Pro Tour-Chicago 1999
Round 11 Feature Match
Christian Lührs vs. Alan Comer (9-1)
Round 10 saw Christian Lührs of Germany and Alan Comer of the US match up at 9-1, looking for the top slot going in to the second half of day two. Lührs is playing a four-color countersliver deck, while Comer is playing the "Suicide Brown" Tinker deck.
Both players mulliganed once to begin the game, and Comer started with a turn 1 Voltaic Key, then a turn 2 Cursed Scroll. Since his slivers are at best 2/2, Lührs thought hard before pitching a Winged Sliver to Force of Will the Scroll. On his turn, he dropped a second land and the Crystalline Sliver he'd just drawn, remarking "If I had known this, I wouldn't have countered." Comer thanked him for doing so, then went on to play a Thran Dynamo and then a Phyrexian Colossus over the next two turns. "Damn, he's big," was Lührs' response.
In the meanwhile, though, Lührs had found a Muscle, then a Hibernation Sliver allowing him to triple-block and kill the Colossus when Comer ttacked with it, paying six life to return all three to hand. Lührs then went on to play out all three and a winged over the next two turns and beat Comer down as all he could play was more mana artifacts and watch himself get ripped apart by Slivery goodness.
Comer mulliganed this game, and played first with a City of Traitors, while Lührs just dropped an Underground Sea. Comer then used his second turn for a Grim Monolith, Voltaic Key, and Phyrexian Processor for ten life, which Lührs allowed, then untapped, played land, and Disenchanted. Comer then played a slightly more cautious 5 point Processor.
Lührs then went to work with an Acidic Sliver, but Comer dropped his sideboarded Back to Basics to leave Lührs with only 2 land untapped. Lührs then played a Winged Sliver, tapping out and threatening 3 points of flying damage with Comer at 3. Comer managed to slide out of the way of immediate doom with a Crumbling Sanctuary, then began making 5/5 beast tokens and attacking Lührs' library. Lührs, playing no basic lands at all, could only play a City of Bras over the next five turns, as the 5/5 phyrexian horde threatened to deck him, finding two Flood Plains in the process and making the understatement of the day, "That's a bad land," with the Back to Basics out. With two turns on the clock from the horde of 5/5 beasts however, Lührs finally topdecked an Undiscovered Paradise and used his last Disenchant to kill the Sanctuary, flying in with his slivers for the last 3.