Quarterfinals - Felix Schneiders (Ger) versus David Linder (Swe)

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Before the match both players were discussing airline fares since their top 8 here in Warsaw means they will be playing in New Orleans in November. Felix Schneiders is sporting a B/U/r control deck with Nightscape Familiars as its only creatures to cruise through the Swiss portion of the tournament. Qualifying was actually Felix's goal for this Grand Prix, so he was obviously pretty happy to make top 8. For David, who was still building his R/G deck on Saturday morning and who is said to virtually do no testing for this tournament, his accomplishment might have come as a surprise.

Both players met before in round 13, where David's beatdown was too much for Felix.

Game One

David won the die roll and after both players decided to keep their opening hands, he started out strong with a Yavimaya Barbarian and a Raging Kavu, which met the hot end of a Fire/Ice. The next turn David played a kicked Thornscape Battlemage, which Felix was unable to counter due to the amount of taplands he was drawing. He did however Rage the Barbarian.

David attacked the German again on turn five down to ten when the Battlemage met an end of turn Malice. A Penumbra Bobcat was Undermined, a Blurred Mongoose resolved a turn later and Felix Prophetic Bolted the Swede to search for an to answer to it. Void resolved the next main phase and revealed two Ghitu Fires and a Flametongue. The first Ghitu Fire brought Felix to three, the second one was Undermined. Another Battlemage put Felix on 1, but a Fire took care of him. When a Flametongue resolved he had to concede to the power of Keldon Necropolis.

Felix Schneiders 0 - David Linder 1

Game Two

In the second game, Felix was, after a mulligan, definitely the beatdown with a strike team composed of two Nightscape Familiars and an Emblazened Golem. After Firing away a bear-sized Kavu Titan the only thing David could produce was a Planeswalker's Fury, which was rather unimpressive at the moment. A Penumbra Bobcat tag-team could only halt the assault, and an Undermined Kavu Titan didn't help much either.

But then things started to change... The 3/4 Golem was Ghitu Fired and a Skizzik resolved and commenced to beat down. A second Skizzik was played, but met a topdecked Undermine, bringing David to three, while Felix went to ten. With both players at three the next turn, David tried to burn Felix with a second Ghitu Fire, which was again Undermined, again off the top.

Felix Schneiders 1 - David Linder 1

Game Three

The final game was rather anti-climatic, as Felix, after thinking for a while, mulliganed a hand with three dead cards (two Fact or Fiction and a Yawgmoth's Agenda) into a hand with... three dead cards. Unfortunately, this second had one land less, which started to show when missed his third land drop. He did however match his opponents Blurred Mongoose with an unkicked Emblazened Golem, which caused a stare-down for some turns, until a Skizzik came through and finished the struggling German off.

Felix Schneiders 1 - David Linder 2