Round 9: Mark Sun vs. David Bauer
David Bauer in Round 9 of the Legacy Open
The last round of the Swiss treated us with a bunch of win-and-in matches, and this showdown between two regulars was a showcase of two of the best decks Legacy has to offer. Mark was armed with RUG Tempo and David wielded G/W Maverick and the power of winning the die roll.
He had to start with a mulligan and watch as Nimble+Mongoose scuttled onto Mark’s side with a free fetchland to protect it. Mark used that fetchland to Spell+Snare David’s attempt at Stoneforge+Mystic and Delver+of+Secrets took advantage of it. Knight+of+the+Reliquary with no lands in the yard Mark could get it with Lightning+Bolt, but David made the painful play of destroying his own Savannah with his Wasteland to get the knight out of range.
Brainstorm flipped the Delver+of+Secrets and Mark started getting flying damage in while protecting his position from another Knight+of+the+Reliquary and Gaddock Teeg with Daze and Spell+Snare, forcing David to eat another of his lands to dig up Maze+of+Ith and keep his dwindling life total from falling further into burn range. Spell+Pierce burned down David’s Sylvan+Library, leaving him stuck on Wasteland, Gaea’s Cradle and Maze+of+Ith with a large Knight+of+the+Reliquary holding back a thresholded Nimble+Mongoose and Insectile+Aberration.
Mark was drawing very live, needing just one more bolt to go with the Lightning+Bolt in his hand, and David realized that, using the Wasteland on Mark’s upkeep to try to keep from being fried to death. The doomed Volcanic+Island did tap to enable the Lightning+Bolt on David’s face, dropping him to a scant three, but he was unable to find a second burn spell during his draw step and he had to pass the turn.
David’s Noble+Hierarchs allowed him to start attacking with the now very large Knight+of+the+Reliquary, and Mark fell to 1, meaning his fetchlands and Force+of+Wills were dead. He looked for that crucial bolt to finish David off with a sorcery-speed Brainstorm but whiffed, leaving him locked out of the chance at a topdeck for two more turns. The rampaging knight started acting like The+Abyss as it ate Nimble+Mongoose then Delver+of+Secrets then Tarmogoyf, and a Green Sun’s Zenith for Scavenging+Ooze nabbed a huge Scavenging+Ooze to get David out of burn range and crush any hope Mark had of winning with the bolt he was playing for.
David 1, Mark 0
Mark Sun battles for Top 8 with RUG Delver.
Delver+of+Secrets and Mother+of+Runes gave each player their best starts, and Mark went to work with a Ponder to set up a flip. He offered the trade despite having two more spells on top, but he was able to Spell+Snare a critical Stoneforge+Mystic on the next turn thanks to his fetchland.
Unfazed, Mark fired up a Brainstorm during his upkeep to flip his Delver+of+Secrets and keep the damage rolling, but a natural Maze+of+Ith put a stop to the bug. Mark took advantage of David’s ugly manabase of Gaea’s Cradle, Maze+of+Ith and Savannah by crushing the Mother+of+Runes with Sulfur+Elemental to give him an extra damage source through the maze and turning off the Gaea’s Cradle. He stayed on the mana disruption plan with a Daze on Noble+Hierarch before Pondering into a Wasteland for the Maze+of+Ith.
David 1, Mark 1
It was a slower start for both players as Mark’s second turn Ponder was the first non-land play of the game. Scavenging+Ooze got hit by Spell+Snare to keep things even, but then David cracked a Wasteland to take down Tropical+Island, setting Mark back a bit.
A Brainstorm found him a fetchland to replace the lost green source and enable Tarmogoyf, but an end step Enlightened+Tutor for Choke surprised him and forced Mark to burn a Submerge on the Noble+Hierarch to keep the devastating enchantment from completely wrecking him. He got rid of the Choke for temporarily with a main-phased Predict after David replayed the Noble+Hierarch, forcing Mark to crack a fetchland to protect his potential game-winner for later. Tarmogoyf followed up the cute play to give him his first threat of the game that was immediately trumped by Knight+of+the+Reliquary.
The knight started setting up David up for later with some Horizon+Canopy fetches, but Mark found a big-time Submerge to wreck the knight in response to its second activation. The knight went away, but came right back when David peeled a Green Sun’s Zenith and Nimble+Mongoose plus Sulfur+Elemental were poor answers to the 10/10.
That left Mark with few options, and he decided to alpha strike, losing his Tarmogoyf to bring David down to 8, but Umezawa’s Jitte plus a crack back from the titanic knight meant it was all over and Mark wished David well in the Top 8.
David wins 2-1