As I got a glance at Brian's deck during shuffling it became apparent that he was playing affinity. While I did not get a look at what Luis-Scott Vargas (better known as LSV) was playing I assumed that it would most likely include blue spells. Sure enough he confirmed that in the first few turns of his game with his BUG deck that runs Pernicious Deed plenty of awesome blue spells including Standstill and Jace The Mind Sculptor.
Brian led off with a Seat of the Synod and a Mox Opal. LSV immediately used Wasteland on the artifact land which Brian replaced with an Ancient Den. That was however his last land as he became stranded on mana with no way to turn on Mox Opal for the next two turns. LSV meanwhile cracked some fetchlands for Underground Sea and Tropical Island using the two lands to play Standstill.
As Brian still didn't have a land and therefore had nothing to really cast LSV was forced to discard at end of turn. “This doesn't seem like it will do a whole lot” pitching a Go For the Throat.
A Signal Pest popped LSV's Standstill but the Disciple of the Vault that followed immediately met a Counterspell. LSV added an Island to his board and then used Innocent Blood to take care of the Signal Pest. He played another Standstill going down to seven in hand and ready for another burst of card advantage from his enchantment.
Brian passed still lacking action while LSV pitched a Spell Snare at the end of his next turn for having too many cards. Finally Brian found another land with Ancient Den which let him play Arcbound Ravager into LSV's Standstill and extra Spell Snare. Disciple of the Vault however resolved after LSV Brainstormed. Brian led with a Mox Opal bombing the two legends and htiting LSV for 2 points of damage. Another Mox Opal and a Frogmite followed.
LSV was more than happy to play a fourth land a Mishra's Factory and a Pernicious Deed to wipe out all but Brian's Frogmite. The artifact creature was returned to Brian's hand with LSV's freshly played Jace The Mind Sculptor the following turn. As LSV played another Mishra's Factory after a Brainstorm with Jace it became apparent that Brian wasn't going to recover. He conceded to save time electing to see if game two would be better for him.
LSV – 1 Brian – 0
LSV elected to Force of Will (exiling Brainstorm) to stop one of the Frogmites from hitting play but attacks the next turn dropped him to 15. LSV put a wall into play through a rather sizable Tarmogoyf at 3 power and 4 toughness and a second Force of Will stopped Arcbound Ravager from Brian (removing another Brainstorm). A second Tarmogoyf earned a wry smile from Brian as his on-board assault abruptly came to a halt.
Both players were working primarily off of the top cards of their deck but with the bigger creatures LSV had the advantage to go aggressive. He sent a Tarmogoyf in once Brian had no action and Brian chose to block with his Frogmite and two Memnites. LSV took out the Frogmite and a Memnite and a Jace The Mind Sculptor came down and fatesealed Brian sending the top card of his library to the bottom.
Fortunately for Brian he instead found Springleaf Drum which let him play the Thoughtcast sitting in his hand. That draw spell found a Disciple of the Vault which he promptly cast. Jace went on Brainstorm duty for LSV on his next turn finding a Thoughtseize which made Brian discard his Etched Champion. By the time LSV cracked a fetchland he grew his Tarmogoyf to a 4 power 5 toughness monster and attacked with it.
Attacks with Disciple of the Vault and Memnite brought LSV to 10 but it let LSV take out the Disciple with his Mishra's Factory. This cleared the way for his Pernicious Deed to sweep away a chunk of Brian's board and it immediately earned the concession from the Affinitiy player.
LSV – 2 Brian – 0