Round 7: Dustin Biggers vs. Shane Remelt
With just one loss each, Dustin Biggers with U/W Stoneblade and Shane Remelt with RUG Delver sat down to play a high-stakes match which would catapult the winner very close to a spot in the Top 8, while the loser would have to fight for Top 16.
Legacy mainstay U/W Stoneblade is Dustin Biggers' weapon of choice.
Things started ugly for Shane as he was forced to take a quick pair of mulligans before getting his Delver of Secrets nailed by Force of Will (exiling Jace, the Mind Sculptor) and losing his Tropical Island to Wasteland. He rebuilt with a Ponder into Tarmogoyf, but Spell Snare crushed it.
Shane's second Tarmogoyf arrived safely, and he protected it from Swords to Plowshares with a couple of his own Force of Will. It didn't last long, however, as Snapcaster Mage sent it packing with the Swords to Plowshares.
The 2/1 quickly dominated the board, dipping in for four damage before being joined by Jace, the Mind Sculptor. A Brainstorm was had, but Lightning Bolt offed the busted Planeswalker before it could do much else. Shane drew his card for the turn and looked to rally back, but Sensei's Divining Top paled in the face of Sword of Feast and Famine, and the Snapcaster Mage armed itself after a Force of Will battle.
With no hope of keeping cards in his hand and no way to stop four damage, then six with Mishra's Factory, Shane packed it in.
Dustin 1, Shane 0
Both players got to keep their openers this time, and Shane was quick out of the box with Delver of Secrets, flipping off of Brainstorm. He tried to capitalize on his beater with Wasteland, but Dustin responded with Swords to Plowshares. The revealed Brainstorm was spun to dig for a retort, but none was there, and it looked like Shane had trapped himself without any lands besides his lone Island.
Shane Remelt shakes his RUG out.
But he found Tropical Island on the bottom of his next Brainstorm and Nimble Mongoose managed to weasel its way under Dustin's two untapped lands. Another Delver of Secrets was brought down by Swords to Plowshares and a pair of Mishra's Factory held the fort, even allowing Dustin to shrug off Shane's Tarmogoyf as a single factory could get up to 4/4—bigger than even Tarmogoyf.
The powerful green creature still fell to Swords to Plowshares and the game slowed to a crawl as neither player could profitably attack. Dustin's Stoneforge Mystic promised to make things interesting as it fetched Batterskull out of the deck, but Shane found a Volcanic Island at the right time, turning on the Lightning Bolt and Ancient Grudge in his hand. He used the first to off the Stoneforge Mystic before it could cheat the brutal living weapon into play.
Now that Shane's mana was online, he was unafraid to send his Nimble Mongoose into combat, and he smashed Dustin down to 6 before Snapcaster Mage chump blocked. Feeling the need to capitalize on the lull with a big turn, Dustin went for Sword of Feast and Famine on his Mishra's Factory, but he lost the manland to Ancient Grudge and that was enough to earn Shane a concession.
Delver of Secrets was immediately hit by Swords to Plowshares and Tarmogoyf snapped off my Spell Snare, but Nimble Mongoose again made it through the fray. An end step Vendilion Clique gave Dustin a threat of his own, but Shane's double Lightning Bolt made short work of it despite losing one to the faerie. He was left with Ancient Grudge and Beast Within, but he was ahead, barely, with the tiny Nimble Mongoose alone on the battlefield.
Dustin's defenses and life total were strong enough to absorb the now large Nimble Mongoose even as Shane forced him to spend his resources on other spells and the mongoose was unable to complete the job in time, ending the match in a draw and requiring both players to win in the next round in order to make the cut.