Bob Maher hasn't had a great season so far, but the reigning Player of the Year is in his element now. His 10-3 record has him in 12th place and he's playing "Maher Oath." Alan Comer (currently in 11th) is equally in his element, playing a bizarre recursion deck. The eccentric Comer has joined teammate Zvi Mowshowitz and they're playing Zvi's pet deck: Turbo-land.
Maher's next play was Overgrown Estate. Comer smiled, and worked things out out loud: "That's a pretty funny combo. Every extra land you get is almost an extra card? I think I'll actually fight over that one." Maher won the fight and his Sylvan-Estate engine kicked in. Comer - who's playing the splash-red version of Turbo-Land, knew he couldn't sit back and watch Maher keep drawing extra cards so he played out a Crater Hellion. Maher used Comer's Oath to bring out a Morphling. Maher then used Wasteland to deprive Comer of the second red mana he needed to upkeep the Hellion, along with the second red he needed to play the Obliterate that was in his hand. Of course, Obliterate isn't actually that good when your opponent gets to sacrifice all his land for 3 life each as a response and gets to keep his Sylvan Library. Mostly, Comer's draw was pretty weak and Maher's wasn't. Comer did play his Obliterate, because it seemed better than dying, and Maher gained 22 life. Predictably, with 25 life and a Sylvan in play, Maher recovered from the Obliterate faster and Comer conceded to save time.
With two wins under his belt in two rounds with his namesake deck, Maher has to be a favorite to make his second straight Worlds Top 8. With Finkel playing on table 1, the whispers about a repeat final have already begun.
Final Result: Maher 2 - Comer 0