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, 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, 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