It was a creature battle of iconic archetypes. SCG Open superstar Alex Bertoncini with his fish against David Mendez and Affinity the current deck to beat of the Legacy Open. Would the fish swim through the metallic opposition or would Affinity get a little too explosive on turn one?
And another thing...what's with that rose Alex is carrying around with him?
“This rose has been good luck for me all day” Alex said insistent that I get a picture of him with the rose he has been carrying around. His opponent David Mendez was a little bummed that his good record has come partially at the expense of a friend whom he beat in one of the previous rounds. But aside from that neither player could complain about their impressive 3-0 starts.
David won the die roll but had to mulligan to six. Alex was more than comfortable with his hand and David seemed more than happy with his six cards. He led off with Seat of the Synod Memnite and Signal Pest while Alex had a turn one Cursecatcher. “I wonder what you're playing!” Alex said jokingly with both of their archetypes revealed.
David whiffed on a second turn land and got shut down even further when Alex had a Wasteland for his Seat. A top-decked Blinkmoth Nexus also ate a Wasteland from the SCG open juggernaut. On the next turn Silvergill Adept let Alex further develop his board while keeping his hand size up. When his third drawn land was also Wastelanded on the next turn David had enough and packed up his cards for game two.
“First time I've ever seen Affinity end the game with seven cards in hand” David said.
Alex – 1 David – 0
David threw back his hand while Alex kept his otherwise hesitant hand. When David drew his six cards he shrugged. “Hmm...this one is...significantly worse than the last hand!” He threw it back for five cards and seemed okay with it. He laid it out in this order: Great Furnace Memnite Memnite Springleaf Drum Thoughtcast.
It certainly wasn't the worst five cards he could have gotten.
Alex thought for a moment but hesitated to pull the trigger on his Force of Will. He led with Mutavault and Aether Vial and then immediately squinted his eyes for not going with the other turn one sequence of Cursecatcher and Island when David played another Thoughtcast on the second turn. He ended up pitching the Cursecatcher he could have played to Force of Will keeping his opponent's draw power down. Another Aether Vial and a Wasteland for the Great Furnace was Alex's next play and action quickly passed action to David.
On the next turn Alex played Coralhelm Commander and beatdowns commenced on the following turn with a Merrow Reejerey (put into play by Aether Vial) waking up his Mutavault to hit for 5. While David had an explosive start he was once again with his back against the wall. The mulligans were hurting him and he was not getting any assistance from the top of the deck.
A few attacks later and one more Wasteland from Alex earned the concession from David. His free 1/1s were unable to compete with Alex's growing fish army.
Alex – 2 David – 0