Round 8: Daniel Choi vs. Andrej Selivra
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 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 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.
Lamppost 1, Daniel 0
Andrej Selivra is looking for way into the Top 8
Daniel chose to play first again and once again he had a first turn Stromkirk+Noble. Lamppost used his first turn to Vapor+Snag the opposing creature, so 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 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 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