Round 6: Timothy Thomason vs. James Lance
James Lance looking to go back-to-back on #SCGDFW Top 8s.
At the top of the standings, Timothy Thomason was looking to continue a hot run with his Goblins deck. Standing in his way was Standard Open Top 8 competitor Lance James armed with a combo deck.
Tim started with a Rishadan Port, an Aether Vial and a nod as James fetched up an Underground Sea for Preordain. The Aether Vial ticked up and a second Rishadan Port helped lock down the dual land on James' upkeep.
An Island powered Chain of Vapor to bounce the Aether Vial which met no response from Tim, but James could only shrug as Tim replayed Aether Vial off of a Badlands and continued to lock down his mana. Ponder dug for action, but he was forced to pass the turn back to the ticking Goblin Bomb.
Aether Vial charged up and Goblin Piledriver jumped into play naturally. It was soon joined by a vialed up Goblin Lackey as James was stuck on mana due to Tim's Rishadan Port. The pair crashed in on the next turn and a free Goblin Matron dug up Goblin Warchief. A second Goblin Lackey joined the party and Tim was set to finish the deal with one more attack. He got it on the back of James' bottlenecked mana, and we were off to game two.
Tim 1, James 0
Both players kept after some deliberation and Tim's Leyline of the Void zoomed into play, followed by a flurry of cantrips and goblins. Preordain, Goblin Lackey, Ponder, Chain of Vapor, a missed Cabal Therapy, Brainstorm, Ponder, Goblin Piledriver, Mogg War Marshal and another missed Cabal Therapy after Grim Tutor were all fired off in rapid succession, but it was Tim who was stuck on mana this game and James' hand was stacked despite the Leyline of the Void.
Timothy Thomason is focused on herding his Goblins.
Tim 1, James 1
Tim was back on the play for the deciding game, but he was forced to mulligan his opener while James got to keep his. Tim kept his six after tanking for a bit, but Goblin Lackey was too good to pass up.
He kept James' Swamp locked down, but James kept digging deeper into his deck with blue spells and his demeanor showed that he was ready to go off soon despite the complete lack of pressure on Tim's side. A second Rishadan Port locked down an Island and a Swamp, but James just spilled three Lion's Eye Diamonds and an Underground Sea into play before cracking all of his artifacts in response to Infernal Tutor. He dug up Past in Flames to rebuy his entire graveyard and immediately went for a full-power Cabal Ritual with Infernal Tutor, followed by another tutor for a lethal Tendrils of Agony.
James Lance wins the match 2-1