Esper Stoneblade squared off this round against High Tide, a matchup within its capabilities but not one Lauren himself was overly familiar with. As a High Tide enthusiast Michael’s experience with the archetype would be an advantage.
Two Force of Will combo decks faced off this round, with Michael and his High Tide list wary of Sam’s Show and Tells. Michael’s key defense would be Flusterstorm, while Sam’s best weapons were the Thoughtseizes he’d splashed into his Omni-Tell build.
Tony faced a tough matchup in the first elimination round: an Omni-Tell build that Sam had taken right to the top of the standings. Karakas was less effective against these Show and Tell decks than it used to be, thanks to Omniscience. Could Tony flip the bad matchup around?
Harrison was ready to avenge a States loss to Reanimator in the finals of the Standard Open. Having since added four Deathrite Shaman to his sideboard, he was prepared to fight opposing graveyards which left Rob at a decided disadvantage going into the sideboarded games. Would he be able to preserve his edge?
A Jund mirror awaited these two players in the semifinals. While both decks were packed with removal and creatures that generated a lot of value, the momentum of being the first player to the board with Thragtusk—combined with the power of Rakdos’s Return—meant the matchup likely favored Harrison, the higher seed.
Andrew is an occasional Open Series grinder with one finals finish to his name—a Standard second-place in Madison. He’s hoping to improve on that today, but he’ll need to go through the undefeated Chase Lamm to do it.