By Jamie Lynn
Bronwyn Bruce is one of the few ladies who made it out to Grand Prix Sydney. She has no byes and is doing extremely well with Sligh. Bronwyn started this round with a record of 4-2 and is hoping to go home with some of the under 1700 ranking prize money, as well as the regular pay out. Don't let all of this fool you, she's not another clueless girl. In round four she beat Rob Dougherty of Your Move Games and even has her own store called Card Heaven in Melbourne.
Bronwyn was playing Norway's only representative, Torbjorn Helvik. Torbjorn came 12th in Grand Prix Stockholm and sixth at the 1999 Norwegian Nationals and was playing Tradewind Survival. Torbjorn was extremely tired since the Grand Prix Trial last night started at 7pm and didn't finish until 6:30 this morning. Fortunately for Torbjorn it wasn't in vain, he won the Trial and received three byes for today.
Bronwyn started the first game with Cursed Scroll that laid on the table unused the entire game. Torbjorn played a first turn Birds of Paradise. Bronwyn then informed Torbjorn that she was going to Shock his "budgie" and Wasteland his Tropical Island. Torbjorn Land Granted and played a Wall of Roots which pretty much stopped Bronwyn before she could get started. She never drew her second land and the game was conceded on turn nine when Torbjorn had two Wall of Roots, Llanowar Elves, Quirion Ranger, and Tradewind Rider all in play.
Game two was also over quite fast due to mana problems, this time on Torbjorn's side. Bronwyn started the onslaught with a first turn Jackal Pup followed by two Mogg Fanatics and a Seal of Fire. That was all it took for Torbjorn to concede, as he never drew a Forest or a third Island.
Torbjorn started with an Island and Land Grant. Bronwyn started with first, second, and third turns Jackal Pup. Torbjorn played a Wall of Blossoms that shut down only one of the three Jackal Pups. However, he then played Survival of the Fittest that enabled him to get three Wall of Roots in play that shut down her entire army of Jackal Pups. He continued on to play two Birds of Paradise, Quirion Ranger and Masticore. Bronwyn's only chance was for her handful of Incinerates and Fireblasts, which equaled 12 points of damage, to get through. Torbjorn was at 10 life and Counterspelled one of the Fireblasts and one of the Incinerates. That was game.
2-1 Torbjorn Helvik