“I don't feel like I'm going to win” Edgar admitted although he was only talking about the die roll. His premonition came true as Gerry elected to play—and to mulligan. “You're up two cards now” Gerry said and Edgar shrugged. “Still would've been nice to win the die roll.” It was a Caw-Blade mirror between two seasoned veterans of the Open Series circuit—Gerry just won Fort Worth with the same UWb archetype he's playing today while Edgar has posted several solid consistent finishes with U/W Caw-Blade.
Gerry kicked the game off with Darkslick Shores for Preordain while Edgar had only an Island. A Swamp followed for Gerry but Edgar was not fooled—he knew Gerry's deck. Gerry tried an Inquisition before playing his third land but Edgar had Spell Pierce. Gerry dropped Marsh Flats to rep Mana Leak and passed. Edgar played a land and passed piercing Gerry's next Inquisition as well.
Gerry missed his fourth land as his Inquisition hit Leak but his own Leak hit Edgar's Stoneforge Mystic as Edgar also missed a fourth land. Gerry stripped two Squadron Hawks with two more Inquisitions—all four for those counting at home—leaving Edgar with Venser Jace and Day. “I'm going to rip it!” Edgar said but he windmilled Celestial Colonnade into play. He needed an untapped land which was exactly what Gerry drew. He stuck Jace the Mind Sculptor and brainstormed but he knew Edgar's hand had some real action in it.
The Jaces traded on Edgar's turn leaving Gerry with nothing much to do once his was gone. Venser the Sojourner landed once Edgar drew his fifth land but Gerry could weakly fight back with Creeping Tar Pit. Celestial Colonnade pounded Gerry as Venser continued to draw his attention a third Tar Pit landing for Gerry. Edgar drew and cast Sun Titan getting back Stoneforge and Squadron Hawk thanks to the Venser the Sojourner. “Venser in action!” Edgar said smiling. “Yeah Venser is getting there” Gerry replied sarcastically—Sun Titan was doing the heavy lifting. Gerry drew shrugged and scooped. “Singletons got there” Edgar revealed.
Edgar 1 Gerry 0
Gerry had the play again in the second game opening on Darkslick Shores and Inquisition of Kozilek. Edgar's hand was a Mana Leak a Divine Offering and a bunch of lands—airball now! Edgar drew and passed with just a land which Gerry did on his own turn—a Creeping Tar Pit. When Gerry tried a Jace Beleren on the third turn Edgar casually dropped a Spell Pierce in its path. He added Celestial Colonnade to the board and sent the turn back to Gerry.
“Big Jace” he said and it resolved. A brainstorm dug Gerry in a few cards and he passed after hiding a couple on the top. Edgar didn't have a Jace to trade passing with just a fourth land. Duress stole his only new spell a Gideon Jura and once again left Edgar with just Divine Offering. Stoneforge Mystic for Sword of Feast and Famine followed and Jace began to seal Edgar's fate by denying him relevant spells. Edgar drew and passed with just a land drop even his Celestial Colonnade neutered by a Tectonic Edge from Gerry.
Gerry dropped his Sword into play with Stoneforge but Edgar didn't pull the trigger on his Offering just yet. A Gideon Jura for Gerry following a brainstorm put him farther ahead and Divine Offering destroyed his Sword when he attacked with Stoneforge. Edgar drew and cast a Stoneforge of his own immediately playing the Sword he searched up but the game appeared over once Gerry untapped for a Sun Titan. That got back his Sword and Edgar conceded once Gerry revealed that the top of his deck would not be helping him next turn.
Edgar 1 Gerry 1
Edgar began with a Glacial Fortress while Gerry had just a Creeping Tar Pit. Edgar sent two to the bottom with a Preordain in search of a second land finding Celestial Colonnade. “Why do I keep loose hands?” he wondered as Gerry dropped Stoneforge into play on the second turn. Edgar of course had a Stoneforge of his own on the third turn but he missed his third land drop. “I might lose now” he admitted.
Gerry didn't leave open Stoneforge mana choosing to Preordain and then Squadron Hawk for another one—the one Edgar had signed in fact. Edgar began discarding on the next turn his head in his hands as Gerry played it safe. Rather than Sword up he just cast a Hawk and attacked for a point choosing to keep a Leak/removal spell of his own available. Edgar drew and cast Preordain to find a third land and when Gerry Stoneforged the Sword in during Edgar's end step Edgar cast Divine Offering. Gerry had a second Sword on his own turn followed by a Jace the Mind Sculptor to bounce Stoneforge.
Edgar recast it and had another Divine Offering but was still very far behind. He did find a fourth land and he passed the turn tapped out with his Stoneforge and Sword in paly but separated. Jace began to brainstorm and the Hawks continued to attack as Gerry played all four onto the field. Tumble Magnet wasn't very effective with both Swords dealt with but it might give Edgar enough time to mount the massive comeback he would need. Gerry dove into the deck with Jace again dropping a Marsh Flats and then attacking Edgar to 15 with his full Squadron.
Edgar tapped Gerry's Mystic with the Magnet equipping Sword on his own turn and sending his Mystic at Jace. Gerry responded by popping Marsh Flats for a Plains and a shuffle kicking Into the Roil on the Mystic. Edgar recast it and passed the turn. Another brainstorm for Gerry gave him a fresh few cards and when he resolved Sun Titan it appeared to be all over. Unless Edgar had a Day of Judgment somewhere he'd be buried soon. The Magnet fell to 1 to prevent Gerry's returned Sword from connecting thanks to a Hawk but Edgar managed to force his attack through on the next turn thanks to a second Magnet. That gave him the mana he needed to cast Hawk for a Hawk generating a couple chumps.
Edgar was on 12 and dead on-board if he lacked a Condemn. Gerry animated only one Tar Pit attacking with all but a pair of Hawks dropping Edgar to 7 as he bumped the Sworded Hawk and the Sun Titan. Edgar drew revealed a hand of Pierces Hawks and a Sword and conceded. “I messed up” he admitted. “Good luck in Top 8.”
Edgar 1 Gerry 2