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It was a weekend to remember for Vienna!

Nikolaus Eigner was down one game against big-name Pro Tour player Antoine Ruel. The second game seemed totally under control for Antoine and then... well, check the match coverage and find out how Eigner came back to take the title.

  • Top 8 Roundup: Finals | Finals (French) | Semifinals | Semifinals (French) | Quarterfinals | Final Draft




  • Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Finals   Champion
    1 Sebastian Aljiaj   Antoine Ruel, 2-1        
    8 Antoine Ruel   Antoine Ruel, 2-0
           
    4 Dario Minieri   Rene Kraft, 2-0   Nikolaus Eigner, 2-1
    5 Rene Kraft    
           
    2 Daniele Canavesi   Nikolaus Eigner, 2-0
    7 Nikolaus Eigner   Nikolaus Eigner, 2-1
           
    3 Stefan Jedlicka   Sasha Zorc, 2-0
    6 Sasha Zorc    

    EVENT COVERAGE FINAL TOP 8 STANDINGS
    • Day 2 Blog: Undefeated decks, feature-match fervor and what if?
      by Event Coverage Staff
    • Decks: The Top 8 Decklists
      by Event Coverage Staff
    • Profiles: The Top 8 Players
      by Joao Barracha

    • Round 13: Pods
      by Event Coverage Staff
    • Round 10: Pods
      by Event Coverage Staff
    • Info: Day 2 Player List
      by Event Coverage Staff

    • Day 1 Blog: Kai Budde, free snowboards, the world champion, and more
      by Rui Oliveira
    • Info: Day 1 Player List
      by Event Coverage Staff
    • Info: Fact Sheet
      by Event Coverage Staff
     1.  Nikolaus Eigner $2,400
     2.  Antoine Ruel $1,700
     3.  Rene Kraftt $1,200
     4.  Sasha Zorc $1,000
     5.  Sebastian Aljiaj $800
     6.  Daniele Canavesi $800
     7.  Dario Minieri $800
     8.  Stefan Jedlicka $800
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  • Sunday, October 10: 10:24 pm - Finale - Antoine Ruel vs. Nikolaus Eigner
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • La finale du gp Vienne oppose donc Antoine Ruel a Nikolaus Eigner, local de l'epreuve ety pro tour player occasionel.

    Antoine va essayer quatre ans apres Cannes et Porto de remporter son troisieme grand prix en limite. Immediatement Antoine impose le beatdown avec le zubera rouge, lequel est suivi au tour quatre par crual deceiver. Egalement assez impressionant de son cote, Nico joue serpent decoy t3 et Rat Nezumi t4.

    Puis Antoine joue le premier sort veritablement interessant avec Blood Rites, carte assez redoutable sur la duree et qui entre assez bien en synergie avec les zuberas et autres Kikis de son deck.

    Sentant le Danger approcher, Nico essaye de se debarasser des creatures d'Antoine. Il attaque dans un premier temps avec le rat, mais sans grande surprise Antoine prefere prendre trois points (18-17 Nico t5). Il joue alors Rend Spirit sur le deceiver.
    Antoine se contente pour sa part d'optimiser ses creatures pas toutes top, River Kaijin rejoignant zubera au rang des defenseurs. Le jeu d'Antoine etant plus lent, le temps joue en sa faveur, plus particulierement grace a son precieux enchantement.

    Nico a plutot alors interet a accelerer la partie. Le deceiver vert (desole j'ai un peu de mal avec le nom des cartes et celles de Nico sont un peu trop eloignees) tente alors d'inflechir le le deroulement de cette partie, et grace a un boost +2/+2 il parvient a tuer le Kaijin pourtant fraichement enchante par une colere incontrolable.

    Le seul probleme veritable d'Antoine dans cette premiere partie, mais il n'est pas de moindres, consiste en la somme assez etonnante de terrain qu'il pioche (huit pour cinq sorts, pas tous tres tres impressionants). Le bon point pour lui, par contre, est la relative faiblesse ou plutot la fragilite des creatures de l'Autrichien. Si Antoine peut s'etaler, alors la partie deviendra tres difficilement perdable. Il a donc l'assez bonne idee de piocher trois creatures a la suite, la premiere etant Teller of Tales contre lequel Nico n'est alors pas arme.

    Une pleiade de creatures arrive alors du cote du local de l'etape, conscient qu'une course est indispensable. Course finalement remportee par Antoine a coup de trois et au sacrifice.

    La deux debute moins bien pour Antoine. Il arrive a gerer le depart tres aggressif de son adversaire (t2 rat fear t3 thief of hope, t4 deceiver noir zubera vert) avec deux
    Yabayushi's storm et glacial ray, mais pas les problemes poses par son deck qui se refuse a lui offrir son troisieme terrain avant le sseptieme tour.

    Aussi, le deceiver vert qui arrive au cinquieme tour prend il la peine de bien l'entamer (20-5 Nicola t7). Pourtant, et assez etonamment, Antoine va petit a petit remettre pied dans cette partie. Les raisons, une Salve de Wasabi et un Honden rouge qui vont gerer le problematique serpent et son collegue leurreur, mais aussi l'essouflement relatif de Nicola qui, s'il continue a jouer une carte par tour, empile les cibles a honden et Salve.

    La Salve est defaussre apres seulement deux essais mais elle a fait le boulot, donnant a Antoine le temps de tirer les terrains qui vont ensuite bien s'enchaine, Antoine joue Azami alors que le seul Zubera vert lui fait face. Kikijiki offre une assez interessante possiblite de combo mais rend flesh est sur son chemin. Antoine, seuvre de cartes et ayant tirer une deuxieme salve semble promis a un heureux denouement.

    Et pourtant, alors que tout semblait perdu l'Autrichien nous montra toute l'etendue de son talent piochant Devouring Greed un tour avant de mourir. Il avait alors trois esprits et Antoine etait a cinq.

    Antoine :"je pose pas de land tour trois, quatre, cinq, six et il topdeck pour gagner..."
    Depit comprehensible, mais Jose Barbero : tinketes t'as un meilleur deck que lui tu vas gagnmer la trois)

    La trosi justement, parlons en.

    Les premiers tours se suivent et se ressemblent, Nico joue des petites betes et Antoine les tue. Le veritable tournant de cette parite se deroule au quatrieme tour quand Antoine, qui n'a que River Kaijin sur le board doit faire face au Kodoma du Sud. Suivi par le 3/3 pour quatre qui remet un land au dessus en se sacrifiant.

    Puis cette partie deja plus que delicate tourne au carnage quand serpent skin vient se greffer au Kodoma alors double bloque par un 3/1 flying et par le Kaijin. Ensuite, ben ca deroule, et deux creatures plus tard Antoine n'a d'autre choix que de conceder.
    Et Nicola de remporter le Grand Prix Vienne sous un flot d'applaudissements tout de meme bien merites.


     
  • Sunday, October 10: 10:17 pm - Semifinale - Rene Kraft vs. Antoine Ruel
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Rene Kraft, alors inconnu, avait domine de la tete et des epaules les rondes suisses du Grand Prix Bruxelles. On le retrouve cette fois ci a la fete en limite, preuve de l'emergence d'un joueur a suivre a n'en pas douter.
    Antoine Ruel sort d'une saison pleine qui l'avait vu terminer 4e a la race en septembre dernier. Il dispute la son premier top 8 de grand prix depuis un an.

    La premiere partie donne lieu a course effrenee, Rene passant par la terrre et Natoine optant pour la voie des airs. Maitre iench et deceiver a ce jeu la tenaient tete un petit moment au soratami savant et teller of tells, jusqu'a ce que des bloqueurs (River Kaijin et le deceiver rouge) viennent fausser un peu la course.
    Kiki-Jiki rajoutait alors un dernier Volant pour en finir avec la premiere manche.

    Ruel 1-0 Kraft

    La deux allait ressembler a la premiere, avec ceci dit une course un peu plus severe cote allemand. Deux maitres chiens cette fois ci et une pleiade d'autres creatures, pas toutes gege ceci dit, comme lantern kami et battle mad ronin. Antoien comme a l'accoutumee avait un depart un peu plus lent suivi par contre de cartes plus efficaces (Sorratami Mirror-Guard, Teller of Tells).
    En fait la partie allait se jouer sur deux choses.
    Dans un premier temps, c'etait l'incapacite de l'Allemand a tirer un cinquieme terrain qui etait notable. Ensuite, et la c'etait moins a son honneur, il allait purement et simplement donner la partie sur un plateau a Antoine.
    Attaquant pour la victoire, il jouait Mystic restraint sur la seule creature volante et Rene Kraft devait conceder un tour avant de l'emporter. Ce qu'iul n'avait alors pas realize, c'est que s'il avait joue Masako qu'il avait alors en main, sa creature apparement pacifiee aurait pu bloquer, lui permettre de survivre, et de fait d'arracher cette manche.
    Antoine disputera donc la finale face au vainqueur de Zorc-Eigner.

    Ruel 2-0 Kraft


     
  • Sunday, October 10: 9:44 pm - Finals: Antoine Ruel vs. Nikolaus Eigner
    by Rui Oliveira
  • It's the classic "local guy" against a big name Pro Tour player. Let's see if the savvy Pro takes another title or if the locals get to party tonight.

    Game 1:
    Antoine started with Ember-Fire Zubera and Brutal Deceiver while Eigner began with Matsu-Tribe Decoy and Nezumi Ronin. Ruel followed it up with Blood Rites and since everyone leaned in to read it he decided to show it to the crowd, getting a good laugh from the Austrians.

    I must confess the only reasons I didn't need to read it was because I played with one in a Team Sealed last week.

    Getting back to the game... Eigner used Rend Spirit to get the Deceiver out of the way clearing the path for his Nezumi Ronin. Antoine found another creature: River Kaijin. It still was enough to stop the Ronin.

    The French struck back with Ember-Fire Zubera before playing Yamabushi's Storm to get the Ronin out of the way. Eigner replaced it with Feral Deceiver. The green machine saw a land on top of Eigner's deck and forced Antoine Ruel to do something, quickly.

    He blocked it with both creatures, conviving Eigner to play Komada's Might. The French answered with Uncontrollable Anger on River Kaijin. Eigner assigned it the damage, and Ruel sacrificed it to finish off the Deceiver.

    Nikolaus dropped Nezumi Cutthroat and Antoine drew his ninth land in fifteen cards in the game. The French dropped to twelve and finally found a creature: Teller of Tales.

    The Austrian stopped to think for a second, and settled for attacking with Nezumi Cutthroat before dropping two more small creatures. Ruel sacrificed his Zubera to Blood Rites, icing two of Eigner's creatures.

    To replace it... he found Callous Deceiver. Thanks to his stellar Blood Rites and somewhat high life totals he had the game almost under control. An pumped Cruel Deceiver brought him to eight but he found yet another creature, and his Teller was making up for lost time.

    Eigner pointed a Rend Flesh at Ruel's latest blocker and the French decided to sent it to the dome bringing his opponent to nine. Eigner attacked with everyone dropping the French to five and played Wicked Akuba.

    Ruel attacked with the Teller dropping Eigner to six (or three Blood Rites activations) and passed the turn with all creatures tapped. Nikolaus sent his whole crew in. Antoine iced one of them to stay alive.

    Nikolaus: "Go. Creature?"

    It wasn't. But Ruel had Teller of Tales and Glaciar Ray to win it just the same.

    Antoine 1-0 Nikolaus.

    Game 2:
    Eigner had turn two Nizumo Cutthroat but Ruel had Yamabushi's Storm waiting for it and Glaciar Ray took out the next creature. Then Nikolaus tried two creatures on turn three.

    Antoine cracked a smiled and played a second Yamabushi's Storm. One of the creatures stuck around and Feral Deceiver joined it on the following turn. But the Deceiver wasn't Antoine's biggest problem.

    The problem was he was stuck at two lands. The two Mountains he had in his starting seven. Now that hurts. Unless you are Nikolaus Eigner. He tried to put the game away as quickly as possible but Antoine found his third land. That unleashed Hanabi Blast.

    The Blast stuck after the first use and it seemed Ruel might have a chance. He improved it with Honden of Infinite Rage. He could now try to kill two small creatures a turn. The next swing brought him to a mere five, but the damage kicked in.

    The Honden killed the annoying Cutthroat and Brutal Deceiver showed up to clog up the ground. Eigner kept on dropping creatures like a madman but the French would not be denied.

    He got a huge laugh from the crowd when he tried to resolve the discard effect on Hanabi Blast without the card in his hand.

    Olivier Ruel: "He's my brother."

    He lost the Blast there but by now Eigner was down to a single creature: Dripping-Tongue Zubera. He added Feral Deceiver. When he tried to attack with it Antoine showed him Mystic Restraint. With that out of the way it was time to drop a bomb rare: Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker.

    A Rend Flesh took it right away before it could wreck havoc on the table. The next rare out of Ruel's hand was Azami, Lady of Scrolls. Meanwhile Eigner had hit a pocket of land in his deck and could do nothing but smile as Antoine Ruel rolled out his cards.

    From then on it was just purely a bloodbath. The crowd started to wonder out of respect to Nikolaus Eigner's misery. Just as it seemed things were over, with Antoine having an amazing table position... Eigner drew Devouring Greed.

    With two Spirits in the table and the Greed... it was just enough to finish the surprised French. The Austrian crowd burst into laughter.

    Nikolaus: "I'm sorry. It's a game of luck. I kept drawing land after land... and then... Devouring Greed."
    Antoine: "I was just SO sure I would win... so sure."

    Antoine 1-1 Nikolaus.

    Game 3:
    Could this "sucker punch" comeback turn the tide of this final? Could Eigner sneaked another game past Antoine's removal machine? Well, we were about to find out.

    Again Eigner came out with a fast creature and again Ruel sent it away. The French played River Kajin and Eigner answered with Matsu-Tribe Decoy and Kodama of the South Tree. The recurring Hanabi Blast took out the Decoy but the legend seemed a tough puzzle. Going with the "big creature" plan the Austrian added Rootrunner.

    Ruel tried to kill Kodama by double blocking it but Nikolaus had Serpent Skin to save it. Still locked at four lands the Frenchman was in big trouble. The next swing brought him down to nine.

    A turn later the Austrian was the winner.

    Final result:
    Nikolaus Eigner wins Grand Prix Vienna 2004!


     
  • Sunday, October 10: 9:16 pm - Semifinals: Nikolaus Eigner vs. Sasha Zorc
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Eigner is Austria's last hope. Only he can still keep the trophy at home. It's Green-Black mirror match with Zorc's deck looking a lot faster.

    Nikolaus: "You are a freaky mana base."
    Sasha: "Yup. Very freaky. I have some good cards but it take a miracle to cast it."

    Game 1:
    Eigner sent his first hand back and Zorc got things underway with Orochi Leafcaller, Orochi Soratami and Order of the Sacred Bell before the Austrian blinked with Cruel Deceiver and Nezumi Ronin.

    Rend Flech took the Ronin away meaning Sasha's ground pounders could roam the Red Zone once again. He got on swing in and Eigner tried Rootrunner. Rend Spirit got rid of that.

    The constant attacks had Nikolaus Eigner at ten. He stopped to catch his breath and replayed Cruel Deceiver and Nezumi Ronin. Zorc had another Rend Flesh.

    Nikolaus: "You drew all your removal."

    It sure looked like it. The Order brought the Austrian down to six and he tried to fight back with Feral Deceiver. Finally, Sasha Zorc stopped. He had no way past the Deceiver. At least for now.

    It was Eigner's turn to remove something. His Befoul brought Zorc's Order down and finally the Austrian managed to deal some damage. A Commune with Nature gave Zorc his own Feral Deceiver but he cast Orochi Ranger first, since he was still locked at four lands.

    Zorc played his Deceiver and Eigner brought forth a second one. The ground seemed beyond locked. Although his deck seemed based on smaller creatures, Sasha Zorc had Honden of the Cleansing Fire helping him prepare for the long game.

    They stared at each other for a few turns, dropping creatures and clogging up the table. Finally Zorc found his opening. He revealed a land to pump his Deceiver then dropped and played Dance of Shadows.

    Nikolaus: "It looks like enough."
    Sasha: "It is."

    Sasha 1-0 Nikolaus.

    Game 2:
    They both kept their hands with Zorc's looking a bit slow. Eigner had turn two Nezumi Cutthroat and turn three Nezumi Ronin. The Croatian used Rend Flesh on the Ronin but Nikolaus replaced it with Rootrunner.

    Nikolaus: "Rend Spirit? You did it on the last game."
    Sasha: "Well, not this time."

    Zorc did have Feral Deceiver. Sadly for him the Austrian was in a hurry. Befoul cleared the way and Sasha Zorc dropped to ten. Cage of Hands slowed the Cutthroat. Eigner was having none of that and played Feral Deceiver.

    Humble Budoka showed up to block but Eigner still trampled through to drop Sasha Zorc to two. A turn later the Croatian conceded, unable to deal with Nikolaus Eigner's amazing pressure.

    Sasha 1-1 Nikolaus.

    Game 3:
    They both seemed very unhappy about keeping their hands... but they both did. Zorc came out with Hana Kami and Commune with Nature to get Orochi Eggwatcher.

    Nikolaus: "What? No second turn creature?"

    The Austrian started with Dripping-Tongue Zubera and Thief of Hope. Then they both played Feral Deceivers. Red Zone incursions became rarer and more elaborate as the game slowed to a crawl.

    Suddenly Eigner sent his whole crew in. Zorc blocked with Humble Budoka and a surprise Serpent Skin prevented the trade. That brought Sasha Zorc to ten. He strucky back with Feral Deceiver and played a second Orochi Eggwatcher.

    Nikolaus: "Cute."

    Well, it could be. If only Zorc managed to get them both working. Eigner pressed on to avoid any tricks. The whole team attacked and Zorc began the ritual sacrifice of tokens.

    Sasha: "If you have Devouring Greed, just show me and I'll concede."
    Nikolaus: "Keep playing, I don't have it."
    Sasha: "I figured I can't play around it. If you have it I die this turn."
    Nikolaus: "I agree."

    Kodama's Might saved the Deceiver from a tag token team block and Zorc fell to seven. The croatian passed the turn with no play and Eigner used Rend Spirit to kill the opposing Feral Deceiver.

    The Arcane and Spirits spells Eigner kept playing brought Zorc's life dangerously low. One extra full team swing convinced the Croatian it was time to pack his cards.

    Final result:
    Nikolaus 2-1 Sasha.


     
  • Sunday, October 10: 8:55 pm - Final Draft Rene Kraft
    by Peer Kroger
  • The draft was somewhat undisciplined, with players leaning over the table, shifting cards around to read them, and the judges had to call order more than once. Rene was calm as a rock. Showing what might be the best pokerface possibly he did never flinch and silently picked his cards.

    He started at the last position in the draft, and from his first wheel on he took red and white cards and never looked back.

    He started off with many small men, multiple Kitsune Diviners and Akki Avalanchers. He got Akki Coalflinger and Call to Glory to go with that, and it looked like he wanted to draft both white and red samurais to maximum efficiency. A little later he got a Ronin Houndmaster, a Yamabushi`s Flame - which he picked over a Honden of Infinite Rage - and an Earthshaker before opening his own booster. He took the Glacial Ray out of it, the next best pick would have been a Mothrider Samurai.

    Opening his second booster for the first time he had to make something like a choice, all picks before were rather obvious. Masako the Humorless was there next to an Indominable Will (and an Uncontrollable Anger as the next best pick in his colors). He chose Masako to be a part of his deck. It went exactely like in the first booster - he got a lot of easy picks, most of them small men, and had no hard decision to make. His direct neighbours stayed out of his colours as he ignored theirs. Two seats on the right was a competitor for the white cards, and to seats on the left some red cards were taken. That payed off, as his left neighbour opened up a Nagao the Humorless, a perfect addition for his deck.

    The third booster did nothing to change Renes deck seriously. But Rene is very confident and claims his chances to be excellent!


  • Sunday, October 10: 8:40 pm - Viertelfinale Rene Kraft gegen Dario Minieri
    by Claudia Loroff
  • Rene ist nach seinem Auftreten bei dem letzten GP Birmingham auch international bekannt. Nach einem phänomenalen 16:0 unterlag er erst im Finale. Darios größter Erfolg bislang war das Erreichen der Top 16 bei der PT Houston.

    Rene spielt hier ein schnelles rot/weißes Deck mit einigen Samurai-Tricks, das Deck seines Gegners ist dreifarbig Blau/Rot/Weiß, mit vielen Fliegern.

    Spiel Eins

    Dario beginnt, aber Rene hat den ersten Play mit einem Devoted Retainer. Dario spielt einen Sorami Cloudskater, der in der nächsten Runde sogar angreift, obwohl Rene einen frischen Lantern Kami im Spiel hat. Aber Rene entscheidet sich, nicht zu blocken. Statt dessen spielt er einen Ronin Houndmaster und schickt seine Truppe in die rote Zone. Doch der Houndmaster wird durch einen Consuming Vortex auf die Hand geschickt.
    In seiner Runde benutzt Dario dann die Spezialfähigkeit des Cloudskaters um eine Karte zu ziehen - da er dafür jedoch ein Land auf die Hand nehmen muss und nur drei Ländern im Spiel hat ist dies ein klares Anzeichen für Manaprobleme. Rene spielt in seiner Runde den Houndmaster wieder aus und greift mit seiner Mannschaft an. Der Lantern Kami wird vom Cloudskater geblockt, und Dario evakuiert seinen kleinen Flieger mit einem weiteren Consuming Vortex auf die Hand. Dann spielt der junge Spieler aus Italien einen Brutal Deceiver, was den Houndmaster jedoch nicht vom Angreifen abhält. Und als sich nach dem Kampf auch noch Nagao, Bound by Honour auf Renes Seite hinzu gesellt steht Dario stark unter Druck. Er spielt seinen Cloudskater erneut aus, und Rene beendet das Spiel: mit Unearthly Blizzard verbietet er den Kreaturen den Block und mit Call to Glory enttappt er dann alle seine Kreaturen - und da es obendrein alles Samurais sind erhalten sie jeweils noch +1/+1. Zack, 12 Schaden, nächstes Spiel!

    Rene Kraft 1 Dario Minieri 0

    Spiel Zwei

    Der junge Italiener beginnt mit einem Mulligan, doch hat er dieses Mal etwas mehr Glück und kann mit einem Callous Deceiver die erste Kreatur legen. Bei Rene erscheint dann aber sofort ein Ronin Houndmaster, der auch sofort kräftig Schläge austeilt. Dario spielt nichts in seiner Runde, und bei Rene gesellt sich ein Mothrider Samurai hinzu.

    Dario beschwört dann einen Soratami Seer, doch Rene legt einfach unbeeindruckt einen weiteren Ronin Houndmaster. Seine angreifenden Bushido-Kreaturen kann Dario nicht blocken, ohne Verluste zu riskieren, und in der nächsten Runde werfen sich dann auch der Seer und ein Soratami Rainshaper vor den Mothrider Samurai. Im Kampf gibt es Tricks - der Seer frisst eine Yamabushi's Flame, und der Mothrider wird mit einem Consuming Vortex auf die Hand geschickt. Rene spielt noch einen Pain Kami nach, der dann das Opfer von Darios Yamabushi's Flame wird. Aber die Houndmaster reissen weiter große Stücke aus Darios Lebenspunkten; der wehrt sich, indem er einen Frostwielder auf die Hand zurück schickt und den Akki Coalflinger mit einem Thoughtbind countered. Mit einem Kami of the Palace Field bringt Dario das Board dann zwar etwas unter Kontrolle, aber auf Renes Hand tummeln sich die guten Kreaturen und warten darauf, wieder ins Spiel zu dürfen. Ein Kitsune Healer verschiebt das Gleichgewicht dann aber wieder zu Gunsten Renes. Der folgende Angriff wird durch gelassen und Dario geht auf 2 Lebenspunkte runter. In der nächsten Runde bereiten sich Darios Kreaturen schon auf ihre Rolle als Chump-Blocker vor, doch Rene legt einfach einen Angreifer mehr als Dario blocken kann und es ist aus und vorbei.

    Rene Kraft 2 Dario Minieri 0


     
  • Sunday, October 10: 8:15 pm - Quarterfinals: Stefan Jedlicka vs. Sasha Zorc
    by Rui Oliveira
  • Jedlicka is Austria's biggest hope of keeping the trophy at home. He stomped through Grand Prix Birmingham recently so he's no rookie when it comes to Top 8's. Zorc has some Top 8 experience as well, so we should be in for a good match.

    Sasha: "Horrible doesn't even begin to describe my deck. The most embarrasing thing is the decklist public."

    His deck is Red-Green while Jedlicka is sporting a Green-Black special with three Komoda's Reach to power out a Blue and Red Dragon.

    Game 1:
    Zorc started with Orochi Sustainer and used a Time of Need to find Kodama of the North Tree. Silently the Austrian used Kodama's Reach to find his second swamp and and Island.

    Sasha dropped the elbow: turn four Kodama of the North Tree. It was time for Stefan Jedlicka to actually find some sort of creature. He dropped a Matsu-Tribe Decoy. Sasha sent it to the bin with Rend Flesh and Kodama started stomping around the Red Zone.

    The Island came down and Jedlicka unleashed Keiga, the Tide Star. That's an impressive rare but Zorc solved it with a common: Cage of Hands. Again Kodama assaulted Stefan's life totals. It was more than enough for Stefan Jedlicka.

    Sasha 1-0 Stefan.

    Game 2:
    Jedlicka kept a very risky hand: five lands, Kodama's Breach and a creature. Zorc's was much more orthodox and he came out fast with Humble Budoka and Orochi Leafcaller. Stefan dropped his Orochi Ranger but Zorc barely cracked a smile before using Rend Flesh.

    The Austrian used his Kodama's Reach and was brought down to thirteen. In came Scuttling Death to slow Zorc down. It worked. Sasha tried Feral Deceiver but a Befoul from Stefan got rid of it. Zorc's initial burst was completely shut down.

    Sakure-Tribe Elder gave Jedlicka a mana fixer with legs. He used it to chump the Budoka and find his Mountain. The only thing keeping him back was his amazing ability to draw land.

    Zorc rebuilt his team with Kodama of the North Tree and Order of the Sacred Bell and Stefan Jedlicka was in trouble again. He solved it with a huge blocker: Moss Vami. It was big enough to keep Zorc's creatures back.

    Things looked safe and stable for a few turns until Sasha Zorc found an answer: Cage of Hands. He cast it and attacked with everyone. Jedlicka showed him Wear Away. The Cage bounced but the Kami was now free to block.

    Still, it wasn't enough. The Kami and Kodama traded but a turn later Stefan Jedlicka had no answer.

    Sasha: "I'm so sorry. Your deck is so much better."

    Final result:
    Sasha 2-0 Stefan.

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