Round 5: Jacob Kory vs. Brett Parise
Jacob Kory, Maverick master.
It was a battle between northern and southern California here in round five with Jacob Kory's green-white Maverick deck staring down Brett Parise's unique Goblins build. Kory had success a few months ago, piloting his Maverick deck to a semifinal appearance in the Legacy portion of the Los Angeles Open Series that was in his backyard.
The game started fast and furious with Mother+of+Runes eating a Lightning+Bolt and Pyrokinesis wiping out both Noble+Hierarch and Dryad+Arbor at the cost of a Mogg+War+Marshal. Goblin+Chieftain took advantage of the clear board, and Goblin+Piledriver joined it when Jacob rebuilt with Noble+Hierarch off Green+Sun%27s+Zenith.
Knight+of+the+Reliquary stuck a fork in the goblin team, but Brett jammed his dudes in anyway, losing Goblin+Piledriver to the 6/6. A second Knight+of+the+Reliquary arrived and took up guard duty as its buddy attacked, and Brett looked to be out of gas. Jacob showed his expertise with the deck when he went rapid-fire through Stoneforge+Mystic for Sword of Fire and Ice and tapped a Knight+of+the+Reliquary to Crop+Rotation up a Gaea%27s+Cradle with four creatures in play. He tapped the rare land and a Savannah to play and equip the powerful artifact on the remaining Knight+of+the+Reliquary, jamming it in for 10 damage, shocking the Goblin+Chieftain and drawing a card off the sword.
Brett's five life and bricked draw step sent us to game two.
Jacob 1, Brett 0
A mulligan from Jacob preceded another flurry of trades kicked off game two as Swords+to+Plowshares shut down Goblin+Lackey and two Mother+of+Runes and a Dryad+Arbor fell to Pyrokinesis. That set Jacob way back and gave Brett a ton of time to set up his game plan with a pair of Aether Vials and Goblin+Matron into a Goblin+Ringleader that hit Goblin+Matron, Goblin Chieftain and Goblin+Lackey. The second Goblin+Matron dug Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker out of its hole and promised to do some funky tricks with Brett's board.
Brett Parise's unique Goblin deck is taking him to new heights.
It cloned Goblin+Matron and dug up another Goblin+Chieftain that launched Brett's team at Jacob for nine damage. Jacob considered his land-light board and decided that he his best bet was to win game three.
Jacob 1, Brett 1
Jacob had a better start for game three with Savannah and Green+Sun%27s+Zenith for Dryad+Arbor culminating in an underwhelming second turn Scavenging Ooze facing down Goblin+Lackey. Aether+Vial joined the Goblins side and Goblin Chieftain allowed Brett to send both of his guys in. Path+to+Exile sent the Goblin+Lackey packing before Scavenging+Ooze and Goblin+Chieftain traded. Jacob was sans action on his turn and dejectedly passed it back.
Goblin+Ringleader kept the juice flowing, picking up Goblin Chieftain, Goblin+Lackey and Goblin+Matron. Wasteland ate one Jacob's Savannah, leaving him with just two lands as the Goblin+Ringleader crashed in. Jacob drew for his turn with a heavy sigh, passing it back without another land as the goblin swarm came to play. Another whiffed land drop had him scooping up his cards in frustration.
Brett 2, Jacob 1