Round 10: Brian Gorman (Heartless Summoning) vs. Chris Baker (Delver)
How could you be so heartless, Brian Gorman?
It’s a showdown for a spot in the Top 8 as both players have already used up the 1-1 part of the 8-1-1 record required to make the cut.
Chris Baker’s U/W Delver deck had a strong start with a pair of Delver of Secrets, but Brian Gorman had a disgusting trump after a turn one Ponder. Heartless Summoning enabled Perilous Myr to pick off one of the Delver of Secrets and Myr Superion came in right behind it, threating to outrace the remaining blue creature even as it flipped thanks to Ponder.
Flustered by the sudden role reversal, Chris dug for an answer with another Ponder, but he came up a little light. He was able to Mana Leak a Phyrexian Metamorph after allowing Solemn Simulacrum, however, and he fell to 16 after the Myr Superion connected.
Geist of Saint Traft gave Chris a bigger threat as he knocked Brian down to 11 with his Insectile Aberration, but Brian came right back with Grand Architect turning Myr Superion back into a 5/6 and enabling Wurmcoil Engine to threaten a huge swing in momentum.
Until Chris pointed a backbreaking Vapor Snag at it.
Both of Chris’ creatures came across and the 1/1 Solemn Simulacrum had no choice but to get in the way of the Geist of Saint Traft to at least give Brian an extra shot at an answer. The angel token and the Insectile Aberration dropped him to just 3, and after the ensuing draw phase, Brian had to pack it in to the lethal flying army despite just being one more attack step off from getting there.
Chris 1, Brian 0
Chris Baker's bugs get busy.
After being so close to stealing a win in the first game, Brian was anxious to be on the play in game two. He finished his sideboarding and shuffling well ahead of Chris and waited in silence. His opening hand was underwhelming, however, and he threw it back quickly while Chris chose to keep.
Evolving Wilds was the lead, and Chris quickly hit him with Gitaxian Probe for free, seeing Buried Ruin, Wurmcoil Engine, Ponder, Heartless Summoning and Solemn Simulacrum. Delver of Secrets followed it, and Chris was happy to see the Brian use his turn on Ponder rather than Heartless Summoning, allowing him to set up his game plan with Delver in play and untapped lands ready to defend it.
And still Heartless Summoning landed safely, leading to a Spellskite that was hit by Divine Offering on end step. Delver of Secrets flipped via a Gitaxian Probe that was immediately drawn and played before Chris got in for three. The lack of a Mana Leak on Heartless Summoning led Brian to believe that his spells were safe, and it sure looked like they were as Grand Architect and Solemn Simulacrum hit the field in succession.
That didn’t seem to bother Chris, as he did some math on Brian’s end step before deciding to Dismember the dangerous Grand Architect. Insectile Aberration picked up Runechanter’s Pike and slammed in for 7, leaving Brian on a leaky 9 life, but with at least a little time to find something.
Wurmcoil Engine was his answer once again, but all he could do was shrug and extend the hand when Chris flashed the Vapor Snag in his hand that would drop Brian to 8 and allow the equipped Insectile Aberration to connect for exactly lethal.
Chris 2, Brian 0