Cook’s Kitchen – Storming into Washington (03/17/2013): First Place
I had been practicing counting to twenty for weeks leading up to Star City Games: Washington, DC. I felt that I had lost some of my skills, I ran the deck in the weekly local events for three weeks where I normally opt to play something else and then piloted it to a first place finish at another area tournament. I was feeling pretty good again and was anxious to see how I could perform in a slightly larger pond down where the President lives. I sleeved up the beautiful storm deck in new perfects and Ultra Pros for the big day.
I was ready.
I stared at the clock all day Friday waiting for it to be five. I raced home where I found Dan Walton and Eric Laframboise waiting for me. I checked the mail where I found my birthday gifts to myself in the box, The Batman Knightfall series. I put the three volumes on the shelf, grabbed my backpacks and dashed out the door. We swung a few blocks around the corner as always to grab Nick Patnode before hitting 81S. Then we stopped in Cortland to grab a fellow Stormtrooper, Si Ning Li.
The drive down went by pretty quickly, we stopped a couple of times for gas and drinks. I decided to buy a twelve-dollar, 3/4ths pound, bag of Spicy Hot Beef Jerky. I paid for that all weekend. We arrived at our Red Roof Inn location roughly twenty minutes away from the event at 1am. Eric wasn’t too thrilled we were staying at a hotel that was so cheap it was $35 a person total for the weekend. It didn’t matter much, we were barely there and it was clean. He was even more upset at the fact that they wouldn’t bring him an extra pillow more than anything else.
I awoke to a familiar sound Saturday morning as my alarm went off at 6:30am and the gang prepared for the day. When we arrived at the convention center the first thing I noticed was how nice it was, especially compared to some of the others I’ve been to recently. Yes, I’m talking about Edison. The day didn’t go too well for me. Before the Syracuse crew knew it we were all in the Chipotle bracket, I ran a UWr Tempo Variant I had been playing around the local scene. It didn’t quite pan out, I had a couple of rough matches.
Before I knew it I was signed up for the Legacy Challenge. I signed up last minute and was rewarded because they forgot to put me in the event! Round one bye. Half of the players in the event were pretty upset, the other half didn’t know me. I unfortunately lost a very close game three to UWr Rest in Peace combo in the third round, I finished 3-1 winning six packs. Weak.
Our car gathered together and hit the Applebee’s by our hotel, kind of weak. Fortunately, they had a three dollar Long Island special. We drank, ate, watched SU lose to Louisville which ruined our good time and went back to the hotel. I woke up Sunday not feeling exactly all that great, not necessarily hung-over, just awful. I’m going to blame the Spicy Hot Beef Jerky. We arrived at the event pretty early, Rueben was behind us on the way up the escalator. We were talking about how I used to play Eye of Nowhere and mid-combo would bounce someone’s land and then continue winning. I mentioned how now, I want to find a Japanese foil Temporal Fissure and win the game with no permanents on the table. I held the event center door as everyone walked in, little did I know we would also be the last ones out. We filled out our deck lists: Patnode opted to not run his “Rogue Informer” deck and switched to Enter the Infinite combo, Dan was on Dredge once again, Eric on Junk and Ning was also on Storm. We played commander, traded a bit and hung out. But before we knew it, round one pairings were up!
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The EPIC Storm
By Bryant Cook (03/17/2013)
Round One: David with Junk
Game One: David wins the die roll and begins the day with a Windswept Heath searching for Bayou. He taps the land for Deathrite Shaman and then passes the turn. I play Gemstone Mine and cast Duress which discards Green Sun’s Zenith but leaves Dark Confidant, Swords to Plowshares, and lands in David’s hand. David plays Dark Confidant off of two lands and attacks me for one. I draw, play Ponder, followed by a City of Brass and then pass. David reveals Lingering Souls to Confidant and then casts it. Before passing the turn, David attacks. I play Brainstorm on his end step to dodge discarding on my turn, untap and draw. I cast Rite of Flame, Rite of Flame, Dark Ritual, Dark Ritual, and Infernal Tutor for Ad Nauseam. Cast it. David concedes quickly.
Sideboarding: -4 Silence, -2 Duress,+2 Abrupt Decay, +2 Cabal Therapy, +2 Chain of Vapor
Game Two: David leads off the second game with a fetch land searching for a land and casts Thoughtseize. I lay my hand on the table. Volcanic Island, Chain of Vapor, Burning Wish, Burning Wish, Gitaxian Probe, Lion’s Eye Diamond, and Gemstone Mine. “Discard a Wish.” Alright… I draw Lotus Petal for turn. Cast Gitaxian Probe, which reveals Scavenging Ooze, Deathrite Shaman, Maelstrom Pulse, Gavony Township, and Windswept Heath. I draw another Lion’s Eye Diamond. Lotus Petal, Lion’s Eye Diamond, Lion’s Eye Diamond, Burning Wish for Ill-Gotten Gains, ‘Gains will return the pair of Diamonds and the discarded Burning Wish. Play the Lion’s Eye Diamonds and then cast Burning Wish for Tendrils of Agony.
Round Two: Kevin Jones with UWr Delver (‘Murica)
Game One: Delver of Secrets is the first play of the round. Kevin motions for me to take my turn, I draw and play Ponder. On Kevin’s upkeep he plays Brainstorm, reveals Lightning Bolt to Delver of Secrets and attacks. On my turn I cast Duress it discards Force of Will. Kevin is left with Daze, Stifle, Wasteland, and Flooded Strand. Kevin plays Wasteland dropping me back down to a single land and then attacks me. I draw and lay a land. I cast Rite of Flame, Dark Ritual, Lion’s Eye Diamond (Kevin Dazes, I do not pay) and naturally cast Ad Nauseam. I reveal about twenty cards to Ad Nauseam but unfortunately none of them are zero casting cost artifacts.
Sideboarding: -1 Infernal Tutor, +1 Cabal Therapy
Game Two: It’s turn three. Kevin has a tapped Volcanic Island and an untapped Flooded Strand along with a Delver of Secrets. I cast Gitaxian Probe. It reveals Daze, Spell Pierce, Stifle, Vendilion Clique and Misty Rainforest. I then lay Rite of Flame, Kevin Spell Pierces. I don’t pay. Rite of Flame and he Dazes, I pay. Chrome Mox, Chrome Mox, Lotus Petal, and cast Empty the Warrens. Kevin draws a card for turn and we’re off to the third game.
Game Three: Kevin taps out for a turn one Delver of Secrets. I draw and look at the eight cards in my hand. Gemstone Mine, Underground Sea, Gitaxian Probe, Dark Ritual, Lotus Petal, Rite of Flame, Ad Nauseam and Lion’s Eye Diamond. I play Gitaxian Probe and look at Kevin’s hand of Lightning Bolt, Red Elemental Blast, Spell Pierce, Spell Pierce and Ponder. Draw a Burning Wish off of Probe. I then cast Lotus Petal, Rite of Flame, Underground Sea, Dark Ritual, Lion’s Eye Diamond and Ad Nauseam. In response I break Lion’s Eye Diamond for three red.
Round Three: Zohar with TinFins
Game One: Zohar mulligans, I begin the round with Underground Sea and Ponder. Zohar does the same, I’m thinking he’s on Team America as he is one of the original “Virginians” of Legacy. I draw the second card off my Ponder and cast Duress on my turn. Zohar reveals Lotus Petal, Lotus Petal, Dark Ritual, Goryo’s Vengeance, Ponder, and Tundra. I discard Ponder. Zohard draws Entomb for turn. Before I know it Griselbrand is in play and I’m picking my cards up. So that’s how it feels, huh?
Sideboarding: -1 Empty the Warrens, +1 Cabal Therapy
Game Two: I keep an opening hand that consists of Gemstone Mine, Rite of Flame, Rite of Flame, Rite of Flame, Burning Wish, Dark Ritual, and Cabal Therapy. I’m hesitant to keep this in the combo mirror as attacking isn’t what I want to be doing. But, I decide to anyway. Gemstone Mine, Rite of Flame, Rite of Flame, Rite of Flame, and Burning Wish for Empty the Warrens. Put ten Goblins into play. Zohar lays a Marsh Flats and passes. I draw a City of Brass and attack. Tap Gemstone Mine and play Cabal Therapy. Zohar fetches in response and casts Brainstorm. I name Dark Ritual as he probably needs one if he’s going to kill me on turn two. I hit two and then flashback Therapy to discard Children of Korlis. We’re off to game three.
Game Three: This game is a long one for a combo mirror, we tear each other’s hands apart, I end up with four lands and two petals in play with nothing else. I have one draw step to naturally draw Ad Nauseam. It doesn’t happen before Zohar finds a Goryo’s Vengeance (Children of Korlis is the top creature card, Shallow Grave wouldn’t do). It was a good match, I just didn’t get there.
Round Four: Kiet with TinFins
Game One: Kiet shuffles all the way down to five and begins with “Scrubland, go.” I draw, lay an Underground Sea and cast Duress. Kiet casts Entomb for Children of Korlis in response. His hand is Griselbrand, Griselbrand, and Chrome Mox. He draws and passes on his turn. I untap, draw, and cast Brainstorm. Scalding Tarn for Volcanic Island. Lotus Petal, Rite of Flame, Dark Ritual, Lion’s Eye Diamond, Infernal Tutor for Ad Nauseam and then cast it.
Sideboarding: -1 Empty the Warrens, +1 Cabal Therapy
Game Two: Kiet begins the game with his favorite Scrubland and casts Thoughtseize. My hand is Lion’s Eye Diamond, Lion’s Eye Diamond, Dark Ritual, Gitaxian Probe, Gemstone Mine, Lotus Petal, and Burning Wish. I draw Ponder. I play Gitaxian Probe to reveal his hand of Entomb, Ponder, Tundra, Dark Ritual, and Tendrils of Agony. draw Chrome Mox off of Probe. Gemstone Mine and Ponder. Ponder finds Infernal Tutor. Lotus Petal, Chrome Mox (No Imprint), Dark Ritual, Lion’s Eye Diamond, Lion’s Eye Diamond, Infernal Tutor for Burning Wishand then cast Wish for Tendrils of Agony.
Round Five: Phil Blechman with Merfolk
It always disappointing to play against a friend, but it’s even worse when it’s someone who traveled down in your group to the event. Phil is a Syracuse native currently implanted in New York City who joined the rest of the Syracuse guys for a weekend of fun.
Game One: Phil begins the rounds with Mutavault into AEther Vial. I draw lay a land and pass. Phil ticks his Vial up and then Wastelands me. I lay another land and pass. Phil ticks up Vial and puts Silvergill Adept into play looking for another land drop. He hits his Island and plays it. I draw Gitaxian Probe and play it, it reveals Force of Will, Merrow Reejery, Silvergill Adept, Master of the Pearl Trident and an island. Perhaps, the Silvergill main phase was a trick to make it seem like he kept a better hand. I play Silence, Phil casts Force of Will removing Master of the Pearl Trident. I play a pair of Lion’s Eye Diamond, Lotus Petal, Rite of Flame, Rite of Flame, and Empty the Warrens. With eighteen goblins on the battlefield Phil picks up his cards.
Sideboarding: -2 Silence, -1 Infernal Tutor, +2 Xantid Swarm, +1 Cabal Therapy
The beef jerky paused our match for a moment.
Game Two: Underground Sea, Lotus Petal, Rite of Flame, Rite of Flame, Dark Ritual, Burning Wish for Cabal Therapy. Cabal Therapy naming Echoing Truth (misses) and cast Empty the Warrens. In Phil’s last turn he Clique’s himself and draws the Echoing Truth but doesn’t have the mana to cast it. Just got there!
Round Six: Anwar Ahmed with Spiraltide
Game One: Anwar wins the roll, we both cantrip in the early turns. I probe him turn two to reveal High Tide, Turnabout, Cunning Wish, Time Spiral, and Brainstorm. I pass the turn without playing my Lotus Petal because I wasn’t focused enough and am punished. I had Silence in my hand. Anwar kills me on his turn three.
Sideboarding: -1 Empty the Warrens, -1 Infernal Tutor, -1 Ponder, +2 Xantid Swarm, +1 Cabal Therapy
Game Two: Anwar keeps a hand with two Force of Will but can’t find a second land until it’s much too late. By then I’ve slowly removed both Force of Wills and can resolve my Ad Nauseam at my own leisure.
Game Three: Both of our turn ones consisted of a cantrip. On Anwar’s second turn, he plays Merchant Scroll for Force of Will. On my second turn, I cast Gitaxian Probe, it reveals Force of Will, Ponder, Candelabra of Townos, Brainstorm, High Tide, and Misty Rainforest. draw Ponder and cast it finding the Lion’s Eye Diamond I needed. Lay Gemstone Mine and cast Silence. Anwar casts Force of Will. I then go on to play Lotus Petal, Rite of Flame, Lotus Petal, Dark Ritual, Lion’s Eye Diamond, Burning Wish and Tendrils of Agony.
Round Seven: David Long with UR Delver
When David sat down, I knew what he was playing. I had watched him beat three of my friends on the day, this made me want to beat him even more.
Game One: David begins the round and starts by putting a Goblin into play. I do the same, but I make twelve of them. Gemstone Mine, Rite of Flame, Lotus Petal, Chrome Mox (Imprint: Silence), Lion’s Eye Diamond, Lion’s Eye Diamond and Empty the Warrens. Twelve Goblins is a faster clock than one with some burn. David tries to burn them out and block but Chrome Mox, Burning Wish, breaking Lion’s Eye Diamond for red and Grapeshot for three denies David another turn.
Sideboarding: -1 Infernal Tutor, +1 Cabal Therapy
We have a mid-round deck check. I tell the judge to be gentle, she responds with, “Is it your first time?”
She returns with my deck and apologies. I found the entire situation to be pretty funny.
Game Two: David shuffles his deck down to five cards. Once again a turn one Goblin is attacking me and then again on turn two. Neither time I reveal a land. On the second turn, I decide I can probably win through his soft counters with the Empty the Warrens in my hand. Yes, I naturally drew it two games in a row! Rite of Flame, Rite of Flame, in response to the second Rite there’s a Surgical Extraction. Lotus Petal, Lotus Petal, and Lion’s Eye Diamond. Right now, there’s one card in David’s hand and it’s Pyroblast. I play Ponder right into it for the extra storm. If it resolves and I find Dark Ritual, I can use the Infernal in my hand. If it doesn’t I just cast Empty the Warrens. David Pyroblasts. I drop fourteen Goblins and he concedes.
Round Eight: JD Nir with Esperblade
Game One: I keep a hand without a Tutor, but it has all of the tools to combo off, with protection on turns two or three if I can Ponder or Probe into a Tutor. Instead, I sit there until Batterskull starts knocking my life total down to zero. Frustrating, but it’s a part of playing combo.
Sideboarding: -1 Infernal Tutor, +1 Cabal Therapy
Game Two: We both mulligan. I use Scalding Tarn to find Underground Sea and Gitaxian Probe which reveals Force of Will, Cabal Therapy, Brainstorm, Umezawa’s Jitte, Snapcaster Mage, and Polluted Delta. Afterwards play Ponder. JD draws and plays Therapy on his turn using Delta to find his own Underground Sea. He misses. I’m ready to win through Force of Will. I Silence, he forces, I go all in leaving a Lotus Petal and two land in play. The card he drew for turn was Force of Will. I run into it head first, he has a lone sea and a Jitte in hand against my three permanents. We play draw go, he Surgicals my Infernal Tutors, and I can’t find a way to win. He’s now beating me down with two Stoneforge Mystics with Equipment. I lay out my artifacts to avoid them being discarded to Sword of Feast and Famine. I’m at eight, lethal damage is on the table. I draw Ponder. Ponder into Wish. Wish for Diminishing Returns and cast it floating a Blue and a Red. My hand is Dark Ritual, Duress, Ad Nauseam, Chrome Mox, Lotus Petal, Burning Wish and Gitaxian Probe. I start out by playing Probe dropping to six life. JD’s new hand is Karakas, Batterskull, Force of Will, Brainstorm, Cabal Therapy, Inquisition of Kozilek, and Vendilion Clique. I draw a Gemstone Mine and play it. Tap it, Duress. Discard Force of Will. Lotus Petal, Dark Ritual, Chrome Mox (Imprint: Ad Nauseam), Burning Wish, and cast Tendrils of Agony.
Game Three: JD mulligans to five. Spends the beginning few turns disrupting my hand with a turn one Thoughtseize denying me a Lion’s Eye Diamond. Followed by an Inquisition of Kozilek discarding Burning Wish. I play a Gitaxian Probe revealing a Sword of Feast and Famine and a Marsh Flats. I then play Cabal Therapy discarding the Sword. On JD’s upkeep Silence to become hellbent and then on my turn draw the land I needed to play Dark Ritual, Dark Ritual followed by Infernal Tutor for Ad Nauseam. Draw a ton of cards down to four life, but am short of winning the game. Play Probe going to two life, JD shows me a Snapcaster Mage. Lotus Petal, Chrome Mox (Imprint: Gitaxian Probe) and cast Ponder. None of the cards will get me there, shuffle and draw Lion’s Eye Diamond! Lotus Petal, Rite of Flame, Rite of Flame, Lion’s Eye Diamond, Infernal Tutor, Burning Wish and cast Tendrils of Agony.
Round Nine: Javier Arevalo with Esper Deathblade
Quarterfinals: Feature Match (Camera) vs. Ralph Fitzpatrick with 4c Cascade
Game One: I keep a pretty loose hand of Gitaxian Probe, Gitaxian Probe, Gemstone Mine, Gemstone Mine, Scalding Tarn and City of Brass. Ralph starts out with Scalding Tarn for Taiga and plays Grim Lavamancer. I draw Dark Ritual for turn and cast Gitaxian Probe, all spells Ralph can’t cast due to only having one land. It gives me plenty of time to set up. I play a second Probe and a Ponder. Ponder finds Brainstorm to work with my Scalding Tarn. I draw Lion’s Eye Diamond for turn. Dark Ritual, Infernal Tutor (Reveal Lion’s Eye Diamond), Dark Ritual, Rite of Flame, Lion’s Eye Diamond, Lion’s Eye Diamond, Infernal Tutor, Infernal Tutor, Burning Wish and Tendrils of Agony.
Sideboarding: -1 Infernal Tutor, +1 Cabal Therapy
Game Two: Ralph has a first turn Deathrite Shaman. I draw Silence for turn. Cast Gitaxian Probe revealing Force of Will, Lightning Bolt, Sylvan Library, and two Tarmogoyf. Cast Gitaxian Probe draw Lotus Petal, Gitaxian Probe and draw Infernal Tutor. Underground Sea, Lotus Petal, Silence, Dark Ritual, Lion’s Eye Diamond, Lion’s Eye Diamond, Infernal Tutor and Ralph conceded the match. A turn one with Silence back-up on camera!
Semifinals: Feature Match vs. James Higgenbottom with Esperblade
Game One: Jim shuffles down to five while being on the play as the higher seed and begins the Semifinals with a Marsh Flats into Thoughtseize. My hand is Burning Wish, Dark Ritual, Ponder, Gitaxian Probe, Lion’s Eye Diamond, Gemstone Mine and Underground Sea. On my turn I cast Gitaxian Probe targeting James. His hand now on table shows Flooded Strand, Brainstorm and Vendilion Clique. I Pondered into the win, laid out my Lion’s Eye Diamond to ensure that it wasn’t discarded and passed. Jim draws, lays Strand and passes.
Gemstone Mine, Lotus Petal, Dark Ritual, Dark Ritual and Infernal Tutor. Break Lion’s Eye Diamond in response. Cast Ad Nauseam, Jim trembling in fear of a Grapeshot picks them up.
Sideboarding: -1 Infernal Tutor, -1 Chrome Mox, +1 Cabal Therapy, +1 Chain of Vapor
Game Two: Jim starts by slamming one of his two sideboard Leyline of Sanctity from his sideboard into play from his opening seven. It negates the Duress in my hand. Then James uses another Marsh Flats to search for Underground Sea and cast his Thoughtseize. My hand is Rite of Flame, Infernal Tutor, Chrome Mox, Duress and a couple of lands. I draw Ponder and cast it but not before I create a Mox Jet by removing that dead Duress. We play “Draw, go” with a land here or there for a few turns.
Silence, Jim plays Counterspell. I play a couple of Rite of Flames into Burning Wish, Jim casts Force of Will. On his turn he plays Stoneforge Mystic searching up Sword of Feast and Famine. I play, “Draw, go” as does James. I play Ponder which finds my sole Chain of Vapor as well as two Lotus Petal. My hand is now Dark Ritual, Infernal Tutor and Chain of Vapor with three lands in play as well as the Mox. End of turn Jim puts Batterskull into play. On his turn he activates Stoneforge Mystic, puts Feast and Famine into play and equips. He attacks, I Chain that Germ!
I untap and draw Lotus Petal, play it. Dark Ritual, Infernal Tutor for Ad Nauseam and cast it from thirteen. It’s a good one! I play a bunch of spells into Burning Wish for Past in Flames breaking Lion’s Eye Diamond. Jim now notices how I’m going to answer Leyline and concedes.
Finals: Ben Green with UWr Delver (‘Murica)
The room was absolutely empty. We could hear Adrian’s and Joey Pasco’s voice carry from across the hall. SCG told Rueben to play some music to drown out their voices. Rueben said since Ben was on the draw he had first pick, Ben had no preference. I nominated a local Syracuse band, probably my favorite band, Polar Bear Club. Once they were on, I had a great feeling about walking away with a trophy.
Game One: The first two turns are pretty uneventful, we both play, “Land, go” and then play another land and cantrips on our second turn. On turn three I play a Gitaxian Prove which reveals Ben’s hand, Force of Will, Vendilion Clique, Force of Will, Spell Pierce, Swords to Plowshares, Wasteland and Geist of Saint Traft. the draw off of Probe is a Cabal Therapy! Lay Underground Sea and Cabal Therapy, Ben plays Force of Will removing Geist of Saint Traft. On my next end step Ben plays a Vendilion Clique and puts my only “Tutor effect” Burning Wish on the bottom. I play “Draw, go” for a while as Vendilion Clique repeatedly attacks me. I play a Probe and Duress the turn before the combo turn. I decide that it’s time to get the gears moving when I’m at four life. I draw Burning Wish as my draw for my turn. Lay Scalding Tarn and play Brainstorm. Lotus Petal and Rite of Flame. Spell Pierce comes quickly out of Ben’s hand. I play another Rite of Flame off of a Lotus Petal. Break my Tarn to shuffle my deck hoping that Ben will Stifle it, he declines. Dark Ritual, Dark Ritual and cast Burning Wish.
Wish retrieves Past in Flames. Cast Past in Flames floating RB, Ben doesn’t Daze. Rite of Flame, Ben Dazes, in response I cast Dark Ritual and pay. Dark Ritual, Duress discarding Stifle, Rite of Flame, Gitaxian Probe going to one life. DRAW LION’S EYE DIAMOND! Break it for UUU and cast Ponder which finds Gitaxian Probe, Burning Wish and Lion’s Eye Diamond. Take Lion’s Eye Diamond, play it, and break it. Probe paying a blue, draw Burning Wish. Cabal Therapy discarding both Swords to Plowshares. Burning Wish and cast the Grapeshot in my sideboard. One at Vendilion Clique the rest at Ben.
Sideboarding: -1 Infernal Tutor, +1 Cabal Therapy
Game Two: I keep my starting seven while Ben does not. Ben starts with his Stars Tundra and plays Engineered Explosives on zero and a Delver of Secrets. I play City of Brass and Lotus Petal, tap City of Brass and Ponder. Ben flips his Delver with a Ponder, attacks and then casts Ponder. I lay Polluted Delta (side note: In the coverage Rueben wrote that I favored this Delta. I can’t tell if it’s sarcasm or not, but I absolutely hate it) and cast Brainstorm, put back two Rite of Flame and shuffle with Delta finding Underground Sea. Cast Duress and discard Lightning Bolt leaving him with Geist of Saint Traft and a land. I break Lotus Petal and Cabal Therapy and discard Geist of Saint Traft because I don’t have a Tutor effect and it’s a fast clock. Ben lays his land and passes with a mystery card. I draw Brainstorm, lay Scalding Tarn and cast the blue instant. It finds Infernal Tutor. I put back Gitaxian Probe and Lion’s Eye Diamond. At this point my life total is somewhat low (11) and my route to victory is Ad Nauseam. Which is why I put back the Diamond. My hand now is three Dark Ritual and Infernal Tutor. I fetch with Tarn and find the second Underground. Dark Ritual, Dark Ritual, Ben fetches twice and casts Vendilion Clique! I he puts my Tutor on the bottom, I draw Lion’s Eye Diamond and pass. Ben bashes me for six, I draw and we’re moving to game three.
It turns out I could’ve played around the Clique if I had known about it. If I went Dark Ritual, Infernal Tutor, hold priority and cast both Rituals Ben can’t interact with that line of play. However, hindsight is 20/20 and I wasn’t playing around a two-of in my opponents’ deck.
Game Three: We both keep our hands, Ben doesn’t seem thrilled with his seven. I play Ponder and stack Lion’s Eye Diamond and Lotus Petal on the top. Ben lays a Volcanic and passes. I play a Polluted Delta and bait out Ben’s Stifle. I pay life and cast Gitaxian Probe which reveals Lightning Bolt, Island, Tormod’s Crypt, Brainstorm, Geist of Saint Traft and Volcanic Island. draw the Lotus Petal. Lay down two Lotus Petal, Lion’s Eye Diamond, Infernal Tutor and Empty the Warrens! Fourteen Goblins arrive on the table.
Ben casts Brainstorms and doesn’t find the Explosives. Lays a Misty Rainforest and passes the turn. I draw Cabal Therapy and then attack for fourteen. Cast Therapy naming Brainstorm with all intention of flashing it back until I see his hand. It’s miserable. He’s all in on a shuffle into Engineered Explosives. Ben flips the top card of his deck and it’s…
What’s the recipe for success? Spicy Hot Beef Jerky, Long Island Ice Teas and Polar Bear Club. By the time we left the event center we were the last people other than Rueben, Adrian, and Joey. Almost midnight we began our seven-hour journey back to Syracuse. I can’t give Dan Walton enough credit for driving through the night. He does it almost every trip we go on. I was supposed to be the navigator as I requested Monday off from work. Around three in the morning I fell asleep and Dan continued through the night until we made it back at 6:30am. That guy is a monster and I’m sure he drank plenty of it on the way back.
The event was a lot of fun, I’m glad to cross off a resolution on my list. I also managed to win two events in a row, maybe we can turn this into a heater?
A side note: I was very pleased to not hear anything about theft this weekend, that’s a great thing. That’s what this community needs. In fact, a member of the top 8 of the Legacy event left his deck on the table after intentionally drawing the last round. His deck was returned right before the top 8 had started, I was very pleased to hear this. I don’t know what I would’ve done if it was mine.
Well that’s all for this week, come back again next week! Until then, keep Storming!
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