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Hello,

Since there happened to be a tournament in Belgium, I had to attend, especially
since it's in Mol, where I went to my first tournament in 1995.
At that time, I played an W/R Land's Edge / Land Tax deck :)

This time I went with Burning Slaver:

1 Burning Wish
3 Goblin Welder
2 Gorilla Shaman

1 Demonic Tutor
1 Vampiric Tutor
1 Yawgmoths' Will

1 Ancestral Recall
4 Brainstorm
1 Echoing Truth
4 Force of Will
1 Gifts Ungiven
4 Mana Drain
1 Mystical Tutor
4 Thirst for Knowledge
1 Time Walk
1 Tinker

1 Black Lotus
1 Crucible of Worlds
1 Duplicant
1 Mana Crypt
1 Mana Vault
1 Mox Emerald
1 Mox Jet
1 Mox Pearl
1 Mox Ruby
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Mindslaver
1 Sol Ring
1 Sundering Titan

1 Darksteel Citadel
2 Flooded Strand
3 Island
2 Polluted Delta
1 Snow Covered Island
1 Strip Mine
1 Tolarian Academy
2 Underground Sea
3 Volcanic Island

Sideboard:
1 Echoing Ruin
1 Pyroblast
1 Rack and Ruin
1 Red elemental Blast
1 Rolling Earthquake
3 Duress
1 Tendrils of Agony
1 Deep Analysis
1 Echoing Truth
1 Fire / Ice
1 Pyrite Spellbomb
1 Solemn Simulacrum
1 Tormod's Crypt

Nobody from Brussels wanted to go, so the pre-tournament stuff was uneventful.

65 players, 7 rounds of swiss followed by Top 8 for a Lotus.

Round 1: Bram Patelsti - Slaver

He was sitting next to me, testing against Oath of Druids. I saw Jester's Cap,
so I wasn't too worried...

Game 1, I play 2 Welders. He has a Tormod's Crypt in play and tinkers for
Jester's Cap. I wonder why he didn't Crypt himself and gets DSC (since he plays
it), but he told me later on he had it in hand. Anyway, he caps me and goblins
go all the way.
Game 2, I am in control, he has nothing relevant in hand, I could play one
Welder and hold one in my hand, or I could play the 2 (but then I can't counter)
and get a quick lock going. The round is almost finished, I drop the 2 welders
and surely he rips Fire/Ice. So, the second game is unfinished.

1-0-1, 3 points.

Round 2: Yorik Pieters - Slaver

Yorik is a competent player, it's not the first time we meet.

Game 1, I manage a moderate Will that put me ahead enough to win.
Game 2, He slavers me, and I rip Will :( He draws 5 cards thanks to me and we
move to game 3 soon after.
There is few time left for the decider, so I go the for the morph sideboarding
to get a combo win. I Tendrils for the win in the 4th extra turn.

2-1, 6 points.

Round 3: Jan De Vrij - 5C stax
Jan gets a first turn Crucible of Worlds but can't use it. I counter Intuition
and he has no business after that. He plays Welder, then Chalice at one. I
bounce the Chalice, cast Yawgmoth's Win and he concedes after I show him he will
never have a turn.
Game 2 sees an early Titan that I manage thanks to a Welder, but he tinkers for
Karn and kills me. I should have waited for his attack phase before getting rid
of Titan to gain a turn.

There are 9 minutes left for the third game, so I side in Tendrils again.
I go wild on the 4th extra turn, but I won't be able to get double black mana,
so I Time Walk and kills him in the last possible turn.

2-1, 9 points.

Round 4: Camstra Henderyckx - Oath of Druids

He manages to get Oath and the 2 angels, I have Welder in play and might escape
my fate if I can read, but I don't and so I attack him with the tokens, he
blocks with Razia and redirects the damage on the Welder. No more fun with
Duplicant :(
Game 2, I go into beatdown mode with a 1/1 spirit and a Welder and he can't stop
them.
Game 3, I stop him from playing Oath and it looks like I will pull it, but time
is called.

1-1-1, 10 points.

Round 5: Frank Van Rijn - TPS

I've seen him getting lucky draws in the previous rounds, so I know what to
expect.

I don't get a very good draw, play Welder turn 1. He gets out Bagain and wins.
Game 2, I duress him and pull Gifts. 2 turns later, he rips Ancestral. He then
tries to Will, but I Crypt his graveyard. He is playing very slowly so I call
the judge (since he is 1-0). He then Recoup his Will (I just realise now while
typing the report that he cheated: the Will resolved and shouldn't have been in
his graveyard), cast Will, I drain it, he REBs, I force the Will, he forces back
and wins.

0-2, 10 points.

I now need to win my last 2 matches to get into top 8.

Round 6: Bart Boudewijn - Dragon

He starts with an Orchard, so I think he is playing Oath. He then plays a spell
to dump Dragon in his graveyard. I counter Animate Dead, then Will to get a hard
lock with Slaver.
I get turn one Ancestral, Lotus, Sol Ring, land, Duress. Then I cast Thirst for
Knowledge twice and get the lock going again. He had no business spells in hand.

2-0, 13 points.

Round 7: Steffen Gussenhoven - Uba Stax

Steffen beat me in the quarters of the Dutch T1 Champs, so I was eager to play
him again.
Game 1 he gets a great start while I keep a so-so hand I should have probably
mulliganed away. I find myself quickly locked and we move to game 2.
In the second game, I manage as many mistakes as I can: casting Echoing Ruin in
his turn, forgetting about Drain mana and burning and casting a Welder with a
Chalice at 1. Still, I manage to pull it.
Game 3, I get the answers I need: Duplicant on his early Trike, Force his
Welder, then I take control (with Crypt, Welder) while he doesn't do much and
Jens finishes him off.

2-1, 16 points.

I am seeded 5th.

Round 8 (1/4 finals): Bas Bronsgeest - Suicide black

I wonder how he managed to reach top 8, then see his list: a lot of discard (4
Duress, 2 Therapy, 4 Unmask, 4 Hymn), creatures (Bob, Nantuko Shade, Hyppies and
Abyssal Nocturnus), Rituals and Swamps. No Necro, no Strip, no tutors. Sideboard
consists of Chains of M, Null Rod, Darkblast and Phyrexian Negator.
We split the first two games (I manage to beat him with an early Tinker ->
Titan). In the last game, I play duplicant on his Dark Confidant, then have to
trade it. He then plays double Negators while I am at 11. I drop a Welder. If it
gets active, I probably win. He blasts it away and runs over me. End of story.

1-2, 5th place.

I must compliment Brian DeMars for crafting such a jewel. The deck won me
several games by itself.
I must also compliment myself for being a bad player only when I could afford it
;)

Cheers,

-- 
Carl