Round 4: Lu Cai vs. Vladimir De Valle
These two faced off in a feature match yesterday and Lu won, so Vladimir was looking for some revenge.
He won the die roll and led with Goblin Guide off a basic Mountain, revealing himself to be mono-red. Goblin Guide cranked in and didn't lead Lu to the promised land. Lu played Volcanic Island and passed.
Legacy Open competitor Lu Cai
Lu fetched up a Tropical Island and passed, but Vladimir declined to attack on his turn. Lu took advantage with a 3/4 Tarmogoyf and Vladimir reraised with Lightning Bolt and Grim Lavamancer to the face, dropping Lu to 12. Vladimir went for Keldon Marauders and was stymied by Force of Will powered by a pitched Force of Will. He sent a third Lightning Bolt at Lu's nugget, dropping him to 8 and passed the turn.
Snapcaster Mage allowed Lu to drop the Grim Lavamancer with Lightning Bolt and Tarmogoyf crashed in for three. Vladimir had it, firing off Chain Lightning and another Lightning Bolt through Lu's now depleted hand. Lu fell to 2 and died when Vladimir moved all-in on Fireblast.
Vladimir 1, Lu 0
Legacy Open competitor Vladimir De Valle
Vladimir went for Vexing Shusher and Lu topped in response. He played another fetch land and passed, taking two when Vladimir turned Vexing Shusher sideways. Vladimir didn't have anything on turn three and Lu got busy on his end step. Scalding Tarn grabbed an Island and tapped for Brainstorm. He cycled out some unwanted cards with the Misty Rainforest and fetched a Volcanic Island to Lightning Bolt the creature. Vladimir responded with Price of Progress protected by the shusher's ability. Lu fell to 12 and topped to complete Vladimir's lengthy end step.
Lu played a 3/4 Tarmogoyf, but opened the window for a Lightning Bolt at his dome. He was on 9 life and Vladimir still had a sizeable grip. Rift Bolt was suspended and Vladimir passed the turn, confident that he could finish his wounded opponent.
Tarmogoyf attacked Vladimir down to 16, but Lu dropped to 6 from an end of turn Lightning Bolt. He pitched Delver of Secrets to Force of Will to stop the Rift Bolt. He fell to 5 in the process. Bump in the Night off Badlands dropped him to 2 and he spun his top.
Lu came out with Counterbalance and Vladimir went for Fireblast in response. Lu dumped his remaining cards to Force of Will, falling to a slim 1 life, but now he had his soft lock online and his opponent dead if he got one more attack. Vladimir was left with no options, playing the Keldon Marauders he drew. Lu dug for a two cost card, but found only land, Lightning Bolt and Ponder. Boom, roasted.
Vladimir 2, Lu 0