Gateway Round 5: Steve O'Mahoney-Schwartz vs. Brian Davis

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By Josh Bennett

Steve O'Mahoney-Schwartz vs. Brian Davis

In a clash of the titans, Pro Tour L.A. 1999 Champion Steve O'Mahoney-Schwartz (OMS for short) squared off against Pro Tour Chicago 1999 Finalist Brian Davis. Both are fresh off lackluster performances at Grand Prix Houston, with Davis missing Day 2, and OMS ending up thirty-ninth. Today, OMS is running red-green beatdown, bad news for Davis's Psychatog control deck.

OMS's first-turn bird let him get a Call token into play before Davis had Syncopate mana up. With that, he was content to wait Davis out. Davis cracked on his third turn, tapping out for Shadowmage Infiltrator. OMS made him pay with Flametongue Kavu.

Now Davis was in trouble. He tried to stem the bleeding with Psychatog. OMS Iced. Then he tapped three more for Raging Kavu, dropping Davis to three. Davis drew and shrugged his shoulders. "That's game."

Brian Davis

Davis kicked off for Game 2, and answered OMS's Llanowar Elf with Nightscape Familiar. OMS came right back with Spellbane Centaur, negating Davis's Repulses. Davis chose to pass it right back, leaving mana up to counter OMS's next play. OMS attacked, and turned it back to him, missing his third land drop.

That was good news for Davis, who tapped out for Fact or Fiction. He scored Slay and Infiltrator over Psychatog and two lands. He untapped and threw down a pair of Infiltrators, tapping out. OMS made a Raging Kavu at end of turn, then ripped City of Brass and attacked.

One Finkel had to trade with the Raging Kavu, and the other dropped to OMS's Flametongue. Davis was at fourteen. He Slew the troublesome Centaur. With just two mana up, he let Flametongue by, countering a subsequent Spellbane. He untapped, played a second Familiar, and gave it back to OMS, holding Hibernation, Repulse and Recoil.

Steve O'Mahoney-Schwartz vs. Brian Davis

OMS tapped two for Fire on both Familiars. Davis regenerated one and tried to Repulse the other. OMS Fired again in response. That was the death knell. Davis took the beats, then drew nothing. OMS played an unkicked Skizzik, and Davis had to drop his whole hand just to stay alive. He drew swamp, and wished OMS good luck in the round of four.

Final Result: Steve O'Mahoney-Schwartz defeats Brian Davis 2-0

Brian Davis

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