Round 12: Gerry Thompson (Delver) vs. Reuben Bresler (Hive Mind)
StarCityGames.com writer Marsh+Flats Gerry passed, while Reuben fetched Island to start and cast Ponder, leaving his cards in place. Gerry fetched for Flats to get Plains, following with Island and Stoneforge+Mystic—did he suspect Reuben to be on the Back+to+Basics blue deck he was known for playing on the Open Series? Mystic found Batterskull.
Reuben had just Scalding+Tarn on the second turn, while Gerry played Tundra and then upkeeped his Batterskull into play, playing around both Stifle and Vendilion Clique at the same time. What he wasn’t playing around was Show+and+Tell—Reuben went to three lands and resolved the sorcery even after a Brainstorm from Gerry, putting in Hive+Mind.
Reuben 2, Gerry 0