Junior Super Series
Semifinals Feature Match
Jeff Sluzinski (Necro) vs David Fornalski (Necro)
Sluzinski started off the game by
casting a Duress and removing David's Yawgmoth's Will. Fornalski responded
in kind by casting a Duress of his own. He got a no-win situation though,
facing Necropotence, Dark Ritual and Yawgmoth's Will. Fornalski elected
to discard Necropotence.
Surely enough, Sluzinski cast Dark
Ritual, Yawgmoth's Will, Dark Ritual again out of the graveyard and
got his Necropotence into play. At this point he was able to overwhelm
Fornalski, alternating between casting several discard spells per turn
and gaining life with Corrupt/Drain Life.
Fornalski had to mulligan in the
second game. His new hand included a Yawgmoth's Will, Bottle Gnome and
four Swamps. He elected to mulligan again! Fornalski apparently felt
that he would be unable to win with this hand and took a big chance
going down to five cards.
The new hand was good. It revealed
three Swamps, a Bottle Gnome and a Duress. Fornalski duressed Sluzinski's
Yawgmoth's Will. Sluzinski cast a Duress as well, but it didn't do much.
Once again Sluzinski drew a Necropotence
when he needed it and a long battle ensued. When the smoke cleared Sluzinski
was at one life unable to draw anymore cards, Urza's Bauble being his
only hope. However, Fornalski was down to only a few life points as
well and his opponent was prepared to cast Persecute next turn.
Sluzinski activated an Urza's Bauble
during his opponent's discard phase and drew... a Drain Life! He was
able to win the game by using that spell next turn.
The next game saw many, many Rain
of Tears being cast. Each player managed to ritual out a Necropotence
on turn two and the battle began. Each player kept his opponent down
at three lands but eventually Sluzinski managed to get his fourth Swamp
in play. This allowed him to cast Persecutes on to consecutive turns.
As both players have paid a lot of life already, Fornalski could not
recover from losing those two hands and lost the duel.
Sluzinski 3 - Fornalski 0