Quarterfinals: Peter Tragos vs. Dylan Jones
Dylan, on the play, kept his opening seven while Peter had to mulligan to five in game one. Things got worse when Dylan’s Gitaxian+Probe revealed Peter’s secrets: Force+of+Will, Delver, Ponder and two lands. Not a bad mull to five at all! Peter dropped that Delver soon after.
Dylan's hoping his Demons and Eldrazi carry the day!
“Let’s get this party started,” said Dylan, staring down the popular 1/1. Dylan attempted to counter the 1/1 with Force+of+Will (pitching Misdirection) and successfully ridded the Delver from the stack. Dylan only had the one fetchland to his name and, not finding another land, passed. When Peter cast Ponder, Dylan found a basic Island and then cast Spell+Pierce on the Ponder. Peter dropped his second land, a Tundra, before passing.
Dylan may have had the advantage of the play and a few extra cards, but Peter had the mana. He cast a turn three True-Name+Nemesis and named Dylan with the battlefield trigger. That 3/1 went to work on the very next turn, with Dylan still failing to find any more lands or even cantrips. True-Name dropped Dylan from 16 to 13 to 10…
A pair of Lotus+Petals and two lands allowed him to cast Show+and+Tell with a mana available, to which Peter responded by searching for two lands with fetchlands and hardcasting Force+of+Will. The five mana counterspell was met by Dylan’s Spell+Pierce, and then Show+and+Tell resolved. Dylan put Griselbrand onto the battlefield, while Peter turned up Stoneforge+Mystic, which then allowed him to grab the Batterskull from his library.
True-Name+Nemesis dropped Dylan to 7, but one swing from the 7/7 lifelinker set totals at 14-10. Stoneforge+Mystic brought in the Batterskull at end of turn to help try and finish off Dylan. Batterskull equipped up to True-Name+Nemesis, and his 7/5 lifelinker would be able to outrace Dylan… thanks to the 1/2 Stoneforge+Mystic! From 7 to 6 to 5 went Dylan’s life as he gained seven only to lose eight on each subsequent attack step. To 4 life, and Dylan still failed to impact the board. Peter went to 9 from a fetchland activation, so he was by no means out of the woods, but he still had the one damage per turn clock going.
And then Dylan went to 3.
Peter 1, Dylan 0.
Peter's got the best creatures from the last ten years on his side!
Dylan led with Lotus+Petal and Island on turn one, while Peter began quickly once again with Delver+of+Secrets. He followed it up a turn later (not flipping the Delver) with Stoneforge+Mystic, grabbing Sword+of+Feast+and+Famine. Dylan then went for Show+and+Tell off of City+of+Traitors and Island, but Force+of+Will countered that action by removing a second copy of Delver+of+Secrets.
The Delver flipped with thanks from Daze, so Dylan fell to 16. Dylan spent a turn fixing his hand before casting Show+and+Tell number two, this time resolving the Urza’s Saga rare to drop Griselbrand into play, while Peter dropped in the Sword he searched for earlier. The Sword+of+Feast+and+Famine equipped to Insectile+Aberration and after a cantrip in came the now 5/4 with relevant protection. Dylan fell to 12 in the process, and Peter wasn’t even done yet! He also added another Stoneforge+Mystic, fetching out Batterskull, before ending his turn.
Dylan went to 3, dangerous territory to be sure against a deck that runs four maindeck Lightning+Bolts, but didn’t die immediately so the Yawgmoth’s Bargain resolved and Dylan drew for his turn as well. Those eight cards netted Brainstorm to dig for more cards, and after Dylan played a land for turn to get to four mana he cast Sneak+Attack. He then had to pay for the Daze that Peter had with his last remaining mana, a second Lotus+Petal, so he could only attack with Griselbrand. At end of turn, Peter dropped in Batterskull to put eleven power on the board, and seeing the writing on the wall he scooped.
Peter 2, Dylan 0.