Semifinals: Gabriel Tsang vs. Matthew Schempp

Posted in Event Coverage on September 8, 2002

By Eric Taylor

Game 1

Tsang won the die roll and used Quiet Speculation on turn 2 to throw some Roar of the Wurms and a Deep Analysis into the graveyard. Schempp used Krosan Reclamation to stuff the Roars back into the deck, while attacking with the little Tireless Tribe. Tsang cast a Catalyst Stone, used another Quiet Speculation, stuffing more Roar of the Wurms in his graveyard, while Schempp was only able to make a Phantom Centaur. When Gabe attacked, Schempp was able to kill one Roar token with Sylvan might but two more Roar tokens remained when Gabe flashed them back. The life scores went from 14-4 in Schemp's favor to 2-4 in Gabe's favor after the giant wurm tokens attacked. Schempp counter attacked with all of his creatures, but Gabe cast a Moment's Peace he had been holding, and Schempp extended the hand in a concession for game 1. It was a brutal beating.

Tsang's most valuable card this game had to be the Catalyst Stone which not only made his Wurms cost only two mana, it also kept Schempp from flashing back his Krosan Reclamation or his Sylvan might.

1-0 advantage Tsang

This game Schemp went first, but Tsang played the first creature: a Basking Rootwalla. Tsang again used Quiet Speculation to get two Roar of the Wurms and Deep Analysis, while Schempp missed a land drop. Schemp was able to put two of the Roars back in the deck with Krosan Reclamation, but Tsang had another Quiet speculation, and by the time Schemp was able to get to land number three and cast his Anurid Brushhopper it was staring at three Roar tokens. When Tsang attacked, Schemp was able to block and keep his men alive by pitching Glory and giving them protection from green, but the next attack would kill Schempp.

Schempp untapped and counted his hand, then attacked with everything. Gabe looked at Schempp, his eyes bugging out, and asked how many cards he had, but then he relaxed back in the chair when he realized it was just a bluff. "I thought I counted right," he said, as Schempp threw down the cards with a smile and extended the hand in a match concession.

Final Result: 2-0 Tsang

Gab Tsang

Creature (12)
4 Wonder 4 Basking Rootwalla 4 Wild Mongrel
Artifact (4)
4 Catalyst Stone
Land (23)
13 Island 10 Forest
60 Cards

Matthew Schempp

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