Round 8: David McDarby vs. Phillip Braverman
David, coming off his Legacy Open win in Portland last weekend, hadn’t lost a match in two days of Magic. Standing in front of him is Grand Prix New Jersey Top 8er, Phillip Braverman. Would David be able to advance to Day 2 undefeated with Sneak and Show or would Phillip stop his winning streak with Miracles?
David kicked things off with a Gitaxian Probe to see what Phillip was up to, seeing a Counterbalance and an Entreat the Angels among other Miracle-style cards. With the knowledge of what he was up against David opted to Ponder while Phillip played a Tundra and passed. David went for another Ponder, this time shuffling away the three, then dropped a Lotus Petal, which he cracked, and played Brainstorm. After resolving Brainstorm, David cracked a Scalding Tarn for a Volcanic Island and paid two life to use another Probe, seeing a freshly drawn Force of Will from Phillip. David passed after drawing from Probe and Phillips resolved a Counterbalance.
David untapped and played a Defense Grid, which got hit by a Force of Will, pitching a Dig Through Time, after getting through the revealed Entreat the Angels. Phillip passed with no action so David went for a Brainstorm, but Phillip blind flipped his own to counter it, untapped, and played his, finding a Scalding Tarn. David played a Lotus Petal into Show and Tell so Phillips Brainstormed in response to set up Entreat the Angels to counter it and David passed pack. Phillip decided to get one Angel off his miracle, fetched up a Volcanic Island and played Sensei’s Divining Top.
David found no action on his turn and Phillip began pressuring David with his lone Angel, dropping him to 10. After the attack, Phillips delved six cards to play Dig Through Time and passed the turn so David attempted a Brainstorm at the end step, but Phillip returned his Top to counter it and David again passed back after drawing a card. Phillip dropped David to 6, redeployed his Top and Pondered. David blanked again so Phillip attacked and passed back. David drew his next card and picked up his two lands.
Phillip 1, David 0
David sees what’s going on with a Gitaxian Probe.
David again started with a Gitaxian Probe, seeing a Force of Will and plenty of blue spells for it, and passed while Phillip played a Turn-1 Sensei’s Divining Top. David went for a Defense Grid, but Phillip used his Force of Will, pitching Dig Through Time, to stop it. David played a third land and passed the turn as Phillip began topping and playing lands. Phillip went to assemble his combo with Counterbalance, but David looked to stop it with a Spell Pierce. Phillip paused for a moment and allowed it to be countered.
David played his fourth land and still had no action, simply passing with four cards in hand. Both players passed, which prompted Phillip to play Dig Through Time at David’s end step, but David stopped it with a Force of Will, pitching another. Phillip tapped four mana and thought about play, but untapped and passed, allowing his to use a Pyroblast on David’s Ponder. Phillip landed Jace, the Mind Sculptor on his next turn with a land up and Brainstormed with him. Facing down Jace, David played a Lotus Petal and went for Show and Tell, but Phillip had a Red Elemental Blast for it, getting to untap and use Jace’s zero ability again.
After a sequence of turns passing back and forth, David Probed to see a hand packed of counter magic and passed after dropping another Scalding Tarn. David would play land-go again, but this time it was Boseiju, Who Shelters All. Phillip flashed in Snapcaster Mage at the end step targeting Dig Through Time, but realized he miscounted and opted to Top as an alternative. Phillip untapped and played a plethora of cantrips in Brainstorm, Ponder, and Brainstorm then attacked for 2.
Phillip used Vendilion Clique in David’s draw step allowing David to keep a pair of Emrakul, the Aeons Torn, Omniscience, and a Brainstorm. David had no play so Phillip started sealing his opponent’s fate with Jace and attacked for 5. David went for a Brainstorm, but Phillip had another Snapcaster Mage, targeting Pyroblast to prevent David from looking for help. Facing down lethal, David extended the hand.
Phillip 2, David 0