Round 9: Beaux Bruggman vs. Blake Hurdle
Blake Hurdle looks to crush dreams.
Beaux had a one point lead in the standings over Blake and needed a win for a hope at getting into the Top 8, but Blake and his U/W Delver of Secrets deck was going to make him earn it. Beaux's mulligan combined with Blake's lightning-fast start made things even more difficult.
Delver+of+Secrets immediately flipped and was joined by Invisible+Stalker before Beaux could even catch his breath. Liliana+of+the+Veil looked to buy some time, but Blake beat him into the pot with Mana+Leak, untapping and smashing in for four more. Another attack step had him on nine and Sword+of+War+and+Peace threatened to be the nail in the coffin if Beaux couldn't take advantage of his one turn window. He drew a Sorin, Lord of Innistrad, but couldn't get enough cards out of his hand to not die to the little blue men.
Blake 1, Beaux 0
It was Blake's turn to take a mulligan before he kept a clumsy six, firing off cantrip after cantrip to find a way to win. He found Geist+of+Saint+Traft as his first non-land permanent, but Mana+Leak took care of it right away. It was smooth sailing for Beaux, who was up to five lands when he let Gitaxian+Probe resolve, fanning out a hand of Mana+Leak, Curse of Death's Hold, Forbidden+Alchemy, Ratchet Bomb and Seachrome+Coast.
â€œOuch,â€ Blake said as he wrote down the contents.
Beaux played the Forbidden+Alchemy on end step and passed it right back after playing the Seachrome+Coast, nodding as Moorland+Haunt woke up Geist+of+Saint+Traft's spirit. Beaux took a tiny peck on the cheek after picking off Sword+of+Feast+and+Famine with Mana+Leak. He lost his own equipmentâ€”Batterskullâ€”to an opposing Mana+Leak, but he was fine playing the attrition game given the slow pace.
Beaux Bruggman's Esper Control deck carries him to a deep finish.
Lingering+Souls put him back in the driver's seat, but Sword of War and Peace and Moorland+Haunt gave Blake a great answer if he could get through Beaux's Tragic+Slips. He eventually got an Insectile+Aberration equipped, but Beaux's Consecrated+Sphinx threw another haymaker back at Blake. Sword+of+Feast+and+Famine got the bug bigger than the sphinx, and Sorin fell to the flying swordmaster before Vapor+Snag tucked the Consecrated+Sphinx back into Beaux's hand.
Curse+of+Death%27s+Hold and Day+of+Judgment put a beating on Blake's board and promised to lock him out without Celestial+Purge or Geist of Saint Traft. None were forthcoming and we moved to game three.
Blake 1, Beau 1
The little wizard hulked up and smashed for three as Invisible+Stalker joined the team and it looked like Blake was ready to run away with it. Geist+of+Saint+Traft looked like it would seal the deal if Beaux couldn't find a sweeper in a hurry, but the door card of Beaux's end of turn Forbidden+Alchemy was Day+of+Judgment and Blake was swept away. Liliana of the Veil stuck after Blake passed the turn, choking on a bunch of equipment with nothing to equip them to.
Liliana continued to munch hands as Batterskull landed, giving Beaux a commanding position against Blake's lands and swords. Gideon Jura locked up the game, and locked Beaux a spot in the Top 8.
Beaux wins the match 2-1