Quarterfinals: David Bauman vs. Russell Martin
Russell Martin squeaked into Top 8 as the eight seed with his Sneak and Show deck, and he immediately faced one of his worst matchups in the form of David Bauman’s Death and Taxes. Could the “underdog” Emrakul prevail against David’s little white hatebears?
Both players quickly kept their sevens and got down to business. David led with Rishadan+Port and Aether+Vial, drawing a Force+of+Will pitching Daze from Russell. Russell had a turn 1 Ponder off of Volcanic+Island, keeping the cards on top, and David was quick to Wasteland that Volcanic+Island away. Russell had a follow up land in the form of Misty+Rainforest, and passed.
David made the first threat of the game on his next turn, playing a second Rishadan+Port and casting Phyrexian+Revoker. Russell fetched up and Island only to bounce it for a Daze on David’s 2-drop. He again played a land and passed. David found a white source in Karakas, and attempted a Sword+of+Fire+and+Ice, but against was stymied by Russell’s countermagic, this time by a Spell+Pierce. Russell still had no play, and could only pass again.
David played Wasteland, and attempted a Thalia. It resolved! Russell continued to develop his mana playing Ancient+Tomb and passing. David’s next play was an Aven+Mindcensor, following up with a Wasteland on Russell’s Tomb. Russell cast a Gitaxian+Probe (spending mana and life!) to reveal a hand full of creatures from David, but David had no intention of casting them. He turned his attackers sideways and passed the turn, using both Rishadan+Ports on Russell’s upkeep.
Russell fell to 10, and had no play. Then to 6, and again with no play. Russell couldn’t find another land, and David’s Ports combined with Thalia did their dirty work, as Russell took lethal two turns later without ever casting another spell.
Davis Bauman 1, Russell Martin 0
Both players again kept 7, and Russell opened up with Ancient+Tomb into Sensei’s Divining Top, using the extra mana to give the top a turn 1 spin. David had only a Plains, passing right back. After some deliberation, Russell played a Scalding+Tarn, passing with no play. David’s turn 2 play of Rishadan+Port, Thalia, Guardian of Thraben resolved, putting Russell under immediate pressure.
Now stuck under Thalia’s tax effect, Russell could only cast a Lotus+Petal and activate top. He failed to find a second land and passed the turn. David’s next threat came in the form of Stoneforge+Mystic fetching Batterskull. Russell considered responding, but eventually allowed it to resolve. David Wastelanded Russell back down to just 1 Scalding+Tarn in play.
Russell found a Volcanic+Island, but still had no play. David attacked Russell down to 12 with the Thalia, passing with enough mana up to activate Stoneforge. If Russell was going to make some headway in this game, he would need to do so soon. At the end step he cracked the Scalding+Tarn, fetching Mountain, and then used both lands to cast a Brainstorm to dig for action.
He untapped, played City+of+Traitors, then used all of his lands and his Lotus+Petal to put Sneak+Attack into play. He was tapped out, however, and any Sneak Attacking would have to wait. David took the opportunity to put Batterskull into play. He quickly untapped and crashed in for 7, knocking Russell to 4. Post-combat, David slammed the door shut with a Phyrexian+Revoker, naming Sneak+Attack. Russell drew his last card and scooped up the rest.
David Bauman 2, Russell Martin 0