Round 1 – Arlo – Abzan Good Stuff
Both mulligan to first 6, both scry to bottom. Arlo starts things off with Forest and Arbor Elf. I get a little cagey and play Chain Lightning off my Mountain on my first turn. I tend to favour this play on the draw when I feel like I could fall behind too quickly. Arlo played Skullclamp and a Ranumap Excavator on the next turn. I played a Sensation Gorger but it got hit by a Palace Jailer. My empty board looked pretty bad compared to his creatures. I got hit with the equipped Naga before landing a Goblin Warchief and a Stingscourger on the same turn. I bounced the Naga and attacked with Stingscourger to threaten becoming the Monarch. Arlo blocked, later allowing my Gorger to return and leaving my board looking okay. I had Goblins on top of my deck over the next two turns but Arlo had little to no cards each time; didn’t seem good to let him draw four. I think I got a bushwhacker of some sort and sealed it from there.
In game two Arlo had an early Smuggler’s Copter and cast an Anafenza, the Foremost to attack for three and loot. I was working on building my board with Goblin Wardriver and Goblin Rabblemaster (played in second main) and Arlo had played a Siege Rhino and got in for seven, pumping the tapped rhino at the same time. I made some attacks after playing Goblin Trashmaster but things didn’t look too too good. Arlo played a Palace Jailer and hastily targeted my Goblin Trashmaster. I sacrificed it in response to kill the copter. Arlo didn’t attack and it gave me the chance to take the win with hasty goblins. The game could have gone either way.