ROUND 14 BUBBLE MATCH

Posted in GRAND PRIX PORTLAND 2014 - COVERAGE - EVENTS on August 10, 2014

By Mike Rosenberg

Mike Rosenberg is a writer and gamer and has been part of the Magic text coverage team since 2011. He joined Wizards as organized play’s content specialist in June 2014.

Round 14 featured trios of familiar faces squaring off against each other for the fabled win-and-in match. In the last round of Swiss, only four teams would proceed to the Top 4 Team Draft.

On one side, No. 13 Ranked Player Samuel Black, Matt Severa, and Gaudenis Vidugiris. On the other side, the No. 3, 4, and 5 Ranked Players of the world respectively, Owen Turtenwald, William Jensen, Reid Duke.

Only one of these teams will advance. Which will it be?

Severa vs. Jensen

With both Severa and Jensen armed with aggressive red decks – Severa sporting some black and Jensen splashing green for Kird Chieftain's ability – it was no surprise to see these two finish up with ample time on the clock in three games.

Left to right: No. 13 Ranked Player Samuel Black, Matt Severa, Gaudenis Vidugiris

The two traded blows in record time in the match, but the third game quickly became a lopsided affair when Severa's Chandra, Pyromaster was outclassed by the hard-hitting Scuttling Doom Engine from Jensen. Aside from having one of the coolest names to shout in a crowded room full of Magic players, the Doom Engine made quick work of Severa's Planeswalker, and then Severa himself over a couple of turns.

Black vs. Turtenwald

Black's Soul of Zendikar after both players cleared through each others' cards in hands gave him the upper hand, and Turtenwald was unable to catch up in the first game.

The second game was a particularly interesting affair, as Black had a slew of high-powered threats. Soul of Zendikar, Genesis Hydra, multiple Illusory Angels, along with some Void Snares to keep Turtenwald off of Avacyn, Guardian Angel looked like it would be enough. However, Black was unable to push through on those key turns, and Turtenwald's Avacyn did a fine job of holding back all of Black's forces.

However, before their match was able to finish...

Vidugiris vs. Duke

Vidugiris and Duke were into their third game while Black and Turtenwald were neck-deep into the second game. While the two were 1-1 going into the round, it was Duke who pulled out ahead in the third game. While Paragon of New Dawns bolstered Vidugiris's Raise the Alarm tokens, Triplicate Spirits proved to be too much of a commitment, as Duke aimed Stab Wound at the Paragon so that Festergloom could leave Vidugiris with an empty board.

Left to right: No. 3 Ranked Player Reid Duke, No. 4 Ranked Player William Jensen, No. 2 Ranked Player Owen Turtenwald

After that, Vidugiris had little chance to get back into the game, as Duke's Nightfire Ghoul and grip full of spells made things elementary.

Turtenwald, Jensen, and Duke defeat Black, Severa, and Vidugiris

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