Round 15: Matt Costa (BUG Loam) vs. Adam Cai (Grixis Delver)
Adam Cai, on an interesting version of Delver in Legacy
With both players at 10-4 and still in contention, Matt Costa and Adam Cai had to give it their all in this match to stay alive.
"Do you know what I’m playing?" Adam queried, out of curiosity. Matt seemed like he had an idea…but wasn't 100%.
"Maybe, maybe not."
Matt played his own Underground+Sea and Pondered. A Lightning+Bolt was revealed off the top for Adam, and his Delver transformed into a 3/2. Wasteland took out Matt's Underground+Sea, and Adam attempted to play a second Delver. A Force+of+Will was met with a free Daze from Adam, letting Delver+of+Secrets enter the battlefield relatively unscathed.
Matt fetched using Verdant+Catacombs on his turn for Underground+Sea, and his Inquisition+of+Kozilek showed Adam's hand of Force+of+Will, Underground+Sea, and Polluted+Delta, taking Lightning+Bolt. Adam attacked in with 3/2 and 1/1 Delvers, putting Matt to 11.
Adam revealed Spell+Pierce on his next turn, and his two Delvers reduced Matt's life to 5. After peeking at his next card, Matt immediately picked up his cards for game two.
"That was the best draw I've had all tournament," Adam claimed.
Adam 1, Matt 0
Matt had assumed Adam was on Reanimator but was proven wrong. Figuring out what deck the opponent is on is half the game in Legacy. He would have a better idea in game two, as well as the play.
The two took a mulligan each to start. Adam accidentally saw a seventh card however, and the judge ruled he had to go to five. Perhaps it would be another quick game…
Matt used Polluted+Delta to find Island and Preordained, while Adam fetched an Underground+Sea and subsequently Pondered. Matt Preordained again on his second turn, sliding a Creeping+Tar+Pit into play.
An Inquisition+of+Kozilek from Adam saw Life+from+the+Loam, Snapcaster+Mage, Damnation, and two lands. It didn't look like Life+from+the+Loam was the right decision here, so Snapcaster+Mage it was! Adam cracked for another Underground+Sea and Thoughtseized the Damnation, going to 16 life.
Matt untapped, used Life+from+the+Loam to retrieve a fetchland, and passed. The two players found Wastelands, but Adam kept his, while Matt sniped Adam's Underground+Sea. In response, Vendilion+Clique came down from Adam after floating mana, but it saw only a couple weak counterspells. Adam left those alone.
Adam had one land in play, which he used to cast Delver+of+Secrets on his turn. Matt drew, Wastelanded Adam's lone land, and passed. Adam played a fetchland and passed without attacking, noting Matt's Creeping+Tar+Pit on the other side. Matt drew again, then played a second Creeping+Tar+Pit.
Brainstorm off the top for Adam flipped the Delver into a monstrous Insect. Matt went to 12 upon attacks, but Innocent+Blood prevented him from taking any more. Adam played a second fetchland, cracked both for two Underground+Seas, and summoned Tombstalker.
Matt 1, Adam 1
Matt Costa Loams back some Wastelands.
Matt took a mulligan and was happy with his six. Adam kicked the final game off with Underground into Duress; Matt showed Spell+Snare, Innocent+Blood, Scavenging+Ooze, and Vendilion+Clique, along with two lands. Adam took the Innocent+Blood.
Matt played a tapped Creeping+Tar+Pit, while Adam Thoughtseized to show that Matt had drawn Life+from+the+Loam; the Vendilion+Clique went to the bin. Matt cracked a Misty+Rainforest for Tropical Island and used Life+from+the+Loam to get back the fetchland.
Adam merely passed with two lands, and Matt drew, played, and sacked Misty+Rainforest, summoning Scavenging+Ooze. Adam floated a blue, Dazed—bouncing a land—and Matt tapped for Daze. Ghastly+Demise then took care of the Ooze as Matt was tapped out.
Adam was stuck on two lands for a few turns, while Matt went up to five lands. His Wasteland targeted Adam's Underground+Sea. In response, Adam put Lightning+Bolt on the stack, Dazed it, and bounced his own Underground+Sea back to his hand. He then paid for the Daze, putting Matt to 15. Adam replayed Underground+Sea and passed.
Adam found a second Underground+Sea to play; after Matt dredged back Life+from+the+Loam, Adam responded with Vendilion+Clique; Matt Intuitioned in response for—let's see—Wasteland, Life+from+the+Loam, and Darkblast. A tough choice for Adam, he let Matt keep the Wasteland. Vendilion+Clique came in but didn't remove any cards with all those options in Matt's graveyard.
Matt cast Life+from+the+Loam, getting back some lands. Adam Brainstormed and attacked with Vendilion+Clique. He then played Tombstalker, removing six cards from his graveyard. Matt called a judge to see if he could Spell+Snare, but Tombstalker's converted mana cost is eight, even when played for two!
Matt hit Adam for three with Creeping+Tar+Pit, putting them both at 12.
Adam used Wasteland to take out one of Matt's many lands and attacked with both fliers. Matt went down to 1 after a Lightning+Bolt. Matt looked for outs by flashing back Brainstorm with Snapcaster+Mage; on the third draw from Brainstorm, he dredged back Darkblast to murder Vendilion+Clique. An Innocent+Blood then saved Matt from certain death.
Matt dredged back Life+from+the+Loam on his turn, Wastelanded Adam's Volcanic+Island, Loamed back his lands, and Wastelanded Adam's final land. While Adam had no permanents, Matt still needed to find a win condition to take the match.
Matt found one in Scavenging+Ooze, which started removing cards from Adam's graveyard, slowly growing it. It hit Adam for three, putting him down to 9.
Matt went up to 3 life after removing Adam's Vendilion+Clique. He looked to have a game plan when he Wastelanded Adam's Polluted+Delta. Adam went ahead and cracked it, going to 8. Matt removed a Snapcaster+Mage from his graveyard, activated Creeping+Tar+Pit, and swung for exactly lethal.
Matt 2, Adam 1