Round 9 Feature Match: Joaquim Damasceno (Merfolk) VS Willy Edel (Jund)

Posted in Event Coverage on October 31, 2015

By Chapman Sim

Crawling back from a 0-2 start, newly-inducted Hall of Famer Willy Edel had preferred not to be in this predicament in the first place. However, rattling off three straight wins with his trusty Jund deck, he finds himself faced against Joaquim Damasceno, an experienced pilot of little blue men.

While Edel's plan is to kill anything that moves while beating down to Tarmogoyfs, Damasceno would need to play the tempo game and have sufficient ways to outlast the attrition.

Game 1

Edel had mulliganed to five, and quickly faced pressure from Cursecatcher (cheated out via Æther Vial) and Harbinger of the Tides. Inquisition of Kozilek removed Master of the Pearl Trident, but that didn't stop Damasceno from “vialing” out Lord of Atlantis as the replacement.

Being low on resources, Edel declined to trade with his Dark Confidant. That forced Damasceno to Dismember it, preventing Edel from refueling. Liliana of the Veil was the last-ditch effort, but Damasceno was able to “vial” out another Lord after tossing Cursecatcher in the bin.

Just like that the Hall of Famer was down on game. Back against the wall.

Willy Edel tries his very best to fight back!

Joaquim Damasceno 1 – Willy Edel 0

Game 2

Once again, Damasceno had the Æther Vial, but had no one drops or two drops. He did have Relic of Progenitus though, making Edel's next two cards (Tarmogoyf and Scavenging Ooze) rather lackluster.

Hardcasting Kira, Great Glass-Spinner, Edel tried to kill it with Liliana of the Veil, but Damasceno simply vialed out a freshly-drawn Master of the Pearl Trident as sacrificial fodder. The 2/2 flier finished off the Planeswalker the next turn, and Damasceno ensured that both yards were spick and span with a second copy of Relic of Progenitus.

With Æther Vial ticking up to three, that only meant that Damasceno was out of threats, other than Merrow Rejeerey, which joined the board along with Lord of Atlantis.

When Edel tried Night of Souls' Betrayal, that was stopped by Negate. To make matters worse, Damasceno had elected to tick Æther Vial up to 4. Was it a ruse?

Joaquim Damasceno rides his Merfolk to Day 2!

Regardless, he had the Spreading Seas to Islandwalk his way to victory. Even after Edel had used Abrupt Decay, Terminate and Maelstrom Pulse to rid himself of a trio of creatures, a pair of Vapor Snags cleared away the Dark Confidant and Scavenging Ooze for him to sneak in the final few damage.

Damasceno had all the cards needed to beat the Hall of Famer, played excellently and never missed a trigger. Sorry about the bad run Willy, we'll see you at Grand Prix Atlanta. =)

Joaquim Damasceno 2 – Willy Edel 0

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