Round 9 Undefeated Roundup

Posted in Event Coverage on May 3, 2015

By Frank Karsten

After eight rounds of Swiss, only six players remained at pristine 8-0 records, and we invited all of them to the feature match area to see who would remain undefeated overnight.

Table 1: Fabio Barroso (Abzan Midrange) vs. Renato B Wohlers (Esper Dragons)

A key card in Game 1 was Perilous Vault, which Wohlers added to his deck in anticipation of otherwise hard-to-answer threats. It got a monstrous Fleecemane Lion and a Courser of Kruphix, but it was not enough. Wohlers never drew a Dig Through Time over the course of the entire game, and he eventually lacked the removal spells to answer Elspeth, Sun's Champion and Courser of Kruphix.

In game two, Barroso tried to play a control game with planeswalkers and End Hostilities, but it was to no avail. Wohlers found Ugin, the Spirit Dragon to answer Barroso's threats, and followed it up with Dig Through Time into Dragonlord Ojutai for the win.

Although the above summary might suggest that the games were quick, that's only because I left out all of the grindy one-for-one trades. In actuality, the games took many turns, and there were only minutes on the clock for the third game. That was not enough time to finish it, and the match ended in a draw.

Fabio Barroso 1 – Renato B Wohlers 1

Table 2: Mariano Cartechini (Abzan Aggro) vs. Ricardo Felipe Camargo (Temur Aggro)

In Game 1, Felipe Camargo had a turn-three Goblin Rabblemaster followed by two Lightning Strikes for the blockers, and Cartechini was unable to beat that start.

Game 2 featured a damage race between Ashloud Phoenix and Stormbreath Dragon on Camargo's side and Fleecemane Lion plus Siege Rhino on Catechini's side. It was close, but in the end Cartechini came out victorious.

Game 3 was reminiscent of Game 1. Felipe Camargo again had a quick Goblin Rabblemaster, and he was able to clear the way with Lightning Strike and Roast. Then Stormbreath Dragon came down, and Abzan Charm was not the right answer for Cartechini.

Ricardo Felipe Camargo 1 - Mariano Cartechini 2

Table 3: Julio Cesar Maciel (Bant Heroic) vs. Gabriel Jose Wood (Bant Megamorph)

Game 1 started with mana troubles for Maciel, as he only had white mana with several non-white cards in hand. It looked like Wood would defeat his color-screwed opponent with Deathmist Raptor and Surrak, the Hunt Caller, but Maciel found Mana Confluence just in time. He carefully sequenced Ordeal of Thassa and Dromoka's Command and protected his heroic creature with Gods Willing to snatch the first game from the jaws of defeat.

In Game 2, Maciel had a good start with Favored Hoplite, Ordeal of Thassa, and [autocard]Gods Willing[/ autocard] to protect it from Valorous Stance. However, Den Protector got back Valerous Stance, and this time it was successful. Maciel then tried to race Dragonlord Ojutai with Monastery Mentor, but he failed as the Dragonlord overwhelmed him.

Game 3 was all about Favored Hoplite plus Aqueous Form. Wood was unable to block it and had fewer removal spells than Maciel had protection spells.

Julio Cesar Maciel 2 - Gabriel Jose Wood 1

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