Round 15: Kent Ketter vs. Adam Fronsee
Both players enter Round 15 at 11-3 and a win means a chance to play for Top 8. Will Kent and G/B Dragons get to battle for a Top 8 berth or can Adam and his Heroes live to fight another day?
Adam's heroes get pumped up.
Kent, on the play, started the action on Turn 2 with a Thoughtseize after both players led with tapped lands. Kent took a Seeker of the Way, Adam's only threat, and passed after adding a Plains to his board. Adam had a Lagonna-Band+Trailblazer on his next turn to go with a Windswept+Heath while Kent missed his third land and played a face-up Den+Protector.
Adam fetched a Plains and scryed a card away with a Temple+of+Plenty before suiting up the Trailblazer with an Aqueous+Form to get in for one. Kent found an Opulent+Palace, attacked for two and shipped the turn back. Adam added an Ordeal+of+Thassa to his Trailblazer and attacked, scrying away a card, and drawing two to knock Kent to 14. Adam added a Windswept+Heath to his board and passed. Kent got in for two more with the Protector and played a Foul-Tongue+Invocation, revealing Dragonlord+Silumgar. Adam lost his creature and fetched a Plains at the end of the turn.
Adam began rebuilding with a Favored+Hoplite and pumped it with a Defiant+Strike to draw a card. Adam finished his turn by playing a Battlewise+Hoplite and a Mana+Confluence. Kent tapped out for a Courser+of+Kruphix and went to 19 after playing an Opulent+Palace from his hand. Adam kept going wide with a Hero+of+Iroas and put an Ordeal+of+Thassa on the Favored+Hoplite, which he attacked with and drew two cards from. Kent offered no blocks and went to 15.
Kent took a draw but his top card didn't offer up a land so he passed the turn with four mana up. Adam fetched an Island in his upkeep, drew, and targeted his Battlewise+Hoplite with a Defiant+Strike. He sent both Hoplites into the red zone leading Kent to line up his blocks. Kent put the Den+Protector on the Favored+Hoplite and offered non on the Battlewise+Hoplite. Adam used a Dromoka's Command to make Kent sacrifice an enchantment and put a +1+1 on the Battlewise+Hoplite. Kent lose his Courser and went for a Hero's Downfall on the Favored+Hoplite but Adam responded with Ajani's Presence, keeping all of his creatures alive and dropping Kent to 10.Kent was able to kill the Battlewise+Hoplite with a one-mana Murderous+Cut on the end step, untapped, and deployed a Deathmist+Raptor.
Adam started his next turn with a Gods+Willing on the Hero, naming green, then fired off a Dromoka's Command, choosing to have his Favored+Hoplite to grow and fight the Raptor, letting him attack for lethal.
Adam 1, Kent 0
Kent cuts down a hero.
Both players once again began with tapped lands and Kent got the action started on the second turn with a Satyr+Wayfinder, missing on finding a land. Adam tapped out for a Battlewise+Hoplite, which Kent used as an opportunity to kill it with Murderous+Cut, delving away two cards. Kent ended his turn by attacking for one with the Wayfinder.
Adam fetched a Plains and deployed a Lagonna-Band+Trailblazer and a Battlewise+Hoplite. Kent opened his next turn with a Temple+of+Malady and an Ultimate+Price on the Trailblazer. Adam began his next sequence with a Gods+Willing to grow the Hoplite then put an Ordeal+of+Thassa on it, attacked, drew two cards, and dropped Kent to 15. Kent simply made a land drop and passed the turn, pausing Adam in his upkeep to play Foul-Tongue+Invocation, revealing Dragonlord+Dromoka.
Adam lost his creature but was able to rebuild with a Treasure+Cruise into a Favored+Hoplite. Kent played a Deathmist+Raptor and an Opulent+Palace for the turn and Adam used a Defiant+Strike on his hoplite at the end of the turn. Adam untapped, attacked with his Hoplite and Kent threw his Wayfinder away to chump. Adam found another Battlewise+Hoplite and passed back.
Kent found his next land and tapped out for Dragonlord+Dromoka, leading Adam to respond by targeting his Battlewise+Hoplite with Defiant+Strike and Ajani's Presence before letting it resolve. Adam refueled with a three-mana Treasure+Cruise, looking for ways to get past the Dragonlord. Adam then used Ajani's presence on his Battlewise+Hoplite before playing Dromoka' Command growing his Battlewise+Hoplite and having it fight Dromoka. Kent lost his Dragonlord and went to 20 after all the combat.
Kent wasted no time slamming another Dragonlord+Dromoka on his next turn. Adam had no attacks and played a Hero+of+Iroas before passing so Kent could rumble with Dromoka, going up to 25. Kent added a Sylvan+Caryatid to his board and passed back. Adam went to 9 to fetch a Plains then used Gods+Willing on the Battlewise+Hoplite and attacked for seven, dropping Kent 18. Kent used Heaven of the Spirit Dragon to get back a Dragonlord+Atarka at the end of the turn.
Kent untapped and slammed the Dragonlord, killing the Favored+Hoplite then attacked with Dromoka. Adam looked at his next card but had no way out and grabbed his sideboard.
Adam 1, Kent 1
Adam opened the third game with a Temple+of+Enlightenment while Kent, on a mulligan to six, started with a Temple+of+Malady. Adam had Battlewise+Hoplite on the second turn and Kent matched with a two-drop of his own, Sylvan+Caryatid. Adam suited up his Hoplite with Ordeal+of+Thassa, knocking Kent to 16.
Kent played a Satyr+Wayfinder, finding a Windswept+Heath that he cracked immediately for a Forest. Kent tapped out for a second Caryatid and passed the turn. Adam put another Ordeal+of+Thassa on the Hoplite and attacked, drawing four cards, and Kent chumped with his Wayfinder. Adam went to 18 to fetch a Plains and added a Lagonna-Band+Trailblazer to his board before ending his turn. Kent played a Deathmist+Raptor and passed with a Llanowar+Wastes untapped.
Adam fetched an Island on his next turn and put another Ordeal+of+Thassa on his Hoplite. Adam moved to combat and drew two more cards and targeted his Hoplite with Gods+Willing, giving it protection from green. Kent fell to 10 and Adam left a card on top with his Temple+of+Enlightenment before passing. Kent tried to kill the Trailblazer with Ultimate+Price, but Adam had Ajani's Presence to save it.
Adam flashed one and Kent extended the hand.
Adam 2, Kent 1