Round 6 featured professional player and Star City Games columnist Patrick Chapin at 12 points facing off against Andreas Jonsson a ringer. Both players were on Caw-Blade but Patrick was splashing black while Andreas splashed red. Patrick had been planning to play Tezzeret but a chat with Gerry Thompson the night before wound up convincing him to jump ship and play the archetype Gerry had used to win the Fort Worth Standard Open.
Andreas won the die roll and naturally chose to play first. Standard is a tempo-driven format and no one has taken the draw in a feature match over the past several weeks—it won't be changing anytime soon. After each announced their intention to keep Andreas began with Seachrome Coast pausing slightly before passing. Patrick opened on just a Creeping Tar Pit nodding as Andreas played a Plains and a Squadron Hawk for more Hawks.
A Duress from Patrick revealed an Island Lightning Bolt Mana Leak Jace the Mind Sculptor and the Hawk triplets. Jace hit the bin and Patrick added a Tar Pit to the board. Now he just had to beat a bunch of birds! Andreas drew and played a Seachrome Coast adding a second Hawk and passing the turn. That gave Patrick an opening to cast his own Hawk via a Coast on the third turn searching up a pair and passing turn. Patrick happily traded on the next turn falling to 18. Andreas cast only one Hawk in order to keep Mana Leak available passing his fourth turn after the attack.
Patrick started his turn by cracking a Marsh Flats for a Plains and casting a Squadron Hawk for his last one but he declined to cast it. He again blocked just one Hawk on Andreas's next turn and Andreas passed out of action and still lacking red mana. Patrick cast a third Hawk and laid Darkslick Shores passing the turn to Andreas and trading Hawks once again. Andreas played his fourth Hawk and a Mountain sending it over to Patrick.
He cast his last Hawk and played a Darkslick Shores knowing Andreas still had a Leak and a Bolt in his hand. Again the Hawks traded both players now out and Andreas played the Gideon he'd drawn. Patrick Leaked to force out a Leak from Andreas and then cast Gideon on his next turn to trade. A Doom Blade slew the Celestial Colonnade that Andreas tried to attack with and now Patrick was in control facing just a Lightning Bolt and a Colonnade from Andreas.
Patrick baited the Bolt into a Leak by attacking with his Tar Pit leaving Andreas with no cards and on 17 life. The top of the deck yielded a Stoneforge Mystic searching up Sword of Feast and Famine. Andreas badly wanted to cast it in order to be able to attack next turn with Colonnade which Patrick knew. Andreas decided to risk Patrick's third Leak but the Sword resolved. Patrick drew animated two Tar Pits to attack Andreas to 11 and passed the turn.
Andreas fell to 10 for a fetchland on the next turn animating his Colonnade and equipping his Stoneforge to put Patrick on 9. Patrick was satisfied with this race attacking Andreas to 4 with his Tar Pits and leaving his opponent once again living on top of the deck. Andreas drew nothing—the next attack for 7 put Patrick to 2 life and Patrick finished Andreas off in the nick of time with a third attack from both of his Tar Pits.
Patrick 1 Andreas 0
Andreas began the second game with a mulligan as Patrick kept seven. “Played a lot of mirrors today?” Andreas asked and Patrick smiled. “Definitely a non-zero amount.” Andreas dove back into the deck after an unsatisfactory six cards keeping on five. He played a Mountain and passed to Patrick who had Seachrome Coast. Celestial Colonnade for Andreas told us a lot about his hand's “landscape—he hadn't led the Colonnade indicating he'd drawn it and he likely didn't have a Plains or he'd have played it and used that to cast one of his deck's many cheap two-drops. Patrick would know that Andreas was in mana trouble. Squadron Hawk resolved for Andreas healing his hand's wounds as he passed the turn with the Mountain untapped.
Patrick cast his own Squadron Hawk searching up just one in order to stay at seven cards after playing an Island. Cunning Sparkmage for Andreas removed the opposing 1/1 and put him ahead even as he missed his fourth land drop. Patrick played a Plains and contemplated his next move. He decided to tap out for Jace the Mind Sculptor brainstorming. Andreas attacked the planeswalker with a Hawk and cast Stoneforge Mystic for Basilisk Collar casting it afterward as he sat on three lands.
Even on three lands Patrick knew his opponent was dangerous. He fatesealed himself to bottom a card before playing a Glacial Fortress and tapping out for Gideon Jura—big game. Gideon would protect Jace for another turn and Andreas opted to zap Gideon rather than Jace during Patrick's end step paying attention to the more prescient threat. His meager attack squad dropped Gideon to 4 loyalty and another Hawk joined the team for Andrew before he passed an Island untapped this time.
Patrick brainstormed and cast Day of Judgment with two up not fearing a Spell Pierce and sent Gideon into the red zone. Andreas finally found a fourth land cracking Scalding Tarn for an Island and casting his own Jace to trade. Patrick allowed it and then broke Tectonic Edge on Celestial Colonnade. Gideon Jura picked up a Sword of Feast and Famine on the next turn fighting for 8 damage and picking off an Inferno Titan before a Duress took away Mana Leak. Andreas was stuck on a pair of Hawks and a Sun Titan but he had no white source now—his development had been too stunted by the mulligans and mana stumbling.
Patrick 2 Andreas 0