Sneaking In: Round 9 Feature Match, Festus Resendez (Jund) vs Jeff Moseley (Naya Miracles)
Match covered and article written by Tannon Grace
Jeff and Festus both shuffled stoically as they contemplated the gravity of their match here in the last round of Star City Games Open New Orleans, a top 8 berth very likely on the line. After a mulligan to 6 by Festus Jeff lead off turn one with a Pilgrim leading into a turn 2 Centaur+Healer, while Festus had his own accelration with a turn two Farseek establishing his Jund manabase. An attack from the Centuar left Festus at 17, which was followed up by a Huntmaster putting Jeff up to 25 and the Jund player under quick pressure. Festus answered with his own Huntmaster to go back to 19, hoping to slow the Naya players quick start. Jeff attacked with his token and centaur healer leading to a trading of Wolf tokens. Jeff then passed the turn without playing a spell which allowed his Huntmaster to flip before his oppenets, killing off the other Huntmaster.
Festus Resendez is hoping to Strange(root) his opponents!
Thragtusk came down for Festus to help stem the bleeding and was quickly traded off with Raveger of the Fells after and attack from Jeff. Jeff added a thragtusk of his own after combat. Beast and wolf tokens were everywhere. Festus with just a beast token stared down Jeffs army and decided to pass, it seems the mulligan had caught up to him and he had run out of gas. On next turn Jeff's Thragtusk and Centaur came into the red zone and were blocked by the token. Here a little timing error happens where festus tries to Golgari+Charm, choosing to regen his token. But it was deamed that he played the spell to late and damage had already happened. Jeff added yet another thragtusk to the board and passed the turn.
Festus could only manage a Underworld+Connections into a Strangleroot+Geist. Jeff then showed the real power of his deck by casting the first miracle of the match: 4 Angels miraculously came to Jeff's aid. After Festus drew for his turn and for his Underworld+Connections, both revealing land, we were off to the sideboards and game 2.
Jeff Moseley is hoping for a Miracle this round!
Jeff 1, Festus 0.
Festus started game two with another mulligan while Jeff kept 7. Jeff again led off with a turn one Avacyn's Pilgrim. Festus played a turn 2 Mizzium+Mortars hoping to keep Jeff off an explosive starts.Jeff passed with no play on turn two and was quickly at 18 after a turn 3 Strangelroot Geist from Festus. But that was quickly answered by Centuar Healer, putting jeff back up to 21 and stoping the attack all together. Festus spent his forth turn casting Slaughter+Games,choosing to take all the Thragtusks out of Jeff's deck. Jeff added a Restoration+Angel to his team, gaining 3 life byblinking the Centaur.
Festus, who had steadly been taking damage from playing his Ravnica duals untapped, played a Thragtusk to get him back towards 20. This left the skies open for the Angel to start attacking though. Festus tried to race the Angel by attacking with his Thragtusk and Geist. The Thragtusk was blocked by the Centaur+Healer, which was again blinked before damage by another Restoration+Angel. Festus, not to be outdone, had a Huntmaster to add after combat to keep the pressure on. This mulligan looked a little better than the last.
Jeff decided to get aggressive on his turn attacking with both Angels and that pesky Healer. After a chump block from the Wolf token life totalls were Festus 12 to Jeff 24. The Jund player was certainly on his back foot. After combat jeff played a Garruk%2C+Primal+Hunter and immediatly cashed it in for 3 cards, binning his planeswalker. Festus attacked back with his Strangeroot Geist and Thragtusk, Huntmaster stayed home, getting Jeff down to 16. Which became 14 when the Huntmaster transformed into Ravager+of+the+Fells. Jeff sent his Angels and Healer into the red zone and had a Selesnya+Charm for his Centaur+Healer to make sure it traded for the Werewolf (it had taken 2 from the transformation trigger). After combat Jeff had another Healer to go back to 17, Festus was on his back foot at 5.
The Texan tried to get back into the game, swinging with Thragtusk to put Jeff back down to 12 then had Mizzum Mortar for an angel. Making this look a real race...
but it was not to be. After an attack from Jeff's Restoration+Angel to put Festus down to 2 life Jeff did his best Chinese Taipei impression with a lethal Bonfire+of+the+Damned, sealing a top 8 berth for the local player! After a few encouraging words Festus wished Jeff good luck in the top 8.
A victorius Jeff Moseley poses with his Bonfire!
Jeff wins 2-0.