Round 4: Andrew Schneider vs. Michael Braverman
Delver+of+Secrets got things started for Andrew, while Michael suspended an Ancestral+Visions on his first turn. Insectile+Aberration came out to play immediately, revealing a Brainstorm, which Andrew cast. He found no second land, and was content to swing for 3 in the air and pass back. Michael had Abrupt+Decay to answer the 3/2, and Andrew attempted to replace it with another Delver. Michael Force of Willed pitching Ancestral+Visions, and Andrew Forced back pitching a Snapcaster+Mage, allowing the Delver to stick.
Michael cast a Brainstorm, and found Wasteland, which took out Andrew’s one mana source. He passed the turn, and Delver flipped up again, this time revealing Force+of+Will. It got in one hit, dropping Michael to 12, before it too fell to Abrupt+Decay. Michael’s Ancestral+Visions came out of exile, but met a Force+of+Will from Andrew, and an Island into Ponder from Andrew drew Force+of+Will from Michael. Michael untapped and cast Hymn+to+Tourach, leaving both players with no cards in hand and no non-land permanents in play.
Andrew celebrated a bit as he took his draw and found another Delver+of+Secrets, but Michael laughed as he immediately drew another Abrupt+Decay to deal with it. After a few turns of draw-go on both sides, Michael found a Deathrite+Shaman, which met Chain+Lightning from Andrew. Michael’s next turn finally got him onto the board, as he cast Shardless+Agent and cascaded into Tarmogoyf.
Knowing he’d need to close the game out quickly, Andrew cast an end step Lightning+Bolt to drop Michael to 7, then untapped and Pondered into a Chain+Lightning, dropping him to 4. Michael attacked for 7, then cast another Shardless+Agent, this time finding Deathrite+Shaman. Andrew drew and cast a Brainstorm, but didn’t find the burn spells he would need to finish things out, and conceded the game.
Andrew led with a Scalding+Tarn and passed the turn, and when Michael opened up with a Deathrite+Shaman, Andrew was quick to fetch up a Volcanic+Island and fry it with a Lightning+Bolt. He cast a Brainstorm, then played an Island and a Delver+of+Secrets. Michael could only play a land and pass. Delver revealed Brainstorm, but Michael was ready with a Flusterstorm when Andrew cast it, although the 3/2 flier still brought the beats, dropping Michael to 17.
Wasteland from Michael sent Andrew back to just one Island in play. Andrew drew and cast a Brainstorm, then played Mountain and fired off of a Lava+Spike, dropping Michael to 13. When the Insectile+Aberration came swinging, it died to Abrupt+Decay. Michael untapped and committed to the board, casting Deathrite+Shaman and Baleful+Strix. Andrew drew and cast a replacement Delver+of+Secrets, then played a Scalding+Tarn and shipped back.
Lilliana of the Veil showed up next for Michael, and she ticked down to kill off Andrew’s Delver. Baleful+Strix poked for 1, dropping Andrew to 17. He drew his card and passed back. Hymn+to+Tourach prompted a Price+of+Progress from Andrew, which dropped Michael down to 7, but Liliana ticked up to clear out both players hands, and the Deathrite+Shaman quickly ate a Delver out of Andrew’s graveyard to bring Michael back up to 9, and the Strix swung again.
Goblin+Guide came off the top of Andrew’s deck swinging, killing off the Liliana+of+the+Veil. A second copy o of Liliana, however, sent Andrew back to square 1. Andrew drew his card and passed, and when Michael used Liliana to see what Andrew’s mystery card was, a second Price+of+Progress was the response. Thanks to Michael’s Deathrite+Shaman, however, the Price only dropped him to 7, and a Shardless+Agent into Tarmogoyf looked to seal the deal.
Andrew would need running burn spells to have a shot. He drew his card, smiled, and extended the hand.