Round 11: Steve Rubin vs. Josh Ravitz
Kolaghan's Command is a popular card for the weekend, and is being played in several different decks. Which one will reign supreme this round: Steve Rubin and Grixis Delver or Blood+Crypt, paying three life in the process. He then casts a Thoughtseize, dropping his life total to fifteen on the first turn! Welcome to Modern! He takes Steve's Snapcaster+Mage, and passes the turn.
Unfortunately, Steve draws a Dispel for his turn, which is one of his sideboard cards. After a judge call, Steve receives a game loss, and we are on to sideboards.
Josh wins Game 1 and leads the match, 1-0!
Steve chooses to play, lamenting his mistake but hoping to take the next two games. The bad luck continues for Steve, as he mulligans down to five cards. Josh keeps his opening seven.
Steve Rubin assembles an army!
Steve does have a powerful play for his first turn, fetching Steam Vents and playing a Delver+of+Secrets, just like his deck wants to be doing. Josh punished Steve's mulligan by casting an Inquisition+of+Kozilek, taking Steve's Remand and leaving him with two cards.
Steve's Delver+of+Secrets refuses to transform, and an attack for one and a landdrop is all Steve can manage for the turn. A second Inquisition+of+Kozilek makes Steve cast his Snapcaster+Mage in response, but losing his Mana+Leak in the process. Josh plays a Raging+Ravine and passes his turn, his opponent now drawing off the top for the rest of the game.
The Delver still does not flip, and Steve attacks with his creatures and passes. Josh plays both a Grim+Lavamancer and Scavenging+Ooze for his turn, trying to put the pressure on Steve. Once again, for Steve's turn, his Delver does not flip, so he casts a second copy and passes.
Josh casts his third Inquisition+of+Kozilek, taking a Vendilion+Clique from Steve and then passes, leaving up mana to deal with Steve's board. However, the Delver still does not flip, but Steve does have a Tasigur%2C+the+Golden+Fang for his turn. But it is quickly dealt with by Josh, as he has a Terminate for the Legendary Shaman, followed by exiling the creature from Steve's graveyard with his Scavenging+Ooze and an attack. Finally, Josh kills one of Steve's Delvers with his Grim+Lavamancer.
The Delver finally flips for Steve with a Lightning+Bolt, but he leaves it back to block Josh's large Scavenging+Ooze. An attempt to fetch at the end of turn by Josh allows Steve to kill Josh's Grim+Lavamancer without much of a fight. However, on Josh's turn, we have an attack by a large Scavenging+Ooze, which is double blocked by a Snapcaster+Mage and a Insectile+Aberration. This followed up by a second Scavenging+Ooze and a Kitchen+Finks by Josh.
Josh wins Game 2, and the match, 2-0!