Round 6: Brian Kibler (Maverick) vs. Patrick Sullivan (Burn)
Patrick Sullivan contemplates a tough decision...
Pet decks were the name of the game as the California neighbors squared off in round six. Patrick was armed with his trusty Burn deck, while Brian got to play with his friends Noble Hierarch and Knight of the Reliquary in the popular G/W Maverick deck.
Patrick’s trusty tool betrayed him right away as he was forced to take a mulligan on the play while Brian got to keep his. Mother of Runes fell to Chain Lightning, but Patrick was missing a second land and couldn’t play the Goblin Guide he had drawn.
Qasali Pridemage was next up to bat, trading with the Goblin Guide as Scryb Ranger was revealed. Noble Hierarch and the Scryb Ranger replaced their fallen friends, but Searing Blaze picked off the mana producer and Patrick seemed to be in the clear. Then Scavenging Ooze showed up.
Brian immediately turned his hungry 2/2 into a 4/4 and gained two life, eating Mother of Runes and Goblin Guide and getting the ooze out of burn range unless Patrick wanted to chuck his already precarious position with Fireblast or spend a pair of bolts. Brian was likely fine with either of those.
The ooze took Brian out of Patrick’s crosshairs despite a handful of damage, and Patrick was struggling to come up with a new plan. He started with Lava Spike, knocking Brian back down to 16, but with two more bodies waiting to be eaten in Brian’s yard, it was going to be a longshot and Patrick scooped it up after Brian attacked and he failed to find another land.
Everything goes right for Brian this round.
Brian 1, Patrick 0
Another immediate mulligan put Patrick in quite a bind and he was deflated further when Brian accidentally dropped Umezawa’s Jitte on the table. “That’ll probably be the death of me,” he noted.
A suspended Rift Bolt was Sullivan’s first order of business, connecting with Kibler’s dome after Mother of Runes led the way for him. Chain Lightning put an end to the mom, but Kibler refilled with Qasali Pridemage and two more Mother of Runes.
Still stuck on one land, Patrick was unable to connect with a burn spell through both Mother of Runes and the Umezawa’s Jitte did in fact put an end to him after a lopsided pair of games. The veteran took it in stride, and the friends wished each other good luck as they packed up their pets.
Brian 2, Patrick 0