flagrantangles wins 4-3 vs @Attilian
We both turtle up a bit but then I get the washing machine loaded and spinning. For the most part, I maintain momentum for this match, particularly since I notice that he doesn't really throw me. Honest Politician can be quite powerful.
This one was much like the first but even more in my favor. I close it out with a classic 5-poke into Consent of the Governed.
I almost threw this game away. I had a K-spin and lethal off either the throw or dodge, but I figure since he has enough throws left to defeat me, he's likely to play one. I am incorrect and I learn how painful it is to have Consent lose to Great Pandamonium. Furthermore, due to what I presume is either an arithmetic or execution error, he leaves me alive when he could have killed me. This game was apparently both of ours to lose.
4-pokes too stronk. I think I got hit by three 4-pokes in neutral. Clearly I should be playing more naked Patriot Mirror to punish this. I got murdered in this MU. Attilian had me on lock and his Poker game was EXCELLENT.
He gets the lead and throws me. A lot. I keep waiting for attacks and occasionally going for duffs and I'm just not really able to make anything happen. Eventually he hits me with AA and I'm at 1 HP. The magic pixel wasn't so magical when he undercut my throw with a 6.
He bodies me here. I'm flailing wildly trying to get a pulse on his rhythms and I'm not having any luck. I tried to be threatening with CotG but it turns out it's a lot less scary when Lum blocks and you don't ever play it.
I tried to keep things even here and a lot of the time he had the lifelead but not by much. Whenever it got too out of hand I was able to land a crucial combo. There's a crucial combat win here where I undercut one of the vaunted 4's with a Patriot Mirror. Unfortunately, I don't get much out of it other than bleeding his second Joker away from him. Near the end, he hits me with a couple of Jackpots and a 4oak Poker Flourish, I've lost the lifelead and I'm getting REAL antsy. However, I've got TONS of face cards in hand so I'm very certain that I can murder him if I can just put some hands on him. I toss out a seven hoping to catch a defensive option and undercut his 8. My heart was pounding. I do some damage and then spin a K. He jackpots again and finds my Ace AGAIN. I play the K honestly and dodge his Queen into Patriot Mirror. We're tied at 26 life. I contemplate Dodge+K-throw but he has too many throws that can undercut me and I don't want to take that risk. I opt for Dodge+3-normal. I dodge his Queen into another Patriot Mirror. I set up Dodge+Queen so that I'm guaranteed spin if he blocks and lethal if he doesn't. He attacks and I lay these killin' fists into his bear body.
Something I noticed through the set was how he almost always set up a flourish near the beginning of the game with a straight, presumably to pull out a joker. Throughout the match, anytime he would play a Queen into Positive Spin, it was almost CERTAINLY backed up with a joker. I let so many of them ride with no followup that I eventually mindgamed myself into believing that SURELY ONCE HE WILL LIE?! I was wrong. It was a joker every time.
GGs @Attilian This set was pure magic and I loved it!