GPT Columbus at HotSauce games
First round, Storm with some flavor. G1 he tries to go off while I have a jund charm in hand. G2 he durdels on Desperate Ravings and just can't go off.
Second round, Affinity. G1 he gets some damage in, I wipe the board and put pressure back while drawing removal for everything he plays. G2 I have a slow hand. I bolt his T2 steel overseer and start taking damage from a memnite which gets joined by a Ravager. All I can do is drop a thrinax followed by a kitchen sink and another thrinax to chump block the 4/4 ravager with while I take 3 damage a turn from random dudes. Eventually I block the ravager with the sink and 2 saps, he lets combat damage happen and in response I use the Jund charm that had been sitting in my hand for a while to wipe his board. I stabilize at 8 and start to beat back. He topdecks a torper orb to make me have a sad huntmaster which he galvblasts so that it can't flip, but BBE comes in and gets there. I win at 3 life, he flips over the next card to show a galvblast, he doesn't have metalcraft anyways.
Round three, G/r tron. G1 we both mulligan and I loose to a hardcast flying spaghetti monster. Now, prior to the tournament I had looked around the room and saw three tron decks, so I switched out the MD putrefys for fullminator mages and upped the molten rain count in the SB from 3 to 4. I was also hoping that the two G/r trons going to time and drawing in the first round meant that I wouldn't have to deal with them, I guess being the only 2-0 means I get paired down and he can't afford to draw. G2 I mull again and play a savagelands, he plays ancient stirrings to get an expedition map which I IoK on my second turn. third turn I top deck one of those molten rains and slag a tron piece that he didn't have a second copy of. I start beating with a dude, pulling another molten rain a few turns later to hit another tron piece. G3 he plays a tower and an egg, I IoK and see Karn, Wurmcoil, another tower, a mine, and whatever irrelevant card that I took. He pops the egg for G, draws, plays the relic of progenitus he drew, mine, sac relic to draw, pass. Land pass. He plays the other tower and drops an oblivion stone, I play a dude, he chains some eggs looking for the last tron piece and ends up putting a map out without mana to pop it, on my turn I ancient grudge the map and the stone. He plays a third tower and I molten rain the mine. He draws a map and gets a powerplant, I recur the molten rain with 3 E-witts to end the game. He shows me his hand of 3 wurmcoils, 2 Karns, and an emrakul he couldn't cast.
Cut to top4. Dude is on Bant exalted... What this means is that he plays a first turn Akrasan Squire and a turn 2 Noble Hierarch. I kill the squire but he plays another one. Then on turn 4 he plays a Finest hour and my thrinax starts chump dutie. He then plays a second finest hour and starts eating through my chump blockers faster than I can make them. I also can't seam to pull any removal. He mana leaks my BBE, letting the first fullminator of the day resolve. He then trys to O-rings the FM which I sac to blow up a random land and he gets there on his triple attack step for well over 20 damage(I think I was dead to the second attack. G2 I realize I made a few mistakes in the first game so I keep my play a lot tighter. I IoK a pridemage, kill a Sigiled Paladin that his ardent plea cascaded into. I get value out of M-pulse and E-witt killing hierarchs, squires and ardent pleas once there aren't any other dudes on the table. Beatdown ensues. G3 Jund does what it does, kills things and wins.
The other match of the top4 is the first round storm player tearing apart UW tron. He concedes to me since he isn't going to go to Ohio anyways and I thank him for beating tron for me. We play another game for fun and apparently randomly blowing up one of his lands with mage put him one mana short of going off and he fizzels mid combo while I have no way of stopping him, who knew.