Round 6: Dave Shiels vs. Kevin Jones
A classic battle was brewing between these northeast players. It was Boston versus New York, the Red Sox against the Yankees, Insectile+Aberration instead) taking on Delver+of+Secrets and Grim+Lavamancer on the first two turns while Kevin had to content himself with a pair of Brainstorms. Fetchlands in between each of them was a nice consolation prize, however, and Shiels noted his jealousy.
However nice his graveyard looked, Kevin was still way behind as the Delver+of+Secrets flipped off Daze on turn three to let Dave get in for four. Kevin had no choice but to play into the known Daze on the next turn as he binned Lingering+Souls and took another five to the face after Grim+Lavamancer started getting busy.
Spell+Pierce ate the second half of Lingering+Souls and Shiels’ team connected again before Kevin finally found a Swords+to+Plowshares for Delver+of+Secrets. He tried to run it right back with Snapcaster+Mage, but Dave had a Snapcaster+Mage of his own to reload Spell+Pierce.
The pair got in for more damage before Dave filled out his ranks with another Delver+of+Secrets and a naked Snapcaster+Mage Kevin tapped out for both sides of another Lingering+Souls with just two life remaining. Dave had burned all the fuel for his Grim+Lavamancer to get Kevin to this point, but he had him right where he wanted him anyway. Both Snapcaster+Mages and the Delver+of+Secrets shoved into the red zone, forcing Kevin to block everything or die, and Grim+Lavamancer was waiting in the wings no matter what happened.
Dave 1, Kevin 0
Dave Shiels' U/R Delver deck is firing on all cylinders today.
Dave struck first again in game two, sneaking in Delver+of+Secrets on turn one after Kevin took a mulligan on the play. It flipped and started attacking right away while Dave protected it with Spell+Pierce, though that let Stoneforge+Mystic slip into play netting Batterskull.
Sulfuric+Vortex trumped Kevin’s play, however, and now he was under heavy duress without a way to stop the Insectile+Aberration or the deadly enchantment that shut off the important side of Batterskull. Losing chunks of life at a time, Kevin tried to fight back with Inquisition+of+Kozilek only to see a pair of Price+of+Progress waiting for him when all Dave needed was one to finish the job.
Boom, Kevin was down to 2 after Dave’s last attack, and Sulfuric+Vortex wrapped it up.
Dave 2, Kevin 0