Round 16: Ben Wienburg vs. Tyler Phelps
We got ourselves an Elves mirror with a Top-16 finish for the winner. Would Ben Wienburg or Tyler Phelps pilot the other “little green men” to the win?
Ben plays an Elvish Visionary.
Ben kept his seven after some deliberation while Tyler went down to six cards. Ben started things with a Deathrite Shaman and Tyler Green Sun’s Zenithed for a Dryad Arbor. Ben added an Arbor of his own to the board and played a Nettle Sentinel before attacking for one with the Shaman. Tyler had a Sentinel of his own and a Birchlore Ranger then played a Heritage Druid into a Wirewood Symbiote.
Ben started with a Glimpse of Nature into a Nettle Sentinel into Wirewood Symbiote, bounced a Sentinel, then played another Symbiote, then bounced his Shaman and played a Birchlore Ranger into the Nettle Sentinel again, replayed the Deathrite Shaman into a Symbiote into a Heritage Druid, then found his Gaea’s Cradle, tapped it and played Craterhoof Behemoth, and attacked with his Behemoth, Sentinel, and Arbor to take the game after more Symbiote shenanigans.
Ben 1, Tyler 0
Tyler begins a combo turn.
Both went down six this time and Tyler started things off with a Deathrite Shaman from a Bayou and Ben opted to Green Sun’s Zenith for a Dryad Arbor this time. Tyler played a Quirion Ranger and attacked for one then replayed the land and cast Nettle Sentinel. Ben went for another GSZ, this time for an Elvish Visionary.
Tyler couldn’t find a second land so he attacked with the Sentinel and the Shaman, then used his Ranger to bounce his Bayou and played a GSZ for a Heritage Druid then played a Wirewood Symbiote and passed. Ben began his turn by fetching up a Bayou and played Natural Order sacrificing Elvish Visionary and put Elderscale Wurm into play then passed.
Tyler went into the tank before generating some mana with his creatures to use Glimpse to replay Quirion Ranger then played Natural Order, sacrificing the Ranger, to put an Elvish Visionary into play then cast a Symbiote into another Symbiote, bouncing his Visionary then replaying it, played a Nettle Sentinel into another Visionary, made more mana and played another Glimpse and a Shaman into a Symbiote into a Ranger into another Druid into another Shaman into a Birchlore Rangers until he finally found his Gaea’s Cradle, played Natural Order off his floating mana, getting rid of a Visionary for a Symbiote, activated his Shaman to drain Ben, a process he did again, into another Shaman into Sentinel into another Natural Order ditching a Visionary for a Birchlore Rangers, until he had to go to clean up and discard down to seven cards.
Ben decided it was his time for a Glimpse and started with a Birchlore Rangers then played a GSZ for a Wirewood Symbiote, fetched up a Forest to play another Birchlore Rangers and passed the turn. Tyler began using his Shaman and untapping it until he finally drained Ben out with the rare from Return to Ravnica.
Ben 1, Tyler 1
Ben again went to six and Tyler kept his seven. Ben started with a Bayou into Thoughtseize to take a Glimpse of Nature from Tyler’s hand. Tyler had a turn-1 Deathrite Shaman off a fetched up Bayou and passed. Ben played a Wirewood Symbiote and passed back. Tyler used a Thoughtseize of his own to take a Glimpse from Ben then played an Elvish Visionary and shipped the turn back.
Ben fetched a Dryad Arbor at the end of turn then untapped and attacked Tyler down to 14 before playing a Verdant Catacombs and passing. Tyler played a Symbiote and bounced his Visionary then replayed it and ended his turn with a Heritage Druid. Ben got another Arbor at the end of the turn and untapped and played a Deathrite Shaman and a Gaea’s Cradle but had no other play.
Tyler started making mana and replayed his Visionary then played a Deathrite Shaman into a Natural Order, ditching a Shaman, getting a Quirion Ranger and passed with no further action. Ben played a Visionary of his own to get a card, then bounced it with his Symbiote so he could replay it then another Symbiote into the Visionary again then ended his turn with a Nettle Sentinel.
Tyler generated a bunch of mana until he could cast a Craterhoof Behemoth which prompted the concession from Ben.
Tyler 2, Ben 1