Round 7: Dylan Fay vs. Milton Figueroa
Dylan's U/B deck recovered from early stumbles.
The game’s players were revealed early, Dylan leading Darkslick Shores while Milton played Seachrome Coast and Delver of Secrets. Nephalia Drownyard then Ratchet Bomb on Dylan’s second turn discouraged Delver of Secrets. Milton didn’t reveal on his own turn, playing Island and swinging for 1 damage, while Dylan charged his Bomb.
He missed his third land, blowing up the Bomb before passing the turn. Milton didn’t appear prepared to capitalize on the disadvantage; no creature on turn 3, just Moorland Haunt to threaten a Spirit. He made the Spirit when Dylan dropped Drowned Catacomb, and moved to attack, getting in for a point of damage. He played his fourth land, and passed.
Dylan’s fourth turn merited no land, and he took a point from the Spirit. Milton played a fifth land, nodding when Dylan cast Forbidden Alchemy to bin Tragic Slip and an extra Ratchet Bomb. Dylan had an Island after his spell, and ended the turn with no other plays. Now perilously close to equal footing, Milton played Sword of War and Peace with three mana up. Two Mana Leaks later, and it was gone.
Untapping, Dylan played a fifth land and Liliana of the Veil plus Ratchet Bomb, boosting her to make each player discard. He pitched Think Twice, while Milton lost Phantasmal Image. The Spirit attacked Liliana to three loyalty, and Milton resolved Geist of Saint Traft, with three up to let him Moorland Haunt against Liliana.
Boosting Liliana, Dylan passed the turn. He used the Bomb after Milton attacked, only losing two loyalty from Liliana when his Tribute to Hunger was “countered” by Moorland Haunt. Dylan flashbacked Think Twice and untapped, playing a seventh land. He frowned—he couldn’t kill the Geist now due to Milton’s second copy of Moorland Haunt!
He traded Lili for the Spirit token and passed the turn with seven up. Taking 6 damage and nodding as Delver of Secrets hit the board, Dylan flashbacked Alchemy and put Tragic Slip and Mana Leak into the graveyard. He cast Curse of Death’s Hold with two up—it resolved! “Let that be a lesson,” Dylan said to himself. “They don’t always have it.”
He’d dodged Mana Leak for now, but that Geist of Saint Traft was getting pretty unruly, even as a 1/1. Dylan went down to 7, but Milton couldn’t make any other plays, sitting on seven lands with just a few cards in his hand. Dylan’s next Alchemy binned lands and a Think Twice, and he passed the turn. Falling to 3 life against the Geist, Dylan flashbacked Think Twice.
Dylan shipped on eight mana, casting Snapcaster Mage during the upkeep to attempt Tribute to Hunger on Milton. Vapor Snag on the Geist affectively countered that, but Dylan had Dissipate when the Geist came back down—Dissipating the Snag would’ve denied Milton a draw step for Leak and gained Dylan 2 life, putting him much safer on 4. His own Snapcaster Mage went on the offensive now, and when Milton had no answer to the Consecrated Sphinx he cast, it looked like it might be over. Phantasmal Image tried to restore equilibrium, but Dylan’s Doom Blade during the end step killed it.
Attacking for 6, Dylan’s Sphinx was bounced by Vapor Snag during the end step. Milton Probed him to see the Sphinx and Snapcaster Mage, with flashbacked Forbidden Alchemy and a flashbacked Think Twice occurring during Milton’s end step. Casting Liliana of the Veil, Dylan boosted her against Milton’s two-card hand, hitting Seachrome Coast before attacking for 2 damage.
Liliana grew to five as Milton passed the turn, and then Sphinx hit the board once again. Milton dropped to 7 life, and when he tried to Snapcaster Mage for Vapor Snag to put Dylan on 1 life, Dylan Doom Bladed his Consecrated Sphinx in response.
Lord of the Unreal for Milton couldn’t save him, and he scooped a few turns later. In fact, even casting the Lord was probably giving Dylan more information than it was worth!
Dylan 1, Milton 0
Milton's Delvers never got off the ground.
A quick keep from both players, with Milton leading Seachrome Coast and Dylan a Swamp. Turn 2 was another Coast, while Dylan played island and tapped it for Nihil Spellbomb. That gave Milton a window to land Sword of War and Peace, but Dylan’s Liliana of the Veil trumped it and had each player discarding—Revoke Existence for Milton and Go for the Throat for Dylan.
Milton Pondered—yes, he runs that card—and shuffled the deck. He had a fourth land, and ended the turn. Dylan put Liliana to five binned Snapcaster Mage while Milton binned Mana Leak—these were good hands!
Another Ponder for Milton preceded another shuffle. He had no plays afterward, and Dylan took this opportunity to pop his Bomb for value, likely land-light. He put Liliana to six and discarded an island before passing without a land drop, willing to sacrifice his development for a stronger Liliana.
Milton passed without land as well, having discarded Dissipate. Dylan pitched Swamp and cast Bloodline Keeper, which resolved. Milton’s Snapcaster Mage during the end step needed help to punch through, but Milton had none. He equipped and attacked Liliana, Dylan making the peculiar trade to keep her on seven loyalty.
Popping Liliana, he reduced Milton to two tapped Islands and the Sword, casting Bloodline Keeper afterward—that explains how willing he was to chuck one in the bin! Milton had Glacial Fortress to cast Geist of Saint Traft, but Dylan was far ahead. He boosted Liliana after playing Drownyard, discarding another Drownyard.
Milton equipped Geist and attacked, Dylan defending with Doom blade on the Angel and a Vampire token to chump. Liliana died to kill Geist on the following turn, Dylan on six lands and Bloodline Keeper. Milton’s Phantasmal Bear was no threat thanks to its inability to carry a Sword, and he ended the turn as Dylan began churning Vampires with his Keeper.
Attacking, Dylan passed after playing another Drownyard. He got a new Vampire and milled Milton, but the Liliana he drew was countered by Snapcaster Mage on Negate. He Slipped the Snapcaster when it tried to pick up Sword of War and Peace, getting a third Vampire during the end step.
The fourth Vampire debuted during Dylan’s turn, and that made five total—he flipped his Keeper and put Milton to 2 life. Another Snapcaster Mage and Celestial Purge for Milton were great cards, but it was too little, too late to recover the game on 2 life.
Dylan 2, Milton 0