Round 8: Drew Levin vs. Caleb Durward
Drew Levin is on a G/W Maverick deck in the Legacy Open.
On sixteen points, Drew could Top 8 with two more wins, while Caleb was shooting for Top 16 with two losses already in his pocket. Still, with a score to settle—Caleb having apparently won only a single match against Drew lifetime, which he scooped to Drew—there would be quite the match.
Drew called winning the die roll and made good before starting with Savannah and Green Sun’s Zenith for Dryad Arbor. “And then he played an Aether Vial,” Drew narrated, as Caleb played Island and the artifact. “And Drew Levin has yet another good matchup against Caleb Durward,” Caleb replied.
Scryb Ranger and Umezawa’s Jitte on turn 2 for Drew—the casual nuts—and Caleb ticked his Vial before playing Mutavault and passing. Dismember slew the Ranger, and Drew used its ability to untap Arbor and replay Savannah once more, casting Qasali Pridemage.
Caleb popped out Cursecatcher during the end step, and moved his Vial to two before casting Lord of Atlantis, attacking, and Vialing in a second copy. Drew fell to 17, and then equipped Jitte before attacking with his 3/3 Pridemage to start gaining Jitte counters. Caleb untapped, Vialed in the Commander, and tapped out to level it to full, knocking Drew to 5 life on the swing.
Drew attacked again, putting Caleb to 9, and really needed Swords for that Commander. He didn’t have it, and even with Mother of Runes and Dryad Arbor on blocking duty Drew was dead to Caleb’s massive alpha strike, with two Mutavaults accompanying the 6/6 Commander.
Caleb 1, Drew 0
Caleb Durward is playing a tribal Merfolk deck in the Legacy Open.
Going first again, Drew started with Savannah. Caleb fetched for Island to cast Cursecatcher, and passed back to Drew. Naming Human with Cavern of Souls, Drew jammed down Thalia and ended the turn. Caleb played Silvergill Adept, revealing a second copy, and passed.
Just a Forest for Drew, and he ended the turn. Caleb tapped out for Kira, Great Glass-Spinner, and attacked with just his Adept, but Scryb Ranger chomped down the 2/1. Drew dropped Windswept Heath and fetched, going to 19 prior to casting Green Sun’s Zenith for two, and Cursecatcher predictably hit the graveyard.
Caleb was pretty flooded, and could do no more than cast Dread of Night this turn, followed by an Aether Vial and a Wasteland on Cavern of Souls. Deprived of Thalia, Drew tried Green Sun’s for two again and found Qasali Pridemage, shuffling the deck and attacking with Scryb Ranger for 2 damage. Afterward, he untapped the Ranger and replayed his Savannah. Caleb swung in with a Mutavault after playing his second, Drew falling to 17.
Drew attacked Caleb to 11 and then floated the mana to let him Scryb for Knoght of the Reliquary with one mana untapped, the Knight at 3/3 due to Dread of Night. Caleb moved his Vial to two and used it to play Silvergill Adept, finding Dismember... he decided to take 4 toc ast it, leaving his Underground Sea untapped and going to 7 life. Drew decided to Swords the Knight for life, with no end to Kira’s reign in sight anyway.
Caleb added Wasteland to the board and sent both Mutavaults and the Kira, getting Drew to 16. Drew Zenithed for two again, finding another Pridemage, and attacked for 3 damage to leave Caleb on 4 life. Drawing another land, Caleb had few options. He Wasted the untapped Savannah and Drew floated white, declining to use it. Activating both Mutavaults before declaring attackers, Drew fell to 10 and then knocked Caleb to 1 life before playing Fauna Shaman.
Perish off the top for Caleb saved his skin, and he attacked for 4 more damage to put Drew dead on the board at just 6 life. Drew had Knight of the Reliquary, and Caleb sent just Kira, leaving Drew on 4. Drew cast Mother of Runes and attacked with his Knight, hoping Caleb would trade Mutavaults for the Knight.
Naturally, Caleb just blocked with one to keep his own clock high-pressure. He peeled a second Perish, and when that killed the Knight Drew was the one chumping to stay alive. He topdecked Green Sun’s Zenith and played it for three, searching up Knight of the Reliquary before dying to Kira’s attack in the air—he’d sideboarded out his Scavenging Ooze.
Caleb 2, Drew 0
“Good match,” Drew said, and Caleb nodded. Drew asked if Caleb would consider conceding, and Caleb nodded, signing the slip. “Still undefeated—on a technicality,” Caleb said. “The barest of technicalities!” Drew replied, one match short of the Top 8.
Drew 2, Caleb 0