Round 9: Steve Mann vs. Tom Ross
Steve is looking to improve to 2-0 in the Pod with Temur Delver after a win over Reid Duke, while Tom is doing his best to not to fall to 0-2 after dropping his first match of the day to Ross Merriam. Will Steve’s history with Delver of Secrets push him past the experience Tom has with Infect?
Tom Berserks for the win.
Steve led with a Scalding Tarn while Tom got to the board first with a Noble Hierarch. Steve Brainstormed but passed without finding a second land, leading Tom take a look at a hand full of Force of Wills with Gitaxian Probe. Tom went for a Brainstorm, but Steve used a Force of Will, pitching Treasure Cruise, forcing Tom to fire back with a Spell Pierce to revolve his cantrip. Tom broke a fetch land to get another Tropical Island and played a second Noble Hierarch and passed, but Steve again had no play and no second land.
Tom untapped and went for a Glistener Elf, but Steve used another Force of Will on it leading Tom have a full graveyard to enable a cheap Treasure Cruise. After the Cruise, Tom played a Pendelhaven to go with his Inkmoth Nexus, animated his land, attacked and pumped it with Pendelhaven before the exalted triggers, used an Invigorate, and a Berserk to attack for plenty more than lethal as Steve had no more interaction.
Tom 1, Steve 0
Steve fights for his Swiftspear.
Steve opened up the game with a Monastery Swiftspear that Tom tried to stop with a Force of Will, but Steve had one of his own, pitching an Izzet Staticaster, so Tom fired off a second Force to keep it off the table, losing four cards in the process. After the war of the Swiftspear, Tom dropped a Noble Hierarch and passed.
Steve had a Tropical Island and passed, leading Tom to attack for 1 with his Hierarch and passed the turn after playing Inkmoth Nexus. Steve used his next turn to kill the Hierarch with a Forked Bolt and passed back, only to see Tom play another and get in for 2 poison on the next turn with his Nexus. Steve again had Forked Bolt for the Hierarch and passed, leading Tom to get in for another hit with the Nexus. Steve had no action and passed the turn back.
Tom played his third Hierarch, but Steve dealt with it via a Force of Will, pitching Treasure Cruise. Tom simply fired up the Nexus and attacked for 1, putting Steve at 4 poison. Steve dug deeper into his deck with a Brainstorm then went to 14 to see Tom’s hand of Vines of Vastwood and Spell Pierce with a Gitaxian Probe. Steve ended the turn after landing his first threat, Delver of Secrets. Tom drew a Verdant Catacombs and fetched a third Tropical Island, allowing him to get in for 5, putting Steve at 9 poison.
Steve flipped his Delver with a Treasure Cruise and played it, exiling cards carefully for future Tarmogoyfs, then Pondered and passed the turn after dropping a Mistry Rainforest. Tom drew a card and shipped the turn back, and Steve fetched a Volcanic Island in his upkeep to clear the top of his library. Steve decided to get in for 3 to drop Tom to 11. Tom again passed with no action, leading Steve to attack him down to 8.
Tom found a Pendelhaven and fired up his Nexus to attack Steve, but Steve had a Lightning Bolt for the land and Tom had to pass back. Steve used a Probe to see a hand of Spell Pierce, Berserk, and a fetch land, and went on another Cruise for three cards then pointed two Lightning Bolts at Tom and attacked for the win.
Tom 1, Steve 1
Tom, on a mulligan to six, started the deciding game with an Inkmoth Nexus. Steve used a Gitaxian Probe to see Tom had no blue mana and got in for 1 with a Monastery Swiftspear. Tom played his Pendelhaven and got in for 1 with is Nexus and passed the turn. Steve settled on attacking for 1 and deployed a Delver of Secrets.
Tom wanted to see what Steve had with a Probe of his own, and it was three one-mana burn spells. He then found a Tropical Island and attacked with his Nexus, prompting Steve to fetch a Volcanic and point a Lightning Bolt at the land. Tom paused, then Brainstormed and pumped his land with two Invigorates, knowing they would resolve, and took the match!
Tom 2, Steve 1