Round 12: Rudy Briksza vs. Sam Pardee
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%2C+God+of+the+Sea and Rudy with Polukranos%2C+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, 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%2C+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%2C+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