Round 11: Kai Budde vs. Noah Boeken

Posted in Event Coverage on August 15, 2002

By Toby Wachter

Even under normal circumstances, a feature match between these two is interesting, but seeing as how this is Worlds, there's an added element. Kai is the German National Champion, and Boeken is on the Dutch team. Both teams were heavily favored to take it all coming into this event, and this match will give one team some extra help towards the Finals stage on Sunday.

Game 1

Budde's Frightcrawler was matched by Boeken's Militant Monk. Last Rites for two saw Budde exchange two lands for Spirit Carin and Cagemail. Peek showed Boeken Budde's Looter, which explained why the German stripped away Spirit Carin. Pardic Collaborator provided a significant threat for Budde, and Boeken had a powerful spell of his own in Battle Screech, which was flashed back immediately to make four birds. Budde attacked with the Collaborator and Frightcralwer for five damage, and summoned Cephalid Looter. Boeken attacked back for six and told Kai "This next card, you're going to love it" and played Commander Eesha. Budde simply responded with a confident "Cool." Repel sent the Commander back to Boeken's library, and the Collaborator and Frightcrawler attacked once again. Mesmeric Fiend revealed Boeken's hand, and Budde scooped facing down a massive aerial army.

Boeken- "Blue/black doesn't like squirrels. What about flying squirrels?"

Budde- 0 Boeken- 1

Game 2

Budde dropped a first turn Mossfire Egg, and Boeken played Benevolent Bodyguard. Toxic Stench killed the Bodyguard, and Boeken cast Aquamoeba and a Phantatog. Aven Fogbringer provided Budde with some tempo advantage, and Spirit Carin gave Boeken a great card to go along with his discard-ready creatures. Repel sent back Phantatog, while the Fogbringer smashed for two. Aquamoeba attacked for three, as Boeken discarded Valor and made a Spirit token along the way. Budde played Wormfang Crab, which removed his Fogbringer. Budde's Looter wasn't nearly as good as it usually is due to Boeken's Carin, and Eesha made a second appearance to make the board even more lopsided. Vigilant Sentry threatened to make things even rougher once Boeken got threshold.

Boeken pitched away a Militank Monk to make a bird, and attacked with his whole team on the following turn. Budde had a second Repel for Eesha, but it didn't matter, as Boeken's birds finished up the game a turn later.

Final Result: Budde- 0 Boeken- 2

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