Round 2: Riley Curran vs. Joe Demestrio
Riley Curran has won two Legacy Opens with Combo Elves, and is in the hunt for a third trophy for team Green. Joe Demestrio was in for a rough matchup with his Death and Taxes deck, but the New York Wonderkid was up for the challenge.
Riley is raising an Elvish army.
Riley led off with a Birchlore+Rangers, but Joe turned it off immediately with a Phyrexian+Revoker. Riley followed up with an Elvish+Visionary, and Joe’s three-drop, Mirran+Crusader, threatened some big swings. Riley developed his board and further, casting Glimpse+of+Nature followed by Nettle+Sentinel and Wirewood+Symbiote two draw two cards.
A second Phyrexian Invoker came down for Joe, this one turning off Wirewood+Symbiote. The Mirran crusader crashed in dropping Riley to 14. Riley hoped to get his engine going on his next turn, casting a second Glimpse+of+Nature, then a Heritage+Druid. He added three mana to his pool, cast a Deathrite+Shaman, then attempted a Green Sun’s Zenith for 1. Joe used Swords+to+Plowshares to remove the Heritage+Druid in response, but Riley simply replaced it using his Zenith, added a fresh three green mana, and kept on going.
Elvish+Visionary came down, then Wirewood+Symbiote. Riley looped the Visionary, found and cast yet another Glimpse+of+Nature, and Joe had seen enough, picking up his cards rather than forcing Riley to go through the motions.
Riley Curran 1, Joe Demestrio 0
Joe has too many targets and not enough Swords.
Aether+Vial was the turn 1 play for Joe, while Riley developed his mana with a Green Sun’s Zenith for 0, grabbing Dryad+Arbor. Joe fired off a Wasteland to kill the Arbor, while Riley decided to stunt Joe’s mana development in his own way, playing Pithing+Needle to shut off Joe’s Aether+Vial. He fetched up a second Dryad+Arbor and passed back to Joe, who could only play a Rishadan+Port and pass back, tapping Riley’s Dryad down on his upkeep. Riley developed his board a bit further with a Quirion+Ranger and a Wirewood+Symbiote.
Joe sent the Symbiote to the farm with a Swords+to+Plowshares, but Riley was unfazed. he played cast a Glimpse+of+Nature, then a Birchlore Ranger, then a Nettle+Sentinel, allowing him to chain a series of one-mana elves into play. Joe looked at his hand of lands and Aether+Vials, shrugged, and extended the hand.
Riley Curran 2, Joe Demestrio 0