Wil Strickland was keeping the Elves! dream alive. At 5-1 he was aiming to win this match for a potential lock into the top 8. His major obstacle towards that goal? Alexander Lapping also 5-1 and looking to get a potential top 8 lock with his Wizards deck. Yes. Wizards.
Alexander won the die roll and both players kept their opening hands. Alexander led off with a Tundra while Wil started the match with Llanowar Elves. It was promptly hit by Swords to Plowshares by Alexander who added an Aether Vial to his board. He passed back to Wil who played an Elvish Visionary and ended his turn. Alexander toyed with the idea of playing a Cursecatcher even mentioning it out loud but chose not to and instead passed with two mana open. One mana was used to exile the Impervious Perfect played by Wil via Swords to Plowshares reducing the damage Alexander took from the Elvish Visionary. Alexander vialed out one Cursecatcher and then played another on his next turn passing with mana open and two counters on Aether Vial. When Wil didn't do anytihng exciting on his next turn Alexander put Azorius Guildmage into play. Alexander played out a Sage of Epityr and then passed back with Aether Vial at 3. Take note of that.
When Wil pulled the trigger on Natural Order with mana open Alexander announced something interesting: “Aether Vial in Patron Wizard”. A spectator giggled and Wil was confused. When Alexander announced what Patron Wizard did he realized that he just walked into a blow-out.
The Patron Wizard tapped Wil out and countered the Natural Order as he had more than enough untapped wizards. The process was repeated on Wil's next spell as Alexander had a whopping six wizards in play including two Cursecatchers Sage of Epityr Azorius Guildmage and a Mirror Entity.
From the other feature match Brian Kibler leaned over to Alexander and Wil's game and said “This deck is awesome!”.
With Azorius Guildmage tapping down Fyndhorn Elves each turn and Wil unable to resolve any spell he passed the turn. When the coast was clear Alexander pulled the trigger and swung with his team making them all 4/4s with his Mirror Entity once he found a fourth land. Wil scooped up his cards for the second game. Another spectator looking on smiled and said “This is real Magic being played”.
Wil – 0 Alexander – 1
Wil looked over his hand for the second game and announced a mulligan while Alexander kept his first seven. Wil kept his next hand leading off with Forest and Llanowar Elves. Alexander meanwhile led with Aether Vial off of an Island. The mana elf on Wil's field enabled him to play a turn two Elvish Archdruid which would get out of hand fast if Alexander did not have an answer. He did with a Swords to Plowshares followed by a Sage of Epityr to rearrange the top 4 cards of his deck.
With only 2 lands available to him Wil tapped them and his Llanowar Elves to get Impervious Perfect into play. Alexander vialed a Cursecatcher into play at the end of Wil's turn untapped and used another copy of Swords to Plowshares to remove Impervious Perfect. He then swung for 2 damage with his two wizards. Wil replaced the Impervious Perfect he lost with another one and then passed back. At the end of Wil's turn Alexander cracked a fetchland to get rid of one of the cards he saw with his sage and then used Brainstorm to find an Azorius Guildmage which he vialed into play at the end of Wil's turn as well.
Alexander untapped and drew choosing not to add a counter to his Aether Vial. He instead vialed a Spellstutter Sprite in to counter Wil's attempted Llanowar Elves and then used Azorius Guildmage to counter the activated effect of Impervious Perfect. Another Sage of Epityr let Alexander set up his next few draw steps. When he looked at his cards he dropped his last card in hand a Cursecatcher into play and then attacked with his Spellsutter Sprite. Wil dropped a Priestess of Titania in play and made an elf token with his Impervious Perfect setting up for some explosive action.
An attack from Spellstutter Sprite put Will back to 20 but a Sylvan Messenger let Wil dig for more elves. Unfortunately for him he only found one and the majority of his turn was stopped when his Fyndhorn Elves was countered by another vialed Spellsutter Sprite. The little faerie wizards continued the beatdowns for Alexander while Wil figured out what the best course of action was with his cards in play (he had a Progenitus stranded in his hand).
Wil drew and tapped his Priestess of Titania and some lands for Terastodon. Alexander had no response and he lost his Aether Vial to the massive creature. The game suddenly swung into Wil's favor. as his field also grew thanks to Impervious Perfect that turn. Alexander dug for options with another Sage of Epityr finding nothing exciting coming up. As Wil calculated his potential damage with his newly played Elvish Champion Alexander conceded to save time.
Wil – 1 Alexander – 1
Alexander chose to go first and he kept his opening hand along with Wil. He led off with Sage of Epityr rearranging the top 4 cards of his deck. Wil attempted his turn one Llanowar Elves but it was immediately hit by Daze returning the Island Alexander had in play. He played and cracked a fetchland on turn two for Tundra while shuffling those cards he saw with Sage of Epityr back into his library. He played an Aether Vial before attacking for 1 with his wizard.
Wil meanwhile played another Forest along with a Llanowar Elves and a Fyndhorn Elves. Mana certainly wasn't going to be something he would be short of this game. While Alexander played a Seachrome Coast and charged his Aether Vial before attacking for 1 with the Sage of Epityr Wil dropped an Impervious Perfect into play and swung with his elves. He lost the three mana elf lord to Swords to Plowshares but had an Elvish Champion to replace it with on the following turn to go with another Fyndhorn Elves. Alexander did not have the Sword to Plowshares for this lord and he took 4 going to 15.
Attacks from all of Will's four elves took a giant chunk of life out of Alexander putting him to single digits. When a post-combat Natural Order tutored up Progenitus Alexander was dead on board. He had nothing available to answer protection from everything. On his turn he offered the concession and match to Wil with a handshake.
Wil – 2 Alexander - 1