Feature Match Round 8: Zachary Fager vs. Jason Abong
With a high finish and some nice prize money on the line, Jason Abong had to feel the pressure from his double mulligan. He had to hope his Esper Stoneblade deck was in a forgiving mood, but Zachary Fager's False Cure combo deck would do its best to punish him.
Zachary Fager is rocking a sweet False Cure deck.
Brainstorm paid for Conflux and Jason quickly responded by pitching Snapcaster Mage to play Snapcaster Mage and rebuy the Counterspell in his yard. The wizard got in for a bit of damage, but if Jason had anything left in the tank he was going to need it quickly as Zachary refilled his hand the natural way.
Ponder found a big win condition in the form of Progenitus and it entered the battlefield thanks to Force of Will's generosity. Jason froze, only able to stare at the useless Swords to Plowshares and Spell Snare in his hand. Boom, boom, and we were off to game two.
Zach 1, Jason 0
Jason flipped the script this game, ripping Zach's hand apart with a pair of Thoughtseizes. Zach tried to stop the first with Force of Will, but that only played into Jason's plan as Intuition fell to exile. The second discard spell took Conflux, and a third off of Snapcaster Mage took another Intuition.
Zach fought back with yet another Intuition for Progentius, but Jason just shrugged as he punished him with Sword of Feast and Famine. Somehow Zach still had legs to stand on, firing off Show and Tell to put his Progenitus into play, but Jason had the Counterspell, allowing him to smash with his equipped Snapcaster Mage.
The second Show and Tell looked like it might be good, but the free Batterskull Jason put into play gave him exactly lethal damage as the Snapcaster Mage ran past the multicolored hydra thanks to Sword of Feast and Famine to force a game three.
Zach 1, Jason 0
Jason Abong overcomes a handful of mulligans to take his match.
The deciding game had an oddly deliberate pace to it as both players set up with lands and cantrips. Jason had double Ponder, while Zachary lit up a pair of Preordains, a Brainstorm and a Ponder of his own.
Jason's hand was full of counterspells as he waited for for Zach to make a move. Force of Will pitching Spell Pierce cut that number down as Jason countered Show and Tell, but he still had Flusterstorm, another Spell Pierce and another Force of Will to go with Vendilion Clique.
The legendary faerie was hit by Daze on Zach's end step, but that seemed fine with Jason, who had drawn Stoneforge Mystic. Spell Pierce kicked Dream Halls in the teeth as Zach tapped out, and finally Jason was able to deploy his Stoneforge Mystic after drawing a fourth land. He fetched Sword of Feast and Famine and said go with two lands up.
A second Dream Halls came from Zach's hand and Jason decided to use a pair of Force of Wills to cut it off before peeling Counterspell for the third Dream Halls. Stoneforge Mystic put Sword of Feast and Famine into play and swung it at Zach on the next turn to force Conflux out of Zach's hand.
Another hit from the sword took out Beacon of Immortality, but Intuition for Progenitus enabled a Show and Tell to put the big boy into play presenting a two turn clock against Jason's three turn clock with Stoneforge Mystic and Sword of Feast Famine. That didn't stop Jason from having the perfect card waiting for him, however. Perish crushed the legendary hydra and Stoneforge Mystic finished off the remainder of Zach's hand, essentially ending the match. Jace, the Mind Sculptor made it academic.
Jason 2, Zach 1