Round 6 Feature Match: Farid Meraghni vs. Olivier Ruel

Posted in Event Coverage on May 29, 2004

By Wessel Oomens

Both players have 13 points going into this round and don't need any introduction. Recently both players were in the top 8 of Pro Tour Amsterdam.

Game 1

Farid starts off with a mulligan but still manages turn 2 and 3 Silver Knights. Olivier has a morph on his second turn thanks to Birds of Paradise. When Farid declares attackers Olivier tries to convince Farid that his morph is a Zombie Cuthroat. Farid doesn't buy it though and still attacks.

Things start to look bad for Farid as he stalls on 3 lands while Olivier develops his mana with 2 Solemn Simulacrums and unmorphs a Bane of the Living (x=0) end of turn. Some turns later Farid still hasn't drawn his 4th land for the Wrath of God he's holding so on to game 2.

1-0 Olivier

Game 2 Farid started with a turn 2 Talisman although he's holding a pair of Silver Knights as well. His plan is to first play a Wrath of God to clear Olivier's board and then play the Knights. He gets punished for that as Olivier plays a turn 3 Persecute naming white. This removes Farid's entire hand except for an Island. As if this wasn't enough Olivier drew 5 cards 2 turns later with double Skullclamp and a Solemn Simulacrum. Down in lands, creatures and with no cards in hand Farid is forced to concede to his fellow countryman and friend.

Olivier Ruel beats Farid Merahgni 2-0

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