Round 7: Todd Anderson (Maverick) vs. Harold White (Esper Stoneblade)
Todd Anderson is back in action for the Legacy Open!
This pair came into the round undefeated on the day, a stark contrast from their experiences in the Invitational, and the two commiserated on their strange weekends as they shuffled up for their match.
Todd won the die roll and led with a mulligan into Mother of Rune, Thalia, Guardian of Thraben and Noble Hierarch. He lost the Mother of Runes to Swords to Plowshares, but Thalia laid into Harold with the help of Noble Hierarch. Knight of the Reliquary got squashed by Counterspell and Harold tried to stem the bleeding further with Vindicate on the Noble Hierarch, cutting Todd’s mana sources down to just Savannah and Plains.
Qasali Pridemage replaced the fallen druid and Thalia got in for another three, dropping Harold to 10, but again Harold had a way to slow Todd down on the next turn, this time with Snapcaster Mage rebuying the Swords to Plowshares. He was way behind but at least Thalia, Guardian of Thraben was out of the picture. Noble Hierarch picked up the slack and Qasali Pridemage got in there, batting Harold down to 6, but he looked up Todd with Inquisition of Kozilek to see if he could find a way out, taking away Green Sun’s Zenith and leaving Todd with Elspeth, Knight-Errant. Todd needed to draw a land in order to recruit the planeswalker, and Harold passed the turn with fingers crossed, hoping for an extra turn get start getting rid of Todd’s creatures.
Windswept Heath came off the top and Harold decided things might look better with some help from his sideboard.
Todd 1, Harold 0
Harold White has got soul--Lingering Soul!
Noble Hierarch enabled an early Dauntless Escort that Harold took care of with Swords to Plowshares. Todd came back with Noble Hierarch and Mother of Runes plus Maze of Ith, allowing his Noble Hierarch to attack without worry, but Snapcaster Mage on Swords to Plowshares kept Mother of Runes from getting active.
Harold took two from the Noble Hierarch, but he capitalized on Todd’s weakened position with Stoneforge Mystic for Batterskull, forcing Todd to rebuild with a Scryb Ranger that was blasted by Harold’s Force of Will. That cleared the way for a replacement Mother of Runes and a Swords to Plowshares on the Stoneforge Mystic, essentially forcing Lingering Souls from Harold as he tried to even the board out a little. Not wanting to give up the initiative, Green Sun’s Zenith for Knight of the Reliquary tipped the game back in Todd’s favor with Harold stuck on three lands.
Umezawa’s Jitte made an appearance, but Todd’s Maze of Ith was going to keep safe from the dangerous equipment, and Knight of the Reliquary turned a Savannah into a Wasteland to eat Harold’s Underground Sea, leaving him with just Island and Plains and a lot of catching up to do.
Elspeth, Knight-Errant dug the hole a little deeper, making a soldier token and threatening to jump a Mother of Runes protect Knight of the Reliquary through the spirit tokens for lethal damage. Todd went for it despite Harold’s light-hearted attempt at a bluff, and the lethal knight found its mark to take the match.
Todd 2, Harold 1