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