Round 12: Oliver Tomajko vs. Josh Cho
Both players were looking to keep their Top 8 dreams alive, knowing a fourth loss would more than likely eliminate them from playing on Sunday. Would Oliver and Sneak and Show continue his winning ways or could Josh and BUG Delver stop him?
Josh stares down his opponent.
Oliver, on a mulligan to six, led things off with a Misty Rainforest while Josh fetched up a Tropical Island and played a Deathrite Shaman. Oliver simply played an Island and passed the turn as Josh deployed a Tarmogoyf and got in for 1 with the Shaman. Oliver played a Volcanic Island but still had no action and shipped the turn. Josh Pondered and attacked Oliver down to 17. Josh passed after using a Wasteland on Oliver’s red source.
Oliver cracked his fetch for a another Volcanic Island and played a third copy of the land from his hand. He decided it was time for Show and Tell. Josh went for a Daze, but Oliver had a Force of Will, pitching Ponder, but Josh had another Daze, keeping any giant monsters from coming into play. Josh drained Oliver to 13 with a DRS activation at the end step then attacked Oliver to 10 with the Tarmogoyf. Oliver had no action so DRS brought him down to 8.
Josh got in there with the Tarmogoyf again and passed. Oliver Brainstormed to try to find some action but ended up drawing the rest of his deck so that the two could get ready for a second game.
Josh 1, Oliver 0
Both were happy with their openers and Oliver kicked things off by Pondering. Josh fetched up an Underground Sea and started Game 2 the same as the first with a DRS. Oliver decided to go for a Turn-2 Blood Moon by removing a Simian Spirit Guide for a red mana. The Blood Moon resolved and Oliver passed. Locked out of mana other than for his Shaman, Josh attacked for 1 and passed. Oliver built up his lands as Josh got in with the DRS a few times, building up his hand.
At 15, Oliver paid a blue for a Gitaxian Probe to see what Josh had and saw a Force of Will with blue card back up. Josh attacked and passed not opting to use a Brainstorm off the Shaman. Oliver played a sixth land and passed dropping to 13 on the DRS attack. Oliver Brainstormed and ended his turn by discarding an Emrakul, the Aeons Torn, shuffling his graveyard back into his library. Josh attacked for 1 and discarded a Liliana of the Veil.
Oliver continued to sculpt his hand, playing a land and passing. Josh attacked again and discarded an Underground Sea. Oliver decided it was time to go for a Sneak Attack and Josh Forced it, pitching Ponder. Oliver countered it with a Red Elemental Blast and put in an Emrakul with Sneak Attack to destroy Josh’s board and hit him for 15. Josh was left with an Underground Sea and the Deathrite Shaman when Oliver’s turn was over. Josh Brainstormed by using DRS, but Oliver had a Spell Pierce. Oliver flashed a Griselbrand and Josh knew it was over.
Josh 1, Oliver 1
Oliver tanks on a decision.
Both kept their sevens and both players started with a Misty Rainforest. Josh fetched up a Tropical Island to go with his Underground Sea for the turn and played Sylvan Library, but Oliver responded by fetching an Island and countering it with Spell Pierce. Oliver untapped and Pondered and decided to send all three back for a fresh card. Oliver fetched up another Island Pondered for a second time. Oliver shipped the turn after playing a Lotus Petal.
Josh played a Verdant Catacombs and passed after thinking for a while. Oliver played a Misty Rainforest and passed so Josh searched up a Bayou with his fetch land and went for a Vendilion Clique so Oliver Brainstormed in response. After putting some cards back Oliver showed a hand with two monsters, a Blood Moon, Force of Will, and a Ponder. Josh let him keep the hand and untapped. Josh attacked for 3 and Pondered. Unhappy with his options, Josh shuffled the cards away for a fresh one off the top.
Oliver Pondered and passed, trying to set up a big turn. Josh attacked Oliver down to 12 and played a Tarmogoyf before passing. Oliver fetched up a Volcanic Island and Josh knew what was coming. Oliver played the Blood Moon so Josh fetched an Underground Sea in response and floated a black and a green mana, let the Moon resolve, and used an Abrupt Decay on it.
Josh attacked for 7, knocking Oliver to 4 and played a Delver of Secrets Josh considered another play but passed with three open mana. Oliver went for Sneak Attack, losing his Petal to do so and Josh used a Force of Will, pitching a Delver of Secrets to stop it. Oliver looked at his cards and extended the hand.
Josh 2, Oliver 1