Round 5: Joe Lossett vs. Steve Mann
Going into the match blind, one would assume it would be Miracles vs. a Delver deck, but only half of that assumption would be correct — and it wasn’t the Miracles side. Joe mixed things up, bringing a spicy Reanimator list to the event, while Steve had Temur Delver. Would the change benefit Joe or would Steve’s assault of insects and elementals be enough?
Joe attempts to bring back a Sphinx+of+the+Steel+Wind.
Joe opened things up with a Ponder off an Underground+Sea, getting a strange look from Steve, who led with a Scalding+Tarn and a Gitaxian+Probe to see what was up. Seeing it clearly wasn’t Miracles, Steve passed and Joe played a Bloodstained+Mire and passed back. Steve passed, prompting Joe to Brainstorm and Steve fetched a Volcanic+Island in response and used a Pyroblast on the cantrip.
Joe led Turn 3 with a Careful+Study, binning a Sphinx+of+the+Steel+Wind then fetched another Underground+Sea and went for Reanimate. Steve fetched in response, getting a Tropical+Island, and Brainstormed. After putting two cards back, Steve used a Force+of+Will, pitching Brainstorm to keep the Sphinx from coming back alive. After weathering the first storm, Steve fetched another Volcanic+Island and played a Young+Pyromancer and went on a Treasure+Cruise for one mana to get an Elemental.
Joe drew and passed, leaving Steve to attack him down to 16. Steve fired off another Brainstorm and played a Delver+of+Secrets before passing. Joe again had no play and Steve used his fourth Brainstorm at the end step to generate another token. Steve flipped his Delver with a Ponder and attacked 8 before adding a Tarmogoyf to his board. Joe went for an Exhume, but Steve had another Force+of+Will, to stop Joe from getting back into the game.
Steve 1, Joe 0
Steve has Young+Pyromancer to bring the beats.
Joe shipped away his seven and found a playable six, leading with an Underground+Sea. Steve got to the board early with a Delver+of+Secrets on his first turn. Joe played a Volcanic+Island and played Entomb, putting a Sphinx+of+the+Steel+Wind into the graveyard before passing. Steve used a Brainstorm in his upkeep to flip his Delver with a Gitaxian+Probe, which he used to see a couple copies of Abrupt+Decay and Careful+Study, but no green source. Steve bashed for 3 and shipped the turn.
Joe led his next turn with an Underground+Sea and attempted to play Careful+Study, but Steve used a Pyroblast to prevent it from resolving. Steve kept up the beats, using another Brainstorm and playing a Misty+Rainforest. Joe took a look at his next card and passed the turn. Steve cleared his library by fetching a Tropical+Island, attacked for 3 more, and played a Young+Pyromancer.
Steve 2, Joe 0