Round 7: Daniel Choi vs. Donald Boyett
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Los Angeles Standard Open champion Daniel Choi has been busy working on his game since his big win with Monored, expanding his knowledge and skill with different decks in order to keep up with the evolving format. His opponent, Donald Boyett, is pretty fluid with his own U/B Control deck, which promised to make for an interesting feature match with both players needing to win out to have a shot at the Top 8.
Daniel came out firing with Birds of Paradise and Strangleroot Geist, getting a couple of hits in but losing Phyrexian Metamorph to a Mana Leak. Donald took the damage on the chin, effectively buying time at the cost of some life while he set up for the long game. After three hits from the 2/1, he decided that enough was enough and used a Tragic Slip to ruin the front side, and flashed the removal spell back with Snapcaster Mage to close it out completely.
Meanwhile, Daniel was flooded with lands, three Birds of Paradise and a Llanowar Elves. He had desperately needed that Phyrexian Metamorph to resolve to keep the pressure on, but had to pump the brakes to play around potential Mana Leaks after Donald had solved the first part of the puzzle. He went for Huntmaster of the Fells with a stack of mana available, but Donald had the Dissipate to get it anyway. Ratchet Bomb took care of the stragglers, and Snapcaster Mage went into attack mode. A Grave Titan soon followed and Daniel tapped out.
Donald 1, Daniel 0
Donald Boyett's got his game face on
It was a similar start for Daniel as he opened on Llanowar Elves into Green Sun's Zenith for two, scraping Strangleroot Geist out of his library and bashing with it. He repeated the play on the next turn, but Donald saved himself a bit of damage with Doom Blade on one of the hasters. Donald was struggling to keep up with the quick start, his life total falling rapidly as he tried to set up a Black Sun's Zenith, but wincing as Acidic Slime left him with just an Island and a Ghost Quarter to play with.
He replaced the lost land with Darkslick Shores, but fell to four on Daniel's attack, using Snapcaster Mage to block the remaining un-undead Strangleroot Geist. He needed to peel an untapped black source for the full wrath, but he was unable to find it and was overrun by the green army.
Donald 1, David 1
Tragic Slip picked off Llanowar Elves to start the deciding game, but another second turn Strangleroot Geist was right behind it. Tragic Slip got its front side again, with Doom Blade getting the second half after Daniel equipped with Sword of War and Peace.
Donald was stuck on land, but he had a boatload of removal in hand to make up for it and used Black Sun's Zenith to wipe the board when Daniel pushed through Huntmaster of the Fells. Daniel's R/G Aggro deck went back to flooding like crazy, ending the game with 14 lands in play after Donald eventually found enough land to play Grave Titan.
Donald wins the match 2-1