Round 8: Gerry Thompson vs. Alex Bertoncini
Two of the most winning players and familiar faces from the Open Series met up at 6-1. Would Gerry move on to Day 2 at 7-1 with Lands or would Alex find a way to win a tough matchup for his Esper Deathblade build?
Gerry plays Life+From+the+Loam.
Both players went down to six cards and Gerry led things off with an Exploration off a Forest and then played a Maze+of+Ith. Alex opted for a Ponder off a Tundra then shuffled and drew a card. Gerry used Wasteland on the Tundra and played a Dark+Depths.
Alex played an Underground+Sea and passed. Gerry used another Wasteland on the dual and Alex responded with a Brainstorm before putting the land in the bin. Alex found a Flooded+Strand and passed. Gerry played another Exploration and passed with no land drop. Alex passed back after playing another Flooded+Strand. Gerry played a Wasteland and passed.
Alex searched up an Underground+Sea to Brainstorm then played a Scrubland to use Thoughtseize to take Gerry’s Gamble. Gerry used the Wasteland on the Underground+Sea and added a Manabond to his board before passing. Alex searched up another Underground+Sea to Brainstorm and played a Marsh+Flats and passed. Gerry drew a card but had no play. Alex searched up a Tundra and played Snapcaster+Mage to Brainstorm. Alex fetched up another dual and dropped a Jace%2C+the+Mind+Sculptor and fate sealed Gerry.
Gerry played his third Exploration and passed back. Alex fate sealed again and kept the card on top then played Stoneforge+Mystic to search up a Batterskull. Gerry drew a card and shipped the turn. Alex fate sealed again with Jace, leaving the card on top and passed. Gerry played a land and passed. Gerry used a Punishing+Fire on Alex’s newly played Deathrite+Shaman and passed after Alex got the Batterskull into play. Alex fate sealed a card to the bottom and attacked Gerry for three then dropped True-Name+Nemesis. Gerry found a Thespian Stage and passed.
Alex fate sealed again and attacked Gerry down to 13. Gerry made a token of himself at the end of turn then attacked with it but Alex had the Swords+to+Plowshares. After that Gerry scooped up his cards facing down a Jace that was ready to ultimate.
Alex 1, Gerry 0
Alex kept his seven and Gerry went down to five on the play.
“I’m still about 40 percent,” Alex said after Gerry’s second mulligan.
Gerry started things with a Mox+Diamond to cycle a Tranquil+Thicket and played a Gamble off a Grove+of+the+Burnwillows which resulted in Gerry discarding a Crop+Rotation. Alex passed after playing a Marsh+Flats. Gerry played Life+From+the+Loam off his Thespian Stage and passed. Alex had another fetch land and Gerry dredged then played Loam again and passed back after dropping a Taiga.
Alex simply played a third fetch land and shipped the turn. Gerry dredged again and Alex fetched up three lands to play a Vendilion+Clique to target Gerry during his draw step and made Gerry put Life+From+the+Loam on the bottom. Gerry cycled the Thicket and played Exploration and then added Rishadan+Port and another Taiga to the board. Gerry ended his turn with a Chalice+of+the+Void.
Alex attacked Gerry down to 15 with the Clique then Alex played Council’s Judgment which got rid of the Chalice. Gerry played a Dark+Depths and passed, but kept Alex’s Underground+Sea in check with the Port. Alex made a 20/20 at the end of the turn, but Alex had the Swords to deal with it. Gerry played Oracle+of+Mul+Daya, but Alex had another Swords for it.
Alex dropped Gerry to 34 and played Jace again and started fate sealing. Gerry passed and Alex hit Gerry to 31 and added a Liliana+of+the+Veil and Deathrite+Shaman. Gerry played a Rishadan+Port and passed. Alex used Surgical+Extraction on Dark+Depths, upped his Planeswalkers and knocked Gerry to 28. Gerry used Life+From+the+Loam to get Thespian Stage and Maze+of+Ith back, but Alex used the Shaman to eat the third target, Tranquil+Thicket. Alex then used the Shaman on the Life+From+the+Loam, kept moving his Planeswalkers up and attacked with the Clique. Gerry ended the turn by copying Maze+of+Ith with Stage and untapped to use Crop+Rotation on the Taiga to get Horizon+Canopy. Gerry drew a card off the Horizon, but saw a blank and extended the hand.
Alex 2, Gerry 0