Round 12: Brian Braun Duin vs. Max Tietze
Heading in to the last round of Legacy on Day 2, both BBD and Max had 10-1 records… and faced each other at the very top table as a result. Who could emerge from the last round of Legacy action with the tournament lead?
BBD bears a striking resemblance to the flying spaghetti monster!
Max, playing UWR Delver, won the die roll and decided to lead things off with a mulligan, while BBD kept his Sneak and Show opening hand. When Max found six cards he liked, he began by playing Delver of Secrets off Volcanic Island. Briand opened with Polluted Delta, finding Island, and casting Ponder. Finding the top three cards of his deck acceptable, he rearranged them and passed. Max’s Delver did not ‘blind flip,’ and so Brian fell to 18 on attacks. Scalding Tarn followed by Ponder was the play post combat, and Max library was less agreeable than BBD’s. Prefering a random top card, Max shuffled, drew, and passed. Brian’s turn two was also Scalding Tarn, followed by an equally quick pass of the turn.
Delver flipped now, thanks to Ponder, and the Insectile Aberration dropped Brian to 15. When Max cast Ponder, Brian responded with a fetchland activation… to which Max responded with his own fetch activation and a Stifle… which BBD Spell Pierced. The Mountain BBD found with the Tarn entered the battlefield after the flurry (as did Max’s Tundra), and finally Max’s cantrip resolved. He shuffled again to get a random card rather than the disagreeable top of his deck. Max added Wasteland before passing the turn.
All of that was preamble to this turn’s action. Brian dropped Ancient Tomb and cast Show and Tell with it, keeping up one mana to pay for Daze should Max have the Nemesis common. That wasn’t necessary as it turns out, as the Urza’s Saga rare resolved. Brian dropped Emrakul, the Aeons Torn into play, while Max did not add a permanent to his board. Wasteland removed the Ancient Tomb, but that wasn’t enough. Brian cast Brainstorm first and then used a fetchland to grab another Island (just in case), and then Emrakul swung in for fifteen. The annihilator trigger from the Eldrazi elicited Stifle to save Max’s permanents but it was all for naught. Max fell to just 4 life from the creature dealing damage, and even though the 3/2 flyer Max controlled dropped Brian to 8 in combat he was not going to win this race. That panned out on Brian’s next attack step, as Max scooped up his permanents before taking lethal damage.
Max evaluates his options against Defense Grid.
Brian 1, Max 0.
Max kept his opening seven, and used Arid Mesa to find Tundra and cast Delver of Secrets. Brian initiated game two with Gitaxian Probe, revealing Max’s Daze, Meddling Mage, Force of Will, Brainstorm, and Scalding Tarn. Brian used Island to cast that Probe, so he had no further play. Delver flipped thanks to another Daze, and Volcanic Island made its way into play thanks to the fetchland activation. Meddling Mage also entered the battlefield, and as the Chris Pikula Magic Invitational card came down it said “no!” to Show and Tell. BBD’s turn two was less spectacular: Mountain, pass.
Max’s army dealt five damage, and Brian fell to 12. Max kept up all of his mana to fight over Brian’s inevitable “go-for-it” turn, which came about on Brian’s next main phase: Lotus Petal and Island both came down, then Brian went for Defense Grid to try to lock Max out of counterspelling action. Max cast Brainstorm in response, which netted him some cards to try to fight over the Urza’s Legacy rare. Max cast a found Force of Will removing one of the copies of Daze to attempt to counter the counterspell, but Brian had a copy of his own (removing Show and Tell) to fight over it. So the Grid resolved.
Max battled for five, and Brian fell to 6. Max found a third land with another fetchland, this time searching out Tundra number two, and used the Wear half of Wear//Tear to destroy the artifact that prevented meaningful counterspelling action. Brian drew and passed, and after missing on a draw step or two Max’s pair of aggressively-costed blue creatures did the rest.
Brian 1, Max 1.
Brian, on the play for the first time in this feature match, kept his seven while Max had to mulligan for the second time in three games. He led with Gitaxian Probe off Island, showing Max’s hand of two Delvers, Force of Will, Wasteland, Volcanic Island, and Scalding Tarn. Max cast one of those Delvers with Volcanic Island on his first turn. Brian cast Ponder on his turn two, and happy with what he found he played Polluted Delta and passed. The Delver did not flip so the 1/1 Human Wizard battled for one damage. Max added Scalding Tarn to his board before casting the second Delver of Secrets, threatening a bunch of damage should BBD not have either an answer or a Show and Tell. Both players resolved fetchland activations, BBD for Volcanic Island and Max for Tundra, which he used to add Delver number three! That is a whole mess of potential damage!
Brian played Ancient Tomb and Pyroclasm, which was met by Force of Will… and managed to dodge another Delver upkeep to only fall to 15. Wasteland removed Brian’s red mana from the board before Max passed. Brainstorm resolved next turn for Brian, who dug for Scalding Tarn to find Mountain to cast Pyroclasm number two. This time it resolved, and Max was out of gas. He drew and passed.
Brian had time to set up his kill now that he wasn’t facing a trio of flying 3/2s (or even 1/1s). He cast Sneak Attack, falling to 9, which resolved. The Sneak Attack activated to drop Emrakul, who removed fifteen of Max’s life points and also all of his lands. Not finding a miracle on top, Max let Brian put in Griselbrand on his next turn before extending his hand.
Brian 2, Max 1.