Grudge Match IV Results

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Semi-annually, Neutral Ground and Your Move Games hold a tournament known as the Grudge Match, where players vie over the course of a season of qualifiers to represent their store in a championship, with both pride and a prize of $1,000 on the line. Previously, the New Yorkers owned the Bostoners, with James Bradley crushing Tom Guevin in Grudge Match I, Zvi Mowshowitz showing up Mouth (yes, the same and banned one) at Grudge Match II, and Eric Ziegler beating Billy Di Johnson at Grudge Match III.

For Grudge Match IV, Eric Zielger made the first repeat finals appearance, representing Neutral Ground and New York City against the vengeful forces of Your Move Games and the Bostoners, headed this time by local favorite Paul "Little Darwin" Rietzl. Each showed up with three separate Type Two decks with the restriction that they could not use more than four of any card between the three decks aside from basic land. For instance, if there were four Flametongue Kavus in a player's "A" deck, there could be none in that player's "B" or "C" decks. Before the matches started, each player randomly assigned their decks to be the "A", "B", or "C" deck. In this way they could not jockey for favorable matchups, but instead had to win through play skill.

To make a long story short, Eric successfully defended the crown by winning the very unfavorable matchup of his Psychatog deck versus Paul's red/green beatdown deck match one, and then squeaking out a narrow victory against Trenches with his Braids deck in match two. Their final decks were Ziegler's own red/green deck versus Paul's own Braids deck, but the players opted to not play the final match seeing as how Eric had already won his second consecutive Grudge Match.

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Grudge Match IV "A" Decklist
Eric Ziegler-Neutral Ground

Grudge Match IV "B" Decklist
Eric Ziegler-Neutral Ground

Main Deck

60 cards

Caves of Koilos
City of Brass
14  Swamp
Tainted Field

24 lands

Braids, Cabal Minion
Nantuko Shade
Phyrexian Rager
Ravenous Rats
Shambling Swarm
Spectral Lynx

24 creatures

Chainer's Edict

12 other spells

Aura Blast
Engineered Plague
Phyrexian Arena
Shambling Swarm

15 sideboard cards

Grudge Match IV "C" Decklist
Eric Ziegler-Neutral Ground

Grudge Match IV "A" Deck
Paul "Little Darwin" Rietzl-Your Move Games

Grudge Match IV "B" Deck
Paul "Little Darwin" Rietzl-Your Move Games

Main Deck

61 cards

Adarkar Wastes
Battlefield Forge
Coastal Tower
Shivan Reef
Skycloud Expanse

26 lands

0 creatures

Fact or Fiction
Fire // Ice
Goblin Trenches
Memory Lapse
Prophetic Bolt
Wrath of God

35 other spells

Lightning Angel
Tsabo's Web

15 sideboard cards

Grudge Match IV "C" Deck
Paul "Little Darwin" Rietzl-Your Move Games

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