Round 8: David Palmer vs. Brian Austin
David Palmer's planeswalker control deck is providing a spark for his tournament.
Winning the die roll was huge for Brian Austin’s Humans deck as he hoped to get lethal through before David Palmer’s BGW Planeswalker deck could set up its defenses. A mulligan from Palmer helped humanity’s cause, and the game was on.
Doomed+Traveler and Thalia%2C+Guardian+of+Thraben started things off the right way for the Humans while David was busy setting up his mana with Woodland+Cemetery. David was down to 12 after dispatching Thalia with a Dismember but he fortified with a Lingering+Souls against a pair of Doomed+Travelers.
The creatures collided and Brian was left with two Spirit tokens that he declined to trade with a second set of Lingering+Souls tokens. He showed why as he summoned a Hero+of+Bladehold, but Oblivion+Ring took it out before it could do any real damage. A second Hero+of+Bladehold was crushed by Beast+Within and Liliana+of+the+Veil ate the token, leaving her alone on the board after the tokens traded.
Mirran+Crusader kept Brian’s creatures flowing, but Lingering+Souls kept it at bay and Day+of+Judgment netted the troublesome knight and a third Hero+of+Bladehold on the next turn. Gideon+Jura came crashing into play to protect Liliana, but he ended up going after Brian’s empty board the next turn. Four more Spirit tokens joined David’s team, and Brian’s draw steps gave him no help to the problem.
Brian Austin champions the popular Humans deck.
David 1, Brian 0
The second game started slowly with a third turn Geist+of+Saint+Traft breaking the silence but not connecting due to Liliana of the Veil’s edict. Moorland+Haunt turned the fallen legend into a token, but David’s defenses were fully online now with a pair of Tragic+Slip, another pair of Day+of+Judgment and Elspeth+Tirel. Liliana started working on Brian’s hand while spot removal kept Sword+of+War+and+Peace from getting operational.
Brian kept plugging away, however, and soon enough David had run out of removal for his dudes. Sword+of+War+and+Peace got one shot in on Liliana+of+the+Veil, knocking her to 5 counters before Oblivion+Ring knocked the Sword+of+War+and+Peace away. Liliana+of+the+Veil killed Thalia%2C+Guardian+of+Thraben, but she was quickly turned into a second Spirit token with the Moorland+Haunt.
The tokens grinded down Liliana+of+the+Veil with the help of Honor+of+the+Pure, but Curse of Death’s Hold and Gideon+Jura quickly replaced her. Elspeth+Tirel kept the beats rolling in for David as he went on the offensive with Gideon+Jura. Tokens flooded the board over the next few turns, but Brian’s production was about a third of David’s thanks to Elspeth, and the combination of planeswalkers overwhelmed Brian’s flooded draw.
David wins 2-0