Round 9: David McDarby vs. Matt Devine
One of a few players from yesterday's Top 8 performing well in Legacy, Taiga on turn 1 began the game, while David played Scalding Tarn and quickly passed. An odd turn 2 Green+Sun%27s+Zenith for zero from the opponent gave David pause, no second land in sight, and he decided to Force of Will the spell, removing Show+and+Tell. Sure enough, only Maze+of+Ith followed. David played Scalding+Tarn, and passed.
Savannah off the top gave Matt Stoneforge+Mystic, and David replied by breaking Scalding+Tarn for Island and casting Brainstorm. The spell resolved, and Stoneforge joined the board shortly after, searching for Sword of Feast and Famine. David fetched another Island with his Tarn during the end step, untapping into Mountain and Show+and+Tell.
Matt gave it a quick read and then nodded, putting Batterskull into play against Progenitus. Breaking Wooded Foothills, Matt searched for another Savannah and passed the turn. Progenitus attacked Matt to 9 life, and David passed after adding City+of+Traitors to the board.
Sword landed during the end step, but Matt decided to concede after drawing a card for the turn.
David 1, Matt 0
Matt kept for the second game, but David took a mulligan to six. Zenith for Dryad+Arbor of Savannah began the game, and David's only reply was Misty+Rainforest. Stoneforge+Mystic dug up Sword+of+Feast+and+Famine on turn 2 for Matt, but he lacked a land drop and had to pass after that. On turn 2, David fetched Volcanic+Island with Misty+Rainforest and cast Brainstorm. He whiffed on land, and passed.
Also missing a land, Matt passed. David revealed himself o have been slow-rolling Ancient+Tomb, and again had Show+and+Tell for the powerful Progenitus. Knight+of+the+Reliquary from Matt faced him down, but would it be enough? Sword, of course, would help.
Carrying the Sword, Knight attacked for 5 damage. David discarded Intuition, and all Matt could really do is jam more dudes onto the board, relying on his Swords to Plowshares to get him above 20 and survive two hits. Progenitus swung him to 9 once again, and David passedâ€”Batterskull hit the field during his end step.
Noble+Hierarch, David Brainstorming in response. He didn't find much, and his Progenitus wasn't capable of racing that Germ token once it could pick up Sword+of+Feast+and+Famine. He drew one more card, and conceded.
David 1, Matt 1
A mulligan to five for David began the third game, while Matt stood pat on seven. He started with misty Rainforest, while Matt simply played Dryad+Arbor. On turn 2, David played City+of+Traitors and fetched up Island, casting Show+and+Tell. Progenitus for the third timeâ€”Knight of the Reliquary for Matt. This time, the race certainly favored David by a fair margin! Matt drew and fetched, searching for Savannah and casting Gaddock+Teeg, but without an attack available.
David shrugged, and attacked for 10 damage.
Playing Taiga, Matt stared at the board. He cast Enlightened Tutor, and David Spell Pierced to tap Matt out. A search through the library, and a sighâ€”Matt should have spent that Tutor on the last turn, fetching Phyrexian+Metamorph.
Another attack for 10 finished the job.
David 2, Matt 1