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, 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%2C+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%2C+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%2C+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.
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%2C+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%2C+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%2C+the+Mind+Sculptor on Dave’s next turn, Chi Hoi used Venser%2C+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