Team Finals: Tomi Walamies vs. Joshua Wagener

Posted in Event Coverage on August 10, 2003

By Toby Wachter

Last year, the U.S. team didn't win the team competition at Worlds for the second time. After a brilliant comeback in the Team Rochester Draft portion of the event, Harvey, Franz and Ranks earned a spot in the finals, only to lose to the Germans. It was a disappointment for the Americans, who had traditionally dominated this event. Immediately, talk switched to coming into Worlds in Berlin the following year, and taking back the title. So far, Wagener, Walls and Gary have reached the same spot as last year's team, with one match away from them and the title. Would the Americans come so close only to settle for second place once again, or would the tradition of dominance continue?

Game 1

Gary (shouting across the stage)- "We've got a mulligan over here!"
Walls (even louder)- "Is it you?"
Gary- "Nope!"
Walamies (shakes his head)- "...Americans."

Walamies had a turn two Goblin Turncoat, and Wagener summoned Embalmed Brawler, revealing Smokespew Invoker. Walamies played his own Brawler, revealing yet another one. Wagener summoned the Invoker, and took a hit from Walamies' Brawler. A second Brawler joined the Finn's side of the table, this time revealing Anurid Murkdiver. Wagener had nothing but lands at this point, which meant that eventually he'd be able to kill off all of Walamies' creatures with his Invoker, if he could draw creatures and survive that long. Still, it wasn't a good position to be in, since he was already far behind in tempo. Walamies attacked and traded Brawlers, then played a morph.

Wagener drew and played Twisted Abomination, while Walamies summoned his Murkdiver. Wagener was now at ten, and played a Shepherd of Rot, which wouldn't do much except chump block or trade with the Turncoat. Walamies flipped over his morph to reveal Echo Tracer, sending Twisted Abomination back. He attacked with all his creatures, and the resulting attack brought Wagener down to four. The American had no answer to the Murkdiver, and revealed the excess lands sitting in his hand.

Walamies- 1 Wagener- 0

Game 2

Wagener mulliganed his opening hand. Walamies started with Carrion Feeder, and Wagener summoned Smokespew Invoker, which blocked and traded with the Feeder. Walamies played a morph, and Wagener had another Smokespew. The morph attacked and was not blocked, then flipped over to reveal Haunted Cadaver. Wagener lost his three card hand, which contained Gempalm Polluter, Reaping the Graves and a swamp. Walamies played a morph, and despite losing his hand, Wagener was still very much in the game thanks to drawing Corpse Harvester.

Walamies tapped out for Twisted Abomination, and Wagener decided to attack through with the Invoker for three damage. Interestingly, he sacrificed the Invoker to the Harvester right after, getting Shepherd of Rot and playing it. Walamies attacked with the Abomination and morph and the Shepherd did not chump block, bringing Wagener down to ten. Echo Tracer bounced the Harvester and Blackmail forced it out of Wagener's hand, getting a huge cheer out of the crowd, as the U.S. Champion simply looked at his teammates and shrugged.

Final Result: Walamies- 2 Wagener- 0

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