Round 8: Daniel Choi vs. Andrej Selivra
Daniel Choi is all business
Daniel Choi is undefeated coming into this round, making him a virtual lock with just one more Swiss round to go. His opponent, Andrej Selivra, is 6-0-1 and would like to be known as Lamppost.
Daniel won the roll and both players quickly took a mulligan. Six cards agreed with both players and we were off.
Daniel’s turn one Stromkirk Noble was met by Lamppost’s Delver of Secrets. As his creature was a human, Lamppost was unable to block the oncoming Stromkirk Noble and fell to 19 while the vampire grew. Grim Lavamancer entered the fray, but Daniel didn’t have a second land.
Ponder flipped Delver of Secrets and shuffled away Lamppost’s top three. The human-turned Insectile Aberration smashed for three and Lamppost fired off a second Ponder, this time keeping the top three where they were. Tapped out, he passed the turn back to Daniel.
Daniel was still stuck on one land, so he sent his crew in to keep pace in the damage race. Now way ahead on lands, including a pair of Moorland Haunts, Lamppost was ready to kick things up a notch. He tapped an Island to see what Daniel wasn’t casting—a grip of cards that cost more than one mana—and attacked for three in the air. He finished his turn with another Delver of Secrets, which he let die to Gut Shot.
Daniel went to attack again, but Vapor Snag banished the large vampire. Daniel could only replay it and nod as Moorland Haunt turned the fallen Delver of Secrets into a Spirit token and Sword of War and Peace on the token closed up shop.
Lamppost 1, Daniel 0
Andrej Selivra is looking for way into the Top 8
Invisible Stalker gave Lamppost a nigh-unkillable threat in the matchup, but it was going to be hard to keep up with the Stromkirk Nobles. Vapor Snag number two took care of one of them for the time being, but it and a Grim Lavamancer came roaring back.
The players traded attacks and Daniel added a second Grim Lavamancer to the board, still with no cards in his graveyard. The eldest Stromkirk Noble was a 3/3 by the time Lamppost found Timely Reinforcements. Daniel responded with a Gut Shot, but he wasn’t sure what to target yet. His options were: 3/3 Stromkirk Noble, 1/1 Stromkirk Noble, Grim Lavamancer, Grim Lavamancer, himself, and his opponent. He chose a Grim Lavamancer, binning it and falling to an even life total. Lamppost put three tokens into play but gained no life, He sent in the Invisible Stalker and passed the turn.
Daniel sent his big noble into the fray and came back with the head of a blocking Soldier token, but had nothing else to do with his two lands. Smelling blood, Lamppost took to the red zone with Invisible Stalker and a Soldier token, trading with the small Stromkirk Noble. He said go with his three lands untapped and Grim Lavamancer dealt two to his dome. Snapcaster Mage gave flashback to Vapor Snag and bounced Stromkirk Noble, dropping Daniel to 6 before Slagstorm cleared the board.
Lamppost landed Sword of War and Peace, but fell to 5 from Incinerate. Chandra’s Phoenix off the top took him to 3, but Daniel was out of gas and Lamppost had a Moorland Haunt. Lamppost fell to 1 in order to make a potentially lethal Spirit token, and when he was allowed to equip the Sword of War and Peace it was all over.
Lamppost 2, Daniel 0