Quarterfinals: Barrett Kroeger vs. Devin Nambiar
A matchup months old within the Standard metagame, one has to wonder how Magic 2013 has
changed the game. Barrett sliced through a field filled with green decks with his version of U/W
Delver, but Devin Nambiar came to prey on blue with his G/R Aggro deck.
Barrett's Delver deck has a number of spicy singletons.
Well, Devin began the match awkwardly enough, mulliganing to just four cards on the play.
No land on turn 1 for Devin, while Barrett Pondered via an Island. Finding Mountain on top,
Devin passed the turn as Barrett Pondered again and played Seachrome+Coast. Rootbound Crag
followed, giving Devin reasonable mana, but Barrett was first to the board with Geist of Saint
made his Spirit fearless, and he attacked for 8 damage. Devin followed by resolving Thrun,
the Last Troll on the next turn. He declined to block Geist, dropping to just 4 life, and cast
Huntmaster+of+the+Fells into Barrett’s four untapped lands—it resolved.
Mutagenic+Growth on an Angel token sealed the deal in Barrett’s favor.
Barrett 1, Devin 0
A mulligan to six began the second game for Devin, and he dropped Birds+of+Paradise after
Devin was the only player on 24 points who had to play for Top 8.
Barrett couldn’t handle a Thrun. He cast Delver+of+Secrets.
Turn 2 Llanowar+Elves and a land for Devin, his decision to start Birds over Elves costing him
a point of damage in this spot. Spectral+Flight jumped the Delver into the skies for 3 damage, a
faux flip that cost a card and two mana but seemed pretty effective in this position. Devin swung
for 1 damage, then tapped out to resolve Thrun.
Mutagenic+Growth flipped the Delver into a massive 5/4 flier, and now the race was really on.
With both players at 17, Barrett attacked Devin to 12 and then landed Moorland+Haunt. That was
an effective two-turn clock, thanks to Mutagenic+Growth, although the Birds could buy some
Thundermaw+Hellkite from Devin gave him some game, and he swung for 9 damage. Barrett
was on 8 now, himself on the wrong side of a clock now. Devin threw away his Birds to block
the attacking Aberration, staying on 12 and forcing Barrett to make a move. He played a fourth
land, and did nothing else. When Devin swung, however, he sprang into action.
Restoration+Angel landed, but because Devin had drawn a land he could Wolf Run Barrett to 1
Hellkite. He paid four mana to chump block and fall to 1 life, then drew and cast Ponder.
Shuffling the deck, he needed something truly miraculous... and Phantasmal+Image delivered.
Aberration big enough to get in exactly lethal alongside the illusionary Dragon.
Barrett 2, Devin 0