Manuel Bucher vs. Marco Cirigliano
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Things did not start well for the young Swiss. He had to take a mulligan and Marco took the time to tell the Italian support crew to lower the noise level.
A first turn Cloudpost, second turn Sylvan Scrying for a second Cloudpost promised a quick trip to the "expensive spells" zone for Bucher. They played "land go" like true professionals for a few more turns until Cirigliano missed his fifth. That forced him to discard.
Like a true killer Bucher went for the throat, playing Eternal Witness to recover Sylvan Scrying. Condescend forced the Swiss to tap out for the Scrying and Marco pushed two bad cards (i.e. not land) to the end of the deck.
Still stuck at four he played a main phase Thirst for Knowledge, discarding Crystal Shard and getting his fifth land. The first Witness attacked and a second one showed up to give the Scrying another turn in the stack.
Solemn Simulacrum gave Marco one more land and generated a stack battle. Two Tel-Jilad Justices and a Echoing Truth later Thoren was gone. Bucher brought forth the pain dropping Cirigliano to eight before trying a Tooth and Nail with entwine.
The Italian stared at his hand and started laughing.
Manuel 1-0 Marco.
They both kept their hands and again Bucher had turn one Cloudpost. They didn't blink until turn four when Bucher played Sylvan Scrying with mana for the Condescend. Cirigliano used the counter away just to scry ahead.
The alarms went of when despite this the Italian missed his fourth land drop but he got it a turn later. By then Bucher had seven mana. Things were about to get tricky.
As a strange omen the bells on a nearby church began to toll away.
Bucher tried Mindslaver and Marco cirigliano smiled. Although he had Lost Word he seemed not to be very interested in using it. Finally he decided he had to. This tapped him out. Obviously Manuel Bucher unleashed an entwined Tooth and Nail.
Marco Bucher, and his curiously named deck ("Witney's Beers") takes Grand Prix Zurich 2004!