Gateway Finals: vs. Metagames

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More than a caricature than a human being, Peter Szigeti hasn't enjoyed the success of some of his Magic Colony compatriots. However, he's one win away from the Masters Series, thanks partly to his teammates Brian Hegstad and Phil Freneau. Standing in their way is Metagames, who established themselves at Pro Tour - New York in the shadow of Les Plus Class. They are three of France's strongest players, Wilfried Ranque, Franck Canu and Raphael Levy. Though the draft favored Metagames (particularly a pack that gave them Overrun AND Kamahl), both teams are confident that they can win it.

The Levy-Szigeti match was the first out of the gates. Szigeti tried early pressure, but he was completely shut down by a pair of Pilgrims of Justice. He contented himself in the meantime making squirrels with Acorn Harvest.

Ranque had the better of Hegstad in the early going, clearing a path for his Anurid Scavenger and Centaur Chieftan with Sonic Seizure and Thermal Blast. Hegstad bided his time, holding Persuasion. Freneau was also laying in wait. He had Mutilate in hand and passed his fifth turn without making a play. Canu refused to commit more than Gravegouger and Diligent Farmhand.

Hegstad didn't wait long to unleash his master plan, taking the Cheiftain and using Crypt Creeper to send the Scavenger packing. Freneau also went for it, dropping Roar of the Wurm and then clearing the board with Mutilate. Unfortunately, Canu came right back with Faceless Butcher and Springing Tiger.

Szigeti's ground was completely locked up, and he couldn't answer Levy's two fliers, and succumbed. Hegstad's victory soon evened things up. Freneau struggled to deal with Canu's offence. His Master Apothecary was trumped by Krosan Constrictor, Krosan Archer and Cabal Torturer.

Szigeti moved to Game 2, and finally his offence seemd to hit its stride, first Springing Tiger and then Centaur Chieftan. This last he traded along with Sonic Seizure and a land to get rid of Patrol Hound and Mystic Zealot.

Hegstad continue to show up Ranque, using Broker to its fullest extend and answering a Beast Attack with Persuasion and Repel. He started to take huge chunks out of Ranque's life total.

Freneau, getting desperate, and tapped out for Chainer. Canu untapped and played Overrun. The Equal Treatment in Freneau's hand (maindecked specifically to fight Overrun, mind you) mocked him. He blocked as best as he could, but lost everything, while Canu kept his Tiger and Constrictor.

By the time Ranque had drawn his Kamahl, Hegstad had smashed him to eight and had a thresholded Dirty Wererat on deck. Szigeti and Levy continued to build up forces, but neither could make a move. Meanwhile, Freneau had dealt with both Constrictor and Tiger, but couldn't handle Metamorphic Wurm and Whispering Shade.

Szigeti's last hope was to cast Flash of Defiance and follow it up with Rites of Initiation for the win. He cast the Flash, and Levy used his Looter to find Liquify. Szigeti was understandably upset. But CCGHouse wasn't behind for long. Though Ranque had managed to topdeck first Gravedigger and Refresh to keep his Kamahl on the table, then Anurid Scavenger to hold off the Wererat, Hegstad wasn't to be denied. He played out Organ Grinder and Frightcrawler. The 'Crawler lived, and attacked Ranque to one. Morbid Hunger finished the job.

So it all came down to Freneau and Canu. Canu was smiling. His Nantuko Elder had dropped Carrion Wurm into play on turn four. Freneau made Chainer thanks to Millikin, then reanimated the Zealot it had milled. He double blocked the Wurm. Canu played Muscle Burst.

Gravedigger got Chainer back for an encore, but when he blocked the Elder he fell to Cabal Torturer and Afflict. That seemed to be the end, but Freneau drew into Second Thoughts for the Carrion Wurm, giving him the go-ahead to Mutilate away the board. He followed that up with Roar of the Wurm, and suddenly he didn't seem so hopeless.

Canu was ready with Faceless Butcher, but couldn't answer the second Wurm. Freneau's three life meant he couldn't attack. He drew Sadistic Hypnotist and sacrificed it to strip Canu's hand. It included Overrun, which Canu chose not to use for fear of tricks.

And then, right off the top, Canu peeled Whispering Shade! Freneau looked at his next card, then scooped up his cards, giving the win and Masters Berth to Metagames!

Final Result: Metagames defeats

Brian Hegstad
Team “A” deck, PT Osaka Masters Gateway Finals

Main Deck Sideboard
1 Cephalid Broker 1 Scrivener 1 Thought Eater 1 Crypt Creeper 1 Dirty Wererat 1 Filthy Cur 1 Frightcrawler 1 Cephalid Sage 2 Hydromorph Guardian 2 Skywing Aven 1 Gravegouger 1 Organ Grinder 1 Soul Scourge
1 Persuasion
1 Repel
2 Syncopate
1 Diabolic Tutor
1 Morbid Hunger
1 Tainted Pact
1 Stupefying Touch
1 Skycloud Expanse
1 Tarnished Citadel
1 Charmed Pendant
1 Aegis of Honor
1 Balancing Act
1 Shelter
1 Careful Study
1 Laquatus’s Creativity
1 Words of Wisdom
1 Fledgling Imp
1 Innocent Blood
1 Acceptable Losses
1 Anarchist
1 Battle Strain
1 Pardic Swordsmith
1 Pay No Heed
1 Ghostly Wings
1 Plagiarize
1 Cabal Surgeon
1 Insidious Dreams
1 Psychotic Haze

Peter Szigeti
Team “B” deck, PT Osaka Masters Gateway Finals

Main Deck Sideboard
1 Barbarian Lunatic 1 Chainflinger 1 Dwarven Strike Force 2 Mad Dog 1 Pardic Firecat 1 Cartographer 2 Krosan Avenger 1 Rabid Elephant 1 Springing Tiger 1 Pardic Arsonist 1 Petravark 1 Centaur Veteran 1 Nantuko Calmer
1 Shadowblood Egg
1 Flame Burst
1 Rites of Initiation
1 Scorching Missile
1 Rites of Spring
1 Flash of Defiance
1 Sonic Seizure
1 Acorn Harvest
1 Seafloor Debris
1 Aven Flock
1 Dedicated Martyr
1 Touch of Invisibility
1 Gravedigger
1 Dwarven Grunt
1 Magma Vein
1 Pardic Swordsmith
1 Tremble
1 Volcanic Spray
1 Howling Gale
1 Leaf Dancer
1 Woodland Druid
1 Tainted Wood
1 Cephalid Snitch
1 Carrion Rats
1 Rancid Earth
1 Accelerate
1 Flaming Gambit
1 Pardic Lancer
1 Krosan Restorer

Phil Freneau
Team “C” deck, PT Osaka Masters Gateway Finals

Main Deck Sideboard
1 Millikin 2 Angelic Wall 1 Master Apothecary 1 Mystic Zealot 1 Pilgrim of Justice 1 Crypt Creeper 1 Gravedigger 1 Rotting Giant 1 Sadistic Hypnotist 1 Whispering Shade 1 Militant Monk 1 Chainer, Dementia Master 1 Gravegouger 1 Grotesque Hybrid
1 Embolden
1 Second Thoughts
1 Ghastly Demise
1 Roar of the Wurm
1 Equal Treatment
1 Mutilate
1 Unhinge
1 Waste Away
1 Life Burst
1 Sacred Rites
1 Spiritualize
1 Tattoo Ward
1 Dematerialize
1 Buried Alive
1 Cabal Inquisitor
1 Filthy Cur
1 Fledgling Imp
1 Frightcrawler
1 Zombie Cannibal
1 Zombie Infestation
1 Pardic Miner
2 Mystic Familiar
1 Spirit Flare
1 Cephalid Aristocrat
1 Coral Net
1 Carrion Rats
1 Ichorid

Wilfried Ranque
Team Metagames “A” deck, PT Osaka Masters Gateway Finals

Main Deck Sideboard
1 Crypt Creeper 1 Famished Ghoul 1 Gravedigger 1 Barbarian Lunatic 1 Kamahl, Pit Fighter 1 Druid Lyrist 1 Gorilla Titan 1 Krosan Archer 1 Rabid Elephant 1 Pardic Collaborator 1 Anurid Scavenger 1 Centaur Chieftain
1 Diabolic Tutor
2 Thermal Blast
1 Beast Attack
1 Deep Reconnaissance
1 Refresh
1 Rites of Spring
1 Crackling Club
2 Fiery Temper
1 Sonic Seizure
1 Far Wanderings
1 Seafloor Debris
1 Sandstone Deadfall
1 Fervent Denial
1 Innocent Blood
1 Mind Burst
1 Overeager Apprentice
1 Zombie Cannibal
2 Acceptable Losses
2 Earth Rift
1 Reckless Charge
1 Moment’s Peace
1 Refresh
2 Pay No Heed
1 Shade’s Form
1 Barbarian Outcast
1 Kamahl’s Sledge
1 Pitchstone Wall
1 Far Wanderings
1 Krosan Restorer

Raphael Levy
Team Metagames “B” deck, PT Osaka Masters Gateway Finals

Main Deck Sideboard
1 Aven Cloudchaser 1 Aven Flock 1 Mystic Zealot 1 Patrol Hound 2 Pilgrim of Justice 2 Cephalid Looter 1 Puppeteer 1 Scrivener 1 Possessed Nomad 1 Teroh’s Faithful 1 Aquamoeba 1 Hydromorph Gull
1 Second Thoughts
1 Aether Burst
1 Syncopate
1 Think Tank
1 Strength of Isolation
1 Deep Analysis
1 Liquify
1 Obsessive Search
1 Aven Cloudchaser
1 Cease-Fire
1 Confessor
1 Life Burst
1 Tireless Tribe
1 Aboshan’s Desire
1 Thought Nibbler
1 Time Stretch
1 Words of Wisdom
1 Innocent Blood
1 Patriarch’s Desire
1 Zombie Cannibal
1 Barbarian Lunatic
1 Frenetic Ogre
1 Tremble
1 Primal Frenzy
1 Mystic Familiar
1 Spirit Flare
1 Cephalid Illusionist
1 Coral Net
1 Cabal Ritual
1 Pyromania
1 Invigorating Falls

Franck Canu
Team Metagames “C” deck, PT Osaka Masters Gateway Finals

Main Deck Sideboard
1 Whispering Shade 1 Diligent Farmhand 1 Krosan Archer 1 Metamorphic Wurm 1 Nantuko Elder 1 Springing Tiger 1 Twigwalker 2 Cabal Torturer 1 Carrion Wurm 1 Faceless Butcher 1 Gravegouger 1 Soul Scourge 2 Krosan Constrictor
1 Think Tank
1 Afflict
1 Last Rites
1 Morgue Theft
2 Muscle Burst
1 Overrun
1 Rites of Spring
1 Centaur Garden
1 Life Burst
1 Immobilizing Ink
1 Rites of Refusal
1 Thought Nibbler
1 Touch of Invisibility
1 Filthy Cur
1 Morgue Theft
1 Zombie Assassin
1 Demoralize
1 Epicenter
1 Druid Lyrist
1 Druid’s Call
1 Woodland Druid
1 Tainted Peak
1 Psychotic Haze
1 Restless Dreams
1 Pardic Lancer
2 Far Wanderings
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