Quote from zemanjaskiActually it totally was. He did have different lines available you realise. PSully needed to put him at 9 so that the vortex trigger threatened to put him at 7 - which increases significantly the number of card combinations that win instantly - so by taking the line he did, PSully forced the pridemage sacrifice.
The point is that if he has Bolt then he could just kill him immediately. The Maverick player made a blatant mistake of not knowing that there is effectively no difference between going to 3 and going to 1.
Good players don't make bad decks good, they just make them better.