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Round 3 Feature Match

Steve O'Mahoney-Shwartz vs. Darwin Kastle

With both Steve and Darwin still smarting over their first losses, these two titans were pitted against one another in the crucial third round.

Steve started the match by winning the die roll, but won little else. Darwin's second turn Mother of Runes was followed by an Angelic Page, a Capashen Templar and Capashen Knight, solidifying his defense against Steve's slow UG deck. Every time Steve tried to mount an offense, Darwin had an answer, dropping Tormented Angels and killing Steve's Treetop Ranger and Blanchwood Treefolk, and added insult to injury by killing Steve with three Waylay tokens created during Steve's end phase (a new ruling made possible by sixth edition rules). The game lasted thirty-five minutes, but was never in doubt.

In game two, Steve started with a Treetop Villiage, so Darwin decided not to wait until his second turn to drop the Mother of Runes. Steve's frustration seemed evident in the form of a resignation to a better deck, and when Darwin finally dropped his Phyrexian Plaguelord, Steve was forced to get to agressive and got caught by a timely Congregate.

Steve's last hope came in the form of Yavamaya Hollows, but even then, Darwin had an answer, Befouling the land. Two turns later, as time was being called, Steve knew he was going to be dead within Kastle's three extra turns, and scooped to save Darwin the trouble.


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