Round 10: Zvi Mowshowitz vs. Antonino De Rosa

Posted in Event Coverage on June 28, 2003

By Toby Wachter

Game 1

De Rosa started with Llanowar Elves, and Mowshowitz had Duress. He saw a hand of Firebolt, Volcanic Hammer, Elephant Guide, Basking Rootwalla and a land- Elephant Guide went to the graveyard. The Elf attacked for one, and De Rosa played the Rootwalla followed by Grim Lavamancer. Chainer's Edict caused De Rosa to lose his Lavamancer, and the resulting attack dealt four damage to Mowshowitz as De Rosa missed his third land drop.

He continued to simply attack with his Rootwalla and Elf, until Mowshowitz cast Mutilate to kill both creatures. De Rosa came back by summoning another Lavamancer, and sent Firebolt to the dome. Duress forced Volcanic Hammer to the graveyard, and De Rosa was holding Phantom Centaur and Violent Eruption. Innocent Blood dealt with the Lavamancer, and Visara came out on turn six.

De Rosa- "That's not fair."
Mowshowitz- "I play lands, sure it's fair!"

Mowshowitz- 1 De Rosa- 0

De Rosa- "I think my sideboard is only good against your deck."

De Rosa- "Zvi, I'm like 0-6 against you."
Mowshowitz- "You know why? You always play these ghetto decks with lots of guys, and I play decks that kill guys."

Game 2

De Rosa had a Rootwalla, and once again Mowshowitz had a first turn Duress, which took out Compost. A second turn Mongrel continued the curve, and Innocent Blood killed the Rootwalla. Call of the Herd made an elephant token, and the next attack was for five damage, bringing Zvi to twelve.

Mowshowitz played his fourth land but opted to not cast the Mutilate in his hand, instead using Smother to kill the token. De Rosa flashed back the Call, Mowshowitz untapped, and cast Mutilate. He had missed his fifth land drop, and De Rosa came right back with Phantom Centaur and Grim Lavamancer. Chainer's Edict killed the Lavamancer, and a Centaur attack brought Mowshowitz to five. Mowshowitz still couldn't find a fifth land and had no answer.

Mowshowitz- 1 De Rosa- 1

Game 3

A second turn Compost spelled bad news for Mowshowitz. Call of the Herd made an elephant, which died to Smother on end step as De Rosa drew a card. Wild Mongrel was followed by a Volcanic Hammer to the dome, and Mowshowitz cycled Undead Gladiator, letting De Rosa draw another card. Chainer's Edict would have killed the Mongrel, but De Rosa discarded a Rootwalla into play to be the sacrificial lamb.

De Rosa kept getting ahead with every 1-for-1 trade, and flashed back the Call. Mowshowitz cast Diabolic Tutor, and De Rosa attacked with the Mongrel and elephant token. Two madness Violent Eruptions pumped the Mongrel twice and dealt an extra ten damage to Mowshowitz, giving De Rosa the match.

Final Result: Mowshowitz- 1 De Rosa- 2

Antonino De Rosa

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Zvi Mowshowitz

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