Round 1: Ken Krouner vs Rob Dougherty

Posted in Event Coverage on May 2, 2003

By Toby Wachter

Krouner placed in the Top 8 of Worlds back in Sydney, and is well known for his drafting dilemma articles. His blue/green deck is “Merely the result of being in a testing group with Antonio DeRosa.” Speaking of testing groups, Dougherty is playing the Verdant Succession deck he posted to the StarCity Games website earlier this week. It’s an odd combo deck that can produce infinite mana, infinite creatures, infinite life, and other flashy plays. In fact, he said it was the deck he’d run if he had to play at Regionals. Your Move Games teammates Zvi Mowshowitz and Alex Shvartsman are playing it today as well, and may in fact prove that this deck is for real.

Game 1

Krouner opened with Basking Rootwalla, and Dougherty played Wirewood Hivemaster. Krouner’s curve continued with a Wild Mongrel, and he discarded Wonder to it on the following turn to attack through the air. Dougherty simply played Caller of the Claw to get an insect into play. Llanowar Elves produced another insect, but with Krouner’s army in the air, it didn’t mean much. His team attacked for five, and Aquamoeba came down to hold back Dougherty’s 1/1 team. Birchlore Rangers brought out yet another insect, but it didn’t matter. Krouner discarded Deep Analysis to pump Aquamoeba, flashed it back, and attacked through the air for lethal damage.

Krouner- 1 Dougherty- 0

Game 2

Krouner’s Careful Study put Basking Rootwalla into play and Wonder into the graveyard, and Dougherty missed his second land drop. Krouner had a second turn Aquamoeba, while Dougherty was still lacking another land and discarded Nantuko Husk. He never found a second land, and a Roar token provided more than enough to win the game.

Krouner- 2 Dougherty- 0

Ken Krouner

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Rob Dougherty

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