Round 7: Brandon Rodriguez vs. Chris Carty
A simple “yup” was all it took for us to get underway with Chris leading with a pair of tapped lands in Isolated+Chapel and Drowned+Catacomb. His Esper Control went on the aggressive with a third turn Lingering+Souls followed by the back half on the next turn.
Chris Carty grabs some Spirit tokens.
Meanwhile, Brandon was content to chill out with his R/G Ramp deck, waiting until Chris tapped out for his spirit tokens to sneak Mimic+Vat and Solemn+Simulacrum into play. Chris copied the sad robot with Phantasmal+Image and passed the turn with Seachrome+Coast and Isolated+Chapel up, but Brandon put the soul read on him, slamming Inferno+Titan.
“You’re good,” Chris said as he binned half of his team.
Brandon couldn’t wait to show off his new recipe, tipping his Mimic+Vat over to dome Chris for 9 before playing Huntmaster+of+the+Fells. Chris looked sick about Brandon’s troublesome artifact, but he fought back admirably with Sun+Titan to get back Phantasmal+Image copying Huntmaster+of+the+Fells. That was no match for the monster in the pot, however, as it took Brandon just three mana to wipe out the faux Huntmaster+of+the+Fells and its pet wolf before the red-green team rumbled in. Chris was forced to trade with the Inferno+Titan copy to stay alive on a scant four life and needing something huge to stay in the game. It wasn’t there, and we were off to game two.
Brandon 1, Chris 0
The second verse opened up the same as the first with Chris running out Lingering+Souls on turn three and Brandon answering with Mimic+Vat. That forced Chris on the Ponder plan, and he worked his library hard for an answer, but could only shrug as Brandon’s Cavern+of+Souls enabled Huntmaster+of+the+Fells through a couple of untapped lands.
Brandon Rodriguez really likes his deck.
Chris’s tokens traded damage with Brandon’s new team before Solemn+Simulacrum stepped onto the battlefield. Chris had a plan that let him shrug off the annoying 2/2 as he fired off an end of turn Forbidden+Alchemy that binned Oblivion+Ring, Ponder and Forbidden+Alchemy. Sun+Titan brought the enchantment right back into play to shut down the Mimic+Vat before it could get cooking.
The titan ate Huntmaster+of+the+Fells during Brandon’s attack, but that let Brandon finish it off with Devil’s Play. It seemed like no big deal as Chris windmilled Elesh+Norn%2C+Grand+Cenobite and smashed for six with his tokens, but Karn+Liberated immediately trumped the praetor and put Brandon in the driver’s seat.
A four-pack of tokens joined Chris’ team thanks to another Lingering+Souls, but he was one point short of offing the Karn and immediately lost traction to the big planeswalker. Slagstorm trumped Chris again, drawing a sigh from his now board-less opponent. Karn ate Chris’ last card—Mana+Leak—to force him to need a ridiculously good topdeck. Again it wasn’t there for Chris, and Inkmoth+Nexus had free reign to finish the job with the help of Kessig+Wolf+Run.
Brandon 2, Chris 0