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%2C+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%2C+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%2C+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.