Round 4: Thomas Enevoldsen vs. Rudy Briksza
Grand Prix Strasbourg champion Thomas Enevoldsen is looking forward to playing with his trusty Death and Taxes starting next round, but he’s hoping to be at 4-0 when he does. But New Jersey native and Glory+Seekers podcast cohost Voice+of+Resurgence hit on turn two for Rudy, effectively shutting down Thomas’ counterspells. Loxodon+Smiter kept the hits coming, and with no play on his main phase turn three Thomas fell to 12 on attacks. Supreme+Verdict replaced Rudy’s board with a lonely 1/1 Elemental of course, but Scavenging+Ooze in play and Ghor-Clan+Rampager bloodrush brought Thomas to 6 nonetheless.
In came Ooze and 2/2 token, and without a way to deal with the M14 rare munching on Rudy’s graveyard (Think+Twice in combat didn’t find Terminus) Thomas succumbed to the offensive and scooped up his cards.
Rudy 1, Thomas 0.
Thomas and Rudy commiserated about their mutual friend, Pro Tour finalist Joel Larsson, in between games.
Rusy is undefeated so far with Naya!
Thomas led once more with a mulligan, and after thinking for about fifteen second Rudy joined him on six cards. Sadly, Thomas had to further mulligan down to five cards. Once game two actually got underway, Rudy didn’t have the blazing start he had game one, instead playing a lone Loxodon+Smiter turn three. Thomas was stuck on two lands though, but even on those two lands he put up a good fight: Warped+Physique the elephant, Syncopate your Ghor-Clan+Rampager and Thundermaw+Hellkite the next two turns.
But he failed to find the third land, and the next Thundermaw+Hellkite got in for five. Renounce+the+Guilds dealt with the Boros+Reckoner the next turn, but Thomas was at 3 already when he finally found the land for Oblivion+Ring to take out the mythic dragon. Rudy could only cast his Ghor-Clan+Rampager on the next turn, and anyone who knows Naya Aggro knows that if you’re actually casting the 4/4 for four you may be out of gas. Fortunately for Rudy, Thomas didn’t have enough to get the wheels going, and the Rampager was able to rumble over for the last few points of damage.
Rudy 2, Thomas 0.
An unfortunate round for the Danish player, plagued by mana troubles, but going in to the Legacy portion at 3-1 is still quite a good place to be, particularly as someone with aLegacy Grand Prix win under his belt. And it’s even better news for Rudy Briksza, who at 4-0 is still alive to be one of the few undefeated players at the end of Day 1.