Top 8 Draft

Posted in Event Coverage on October 13, 2002

By Wessel Oomens

After 2 days of play we're down to only 8 players. With the likes of Kai Budde (seat 7), Dirk Baberowski (seat 8), Jens Thoren (seat 3), Bob Maher (seat 2) and Florent Jeudon (seat 1) this should be considered being a strong draft. The top 8 is completed with David Linder (seat 6) and Frederik Boberg (seat 4) from Sweden and Jens Krause (first seeded after the swiss) from Germany. Because Krause was seeded first after the swiss he had the choise of which position to be in during the draft. He choose to be in seat 5 which meant that his quarter-final opponent Florent Jeudon would be in first seat. This is considered to be one of the worst positions to be in a rochester draft.

Having said this Florent opens the first bomb of the draft being an Akroma's Vengeance. Bob takes a Krosan Tusker and Jens goes on taking a Gluttonous Zombie.

Pretty soon during the draft colors were divided among the players and they all stayed true to theirs. The highlights of pack 1 were Kai wheeling a Daru Lancer and a Gustcloak Harrier and Jens opening and taking Grinning Demon. Also Kai opened a booster containing Pacifism, Wellwisher, Wirewood Savage and Butcher Orgg (which Bob got as a 4th pick).

The packs opened were pretty powerful so each player was getting a good deck except for Dirk and David who both seemed to struggle a little as they were both u/b and they didn't get their hands on the goods they were hoping for.

After the first 8 packs the colors were divided like this:
Florent: w/b
Bob: r/g
Jens T: w/b
Frederik: u/r
Jens K: g/b
David: u/b
Kai: w/r
Dirk: u/b

This meant that only Bob and Jens Krause were drafting green, which is arguably the best color in the set, so they're looking good. On the other hand, the worst color of the format, blue, was being drafted by 3 players, so they'd better have some good cards in their other color. It was remarkable that the players cooperated really well, almost never hate-drafting a card from the other.

During the second and the third pack not much changed: Bob and Jens Krause even more improved their decks being the only 2 green mages. Kai and Jens Thoren both got some very decent decks as good white cards kept being opened; Jens got a Akroma's Vengeance of his own and Kai got an whole armada of Gustcloak creatures.
Fredrik Boberg and Florent Jeudon were also looking fine but Dirk and David kept on struggling.

In the end both Bob (playing David) and Fredrik (playing Dirk) should be able to win their quarterfinal matches fairly easy. Jens Krause should be able to win his match against Florent as he got so many good green cards. The most exciting match to watch should be Kai against Jens as their decks are quite even.

Prediction: Bob Maher will be GP Copenhagen champion.

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