Round 8: Jim Davis vs. Christopher Wessel
Island into Preordain, setting up his draws, while Deathrite+Shaman was the one-drop of choice for Christopher. Jim wasn’t done cantripping just yet, and began his second turn with a Brainstorm. He didn’t find what he needed to storm off, but he did find a Cabal+Therapy, which he pointed at Christopher naming Thoughtseize. Christopher’s board of Bayou and Deathrite+Shaman might have represented Sultai or Jund, but the jig was up now, as the Therapy revealed a hand of Birchlore+Rangers, Heritage+Druid, Green Sun’s Zenith, Gaea’s Cradle, and two Windswept+Heaths, and Jim passed the turn to Christopher, who simply played a Windswept+Heath and a Heritage+Druid and passed it right back.
After a bit of number crunching, Jim concluded he could go for it. He Pondered (1) then cracked his Misty+Rainforest and played Lotus+Petal (2). He went for Cabal+Ritual (3) with exactly seven cards in his graveyard. Christopher used his Deathrite+Shaman to exile a land out of Jim’s graveyard, but Jim was able to crack the Lotus+Petal for a red mana to turn his Cabal+Ritual back on. Two more Cabal+Rituals (4, 5) followed, and the last card in Jim’s hand was Infernal+Tutor (6) for Past+in+Flames (7), which Jim cast with eight black mana in the pool. He cast two more Cabal+Rituals (8,9) and then the Infernal+Tutor (10) out of the graveyard, retrieving and casting a 22-point Tendrils+of+Agony.
Jim Davis 1, Christopher Wessel 0
Jim's spells are so nice, he casts them twice.
A Thoughtseize on turn 1 from Christopher took a peek at Jim’s goodies, seeing Ponder, Gitaxian+Probe, Duress, Lotus+Petal, Dark ritual, Polluted+Delta, and Underground+Sea. Jim was deprived of his Ponder, so he settled for a turn 1 Gitaxian+Probe, seeing Nettle+Sentinel, Green Sun’s Zenith, Cabal+Therapy, and a pair of Wirewood+Symbiotes. He followed up with Duress on Christopher’s Therapy. Christopher decided more mana was his number one priority, so he spent his second turn Green Sun’s Zenithing for a Dryad+Arbor, while Jim had only a land drop on his second turn.
Christopher drew a second copy of Cabal+Ritual on his turn, and used it to good effect, knocking two Dark+Rituals out of Jim’s hand and leaving him with Lotus+Petal, Cabal+Ritual, and Polluted+Delta. He added a Nettle+Sentinel to his board and shipped to Jim, who could only play his Delta and ship back. Christopher got in an attack for 2 with his Nettle+Sentinel, then added a second Sentinel and a Wirewood+Symbiote to his board, ready to begin the beatdown.
Jim’s draw step found an Infernal+Tutor, which signaled that shenanigans could begin. He played another Polluted+Delta from his hand then cracked all three that he had in play. Cabal+Ritual (1) then made five mana, and Jim cast Lotus+Petal (2) leaving him with just the Infernal+Tutor (3) in hand, then cast it to retrieve Past+in+Flames (4). He cast it with two black mana left in the pool, and from there the win was on the table: Cabal+Ritual (5), two Dark+Rituals (6, 7), Duress for good measure (8), then Infernal+Tutor (9) for the lethal Tendrils+of+Agony.
Jim Davis 2, Christopher Wessel 0