Randy Buehler vs Rudy Edwards
and Buehler, both players with extensive grapevine connections,
were each 3-1 coming into this, the second to last round of the
day. Game one started quickly, with Rudy dropping a first turn Wild
Dogs, which he followed up with a second turn Priest of Titania
and a third turn Treefolk Mystic. On the other side of the table,
Randy was in the process of drawing four of his seven Islands while
failing to find a second black source, with which he could cast
one of his three Eradicates.
Second game was all Buehler as he dropped a second turn Phyrexian
Denouncer and a third turn Looming Shade, but Rudy had been holding
back a Miscalculation, so the Shade didn't get through.
After Edwards dropped a Marker Beetle, Randy solidified his defence
with an Unworthy dead, a Fog of Gnats and a Spawning Pool, after
which he Intervened a Disappear and Snaped the Mysic in response
to Rudy casting Rancor. The begining of the end came when Randy
Eradicated two times -- with a Vile Requiem in play. The game ended
with the third in his hand.
Game three was all Randy as a mana flooded Edwards dropped Forest
after Forest. Rudy's first creature was a Yavamaya Wurm, which was
immediately Eradicated, and when his Metathran Elite was Swatted
with the Requiem in play, he was ready to concede. Buehler goes
to 4-1, putting him in good shape for the standard portion, in which
he went 6-0 last year.