I Ain't Afraid of no Geist: Coleman Perret (Jund Midrange) vs Alex Park (UWR Midrange)
Match covered and article written by Joey Pasco
'Midrange' can encompass any number of decks. Coleman, for example, had Thragtusk, Rakdos Keyrune, and more controlly elements. Alex meanwhile has Geist of Saint Traft and a lot of targeted burn spells. Whose midrange deck will tip the scales in their favor?
Again both players mulligan, but this time they both keep on 6. Coleman gets things started with a missed land drop on turn two, and Alex maintains semi-parity by missing his third land drop. Finally after a flurry of "move to discard" and missed land drops, Coleman finds his second land, putting both players on two permanents.
Alex matches Coleman's topdeck with a land of his own, and commits a Geist of Saint Traft to the board after dropping to 18 from his shockland. A third land from Coleman allows him to cast a Rakdos Keyrune, also dropping to 18 in the process. The window is open for Alex's Geist of Saint Traft, and he attacks to knock Coleman to 12.
Now on a two-turn clock, Coleman plays an untapped Blood Crypt, dropping to 10 so that he can cast Farseek and still leave the Keyrune available to block any frisky Geists. However, Alex has a trump for that plan in the form of Searing Spear, which he uses to take out the Keyrune as soon as it becomes a creature. Traft and his Angel friend connect for another 6, putting Coleman at 4.