I noticed multiple decks were playing at least three colors, and the deck I played against in round 8 even had a full “five color green” thing going on. I had a good curve solidly in only two colors so I was often ahead on board by a couple permanents while opponents were still setting up their third colors in the early turns. I’m also frankly lucky to have avoided encountering many opposing decks as absurd as my own. Sure, I saw other planeswalkers and other gearhulks, but I never had a Skysovereign mirror match come up.
Round 3 was the real highlight, though. Opponent was black-red, but I can’t imagine the deck was better than the Olivia deck from round 2. Anyway, I won the die roll and my opening hand was 3 Plains and some red cards. I mulled to a terrible 6, a terrible 5 and then kept a 4 of 3 lands and Field Creeper. On my scry I left a Steadfast Cathar on top. For his part, opponent had also mulled but at least kept on 6.
Then he misses a bunch of land drops and dies to my crappy 2/1’s. That’ll do, Field Creeper, that’ll do.
He wins game 2, so I’m on the play for game 3. I have a good opening hand with Collective Effort. We go back and forth until I get a pretty big blowout:
I could have chosen to not escalate for the +1/+1 counters, and then attacked on that turn with the Gatstaf Arsonists but I thought getting them up above 4 toughness, and the Brazen Wolves above 3, would be worth it. From there, my large guys just kept crunching in there.
First-picked a Haunted Dead and settled into black-white early. I didn’t have any flashy bombs but I had 3x Desperate Sentry into 2x Abundant Maw so I made that play several times on turns 3-4. I also bought back those two cards with Macabre Waltz a few times for some grindin’. I never cast the Murderer’s Axe and always sided it out. That maybe didn’t belong in the deck, I dunno.
Round 2 vs Blue-Red Spells: He had multiple Thermo-Alchemists and lots of good spells. Game 3 I sided in Peace of Mind and it really saved the day. Also I think I must have gotten a lucky misclick or something, because I attacked into his board of plenty of blockers and he just clicked past making any blocks and took lethal damage. He didn’t say anything in the chat window so I dunno what happened but, hey: I’ll take it. (2-0)
Game 3, he had a poor draw, whiffing on Foul Emissary, buying back Foul Emissary with Grapple with the Past and whiffing again while I kept smashing in. Eventually he’s down to 13 or so cards in library and I’m guessing something like 7 of those are lands based on the contents of his board and graveyard. I’ve attacked a few times with Faithbearer Paladin and done some Abundant Maw’ing so I’ve gained a bunch of life. I feel like I’m a million miles ahead.
While the Murderous Compulsion was my only in-hand answer to Emrakul (I could still hope to draw Choking Restraints) it was not really too devastating a sequence. I could survive two Emrakul attacks due to all the life I’d gained, while opponent’s life total was quite low and he was now on the Infectious Curse clock as well.
He did draw another blocker in the form of Swift Spinner but had to take at least one turn off of attacking with Emrakul so that he wouldn’t die on the backswing. I rebought Haunted Dead once, and also drew the lowly Rancid Rats.
I was able to make an attack that put him to 1 and passed the turn, he then died on his upkeep to the Infectious Curse. (3-0)