Round 16: Drew Levin vs. Patrick Albergo
Sitting with 10-5 records each, the winner of this match would likely be able to make it into the top 32, assuming nothing wonky happened with the breakers. The loser would be relegated a top 64 finish, meaning this match was worth a cool $500 and five Open points to the winner and only a lonely three Open points to the loser.
Drew won the roll and led off with Island and Ponder. Patrick used Arid Mesa to find Taiga and cast Goblin Lackey, which received Force of Will (revealing Omniscience). Ponder was also the play on Drew’s second turn, and he added a fetchland. Patrick tried to resolve a second Goblin Lackey this time around, and it resolved. All Drew could do was develop his board and hope to not get Overrun by the Goblin hoard. Goblin Piledriver came down on his third turn…
But that was the last thing Patrick would do in the first game, as Show and Tell dropped Dream Halls, Gitaxian Probe discarded to cast Enter the Infinite, Omniscience resolved, Drew cast Cunning Wish and covered his opponent in fire ants until Patrick died from tiny bite wounds.
Drew 1, Patrick 0.
Now on the draw, and in one of the toughest matchups anyone is likely to face in this tournament, Patrick led with naught but a turn one Mountain. Drew cast Preordain before passing, and Patrick used Cavern of Souls on Soldier to cast Thalia, Guardian of Thraben. That’ll be a good one! Drew cast another Preordain on his second turn to further fix his mana. Thalia swung for two, and after a quick consultation about which Goblins are also Soldiers Patrick cast Goblin Matron (not a Soldier) to find Goblin Lackey.
Drew cast Brainstorm on his third turn, drawing three and then putting two back on top, before playing a fetchland and passing. Patrick was able to attack for three, dropping Drew to 15, and also cast the Goblin Lackey he searched for earlier. He had to hope that Drew couldn’t go off next turn, and Rishidan Port tapping Island allowed him to delay the combo player’s development further. In came the trio of creatures for Patrick, and the Lackey brought Goblin Warchief to play as well. That allowed Goblin Ringleader to dig up another Warchief and, with Drew on 9, set up lethal for the next turn.
But Patrick didn’t get that far.
Port tapping Island didn’t stop Show and Tell from putting Omniscience into play, then Rushing River bounced Thalia and a Warchief. Now able to go full steam ahead, Drew cast Enter the Infinite, Cunning Wish for Release the Ants (with another Enter the Infinite on top) and Patrick extended his hand.
Drew 2, Patrick 0.
Drew’s win lets him go to 11-5 and finish in the money, while Patrick’s loss means he’ll have to settle for 10-6 and a top 64 finish. Not what he was hoping for, but certainly nothing to sneeze at.
Tough one for Goblins. Well, sometimes you’re the Ants, and sometimes you get covered in them. It happens!