Posted in GRAND PRIX NEW JERSEY 2014 - COVERAGE - EVENTS on November 16, 2014

By Jacob Van Lunen

Jacob Van Lunen began playing Magic in 1995. He has participated in organized play at every level of competition and was a member of the winning team at Pro Tour San Diego in 2007, thanks to an innovative draft strategy. As a writer, Van Lunen has had more than three hundred Magic strategy pieces published

I sat down with some familiar faces to ask, "What's the most interesting play you've seen this weekend?

Tom Martell: "I had Treasure Cruise and two copies of Daze in my hand. My opponent was at three. I had exactly enough lands to cast Treasure Cruise, but I was dead the next turn. I cast Treasure Cruise and returned Volcanic Island to my hand to counter my own Treasure Cruise with Daze unless I paid one. Then I returned another land to my hand and used my second copy of Daze to target the first. Treasure Cruise resolved, I found Lightning Bolt, and I was able to replay the Volcanic Island to kill my opponent."
Joshua Cho: "I floated mana and sacrificed lands to cast Fireblast. This left me with enough cards in graveyard and mana in pool to cast Treasure Cruise, draw into another land and spell, and get my opponent for lethal damage with Monastery Swiftspear."

Reid Duke: "My opponent cast Sudden Shock when I was at two. That was interesting."
Ari Lax: "I cast Chain Lightning so that my Monastery Swiftspear would be lethal. My opponent chained me back and used Fireblast before I got a combat step."

Michael Flores: "Tom Ross was playing against Dredge. His opponent had a stocked graveyard with a Zombie and Ichorid ready to start attacking. Upon seeing the coast was clear with Cabal Therapy, his opponent went all-in with a Breakthrough for zero. With his opponent's graveyard stocked, Ross cast Crop-Rotation at instant speed to find Bojuka Bog."