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Round 7: Eugene Harvey vs. Tom van de Logt

 

Read about their draft here.

The Netherlands and the United States are both on the short list of teams expected to well in this event, but after Day 1, neither country was in the Top 5. Now their National Champions must square off in a match that will set the tone for the rest of the event.

Tom van de Logt won last year's Worlds, and Eugene Harvey finished in the Top 16 and help the US take the team title, so neither are strangers to this level of competition.

In the draft, Tom cut Eugene off from blue, a situation that Eugene complicated by counterdrafting red cards when it looked like van de Logt might switch. Neither deck is amazing, so the match may come down to who can make the best use of his mediocre cards.

Game 1

Harvey was playing second but drew first blood with a Chatter of the Squirrel token. Van de Logt put out a Hallowed Healer to stop the beats, and then used Rites of Refusal to counter Eugene's Elephant Ambush.

Eugene kept playing out creatures—Seton's Scout, Harvester Druid, Wormfang Drake, and Nantuko Tracer. He played Exoskeletal Armor on the Drake to empty his hand. A Floating Shield (green) on the Healer meant the only the Drake could get through for damage, and van de Logt added a Tireless Tribe and a Blessed Orator to gum up the ground. The Tribe forced Eugene to comment, "Your deck's great."

More creatures hit the table for Eugene – Scrivener, Arrogant Wurm, and Elephant Ambush (retrieved by Scrivener). Van de Logt was able to stop Eugene's attackers for a little while by blowing up the Exoskeletal Armor with Floating Shield and discarding Wonder to the Tireless Tribe, but Eugene kept pushing his guys in the Red Zone and van de Logt succumbed.

Harvey 1 – van de Logt 0

Van de Logt, down a game and playing first, dug himself a grave by mulliganing twice. His five-card hand was three land, a Stern Judge, and a Shelter.

Eugene could not capitalize, playing a Seton's Scout as his only creature for the first six turns. Van de Logt forces were not impressive—Stern Judge, Benevolent Bodyguard, and Tireless Tribe—but they were able to attack, and Eugene found himself down to 11 life.

Eugene made a few awkward plays, like casting Grip of Amnesia on his own Simplify and then a Howling Gale with no fliers in play, just to get threshold so his Scout would grow to 4/3. Harvey's attempt at Treacherous Vampire (one of two black spells in his deck) was nailed with a Rites of Refusal, but he did get a Wormfang Drake into play to stop Tom from attacking.

But Eugene's one swamp was enough to keep Stern Judge busy, and Eugene's like fell in one-point ticks until he conceded, having drawn no good offensive cards.

Harvey 1 – van de Logt 1

Tom started off with two 1/1 beaters—Tireless Tribe and Benevolent Bodyguard—and had the Rites of Refusal for Eugene's first play, a mid-attack Elephant Ambush. Eugene was down to 15 when his first creature hit the table, Arrogant Wurm. A Peek showed the coast was clear for Treacherous Vampire on his next turn, and suddenly van de Logt was on the losing end. He kept drawing land, land, land, and Eugene drew a Scrivener and was able to make an Ambush token. Benevolent Bodyguard and Tireless Tribe were not enough for van de Logt.

Final Result: Harvey 2 – van de Logt 1

Worlds 2002 (Booster Draft): Green/Blue/Black
Eugene Harvey
View a sample hand of this deck

Main Deck

40 cards

Forest
Island
Swamp

17 lands


Aquamoeba
Arrogant Wurm
Forcemage Advocate
Harvester Druid
Krosan Constrictor
Nantuko Tracer
Scrivener
Seton's Scout
Treacherous Vampire
Wild Mongrel
Wormfang Drake

11 creatures
Aether Burst
Chatter of the Squirrel
Churning Eddy
Elephant Ambush
Exoskeletal Armor
Far Wanderings
Grip of Amnesia
Howling Gale
Peek
Refresh
Sickening Dreams
Sudden Strength

12 other spells
Worlds 2002 (Booster Draft): Blue/White
Tom van de Logt
View a sample hand of this deck

Main Deck

40 cards

Island
10  Plains

17 lands


Ancestor's Chosen
Aven Cloudchaser
Battlewise Aven
Benevolent Bodyguard
Blessed Orator
Hallowed Healer
Mystic Familiar
Scalpelexis
Stern Judge
Teroh's Faithful
Tireless Tribe
Wonder

15 creatures
Deep Analysis
Floating Shield
Predict
Prismatic Strands
Rites of Refusal
Shelter

8 other spells


Aaron Forsythe was a professional Magic player and Internet columnist prior to leaving Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to join Wizards of the Coast. His first duty here was Content Manager of this very website, a job that required him to do actual work as opposed to playing games all the time. So when a position opened in R&D, he jumped at the chance. He is now director of Magic R&D, and still plays Magic in his free time when he's not busy playing Magic.



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