Round 7: David Bauer vs. Josh Burgoa
Fresh off a Top 8 at the Charlotte Invitational, David Bauer was back at the top tables in the Atlanta Legacy Open with Delver RUG. His opponent this round was a frequent Legacy player as well, Josh Burgoa, playing an aggressive white deck with some similarities to Maverick from the look of things.
Starting with Karakas, Josh passed turn 1 with no plays. David started with Volcanic Island and Delver of Secrets, sticking the one-drop. Plains and Stoneforge Mystic on Josh's second turn merited a Force of Will removing Stifle from David, and Josh passed the turn. David's upkeep revealed Brainstorm to Delver, and it flipped into a 3/2. He cast the Brainstorm, attacked for 3, and played Tropical Island followed by Nimble Mongoose. On the defensive, Josh's hand was mana-light and filled with clunky threats—he passed after playing Horizon Canopy. David swung for 4 damage and tapped out to play Sylvan Library, following with Wasteland on Karakas. Josh had to respond with his Aven Mindcensor.
Josh Burgoa's mono-white list tricked David into thinking he was Maverick.
Adding his own Wasteland to the board, Josh cast Jotun Grunt and kept the Wasteland untapped. He burned it on David's Volcanic once the 4/4 resolved, and passed the turn. David used Sylvan to dig into the deck, taking 4 damage to keep an additional card before ending the turn without an attack. Josh bottomed two of David's cards before sending Jotun Grunt into the red zone. David fell to 11, and Josh cast Mother of Runes before ending his turn.
Lightning Bolt on Aven Mindcensor cleared the way for an attack, David keeping his Mongoose on defense as he put Josh 8 life with his Insectile Aberration, adding a new Volcanic Island to his board. Jotun Grunt kept David's graveyard trim, and he attacked David to 7 before casting Stoneforge Mystic. That earned a Stifle on the search trigger from David, and he went back into the deck with Sylvan. Again Delver flew over, and Tarmogoyf joined the field shortly after—Josh was on 4 life.
Drawing for turn, Josh's Grunt died to its upkeep trigger and Josh couldn't defend himself from the Delver—he conceded.
David 1, Josh 0
Mulliganing his opening seven, Josh went to six as David kept the starting hand. Opening on Plains, Josh passed, and David again had a turn 1 Delver. This time, Swords killed the little guy before he could get crazy. Josh played Horizon Canopy and sent the turn back to David, who fetched Volcanic Island to go with his Tropical Island and cast Tarmogoyf.
Josh sacrificed his Canopy to draw a card during the end step, looking for some help. Relic of Progenitus was a novel solution to the Tarmogoyf, and David frowned when the artifact hit play. He attacked, and Josh replied with Relic on himself to remove the Swords. David replied with Brainstorm, keeping Tarmogoyf at 2/3 status and drawing some cards. Swords swooped in afterward, removing the Tarmogoyf and sending David up 2 life. He cast Delver of Secrets and passed the turn.
David's Delvers flipped early and often winning the race against the white dudes.
Wasteland on Volcanic Island from Josh, and he passed with two Plains untapped rather than play Serra Avenger. Ponder flipped the Delver during David's upkeep, and he cast it before combat to shuffle the deck and draw a fresh card. Playing Wasteland, David attacked and ended the turn.
Josh broke Relic during the end step to remove all graveyards, and untapped into the Serra Avenger. David let it resolve, and Josh played Plains prior to passing. Another Ponder from David, and he played Tropical Island before passing the turn, stymied by that 3/3.
With his Serra Avenger, Josh sent in for 3 damage before casting another, but the second merited a quick Spell Snare from David. Brainstorming on his own turn, David looked for a solution to the Avenger still in play—he likely already had the spell, but needed a red source to make it work. Misty Rainforest for Volcanic Island found one, and he aimed Lightning Bolt at the 3/3 before swinging with Delver, putting Josh to 14.
Playing Wasteland, Josh decided not to relieve David of his red mana just yet. David attacked, and Josh's delay with the Wasteland now cost him. He Wasted the Volcanic, but David could float red mana and thus Snapcaster Mage Lightning Bolt before blockers. The hit landed, and David ended the turn.
Spell Snare for Josh's Stoneforge Mystic concluded the white mage's turn, and David attacked for 5 to leave Josh on 6 life. Casting Tarmogoyf, David looked to threaten lethal damage. Josh had a blocker in Flickerwisp, and used it to flip Delver back over. During David's upkeep, he cast Brainstorm to put Krosan Grip on top of the library, revealing it to Delver before a Scalding Tarn shuffled up the deck. Drawing a fresh card, David sent the team—Tarmogoyf earned the chump block, Josh falling to 1 life.
He drew one last card, and another Flickerwisp did not do the trick.
David 2, Josh 0