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Neeman Shatters the Opposition in Sydney

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The matches are finished, players are heading home, the poisonous creature population has been decimated, and Jeremy Neeman has been crowned Grand Prix–Sydney champion! A star-studded Top 8 battled through the draft, with Yuuya Watanabe, last year's Australian Grand Prix winner, and Luis Scott-Vargas keeping the newer finalists honest. The trophy was kept on home turf by Australia's hottest player, Jeremy Neeman, sweeping the finals with his aggressive Red-white deck. Jeremy defeated Luis Scott-Vargas in three games to take down the title.

A record-breaking 434 players attended the Grand Prix, battling through 14 rounds of Scars of Mirrodin Limited. Metal was crafted, players were infected and more than a few beats were brought. In the end, though, neither new mechanic reigned supreme – just good old-fashioned swinging with creatures.

Congratulations to Jeremy Neeman, Champion of Grand Prix–Sydney 2010!



Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Finals   Champion
1 Luis Scott-Vargas   Luis Scott-Vargas, 2-0        
8 Jarron Puszet   Luis Scott-Vargas, 2-1
       
4 Masayasu Tanahashi   Isaac Egan, 2-0   Jeremy Neeman, 2-1
5 Isaac Egan    
       
2 Jeremy Neeman   Jeremy Neeman, 2-0
7 Michael Dao   Jeremy Neeman, 2-1
       
3 Jacky Zhang   Jacky Zhang, 2-0
6 Yuuya Watanabe    

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 1.  Neeman, Jeremy $3,500
 2.  Scott-Vargas, Luis D $2,300
 3.  Zhang, Jacky Z $1,500
 4.  Egan, Isaac J $1,500
 5.  Watanabe, Yuuya $1,000
 6.  Dao, Michael $1,000
 7.  Puszet, Jarron $1,000
 8.  Tanahashi, Masayasu $1,000
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  • Top 8 Player Profiles

    by Event Coverage Staff

  • Name: Masayasu Tanahashi
    Hometown: Japan
    Age: 26
    Occupation: Office worker.
    Day One Record: 6-2
    Draft One Record: 3-0
    Draft Two Record: 2-0-1
    How many GP/PT top 8's have you had?? 1 GP, 1 PT.
    What color combination would you like to draft in the top 8?? Black/Red
    How many games have you won with Poison counters this weekend?? 0
    How many games have you lost to Poison counters this weekend?? 2
    Which dangerous individual would you least like to face in an Australian top 8?? (pick one)
    a) Funnel Web Spider
    b) Great White Shark
    c) Yuuya Watanabe


    Name: Jacky Zhang
    Hometown: Sydney, Australia.
    Age: 26
    Occupation: Student
    Day One Record: 6-2
    Draft One Record: 3-0
    Draft Two Record: 3-0
    How many GP/PT top 8's have you had?? One, GP: Melbourne.
    What color combination would you like to draft in the top 8?? Red/X or Green/Black Infect.
    How many games have you won with Poison counters this weekend?? 6
    How many games have you lost to Poison counters this weekend?? None
    Which dangerous individual would you least like to face in an Australian top 8?? (pick one)
    a) Funnel Web Spider
    b) Great White Shark
    c) Yuuya Watanabe


    Name: Isaac Egan
    Hometown: Melbourne, Australia.
    Age: 24
    Occupation: Card store owner.
    Day One Record: 6-2 (with 3 byes)
    Draft One Record: 3-0
    Draft Two Record: 2-0-1
    How many GP/PT top 8's have you had?? 0
    What color combination would you like to draft in the top 8?? My testing partner Wilfy Mladenoski thinks Red/Blue. I'm not sure.
    How many games have you won with Poison counters this weekend?? A bunch.
    How many games have you lost to Poison counters this weekend?? A bunch.
    Which dangerous individual would you least like to face in an Australian top 8?? (pick one)
    a) Funnel Web Spider
    b) Great White Shark
    c) Yuuya Watanabe


    Name: Yuuya Watanabe
    Hometown: Kanagawa, Japan
    Age: 21
    Occupation: Pro Player
    Day One Record: 7-0-1 (with 3 byes)
    Draft One Record: 2-1
    Draft Two Record: 2-0-1
    How many GP/PT top 8's have you had?? 9 GP, 1 PT.
    What color combination would you like to draft in the top 8?? Blue/White.
    How many games have you won with Poison counters this weekend?? None.
    How many games have you lost to Poison counters this weekend?? None.
    Which dangerous individual would you least like to face in an Australian top 8?? (pick one)
    a) Funnel Web Spider
    b) Great White Shark
    c) Yuuya Watanabe


    Name: Jarron Puszet
    Hometown: Melbourne, Australia
    Age: 27
    Occupation: Finance
    Day One Record: 7-1
    Draft One Record: 3-0
    Draft Two Record: 1-1-1
    How many GP/PT top 8's have you had?? 2 GP.
    What color combination would you like to draft in the top 8?? Any.
    How many games have you won with Poison counters this weekend?? Lots.
    How many games have you lost to Poison counters this weekend?? Not many.
    Which dangerous individual would you least like to face in an Australian top 8?? (pick one)
    a) Funnel Web Spider
    b) Great White Shark
    c) Yuuya Watanabe


    Name: Michael Dao
    Hometown: Blacktown, Australia.
    Age: 25
    Occupation: Student.
    Day One Record: 6-1-1
    Draft One Record: 3-0
    Draft Two Record: 2-0-1
    How many GP/PT top 8's have you had?? 0
    What color combination would you like to draft in the top 8?? Blue/X
    How many games have you won with Poison counters this weekend?? None.
    How many games have you lost to Poison counters this weekend?? None.
    Which dangerous individual would you least like to face in an Australian top 8?? (pick one)
    a) Funnel Web Spider
    b) Great White Shark
    c) Yuuya Watanabe


    Name: Jeremy Neeman
    Hometown: Canberra, Australia.
    Age: 20
    Occupation: Student.
    Day One Record: 7-1 (with 3 byes)
    Draft One Record: 3-0
    Draft Two Record: 1-2
    How many GP/PT top 8's have you had?? 2 GP, 1 PT.
    What color combination would you like to draft in the top 8?? Red/White or Blue/White.
    How many games have you won with Poison counters this weekend?? None.
    How many games have you lost to Poison counters this weekend?? None.
    Which dangerous individual would you least like to face in an Australian top 8?? (pick one)
    a) Funnel Web Spider
    b) Great White Shark
    c) Yuuya Watanabe


    Name: Luis Scott-Vargas
    Hometown: Oakland, USA.
    Age: 27
    Occupation: Editor, Channelfireball.com
    Day One Record: 6-2
    Draft One Record: 3-0
    Draft Two Record: 2-0-1
    How many GP/PT top 8's have you had?? 6 GP, 3 PT.
    What color combination would you like to draft in the top 8?? Poison or Metalcraft (Black/Green or Blue/White/Red)
    How many games have you won with Poison counters this weekend?? Zero, but I played poison in both sealed AND draft...
    How many games have you lost to Poison counters this weekend?? One.
    Which dangerous individual would you least like to face in an Australian top 8?? (pick one)
    a) Funnel Web Spider
    b) Great White Shark
    c) Yuuya Watanabe










     
  • Sunday, October 10: 6:52p.m. – Top 8: Yuuya Watanabe vs Jacky Zhang

    by Ray 'blisterguy' Walkinshaw
  • Both Yuuya Watanabe and Jacky Zhang made the top at last year's Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne. Of course, as well as knocking Zhang out in the quarterfinals and taking the title at that event, Watanabe has had plenty of other results of note as well.

    Watanabe got started slowly with a mulligan and a Ratchet Bomb. Zhang was happy to summon a turn two Blight Mamba. When Watanabe had no spell to play on his third turn, he quickly found himself earning a poison counter from the Mamba, which was then joined by a Cystbearer. The Bomb ticked up to two counters, and Watanabe used an Instill Infection to take out the Mamba. Zhang simply returned it with a Corpse Cur. Watanabe summoned a Molder Beast, which blocked the Cur, its owner going up to 5 poison counters. Bladed Pinions made the Beast a little more resilient, so Zhang made a Mimic Vat, picking up a recently summoned and killed Ichor Rats. Watanabe tapped out to cast and equip a heavy Arbalest. Zhang made a token at the end of turn, and then another one. He attacked in with his team and used a Withstand Death to protect the creature Watanabe tried to shoot down.

    Jacky Zhang and Yuuya Watanabe relive their top 8 match from GP Melbourne last year.

    Zhang 1 – Watanabe 0

    Game one didn't take particularly long, but even faster was Isaac Egan's match against Masayasu Tanahashi. Egan had taken game one with a pair of Carapace Forgers and an Ezuri's Brigade, and wasted no time in punishing Tanahashi's slow draw in game two.

    Isaac Egan takes a nap while he waits for the rest of the top 8 to catch up.

    "I'll play," Watanabe announced, before pondering and eventually keeping his opening hand. Once again he had the turn two Ratchet Bomb, while Zhang had a Blight Mamba and an Infiltration Lens. Watanabe had no turn three play, but cast a Trigon of Corruption on turn four, while Zhang again cast his Mimic Vat. An Untamed Might protected the Mamba from an Instill Infection and took Watanabe up to 6 poison, but between the Trigon, the Bomb taking out the Vat and a reappearance of his Heavy Arbalest, Zhang's board was nearly clear. However, Watanabe was missing a second Swamp, stranding a Skinrender and a Grasp of Darkness in his hand. Zhang's deck was much kinder to him however, serving up a Corpse Cur. When Watanabe failed to draw an answer on his turn, he offered the handshake of defeat.

    Jacky Zhang defeats Yuuya Watanabe 2 – 0



     
  • Sunday, October 10: 6:53p.m. – Top 8: Luis Scott-Vargas vs Jarron Puszet

    by Pip Hunn
  • LSV started aggressively with a Spikeshot Elder, followed by a Perilous Myr. Puszet had a Necropede, which effectively held off both of LSV's aggressive creatures. LSV declined to block an attack from the Necropede, then activated the elder at the end of Puszet's turn for 1 damage. Puszet took the opportunity to Instill Infection the troublesome 1/1, then followed up with a Putrefax. LSV traded his Chrome Steed with the Infecting creature, then laid his own aggressive beater in a Kuldotha Phoenix.

    Puszet summoned a Contagious Nim and a Moriok Replica. LSV had a Clone Shell, and attacked through the air with the Phoenix again, dropping Puszet to 10. Puszet bolstered his ground army with a Corpse Cur and found a Throne of Geth. LSV dropped a Saberclaw Golem and passed, leaving his Phoenix back to block for a turn if necessary. With Metalcraft active, the Phoenix would arise from the dead next turn unless Puszet could kill both the Phoenix and one of LSV's artifact creatures.

    Puszet cast an Accorder's Shield and equipped it to the Corpse Cur, then attacked with the Cur and the Nim. LSV blocked with his Perilous Myr and Clone Shell, both creatures hitting the graveyard. LSV put an Auriok Replica into play, letting him bounce an Infect creature next turn as needed. LSV attacked with his Phoenix, dropping Puszet to 4 life, then passed. Puszet took himself to 2 with his own Moriok Replica, digging for an answer to the flying 4/4. He found it in an Acid Web Spider, but LSV calmly bounced it with his Replica and attacked. Puszet didn't have any tricks, so they shuffled up for game two.

    Melbourne's Jarron Puszet faces down the one and only Luis Scott-Vargas.

    Meanwhile, on the other Quarter-finals table, Jeremy Neeman and Michael Dao exchanged two fast starts in two games. Each took a turn in overwhelming the other with lightning fast starts. Two games were over before the coverage team could get to the matches, which says something about the speed of aggressive decks in Scars of Mirrodin draft!

    Luis Scott-Vargas 1 – Jarron Puszet 0

    LSV started the second game strongly, with a Perilous Myr into a Vulshok Replica, while Puszet was only able to muster a Nihil Spellbomb. Puszet tried a Blackcleave Goblin, but LSV had a Galvanic Blast to stop it in its tracks. LSV added a Vedalken Certarch and a Copper Myr to his board, while Puszet used a timely Instill Infection to take out the Vulshok Replica.

    Puszet resolved an Acid Web Spider, but LSV's Certarch kept it out of the way, and his attack dropped Puszet to 2 life. With LSV's Flight Spellbomb and Soliton threatening an attack next turn, Puszet needed another way to deal with fliers. Puszet followed up his Spider with a Wall of Tanglecord, conspicuously tapping out all his Forests to do so but leaving a Blackcleave Cliffs open. Misplay, or courageous bluff?

    "I guess that's one way you could tap your mana", LSV said. LSV tapped down the Spider, used his Spellbomb, and attacked with his men. Puszet couldn't block effectively against the Perilous Myr anyway, and died to LSV's attackers.

    Luis Scott-Vargas defeats Jarron Puszet 2-0.

    Michael Dao battles The Jeremy Neeman.

    The third Neeman / Dao game was a little more balanced, both players starting with men on the board over the first few turns. Both players Red/White decks were built for quick games and low curves. Neeman eked out some card advantage with Spellbombs and timely Shatters and an Oxidda Scrapmelter proved the advantage in the mirror, taking down Dao's strongest men and letting him attack for the win.

    Jeremy Neeman defeats Michael Dao 2-0.



     
  • Sunday, October 10: 7:22p.m. – Top 4: Isaac Egan vs Luis Scott-Vargas

    by Ray 'blisterguy' Walkinshaw
  • After thrashing Masayasu Tanahashi 2 – 0 in under a few minutes in the quarter finals, Isaac Egan's wheels fell off as he mulliganed to four in the semifinals. Luis Scott-Vargas powered out a Grand Architect and a Perilous Myr, while Egan got in some beats with a Carapace Forger and a Sylvok Replica. However, Egan was quickly out of gas while LSV flew over the top with a Kuldotha Phoenix, while a trinket Mage helped a Chrome Steed go large. Egan agonized over his blocks, but couldn't hold back the army for long.

    LSV 1 – Egan 0

    Egan's Contagion Clasp took out LSV's turn two Copper Myr, while both players got started on their quest for metalcraft, LSV for Vedalken Certarch and Egan for Carapace Forger. Egan got there first with Liquimetal Coating, while LSV missed his fifth land drop. An Instill Infection targeting LSV's Darksteel Myr was thwarted by Stoic Rebuttal, and with a sigh, Egan turned one of LSV's Mountains into an artifact, before destroying it with a Sylvok Replica. Unconcerned, LSV drew another Mountain off the top and summoned his Grand Architect and a Flight Spellbomb, achieving metalcraft. Egan found and summoned an Ezuri's Brigade to go with his Forger, also well and truly metalcraft'd up, but LSV's Certarch kept the Brigade tapped down, while the Darksteel Myr ensured Egan was getting no damage through any time soon. Soliton joined LSV's team, while Egan summoned a Carnifex Demon.

    With the help of the Architect, LSV cast a Contagion Engine. Between that and the Demon, both players cleared the table of everything bar the Demon, with one -1/-1 counter left in reserve. LSV cashed in his Spellbomb and found a Bonds of Quicksilver for the Demon, then summoned a Neurok Replica and a Darksteel Sentinel. Egan summoned a Myr Propagator, and got started apropagatin'. LSV found a Spikeshot Elder, while Egan attacked LSV down to 6 with his multitude of Myr. Egan then used his Contagion Clasp to power up his Demon, but that allowed LSV to kill off Egan's Rust Tick with his Engine. The Replica bounced LSV's own Sentinel, and the board was once again clear, except of course, for the tapped Demon with a pair of counters. Egan on 9, LSV on 6.

    Egan found and summoned a Myr Galvanizer and a Carapace Forger, so LSV proliferated the Demon up to 4 counters at end of turn, and then passed the turn back with ten mana open. When LSV proliferated again, Egan opted to save his Demon and let the rest of his team get infected, and they were once again back to a stalemate. Egan could only summon creatures if he was prepared to lose them or his Demon to the Engine.

    LSV summoned a Clone Shell, which died before its trigger could resolve, giving Egan a small window to summon another Forger. LSV summoned a Saberclaw Golem, prompting another flurry of proliferation. The Forger dropped LSV to one before dying, and was replaced by a Memnite. When that attacked, LSV proliferated the Demon up to 4 counters, and then tried to finish it with a Galvanic Blast. Egan saved it, but lost his Memnite in the process. LSV summoned a Kuldotha Phoenix, and Egan a Palladium Myr. Libraries were counted, revealing 6 for LSV and 9 for Egan. The Myr picked up a Barbed Battlegear and traded with the Phoenix.

    Isaac Egan decks LSV to even the match at one apiece.

    Egan summoned a Chrome Steed. When it attacked, LSV proliferated. The Demon shared a counter with the Horse, resulting in the Horse dropping to 1/1 and the Demon going up to 5. LSV pointed another Galvanic Blast at the Demon, which Isaac once again protected, and again losing his attacker. LSV drew another two cards before finally conceding to take it to the decider.

    LSV 1 – Egan 1

    LSV started out with a Perilous Myr and a Neurok Replica, while Egan had a Carapace Forger, Sylvok Replica and Rust Tick. A Leaden Myr gave Egan metalcraft, but once he again he couldn't attack through Darksteel Myr until the Tick had tapped both it and the Perilous Myr down. A Bleak Coven Vampires were countered by a Stoic Rebutal, making way for another Forger and a Contagion Clasp to kill off the Darksteel Myr. LSV replaced it with a Sentinel, but Egan's many attackers dropped him to 11. LSV untapped and once again cast his Contagion Engine, peppering Egan's team with -1/-1 counters. Egan began whistling nonchalantly and counting his lands out loud.

    "Six for the Demon, and one more to…" and nodding. He then attacked with his team. LSV blocked, and sure enough, Egan summoned the Demon post combat. LSV attacked, and Egan let the Sentinel and a Soliton through to drop him to 10. When Egan attacked back with his currently 5/5 Demon, LSV lapsed into thought, before eventually electing to fall to 6. He untapped and once again locked down the Demon with a Bonds of Quicksilver. Soliton attacked and splattered (dismantled?) a Memnite, until Egan was able to reduce the Soliton to zero power, once again achieving the clear board state of game two. Both players settled into draw-go mode.

    "Drew a card with the Spellbomb," LSV bemoaned, shaking his head as they worked through the motions.

    Luis Scott-Vargas maintains the two-player lock.

    Chrome Steed was countered by Halt Order, "yeah, draw another card!" Egan laughed. LSV summoned his Phoenix, while Egan summoned a Forger. Libraries were counted, 12 for Egan and 9 for LSV.

    It looked all but over for LSV, until suddenly, he pointed two Galvanic Blasts at the Demon. He followed that up with a pair of Chrome Steeds, which in turn allowed him to reanimate his Phoenix. In the blink of an eye, a stunned Egan was out.

    Luis Scott-Vargas defeats Isaac Egan 2 – 1 to advance to the finals of Grand Prix Sydney.

    After the game, LSV revealed the Grindclock he'd sideboarded in with a grin. It looked like he'd had it in the bag all along.



     
  • Sunday, October 10: 7:46p.m. – Top 4: Jeremy Neeman vs Jacky Zhang

    by Pip Hunn
  • Neeman started the action with an Origin Spellbomb. Zhang summoned a Gold Myr, which Neeman matched with a Leaden Myr of his own. Ironically, both players played Myr of their opponent's colors. Zhang used his acceleration to summon a Tangle Angler. Neeman played Strata Scythe with three Plains in play. Zhang attacked with his Angler and cast a Contagion Clasp, killing Neeman's Myr. Then he cast a Blight Mamba and passed. Neeman summoned a Glimmerpoint Stag and blinked his Strata Scythe, further thinning his deck of lands. He passed to Zhang, who forced the Stag to block the Angler and attacked with both his creatures. Zhang ended his turn with four mana open, able to respond to any of Neeman's plays or proliferate.

    Neeman equipped his Stag and attacked. Zhang proliferated, growing the poison counters on Neeman and his Stag before taking the damage. Neeman summoned an Iron Myr and passed. Zhang cast an Infiltration Lens, which is particularly powerful in conjunction with the Tangle Angler, which he swiftly equipped it to. The Angler demanded that the Iron Myr block it, then attacked solo. Zhang didn't realised that the triggers stack for multiple creatures, so when Neeman blocked with the Stag in order to kill the angler, Zhang only got two cards out of the deal.

    Neeman cast an Oxidda Scrapmelter and took out the Contagion Clasp, and then passed, unable to effectively get past the Blight Mamba. Zhang equipped the Blight Mamba with the Infiltration lens, then attacked Neeman. Neeman balanced up the opportunity of killing the Mamba and letting his opponent out-draw him, and decided to let the snake through this turn, going to 5 poison counters. Neeman attacked with his Scrapmelter and the Stag and Zhang chose not to block, falling to 7. Neeman cast a Goblin Artisan and then passed, hoping to ride the powerful uncommon rapidly to victory. Zhang equipped his Infiltration Lens to his Cystbearer and attacked, and this time Neeman blocked.

    Jacky Zhang won his rematch against Yuuya Watanabe to go on to face Jeremy Neeman.

    Zhang played a second Blight Mamba and a Contagious Nim. Neeman cast a Blade-Tribe Berserkers with metalcraft enabled, and attacked with his entire team. Zhang was forced to block such that all his creatures died. Zhang scooped.

    Jeremy Neeman 1 – Jacky Zhang 0

    Zhang started with an early Infiltration lens and a Blight Mamba, while Neeman didn't have any plays on his first two turns. Zhang followed up after the Mamba with a Contagious Nim. Neeman summoned a Vulshok Replica, which eagerly blocked it. Zhang equipped the Lens to the Contagious Nim and attacked with both creatures, making either block unprofitable for Neeman., who declined to answer either creature, going to 4 poison counters.

    Neeman summoned a Glint Hawk and a Vulshok Berserker, bouncing his Replica. Zhang attacked again and this time Neeman blocked the Mamba with the Berserkers, letting the Contagious Nim through for another 2 poison counters, bringing Neeman to 6. Zhang cast a post-combat Thrummingbird, the proliferator dangerous against Neeman's precarious poison total.

    Neeman summoned a Goblin Artisan. Zhang's Throne of Geth was a little more powerful, bringing Neeman to 7 poison and killing his Berserkers when it devoured Zhang's Myr. Zhang attacked with all of his creatures, with the Infiltration Lens on his Thrummingbird. Neeman blocked, but the poison combined with more activations from the Throne finished him off.

    Jeremy Neeman is not infected by Zhang's army.

    Jacky Zhang 1 – Jeremy Neeman 1

    Neeman led play with a Leaden Myr, while Zhang cast a Bladed Pinions. Neeman summoned an Auriok Replica and attacked. Zhang cast a Blight Mamba, but Neeman's Goblin Artisan was an effective racer. Zhang equipped his Bladed Pinions and attacked, missing his third land drop. Neeman fell took his first poison counter, but his return attack was devastating 7 points of combat damage. Neeman summoned a Glint Hawk post-combat, bouncing and re-casting his Myr. Zhang found his third land but there were four creatures on the opposite end of the board. Zhang summoned a Fume Spitter and passed, leaving his flying, first striking and potentially regenerating Blight Mamba home on defence. Neeman shrugged and Arrested the Mamba, then attacked with his entire team. Zhang blocked the Artisan and sacrificed the Spitter before damage to take out the Myr. Zhang fell to 6, then conceded when he didn't find any answers.

    Jeremy Neeman defeated Jacky Zhang 2-1.



     
  • Sunday, October 10: 8:08p.m. – Finals: Jeremy Neeman vs Luis Scott-Vargas

    by Pip Hunn
  • The crowds gather as the finals get underway.

    LSV elected to play. Neeman powered out a turn two Gold Myr, which LSV answered with a Grand Architect. Unfazed, Neeman cast an Auriok Replica. LSV didn't have any plays on turn four, making Neeman slightly suspicious. He decided to find out. Grand Architect powered out a Darksteel Sentinel, which blocked and killed the Replica. Neeman summoned a Goblin Artisan and passed. LSV summoned a Clone Shell and attacked with his Darksteel Sentinel, which Neeman declined to block.

    Post combat, LSV summoned a Perilous Myr and used his final mana to Galvanic Blast the Artisan. Neeman reset his board with a Glint Hawk, bouncing an Accorder's Shield. LSV attacked with all his creatures. Neeman blocked the Sentinel and took 3 from the Myr and Shell. Post combat, Darksteel Sentinel tapped for mana to summon an Auriok Replica, who tapped himself and the remaining lands to cast a Chrome Steed. Neeman smiled at the massive army growing opposite him.

    "That guy's alright," he quipped, pointing to the Grand Architect.

    "Yeah, he does his thing", LSV agreed.

    Luis Scott-Vargas. Poison Status: Zero.

    LSV attacked with his team once more. Neeman cast a Soul Parry, slowing down the damage and letting the Perilous Myr die without any ill after-effects. LSV shrugged, waited a turn, and attacked again for the win.

    Luis Scott-Vargas 1 – Jeremy Neeman 0

    First play of game two went to LSV, with a Spikeshot elder and a follow-up Copper Myr. Neeman summoned an Auriok Replica, which was happy to stare down the opposing army. LSV nonchalantly cast his Grand Architect, then tapped it and the Copper Myr for an Auriok Replica. Neeman summoned an Oxidda Scrapmelter and took out LSV's Replica before attacking. LSV summoned a Saberclaw Golem. Neeman cast a Tumble Magnet and tapped down the Golem, attacking with both his creatures. He cast a Glint Hawk and bounced his Tumble Magnet.

    LSV summoned a Vulshok replica and swung with his Golem. Neeman declined to block and fell to 15. Neeman attacked with his Glint Hawk and re-cast his Tumble Magnet. The Spikeshot Elder pinged Neeman for 1 at the end of his turn, then LSV considered his options. Neeman's Tumble Magnet tapped down the Saberclaw Golem, and LSV simply cast a Perilous Myr and passed. Neeman attacked with his Glint Hawk. LSV shot his own Perilous Myr and then used the 2 damage to kill the Hawk. Neeman cycled an Origin Spellbomb and cast an Arrest on the Grand Arbiter. LSV declared no attacks on his turn, but hit a critical fourth mountain, giving his Spikeshot Elder two activations a turn. Neeman summoned a Blade-Tribe Berserkers, and LSV shot the Auriok Replica in response to keep Neeman off metalcraft. LSV once again declared no attackers, content to sit behind his wall of men and react to Neeman's plays.

    Jeremy Neeman aims to keep the trophy in Australia.

    Neeman cast a Strata Scythe, fetching out a Mountain. With 6 lands in play, the Equipment would turn any creature into a massive beater. Neeman suited up his Berserkers and swung for nine. LSV chumped with an Iron Myr and then ended Neeman's turn taking out the Myr token and shooting Neeman down to 13. After LSV had no plays on his turn, Neeman attacked once more with his Berserkers. LSV blocked with his Vulshok Replica and sacrificed it to hit Neeman for 3 damage. Tumble Magnet removed LSV's remaining blockers, and Neeman's next attack was lethal.

    Jeremy Neeman 1 – Luis Scott-Vargas 1

    LSV began the action with his Perilous Myr. Neeman summoned a Leaden Myr to keep up. LSV summoned a Trinket Mage. Neeman bounced his Myr to summon a Glint Hawk, then re-cast it. LSV found his Grand Architect, tapping his men down to summon a Soliton. Neeman's Oxidda Scrapmelter took care of the artifact creatures, and both the Glint Hawk and the Leaden Myr began the beatdown. LSV summoned a Kuldotha Phoenix, and it and the Trinket Mage attacked Neeman. Neeman was unconcerned about his life totals, falling to 11. Neeman had a Vulshok Heartstoker and swung in with a 4-power Glint Hawk, then a post-combat Arrest for the Phoenix. LSV cast a Flight Spellbomb but had no profitable attacks, leaving his men at home.

    Neeman cast an Auriok Replica and passed, while LSV had a Chrome Steed. Neeman summoned a Glimmerpoint Stag, blinking his Scrapmelter out of the game. When it returned, it destroyed the Chrome Steed, which LSV replaced with a Saberclaw Golem. Neeman had a Shatter for it, and his army began to outclass LSV's. Neeman attacked with both his 3/3's, and LSV's Trinket Mage traded with the Stag. LSV took 3 from the Scrapmelter. Neeman had a non-metalcrafted Blade-Tribe Berserkers to bolster his side of the board. Neeman attacked with his entire team. LSV blocked, lost creatures, looked to his deck, found nothing, and extended his hand in congratulations.

    "Ya got me," LSV admits with a smile.

    Jeremy Neeman defeats Luis Scott-Vargas 2 – 1 to become the Grand Prix: Sydney 2010 champion!

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