Round 15: Ian Farnung vs. Mark Lepine
Former World Championship finalist Mark LePine is looking to earn his first Pro Tour appearance since 2001. Standing in his way is Ian Farnung, who hopes to keep the wheels on after an undefeated run on day 1.
Ian's calm demeanor defies his festive outfit.
Ian kicked things off with a Ghostfire Blade, and threatened to kick off Morphfest 2014 with a turn 2 Trail of Mystery. Sure enough, a facedown 2/2 showed up turn 3, and Ian used the trigger to fetch up a Swamp to go with his Forest and Islands. Mark, for his part, also had a Mystery Morph on turn 3, playing all Plains for his first 3 turns. Ian’s Morph picked up the Ghostfire Blade and crashed in for 4, and another Morph followed right behind.
Mark had a second Morph on his next turn, but didn’t have a fourth land drop, and passed the turn right back. When Ian attacked again on his next turn, he offered a trade, one of his Morphs for the unequipped Morph on Ian’s side. Ian flipped it up, revealing Sagu Archer, and Mark’s facedown Pine Walker hit the bin. Mark had another Morph on his next turn, but it was sent packing right back to his hand as Ian untapped and unmorphed Icefeather Aven, then dropped Mark to 6 with the 4/4 flier.
Mark’s remaining Mystery Morph attacked in for 2, and allowed him to cast Bellowing Saddlebrute post-combat without taking damage. It didn’t stick anyway, as Ian was ready with a Cancel. Mark briefly assessed the situation and then picked up his cards, revealing his facedown Abzan Guide in the process.
Ian Farnung 1, Mark Lepine 0
Mark learns the hard way: ALWAYS reveal your morphs!
Ian hoped to get the beats started early with a turn 2 Icefeather Aven, while Mark’s first play was a turn facedown Morph on turn 2, which Ian matched on his own turn after poking in the air for 2 damage. Mark got for 2 with his first Morph then followed up with another. Ian had Secret Plans to avoid trading his Morph with Mark’s, attacking with a pair of 2/3s to drop Mark to 14. Mark untapped and quickly fired back, sending both of his Morphs into the red zone. Ian chose to block with his own Morph, Mark attempted to pump the blocked Morph with a Dragonscale Boon, and Ian had Force Away in response to send it back to Mark’s hand.
Unfortunately, Mark picked up the Morph and returned it to his hand in one swift motion, failing to reveal it in the process. A judge was called, and it was determined that Mark had committed a Game Rule Violation, which ordinarily warrants a Warning, but would be upgraded to a Game Loss due to the hidden information involved. While spectators in the feature match area were able to vouch for which of the cards in Mark’s hand had been the returned card, Head Judge Chris Richter ruled that because Ian himself could not verify it, the Game Loss upgrade (which is standard policy at professional REL) would be upheld.
Ian Farnung 2, Mark Lepine 0