Round 11: Chris VanMeter vs. Tariq Patel
Chris is the last undefeated player in the room and faces off against Tariq in an Amulet Bloom mirror match. Can Chris keep up his winning ways or will Tariq play spoiler?
It's Titan time for Tariq..
Chris opened the game with a Serum Visions while Tariq, on a mulligan to five, led off with a Cavern of Souls on "Giant" and played an Amulet of Vigor. Chris had a Summer Bloom off two copies of Gemstone Mine, ramping up five mana with a pair of Simic Growth Chambers and replaying his Mine that let him use another Serum Visions.
Tariq had his own Karoo, a Golgari Rot Farm, and used it to play Summer Bloom, getting six mana to play Primeval Titan, which gained haste from Boros Garrison and Slayers' Stronghold, finding Tolaria West and Simic Growth Chamber, bouncing the Rot Farm.
Chris replayed his second Mine and played Hive Mind, but Tariq had a Pact of Negation, stopping Chris' play. Tariq paid for his pact, played a Gruul Turf bouncing Tolaria West and attacked with his Titan, getting Selesnya Sanctuary and Sunhome, Fortress of the Legion giving his Titian double strike for the win.
Tariq 1, Chris 0
CVM sees what he can stir up.
Both players kept their openers and Chris led off with a Serum Visions for the second straight game. Tariq had no play but kept a card on top of his library thanks to Temple of Mystery. Chris added a Ghost Quarter to his board and played a Seal of Primordial, leading Tariq to play a Serum Visions of his own. Tariq ended his turn with a Khalni Garden, making a plant.
Chris had no action other than turning his Mine into a Simic Growth Chamber while Tariq dropped an Amulet of Vigor and played a Simic Growth Chamber, which Chris responded to by blowing up the Amulet. Tariq bounced the Temple after floating a blue and cast Azusa, Lost but Seeking, adding the Temple back to his board and a Tolaria West. Chris had his own Azusa, getting another Mine to play Serum Visions then a second Growth Chamber. Chris used his Ghost Quarter to destroy Tariq's Chamber before ending the turn.
Tariq played a second Chamber and transmuted a Tolaria West for a Ghost Quarter, he played to blow up one of Chris' Chambers, then passed the turn. Chris kept digging with another copy of Serum Visions and Ancient Stirrings, finding Gruul Turf, which he played and then replayed his bounced Mine. Tariq was able to generate six mana after playing a Turf of his own, bouncing his Forest so he could replay it, and resolved a Primeval Titan, getting Boros Garrison and Slayers' Stronghold.
Chris made his own Titan on his next turn, finding Tolaria West and Simic Growth Chamber, bouncing the Future Sight land, and passed the turn after playing Sunhome. The Titans kept coming as Tariq played a second copy, but Chris kept it off the board with a Pact of Negation. Tariq pumped his Titan with Slayers' Stronghold and searched up Tolaria West and his own Sunhome, and Chris took the hit, falling to 12. Chris paid for his Pact, and pushed his Titan into the red zone, getting a Growth Chamber and Radiant Fountain, putting him to 14, and he bounced the Fountain back to his hand. Tariq fell to 15 after no blocks and Chris transmuted Tolaria West for Selesnya Sanctuary then gained four life from two more Fountain triggers after adding the Sanctuary to his board.
Tariq played his third Titan, resolving it and getting Tolaria West and Simic Growth Chamber, returning Tolaria West, then transmuted the Tolaria West for Slaughter Pact, gave his new Titan haste and attacked with both, getting Golgari Rot Farm, Cavern of Souls, Gemstone Mine, and Simic Growth Chamber, bouncing the Garden and a copy of Tolaria West. Chris fell to 4 and Tariq got another plant from the Garden. Chris drew for his turn and couldn’t find a route to victory and extended the hand.
Tariq 2, Chris 0