Round 12: Gerry Thompson (Delver) vs. Reuben Bresler (Hive Mind)
StarCityGames.com writer Reuben Bresler has a very quick Round 12 in the Invitational.
Gerry sat down for the round a little late, stuck with a game loss before the match had begun. That meant Reuben had half the work done for him, but he’d still need one more off Gerry to take the match during Legacy’s final round. After the end of this match, they’d be putting those decks away until Top 8 time.
Gerry kept his opening hand, and Reuben did the same. Leading just 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