Semifinals: Bobby Kovacs vs. Tom Genzman
Bobby has won a Legacy Open (in Detroit) before… with Lands! Can he replicate his previous success, or will Tom’s U/W/R Delver trip him up?
Tom is hoping to Stifle Bobby's championship aspirations!
Our resident realtor Bobby Kovacs had the play and led things off with one of his favorite properties on the Lands-themed Monopoly board: Verdant Catacombs. He also added a house to that property in the form of Mox Diamond. Tom’s turn one play was Ponder, and after rearranging his top three cards he passed. Taiga came out of the Catacombs, and Wasteland took down the opposing Volcanic Island. Tom followed it up with Flooded Strand before passing. Bobby transmuted Tolaria West on his turn three, which got Maze of Ith out of Bobby’s library.
Tom fetched out basic Island and cast Brainstorm at end of turn. Once that happened, he untapped and found Flooded Strand before passing. With no clock to speak of, Bobby was free to keep making land drops, this time adding Grove of the Burnwillows to the huge tracks of Lands under Bobby’s domain. Tom searched out a pair of dual lands to cast Geist of Saint Traft on his next turn, to which Bobby decided that Oblivion Stonewas where he wanted to be, but Tom thought that was no fun so Force of Will took it out. Maze of Ith came down for Bobby as well.
Geist is much less impressive when the Angel gets untapped by a Maze… but Wasteland took down the land from The Dark before it could cancel out the 4/4’s damage and Bobby dropped to 13. Bobby cycled Tranquil Thicket to find answers, now facing down a hexproof beater and friend each attack step. Rishidan Port tapped Tom’s white source, but Geist was a beast. Life from the Loam was Bobby’s answer (as it almost invariably always is). Tom responded by casting Brainstorm, but Loam resolved. Bobby brought back, among others, Tolaria West. He transmuted the Tolaria West for Glacial Chasm… and that’s a big road block. Port hit the bin as it entered play.
Tom played Grim Lavamancer before passing right back. Bobby allowed Chasm to die, then immediately tries to bring it back with Life from the Loam… but Spell Pierce and Daze combined to tax Bobby right out of that plan. Maze of Ith came down to try to prevent death, but Stifle on the trigger meant the boys were off to game two.
Well then. Sometimes you have it all!
Bobby's hoping to Land a spot in the finals!
Tom 1, Bobby 0.
Bobby, once more on the play and still the undisputed mayor of Landstown, began his campaign with a mulligan while Tom kept. Once Bobby found an agreeable six, he used turn one to play Ghost Quarter and cast Mox Diamond and Life from the Loam, returning Windswept Heath. Surgical Extraction quickly put an end to those shenanigans, and all four copies made their way to the exiled zone. Tom used his actual first turn to play Volcanic Island.
Bobby fetched out Tropical Island before passing, and Tom used Lightning Bolt to drop his opponent to 16. Wasteland from the tempo player took down the Trop, and Bobby had Tolaria West into play tapped to get his blue mana requirements. Since Tom did not play a spell on his turn, Bobby felt no need on his turn either… but also did not make a land drop. Quite unusual for the Lands deck! Ghost Quarter in Tom’s upkeep threatened to take down Tom’s white source, a Tundra, before it could do real damage, but Stifle countered that plan of attack. Fortunately for Bobby, Tom didn’t have another land and could only pass.
Bobby cast Engineered Explosives for three onto an empty board… and Tom countered it. Do they know something we don’t? Seems so, as Geist of Saint Traft entered play. But Bobby had Engineered Explosives for three the next turn, so after taking six from Geist and company (falling to 7) Bobby had the Modern Masters artifact to knock off the legendary Cleric.
That is, of course, assuming no Stifle. Not a safe assumption, as Snapcaster Mage flashed back Stifle from Tom’s bin. A Punishing Fire killed the Snapcaster so that Bobby only fell to 1, and Tom used the Opportunity to Surgically Extract those from Bobby’s library as well. Needing a top deck, Bobby could not find one and, after looking dejectedly at the topdecked Oblivion Stone (not enough mana, oh the irony!) Bobby extended his hand to his victorious opponent.
Tom 2, Bobby 0.