Stephane: 16th GP Warchau in 2001; 2 times Regional Champ in Normandy; 4 times Nationals contender; best National performance: 29th place. Other mentionables; when you end up 9th place in a PTQ in France, you're named the "Ranche".
Peter: played Worlds 4 times already (best finish 22nd), made top-8 at GP Copenhagen 2000 and went to the Pro Tour 8 times. Peter is well known in Belgium as a all time nice guy and co-owner of the Spacebar in Leuven; hide out for a lot of Belgium/Dutch players when testing for a Pro Tour. One of the other owners of the Spacebar was 3rd at the first World Championships; Dominique Symens. Old School players for sure...
Peter just has Tree of Tales and passes turn.
First excitement is a Turn to Dust from Peters side on the Scimitar. Stephane answers with anther land and does absolutely nothing. You kind of miss the morph era...
Peter makes the first attempt to make a difference in lifetotals and attacks with the Alpha Myr. Stephane does nothing, because he thinks he can make better use of the Goblin Replica with some mana untapped, so he goes to 18. In his next turn he just drops another land en passes turn.
In Stephans next turn, the Cathodion gets burned and Peter has to take some damage, because there is nothing much to do with the extra mana. What a waste of perfectly good mana...
Stephane can only make a Cathodion on his turn.
After the next combat steps, Stephane finds himself at 6 life and facing a big threat. He cannot make an attack and passes turn, so Peter stays at 15.
Peter equips the Gauntlets to the Exile and attacks with both the Exile and the Warwagon; Frogmite and Stalking Stones chump during the attack, but kill the Warwagon in the process. The Gauntlets are being given to the Myr left on Peters side to give the Exile a chance to untap on the next turn, but it leaves Peter completely tapped out.
Stephane makes a Triskelion that shoots the Exile immediatly and the Exile dies a horrible death not being able to regenerate now.
Peters mana Myr does not untap, but a Vulshok Berserker delivers 3 damage to Stephane and brings him to 3.
Stephane makes Auriok Transfixer and Iron Myr, while Trikelion does 1 damage in the attack. Also a Myr Reriever comes to make the most of Stephanes defense. But Peters turn gives him Tel-Jilad Archers; scary 2/4 body with protection from artifacts...
In the next couple of alpha strikes, the Archers and the Gauntlets decide it in Peters favour and it's time to sideboard for everybody except me and Stephane.
Peter has a lot of sideboard plans and gets rid of a lot of very bad cards from his maindeck. A complete new color (blue) makes its way to the table as a Krark-Clan Shaman, Alpha Myr, Malachite Golem, Incite War and Farsight Mask (huh?) make way for better cards like Regress (twice), Quicksilver Elemental and Neurok Spy amongst others.
Peter 1 - Stephane 0
Stephane chooses to start again and starts with a mulligan. Peter keeps.
Spellbomb makes sure the fake Goblin won't do some serious damage to the mana Myr. The reason behind plan becomes clear when Peter fails to play a land and just makes an Iron Myr.
Stephane wished he could play the Triskelion again, but has to settle for Skyhunter Patrol. Peter gets a Cathodion on his next turn, so despite the unstable mana build up, he can still attack on his next turn when Stephane does nothing about the board.
And except for attacking for 2 with the Skyhunter, nothing happens indeed.
Peter serves with Cathodion and plays the Archers again after topdecking a forest. Stephane plays another land and sits behind his 6 lands and Skyhunter. He is not doing nothing, because the land played is Stalking Stones, so he might be able to activate it when he survives the next attack Peter has in store for him.
Peters Army serves for 5 and Stephane activates Stalking Stones end of turn, but not after Peter played the Vulshok Battlegear. Triskelion is Stephane's next plan. Although he mulliganed Stalking Stones are left untapped.
Cathodion dies and brings Peter down to 14 because of the manaburn.
Stephane uses his turn to enjoy the weather in Lyon, because he plays no spells, does not attack with the Skyhunter and leaves his 7 mana open. He has two cards in hand though. Peter is not the man to take any risks and plays only a Neurok Spy on his next turn.
On his next turn, Stephane makes some equipment to make his Skyhunter a little more impressive; Bonesplitter. The Skyhunter uses that renewed faith to bash Peter to 10, but now Stalking Stones is the only creature holding the fortress. He gets Bonesplitter after attack though.
Peter attacks with Neurok Spy, Myr Enforcer and the Archers and the Enforcer trades with the Stones. Stephane is at 8 now, but faces a lot of damage if he cannot bring some more creatures to the table to help out the Skyhunter. His deck fails him, because on his own turn, Stephane can only equip his Skyhunter again and makes no attempt to beat Peter any more.
Stephane draws, but fails to topdeck a removal spell to deal with the Spy.
That makes Peter the winner.
Peter Gysemans 2 - Stephane Manaranche 0