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, 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