Round 8 Feature Match: Erno Ekebom (Finland) - Svend Geertsen (Denmark)

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By Wizards of the Coast

by Sigurd Eskeland

The top table of this round was a match between two Scandinavian players that are no strangers to the Boat. Ekebom finished in the Top 8 here last year, while Geertsen made it to the Top 8 here in '98 and '99. Svend had drafted a green/white deck with 4 tappers. Unfortunately he had to play a couple of suboptimal cards. Erno's deck seemed to be a solid Black/Red deck with good creatures and some removal.

Game 1

Geertsen won the dice roll and choose to go first. He played two Thornscape Apprentices and a Llanowar Cavalry on his three first turns with two Plains and a Forest. Ekebom summoned a Shivan Zombie on turn two and a Vicious Kavu on turn three. Geertsen did not have a fourth land so he cast nothing on his fourth turn, while Ekebom on his turn summoned a Kavu Runner. Ekebom kept casting creatures and tried to attack whenever possible, but was held back by Geertsen's tappers.

On his ninth turn Svend finally drew his fourth land and summoned a Benalish Herald, followed by a Verduran Emissary. Ekebom had an army of creatures out, but his Duskwalker was being held back by Geertsen's Apprentice. The rest of the creatures couldn't really attack because of the Llanowar Cavalry and a Sunscape Apprentice. Svend had also enchanted his Cavalry with a Strength of Unity, making it a 3/6.

Things were starting to look good for Erno when he got a Cinder Shade and a Skizzik into play, with Geertsen on 10 life. But Geertsen topdecked an Obsidian Acolyte, and had an Orim's Touch ready for Ekebom's Scorching Lava, and once again the game was a stale mate.

Ekebom kept drawing lands, while Geertsen summoned a Razorfoot Griffin and started attacking. In the end, Geertsen drew his Armadillo Cloak, enchanted the Griffin, and that was it for Ekebom. He conceded before Svend could do the final four points.

Geertsen 1 - Ekebom 0

Geertsen was smiling and bragging about the quality of his Llanowar Cavalry between the games, while Ekebom shook his head and smiled.

Game 2

Ekebom chose to play first, but had to call a mulligan. Geertsen's hand seemed good, but he only had three Forests and no Plains. He did however have a Nomadic Elf, so he wisely chose to keep the draw. Erno played a turn one Nightscape Apprentice followed by a Viashino Grappler on turn three. Meanwhile Geertsen had played a Nomadic Elf on turn two. On his third turn he played his third Forest and summoned a Thornscape Apprentice. Erno attacked with the Grappler on the following turn. Svend blocked with his Elf, and when Ekebom used his Apprentice to give the Grappler first strike, Geertsen cast Orim's Touch with a white mana he got from the Elf thus saving it.

Geertsen summoned an Obsidian Acolyte on his fourth turn and attacked with the Nomadic Elf and the Apprentice. Ekebom summoned a Duskwalker, a Kavu Aggressor and a Cinder Shade on is next few turns, but they were all held back by Svend's defense that now included a Kavu Climber.

The deciding point of the match came when Geertsen attacked with his Kavu Climber and Ekebom blocked with a 4/4 Cinder Shade and a Viashino Grappler with first strike. But Geertsen cast Aggressive Urge and gave the Climber protection from black thus saving it, while killing the Cinder Shade. After this the match was pretty much over. Ekebom never drew an answer to Geertsen's Acolyte and the match ended in few turns.

Final Result: Geertsen 2 - Ekebom 0

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