Pro Tour-Chicago 1999
Round 4 Feature Match
Christian Lührs - Svend Geertsen
Lührs won the die roll and chose to go first. He played an Underground Sea
and said go, prompting Geertsen to wonder what decks ran Underground Seas.
He found out after trying to play a first turn Skyshroud Elite as Lührs cast
Demonic Consultation in response, calling for a Force of Will. Two Force
of Wills were in the first six cards, and Lührs' entire library was removed
from the game except for 13 cards, revealing his deck to be counter-sliver.
On Lührs' turn, he played a Crystalline Sliver, but Geertsen played a
Spectral Bears, which were flown over the following turn as Lührs played
a Winged Sliver. Geertsen then Rancored his bears and played out Quirion
Rangers and an Elvish Lyrist. Lührs played an Acidic Sliver the next turn,
but Geertsen followed up with another Lyrist as well as a Ghazban Ogre. On
his following turn, a Giant Growth on the Rancored bears sealed the game.
Lührs played first, playing a Flood Plains as Geertsen made a face but kept
his hand, dropping a turn 1 Hidden Gibbons, followed by a River Boa, Spectral
Bears, and a Quirion Rangers over the next two turns as Lührs played out
Crystalline, Hibernation, and Winged Slivers, attacking for a couple points
a turn. A Bounty of the Hunt on the River Boa got Lührs down to 4, but at
the end of his turn, he used the Demonic Consultation he'd drawn to start
the game, calling Perish, and then cast it the next turn to take out 6 green
creatures. Being left with nothing but a Vine Dryad in hand that was
countered, Geertsen couldn't stop a pair of 2/2 slivers from finishing him
Geertsen got no land on two consecutive hands, but then kept a five-card
hand with a Land Grant, which was Force of Willed on turn 1. However,
he managed to play a Vine Dryad at the end of Lührs' first turn, drawing
into a land and Rancoring it. Unfortunately for Geertsen, Lührs just had
too smooth of a draw to race with on so few cards, as Geertsen played out
a Crystalline, Muscle, a second Muscle, and finally a Winged Sliver to
whittle him down. Even a Bounty of the Hunt wasn't enough to push the
damage through as Lührs managed to keep blockers back and still punch
through for the last 8 damage on turn 6.