Round 9: Ben Stark vs. David Escalante
Both players will be drafting tomorrow, but one player won’t have their back to the wall. Will Ben and his Abzan deck with Ivorytusk Fortress move on to 8-1 or would David Escalante and his Sultai deck with Rakshasa Deathdealer and Rakshasa Vizier get there?
Ben waits for his opponent to make his blocks.
Ben started with a couple tapped lands while David had a Forest and a Swamp. Ben added a Forest of his own to play a Morph while David had a Tuskguard Captain. Ben had his own Tuskguard Captain and passed back after playing another Forest. David made the table a mirror match with a Morph of his own and passed back, gaining a life with a Jungle Hollow.
Ben added a Morph to his board and used outlast on his Captain before passing. David played an Heir of the Wilds and outlasted his Captain. Ben started the aggression by sending in his Morphs and David elected to take 4 so Ben dropped an Ivorytusk Fortress.
David flipped a Morph to reveal a Mistfire Weaver to get in for some flying damage then added a Rakshasa Deathdealer. Ben sent in his team and David put the Heir on the Fortress and his Captain on the Morph but Ben flipped an Abzan Guide then passed with David at 11 and Ben going up to 22. David used a Signing Bell Strike on the Guide and passed after deploying Longshot Squad.
Ben stayed aggressive and David put the Squad in front of a Morph so Ben revealed Wooly Loxodon, eating the Squad and getting in for 3.David continued to try to stem the tide, but Ben kept attacking and sending David’s creatures to the graveyard, putting David in danger at 2. David’s sequence of playing Rakshasa Vizier and Riverwheel Aerialists wasn’t enough as Ben had Savage punch to take out the Aerialists, untapped and attacked for the win.
Ben 1, David 0
David studies the board.
David elected to be on the draw for Game 2 and took a mulligan down to six cards. Both players made land drops until David started with an Heir of the Wilds and Ben played a Turn-3 Morph. David made a Morph of his own and Ben copied after playing a fourth land. David went up to 21 with a Dismal Backwaters and played a Highland Game. Ben revealed Ivorytusk Fortress to flip Watcher of the Roost and got in for 2 flying and added an Opulent Palace to his board.
David flipped his Morph into an Abomination of Gudul and got in for 3 then pitched a land after his draw. Ben attacked back for 2 more in the air and passed. David repeated his turn, pitching an Island this time, and played Rakshasa Vizier. Ben flipped Abzan Guide at the end step, untapped, and attacked for 2 in the air. He gained a life off a Rugged Highland and played the Fortress to end the turn.
David got in for 3 more and pitched another land and ended his turn by hardcasting Mystic of the Hidden Way. Ben used Death Frenzy, getting rid of the Mystic, the Heir, and his Watcher. Ben attacked and David traded off his Vizier with the Guide so Ben gained more life. David attacked with the Abomination and discarded a land before playing Rakshasa Deathdealer and a Morph. Ben attacked with the 5/7 and David decided to go to 9. Ben used a Suspension Field to exile the Abomination then played a Morph and a land to end his turn.
David drew a card and passed after considering his options. Ben attacked with his Morph and the Fortress. David blocked the Fortress with his Morph, but before damage flipped it by revealing a Longshot Squad to show a Temur Charger, then used a Throttle on the 5/7 to trade off. Ben added Armament Corps giving both creatures a +1+1 counter and passed. David played his Squad and passed.
Ben attacked and flipped his Witness of the Ages after David blocked the morph with his Squad. David played a Mistfire Weaver and passed back. Ben attacked with his team of Witness of the Ages, Armament Corps, and Tuskguard Captain so David put the Deathdealer in front of the Witness and the Weaver in front of another creature, but after David pumped his Deathdealer Ben used Burn Away on it, allowing for his Witness to trample, thanks to the +1+1 counter, in for lethal.
Ben 2, David 0