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Round 6: Dan Clegg vs. Terry Tsang

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Dan Clegg
All day, every time I've seen Terry Tsang, he'd tell me that his deck was awful. But, every time, his match record was up in the win column, with a goose egg in the loss column. How lucky can one Canadian get?

Dan Clegg had a very defensive G/W/b deck that included Kirtar's Wrath, Nomad Decoy, Hypochondria; well, there's a decklist below, why am I telling you?

The early part of Game 1 had Tsang getting out to a fast start, casting Mongrel on turn 3 and Centaur Chieftain the following turn. Clegg managed to clog the ground and with the help of Krosan Archer, stymied Tsang's Balshan Griffin as well. The game was a stall for a healthy amount of time until finally Tsang looked for his opening; at the end of Clegg's turn he cast Beast Attack and swung all of his guys. Some creatures died and Clegg dropped to 10. The Beast Attack was flashed back and Tsang turned them into the red zone again; this time Clegg dropping to just 2.

"Kirtar's Wrath or no?" Tsang asked Clegg. Dan answered that question by casting Kirtar's Wrath, cleaning the slate and putting two 1/1 flyers on his side of the board. The tokens weren't going to be alone for long, however, and were soon joined by Mystic Familiar, Dirty Wererat, Grave Gouger, and Gorilla Titan. Tsang drew land and finally, with one fell swoop, Clegg sent in the alpha strike and Tsang packed 'em.

Clegg 1-Tsang 0

Game 2 featured a transformative sideboard with Tsang putting his black in. This game was rather short, and while the ground stall appeared to eventually favor Clegg, Tsang got his Caustic Tar and Clegg could do nothing but wish his Hypochondria could stop it. Krosan Restorer hurried the win, as Caustic Tar, the new "shotgun" was reborn as a "double-barreled shotgun," killing Clegg in just two short turns.

Clegg 1-Tsang 1

Terry Tsang
Clegg forced Tsang to play first, hoping to stunt his mana as both of the decks were relatively slow. Instead, Clegg mulliganed, not once, but twice, and kept a hand with two land and three spells, including Ray of Distortion, Clegg's sideboard answer to the "shotgun."

While Tsang's early beats with Mongrel and Centaur Chieftain got in some damage, Clegg slowed the bleeding with a Teroh's Faithful, and appeared to be in the game. Creatures traded and died on both sides, and a Gorilla Titan came leaping forth from Dan's hand to put yet another halt on the Canadian Tsang's offense. This comfort was short-lived however, as Tsang dropped the Caustic Tar. Clegg took three, but cast the Ray of Distortion, only to see it get countered with a Rites of Refusal. Without two Plains, Clegg was forced to sacrifice his Bog Wreckage and flash back Odyssey's Disenchant. That one resolved, but took Clegg dangerously low on life.

The straw that finally broke the Invitational runner-up's back though was the Beast Attack. After flashing it back, Clegg, low on life, couldn't provide enough blockers for Tsang's whole team.

Final Result: Tsang 2-Clegg 1

Dan Clegg
Grand Prix Tampa Sealed Deck

Main Deck Sideboard
              
                
1 Bog Wreckage
7 Forest
4 Plains
6 Swamp
                
1 Nomad Decoy 1 Dirty Wererat 1 Gravedigger 1 Sadistic Hypnotist 1 Zombie Assassin 1 Diligent Farmhand 1 Gorilla Titan 1 Krosan Archer 1 Springing Tiger 1 Mystic Familiar 1 Teroh’s Faithful 1 Faceless Butcher 1 Gravegouger 1 Organ Grinder 1 Krosan Constrictor
              
                
1 Kirtar’s Wrath
1 Second Thoughts
1 Afflict
1 Patriarch’s Desire
1 Elephant Ambush
1 Rites of Spring
1 Hypochondria
1 Unhinge
              
            
              
                
1 Ravaged Highlands
1 Steamclaw
1 Sarcatog
1 Dedicated Martyr
1 Pilgrim of Virtue
1 Ray of Distortion
1 Sphere of Grace
1 Sphere of Truth
1 Aven Fisher
1 Careful Study
1 Cultural Exchange
1 Escape Artist
1 Peek
1 Phantom Whelp
1 Words of Wisdom
1 Filthy Cur
1 Mind Burst
1 Rotting Giant
1 Anarchist
1 Earth Rift
1 Ember Beast
1 Flame Burst
1 Impulsive Maneuvers
1 Mad Dog
1 Price of Glory
1 Thermal Blast
1 Volcanic Spray
1 Chatter of the Squirrel
1 Simplify
1 Equal Treatment
1 Militant Monk
1 Pay No Heed
1 Cephalid Vandal
2 Deep Analysis
1 Ghostly Wings
1 Hydromorph Gull
1 Liquify
1 Turbulent Dreams
1 Cabal Ritual
1 Carrion Rats
1 Gravegouger
1 Rancid Earth
1 Barbarian Outcast
1 Crackling Club
1 Flaming Gambit
1 Flash of Defiance
1 Kamahl’s Sledge
1 Pyromania
1 Violent Eruption
1 Nantuko Calmer
              
            

Terry Tsang
Grand Prix Tampa Sealed Deck

Main Deck Sideboard
              
                
8 Forest
7 Island
2 Mountain
                
1 Aven Windreader 1 Balshan Griffin 1 Dreamwinder 1 Cartographer 1 Nantuko Elder 1 Springing Tiger 1 Squirrel Mob 1 Wild Mongrel 2 Aquamoeba 1 Cephalid Aristocrat 1 Basking Rootwalla 1 Centaur Chieftain
              
                
1 Predict
1 Psionic Gift
1 Rites of Refusal
1 Firebolt
1 Beast Attack
1 Moment’s Peace
1 Circular Logic
1 Obsessive Search
1 Temporary Insantiy
1 Insist
              
            
              
                
1 Bog Wreckage
1 Nomad Stadium
1 Ravaged Highlands
1 Angelic Wall
1 Confessor
1 Dedicated Martyr
1 Embolden
1 Hallowed Healer
1 Mystic Visionary
1 Pianna, Nomad Captain
1 Resilient Wanderer
1 Tireless Tribe
1 Thought Nibbler
1 Caustic Tar
1 Coffin Purge
1 Crypt Creeper
1 Dirty Wererat
1 Dusk Imp
1 Execute
1 Innocent Blood
1 Morgue Theft
1 Overeager Apprentice
1 Battle Strain
1 Mine Layer
1 Pardic Swordsmith
1 Reckless Charge
1 Recoup
1 Rites of Initiation
1 Tremble
1 Druid Lyrist
1 Primal Frenzy
1 Tainted Isle
1 Aven Trooper
1 Cleansing Meditation
1 Equal Treatment
1 Militant Monk
1 Pay No Heed
2 Crippling Fatigue
1 Mutilate
2 Putrid Imp
2 Rancid Earth
2 Accelerate
1 Enslaved Dwarf
2 Kamahl’s Sledge
1 Centaur Veteran
2 Krosan Restorer
              
            
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