Forging a Path: Quarterfinals, Romario Neto vs. Sam Roukas
Romario had the play but had to start with a mulligan. Once he kept six, he played Goblin Wedler off of Great Furnace turn one. Inquisition of Kozilek revealed Trinisphere, Lightning Greaves, Wasteland, and City of Traitors, and Sam selected Trinisphere. Romario proceeded to cast Chalice of the Void for one (off the top, no less), then used Goblin Welder to weld in Trinisphere with his Great Furnace. Sam could only play a land and pass, and after Romario’s Grim Monolith he failed to find a third land so couldn’t do anything for the time being.
Romario got in there with 1/1 goblin beats for a few turns while Sam discarded, first Inquisition of Kozilek and then Swords to Plowshares. Romario added another Goblin Welder off of a freshly drawn Cavern of Souls, and then doubled the damage in 1/1 Urza’s Legacy rare beats. He also added Chalice of the Void for two. In the meantime, Sam kept drawing and not finding lands, discarding one and two drops.
Sam is hoping his deck is the Blade!
Romario 1, Sam 0.
Sam led with Marsh Flats, while Romario started off with Ancient Tomb into Chalice of the Void for one. Force of Will took care of that (removing Jace, the Mind Sculptor) and Wasteland took out Tomb. A second Tomb cast Lightning Greaves, but Wasteland number two took out the Tomb. Romario played an indestructible land on turn three (Darksteel Citadel, take that Wasteland!) but hand no other play, while Sam fetched out a Plains to cast Stoneforge Mystic grabbing Batterskull.
Romario played a land and passed twice, and Stoneforge put in Batterskull and started to begin the beatdown. Sam added Umezawa’s Jitte post-combat. Trinisphere showed up a bit too late for Remario, who set life totals at 6-24 before casting Jace. The Mind Sculptor is better than all, and proved it by using its +2 ability, leaving it there for Romario to draw, and incuding a quick scoop.
Romario's name isn't MUD... but his deck is!
Romario 1, Sam 1.
Romario, once more on the play, led with Goblin Welder. Sam, on the mulligan to six, played Island before passing. Romario went to 18 off Ancient Tomb to cast Grim Monolith, using the mana from the artifact to cast Voltaic Key, untap the Monolith, and cast Kuldotha Forgemaster.
“What a hand.”
Sam cast Brainstorm and found Flooded Strand before passing. Cavern of Souls naming Construct came down, then Ratchet Bomb before Romario passed. Sam searched up Plains, but afterwards, Romario grabbed Sundering Titan to blow up both of Sam’s lands before passing finally. Sam played Flooded Strand to try to rebuild. 7/10 Golem entered the red zone and dropped Sam to 11, then Chalice for one was met with Spell Snare.
Sam cast Stoneforge Mystic to fetch out Batterskull, which is none too exciting in the face of Sundering Titan beats. Sam fell to 3 afterward, and Romario passed. Sam pondered for a bit to try to find a way out of the predicament he found himself in, but after playing a second Wasteland and watching Romario weld in Ratchet Bomb to deal with the Stoneforge’d in Batterskull Germ token, Sam extended his hand.
Romario 2, Sam 1.