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Crewe Crowned Champion in Melbourne

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After years of consistently solid finishes at Australian premier events, Brisbane's Dave Crewe has finally made it to a Grand Prix Top 8. Not wanting to waste the opportunity, he didn't lose a game as he muscled his way through Thomas Rafferty, Simon Harnden, and Geoff Zhao to take the finals in a quintessentially Australian fashion, battling Savage Arachnids with his Undying, Selfless Cathar.

The rest of the Top 8 were an impressive array of Australia's Magical elite. Dan Unwin again proved he is more than just a constructed master, while Oliver Oks crushed Jeremy Neeman's dreams of three straight Australian Grand Prix wins. Rounding out the Top 8 was Hao Wu, who snuck in at 8th place by the narrowest of tiebreaker margins.


Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Finals   Champion
1 Crewe, David A   Crewe, David A
(2-0)
       
8 Rafferty, Thomas   Crewe, David A
(2-0)
       
4 Harnden, Simon A   Harnden, Simon A
(2-0)
  Crewe, David A
(2-0)
5 Unwin, Daniel G    
       
2 Oks, Oliver J   Oks, Oliver J
(2-1)
7 Neeman, Jeremy   Zhao, Geoff
(2-1)
       
3 Wu, Hao   Zhao, Geoff
(2-1)
6 Zhao, Geoff    

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  • by Pip Foweraker
    Top 5 Cards:

  • by Pip Foweraker
    Finals:
    Dave Crewe vs. Geoff Zhao

  • by Ray “blisterguy” Walkinshaw
    Semifinals:
    Oliver Oks vs. Geoff Zhao

  • by Pip Foweraker
    Semifinals:
    Simon Harnden vs. Dave Crewe

  • by Ray “blisterguy” Walkinshaw
    Quarterfinals:
    Dave Crewe vs. Thomas Rafferty

  • by Ray “blisterguy” Walkinshaw
    Quarterfinals:
    Jeremy Neeman vs. Oliver Oks

  • by Pip Foweraker
    Quarterfinals:
    Dan Unwin vs. Simon Harnden

  • by Pip Foweraker
    Quarterfinals:
    Hao Wu vs. Geoff Zhao

  • by Event Coverage Staff
    Top 8:
    Decklists

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    Top 8:
    Player Profiles

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    Day 2 Blog
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 1.   Crewe, David A $3,500
 2.   Zhao, Geoff $2,300
 3.  Oks, Oliver J $1,500
 4.  Harnden, Simon A $1,500
 5.  Rafferty, Thomas $1,000
 6.  Unwin, Daniel G $1,000
 7.  Neeman, Jeremy $1,000
 8.  Wu, Hao $1,000
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  • Top 8 - Player Profiles

    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Simon Harnden

    Age: 23
    Hometown: Melbourne, Australia. Formerly Christchurch, New Zealand
    Occupation: Same as Dan Unwin


    What colours did you play Day 1, and what was your record?
    R/W Aggro, 7-1

    What colours did you draft in the 1st draft, and what was your record?
    R/G 3-0

    What colours did you draft in the 2nd draft, and what was your record?
    R/W 1-0-2

    What card do you most hope to open in the Top 8 draft?
    Lost in the Woods, so Neeman can draft it.

    What's your best Magic finish, where, and when?
    This.

    How many World Magic Cup Qualifiers are you planning on attending?
    One, but I'll see who joins me.

    What is your local Magic gaming store?
    Whichever has events.



    Hao Wu

    Age: 28
    Hometown: Shanghai / Melbourne.
    Occupation: -


    What colours did you play Day 1, and what was your record?
    Esper 8-0

    What colours did you draft in the 1st draft, and what was your record?
    R/b 2-1

    What colours did you draft in the 2nd draft, and what was your record?
    B/U/r

    What card do you most hope to open in the Top 8 draft?
    Huntmaster of the Fells

    What's your best Magic finish, where, and when?
    Nowhere

    How many World Magic Cup Qualifiers are you planning on attending?
    1

    What is your local Magic gaming store?
    Dungeon of Magic



    Dave Crewe

    Age: 27
    Hometown: Brisbane
    Occupation: Secondary Teacher


    What colours did you play Day 1, and what was your record?
    B/W Sorin 6-2

    What colours did you draft in the 1st draft, and what was your record?
    B/R Control 3-0

    What colours did you draft in the 2nd draft, and what was your record?
    B/R Aggro 3-0

    What card do you most hope to open in the Top 8 draft?
    Antonino De Rosa's Pro Player Card

    What's your best Magic finish, where, and when?
    According to Ray 'Blisterguy' Walkinshaw, I Top 8'd a Nationals, but I totally didn’t.

    How many World Magic Cup Qualifiers are you planning on attending?
    Somewhere between 1 and 3

    What is your local Magic gaming store?
    GoodGames Brisbane.



    Jeremy Neeman

    Age: 22
    Hometown: Melbourne
    Occupation: Med Student


    What colours did you play Day 1, and what was your record?
    W/R Flashback 7-1

    What colours did you draft in the 1st draft, and what was your record?
    W/B Human Death 2-1

    What colours did you draft in the 2nd draft, and what was your record?
    U/G Fish 2-0-1

    What card do you most hope to open in the Top 8 draft?
    Huntmaster of the Fells

    What's your best Magic finish, where, and when?
    I beat LSV in a Ravnica draft.

    How many World Magic Cup Qualifiers are you planning on attending?
    None, hopefully.

    What is your local Magic gaming store?
    Mind Games Canberra



    Dan Unwin

    Age: 27
    Hometown: Melbourne
    Occupation: Baller


    What colours did you play Day 1, and what was your record?
    UB/r, sideboarding into RG/b

    What colours did you draft in the 1st draft, and what was your record?
    UB 3-0

    What colours did you draft in the 2nd draft, and what was your record?
    RB 1-0-2

    What card do you most hope to open in the Top 8 draft?
    Lingering Souls

    What's your best Magic finish, where, and when?
    Top 8 GP Brisbane 2011

    How many World Magic Cup Qualifiers are you planning on attending?
    3

    What is your local Magic gaming store?
    Games Laboratory, Melbourne



    Thomas Rafferty

    Age: 28
    Hometown: Box Hill
    Occupation: Web Developer


    What colours did you play Day 1, and what was your record?
    B/r/w 7-1

    What colours did you draft in the 1st draft, and what was your record?
    Mono-White, 3-0

    What colours did you draft in the 2nd draft, and what was your record?
    W/U, 2-1

    What card do you most hope to open in the Top 8 draft?
    Lingering Souls

    What's your best Magic finish, where, and when?
    Extended PTQ Top 8

    How many World Magic Cup Qualifiers are you planning on attending?
    1, maybe 2.

    What is your local Magic gaming store?
    Good Games Melbourne.



    Geoff Zhao

    Age: 20
    Hometown: Changchun, China
    Occupation: Student


    What colours did you play Day 1, and what was your record?
    B/U/G 6-2

    What colours did you draft in the 1st draft, and what was your record?
    B/W 3-0

    What colours did you draft in the 2nd draft, and what was your record?
    U/W 3-0

    What card do you most hope to open in the Top 8 draft?
    Lingering Souls

    What's your best Magic finish, where, and when?
    Top 8 Australian Nationals 2010

    How many World Magic Cup Qualifiers are you planning on attending?
    1

    What is your local Magic gaming store?
    Mind Games Canberra



    Oliver Oks

    Age: 32
    Hometown: Radelaide
    Occupation: Student


    What colours did you play Day 1, and what was your record?
    R/W, splashing for Black off the board, 7-1

    What colours did you draft in the 1st draft, and what was your record?
    U/B 3-0

    What colours did you draft in the 2nd draft, and what was your record?
    G/B 2-1

    What card do you most hope to open in the Top 8 draft?
    Markov Warlord (On advice from 'The Pidge')

    What's your best Magic finish, where, and when?
    Top 4 GP Stockholm

    How many World Magic Cup Qualifiers are you planning on attending?
    1

    What is your local Magic gaming store?
    Infinity Games.



     
  • Top 8 - Decklists

    by Event Coverage Staff








  •  
  • Quarterfinals - Hao Wu vs. Geoff Zhao

    by Pip Foweraker
  • Wu applied early pressure, while Zhao mustered what defences he could. Wu struggled to find enough lands, eventually dropping a Geist of Saint Traft and applying pressure. Zhao struggled to find anything but land, and when Wu pulled out of his mana troubles, Zhao caved under the relentless attack.

    Hao Wu 1 – Geoff Zhao 0

    Zhao refuses to play a game of Magic that lasts longer than 5 minutes.

    Zhao blazed out of the gates with an Orchard Spirit and an Increasing Savagery on it. The game was over so quickly, I literally thought they were still shuffling up for it. Brutal? Brutal.

    Geoff Zhao 1 - Hao Wu 1

    Zhao mulliganed to 5, but then curved out perfectly in a game that turned out to be a straight race. This match could be related thusly:

    Wu wishes his creatures could stand up for themselves a little better.

    Zhao: Creature, Creature, Creature, Creature, Pump?
    vs.
    Wu: Creature, Creature, No Creature, Creature That Can't Block, Death.

    Geoff Zhao 2 – Hao Wu 1

     
  • Quarterfinals - Dan Unwin vs. Simon Harnden

    by Pip Foweraker
  • Unwin led play with a Delver of Secrets. Harnden had a Dawntreader Elk, while Unwin summoned a Laboratory Maniac. Harnden had a Cobbled Wings but no creatures to equip it to, while Unwin summoned a Stitched Drake.

    Harnden wasn't having any of it, though, a Slayer of the Wicked sending the Drake to the graveyard in short order. Harnden followed up with a Champion of the Parish and a Village Survivors, while Unwin had a Fortress Crab – half Fortress, half Crab, all blocker.

    Simon Harndens his heart and contemplates a Crab.

    The problems with Fortress Crabs, though, is that they can only block one aggressor at once. Harnden had a few more of them, curving out through more mid-range attackers into a Kindercatch. Unwin went for a double Dream Twist on Harnden and an Increasing Confusion, although this was mostly to look through Harnden's deck before reaching for his sideboard.

    Simon Harnden 1 – Dan Unwin 0

    During deck construction, Unwin had confided in me that he'd never draft a U/G Mill deck before, and, while the deck seemed powerful, he wasn't 100% confident. He didn't look in a comfortable position, mulliganing to 6 and having Harnden load out a pile of attackers in the early game. Unwin tried to stem the bleeding with a Claustrophobia and a Spider Spawning for 2.

    Is he boggling or goggling? Either way, Unwin's in trouble.

    Harnden was having none of that, though, and powered up with a Kindercatch. The Kessig Wolf Run on the board and Unwin's life total being at 6 spelt out how this game was going to end.

    Simon Harnden 2 – Dan Unwin 0



     
  • Quarterfinals - Jeremy Neeman vs. Oliver Oks

    by Ray “blisterguy” Walkinshaw
  • Oliver Oks has had some reasonable Grand Prix finishes around the World, including a top 4 finish at Grand Prix Stockholm in 2007. Jeremy Neeman has had one or two good finishes, too, including winning Grand Prix Brisbane last year, and Grand Prix Sydney the year before.

    Having finished at the top of the Swiss, Oks elected to go first, but threw away his opening hand.

    Jeremy Neeman

    "How's yours?" he asked Neeman

    "Sketchy," came the reply, before keeping.

    Neeman slowed Oks' assault with Sensory Deprivation, before digging up his Bloodline Keeper with a Divination to try and stabilize at 10 life. Oks cast a Hollowhenge Beast, and when Neeman passed back his turn with Deranged Assistant, Bloodline Keeper, Island and 3 Swamps open, Oks was intrigued.

    "How many cards?"

    "Seven."

    "So many!"

    "I haven't done much."

    "You've done plenty," Oks replied, pointing at the Bloodline Keeper.

    Oks attacked with his 5/5, an Orchard Spirit, and a hasty Strangleroot Geist. Neeman sank into thought, finally making a Vampire Token, blocking the Spirit, and pointing a Griptide at the Beast. Oks responded by Flinging his 5/5 at the Keeper, and Neeman fell to 8.

    Neeman cast a Nephalia Seakite, but Oks threw it and Neeman's only IslandInto the Maw of Hell. Neeman failed to draw another Blue source, and it wasn't long before Oks had taken game one.

    Oks 1 – Neeman 0

    Oks screamed out of the gates in game two with double Strangleroot Geist. Selhoff Occultist traded with one, and Neeman elbow-dropped Oks' Skirsdag Cultist with a Frightful Delusion.

    "Who plays that card, seriously?" someone in the audience cried.

    Neeman adopted a Black Cat, and happily traded it for the first half of the remaining Geist, knocking a superfluous Mountain out of Oks's hand.

    Oks cast Kessig Wolf and Gatstaf Shepherd after combat, and then a Festerhide Boar a turn later. Griptide sent back the Boar, before Neeman summoned a Stormbound Geist. Oks attacked, and Neeman tapped the rest of his stuff for a Nephalia Seakite, eating the Shepherd, and powering up the Boar, Neeman dropping to 7.

    To get on the board, Neeman began attacking with his flier, and played Chant of the Skifsang on the 5/5 Boar. The Seakite teamed up with a Deranged Assistant to take down the Wolf, and Neeman fell to 4 from the 3/2 Strangleroot Geist.

    Neeman's Geist continued to attack, and his Assistant was joined by another. Oks failed to find any further juice, as Neeman finally drew into the rest of his fliers to even up the match.

    Oks 1 – Neeman 1

    Oks frowned at his opening hand, before finally throwing it back, while Neeman kept his. Oks slumped his shoulders at his next 6, but kept them anyway, launching into a quick turn two Strangleroot Geist, quickly knocking Neeman to 16.

    Neeman was slow to get into the game, dropping to 10 before he finally cast a Selhoff Cultist. Oks paced himself, playing around Frightful Delusion to land a Pitchburn Devils. Neeman slowly kept them at arm's length with a Lantern Spirit, and eventually trading a One-Eyed Scarecrow and his Cultist for the 3/3, before finally finding both of his victory conditions; the Bloodline Keeper and his Nephalia Drownyard.

    Oks simply dispatched them both with Into the Maw of Hell, and followed it up with a Charmbreaker Devils. When Neeman tried to make it a Victim of Night, Oks flung it at an opposing Nephalia Seakite.

    Oliver Oks advances to the semi-finals

    Neeman was drawing dead as Oks summoned a Skirsdag Cultist. He tried to give it a dose of Claustrophobia, but the damage had already been done, as Neeman revealed the two Islands left in his hand.

    Oliver Oks defeats Jeremy Neeman 2 – 1



     
  • Quarterfinals - Dave Crewe vs. Thomas Rafferty

    by Ray “blisterguy” Walkinshaw
  • Dave Crewe has come close to the top 8 in a few Australian events, but this is his first time getting all the way there. This is also for the first time for Thomas Rafferty.

    Both players were looking to beat down with their White/Black decks, but Crewe beat down much harder in game one than Rafferty could handle, forcing him to Unburial Rites lesser monsters to survive.

    Dave Crewe fights hard in the second game to finish in 2

    Crewe was on the back foot in game two, but finally drew his Bloodline Keeper to slowly claw his way back into the game. Rafferty couldn't overcome the Keeper, and Crewe took the match 2 – 0.



     
  • Semifinals - Simon Harnden vs. Dave Crewe

    by Pip Foweraker
  • Harnden began the game with an Avacyn's Pilgrim, accelerating into a Villagers of Estwald. Crewe's first play was a Lingering Souls, the #1 most popular non-rare card this weekend. Auspicious? His Pacman-style handmade tokens seemed to imply so.

    Simon Harnden plays Avacyn's Pilgrim to start the semifinals off

    Harnden didn't seem too fazed, and attacked Crewe with his Villagers before passing, letting them flip into a much more intimidating Howlpack of Estwald. Crewe had a Niblis of the Mist after his attack before passing, and Harnden flashed in a Village Bell Ringer before attacking with his team and summoning a Village Survivors.

    Crewe summoned a Chapel Geist and flashed back his Lingering Souls to boost his aerial offense. Harnden's collection of ground-pounders were significantly larger, though, and he pushed all of them into the middle of the battlefield. "I'm going to lose to Brimstone Volley", sang Crewe as he assigned blockers. No Volley ensued, but Harnden did have a Kindercatch to ramp up the pressure.

    Without trample, though, Kindercatch was too slow for Crewe's army of fliers.

    Dave Crewe 1 – Simon Harnden 0

    Crewe showed me a cunning sideboard card: Maw of the Mire. Knowing Harnden had a Kessig Wolf Run, he told me that the card would either 'Be very good, or very bad'. I agreed that one of those outcomes seemed likely.

    Dave Crewe overcomes Simon Harnden to make it to the finals

    Both players mulliganed. Harnden had the first action with a Villagers of Estwald, while Crewe summoned a Chosen of Markov. Harnden followed up with an Elgaud Inquisitor, while Crewe summoned the might Bloodline Keeper, a stalwart of the weekend and one of two copies in the Top 8 draft.

    Crewe just kept going with an Avacynian Priest, threatening to shut down Harnden's Howlpack of Estwald while overwhelming him with flying Vampire tokens. "That card seems good", nodded Harnden. "Yeah, that's why I sided it in", laughed Crewe. "I figure, you have creatures, so if I make LOTS of creatures..."

    And that's exactly what he did.

    Dave Crewe 2 – Simon Harnden 0



     
  • Semifinals - Oliver Oks vs. Geoff Zhao

    by Ray “blisterguy” Walkinshaw
  • Oliver Oks threw back his opening six cards, and had no second turn play, while Geoff Zhao cast a Dawntreader Elk. Oks cast a Kessig Wolf, and let the Elk past for 2. The Wolf attacked back past Zhao's Orchard Spirit, and Oks sent back his fourth turn with four lands open. Zhao attacked with both, and Oks ambushed the Orchard Spirit with a Spidery Grasp. Zhao followed combat up with a 4/4 Ulvenwald Bear. Oks cast a Hollowhenge Beast, but Zhao cast Increasing Savagery on his Elk, and sent the 7/7 in.

    "Hrmmm. 7/7 you say?" mulled Oks, before double blocking with his 5/5 Beast and his 3/1 Wolf. Oks untapped and cast a Wolfbitten Captive, five more lands left unspent.

    Zhao attacked with his 4/4, knocking Oks to 12, and cast a Somberwald Spider and an Avacyn's Pilgrim. Oks gave it some thought, before summoning Charmbreaker Devils. Zhao flashed back his Savagery on the Spider, and the 12/14 steamrolled Oks' 1/1. Oks drew for the turn, and attacked with his Devils. Zhao declined to block, and Oks cast Spidery Grasp to make it 10/8, then Brimstone Volley to drop Zhao to 14, and make the Devils 14/8.

    It's safe to say Zhao did not see that one coming.

    Oliver Oks rides some big creatures to take game 1

    Oks 1 – Zhao 0

    This time Zhao had no turn two play, while Oks cast Villagers of Estwald. Zhao cast a Mikaeus, the Lunarch for 2, while Oks replied up with an Orchard Spirit. Zhao cast a Kessig Recluse after some thought, and passed it back. Oks had no fourth land, and happily flipped his Villager. Zhao cranked Mikaeus up to 3, before playing a fifth land, and cast Increasing Savagery on his Recluse.

    "Again? Enormous guy?" Oks sighed.

    Oks untapped and cast Pitchburn Devils, before attacking for 2 with his Orchard Spirit. Zhao cranked Mikaeus up to 4, and cast an Elder of Laurels and an Orchard Spirit, before again attacking with his 7/8 Recluse. The Devils wandered in front of the monster, and finished off the opposing orchard Spirit.

    Oks returned fire with his Orchard Spirit, and played a Strangleroot Geist on defence. Zhao shared some of Mikaeus's wealth at the end of turn, and untapped with a 3/3 Mikaeus, 8/9 Recluse, and 3/4 Elder. Zhao sent in everyone. Strangleroot Geist blocked the Recluse, and the Elder pumped itself to knock Oks down to 4. Oks cast another Pitchburn Devils, and passed it back, but just couldn't stop Zhao's huge monsters.

    Oks 1 – Zhao 1

    Both players kept on the decider, while Oks attacked on turn two with a Strangleroot Geist, following it with a Darkthicket Wolf. Zhao's first play was a turn three Villagers of Estwald, which ate the Geist, but that only made it angrier, and enabled a 5/5 Festerhide Boar. Zhao had no fourth land or spells, which flipped his Villagers. Oks attacked with his team, losing the Boar to a Rebuke, and his Wolf to the flipped Villagers. Zhao fell to 11.

    Zhao attacked with his villagers, and cast a Voiceless Spirit. Oks cast a Charmbreaker Devils.

    Zhao attacked Oks to 14 with his flier, and cast an Avacyn's Pilgrim, still without a fourth land. Oks drew for his turn, but left his team back defensively.

    Zhao again attacked for 2, Oks falling to 12, before casting an Orchard Spirit.

    Oks cast his second Strangleroot Geist and again passed it back without attacking. Zhao untapped, and finally finding his fourth land, cast Increasing Savagery on his Orchard Spirit, attacking Oks to 5.

    Geoff Zhao moves on to the finals.

    Oks drew, and attacked with everything with his team. Not falling for it a second time, Zhao pushed the rest of his team in front of the aggressors, living to smash back with his Orchard Spirit for the win.

    Geoff Zhao defeats Oliver Oks 2 – 1



     
  • Finals - Dave Crewe vs. Geoff Zhao

    by Pip Foweraker

  • Zhao led the action with everyone's favourite ungulate, Dawntreader Elk. Crewe stepped up the power game with a Lingering Souls, hauling out his trusty Pacman tokens. Zhao seemed unfazed and summoned a Voiceless Spirit. Crewe played and equipped a Blazing Torch to kill the Spirit before attacking with his fliers, then flashed back the Lingering Souls.

    Geoff Zhao

    Zhao summoned a Villagers of Estwald and attacked with his Elk. Crewe's turn was a little more impressive, with 3 Spirits attacking and a Thraben Sentry on defence. Zhao had a Gavony Township before attacking, and Crewe's Spirit blocked, flipping the Sentry. Post combat, Zhao played a Mikaeus, the Lunarch with 4 counters on it.

    Crewe, frowning at the army opposite him, summoned an Unruly Mob before attacking with his Thraben Militia and 3 Spirit tokens. Zhao declined to block and fell to 8. Crewe summoned a Markov Patrician and passed.

    Zhao summoned a Niblis of the Mist and tapped down the Patrician. Then, needing to do something with his freshly summoned army, attacked with his Villagers of Estwald and the Dawntreader Elk. After Crewe declared no blockers, Mikaeus pumped all of Zhao's creatures, dealing Crewe 6 and bringing the life totals to 8 each.

    Crewe held back with his Spirits and attacked with the Markov Patrician and the Thraben Militia. Zhao had a Spidery Grasp on his Mikaeus to make a potent blocker, while Crewe had an Undying Evil to recycle his Thraben Militia for another go. Post combat, Crewe summoned a Chapel Geist and Mikaeus pumped Zhao's guys once more before Zhao began his turn.

    Dave Crewe

    Zhao summoned an Elder Cathar and passed, both players with powerful armies and precarious life totals. Crewe attacked with all his fliers, Zhao blocking the Chapel Geist and taking 3 from the Spirits, falling to 2 life. Mikaeus pumped Zhao's men once more, but Crewe looked like he had enough blockers. Zhao did the math and checked it twice, then nodded and headed for the sideboard.

    David Crewe 1 – Geoff Zhao 0

    Crewe began with a Selfless Cathar and an Avacyn's Collar. Zhao had a Niblis of the Mist, but visibly slumped when Crewe cast his Lingering Souls on turn 3. The card had been a victory magnet for him all weekend, and Crewe was clearly hoping this game would be no exception. Zhao summoned a Kessig Recluse to keep the Spirits at bay. Crewe had an Avacynian Priest and a Blazing Torch to try and answer the troublesome spider.

    Zhao only had an Ulvenwald Mystics. Crewe spent a turn equipping his dudes and flashing back the Lingering Souls, but wasn't about to run into anything like a Hasty Hobbit. Zhao had an Elder of Laurels, while Crewe summoned a Falkenrath Noble. With the Priest tapping down Zhao's Recluse, the flying Spirit tokens attacked unimpeded.

    Declaring an attack, Zhao swung in with his 3 untapped creatures, choosing not to pump anything out of respect for Crewe's threatening Blazing Torch. Crewe decided to force the issue at the end of Zhao's turn, pinging the Niblis of the Mist. Zhao pondered long and hard before letting his creature die, taking a point of damage from the Falkenrath.

    Crewe attacked with all of his creatures. Zhao aimed a Spidery Grasp on his flipped Ulvenwald Primordials.

    "I hope this wins the game, because it's very, very cool", said Crewe.

    "Undying Evil?", he asked, pointing it at his Selfless Cathar, exactly 4 mana open.

    Very, very cool.

    Zhao congratulates Crewe on his victory.

    Dave Crewe 2 – Geoff Zhao 0



     
  • Top 5 Cards

    by Pip Foweraker


  • I wanted to start this paragraph with 'The little rare that could', but Bloodline Keeper is anything but little. It's the Army Knife of the Swiss, cutting through opponents like butter. It makes dudes. It makes the dudes bigger. It slices and dices, and probably comes on an easy payment plan. Heck, at 2BB, it is an easy payment plan. What more could you ask for in a rare? The Top 8 drafters were lucky – there were two of them, one ably piloted by Dave Crewe in his winning deck.


    Another card that's made of 70% win and 40% awesome, Lingering Souls defies expectations and basic mathematics at every turn. Loved and reviled (depending on who's casting it) in equal measure, Lingering Souls has been on everyone's radar since it was revealed early in the spoiler season. It's just that good. Fliers? And then more fliers? Players everywhere are signing up for this card's sweet, sweet goodness.


    Burn you once, shame on me. Burn you twice? Smiles from me, frowns from you. The power and flexibility this card offers is normally only found in the International Cyborg Ballet. Fine as a Shock variant, the power of flashback compels players to splash, self-mill and stretch mana bases to get as much abuse out of this card as possible. The last time something doubled up this perfectly, the Banach-Tarski paradox was born.


    The card that won the GP. The card most popular in our 'Most Underrated Card' question we were asking pros all weekend. A combat trick that works equally well on defence and offence. Normally the purview of White, the ability to let a creature die and bring it back stronger than before is a powerful one indeed, especially combined with comes-into-play effects or, like Dave Crewe in the final moments of the weekend's competition, sacrifice effects.


    Is this card a beating? There's only one way to find out, and that's to cast it for yourself. But don't take our word on it: cast it twice. Every time I saw this in someone's graveyard, they were usually winning. The one time I saw it removed from the game, the opponent was near tears. 4 mana for a permanent 5-power boost is impressive, especially in this Limited format, replete with evasion of every flavour. A true powerhouse, Green style: unsubtle as a brick to the head, and just as effective.



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