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