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Round 14: Manuel Bevand vs. Ruud Warmenhoven

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These decks are unique on day two, Ruud is using the old-school Oath deck with Battlefield Scrounger, and Manuel is using a strange green-blue control deck.

Game 1

The game started off particularly slowly even for a control mirror as the players were deck-checked. Eight minutes later the game could finally begin.

Ruud had to start off with a mulligan, and both players just laid lands for the first five turns, but when Manuel attempted a Fact or Fiction, Ruud chose not to stop it although he did have a Counterspell. The French player got to resolve another Fact or Fiction on his next turn as well. Ruud sat there doing nothing for a couple of turns, so Manuel decided to attack him with a Treetop Village. It emerged that Ruud did have some business cards in his hand, as he attempted an Accumulated Knowledge, which was Countered. Warmenhoven untapped and tried another, which was Foiled, but he had a third and this resolved, netting him five cards.

With the Dutchman tapped out it was exactly the right time to draw a Living Wish for Manuel. He fetched and summoned a Morphling with it and attacked. This tapped him out so Ruud was able to Repulse the Morphling. It appeared once again next turn, forced through with a Counterspell.

Ruud played Oath of Druids and was attacked down to eight by the Morphling and Treetop. He used Intuition to fetch both of his Battlefield Scroungers out of the library so that the Oath was guaranteed to hit a Phantom Nishoba.

Next turn Ruud managed to get his whole library in the graveyard as the Oath milled most of his cards and he Accumulated for the rest of them. The French player forgot to Oath and hit his head in annoyance. Ruud now had the game in total control since he knew exactly what he would draw every turn, and although Bevand did remember to use the Oath to find his Cognivore, Ruud had Repulse again, and Manuel conceded.

Ruud Warmenhoven 1 – Manuel Bevand 0

Game 2

With less than twenty minutes left in the round they started Game 2. Ruud went first and Living Wished for a Dust Bowl since Manuel had begun with a Treetop Village. The Bowl reduced Manuel to only blue mana as it also destroyed a Yavimaya Coast. Then the players spent several turns doing nothing but lay lands and getting them destroyed by Dust Bowls. Bevand did manage to play a Powder Keg though.

Since he was a game down, Manuel had to try and find some way to win within the time, so he very hopefully attempted a Morphling, which was Mana Leaked. Bevand won the Accumulated Knowledge war to draw four cards. Ruud had to tap out to Cunning Wish for his Knowledge and play it, which allowed Bevand to sneak through both a Palinchron and a Morphling.

The Dutch player had a way out of even this situation, though as he Living Wished for a Llawan, Cephalid Empress, but opted not to cast it straight away. This meant that he took a hit which knocked him down to five but allowed him to Fact or Fiction to try and find a Counterspell to force it through.

The Fact didn't turn over any Counterspells, so Ruud had to attempt the Llawan anyway. It resolved but Manuel blew up the Powder Keg and just replayed the Morphling. Ruud didn't have an answer again and succumbed to the Morphling. They were already in the extra turns so there was no point in starting the third game.

Final Result: Ruud Warmenhoven 1 – Manuel Bevand 1

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