Round 10: David McDarby (Solar Flare) vs. Elijah Herr (U/W Delver)
Elijah Herr snaps his Snapcasters into play with ferocity.
David played Swamp, while Elijah Pondered twice on his turn. He played Geist of Saint Taft next, which quickly died to one of David's many Phantasmal+Images. Restoration+Angel from Elijah met a quick Doom+Blade, and the two drew-passed for a turn cycle. Elijah found a Snapcaster+Mage however on his next turn to shuffle away the top of his deck. He then cast Gitaxian+Probe, paying two life.
After taking a hit from Snapcaster+Mage, David and Elijah were both at 18. Elijah tried to copy his Snapcaster+Mage with Phantasmal+Image, and David Forbidden Alchemied in response. He binned a couple Sun+Titans, and Snapcaster+Mage resolved, flashing back another Ponder.
Phantasmal+Image from David copied his opponent's Snapcaster+Mage, and he recycled a Forbidden+Alchemy for cheap; or at least he tried to—Elijah had Mana+Leak to fight it. Elijah used his turn to Ponder, shuffle, Gut Shot David's Phantasmal+Image, and swing for four. David subsequently went to 14.
David had little going on on his side of the board but had an impressive array of lands; when he had eight, he cast an Unburial+Rites targeting Sun+Titan. It resolved, and David targeted Phantasmal+Image in the grave. Elijah responded with both Dismember and Gut Shot to get rid of the juicy clone target. David merely copied Snapcaster+Mage, flashing back nothing, and passed.
The 2/1s traded off when Elijah attacked, with David taking two from the remaining Phantasmal+Image (the one mimicking Snapcaster+Mage). Elijah resolved Geist+of+Saint+Traft, and David cast Forbidden+Alchemy at end of turn. He tried Day+of+Judgment, which Elijah Mana Leaked; David paid the mana, but Elijah had a second.
David 1, Elijah 0
Elijah kept, while David took two trips to Paris. Elijah began with Gitaxian+Probe, showing Island, 2 Lingering+Souls, Day+of+Judgment, and Sun+Titan—a sketchy five if I ever saw one! Could David make a game of it anyway? Elijah then Pondered off Island.
David found Evolving+Wilds and played it, while Elijah flashed back Gitaxian+Probe with Snapcaster+Mage; the 2/1 started getting in. Elijah landed a Sword+of+War+and+Peace to add pressure. David played his third land and used Phantasmal+Image to copy Snapcaster+Mage, with nothing in the graveyard.
Elijah equipped and swung, and David quickly blocked; Lingering+Souls made him some white Spirits. Unfortunately, they couldn't block the 4/3 Mage, and David went down to 10. Tamiyo%2C+the+Moon+Sage from Elijah was more than enough for David to handle.
The two moved onto game three.
Elijah 1, David 1
It was Elijah's turn to mulligan this game; he went to five and went second. His play was the predictable Gitaxian+Probe. David revealed two lands, Doom+Blade, Elesh+Norn%2C+Grand+Cenobite, Lingering+Souls, and Forbidden+Alchemy. Elijah copied the same play next turn, showing David had drawn Glacial+Fortress. He then Pondered to finish.
David made two Spirit tokens on his turn, and they started getting in for bits of damage. The flashbacked version was Mana Leaked by Elijah, who then went on to pass the turn back. After David's tokens got in, putting Elijah to 14, Restoration+Angel came down for Elijah. However Doom+Blade took it to an early demise.
Phantasmal+Image from David copied Snapcaster+Mage on the other side, and David recycled Ponder; Elijah ticked down to 7 life. The two 2/1s traded as soon as Elijah attacked, and David summoned a Sun+Titan on his turn, which ran into Dissipate.
Moorland+Haunt let Elijah find a way to trade with David's lone token, and he stabilized at 7. The two played draw-go for a while until David played Forbidden+Alchemy; he found Lingering+Souls—but Dissipate from Elijah saved him from any potential token armies.
Elijah resolved a Delver+of+Secrets, which got in for a point of damage; at end of turn, David flashbacked Forbidden+Alchemy, and Nihil+Spellbomb came down to blow up Elijah's full graveyard. Elijah then attacked David to 16—still a long way to go!
With tons of lands, David went for an Elesh+Norn%2C+Grand+Cenobite; Elijah could do little but bin his Delver+of+Secrets and flash in a mini Restoration+Angel. However Elijah did have Phantasmal+Image on his turn to legend rule the Praetor. When David tried to Doom+Blade the Angel, Elijah saved it with Vapor+Snag. But David had a second waiting. Elijah then cast a Delver+of+Secrets.
Elijah generated a couple Spirit tokens with Moorland+Haunt and started getting in for some real damage with three 1/1s, putting David to 13. After Pondering, David landed a Sun+Titan, getting back Phantasmal Image…into Phantasmal Image…into Oblivion+Ring on Delver+of+Secrets. Three 6/6s in one turn!
David used Forbidden+Alchemy to draw…perhaps a path to victory? He attacked with his three Titans, getting back a Phantasmal+Image (copying Sun+Titan), Oblivion+Ring, Vault of the Archangel, and Nihil+Spellbomb. Elijah had to block everything, and David activated Vault to go up to 31. Elijah's board was eliminated, and David still had three 6/6 Phantasmal+Images.
Elijah drew, saw nothing, and scooped it up.
David 2, Elijah 1