Quarterfinals: David Long vs. Nick Cummings
David Long is well known on the Atlantic Coast for his mastery of the Lands deck, and he’s taken it to another top 8 finish here in Philly. Standing in his way now is Nick Cummings, who brings Omni-Tell to the table.
David opened up with a Mox Diamond and a Taiga, while Nick went digging on his first turn with a Ponder. A Thespian’s stage came next for his David, and Nick made his second land drop and passed as well. David’s third land drop, however, spelled trouble: a Dark Depths which, with the thespian’s stage and 2 mana already in play, meant that he could make a 20/20 Marit Lage token on Nick’s next end step and swing for the win. Nick would need to find an answer or make his move to win on turn 3.
He went with “win the game.” He cast Show and Tell, putting Omniscience into play. Using the Omniscience, he cast an Izzet Charm to draw 2 cards, pitching Force of Will and Volcanic Island. One of the cards he drew was Dig Through Time, which he cast to find a Burning Wish. The Burning Wish retrieved Enter the Infinite, which found him an Emrakul, the Aeons Torn to cast. He took his extra turn, attacked for 15 to sweep David’s board away, then cast a second Emrakul, which sent the first to the graveyard, allowing him to shuffle his graveyard back in so that he wouldn’t deck himself. Another extra turn and a second attack for 15 later, and it was on to game 2.
Nick Cummings 1, David Long 0
This time David was ready with some interaction. He cast a Sphere of Resistance on turn 2, which prevented Nick from having a play other than his land drop, then cast Thorn of Amethyst on turn 3, making it a two-mana tax on any of Nick’s plays. Nick made his land drops, but couldn’t cast anything through the Thorn and Sphere. David calmly played his fourth land, a Dark Depths to go with his Thespian’s Stage, and passed the turn.
Nick: “I don’t think I’m beating that.”
He laughed and scooped up his cards without having cast a spell.
David Long 1, Nick Cummings 1
David again has a turn 2 Sphere of Resistance, but this time it wasn’t enough to stop Nick from casting his Show and Tell on turn 3, thanks to a timely Ancient Tomb. Omniscience hit play, but Nick was without a way to abuse it just yet, and passed the turn to David, who quickly untapped and cast Krosan Grip, sending the Omniscience to the graveyard before it could cause any trouble.
Nick fired off a Dig Through Time, looking to set his combo back up, but David looked to turn the screws a little deeper with a second copy of Sphere of Resistance, but Nick pitched Izzet Charm to cast Force of Will. David was still able to set Nick back a turn with a Wasteland targeting his Ancient Tomb. Nick spent his entire next turn casting a Ponder, finding a replacement fourth land which would allow him to cast Show and Tell if he had found another copy.
An Exploration and a Life from the Loam allowed David to get his engine going, as he pulled Wasteland and Misty Rainforest out of his graveyard. Nick fetched up a Volcanic Island and cast Burning Wish, getting a Show and Tell from his Sideboard. He passed back to David, who was quick to Wasteland away the Volcanic Island and put Rishadan Port into play. He passed back and used Rishadan Port to keep Nick off of the four mana he’d need to cast Show and Tell. Nick fired off a Treasure Cruise instead, and passed back, still without a fourth land.
This next round of Life from the Loam dredging provided David with both a Thespian’s Stage and a Dark Depths. He Loamed them both back to his hand and put them both into play, and passed the turn again, using Rishadan Port to keep Nick contained. Nick drew his card, saw the 20/20 looming, and extended the hand in defeat.
David Long 2, Nick Cummings 1