Nationals 1999 Reports
Round 8 Feature Match
Tom Guevin vs. Zvi Mowshowitz
a match pitting one of the great showmen of the pro tour versus a player
favorite to win US Nationals, Guevin, who has been working with Your
Move Games, was able to win on a roll of the dice.
The match began with Mowshowitz casting Show and Tell on the first
turn so he could drop Yawgmoth's Bargain, with Guevin playing a Seismic
Assault, forcing Mowshowitz to play a more conservative game. Mowshowitz's
second turn saw him build up his mana with a Grim Monolith, going down
to 13 life.
The key moment of the game came in Mowshowitz's third turn, when his
attempts to join the showman Guevin in his entertaining the gathered
group of spectators caused him to make a huge mental error: Bargaining
down to six when Guevin had the Assault, 5 cards in hand and an Attunement
in play. Guevin activated the Attunement and threw three lands at Mowshowitz,
ending the game.
Game 2 started with Mowshowitz playing a first turn Defense Grid, disabling
Guevin's counter capabilities. After Guevin had cast a main phase Mystical
Tutor for Intuition, Mowshowitz dropped a Scroll Rack. On Guevin's turn,
he playeded an Ancient Tomb and Intuitioned for three Arcane laboratories,
but after he dropped the lab, he found himself looking at Mowshowitz's
tech sideboard card: a Masticore. Afew turns later, Mowshowitz was able
to win the game, despite being salled a few turns by Guevin's Seizmic
Assault, thanks to Guevin's inability to find a Delusions of Mediocrity
with Frantic Search and Attunement.
In what may have been the most entertaining game seen in the feature
matches thus far, Mowshowitz was forced to mulligan to five cards before
keeping a 4 land, Show and Tell draw. After Mowshowitz's first turn
Voltaic Key, Guevin Tutored for a Replenish, which he was able to cast
two turns later thanks to Ancient Tomb. Coming into play were Seismic
Assault and Yawgmoth's Bargain (Thanks to a Frantic Search), but Mowshowitz
was able to Counter by Tutoring fora Lobotomy, taking all of Guevin's
Delusions of Mediocrity, leaving Guevin at 11 with a Bargain in play,
along with an Intuition and 3 lands in hand.
It was at this point Guevin made the comparison of his predicament
to a Texas Hold 'em player going all in before seeing any cards. Essentially,
he needed to do 16 points with the Assault, meaning he needed to draw
four of his 28 lands in the next 10 cards. After paying five life, Guevin
stated that there was no way he could win this turn, played an Island
and said go. After Mowshowitz's uneventful turn, Guevin untapped, cast
2 Frantic searches, threw seven lands at Mowshowitz, bringing him to
2 and cast an Intuition for 3 more lands, forcing Mowshowitz, who this
writer predicted would go 6-0, to concede.