Round 12: Brian Braun-Duin vs. Tom Ross
In a rematch from the quarterfinals of the Legacy Open in Atlanta just a few weeks ago, BBD and Tom Ross meet at 10-1 in the final round of Legacy of Day 2. Would Tom stay undefeated in Legacy with Infect or would Brian take the match with Miracles and avenge his loss in Atlanta?
Brian assembles the Counter-Top combo in Game 1.
Tom won the die roll and led with a turn-1 Noble Hierarch off a Tropical Island while Brian fetched up a Tundra for a Sensei’s Divining Top. Tom dropped an Inkmoth Nexus to play a Blighted Agent, but Brian used Force of Will, pitching a Jace, the Mind Sculptor to keep the 1/1 off the board. Tom ended his turn by attacking for one with the Hierarch. Brian added a land after topping and passed.
Tom started turn 3 with a Brainstorm then fetched up a Forest, added another Hierarch and attacked with the Nexus to give BBD three poison counters after the double exalted trigger. Brian played a Counterbalance, but did not find a third land and shipped the turn back. Tom untapped and attacked with his Nexus and cast an Invigorate, but BBD had the Force. Tom said “Okay,” and played another Invigorate and Brian scooped up his cards.
Tom 1, Brian 0
Tom gets in for infect damage in Game 2.
BBD kept his seven and led with an Island, Tom had a turn-1 Glistener Elf, but BBD had the Force of Will. Brian played a Tundra and passed and Tom used his next turn to resolve a Blighted Agent after dropping an Inkmoth Nexus. Brian played another land and passed. Tom attacked with his Agent and the Nexus after playing a Windswept Heath. BBD tried to use Vendilion Clique at the end of the turn, but Tom had the Daze, returning his Tropical Island.
Brian played his fourth land, an Arid Mesa, and passed with all his mana up. Tom replayed the Tropical Island and attacked with his pair of infect creatures again and passed after BBD took his fourth poison counter. At end of turn, BBD fetched up a land and used Wear to destroy the Nexus. Brian played another land and passed. Tom untapped and Brainstormed then cracked his Heath for another Tropical Island and played a Noble Hierarch. Tom attacked, triggered exalted then cast Invigorate on the Agent. Brian looked at his hand then dropped his cards and extended the hand.
Tom 2, Brian 0