Round 12: Rudy Briksza vs. Sam Pardee
Rudy Briksza was one of the two undefeated players after day one, but a rocky Standard portion had seen him fall to 9-2. He hoped to get things back on track with his Jund Monsters deck, but Sam Pardee and his Mono-Blue Devotion deck stood in his way.
Sam sends his Mutavault into the red zone.
Sam had the first play of the game, a turn 2 Frostburn Weird, and Rudy had Sylvan Caryatid to respond. Both players made 5/5s on their third turns; Sam with Thassa, God of the Sea and Rudy with Polukranos, World Eater. Sam had a Bident of Thassa on turn 4 to give him the fifth blue devotion he needed, and Thassa swung in for 5 damage and a card.
Rudy sent five damage right back with his Polukranos, then played some more mana guys and passed the turn back. Sam had a big turn in store. He used Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx to make seven total mana, then cast Hall of Triumph and Master of Waves for six 3/2 Elemental tokens.
Rudy chuckled, looked at his top card, and moved on to game 2.
Sam Pardee 1, Rudy Briksza 0
Rudy's Golgari Charm doesn't quite work out as planned.
Rudy kicked things off with an Elvish Mystic, and had a second Mystic right behind it on turn 2. Sam had Judge’s Familiar on his turn 1, but simply played a Mutavault and passed on turn 2. Courser of Kruphix was Rudy’s next play, and Sam again had no action, simply playing a second Mutavault and passing the turn.
Domri Rade came down for Rudy, and Rudy attempted to -2 Domri to fight the Judge’s Familiar. Sam had Rapid Hybridization in response, and Rudy used Golgari Charm to regenerate his Courser of Kruphix. Sam cheerfully reminded him that you cannot regenerate a creature from a Rapid Hybridization, and Rudy lost his Courser in exchange for a 3/3 Frog Lizard, as well as his Domri to Sam’s next attack.
Tidebinder Mage tapped down the Frog Lizard, but it didn’t last for long, as Rudy killed it off with a Dreadbore, as replacing his Domri Rade with another from his hand as well. Sam found a Frostburn Weird and another Tidebinder Mage, tapping down the 3/3 token again, and started pressuring Domri with his Mutavaults.
Planeswalker #2 showed up on Rudy’s side, as Xenagos, the Reveler was cast, making a 2/2 Satyr. They didn’t hold for very long, however, as Sam drew a Nykthos, shrine to Nyx and unloaded his hand, casting Thassa, God of the Sea and a second Tidebinder Mage to tap the Satyr Token. This allowed for his Mutavaults and Frostburn weird to attack away both of Rudy’s planeswalkers.
Rudy simply drew his card and passed. When Sam activated both mutavaults and attacked with his army, Rudy extended the hand in defeat.
Sam Pardee 2, Rudy Briksza 0