Round 7: Chris Boozer vs. Brian Braun-Duin
Chris Boozer managed a Top 8 with Intangible Virtue yesterday, but the tables were turned this round: he's facing Brian Braun-Duin's version of Esper Stoneblade, which has Virtues to enhance the Legacy version of the token army!
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Brian Braun-Duin's in search of a win to keep Top 8 alive.
Underground Sea and Inquisition of Kozilek from Brian Braun-Duin spotted two Lightning Bolt, Chain Lightning, Goblin Guide, Force of Will, Mountain, and Volcanic Island. Brian discarded the Guide, and Chris began the game on Volcanic Island. Brian fetched Plains on turn 2 and cast Umezawa's Jitte before ending the turn. Chris played Mountain and passed, sitting on the burn spells.
Tundra and Snapcaster Mage for Brian, who flashbacked Inquisition of Kozilek with the 2/1. In response, Chris cast his own Snapcaster Mage and revealed an Arid Mesa in addition to the Bolts and Forces, discarding one Bolt. Chain Lightning on Snapcaster cleared the little guy, and Chris attacked Brian to 17 before adding a fresh Grim Lavamancer to the board.
Brainstorm for Brian, followed by a fetch for Island and Stoneforge Mystic, grabbing Batterskull. Chris appeared to have some work ahead of him… He drew a Brainstorm of his own to turn the tables, then used Lavamancer to kill Stoneforge before attacking for 2 damage and passing.
Cabal Therapy on Force of Will revealed Delver and Spell Pierce, and Brian cast Stoneforge without search to flashback it, drawing a pause from Chris. It resolved and named Spell Pierce—Brian played his fifth land and passed. Chris attacked him for 2, cast the Delver, and ended his turn with Brian on 12 life. He went to 11 to fetch a land and cast Batterskull, confident the Chris had left burn spells on top of his deck and not counters.
Chris had to use his Lightning Bolt and a Lavamancer activation to kill the Germ, buying him some more time. His Delver failed to flip, and Chris attacked Brian to 8 and ended the turn. Brian failed to draw a relevant card, while Chris zapped him to 6 and then drew Goblin Guide, giving him lethal damage.
Chris is in the running for two Top 8s in Birmingham.
Chris 1, Brian 0
Tundra and ship on turn 1 from Brian, while Chris fetched Mountain and cast Goblin Guide. “There he is,” Brian said, revealing Intangible Virtue on top of the deck as he attacked for 2. Brian played Underground Sea and passed without casting Virtue, frowning when Chris revealed a second Guide.
He revealed Wasteland and then Brainstorm to the Guides before trying to jump Snapcaster Mage in their path—Red Elemental Blast countered, and Brian fell to 14. His ambush having failed, Brian now needed to piece together a stern comeback. Wasteland and Lingering Souls gave him options, but a double-block was risky—he'd have to evaluate it against a chump to enable Virtue plus flashback on the next turn.
Chris swung with both Guides, and Brian tried the double-block—it worked, and Chris followed with Grim Lavamancer. Brian was on three nonbasics and 12 life as he considered playing Polluted Delta—could he risk Price? He played Scrubland instead, then landed Virtue and flashbacked Souls. Lightning Bolt killed one token and Chris untapped, attacking with Goblin Guide to reveal Spell Snare before casting Price of Progress to leave Brian on 4.
Chris only had two lands, so he passed the turn without activating Lavamancer. Brian Brainstormed for help and cast Inquisition of Kozilek to see Sulfur Elemental, Snapcaster Mage, and Smash to Smithereens—he was definitely alive against that! Discarding the Snapcaster, he added Polluted Delta to the board and broke it for Tundra before casting another Lingering Souls, hoping Chris would brick and die in a timely fashion.
Scalding Tarn didn't win Chris the game, so he quickly shipped the turn. Brian needed to kill the Lavamancer or make Chris use it on a token, so he cast Snapcaster Mage on Brainstorm to dig for Swords to Plowshares—Umezawa's Jitte chuckled at him from atop the deck, and he died to two activations of the 1/1 Wizard.
Chris 2, Brian 0