Finals: Rankko Bongo Wheshiwheshi vs. Ace Ten Off

Posted in Event Coverage on June 8, 2003

By Mark Wraith

Game 1

After some debate about which side of a one-Euro coin was heads and which was tails, Eric won the flip. He was stuck on only two Swamps, but this still allowed him to cast two Goblin Turncoats and a Withered Wretch. Jose sucked up some early beats from the Turncoat as he had Embermage Goblin and didn't want to waste blockers. Eric did find some more land but he needed Plains and drew Swamps, and all of his Turncoats were removed by Embermage Goblin.

Barbero dropped an Anurid Murkdiver, then a second Murkdiver as Eric still only had four Swamps in play. The 4/3 unblockables ended the game in short order.

Jose Barbero 1 – Eric Froehlich 0

Game 2

Eric once again had a second turn Withered Wretch. Jose took two then played Embalmed Brawler, amplifying with Anurid Murkdiver. Eric dropped a Vile Deacon. Jose couldn't remove it, deciding to play Lay Waste on Eric's Swamp instead. Froehlich swung with both and Inspirited the Withered Wretch. Barbero could only play an Embermage Goblin and went to seven from Froehlich's attack. Eric made Prowling Pangolin. "You don't talk so much when I have lands, do you"

Jose used Noxious Ghoul and Embermage Goblin to kill the Vile Deacon, and went to one from the Pangolin. Eric played a Fallen Cleric, and Jose had no way of dealing with the three potential attackers.

Jose Barbero 1 – Eric Froehlich 1

Game 3

Eric played Silver Knight on turn two and a morph on turn three. Jose got through with his morph and summoned Vengeful Dead. Eric also had a Vengeful Dead, and swung again with his other guys, putting Jose down to fourteen.

Barbero gave his Vengeful Dead a Clutch of Undeath, and attacked with that and the morph. Eric traded his dead for the morph, and went down to eleven. Froehlich hung back with a Sanctifier and used it to block the Dead before unmorphing. This knocked him to ten. Jose dropped Anurid Murkdiver. Eric windmill-slammed Visara the Dreadful, but it wasn't enough as Barbero waved a Torrent of Fire at Eric's head, and attacked with the Murkdiver for exactly ten, before leaping out of his seat and jumping on a nearby table.

Final Result: Jose Barbero 2 – Eric Froehlich 1

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