Round 10: Oscar Jones (8-1) vs. Seth Manfield (8-1)
Oscar won the die roll and chose to play. Both players kept their opening seven.
Oscar led with Razorverge Thicket into Birds of Paradise. Seth played and sacrificed a Misty Rainforest for a basic Forest, going to 19, and cast a Birds of Paradise of his own. Oscar’s second turn saw a tapped Overgrown Tomb and a Spellskite, while Seth gave his turn a great deal of thought before playing Gavony Township and tapping everything for a Kitchen Finks that put him on 21 life.
Oscar, not to be outdone, had a Swamp and a Linvala, Keeper of Silence. Seth’s Misty Rainforest found an Overgrown Tomb this time, going to 18 with it untapped, and had Birthing Pod, paying life for it.
Oscar thought before playing Godless Shrine untapped, going to 18 himself, and adding Qasali Pridemage to his battlefield and then a Voice of Resurgence. Linvala attacked for four with an Exalted trigger and the Pridemage annihilated the Birthing Pod.
Seth had a Noble Hierarch on his turn and a second Birds of Paradise. Oscar, meanwhile, had a Gavony Township and attacked for three more in the air with Linvala. A third Misty Rainforest activation for Seth found Temple Garden, untapped, into a Ranger of Eos, which tutored up Birds of Paradise and Noble Hierarch. Seth chose not to attack and passed, leading Oscar to activate Gavony Township on his team.
Oscar untapped, drew, and weighed his options. He cast Birthing Pod, paying life, and sacrificed Voice of Resurgence to get Orzhov Pontiff, devastating Seth’s board of 0/1 creatures and inducing a scoop.
Oscar 1, Seth 0.
Seth had the option and chose to play. Both players kept seven.
Seth consults his sideboard.
Seth led with Forest and Birds of Paradise, while Oscar had Overgrown Tomb (untapped, going to 18) into Noble Hierarch. Seth sacrificed a Verdant Catacombs, going to 19, and found a basic Swamp. After a hand-check on the opponent (six cards), Seth cast Birthing Pod, paying himself down to 17 life.
Oscar untapped, played a Verdant Catacombs, sacrificed it for a basic Swamp, and cast Orzhov Pontiff to clear away Seth’s Birds of Paradise, leaving the life totals 17-all. Seth’s follow-up was a Misty Rainforest into an untapped Temple Garden, but he had an Orzhov Pontiff of his own to wipe Oscar’s board clean, one Orzhov Pontiff haunting another.
Seth’s Thoughtseize revealed Murderous Redcap, Viscera Seer, and Godless Shrine in Oscar’s hand. Murderous Redcap hit the graveyard and Seth went to 12 life.The Orzhov Pontiff was sacrificed, haunting Melira, to Pod up Linvala, Keeper of Silence.
Oscar 1, Seth 1.
Oscar had the option and chose to play. Oscar mulliganed right away, while Seth went into the tank on his seven and mulliganed as well. Oscar needed another mulligan, while Seth kept his six.
Oscar prepares for Game 3.
Oscar settled on his five cards and began with Verdant Catacombs and a pass. Seth had Razorverge Thicket into a Noble Hierarch, and during the end step Oscar fetched up a tapped Overgrown Tomb, going to 19 life.
Oscar’s second turn brought Thoughtseize, stripping a Slaughter Pact from Seth’s hand, and a tapped Godless Shrine. Seth untapped, played Misty Rainforest, and attacked for 1 with Noble Hierarch. Oscar had a Scavenger Ooze for follow-up, and Seth found Overgrown Tomb on the end step.
Seth had Godless Shrine tapped and passed, while Oscar had a Birds of Paradise but did not attack with Scavenger Ooze. Seth found yet another Misty Rainforest, fetching a basic Forest, and cast Reveillark for full retail. Life totals stood at Oscar 16, Seth 18.
Oscar took two for a tapped Temple Garden, going to 14, and then 10 to cast and activate Birthing Pod, sacrificing Scavenger Ooze to get a Kitchen Finks that returned him to 12 life. Seth untapped and considered his draw before attacking with Reveillark, sending Oscar to 7 life with the Noble Hierarch’s Exalted trigger.
Seth added a Kitchen Finks of his own to the battlefield and passed. Oscar untapped, drew, and considered his next crucial turn carefully. He played an Overgrown Tomb untapped, going to 5 life, and tapped all his lands to cast Murderous Redcap, pinging Reveillark. A Birthing Pod activation sacrificed Kitchen Finks for a second Redcap, also aimed at the Reveillark, which died.
Seth untapped and drew. He was up on life but down on action. He added Gavony Township to his battlefield and cast Ranger of Eos, searching up Viscera Seer and Noble Hierarch. Seth cast both creature spells and attacked with Kitchen Finks. One of Oscar’s Murderous Redcaps blocked and returned to the battlefield, its Persist trigger aimed at a Noble Hierarch, which was sacrificed to Viscera Seer.
Oscar sacrificed a Birds of Paradise to Birthing Pod to get Melira, Sylvok Outcast. He added a Viscera Seer to his side of the battlefield, completing the infinite damage combo with his counter-free Murderous Redcap, and Seth conceded.
Oscar Jones wins 2-1 over Seth Manfield and reaches a record of 9-1.