Round 12: Wilson Hunter vs. Kent Ketter
At 9-2, Ponder.
Kent was fine with his opening seven, but Wilson took a mulligan. Kent started things off with Underground+Sea into Deathrite+Shaman. Wilson fetched up and Island and cast a Ponder, keeping his three.
Kent fetched up a Bayou on his own turn before firing off a Thoughtseize. Wilson revealed Infernal+Tutor, Duress, Dark+Ritual, Cabal+Therapy, and two Brainstorms, and Kent got rid of the Duress. He made blue mana with his Deathrite+Shaman and cast Delver+of+Secrets, then passed back to Wilson. Wilson cast a main phase Brainstorm on his turn, then played a Polluted+Delta and fetched up Swamp. He paid 2 life to play Gitaxian+Probe, revealing Force+of+Will, Lilliaa of the Veil, and Verdant+Catacombs, then Duressed away the Lilliana before passing back.
Kent revealed Ponder to his Delver, then cast the Ponder and kept his top three. He swung with his Insectile+Aberration, knocking Wilson to 13, and shipped the turn. Wilson began his turn with a Ponder, and perhaps sensing that he needed to act soon, took a while reviewing the top three trying to find a way to begin comboing off. Ultimately, he kept the three cards but passed the turn back with no further play, and Kent shocked him to 11 at his end step with Deathrite+Shaman.
Insectile Abberation came across for 3, knocking Wilson to 8, and Kent passed the turn with four mana up and three cards in hand. Wilson drew his card and went for it.
The coast was clear, and Wilson was off to the races. Dark+Ritual, Dark+Ritual, Cabal+Ritual, gave Wilson a storm count of five and nine black mana in his pool. The last card in his hand was Infernal+Tutor, which retrieved another Infernal+Tutor, which retrieved Tendrils+of+Agony. Eight copies went on the stack, and Kent, who was at 16 from his fetchlands and Thoughtseize, went to 0.
Kent studies Wilson's graveyard.
Both players quickly kept their sevens, and Kent again started off the game with Underground+Sea into Deathrite+Shaman. Wilson began his turn by paying 2 life to cast Gitaxian+Probe, seeing Vendilion+Clique, Delver+of+Secrets, Spell+Pierce, and Lilliana of the Veil. He then fetched up a Swamp and cast Cabal+Therapy, getting rid of the Clique. He passed back to Kent, who didn’t find a second land, but added Delver+of+Secrets to his board and sat on Spell+Pierce
After Wilson played a land and passed, Kent whiffed on his Delver trigger but found Wasteland, playing it and passing back. Wilson played another Cabal+Therapy. It resolved and he named Lilliana of the Veil, leaving Kent with Spell+Pierce and Underground+Sea. Wilson passed back, and the Delver again remained just a 1/1, which poked Wilson down to 13. Wilson had simply land and pass, and fell to 11 thanks to Deathrite+Shaman. Wilson had no play on his next turn either, and fell to 8.
Insectile+Aberration finally came out to play, revealing Brainstorm. Kent knocked Wilson down to 4 and passed the turn with lethal on board. Wilson knew he had to go for it, and started the turn with a Duress. Kent responded with Brainstorm, and then Spell Pierced the Duress. Wilson decided to pay the two mana. Kent then Wastelanded Wilson’s Polluted+Delta, forcing him to crack it and fall to 3. Duress resolved, revealing Verdant+Catacombs and Scavenging+Ooze. The coast was clear. With just one untapped land, could Wilson get the job done?
He cast a Ponder. Then he actually pondered, taking a moment to process the five cards in his hand and the three on top of his deck. He decided they were good enough, and kept them on top. He played a Flooded+Strand and cracked it, falling to 2. Kent couldn’t respond with Deathrite+Shaman fast enough, and it was on to game 3.
Wilson, on the play, immediately played Gitaxian+Probe, seeing Daze, Misty+Rainforest, Thoughtseize, Polluted+Delta, Force+of+Will, Underground+Sea, and Deathrite+Shaman from Kent. He then fetched up Underground+Sea and Duressed away the Thoughtseize. Kent had turn 1 Underground+Sea into Deathrite+Shaman for the third time, and passed back to Wilson.
Wilson cast Lotus+Petal to play around Daze, and then cast Ponder. He kept on top, then played another Underground+Sea and cast Dark+Ritual. Kent let it resolve. He then cast Lion’s Eye Diamond. Kent was okay with that one too. Wilson then cracked his Lotus+Petal for a red mana and cast Empty+the+Warrens, threatening to make 10 Goblins.
Kent went into the tank, looking for a way to stabilize. He Forced one copy, pitching Daze, falling to 19 in the process. 8 1/1 Goblins entered the battlefield, and Wilson passed the turn. Kent played Tropical+Island, put a Delver+of+Secrets into play, and passed back.
Wilson Duressed, seeing a hand of two lands from Kent, then attacked with his eight goblins. Kent began crunching some numbers. He blocked with his just Deathrite+Shaman, letting 7 goblins through and falling to 12. His Delver didn’t flip, and he only drew his card and passed. Again the goblins came across, and Deathrite blocked one. Kent took 6 and fell to 6. Post-combat, Wilson looked to combo off some more, casting Dark+Ritual and cracking his Lion’s Eye Damond to pitch Past+in+Flames, then flashed it back, floating one black mana. Kent responded by removing the Empty+the+Warrens with Deathrite+Shaman. Wilson cast Gitaxian+Probe from his graveyard, then Ponder. He shuffled off of his Ponder, drew his card, and passed.
Kent again missed on his Delver+of+Secrets trigger, but cast another Delver, and passed with three blockers for Wilson’s six Goblins. Wilson attacked with them all, and Kent blocked with all available creatures, losing both Delvers in the process and falling to 3. Wilson played Preordain and passed, and Kent jumped back up to 5 at his end step, exiling a Delver+of+Secrets.
Wilson had no play, but attacked again. Kent fell to 3, then exiled a Dark+Ritual to knock Wilson to 11. On his turn he cast Ponder, shuffled, and found Scavenging+Ooze. He cast it and passed with two fetchlands untapped. Wilson found no play of his own, and passed it right back.
Kent next drew Hymn+to+Tourach, getting rid of Cabal+Therapy and Lion’s Eye Diamond and leaving Wilson with a single card in hand. He attacked with Scavenging+Ooze, Wilson took it, and he exiled his Delver+of+Secrets with Scavenging+Ooze in response, growing the Ooze and dropping Wilson to 8. Wilson drew his card and passed back, and time was called. Kent dropped Wilson to 6 with Deathrite+Shaman, and the five additional turns began.
Turn 1: Kent attacked with Ooze, Wilson blocked with a Goblin, and Kent passed.
Turn 2: Wilson drew and passed, and at his end step Kent dropped him to 4 with Deathrite+Shaman.
Turn 3: Kent cast a Brainstorm. He attacked again with Ooze, and Wilson blocked with his last goblin .
Turn 4. In Wilson’s Upkeep, Kent cast Vendilion+Clique, targeting Wilson. He revealed two Cabal Therapies, Lion’s Eye Diamond, and Infernal+Tutor. Infernal Tutor became Island, and Wilson extended the hand in defeat.