Round 6: Gene Richtsmeier vs. Ryan Overturf
This round, Ryan and Gene faced off at undefeated. Ryan on RUG Delver would be fighting through Gene’s Aggro Loam deck to lock up Top 8, with the loser relegated to fighting next round for a shot at drawing in Round 9.
Gene started the match on seven, and Ryan also kept his hand. Taiga then Mox Diamond, discarding Bojuka Bog and passing the turn. Ryan started his turn with fetch for Volcanic Island and Delver of Secrets. Gene added Wasteland to the board and cast Dark Confidant prior to Wasting the Volcanic.
Delver revealed Force of Will and flipped, attacking for 3 damage but lacking another land. Gene revealed Chalice of the Void to his Confidant prior to attacking, then played Maze of Ith and baited out the Force with Chalice on one, removing Spell Snare. Ryan drew Wasteland and chucked it at the Maze instantly.
Forest for Bob and Gene remained at 14 life. Karakas and Knight of the Reliquary landed, followed by an attack from Dark Confidant. Aberration attacked Gene to 11, and Ryan passed with no land. Gene revealed another land, Plateau, and played Mox Diamond pitching Forest. Paying no life, he Dismembered the Aberration to earn the scoop from Ryan, on no permanents.
Gene 1, Ryan 0
A mulligan to six for Gene, while Ryan stayed on seven. That six became five, but Gene kept those. Scalding Tarn and fetch for Tropical Island from Ryan on turn 1, followed by Delver of Secrets to start the beats. Wasteland and Dismember took care of the Delver, and Ryan replaced it with Nimble Mongoose but once again had no second land.
Wasting the Trop, Gene followed with Bojuka Bog to get Ryan’s graveyard. Fetchland for Volcanic Island off the top put Ryan back in it, with Ponder shuffling the deck afterward. Gene drew, going to five cards, and played Forgotten Cave.
Attacking, Ryan passed on one land still. Gene’s Maze wasn’t great, and his Chalice of the Void for one met Daze. He fell to 13 and lost his Bog to Wasteland, but Gene promptly drew Wooded Foothills to find Taiga. Ryan’s only permanent was Nimble Mongoose, so the Life from the Loam that followed threatened to dig Gene back ahead quickly.
Ryan replayed his Volcanic Island and passed after attacking. Wasteland from Gene met Stifle, and Scavenging Ooze resolved afterward. Forked Bolt removed the Ooze, Mongoose continuing to nip in for damage a point at a time. Gene decided to dredge and hit another land, followed by the Loam for Wasteland and the new Grove. Wasteland on Volcanic Island gave Ryan threshold, but took away his spellcasting ability.
Gene took 3 damage and then drew, playing Mox Diamond and discarding Foothills. Bojuka Bog removed the graveyard from the game, and Gene added another Scavenging Ooze to the board. Ryan drew Misty Rainforest for Volcanic, and used Lightning Bolt to dispatch the Ooze. Gene gained a life by removing his own Bob, but fell back to 7 from the Mongoose. Gene dredged Loam again, casting Seismic Assault afterward and playing Grove of the Burnwillows to get back two Foothills and Wasteland.
Ryan relied on Mongooses and their native Nimbleness!
Ryan Brainstormed into a second Mongoose and Tropical Island, now racing the Seismic Assault and the Loam on the board successfully. Gene dropped to 6, and then dredged back Loam—it seemed more likely that he needed spells to beat this position, however. Wasteland got Ryan’s only red source, and Life from the Loam after an Assault grabbed the Wasteland and Foothills, alongside a fresh Bayou.
Another Brainstorm from Ryan preceded an attack to put Gene on 4, and when Ryan had Spell Snare following Gene’s next dredge, it was onto game 3.
Gene 1, Ryan 1
Windswept Heath and Mox Diamond for Gene on the first turn, discarding Dryad Arbor before the fetch found Taiga, casting Life from the Loam to get it all back. Ryan started with Volcanic Island and Delver of Secrets, and Gene chose to draw for his turn. He played his Arbor and then cycled Forgotten Cave to draw, passing the turn.
Delver revealed Spell Snare and attacked, Ryan following with a fetch for Tropical and Mongoose. Gene drew again, playing Windswept Heath and Dark Confidant. Fetch for Badlands followed, and the second Confidant earned Spell Snare. Ryan attacked with both creatures and then pointed Lightning Bolt at Bob, leaving Gene on the defensive at 11 life.
Life from the Loam dredged, hitting a Wasteland, but Gene led with Burning Wish for Devastating Dreams. Gene cast it, with X as two and pitched two lands, Loam still in his hand. Force of Will countered the sweeper, and Gene was forced to pass. He took another 4 damage, dropping within a two-turn range but also now threatened by Lightning Bolt or Snapcaster Mage. Life from the Loam returned Wasteland, Bojuka Bog, and Forgotten Cave.
The Bog ensured Mongoose stayed at 1/1 and Gene cycled Forgotten Cave to draw, passing. Ryan cast Ponder to shuffle and then Wastelanded Dryad Arbor, leaving Gene defenseless as he fell to 3 life. Force of Will locked up the match for Ryan.
Gene 2, Ryan 1