Round 6: David Maddox vs. Brian Basoco
David's been cruising through a Maverick-laden field with Hive Mind so far today, but Brian's looking to derail the train in this match. It's a rough matchup for the creature deck, which lacks multiple points of interaction and can't disrupt the combo very well in game 1. Would Brian's sideboard matter enough?
Brian needs his sideboard to upset a game 1 disadvantage.
David won the roll and kept this opening hand, as did Brian. Island for David and pass, while Brian started with a fetchland for Plains prior to casting… nothing? David followed with Scalding Tarn, and Brian held his next fetchland, passing turn 2. That would leave him at a severe disadvantage against David's powerful combo deck—he had no threats, and appeared to have no disruption.
Fetching Island, David drew and played Misty Rainforest, nodding when Brian fetched up Savannah. He played a second copy on turn 3, and cast Knight of the Reliquary. David fetched again, for Island, then drew and played Volcanic Island, passing. He appeared to have kept a hand with no draw spells that also lacked half a combo piece or any forms of acceleration.
Continuing to capitalize, Brian tapped out for Elspeth, Knight-Errant and jumped his Knight, putting David on the clock at 11 life. City of Traitors and a hardcast Hive Mind, however, appeared likely to be enough.
Two Summoner's Pacts and a Pact of the Titan ended the game during Brian's next upkeep.
David's on a heater, with all his friends watching.
David 1, Brian 0
Brian took the play and a mulligan to start the second game, while David kept his seven. He began by fetching Savannah and casting Mother of Runes—not the most relevant, but a beater at least. David played Scalding Tarn, and Brian began to explode. He played Noble Hierarch, Gaea's Cradle, and then Umezawa's Jitte before attacking for 2 damage.
Three Pact of the Titans gave David the match.
David 2, Brian 0