Australian Grinder Breakdown

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By Liam Coltman

Grinder 1 - Sealed Deck

Merlyn Evans:

In what now seems to be a typical build for the format Evans built a B/U/r deck that featured standout cards such as Crosis, the Purger and Reckless Spite plus an incredibly strong common set including Cavern Harpy, Hunting Drake and Kavu Beatdown.

Simon Henry:

Using Green as his main colour, Henry built a G/R/b deck that centered around dropping fat creatures and clearing the way with removal such as Plague Spores, Magma Burst, Smoldering Tar and Terminate.

Thomas Haddy:

Haddy opted for a G/B/r deck, which just like Henry's, was full of powerful removal such as Smoldering Tar, Plague Spores, Agonizing Demise and Magma Burst. Coupled with a Blazing Specter and good beatdown creatures Haddy breezed into the Top 4.

Glenn Papst:

With his B/U/r deck, Papst made use of large amounts of good spells such as Fact or Fiction, Probe, NightScape Master, Repulse and Rushing River. This backed up by a little removal in Terminate and Magma Burst and a strong creature base earned him the final spot.

Grinder 2 - Type 2

Daniel Prasnikar

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Andrew Grain

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Sorcery (3)
3 Wash Out
Instant (17)
2 Daze 4 Foil 3 Gush 4 Opt 4 Thwart
Artifact (5)
4 Chimeric Idol 1 Sky Diamond
Enchantment (2)
2 Rising Waters
Land (21)
21 Island
60 Cards
Sideboard (15)
1 Rising Waters 3 Chill 3 Glacial Wall 4 Submerge 4 Withdraw

Euidio DeGois

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Sorcery (1)
1 Ghitu Fire
Instant (2)
2 Scorching Lava
Enchantment (8)
4 Fires of Yavimaya 4 Saproling Burst
Other (3)
3 Chimeric Idols
60 Cards
Sideboard (15)
2 Scorching Lava 3 Assault/Battery 2 Blood Oath 1 Destructive Flow 2 Hull Breach 2 Kavu Chameleon 3 Tangle

Nik Smith

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Grinder 3 - Sealed Deck

Sven Restel:

Another B/U/R deck finds its way into the top 4 in typical fashion, with Flametongue Kavu, Terminate, Smoldering Tar, Tribal Flames and Scorching Lava as removal. With the fast beatdown creatures and late game control of Cavern Harpy.

Jim Bandas:

Breaking the mold a little, Bandas chose to play a U/W/b deck that splashed for Agonizing Demise and Flying Hill Giants. His main power came from fast efficient protection from red and black creatures, and other cheap weenies.

Peter Maylott:

Playing B/R/g splashing for small amounts of Kavu beat down. With no real power cards other than Reckless Spite Maylott and Bandas proved that you can win a game before the other deck has the time to draw into its power cards.

Hieu Pham:

With B/U/r splashing for a single Magma Burst, Pham primarily used beatdown backed up with blue bounce to make his way through to the 2001 Australian Nationals.

Grinder 4 - Type 2

Sam Speller

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Michael Gratnick

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Stephen Wood

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Sideboard (1)
1 Invalid Sideboard

Leigh Hughes

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Sealed Breakdown:
4 B/R/U
3 B/R/G
1 U/W/B
Type 2 Breakdown
3 Fires
1 Skies
2 Nether-Haups
1 Ponza
1 Nether-Go

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