Round 7: David Doberne vs. Yurien Seyssel
Northern California native David Doberne won the roll against Southern Californian Yurien Seyssel. David kept his opener, but Yurien had to double mulligan.
David wasted no time, smoothly sliding Delver of Secrets into play. Avacyn’s Pilgrim revealed Yurien to be playing some kind of green-white deck, but Dismember roasted it immediately, allowing the Delver to sneak in for a point.
Yurien replaced his fallen friend with Birds of Paradise, but a Gut Shot off the top flipped Delver and binned the poor bird. David sent for three and played Runechanter’s Pike before shipping the turn.
Yurien’s double mulligan was starting to show as he stumbled into Sword of Feast and Famine against a board growing more dangerous by the second. David equipped and attacked for five, dropping Yurien to 11.
Garruk Relentless found a hole in David’s defenses and traded with the Insectile Aberration. David thought about saving it with Vapor Snag, but allowed it after some thought. His Moorland Haunt probably had some influence on the decision.
David drew and played Ponder, declaring that he would find another Delver of Secrets. He found better, keeping the three cards on top and drawing Gitaxian Probe. He played it and saw another Avacyn’s Pilgrim as Yurien’s last card. He drew into the called Delver of Secrets and equipped it before ending his turn.
Mirran Crusader joined the pilgrim, giving Yurien a presentable force and a chance to dig out of trouble. David revealed the third card of his previous turn’s Ponder, a Vapor Snare that flipped Delver of Secrets. David ran through some calculations in his head before pointing both of his Vapor Snares at Yurien’s team, dropping him to 9 and giving him exactly six spells in his graveyard, allowing Insectile Aberration to attack for exactly lethal damage.
David 1, Yurien 0
Yurien got to keep his opener for the second game, but David didn’t feel right about his. He kept his six card hand and Yurien led off with Razorverge Thicket but no one drop. David filled that void with a Delver of Secrets.
Avacyn’s Pilgrim joined the party on Yurien’s second turn, but David picked it off with Mental Misstep. David got in for a point with Delver of Secrets, but he had no follow-up and no Mana Leak for the Mirran Crusader Yurien went for the next turn.
Oblivion Ring cleared a path for the Delver, but Yurien had Hero of Bladehold to replace it. Midnight Haunting flipped Delver of Secrets and gave David some pause. It was subtle, but it looked like something clicked in his head. He attacked for three to drop Yurien to 15 and passed the turn.
The Hero of Blade stuck in and dropped David to 13. Yurien played a fifth land and tapped low for another Hero of Bladehold. David quickly nodded and cast Midnight Haunting on end step. In an act of aggression, David furiously untapped and re-tapped all three of his lands to slam Act of Aggression on the fresh Hero of Bladehold. He stuck all of his guys into the red zone for exactly 15, slamming the door out of nowhere. Maybe that’s what was up David’s sleeve.
David 2, Yurien 0