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.
“Ouch,” 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 equipment—Batterskull—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's 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