguard Patrol
    Nightmare Void
    Nihilistic Glee
    Poisonbelly Ogre
    Psychotic Fury
    Pyromatics
    Quickchange
    Sadistic Augermage
    Seeds of Strength
    Seismic Spike
    Sewerdreg
    Shielding Plax
    Sky Hussar
    Souls of the Faultless
    Sparkmage Apprentice
    Sporeback Troll
    Stone-Seeder Hierophant
    Telling Time
    Tunnel Vision
    Valor Made Real
    Veteran Armorer
    Viashino Fangtail
    Voyager Staff
    Wild Cantor

    47 sideboard cards



    Julien Soum
    8-0 Sealed Deck GP Toulouse 2006

    Main Deck

    40 cards

    Forest
    Mountain
    Selesnya Sanctuary
    Swamp

    16 lands

    Bramble Elemental
    Civic Wayfinder
    Drooling Groodion
    Goblin Spelunkers
    Greater Mossdog
    Gruul Scrapper
    Indrik Stomphowler
    Lurking Informant
    Mausoleum Turnkey
    Mourning Thrull
    Scab-Clan Mauler
    Shambling Shell
    Transluminant
    Viashino Fangtail

    14 creatures

    Char
    Clinging Darkness
    Golgari Signet
    Gruul Signet
    Hex
    Moldervine Cloak
    Pyromatics
    Scatter the Seeds
    Seal of Fire
    Wrecking Ball

    10 other spells

    Sideboard
    Absolver Thrull
    Azorius Aethermage
    Beacon Hawk
    Benevolent Ancestor
    Brainspoil
    Caregiver
    Caustic Rain
    Clutch of the Undercity
    Compulsive Research
    Cytospawn Shambler
    Dark Heart of the Wood
    Dimir Doppelganger
    Divebomber Griffin
    Dizzy Spell
    Drekavac
    Faith's Fetters
    Fencer's Magemark
    Flame-Kin Zealot
    Gate Hound
    Gaze of the Gorgon
    Goblin Flectomancer
    Goliath Spider
    Guardian of the Guildpact
    Incite Hysteria
    Infiltrator's Magemark
    Leyline of Lifeforce
    Nettling Curse
    Nightguard Patrol
    Ordruun Commando
    Overrule
    Plumes of Peace
    Restless Bones
    Simic Signet
    Slaughterhouse Bouncer
    Snapping Drake
    Stasis Cell
    Stoneshaker Shaman
    Sundering Vitae
    Surge of Zeal
    Surveilling Sprite
    Telling Time
    Terraformer
    Thoughtpicker Witch
    Train of Thought
    Utvara Scalper
    Vacuumelt
    Votary of the Conclave
    Wee Dragonauts
    Wit's End
    Zephyr Spirit

    50 sideboard cards




     
  • Sunday, June 25: 10:55 a.m. - The Judges


  • Judges rarely get the recognition they deserve, so we're always happy to give them a little feature when we can get them to pose for the cameras after a hard days work with organizing the event, registering players, answering rules questions, attending seminars, and dozens of other tasks. These are the guys that really make the whole thing work, so treat them nice - they are doing this voluntarily to give you a good time.

    The Judging Staff of GP Toulouse 06


     
  • Sunday, June 25: 12:21 p.m. - Round 11: Shuhei Nakamura (JPN) vs. Raphael Levy (SWE)


  • Shuhei told me he really likes feature matches - when his deck is good. Judging from the big smile he brought to the table, this was the case today. And judging from his 10-0 score, it had been the case yesterday as well.

    None of the players showed anything impressive in the first game though - they played a few random dorks, and the game was decided early when Raphael managed to get a four for one trade thanks to Carom.

    Raphael tried for some card advantage in Game 2 as well. His Steamcore Weird was essentially countered by Withstand, but Compulsive Research plus Izzet Chronarch kept his hand full. Shuhei got a little Grey Ogre offense going while Raphael was busy with the card drawing, but when it got just the tiniest bit dangerous, he had Azorius Herald to give him back some life points. Raphael then managed to play Ordruun Commando and Flame-Kin Zealot in the same turn, and kicked Shuhei into the lower single digits. Shuhei had a Repeal, but in the end, that didn't help him much.

    Shuhei lost his first game, but is still looking like a top 8 candidate. With both players at 10-1, they could meet again in the next round.

    Raphael Levy defeated Shuhei Nakamura, 2-0



     
  • Sunday, June 25: 1:08 p.m. - Artist on Duty: Rob Alexander


  • Two artists were supposed to show up this weekend, but unfortunately, Wayne England had a minor accident, so he couldn't make it. The fans were still happy, as one of their favorites, Rob Alexander, did make it to the Grand Prix, despite a few problems on his flight from Seattle to Paris.

    Rob Alexander has been doing art for Magic since the beginning, and his most famous pieces are still the original dual lands. These are also the cards that he gets to sign most often. Living on a farm in the middle of nowhere, he really enjoys the close contact to the people that love his work when he gets to go to events like this one, despite having to sign approximately 10.000 cards on a weekend.

    He also did some works for a few computer games that may or may not be released in the future, but unfortunately he can't talk about it yet - although I caught him mumbling something about "Sony's new Everquest."

    If you want to see more of his art, or maybe even order some of it, you can visit his homepage here.



     
  • Sunday, June 25: 3:09 p.m. - Drafting with Raphael Levy


  • Raphael got some good Gruul cards, but opened no superbombs

    Raphael Levy had had a good weekend until this point. He was at the top of the standing with a 10-1 score, and probably only needed three or four points to make it to his eleventh Grand Prix top 8.

    His first pack came down to a decision between Bottled Cloister and Ribbons of Night, and while the Ribbons might be better, he kept the Cloister to avoid choosing colors too soon. The second booster was much weaker, and he took Cleansing Beam over two Karoo lands. Golgari Guildmage over Conclave Equenaut was his next choice. I was sure he would take the Bramble Elemental from his fourth booster, but he chose Elvish Skysweeper instead. A seventh pick Brightflame may not have been playable due to color constraints, but Raphael took it anyway, just in case.

    At the end of Ravnica, Raphael was heavily into green, and it looked like red would be a second color.

    Guildpact started perfectly with Savage Twister in booster one and Streetbreaker Wurm in booster two. The card quality then declined heavily, due to the fact that Marijn Lybaert on his left had opened Burning-Tree Shaman, which meant that he was taking Gruul as well. Raphael managed to get Ghor-Clan Savage and Wildsize, but the rest of the Guildpact cards were not what he had hoped for.

    Dissension was even worse. He picked up Seal of Fire and Cackling Flames early, but was unwilling or unable to select a third color, so he was stuck with the sub-par monocolored cards.

    In the end, Raphael had a deck that was below average in card quality, but with only two colors, he could expect his draws to be much smoother than his opponents'. As he didn't need to win the table, I thought it was very reasonable to assume that he would make it to the play-offs.



     
  • Sunday, June 25: 4:22 p.m. - Round 15: Shouta Yasooka (JPN) vs. Olivier Ruel (FRA)


  • Olivier started the round by sending off some minions to calculate whether he could use a draw for anything. Both players had 30 points, and 34 would make it for sure, but Olivier had the best tiebreakers, and it looked like one person at 33 would make it as well. As both thought they could beat pretty much anyone else in the pod, a draw was an option. However, Olivier's minion returned and advised him to play, so luckily for me, I hadn't moved in vain.

    Olivier didn't get a very good start, with just Transluminant and Silhana Starfletcher. Shouta wasn't much faster to get things on the board, but with the good old Compulsive Research - Izzet Chronarch combo, he got far ahead on the card advantage front. Keening Banshee and Voyager Staff worked together as well, and Olivier found himself in a tough position. He used Helium Squirter to make a few flyers, but Shouta could just trade one for one, and in the end, his extra cards gave him the victory.

    Shouta's first two plays this turn were Swamp and Orzhov Basilica. Which seemed decent, except that Olivier had Aquastrand Spider and Vedalken Plotter, and suddenly Shouta found himself way behind both in creatures and mana. To make it worse, he didn't have the blue mana he needed to play Compulsive Research. By the time he got it, he had so few life points left that he had to make some unfavorable trades, which put him even further behind. He conceded when the situation became too hopeless.

    Olivier then got word that some of the other results would make it better to take the draw, as there now was a fifty percent chance of getting a concession in the next round. Shouta accepted as well, so I could drag myself back to the stage and report an ID anyway.



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