Quarterfinals: Kenny Dungar vs. Eric Warns
Kenny and his horde of Goblins (with a special appearance by Thalia, Guardian of Thraben and Krenko, Mob Boss) has taken this tournament by storm, taking down a pair of on-camera feature matches today already. Eric has flown under the radar, but with some spicy selections like Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle and Wickerbough Elder in his Scapeshift Nic Fit deck it’s a wonder how that could happen. Which of these brewers has the substance to support the spice?
Kenny had the play and led with the traditional Goblins start of AEther Vial, off of Plateau. Eric led with Veteran Explorer off of Bayou, the best that Nic Fit has to offer most of the time. Bloodstained Mire found Mountain and cast Thalia, Guardian of Thraben on Kenny’s turn two. Cabal Therapy was responded to with a Vial activation and Goblin Lackey entered the battlefield. Therapy named Goblin Marton, but Kenny revealed Mogg War Marshall, Goblin Piledriver, and Goblin Ringleader to Eric. Vial ticked up to two, and Kenny continued the onslaught. Veteran Explorer traded with Goblin Lackey and both players searched up a pair of basic lands. Those lands helped cast Goblin Ringleader post-combat, and Kenny added Siege-Gang Commander and Goblin Lackey to his already impressive grip before passing to Eric.
Eric, now with mana but still behind the eight-ball, cast Thragtusk. In Legacy? Sure thing! On the end step, Kenny put Goblin Piledriver onto the battlefield. After he untapped, he cast Mogg War Marshall and declared attacks with the Piledriver, Goblin Piledriver, and Thalia. The ‘Tusk stood tall in front of Ringleader, but Kenny Vialed a Goblin Matron to find Gempalm Incinerator to deal with the M13 Beast before it could kill the Ringleader. Eric played Badlands and cast Huntmaster of the Fells. In Legacy? Sure thing! Standard’s finest making their presence felt in Legacy. Sensei’s Divining Top also joined Eric’s side, paying for Thalia, and he passed.
Eric Warns shows off his Crunch Thumbs!
Kenny was pumping on all cylinders now. He activated Goblin Ringleader and revealed Mogg War Marshall and Goblin Warchief off of the trigger. He then cast the Warchief and Goblin Lackey before swinging in with everything except Goblin Warchief, Thalia, Guardian of Thraben, and a Goblin token. A Wolf token blocked the 12/2 Goblin Piledriver, Huntmaster blocked Goblin Lackey, and Beast token blocked Ringleader and Eric dropped to 16 from the remaining little green men in red clothing. Eric attacked with Beast token, and after no blocks were declared Eric cast and activated Pernicious Deed for three, responding by activating his Top. With the board sufficiently cleared, he passed.
Skirk Prospector joined Ringleader, which sacrificed to add some mana for some action. Goblin Sharpshooter joined the fray and took out the Huntmaster of the Fells with some trickery, and Warchief and Prospector took Eric down three more life points. Eric used Top to dig into Stomping Ground, essentially his fifth Taiga, and cast everyone’s favorite green 6/6 for six… Primeval Titan!
In Legacy? Sure thing!
He grabbed Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle and Mountain and passed to Kenny. But 6/6 wasn’t strong enough as it turns out, as Goblin Matron recruited Stingscourger to the cause to bounce the Giant. Six damage came in and put Eric to five, and then Goblin Sharpshooter and Skirk Prospector did their thing with Siege-Gang Commander to take out the remaining life points from Eric and they were on to game 2.
Kenny 1, Eric 0.
“Sometimes an 8-for-1 with a Pernicious Deed is good….”
And sometimes it only delays the inevitable.
Eric had the honor of the play this game and started this feature fiesta with Veteran Explorer off of basic Forest. Kenny started his game with AEther Vial off of Rishidan Port. Veteran Explorer drew first blood of the game, but quickly suffered a mana-fueled fate due to Phyrexian Tower. Now with two black mana and three untapped basic lands, Eric was able to cast turn two Green Sun’s Zenith for four, searching out a Huntmaster of the Fells. Kenny was not to be outdone, now with four lands in play as well. Wasteland took out Phyrexian Tower and Goblin Matron convinced a Gempalm Incinerator to come out of it Hovel.
Eric looked to be in the cat-bird’s seat this game though. He attacked with both of his 2/2s and dropped Badlands before passing. Surgical Extraction took out Veteran Explorers and also prevented Huntmaster from flipping on Kenny’s upkeep for Eric. Eric’s hand consisted of Taiga, Eternal Witness, Burning Wish, and Forest, which he revealed to the Surgical Extraction.
Kenny is happy to be crunching with Goblins today!
Vial ticked up to two and Kenny added Wasteland to his board, which quickly dispatched of Badlands. Another Matron found another Goblin Ringleader and Vial added Thalia, Guardian of Thraben to Kenny’s team. A 1/1 took Eric to 19 (with Kenny at 13) before he passed the turn. Eric cast Eternal Witness returning Badlands to his hand before passing back to Kenny. On his turn, Gempalm Incinerator cycled to deal two damage to Huntmaster. Thalia came into the red zone and Eric double blocked to deal with the first striker. After Rishidan Port tapped Mountain on Eric’s upkeep, Badlands returned to play and Eric decided to cast Pernicious Deed but without activation.
Ringleader got Vialed into play and revealed the nuts: Krenko, Mob Boss, Goblin Warchief, Goblin Sharpshooter, and Goblin Lackey. That’s right folks, the best draw engine in the format is a 2/2 red creature! Now chalk full of Gobbies, Kenny simply attacked for four to avoid too much Pernicious Deed punishment. Witness traded with Ringleader before Goblin Lackey came down post-combat. Eric continued to add lands to his board, this time a Taiga, and he activated Pernicious Deed for three to empty the board.
Goblin Warchief and Mogg War Marshall attacked and dropped Eric to 13. Now with haste and a mana cheaper, Eric was still in a rough spot despite the Deed. Krenko, Mob Boss was Cabal Therapy’d away (showing another Warchief in hand). Burning Wish grabbed Reanimate and then Eric passed. The second Warchief came down, as did a one-mana Goblin Sharpshooter. Tokens and Warchiefs entered the red zone (and how red it was) before he passed. Port continued to deprive Eric of his Taiga (which was also his second red mana).
“I should’ve cast Deed last turn.”
Eric revealed the Apocalypse enchantment and extended his hand.
Kenny 2, Eric 0.