As Patrick Sullivan and his neighboring feature match player Paul Rietzl sat down right on time for their feature match with their opponents lagging behind. “We get a time extension right?” Paul asked a judge. That's a reasonable question. But Patrick's response to no potential opponent? “Sick.”
His opponent Nick Escobar arrived quickly and got set up. The two talked about how often they play the exciting and wide-open legacy format. “I played at the Star City Legacy Open here last year and then the GP in Columbus. This is my third big legacy tournament” Patrick noted.
Patrick Patrick Sullivan led off with a Wooded Foothills for an Arabian Nights Mountain which was used to play a Grim Lavamancer. Nick meanwhile had a turn 1 Wild Growth on his Savannah. Patrick in classic red mage style attacked for 1 with Grim Lavamancer and then suspended two Rift Bolts ready to burn some players.
Unfortunately for the resident red mage Nick used that Wild Growth to play a turn two Solitary Confinement forcing Patrick to blast himself with both Rift Bolts since he could not target his opponent. Nick added to his enchantress-focused deck with Serra's Sanctum and Sterling Grove eliciting a reaction from Patrick with his much more straight-forward spells. “It's amazing what kind of stuff people are allowed to play with” Patrick said. “No shame!”
Nick continued to go off with Enchantress's Presence after letting Solitary Confinement hit the bin turning on his engine and spelling problems for Patrick. Sullivan played an end of turn Price of Progress to hit Nick for 4 then used Grim Lavamancer to shoot Nick for another 2. He suspended the third Rift Bolt of the game and then he played Argothian Enchantress and an Oblivion Ring drawing him 2 cards and removing Grim Lavamancer from the game which shot Nick for 2 on the way out. A Wild Growth drew Nick 2 more cards as he looked to stabilize himself...
...and then Patrick untapped shot Nick for 3 then put 4 Mountains in the graveyard to Fireblast Nick for 8 lethal damage.
...Hmm. So...Game two then?
Patrick – 1 Nick – 0
Nick chose to go first sneering at his opening seven. He took a mulligan to six while Patrick followed suit unsatisfied with his first hand. Nick let out another sneer an “ugh...” and an announcement that he was going down to five cards. Patrick however was content with his own six card hand.
A turn one Taiga made way for Utopia Sprawl and Nick chose white for what the sprawl mana would produce. Patrick led things off with a turn 1 Figure of Destiny. The enhanced dual land let Nick play Sterling Grove which would turn on his Serra's Sanctum for 2 mana instead of just 1. Patrick Sullivan leveled up his Figure of Destiny attacked for 2 and then played Grim Lavamancer while Nick popped his Sterling Grove to tutor up an Enchantress's Presence.
He played the key enchantment on turn three which Patrick naturally had no responses to. He cracked his third fetchland of the match going to 17 played a Flame Rift to dome both players for 4 and then he attacked with his 2/2 Figure of Destiny. Nick who was sitting on a Solitary Confinement wasn't looking like he was in bad shape if he could stabilize his mana and draw engine a little bit. He led with Wild Growth on the same Taiga drawing a card and getting another enchantment into play and then played Solitary Confinement which Patrick responded to with a Lightning Bolt. The mana development continued as Nick played a Brushland and gave it a Utopia Sprawl.
Patrick had little to no action due to the Solitary Confinement so he just leveled up his Figure of Destiny to a 4/4. Nick played another Sterling Grove drawing to 1 in hand off of the Enchantress's Presence. He let out a sigh drawing another land and no way to keep the Solitary Confinement into play permanently. Patrick simply waited and Nick passed with no action on his next turn.
When he went down to 0 cards in hand he popped the Sterling Grove to try and draw an out knowing he would lose the confinement next turn. “I don't want to slow roll you but I have you if you lose your confinement” Patrick said revealing the necessary burn to finish him off. “That's what I was afraid of...” Nick said.
As it turns out red decks can beat Solitary Confinement. It just takes a little patience.
Patrick – 2 Nick – 0