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Gerry Thompson (Temur Engergy) vs Oliver Tomajko (Blue-Black Control)
Hello and welcome back to coverage here at us nationals. I’m marshall tsai cliff cliff in the booth. The three duke and it is time for the finals.
Both these players will have well they will have breathed a bit of a sigh of relief. I i would say at getting on to the world magic cup team they really kind of reached that peak here and they know that well they get to play with you reed coming up here in in a couple months time. But there is yet a task to do here before both of them one of these players is gonna be the us national champion and win.
5000 the other one not the us national champion look at 3k yeah well we certainly cannot say that the pressure is off at least both of these players know that they’re gonna be going home with something something great you know so it’s not gonna be a failure of a weekend for whichever player loses here. Although you can you can bet that they’re both trying their hardest to win a little bit of a bad start for jerry thompson. Looks like he went it out into five cards missed his second land drop.
And now he has found a couple lands. But this is exactly where the blue black deck wants to be with search for us cata in play and a clean board right bristling hydra. No.
Sir says oliver to mike oh. And this one’s starting to slowly slip away here from jerry needs to keep adding threats to the board. And he’s got another one how about another counter here from two mike.
Oh yeah. So if oliver can find a sixth land off his search for his condo. That turns on his to gear hulk so he can continue just countering whatever jerry plays he doesn’t have it whoo hee stride a sensor to the top with the logic of you know maybe jerry will play a third bristling.
Hydra. Maybe. He will play a fifth lana glory bringer.
Oh. Wow. Honish thereby.
He actually cycled that way that sensor. Because jerry decided to play. And he hit a land there it might wind up being as costly as possible well maybe not the the the search for scott that transforming does provide a sixth man a source for all on its own.
But he did cycle into a evolving wilds effectively a tapped land that he couldn’t play last year. But we talked about this earlier in the weekend rita we should revisit it here the subtle power bump of transforming an enchantment into a land attempts for mana this turn yeah. It’s huge getting to six mana ahead of schedule for blue black control can easily determine a game those gear hulks.
The normal reason. Why you would be hesitant about playing three four copies of a card like that is just you draw two and you can’t actually cast them until you’ve able been able to draw and can play out six lands. But search for us content.
If you get that sixth land one turn ahead of schedule or in this case. Oliver was struggling to find lands off the top of his library and the search for his content built him out it’s a huge huge benefit that’s not really so obvious when you first read the card that’s right you really tend to focus on that activated ability of us content. The sun can ruin.
But as we know these control decks are very mana hungry. They’ll take as much as they can get in getting a free one in there’s real nice in the meantime. Trench ogre hulk.
Takes a bite out of jerry thompson. Here and knocks him down to 15.
And we’ve somehow got a race on our hands. Here. Though oliver’s well positioned to win it as he has another copy of torrential gear hulk in hand.
He’s not gonna cast it this turn though he’s just gonna activate search or as canta as it sits yeah i don’t know how jerry’s gonna have this now he just revealed another disallow in the meantime oliver immediately goes to combat jerry’s down to ten jerry continues to attack with both of his creatures. Knocking oliver down to 14 but oliver says yeah man sure have a servant doesn’t bother me he’s gonna activate us come to the sunken ruin once again and he’s gonna find himself an essence scatter now his hand his essence scatter. Plus.
He’s got a torrential gear hulk in there still anna disallow plus. The other cards. He had before that who was getting out of hand quickly it is tightening indeed yeah.
It looks like game one is gonna go to oliver to mike oh and a few turns here. Most likely though see if there’s a miracle in store here for jerry. But jerry’s down to five doesn’t make a thopter.
There it’s just gonna play another search of the conduit wouldn’t be surprised to see oliver. Just can’t counter this one he’s got counters to spare. And this does represent not only the servant.
But also another thopter oliver has an embarrassment of riches. He can pretty much do anything he wants with any of the cards in his hand. And it will lead to a pretty secure victory.
He’s gonna take a slightly different route here. He’s gonna let the conduit. The servant survive resolve after this is over.
But instead. He’s gonna strand that energy effectively by just killing the world or virtuoso with essence extraction. This does kind of force.
The issue here on oliver to use the disallow here to protect a gear hulk. Though. He doesn’t have to so.
The reason jerry is doing this in response is if the harness lightning gets countered. He wants to be able to use the energy to make a thopter with reuler virtuoso. But if the but he can’t make the thought there first because that harnessed lightning would be unable to kill torrential gear hulk still jury’s turn here gets in for one wow a third gear hulk for oliver yeah.
These are some big drawers. Here for oliver. To mike.
Oh. And now. He’s put jerry into chump lock mode.
And again. This one just looks like it’s bout locked up here for oliver. And that was a counterspell to finish things off oliver to micro wins.
A relatively quick game one here over jerry thompson and his one step away from being national champion players are gonna consult lists as well as sign boards why don’t we do the same and why don’t we do that to read uh. What do you what do you make of the sideboard situation that we that our players find themselves in there are things gonna improve for jerry.
He’s got two games to win back to back if he’s gonna knock off oliver here things are most definitely going to improve for jerry. The cards that really catch my eye are two copies of life crafters pcre that’s a card that jerry was sort of alone in bringing on his team or sideboard. Many of the other team er players that we had on camera over the course that weekend.
Did not have access to that but that’s excellent against blue black control as oliver to my co cannot remove it from the board once it gets there in addition to that three spell pierce to supreme. Well those are the the slam dunk cards. And then he can also consider appetite for the unnatural death or death.
Gorge scavenger on oliver side. No obvious cards that he definitely is going to bring in. But the tools that he has at his at his disposal.
Include gifted ether born duress jace’s defeat essence extraction and negate. I think he likely will bring in jace’s defeat since he can use that to counter one of jerry’s counter spells more more likely a rogue refiner or werlla virtuoso there’s a lot of good targets. There yeah jc’s defeat a really really nice techy card from oliver.
I like that it’s a countermeasure against what you’re expecting. The team err player to bring in but also just an additional way to counter those really problematic creatures. He might also bring in some number of gifted ether borns.
If he wants additional ways to be resolved. Bristling hydrous and then duress and negate are just depending on on how much he wants to fight jerry on the the permission battle axis versus how much he wants to just focus on creatures chat wants to know if you’re gonna join your teammates and wear a hat maybe if i get a bad haircut alright. We could probably arrange that know laughter.
Which kind of hat. Would you wear all of her style or jerry stow or maybe like a like a bowler or something. Top hat.
Like one of those uncle. Sam top hats. Yeah.
Big tall one yeah. Conquistador helmet. Well we’re kind of looking for more united states centric and hence the the top hat.
Gerry did his best with five cards in game. One. But having both a bad start and being so far down on resources.
Against what’s already a pretty tough matchup in game. One he was not able to put up the fight. He wanted or needed.
But after sideboard things get a lot more even and this sideboard a game with jerry on the play is going to be the one where he is his largest advantage. Wow. I’m not gonna lie read the the hat.
Suggestions are coming in fast and furious here in the chat. It’s a pretty good ones to cowboy hat mmm hmm he’s very american i could see it i could see it an american flag trucker’s cap okay hard to get more american than that somebody just said you should wear a bandana okay. But i i’m not i don’t know i was thinking hats all right guys let’s get all shuffled up.
We’re done talking about hats here. Wow.
Jerry really has his hands full though this is uh. This isn’t a fall order yeah. He’s got to win the final two games of the tournament if you’re he’s gonna gonna wind up in second place these d players really dominated the tournament jerry being our second seed coming in one of only two players to never take a second loss and best of my knowledge.
Jerry is not lost in standard yet he took his one loss in booster draft oliver was our last undefeated player at 9 0. Before finishing at 10 tee with excellent tie breakers good start here for jerry. It’s got an untapped botanical sanctum.
Here to play an attune with ether and when it comes to one drops for this team or energy deck. That’s about as good as they get he’s got all three colors here on turn two and two energy in the bank already so he’d love to see a threat. But no he’s just gonna pass the turn back and oliver can breathe a sigh of relief.
There there was no long tusks of because now the shields are up as they say he can start using essence scatters to contain the board here and oliver does just that he draws himself a fatal push which looked pretty good it would have been nice in his opener. I think. But it turns out no targets for it as of yet well maybe he can leverage that field of ruin.
Another attune and i think that jerry’s just verbalizing his intent here looks like he’s gonna put an island. Yeah. And then so one thing about this turn is is jerry actually does have a fourth land in hand.
But he and he had the option therefore to play around sensor by casting or virtuoso first. But he elected not to do that because oliver used essence scatter. The previous turn when he could have used the sensor.
If he had had one so jerry thought let me not inconvenience myself and cost myself extra energy to play around a card. That oliver probably doesn’t have very smart and a subtle interaction that is easily overlooked. Another cool interaction.
There i mentioned this a minute ago. But the field of rueland played there from oliver yep. Turning on revolt for fatal push and not putting the control player behind on mana in fact actually finding oliver.
His second source of black mana. Which could be important going down the road. There’s four mana now for tamiko and this is a big turn this is usually where you’re tempted to not do anything if you’re sitting across from a control player.
But it’s probably wrong against the player playing glimmer of genius and jerry does have the option here to just go bang glory. Bringer. Okay.
Death gorge scavenger that did come in off off. Jerry sideboard. Mostly just to have extra creatures.
But can also have some relevant impact against search for as canta preventing that from transforming too early oliver let it resolve that means that essence scatter is gonna get gobbled up by the scavenger one thopter is going to hit limiting the options of torrential gear hulk. But here’s oliver with frass cos contempt to take down a scavenger i have to correct myself there from earlier it looks like it’s hieroglyphic illumination. Not glimmer of genius that oliver picked up that would have well no that would have been the fear there from jerry from just passing the turn and saying.
I’m not gonna let you counter my spell. Because oliver’s not playing glimmers. He’s playing hieroglyphic illuminations instead thanks for the assist there chat.
Jerry really presenting a lot of threats here yes. It’s a double spell turn row refiner certainly one of the cards.
The team a player wants to see most in this matchup usually demands a removal spell after the fact and just a very clean two for one in a matchup. Where total number of resources matters. A lot second copy of brassicas contempt.
Here for tamiko that is going to prompt jerry. Though to make one last stop tur yeah. Look at jerry just laying on making as many creatures as quickly as he can oliver with no board sweepers in his deck.
He’s gonna have to fight through these fair and square. And there’s that glory bringer finally oliver is going to counter it though with disallow and oliver really falling far behind here now thanks to the land drops. He’s still on for jerry’s on seven lands.
Now and he’s gonna cycle. A sensor trying to find lance he missed again. He’s gonna have to settle for search for his content to try to help him find lands next turn.
But in the meantime he’s gonna take a whoopin here six damaged knocking oliver down to ten and he’s kind of fallen woefully behind here hasn’t he yeah oliver with a couple missed land drops. And jerry just doing a great job casting threats that represent multiple creatures are multiple cards. He’s just put himself further further ahead on pretty much every axis here.
Oliver has to worry about his life totally used to worry about his land drops. And he asked us find some way to clean up the board well one fatal push to kill heath opted her not really what oliver wants. But it is certainly what he needs to do at this point.
He’s gonna get rid of a gear hulk another terrible draw for him there the good news is is that us canta. The sun can ruin becomes the land and he finds one off the top two that unlocks a torrential gear. Hope that’s already in his hand.
Also has a scarab got available here too so we mentioned it last game. The importance of as canta actually providing an extra mana the turn that it comes into play. The veterans.
That it transforms. I should say jerry has a life crafters beast here in hand. Oh.
But look at that supreme will from thompson. Means that all of her is gonna fall down to two jerry completely out of gas passes. The turn back is gifted ether born enough it helps.
So oliver has to answer cards that can did he not have life lockheed. Didn’t have enough black mana. Yeah.
He wanted to play the gifted ether born to shore up the ground against the two rogue refiners and then he did have of rask. His contempt that could actually get him to enough life total after killing one of the factors. But no he would have needed for black mana.
Sources and apparently didn’t have enough he scooped them up pretty quick and that means we get a game three now. This is really interesting. The two dynamics from these two players so different right if you look at jerry’s he has been around forever.
He has done everything in magic right. I mean now.
He’s really done at all including winning. The pro tour. But you know he was a grinder for a long time he wrote articles for a long time he worked at wizards of the coast designing the game.
He’s done everything but ever since he’s come back it’s just been like he’s been smashing right and that’s when he won his pro tour. Now. He’s on the verge potentially becoming a national champion.
He is the type of player that put in his dues right. He was the one who was there he put in the hard work he took his beats. He he networked he he did some maturing you know when he was a young guy into adulthood.
And now. He’s really seen the benefits of all of that it’s all come together for jerry here in his career other side of the table. This is all over to mike oh looking to make a name right.
He’s on the opposite end of that spectrum. He’s not the one who you know has put in all the time now to be fair. All oliver’s been playing for a long time.
He’s not like a newcomer to the game or no certainly not but at the same time you know this is his one of the chances to say look i can play at the big kid table here right if he wins nationals. It’s like i’m the national champion. Like that’s a big deal yep.
This could be his breakout performance sets his his pro career role in heart. You know yeah. He’s probably good and sick of us calling him an up and coming player.
He’s probably thinking i want to be just a player who’s there i want to have come up already and he’s not far from that by the way. I can also tell you that if he were to win he would be the youngest us. National champion ever he would undercut that’s right matt lindy that lindiwe huh uh huh by just six months they were both seventeen.
So if oliver wins. They would both be 17 years old as of winning. But but oliver would be would be younger how old would that make oliver on the day.
That matt lynn do you want his national champ. Well we can run a number. But but lend me one in the summer of 98.
So oliver was he was oliver was about minus three years old when lindy one which is weird. But it also shows you know the breadth of our game at this point. Yeah.
Certainly that we’re won a game away potentially from having a national champion. Who wasn’t even born oliver playing with a champion. One with duress.
Which is a card that potentially is about as old as he is yeah. That’s true the older certainly i mean you’ve been playing since you were a little kid. I’ve been playing since i was five years old i mean that is absurd like did you know how to play magic or read.
First well they were one in the same for me. I really mostly learned to read by it by trying to figure out my cards did really.
That’s true you know dana yeah. Of course you know she knew how to play before she could read. She just memorized the picture on the card.
And she was able to you know verbally be told. What the car did just unreal to me i knew my dci number before i knew my social security. Number is that right yet.
I memorized yeah. That is cool all right well a good start here for tamiko. He has on the play a search for his canta to kick things off and jerry with a little bit slower of a start know to drop from him here.
And he’s gonna spend turn to just casting a tune with ether or not really what he wants to do so it makes me wonder if he had the attune on turn one. He could have potentially been missing either the forest or the attune itself or if he was going out of his way to represent spell pierce by playing that that turn one spire bluff canal. Well if he was it certainly didn’t work on oliver because he’s just beforehand out search for his kanta and i like that decision on oliver’s part search for his contact certainly a card that goes up in value the earlier you cast it and belle appears just a card that’s gonna be high value at essentially any point in the game.
We’ll call it any point in the first like eight turns of the game spell pierce can be a high value card. So there’s no reason to really fear that exchange and out think yourself. This is interesting.
Let’s see if oliver can find an answer here for the death court scavenger. It actually does pretty good work here. If it gets to survive oh how about a sensor.
I love that play from oliver. He cycled first both providing himself the information of what he’s gonna draw off the cycling and also denying jerry. The information jerry might think potentially oliver drew the sensor off the cycle.
But really oliver had it all along he was just doing proper clean sequencing. There oliver also legitimately thought pretty hard about whether he wanted us to to cycle that sensor because he doesn’t want to leave himself too vulnerable to bristling hydra. One of the real killers of the blueblack control deck.
But he did and then decide to just get rid of the death cord scavenger with sensor well this the writing’s on the wall for this rogue. Refiner isn’t it yeah this trick that we’ve seen oliver do a couple of times now with using field of ruin to enable revolt. I’m gonna push that rope or find a ride off the edge of the cliff and to my co.
Sitting right where he wants to be with no creatures on board for thompson to my co working his way up here with this search for his kanto. This would be his sixth card and there’s number seven so he been pretty good card they’re really showing that he values the ability to transform it sooner rather than later oh and he’s rewarded by drawing torrential gear hulk. Wow.
Things really going well for tamiko here potentially on his way to becoming the national champion for united states this year. These players have already locked up their seats in the world magic hub with with reed here sitting next to. Me but they’re still playing for 2000.
Price difference. Five thousand for first three thousand for second and the title. This is a great sequence for oliver you can pick up negate here.
And then on his turn play seventh land scarab god holding up the gate to answer either one of jerry’s counter spells or potentially a confiscation coup for after the fact he’s going to be even more patient than that jerry can’t wait to get these thoughts on the battlefield and start battling with them. Because tico’s sitting. At 20 life.
Jerry has yet to put a dent in his life. Total at all you see gerry hesitates.
A little bit with with virtuoso. But says now it’s in i’m attacking. This is gonna be a bristling hydra.
Now from thompson jerry knows that he can’t wait around too much in the face of a oz canta the sunken ruin jerry of course been on both sides of this matchup. He knows it well so oliver from this board position wants to exercise patience but just the right amount of patience he doesn’t want to get his let his life total get too low and open the door for something crazy to happen. So he wants to you know develop his mana and amass as good of a hand as he can without taking too much damage.
He doesn’t want to make sure he deploys those that gear hulk and or that scarab god within the next couple of turns a tune with either hear from jerry thompson. Another draw step that he didn’t really want to see it does buy him though a thopter as he’s not three energy. So not the worst case scenario.
But again not that you know potent big spell that he really wanted no four cards left in hand for thompson. So he still has some action potentially. But the fireworks are gonna start for oliver to michael pretty quick here because of cards like scarab god and torrential gear hulk looks like he’s gonna go for the gear hulk right now or eat.
There it is go for maybe of rathke’s contempt here. No no it’s gonna get essence scattered. And that’s gonna get negated.
And there’s another essence gather there for thompson. So he fights the fight. But all of this could be could easily be leading the way for you know who big daddy scarab god.
And there is oh hey look for mana available. Yeah jury in big trouble. Here.
He has access to to confiscation cooze. Which are his good answers to the scarab god. He’s gonna need to find them and another attune with ether therefore thompson.
What he does have is a glory bringer and with no flying creatures in the graveyard for oliver to steal with the scarab god jerry could try to navigate the game in such a way where he just kills in the air over the course of two or three turns. It seems to be his only chance right it’s really the only thing you can do yeah. Unless at the top of his deck is very kind to him so the most basic you know simple level play jerry could make his mountain casts glory bringer.
That’s enough mana to play around supreme will although oliver potentially does not even have supreme will in his deck. So the players having decklist jerry knows that he can he can safely play. The attune first here.
We go. What is to my co. Want here wow.
Look jerry did he stashed the glory bringer. Oh. He didn’t even go for it huh my coat looks like he wanted a copy of rogue refiner on his side that’s gonna draw him a card you’ll often see the players keep torrential gear hooks in the graveyard.
So that they have the instant speed ability to effectively counter anything assuming that they have a counter spell. Some sort in the yard. Oliver certainly does the creatures are for force anyway.
So there’s not a big difference. There yeah.
You make a good point. Because of the gear. Hulk.
Jerry’s surely waiting to double spell. Hoping the toughest library delivers confiscation cou. Maybe he can bait out a counter spell or the gear hulk with glory.
Bringer and then resolve confiscation coup. But he’s a long way from that happening. Yeah big attack.
There from oliver to mykos jerry falls down to ten life. Draws. His card for the turn this could be it so you have anything to combat the scare of god music once again you see jerry taking his time.
Here mapping out his turn ahead of time death gorge scavenger. Not a ton of help there can force the issue a little bit with a scare of god there’s only one torrential gear hulk in the yard right that’s it’s something you’re right. It is something.
But it’s not much the problem is jiri can only cast one more spell with the amount of mana. He has access to here. Oliver can just counter both spells and then be very close to killing jerry on his turn yeah the downside to forcing oliver to myko to use torrential gear hulk is that he’s going to use the torrential gear hole.
Yeah you have to beat it sounds going to shorten your life. Jerry indeed jerry just d sleeves. The cards that have been brought back was scarab god for consistency.
Sake and to note that those ones are for force and zombies jerry has a mountain in hand. But a little strange that he tapped two sources of red manna for the scavenger. I guess he should play mountain glory.
Bring er with the plan of exerting on one of those four four zombies. I think you’re right. But oliver.
He has the answer for it all as he has to do is counter here. And he’s gonna put jerry so far behind here he goes. Oliver michael disallows.
The glory bringer and now oliver in his own up keith can animate jerry’s glory bringer cause jerry to lose three or four life dontoh. We’ll call it seven glory bringer can exert to kill a blocker and jerry is forced to chump block. At least three creatures.
This one has completely fallen apart for jerry thompson and oliver. My co is turns away here for being your national champion. The youngest ever in the united states there it is glory bringer coming back.
I think it’s over marshall and look at this essence. Extraction and a full out attack here from tamiko. He says exert this and that’s gonna do it oliver.
My co is your us national champion congratulations oliver. He is the youngest that we’ve ever had and jerry says good game let’s get to testing. Remember these two are gonna be teammates with reed.
But of course with each other as well all right. That is gonna do it for the finals. Here.
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