Ben won the die roll and after reviewing one another's decklists they were ready to play some Magic. Ben mulliganed his do-nothing opener while Gerry kept quickly. Ben kept a five land hand with Lotus Cobra playing a Halimar Depths and finding a Precursor Golem. Gerry led with Arid Mesa finding a Mountain to Bolt the Cobra dead on Ben's end step. “Brutal” Ben said. Seachrome Coast and Stoenforge Mystic for Sword of Body and Mind followed and Gerry passed turn.
Ben had just a land on his own turn passing back to Gerry. Preordain gave Gerry some choices but he sent both to the bottom and passed the turn to Ben with 1W up—we all know what that meant. Ben did too but there wasn't a lot he could do about it. He Preordained keeping both and drew a Mana Leak. Raging Ravine and pass paved the way for a Mystic attack milling the Inferno Titan Ben had kept on top. Ben shook his head ruefully.
Precursor Golem from Ben met a Mana Leak and Gerry untapped into Sword of Feast and Famine bashing Ben for 7 and savaging his hand deck and board. On close to zero outs Ben drew for the turn and passed dead except for the damage. Gerry moved the Sword to a Wolf but the Wolf met a Bolt. Another ten cards hit the bin and Ben checked the top card of the deck before conceding the game.
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Gerry kept before Ben could even get a mulligan in edgewise—with a sigh he went to six cards once again. Ben led with an Island and a Preordain holding up the mana for Mana Leak on his second turn rather than Preordaining again. Gerry gave him credit and passed the turn with a Colonnade and a Plains untapped so Ben took the opportunity to Preordain now. Gerry played the Mystic on turn 3 forcing it through Mana Leak with a Spell Pierce and finding Sword of Feast and Famine. Ben promptly tossed a Lightning Bolt at the 1/2 passing with two Islands and a Forest online.
Gerry declined to make any plays beyond a Preordain and an Evolving Wilds on his own turn while Ben played a Halimar Depths and passed. Gerry didn't crack his Wilds as he'd kept both cards with the Preordain but that wasn't the case with his next cantrip. Gerry had non fifth land and passed the turn. Ben tried a Lotus Cobra but Gerry fired off a Flashfreeze and then cracked the Wilds for a Mountain. An Island and a Stoneforge Mystic hit for Gerry digging up his other Sword.
Ben played a Raging Ravine on turn 6 and sent the turn to Gerry sitting on just a Mana Leak and an Inferno Titan. He drew a second one for turn and resolved it to kill the Mystic although Sword of Body and Mind landed in the meantime. Day of Judgment wiped the Titan off the board and Gerry passed the turn to Ben. Ben tanked and then eventually decided to risk his Raging Ravine with an attack. Naturally a Lightning Bolt from Gerry earned a disgusted groan. Ben's hand was just 3 Mana Leaks and an Acidic Slime—the crowd chuckled as Gerry played an Inferno Titan of his own. Ben sighed drew a Thrun and scooped up his cards.
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