Alexander won the die roll to start the game and kept his hand with Brian following suit. Flooded Strand cracked to find a Volcanic Island and Grindstone hit the board. A Wasteland from Brian destroyed the Volcanic and it was Alexander's turn to once again fetch up a Volcanic this time casting Goblin Welder. Brian had a second Wasteland to remove the Volcanic and Alexander just played a Seat of the Synod on his third turn declining to attack.
Brian played a Marsh Flats and sent the turn while Alexander played only an Island. Brian dropped a Verdant Catacombs and passed the turn Alexander taking the opportunity to Brainstorm. He untapped played City of Traitors and cast Painter's Servant naming blue before ending the turn. Brian would be dead without a response once Alexander untapped so it was time to move. He cracked Verdant Catacombs for a Bayou and Marsh Flats for a Scrubland. A Swamp and a Dark Confidant followed but Brian had nothing and died once Alexander untapped and pointed at him.
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Brian led with just a Plains in the second game while Alexander played Seat of the Synod and Grindstone. Scrubland cast a Thoughtseize to reveal Intuition Emrakul Painter's Servant Great Furnace City of Traitors and a second Seat. Brian sent the Intuition to the bin and passed the turn. Alexander drew a Misdirection and cast Painter on the second turn but Brian had the Swords to Plowshares after all. Hymn to Tourach resolved for Brian on his next turn discarding City of Traitors and Emrakul to leave Alexander with just a Seat and the Misdirection.
He dropped the Seat and sent the turn shrugging as Brian cast a Tarmogoyf and Wasteland destroyed his Great Furnace. A second Great Furnace landed and Alexander passed the turn. He fell to 17 on the next turn a second Wasteland removing his Great Furnace once again. Brian added another Tarmogoyf to the field as Alexander dropped to 13. He cast a Brainstorm in response contemplating how he could escape this predicament.
The plan began with Mox Opal and an Intuition for Painter's Servants one of which he received. Brian attacked him within range of lethal and when Alexander didn't draw City of Traitors or Lion's Eye Diamond on the following turn he died to the next attack.
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“What kind of hand is this?” Alexander asked and Brian laughed. “The kind that I'm so glad you have!” Brian kept his starting seven instantly while Alexander picked up a mediocre six but kept it. Brian cast a Top off Swamp after Alexander led with Flooded Strand paving the way for a Painter on the second turn via Seat of the Synod and a Volcanic Island.
Brian Topped during his upkeep and then played a Marsh Flats cracking it for a Scrubland and casting Swords to Plowshares. Alexander untapped drew a second Emrakul and cast another Painter's Servant. Brian tried a Hymn to Tourach but Alexander removed an Emrakul to Misdirection it back at Brian discarding a pair of lands. Wasteland destroyed Alex's Ancient Tomb and Brian passed.
Alexander drew and attacked before ending the turn while Brian used Top to recover his hand. A Marsh Flats dug up Bayou and Brian added Dark Confidant to the board. Alexander bluffed a response before allowing it to stick passing his own turn after drawing a City of Traitors. Brian topped up a Karakas for Bob's sake casting a second Confidant and tapping out. Alexander seized that opportunity to Intuition for a Grindstone and blast Brian's deck away.
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