Round 8: Josh Cho vs. Daryl Ayers
Standard Open Top 8 competitor Josh Cho was in the mix to repeat his performance in Legacy today. It had been a long day for Josh, starting with the Standard semifinals, but Delver hadn’t let him down in this tournament, either. His opponent, Daryl Ayers, was piloting a formidable foe in Maverick.
Daryl kept his starting seven and opened on Taiga, Noble Hierarch—ah, Legacy. Josh fetched for Tropical Island on the first turn to cast Nimble Mongoose, and sent the turn. Wasteland from Daryl moved him one step closer to threshold, and Daryl cast Mother of Runes into a Force of Will from Josh, removing Spell Snare rather than Daze.
Josh played Volcanic Island on turn 2 and attacked for a point, passing. Grove of the Burnwillows from Daryl let him cast Scavenging Ooze with a mana open for Daze—Josh burned another Force to counter it, and took one from Hierarch. He cracked back with Mongoose and played Misty Rainforest.
Umezawa’s Jitte was bad news for Josh, but Daryl couldn’t quite make use of the weapon yet. He fetched Savannah and cast another Hierarch, attacking for 2 damage and leaving Josh on 14. Josh fetched Volcanic Island an played another one after drawing the card for turn, but could no longer chance his attacks.
Daryl Ayers likes his Maverick list a lot--especially the sideboard surprise!
Daryl put Jitte on a Hierarch and went to town on josh, dealing 2 damage and gaining two counters. Dryad Arbor picked up the stick next, on defense, but Josh drew a timely Wasteland to fix that problem. Daryl moved his Jitte back to Hierarch on the next turn, going to four counters.
Very far behind against the equipment, Josh played his fifth land and waited for the beats. This time, it would be lethal, so he put Nimble Mongoose in front of the Hierarch. Wasteland on Grove forced Daryl to Punishing Fire now, and when Josh’s next draw step let him down, it was over.
Daryl 1, Josh 0
Misty Rainforest after a mulligan for Josh, while Grove of the Burnwillows enabled turn 1 Noble Hierarch for Daryl. Fetching Tropical Island in response, Josh cast Brainstorm but failed to find the daze he’d hoped to hit. A handful of Submerges? Check!
Josh passed on turn 2 after playing another Tropical Island, and Daryl played Wasteland prior to dropping another Noble Hierarch. His attack dropped Josh back to 19, and Brainstorm from Josh during the end step once again…Josh was digging, hard.
He played and cracked Scalding Tarn on turn 3, finding Volcanic Island and casting Tarmogoyf, a 2/3. Daryl’s Misty Rainforest preceded Knight of the Reliquary, which Josh allowed to resolve. He decided to Dismember the Knight now, and Daryl had no reply.
On 14 life, Josh attacked Daryl down to 17 with Tarmogoyf before passing, three mana at the ready. Windswept Heath for Daryl meant he still had no Forests, and he kept it that way—Green Sun’s Zenith for three, tapping his Hierarchs, searched up Knight of the Reliquary. The big man was a potential 4/4, but only a 2/2 at the moment.
Josh attacked for another 3 damage, going unblocked, an followed with Snapcaster Mage on Dismember—the second Knight hit the bin, and Josh fell to 10 life. Daryl cast Mother of Runes and played another Grove before passing the turn, steadfastly refusing to break his fetchlands. When Snapcaster Mage attacked, Daryl grabbed Dryad Arbor and used it to block, going to 10 from the Tarmogoyf.
Josh had another Tarmogoyf, and passed the turn. Daryl moved into defense mode, using Mother of Runes to keep the beasts at bay as he bled down to 7. Swords to Plowshares for Daryl killed on Tarmogoyf and opened the game back up—Noble Hierarch attacked for 2 damage. Mother of Runes got Stifled when she tried to defend this time, Josh’s alst Tarmogoyf eating her alive.
Another Mother of Runes landed for Daryl, and Josh attacked Daryl down to 4 life during the one turn where she wasn’t active. Josh himself sat on 7 life, and Daryl drew a third Mother of Runes. Brainstorm in response didn’t merit any action for Josh, and Daryl passed without an attack, josh going to 6 for his fetchland on Volcanic Island.
Ponder found nothing relevant for Josh, and he passed the turn. Daryl tried to squeak in additional damage by using Mother of Runes on Mother of Runes for green, running past Tarmogoyf—but headlong into Lightning Bolt. Daryl gave Josh a life to play Birds of Paradise, and passed the turn back on chumps.
Tarmogoyf ate a Noble Hierarch when it attacked, and Josh passed the turn once again. Birds of Paradise attacked for a point on Daryl’s turn, trying to very slowly beat Josh down. During the end step, Josh cast Snapcaster Mage—Pyroblast countered, and Josh was locked under Mom once again.
Daryl attacked for a point, Josh down to 7 again, and ended the turn. A second Tarmogoyf complicated Daryl’s life, but his Sword of Feast and Famine might be enough to simplify things. He cast it, keeping his fetchlands still uncracked, and Josh Dazed to either force a break or tap a creature. Daryl decided to pay with Birds of Paradise, resolving the Sword and continuing to dodge Submerge.
Josh sent both Tarmogoyfs into the fight zone, and Daryl protected himself with a protected block by Mother of Runes and Noble Hierarch’s death. Giving Josh a life, Daryl cast Scavenging Ooze—Spell Snare met Pyroblast, but a second Spell Snare countered the 2/2 and left Daryl with just his Mother of Runes. Both Tarmogoyfs turned sideways on the next turn, and Daryl picked up his cards.
“Did you have Submerge in your hand?” Daryl asked, revealing the Taiga and Forest he’d held. “No,” Josh replied, a stone-faced lie. He’d drawn the full playset! Daryl shrugged. “I was playing around it.”
Daryl 1, Josh 1
Forest, Birds of Paradise for turn 1 from Daryl, while Josh dropped Scalding Tarn and no other plays. Savannah and Scavenging Ooze gave Daryl the mana to play through Daze, but a real counter was another story—Josh fetched Tropical Island but had the Brainstorm, not the counterspell. Noble Hierarch joined Daryl’s board, and ended his turn.
"Why, hello there!"
Josh played Wasteland and Tarmogoyf on turn 2, passing back to Daryl. Removing Scalding Tarn from the game with Ooze, Daryl pointed Swords at Tarmogoyf afterward. He then sent Scavenging Ooze in for 3 damage, leaving Josh behind against the burly graveyard-controller.
Another Tarmogoyf landed for Josh, but it wouldn’t be very big with Ooze around. He played his second Wasteland, and passed. During the end step, Daryl drew a card with Horizon Canopy. He untapped into Stoneforge Mystic, and Josh responded with Submerge on Scavenging Ooze—Daryl lost his Ooze to find Sword of Feast and Famine, passing afterward.
Josh drew Volcanic Island and played it, aiming his Wastelands at Daryl’s duals to leave him on Forest, Noble, and Birds. Tarmogoyf attacked Daryl to 18, and Josh cast Delver of Secrets before passing. Misty Rainforest replaced the lost land, and Daryl cast Green Sun’s Zenith for two, searching up Tarmogoyf. Josh checked the top card for Delver of Secrets…and missed, keeping a 1/1. He played Scalding Tarn and passed, lacking any attacks.
Stoneforge Mystic tried to drop in Sword but met a Stifle—Punishing Fire followed, eliminating Josh’s Delver of Secrets as Tarmogoyf attacked. Josh took 5, falling to 12 life, and Daryl ended the turn basically tapped out, with just Misty Rainforest untapped and just Sword in his hand. Then, time was called.
Josh attacked Daryl to 15 with Tarmogoyf, and passed. Sword of Feast and Famine made its debut once again, but this time Josh had to let it hop onto that Tarmogoyf. He had Snapcaster Mage to block, which gave him a Brainstorm from the yard after he fetched Tropical Island number two. Mage died, and Josh took his next turn.
He played another land and cast Nimble Mongoose, followed by Delver of Secrets. Daryl began turn 4 of time, but lacked any possibility of getting in lethal damage. He passed to Josh, who also shrugged and ended his turn—an unintentional draw.
Daryl 1, Josh 1