Modern Round 1: Todd Anderson vs. Caleb Scherer
Todd and Caleb had great performances last weekend at the Season Four Invitational, though Caleb's finish stole the spotlight as he won the whole thing to earn his slot to the Players' Championship. Caleb hasn't lost a match yet in the #SCGPC, can his run continue in Modern with Affinity or will Todd end his streak with Temur Twin?
Caleb looks to keep at his winning ways.
Both players kept their openers and Todd started the action with a Gitaxian Probe, seeing a potent hand across from him. With the information, Todd went to 15 for an untapped Breeding Pool and played Serum Visions. Caleb started his turn with a Springleaf Drum off a Darksteel Citadel and played an Ornithopter which let him play the Vault Skirge and a Welding Jar before passing. Todd used another Serum Visions and passed after playing a Sulfur Falls. Caleb tapped his Citadel and a Glimmervoid for a Steel Overseer and attacked with his Skirge. Todd used a Lightning Bolt on the Overseer, but Caleb regenerated it with the Jar.
Todd played a Deceiver Exarch to untap a land and fired off a Dismember on the Steel Overseer before passing. Caleb refueled with a Thoughtcast and played Cranial Plating and equipped it to his Skirge, which attacked. Todd attacked for one and passed, playing a Vendilion Clique in Caleb's draw step, getting rid of an Arcbound Ravager. Caleb slammed down a Blinkmoth Nexus and a Mox Opal and played another Ravager, but Todd responded by killing the Skirge with a Lightning Bolt. Caleb attached the Plating to his Ornithopter and attacked so Todd traded his Clique for it. Caleb suited up the Ravager with the Plating and passed.
Todd took a draw and passed with no play other than a land drop. Caleb animated his Nexus and tried to attack so Todd tapped it down with a new Exarch and blocked the suited up Ravager. Caleb sacrificed the Drum to grow his Exarch and passed back. Todd sat back with just his Exarch and passed, but he ran out of tricks when Caleb animated the Nexus and attacked with the team.
Caleb 1, Todd 0
Todd tries to slow down the Caleb Scherer train.
Todd kept his opener and led off with a Gitaxian Probe to see a much slower hand from his opponent this game, while Caleb, on a mulligan to six, played Inkmoth Nexus, Vault Skirge, and Ornithopter. Todd landed Tarmogoyf on his second turn while Caleb played a Glimmervoid and attacked with his Nexus and Skirge. Todd went to 15 to fetch a Mountain and used Electrolyze to kill the Skirge and hit Caleb for one and attacked with his Tarmogoyf.
Caleb looked to find some action by playing Thoughtcast and passed after finding a Blinkmoth Nexus. Todd used a Twisted Image on the Ornithopter and attacked Caleb down to 8 with his fiver-power Tarmogoyf. Todd elected to go to 13 with a Snapcaster Mage, flashing back Gitaxian Probe. Todd went down two more for another Probe and passed the turn. Caleb played an Etched Champion to stall the Tarmogoyf and shipped the turn.
Todd attacked with his team and Caleb chumped the Tarmogoyf, taking two from the Snapcaster Mage. Todd passed the turn and Caleb played an Ornithopter and Cranial Plating to get a discounted Thoughtcast. Todd played Vendilion Clique on the end of the turn, targeting himself to get rid of a Splinter Twin, untapped, and attacked with his team and flashed a Lightning Bolt to send the match to a third game.
Caleb 1, Todd 1
Caleb, on the play, tossed his opener back, while Todd was happy with his seven in the deciding game. Both players had just a land for their first turns and Caleb had a Blinkmoth Nexus, Ornithopter, and Arcbound Ravager on his second turn. Caleb's Ravager grew when Todd went for a Bolt on the Ornithopter so he untapped and killed it for good with a Roast. Caleb got in for one with his Nexus and played another Blinkmoth as Todd played a Breeding Pool and Gitaxian Probe. Caleb sent in his Nexuses and Todd Bolted one of them, untapped and played a Tarmogoyf.
Caleb landed an Etched Champion and passed as Todd stayed back on defense. Caleb activated two Nexuses and sent the team in, leading Todd to play Snapcaster Mage to flash back Bolt on one of them. Caleb ended his turn, bringing Todd to 6 with a Galvanic Blast. Todd attacked back with his team, and passed the turn. Todd used Electrolyze to take down the last Nexus and went to 4 from the Champion. Caleb passed after adding a Signal Pest to his board.
Todd used Twisted Image on the Pest and put Caleb to 5 with his attack, passed, and used Ancient Grudge on Caleb's Mox Opal in his upkeep. Caleb played a Memnite and passed, keeping the Champion back. Todd killed the Memnite with his Izzet Staticaster, attacked with the team and passed. Caleb dropped a Signal Pest, but Todd ripped a Lightning Bolt and had him covered in more ways than one.
Todd 2, Caleb 1