Round 12: Michael Majors (10-1) vs. Levi Gable (10-1)
Michael won the die roll and chose to play. Both players kept seven.
Michael led with an Island and a pass. Levi cracked a Scalding Tarn for an Island of his own, going to 19, and cast Serum Visions, switching the order of his cards on top. In the end step, Michael Majors cast Thought Scour on Levi, milling a Snapcaster Mage and a land.
Michael went to 17 by playing Scalding Tarn and fetching an untapped Steam Maze. Then he went to 15 for a Gitaxian Probe, revealing Remand, Splinter Twin, Pestermite, Lightning Bolt, Forest, Steam Vents, and Sulfur Falls. Michael played Pyromancer Ascension and passed.
On his turn, Levi played Sulfur Falls and passed. Michael answered with Goblin Electromancer, which met a Remand. A Scalding Tarn and a pass sent Levi into his turn, where he played Steam Vents untapped, paying two life, and passed. In the end step, Michael fetched up a Steam Vents of his own.
Under pressure to combo off before Levi did, Michael went with Goblin Electromancer and then Manamorphose. Levi answered by flashing in Pestermite, untapping Steam Vents, and a Lightning Bolt killed the Electromancer. A Storm count came up with four and Shivan Reef entered the battlefield.
Levi studies his opponent.
Another Goblin Electromancer came down and a Grapeshot took out the Pestermite and a chunk of Levi’s life total, leaving the life totals 13-12. Levi’s Electrolyze then offed the Electromancer. Michael had a Sleight of Hand, which he puzzled over, and a second Pyromancer Ascension. A Thought Scour charged up both Ascensions and Michael passed.
Levi only played a Mountain and passed. Michael had Manamorphose and then Sleight of Hand, charging up both Pyromancer Ascensions and setting his spells to copy. Misty Rainforest fetched up a basic Island. Gitaxian Probe revealed Steam Vents, Pestermite, Splinter Twin, Forest, and Flame Slash in Levi’s hand – the combo again!
Michael 1, Levi 0.
Levi had the option and chose to play, but had to mulligan. Michael joined him in the “no thanks” category, though both players stayed on six.
Michael sideboards after Game 1.
Levi led with Misty Rainforest and a pass. Michael went to 17 right away, cracking Scalding Tarn for a Steam Vents untapped and following with Serum Visions, both cards kept on top. In the end step, Levi found a basic Island with his Misty Rainforest and went to 19.
Levi played Steam Vents untapped, making the life totals 17-all, and passed. Michael cast Sleight of Hand and played a tapped Steam Vents before passing. Levi had a Misty Rainforest and a pass. Michael puzzled over his third turn, eventually playing an Island and passing.
Michael went to 15 on a Gitaxian Probe, seeing Lightning Bolt, Remand, Deceiver Exarch, and Flame Slash. Another Gitaxian Probe put him on 13, netting another card. A Manamorphose met a Remand. Scalding Tarn fetched up a basic Mountain, putting Michael on 12 life.
Manamorphose succeeded the second time around. Pyretic Ritual, Desperate Ritual, and then Empty the Warrens put sixteen 1/1 Goblin tokens on the battlefield, threatening a lethal attack, as Levi’s various lands had left him on 16 life.
Levi dug for answers with Serum Visions, putting both cards on the bottom, but he only had a tapped Steam Vents and a pass. Michael weighed his attack and swung in with 14 of the goblins. Levi blocked one, going to 3 life. A postcombat Misty Rainforest and a pass meant Levi had one turn to find an answer.
Michael Majors wins 2-0 over Levi Gable and goes to 11-1.