Nationals 1999 Reports
Quarterfinals Feature Match
Zvi Mowshowitz vs. Charles Kornblith
what was sure to be an interesting match, Zvi Mowshowitz and his first
turn kill-capable Yawgmoth's Bargain deck took on Charles Kornblith's
Replenish deck. Game one started quickly, with Zvi casting a Vampiric
Tutor so that he could cast Yawgmoth's bargain on turn 3.
Sitting at 16 life, Mowshowitz made an aggressive decision, deciding
to go for a win before Kornblith had played a third land (Enabling his
Forbids), instead of waiting a turn so he could produce more mana. Taking
four cards, then two more, Mowshowitz began the search for one of his
four Mox Diamonds, which would have allowed him to cast a Delusions
of Mediocrity and eventually win the game.
After Bargaining down to 2 life to no avail, Zvi activated Scroll Rack
in hopes of finding a route to victory, but found nothing and conceded
upon realizing he had no way to win the game.
Game two saw Zvi mulligan to six cards before casting a second turn
Lobotomy on Kornblith, taking the Replenishes from his deck. At this
point, Kornblith's only path to victory was to actually cast his Seismic
Assault, but damage taken from lands forced Charles, who had Arcane
Lab and Forbid running, to try to play a Delusions. After the life gain
was put on the stack, Zvi Disenchanted the Delusions, causing Charles
to lose 10 life (before the life gain happened) and the game.
Game three saw Charles mulligan twice and Zvi mulligan once. Despite
Zvi only having six cards to start, he was able to cast Bargain on the
second turn. After Bargaining away 18 life, Zvi still had not found
a Delusions, and when he Scroll racked for 14, his jaw dropped with
the realization that he would not be drawing cards for the rest of the
Zvi thought for a while before starting to cast spells, building mana
by casting Lobotomy and playing his sideboard tech: a Masticore. In
the next three turns, Kornblith's life was reduced to eight, with Zvi
discarding cards to Masticore while not drawing from Bargain, an all
or nothing approach questioned by observers who thought he should have
used one of his two Disenchants to purge his own Bargain.
Just as Charles was ready to concede, he drew Replenish. Raising his
arms into the air, he Frantic Searched and dropped the bomb. When Delusions
came into play, Zvi attempted his stack trick again, but Charles threw
a land at him (with Seismic Assault) in response. Zvi responded with
another Disenchant, but 6th Edition rules were in Charles's favor, and
his Abundance/Bargain combo found him another land to throw, winning
In game four, after Zvi mulliganed for the third time in four games,
Kornblith was fast and efficient. After casting a third turn Intuition
for Abundance, Assault and Bargain, he Frantic Searched the Assault
into the graveyard and Replenished, winning the match.