Round 5: Eric Froehlich (Kiki-Chord) vs. Luis Scott-Vargas (Eldrazi)

Posted in Event Coverage on February 5, 2016

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

Eric Froehlich and Luis Scott-Vargas need little introduction. Luis Scott-Vargas, affectionately known as LSV to his legions of fans, is one of the most beloved figures on the Pro Tour. Scott-Vargas's accomplishments are hard to fathom. The man has five Pro Tour Top 8s including a win to go with fifteen Grand Prix Top 8s, including five wins.

Froehlich has widely been considered one of the best Magic players in the world for the last few years. His recent Hall of Fame induction was the culmination of a life's dedication to the game he loves so much. Froehlich has some impressive stats of his own, with four Pro Tour Top 8s and fourteen Grand Prix Top 8s, including a win.

These two are very familiar with one another. In fact, they've worked together for most recent events. EFro isn't working with ChannelFireball this weekend, though, instead opting to solo practice as an army of one, or MeFro.

The two chatted and joked as the feature match area was being prepped for the round.

Two friends, Hall of Famers, and titans of the game square off in Round 5.

"Maybe we should just have them cancel this round so we can find different opponents," Froehlich suggested.

"That seems like a pretty good idea," Scott-Vargas said.

The Games

Neither player liked their opening hand. Six cards were good enough for Froehlich, but Scott-Vargas needed to dig deeper and settled on a five card hand.

With smaller hands and less options at their disposal, both players developed slowly. Froehlich's Courser of Kruphix was the first play of the game, and Scott-Vargas used Dismember to kill it on his following upkeep to get a peek at the top card of Froehlich's library, an interesting trick that provided a bit of extra information. Froehlich developed with a few mana creatures to ramp into a Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker that then traded with another Dismember from Scott-Vargas. Reality Smasher from Scott-Vargas came smashing through on the following turn.

Luis Scott-Vargas is known for his acronym of LSV, or Luck, Skill, Victory. Luck, Smasher, Victory may be a better choice this weekend for him.

Froehlich had Restoration Angel, but his life total was under serious pressure and he'd need to find an answer to Scott Vargas's smashing in his next few draw steps. Horizon Canopy helped him dig a bit deeper. He found Chord of Calling and used it to find Eternal Witness, which picked up the fallen Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker.

On the following turn, Froehlich cast Kiki-Jiki Mirror Breaker and tapped it targeting Restoration Angel, which blinked Kiki-Jiki, which made another Restoration Angel, which then blinked Kiki-Jiki, and at this point I think you get the idea. Eventually, Froehlich had millions of Angels, and Scott-Vargas was taking millions of damage.

Scott-Vargas had a better hand for the second game, and Froehlich went searching for a better six.

Eric Froehlich concocted a Kiki-Chord deck for the Modern portion of this Pro Tour.

Scott-Vargas led things off with Eye of Ugin, and a Wastes on the following turn let him play Matter Reshaper, which was quickly followed up with Thought-Knot Seer.

Froehlich tried to hold on with Pia and Kiran Nalaar to trade with the Thought-Knot Seer.

Another Thought-Knot Seer and Eldrazi Mimic were quickly followed up by Reality Smasher, and Scott-Vargas was already presenting lethal damage with his attack.

Froehlich found Scavenging Ooze, but it wouldn't be good enough to handle the gigantic monsters on the other side of the table. Another attack was good enough for Scott-Vargas to seal the deal and move on to fight a third and decisive game...

...a game where Scott Vargas's Eldrazi deck was operating on all cylinders.

Father Magic came out swinging with Eldrazi Mimic on the first turn into Thought-Knot Seer on the second turn thanks to Eldrazi Temple and Eye of Ugin.

Froehlich had Path to Exile for Thought-Knot Seer, but it wasn't enough, especially considering the Reality Smasher that would come down on the following turn.

Reality Smasher crunched away and Scott-Vargas maintained his solid record record.

Eric Froehlich 1-2 Luis Scott-Vargas



Luis Scott-Vargas—Eldrazi

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Eric Froehlich—Chord Combo

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