Round 7: Tony DeVeyra vs. Blaine Patrick
Blaine Patrick looks to sweep his opponent under the RUG.
With one loss apiece, Blaine and Tony were unable to safely draw into the Top 8 and would have to battle it out for the spot. Neither was happy with the situation.
Tony's Grim+Lavamancer got the action started early against Blaine's Misty Rainforest, but his Scavenging+Ooze was met with Spell+Snare off of a fetched Volcanic+Island. The Grim+Lavamancer got in for a point and Tony passed the turn.
The red wizard got hit with a Lightning+Bolt and Blaine added a Wastelandâ€”currently useless against Tony's Forest and Mountainâ€”before passing the turn and countering Tarmogoyf with Force+of+Will. Tony fought back with a Wasteland of his own to off the Volcanic+Island, but Blaine's Tarmogoyf off a fresh Tropical+Island put him in quite a bind.
He managed to resolve a matching Lhurgoyf on his next turn, but he was unable to given the amount of burn RUG typically packs. Tony dug in further with Life+from+the+Loam for two fetch lands and a Wasteland, using the latter to keep Blaine off of red mana and allowing him to block an incoming Tarmogoyf. Blaine shrugged and added a second Tarmogoyf to his board, but frowned when Tony showed him the Lightning+Bolt to finish off the blocked copy.
Life+from+the+Loam kept working as Tony found some cycling lands to power it up, and he had enough time to Raze all of Blaine's colored lands and resolve a Countryside+Crusher that grew to monstrous size from its own ability and some cycling lands. Tony stuck the 9/9 in and dropped Blaine to 5 before passing the turn at 12 life while Blaine was stuck on just Wasteland. He couldn't find a combination of lands and spells in time to make a comeback and we were off to game two.
Tony DeVayra has adopted Aggro Loam as his weapon of choice.
Tony 1, Blaine 0
Nimble+Mongoose off of Tropical+Island was trumped by Wasteland, leaving Blaine without a second land. He attacked with his little dude and passed the turn, nodding as Scavenging+Ooze barred the Nimble+Mongoose's path. He discarded Stifle on his next turn after whiffing on land again and Tony turned up the heat with Life+from+the+Loam and Dark+Confidant.
With Tony tapped out, Blaine seized the opportunity to get rid of the powerful sorcery and used Surgical+Extraction on it during his main phase. Tony tried to save it with Noxious+Revival, but Blaine had a second Surgical Extraction to impose his will, removing all four copies of Life+from+the+Loam from the game.
Way ahead with four mana sources to none, Tony decided he was willing to trade his Dark+Confidant for Nimble+Mongoose, sticking both of his creatures into the red zone after netting Grim+Lavamancer. Blaine declined the trade, however, falling to 12 and saving his Nimble+Mongoose and Tony added Grim+Lavamancer and a 2/3 Tarmogoyf to the board as he went for the kill. Blaine found a land, fetching up Volcanic+Island and offing the Tarmogoyf with Lightning+Bolt, but he was going to need a miracle to come back, and Countryside+Crusher plus Wasteland was more than enough to put an end to Blaine's misery.
Tony wins the match 2-0