Round 8: Dave Shiels vs. Chi Hoi Yim
Dave Shiels, the winner of last week’s Legacy Open in Providence, sat down on the bubble against another former Legacy Open champion, Chi Hoi Yim. Would it be Shiels and his Death and Taxes or Yim and his Miracles that advanced to day 2?
Chi Hoi can't wait to draw another card.
Dave kicked things off with a turn 1 Aether Vial, while Chi Hoi simply played his lands and passed for the first few turns. Knowing that Chi Hoi’s deck was full of countermagic, Dave was content to deploy his threats through the Vial, sneaking a Mother of Runes into play at the end of Chi Hoi’s third turn, and a Serra Avenger into play at the end of his fourth. He simply attacked for 3 and passed the turn back, his Vial still on 2 counters.
Terminus came off the top for Chi Hoi, clearing away some of Dave’s aggression. Chi Hoi had no further play, and Dave put another Serra Avenger into play at his end step. He untapped and moved the Aether Vial up to three counters. After he attacked for 3 again, he attempted a Sword of Fire and Ice, which resolved. Chi Hoi untapped and miracled another Terminus, sending the second angel to the bottom of Dave’s Library. He followed up with a Jace, the Mind Sculptor, used its Brainstorm ability, and passed the turn with a Tundra untapped.
After Wastelanding away Chi Hoi’s untapped mana source, Dave cast a third Serra Avenger and passed the turn. He attempted to activate Aether Vial in Chi Hoi’s draw step, but Chi Hoi had the answer, casting a Vendilion Clique and seeing a hand of two Swords to Plowshares and a Flickerwisp. He sent the Flickerwisp away, and Dave failed to make use of his Aether Vial. Chi Hoi brainstormed with his Jace, the Mind Sculptor, played a Sensei’s Divining Top, and passed the turn.
The Serra Avenger and the Vendilion Clique didn’t stare across the board at each other for very long. Within a turn both had been sent farming with Swords to Plowshares, and Chi Hoi untapped in a commanding position, with Jace, the Mind Sculptor against an empty board. Dave drew and cast a Phyrexian Revoker, shutting off the planeswalker, but Chi Hoi had a Snapcaster Mage to flash back the Swords to Plowshares when Dave moved to equip his sword, and Dave had seen enough, scooping his cards up for game 2.
Chi Hoi Yim 1, Dave Shiels 0
Dave contemplates the unlikely attack for 1.
Mother of Runes came down on turn 1 for Dave, and Stoneforge Mystic was the follow up on turn 2. Chi Hoi Brainstormed in response, but didn’t find a Force of Will, so the Mystic conjured up an Umezawa’s Jitte. Chi Hoi played his second land and cast a Pithing Needle, naming Wasteland. Mother of Runes took on the unconventional aggro role on Dave’s turn 3, attacking Chi Hoi down to 18, and Dave passed the turn with three mana open. Chi Hoi revealed a Terminus on top of his deck, clearing away Dave’s creatures, but Dave managed to sneak a Sword of Fire and Ice into play with Stoneforge Mystic before it resolved.
Stoneforge Mystic came down for Dave. It resolved, but Dave failed to find any equipment with it. Nonetheless, it represented a body for the Sword of Fire and Ice, so Chi Hoi cast Jace, the Mind Sculptor and bounced it back to Dave’s hand. Dave found his fourth land and reloaded, casting the Stoneforge Mystic and a Serra Avenger, but they were immediately Terminused away on Chi Hoi’s draw step.
Thalia, Guardian of Thraben was the next threat from Dave, and Chi Hoi responded with a Wear/Tear to get rid of the Sword of Fire and Ice. Dave simply passed the turn, and when Chi Hoi had no play other than to use Jace’s +2, he attempted an Umezawa’s Jitte and a Mother of Runes. Both resolved, but Dave’s army was against sent back to square one as Chi Hoi untapped and showed him Supreme Verdict.
Dave’s last card in hand was a Flickerwisp, which came down and picked up the Umezawa’s Jitte. When it attempted to attack Jace, the Mind Sculptor on Dave’s next turn, Chi Hoi used Venser, Shaper Savant to bounce it. Dave replayed it before passing. Chi Hoi bounced it with Jace’s -1, came crashing in with Venser, and passed back.
Phyrexian Revoker came off the top for Dave, and he used it to shut down Chi Hoi’s Sensei’s Divining Top. Flickerwisp was recast, and Dave passed the turn. Chi Hoi showed him the third Terminus, and Dave was out of action. He extended the hand in defeat.
Chi Hoi Yim 2, Dave Shiels 0