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 castingâ€¦ 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 deckâ€”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 Runesâ€”not the most relevant, but a beater at least. David played Scalding+Tarn, and Brian began to explode. He played Noble+Hierarch, Gaea%27s+Cradle, and then Umezawa%27s+Jitte before attacking for 2 damage.
Three Pact+of+the+Titans gave David the match.
David 2, Brian 0