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Team Round 2: The Netherlands vs. Germany

 

Without a doubt, this is the most important match of the day. The Dutch and German teams were the favorites coming into Worlds, and so far that prediction has come true. After the first round today, Germany is in first and the Dutch are in second. This match will not only put one team further ahead, but will put the other favored team further behind, so it's twice as important. Regardless of the outcome, at least one of these teams is likely to play Sunday, and if that is the case, the Team World Championship may leave North America for the first time and come to Europe.

Budde's Skywing Aven and Aquamoeba came out fast, but Kai missed his fourth land drop. Boeken had Valor to hold off some of the assault, but Kai used Rites of Spring to discard Deep Analysis and fix his mana situation. Both players kept adding to the board, keeping it even. Boeken had Balshan Griffin, and Budde summoned Dreamwinder. Two copies of Lost in Thought slowed down Budde's game a bit, and Ghostly Wings on Aquamoeba didn't happen thanks to a Sonic Seizure that discarded Prismatic Strands. Boeken now had the board slightly to his advantage thanks to Aven Windreader, but it died after Budde dug for Toxic Stench with the help of Breakthrough. Budde then played Arcane Teachings on his Gloomdrifter to achieve board advantage, and cast Standstill. Boeken was forced to break it, and Budde's board advantage combined with an Ancestral Recall proved to be too much.

Schneiders' Phantom Nomad matched Cornelissen's Krosan Avenger, which soon became big thanks to Seton's Desire. Schneiders' Looter went to work, and there wasn't much Cornelissen's blue/green deck could do about it. To make matters worse, his Cephalid Aristocrat and 5/3 Avenger were being held off by Pardic Lancer while Schneiders' Looter provided more of an advantage with each passing turn. Once Wonder hit the graveyard, things went from bad to horrible. From that position, it was easy for Schneiders to take the first game.

Van de Logt's Treacherous Werewolf and Gravegouger seemed threatening until Ziegner brought out Ember Beast and Barbarian Bully. The race was on, and Van de Logt got ahead thanks to Vivify making a land attack along with two 2/2s. Crippling Fatigue then killed Ziegner's Barbarian Bully, leaving his Ember Beast useless. Unfortunately for the World Champion, Ziegner had Violent Eruption, and wiped out both of Van de Logt's creatures. The champ came back with Centaur Veteran, but Ziegner had Dirty Wererat and a graveyard full of options such as Morgue Theft, Crippling Fatigue and Lava Dart. A few turns later, and it was off to Game 2.

So far, the Germans were up 3-0 in games.

Schneiders had Battle Screech in Game 2, but it was less impressive thanks to Cornelissen's Psionic Gifted Squirrel. Chainflinger took care of that problem before it killed off too many birds, but Cornelissen had Scalpelexis to make things somewhat scary. Still, the Dutchman was at seven life points, and Schneiders had a full, aggressive board. Scalpelexis tried to outrace the German, but a threshold Chainflinger took the first match for Germany.

Ziegner had a strong start Game 2 with second turn Boneyard Slasher, third turn Ember Beast. Van de Logt played Dusk Imp, and it traded with the Slasher. Ziegner then played Whispering Shade to help his Ember Beast keep attacking, and it would have been dominating if not for Van de Logt's Crippling Fatigue. Regardless, Ziegner had Pardic Firecat and kept the pressure on. Van de Logt tried to slow things down with Twigwalker but Ziegner had Toxic Stench, Just when things started to look bad, Van de Logt turned the game around with Faceless Butcher. Ziegner went to the empty air with Soul Scourge, so Van de Logt flashed back Crippling Fatigue to kill it. Centaur Veteran improved Van de Logt's side as he started to stabilize, but Pyromania dealt the final four points of damage to finish off the job in time and take the win for the Germans.

Budde's opening draw for Game 2 had all four colors of mana he needed, thanks in part to Mossfire Valley. Boeken wasn't looking back either, thanks to a pair of Skywing Avens. Rites of Spring and Breakthrough got Budde to threshold very easily, which made his Anurid Barkripper and Krosan Restorer much better. Adding to Budde's offense was a Wormfang Turtle with Ghostly Wings. Bomb Squad made things even better, but Boeken had Churning Eddy to bounce back the Turtle that had been holding back his flying army. This allowed him to come through the air, and head to a third game that would count for tiebreakers.

Budde's Aquamoeba traded with Boeken's Mystic Familiar when Kai discarded two cards, which puzzled Boeken until Budde played Standstill. Boeken was forced to break it with Cephalid Looter, and Budde played Rites of Spring for three, followed by Ghostly Wings on Aquamoeba. Boeken came back with Resilient Wanderer, and Budde dropped Bomb Squad. Skywing Aven made Boeken's side impressive, but if he didn't find a way to deal with Bomb Squad soon he was going to lose. Mirror Wall was countered with Rites of Refusal, giving Budde threshold and making his Barkripper 4/4. The resulting attack saw Budde discard a card to Aquamoeba to deal eight damage total, and Bomb Squad finished off the Looter to deal another four. From there it was just a matter of time, and it was a 3-0 sweep for Germany.

2002 Worlds Team Rochester: Red/Black
Mark Ziegner, Germany "A" Seat
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Main Deck

40 cards

Mountain
Swamp

17 lands


Barbarian Bully
Boneshard Slasher
Dirty Wererat
Ember Beast
Gloomdrifter
Mad Dog
Mesmeric Fiend
Pardic Firecat
Pardic Lancer
Soul Scourge
Whispering Shade

14 creatures
Browbeat
Crippling Fatigue
Last Rites
Lava Dart
Morbid Hunger
Morgue Theft
Pyromania
Toxic Stench
Violent Eruption

9 other spells
2002 Worlds Team Rochester: Green/Blue/Red/Black
Kai Budde, Germany "B" Seat
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Main Deck

40 cards

Forest
Island
Mossfire Valley
Mountain
Seafloor Debris
Swamp

17 lands


Anurid Barkripper
Aquamoeba
Aven Fogbringer
Bomb Squad
Dreamwinder
Gloomdrifter
Harvester Druid
Krosan Restorer
Nullmage Advocate
Rabid Elephant
Skywing Aven
Wormfang Turtle

13 creatures
Arcane Teachings
Breakthrough
Deep Analysis
Ghostly Wings
Liquify
Rites of Refusal
Rites of Spring
Standstill
Thermal Blast
Toxic Stench

10 other spells
2002 Worlds Team Rochester: Blue/Red/White
Felix Schneiders, Germany "C" Seat
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Main Deck

40 cards

Island
Mountain
Plains

18 lands


Angelic Wall
Aven Flock
Cephalid Looter
Chainflinger
Militant Monk
Mystic Zealot
Pardic Lancer
Petravark
Phantom Flock
Phantom Nomad
Scrivener
Suntail Hawk
Valor
Wonder

16 creatures
Battle Screech
Fiery Temper
Shelter
Sonic Seizure
Strength of Isolation

6 other spells
2002 Worlds Team Rochester: Green/Red/Black
Tom Van de Logt, Netherlands "A" Seat
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Main Deck

40 cards

Forest
Mountain
Swamp
Tainted Peak
Tainted Wood
Timberland Ruins

18 lands


Basking Rootwalla
Centaur Veteran
Cursed Monstrosity
Dusk Imp
Faceless Butcher
Gravedigger
Gravegouger
Krosan Archer
Nantuko Calmer
Organ Grinder
Stone-Tongue Basilisk
Treacherous Werewolf
Twigwalker
Werebear

16 creatures
Arcane Teachings
Crippling Fatigue
Elephant Guide
Thermal Blast
Vivify
Waste Away

6 other spells
2002 Worlds Team Rochester: Blue/Red/White
Noah Boeken, Netherlands "B" Seat
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Main Deck

40 cards

Island
Mountain
Plains

17 lands


Aquamoeba
Aven Windreader
Balshan Griffin
Cephalid Looter
Mirror Wall
Mystic Familiar
Phantom Nomad
Resilient Wanderer
Skywing Aven
Valor
Vigilant Sentry

12 creatures
Churning Eddy
Compulsion
Crackling Club
Guided Strike
Kirtar's Desire
Lost in Thought
Peek
Prismatic Strands
Sonic Seizure
Spelljack

11 other spells
2002 Worlds Team Rochester: Green/Blue/White
Kamiel Cornelissen, Netherlands "C" Seat
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Main Deck

40 cards

Forest
Island
Plains

17 lands


Anurid Barkripper
Anurid Scavenger
Basking Rootwalla
Battlefield Scrounger
Cephalid Aristocrat
Cephalid Sage
Dreamwinder
Krosan Avenger
Nantuko Disciple
Nantuko Tracer
Scalpelexis

11 creatures
Aether Burst
Chatter of the Squirrel
Deep Analysis
Far Wanderings
Floating Shield
Ghostly Wings
Keep Watch
Mental Note
Moment's Peace
Psionic Gift
Seton's Desire
Words of Wisdom

12 other spells


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