Andrew Pacifico also had a good outlook. I may have covered consummate professionals in Round 3, but this is my kind of Magic: Everyone cracking jokes, smiling, chatting about previous rounds. At the end of day, we have to remember that we're here getting paid to play a game and we forget it at our own peril.
Dave may be quite the man of the world, but he still takes the time to be impressed by our advanced feature match table technology. Or maybe he's just good enough guy to fake it. A first-game mulligan never happened to a nicer guy. You'd be hard pressed to know that both are on the brink of elimination. One of them won't survive this match.
Dave tried to play a land from his six-card hand but was quickly interrupted by Pacifico, who reminded him that he too had the right to draw a bad hand and throw it back for six new cards.
Both opened with fetch lands, Dave going for Overgrown Tomb on his way to a second-turn Watchwolf while Pacifico went for an old-fashioned Mountain and Skirk Prospector but failed to make his second land drop. Seeing that, Dave used
A Duress showed Williams what was in store for him if the mana hit, which he described as "not a traditional Goblin deck" packing Duress and
Williams 1, Pacifico 0
During shuffling Dave took the opportunity to get an update on Magic's latest and oldest formats as I gave him and Pacifico the rundown on Legacy and Vintage. Other information would not come to him as cheap: After Pacifico played a first-turn Sparksmith off a Chrome Mox, Dave used a fetch land to get an Overgrown Tomb to cast Duress, only to find a Goblin Matron and Goblin Piledriver but no spells he could take away. As he said, he just wanted to know what was up.Pacifico's Goblins turned the tide in Game 2.
Finally he sacrificed two of his Goblins to get five mana and put out his card-advantage engine: Kiki-Jiki, which started copying
Of course, as soon as the Cloak was gone he drew his best Cloak target: Mystic Enforcer, a 6/6 flyer with protection from black. Pacifico had the larger army, but it couldn't win in a fight because his creatures couldn't use their activated abilities. Pacifico drew and shook his head in disgust. Then of course he played a hasted Goblin Sharpshooter and attacked with everyone including the Warchief that allowed the Sharpshooter to tap. What a lucksack!
Even Luckier for Pacifico, neither player realized that if the Warchief died in combat the Sharpshooter will lose haste and Williams would have gotten to attack back for the win. Instead, Pacifico talked Williams into conceding before anyone tried to perform an illegal action. Pacifico could still have won if he'd realized the problem - if he holds the Warchief back, he has just enough damage to kill Williams even if he blocks correctly.
"Neither of us wanted to win. He tried to give it to me, and I gave it right back," said Williams, a sentiment to which Pacifico readily agreed.
Williams 1, Pacifico 1
Williams opened the game at seventeen in order to get a first-turn Kird Ape and red mana - you can get your color, but that doesn't mean it is cheap. Pacifico paid just one life for his Mountain and Skirk Prospector, after which Williams played the Forest to enlarge his Kird Ape and slapped down an Umezawa's Jitte. It seemed that in such creature matchups, this is a rather good artifact to have on your side.Williams' Jitte made life difficult for Pacifico.
"Oh, there's a Jitte?" joked an overlooking Rudd Warmenhoven.
"If you just sit here for 24 more minutes…" answered Williams.
"I'm working on it!" came Pacifico's response.
"You could just give it up. I did last game."
"I just might do that. Bash you for one."
The Skirk Prospector kept the Jitte from getting counters, as Pacifico sacrificed the Piledriver for mana to keep the Kird Ape from dealing combat damage. Pacifico went for a Swamp and Dave announced the presence of a
When Pacifico tapped out for Goblin Warchief, the answer was clear. A
Final Score: Williams 2, Pacifico 1