European Championship Recap

Posted in Event Coverage on June 30, 2002

By Rui Oliveira

It ended the same way a lot of Standard games have ended in the last few months: a huge Psychatog cruising through an Upheaval-swept table. In the last day of this Standard format, and despite all its naysayers, Mr. Teeth took yet another title. With the best Magic player looking over his shoulder the entire time David Brucker did not waver through the long games: he knew his deck would pull him through.

First he took down the Swedish champion Anton Jonsson (who you might know from his Pro Tour results). In the other tables, local favourite Victor van den Broek—from The Netherlands obviously—defeated Denmark's Svend Geertsen, Christophe Haim won the "all-French" table against Amiel Tenebaum and Marco Lombardi got past the other German, Roland Bode.

The buzz going around the room right before the semi-finals wasn't about the match-ups. It was more about the upcoming World Cup finals. Still they had time to start the matches before we stopped for the game.

Perhaps a bit shaken by his national football team result (not performance), Brucker didn't come back as impressive as in had been in the first two games of his match. He had taken those two from Victor van den Broek but stumbled in the next games. In a very dramatic ending he managed to find the perfect answers at the perfect time to take the last game.

So we had one finalist. On the other table Christophe Haim tried what many thought was impossible: defeating Trenches with Green-Blue-Red Madness. Still, the Frenchman found a way to reach the finals.

Things never went Christophe's way in the finals. He had to mulligan almost every game, some kind of curse Brucker seems to give while shuffling according to some, and Brucker's Tog was almost always ready for him.

After four games, still so focused he hardly understood his opponent had just conceded, David Brucker could harldy believe he was the new European champion. It took a few minutes to sink in, and I'm sure he felt especially nice to get the first congratulations from Kai Budde.

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