“Unfair decks are pretty good” one spectator said as Matt Sperling sat down with the explosive elves combo deck. His opponent William Miller was running the Dark Horizons deck which contained plenty of awesome discard Dark Confidant Pernicious Deed and Knight of the Reliquary. It had some game against elves but would he be able to get the right combination of cards to win?
Matt won the die roll and chose to go first. He kept a fairly potent opening hand with two copies of Glimpse of Nature while Will kept a hand that let him see what Matt was packing thanks to Inquisition of Kozilek. Will discarded the Wirewood Symbiote leaving Matt with Regal Force three Glimpse of Natures and some land.
While Matt did not have plays Will did not have lands. He played a Sensei's Divining Top on turn two and passed without a land-drop. Matt passed without any action while Will spun the top on upkeep finding a Verdant Catacombs into a Bayou and Thoughtseize. Without any creatures Matt could not get use out of the Glimpse of Natures. Will continued destroying Matt's potential combo cards with Hymn to Tourach which ripped a Regal Force and a Glimpse of Nature out of elf player's hand.
The turn following that Matt pulled the trigger on the third Glimpse of Nature before it got discarded by one of Will's cards. He played it and a Summoner's Pact for Elvish Visionary digging two cards deep for anything that would let him get any pressure going. He found Fyndhorn Elves which continued his Glimpse draws. Another fetchland turned into another Forest for Matt who continued his engine with Heritage Druid. That Heritage Druid found him Nettle Sentinel which found another Nettle Sentinel. At that point Matt's run of one-cost elves ended and he shipped play back to Will.
When Will spun the top and then used it to draw a card just to hit a land it looked like Matt had a reasonable clock set up. Will had no other actions for that turn who passed back at 16 life thanks to fetchlands and Thoughtseize. Matt paid for his pact and then attacked with all but his Fyndhorn Elves bringing Will to 10 following up combat with a Priestess of Titania to untap his Nettle Sentinels. The only thing Will had to say about that was a Dark Confidant after using his Sensei's Divining Top.
Matt sent all of his creatures into the red zone trading a Nettle Sentinel with Dark Confidant and dropping him to 4. Will drew his next card and still had no answer to the small army of elves. He conceded to the lethal damage that was on Matt's board.
Matt – 1 William – 0
Will led off the second game with a mulligan while Matt kept a hand with Glimpse of Nature and plenty of one-mana creatures to pressure Will should the combo-enabling sorcery get discarded to a Thoughtseize or Inquisition of Kozilek. Will led off with a Sensei's Divining Top while Matt played Llanowar Elves. Will spun the top on upkeep to see the top 3 and then played a land and Mox Diamond to get Dark Confidant onto the table. Matt meanwhile had an Elvish Visionary and no further land. If Will did not have a discard spell on his next turn then things were going to get very messy on Matt's battlefield.
Will flipped a land for Dark Confidant shrugged and ran out Knight of the Reliquary. On turn three Matt began to explode. Heritage Druid enabled him to get 3 mana and Glimpse of Nature started the nightmare turn.
With his 2 remaining mana he spent one to add Nettle Sentinel to the battlefield. The card he got from Glimpse of Nature for that Nettle Sentinel got him a a land which made going off a lot easier for Matt. He began vomiting elves into play including a Birchlore Rangers to help with mana development if he started running low on elves and needed to cast green spells to untap his Nettle Sentinels. That 'running out of elves' worry by the way? It wasn't happening. At the start of the turn Matt had three creatures. Two minutes later he had more than a dozen creatures in play a full hand multiple Nettle Sentinels and as play continued he had a second active Glimpse of Nature a third Nettle Sentinel a Green Sun's Zenith for the fourth Wirewood Symbiote and...
...my head is starting to hurt. Will slumped into his chair looking on without any ability to interact with Matt with all of his mana tapped.
Finally a Regal Force hit the battlefield and drew Matt a mere 18 cards to go with his 16 green creatures. At this point his deck was in single digit size. Paul Rietzl looking on at the 18 cards he drew shrugged and moved over to another feature match.
Quad Green Sun's Zeniths for one mana netted Matt two mana each thanks to his three Nettle Sentinels with Heritage Druid. Viridian Shaman took out Will's Mox Diamond and Krosan Grip took out Will's Sensei's Divining Top. Eventually Matt went to his discard step pitching a grip of cards and shuffling a Progenitus into his deck.
Will thinned his deck of lands on upkeep and flipped the top card of the deck with Dark Confidant to see if he could hit land and Pernicious Deed in a row in order to at least buy himself another turn. He found neither card waiting on top and then conceded to Matt's overwhelming board.
Matt – 2 Will – 0