Round 5: Jeff Cunningham vs. Ed Fear

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Jeff Cunningham
Jeff Cunningham is fresh off his Top 8 at Pro Tour-San Diego, but perhaps is more known for his current participation is "Magic Colony." Ed Fear is recently off of a one-year suspension from the DCI but has already qualified for PT-Nice with a PTQ win just a couple of weeks ago.

Fear doesn't like his deck. "With Llawan [Cephalid Empress] I have to play against all the blue mages I can." Cunningham said...well, Jeff is pretty quiet.

Fear chose to play first and got stuck on two lands and did not make his third land drop until turn 5. In the meantime Cunningham took advantage by slamming Fear with a Basking Rootwalla for a couple of turns, until he added a Springing Tiger to Fear's woes on turn 5.

Finally Fear had things on track with a Psychatog and an Organ Grinder, but unfortunately for him, Cunningham also had Llawan, and bounced Fear's creatures to his hand and swung to win.

Cunningham 1-Fear 0

Fear once again chose to play first, and was under early pressure from an Escape Artist. On Fear's third turn, he Unhinged his young opponent and lo and behold, Basking Rootwalla made its way on to the table.
The following turn Cunningham drew a forest, cast Twigwalker, and Fear was behind again.
While Cunningham missed his 4th turn land drop, he continued to swing away with Escape Artist as his Rootwalla and Twigwalker were held back with a Treetop Sentinel.

On Fear's 5th turn he went for an Aven Windreader, looking to fly over Cunningham's team, but the Canadian had Syncopate. Cunningham was forced to discard a Springing Tiger and a Seton's Desire the following turn when Fear cast Last Rites, slyly discarding an Obsessive Search, negating the card loss.

Ed Fear
Fear tapped out to cast Organ Grinder and Escape Artist on his next turn, however Cunningham had the answer with Engulfing Flames; first on the OG at the EOT (remind you of the PTR-EDT match?) and then, on his turn for the Escape Artist.

The game was at a near standstill, save for Cunningham's Escape Artist until Cunningham drew Llawan again, and bounced Fear's Sentinel and the green creatures could attack again.
Fear had no answer for the Empress and packed up his cards.

Final Result: Cunningham 2-Fear 0

Ed Fear
Grand Prix Tampa Sealed Deck

Main Deck Sideboard
1 Cephalid Colesium
8 Island
7 Swamp
1 Psychatog 1 Aven Windreader 1 Escape Artist 1 Treetop Sentinel 1 Childhood Horror 1 Frightcrawler 1 Gravedigger 1 Zombie Assassin 1 Aquamoeba 1 Llawan, Cephalid Empress 1 Skywing Aven 1 Grotesque Hybrid 1 Organ Grinder
1 Darkwater Egg
1 Careful Study
1 Dematerialize
1 Repel
1 Last Rites
2 Obsessive Search
1 Stupefying Touch
1 Crippling Fatigue
1 Unhinge
1 Waste Away
1 Bog Wreckage
1 Ravaged Highlands
1 Mystic Enforcer
1 Auramancer
1 Dedicated Martyr
1 Kirtar's Desire
1 Mystic Zealot
1 Pilgrim of Justice
1 Laquatus's Creativity
1 Phantom Whelp
1 Time Stretch
1 Filthy Cur
1 Mind Burst
1 Blazing Salvo
1 Chainflinger
1 Earth Rift
1 Ember Beast
1 Flame Burst
1 Halberdier
1 Lava Blister
1 Whipkeeper
1 Chatter of the Squirrel
1 Druid Lyrist
1 Krosan Archer
1 Leaf Dancer
1 Rabid Elephant
1 Seton, Krosan Protector
1 Simplify
1 Skyshooter
1 Sylvan Might
1 Werebear
1 Militant Monk
1 Pay No Heed
1 Spirit Flare
1 Cabal Ritual
1 Mortiphobia
1 Putrid Imp
1 Rancid Earth
1 Restless Dreams
1 Crazed Firecat
1 Enslaved Dwarf
1 Kamahl's Sledge
1 Longhorn Firebeast
1 Overmaster
1 Petravark
1 Pitchstone Wall
2 Centaur Veteran
1 Dwell on the Past
1 Krosan Restorer

Jeff Cunningham
Grand Prix Tampa Sealed Deck

Main Deck Sideboard
7 Forest
7 Island
3 Mountain
1 Cephalid Scout 1 Escape Artist 1 Scrivener 1 Nantuko Disciple 1 Rabid Elephant 1 Springing Tiger 1 Twigwalker 1 Aquamoeba 1 Llawan, Cephalid Empress 1 Skywing Aven 1 Arrogant Wurm 1 Basking Rootwalla
1 Repel
1 Syncopate
1 Engulfing Flames
1 Flame Burst
1 Chatter of the Squirrel
1 Deep Reconnaissance
1 Refresh
1 Seton's Desire
1 Ghostly Wings
1 Fiery Temper
1 Far Wanderings
1 Abandoned Outpost
1 Bog Wreckage
1 Skycloud Egg
1 Thaumatog
1 Embolden
1 Graceful Antelope
1 Life Burst
1 Luminous Guardian
1 Mystic Zealot
1 Ray of Distortion
1 Sphere of Reason
1 Aboshan's Desire
1 Immobilizing Ink
1 Afflict
1 Cabal Inquisitor
1 Decompose
1 Fledgling Imp
1 Frightcrawler
1 Mind Burst
1 Screams of the Damned
1 Whispering Shade
1 Acceptable Losses
1 Bash to Bits
1 Blazing Salvo
1 Ember Beast
1 Molten Influence
1 Pardic Miner
1 Rites of Initiation
1 Tremble
1 Druid Lyrist
1 Militant Monk
1 Mystic Familiar
3 Pay No Heed
1 Stern Judge
1 Cephalid Aristocrat
1 Cephalid Sage
1 Carrion Rats
1 Chainer's Edict
1 Crippling Fatigue
1 Gravegouger
1 Nantuko Shade
1 Putrid Imp
2 Rancid Earth
1 Soul Scourge
1 Zombie Trailblazer
1 Accelerate
1 Barbarian Outcast
1 Kamahl's Sledge
1 Pardic Arsonist
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