We’re nearing the end of round two in this awesome general battle, and we’re almost completely done winnowing out this year’s chaff. Come check out the beat downssssss, today featuring most of the Yore-Tiller and Witch-Maw Conferences.
Here’s the bracket, because we know you all just want to see the results.
You would think that Oona has the upper hand in this matchup, with a more concentrated color combination and a milling plan that can be fed by incredibly strong mana engines to combo an opponent out early, and worse, one that exiles instead of simply fueling Mimeo’s graveyard.
You’d think a good Oona deck built on a strong control shell would easily be able to keep the Mimeoplasm player in check. This shouldn’t be hard.
But you would need the Oona deck to do a good job of keeping the Mimeoplasm deck off of ramp, in addition to being able to fight the counter-war over an end-step Entomb on Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon. And the funny thing about The Mimeoplasm is that there’s blue in that casting cost as well. Ol’ Tyrano-Arm holds its own in a counter war, it turns out.
Oona losses the counter-war, and is summarily poisoned to death in short order. It’s not even close.
Winner: The Mimeoplasm, Score: 23-3
What’s the worst thing you can do to Maralen when you’re playing Nicol Bolas? There’s a laundry list, but some of the highlights include:
Once the big dragon figured out that Maralen was a one-trick pony, the rest was all-too easy.
Maralen soundly defeats herself (with a little Bolas encouragement…)
Winner: Nicol Bolas, Score: 44-4
This is a closely-fought matchup. GAAIV comes down a turn earlier than Uril, setting back the Naya beast’s plans across the board. Uril gets an early green mana boost the next time around, and his native hexproof dodges a ton of the Azorius arbiter’s one-to-one hate. This is a back-and-forth slugfest.
At the end of the day, the deciding factor is that Uril is perfectly equipped to deal with the prison components that comprise Grand Arbiter’s main defenses. Ghostly Prison and Propaganda are fantastic against multiple attackers, but a juiced-up Voltron-style monster doesn’t really care about a small handful of mana. Uril’s plan becomes hitting Shield of the Oversoul before GAAIV finds a Wrath-effect, and at that point, wins are academic. Dodging counter-magic via Academy Rector is the nail in the coffin.
Winner: Uril, the Miststalker, Score: 37-26
Two blue generals leading two very different takes on blue combo square off. An undead lord with a reasonable drawback, versus a long-armed wizard with a penchant for unleashing experiments that nearly rip planes asunder, you say? And the second is a built-in tutor engine?
Dralnu’s legion of Doom Blades flashed back did prove a natural foil for the Vig chain, but fast tutoring creatures is a much more reliable route to an arbitrarily large amount of mana and a sink to bounce all the undead things.
Either that, or Vig has been reading The Walking Dead and he knows you just have to kill everything to stay alive. Either way, a decent thumping.
Momir Vig, Simic Visionary, Score: 44-30
Who thinks eating flaming hot kobold cheetos is enough to burn Hanna’s pesky Weatherlight to the ground? I sure did. Turns out Prossh was too slow to bring too linear and disruptable a plan to the table in this matchup. Hanna just sat behind her lock pieces, better instant-speed answers, and her decent suite of tutors. Then, Prossh when tried to do something and she laughed, turned him into a golf club, and Mindslaver locked the table. Several times.
Food Chain combos are cute. Packing the will and weaponry necessary to defeat the biggest menace in the M:TG multiverse is an entirely different story. (Hanna was happy to share some frittered Prossh with Squee during the post-game show.)
Winner: Hanna, Ship’s Navigator, Score: 43-12
In a bout that felt very much like the lopsided matches from round one, slow, grindy Teysa 1.0 tried to pull a fast one on Zur using her unique brand of removal. Sacrificing all the dinks and dorks for neat death triggers didn’t do much for her, as Zur just ignored everyone and did his thing, round after round. There was this one time Teysa landed a Grave Pact that could have been relevant, but Zur had O-ring at the ready and he combod the table out the next turn anyway. Again.
Let this be a lesson to you. Crazy, floating old dudes with brain geysers shouting out of their ears and eyes are not to be trifled with, and they certainly don’t take any guff from Casper the Tax Collector.
This, ladies and gentlemen, is what you call an old-fashioned arse-whuppin’ handed out old-school.
Zur the Enchanter, Score: 48-16
So there we go. A few big names take a fall, one or two potential upsets, and a lot of people going home with their long faces dragging on the floor. Check back in on Friday when we fill in all the missing matches for round two.