Semifinals: Vidianto Wijaya vs. Jason Janasiewicz
Vidi has spent this Standard season widening his range, and he did so even further with a Satyr Firedancer-based build of Boros today. Jason was one of two Esper pilots in the Top 4 looking to make it into the finals.
Jason's all... smiles?
Vidi started with Sacred Foundry and added Mountain to enable an Ash Zealot against Jason’s Temple. Another Temple sent the next card to the bottom and left Jason open for business from the Zealot. Detention Sphere tapped Jason out and took care of the Zealot, while Vidi fired Magma Jet to the dome and sent two lands to the bottom.
Playing a fourth land, Vidi passed the turn—was he already out of gas? Jason tapped out to cast Jace, Architect of Thought, and Vidi fired Warleader’s Helix to the face after giving Jason two lands, upkeeping a Magma Jet that kept one card in place as well. He ended the turn, giving Jason a chance to untap and present Dissolve as a defense against the incoming Boros Charm.
Chandra’s Phoenix put 1 onto Jason, leaving him at a scant 7 life against Vidi’s two cards. Playing Sphinx’s Revelation for three, Jason jumped to 10 as his Jace fell to 1. The Phoenix eliminated Jace this time, no doubt leaving Vidi sour over his Magma Jet decision earlier, and he ended the turn with all of his mana untapped. He continued in this fashion until Jason Doom Bladed the Phoenix, but the Skullcrack that responded to Jason’s Revelation returned the Phoenix to hand.
Untapping, Jason could now resolve a third Revelation if Vidi ever game him the window—that would likely seal the deal. With Syncopate and Dissolve in hand, it seemed quite likely that he would get the chance eventually. Syncopate exiled the Phoenix when it returned to the party, but Vidi still had up two mana—the Revelation wasn’t a sure thing yet.
Drawing Last Breath, Jason now also had the ability to cast out a Mutavault if he had to get a quick burst of life. Vidi was drawing cards and passing, biding his time… until an end step Boros Charm traded for Dissolve. Nothing else followed in the end step, and Jason untapped and drew yet another Dissolve. Now both players were passing turn, until Jason tried Revelation for four with three mana up—Dissolve protected from the Skullcrack, and Jason leapt to 11 life.
That would almost certainly be enough now, with the Last Breath still around just in case Vidi managed to make a recovery. The swarm of planeswalkers that followed capitalized on Vidi’s exhausted resources, threatening to end the game quickly. When the Last Breath “countered” a Searing Blood on Soldier token, Vidi could no longer win.
Vidi studies up after falling behind.
Jason 1, Vidi 0
Mutavault was Vidi’s first offense in game 2, while Jason had Blind Obedience to really slow things down on the opponent’s side. Mutavault did get him to 16, but Vidi was now just stuck with burn spells for the most part—it would be tough to get value from his men and Jason had Last Breath for the Mutavault.
Vidi had a fourth land in Mutavault, and ended the turn. Jason drew Dissolve and played a tapped land, Dissolving Vidi’s Magma Jet when he attempted in the end step. Chandra’s Phoenix resolved on the next turn, but Supreme Verdict with an extort trigger left Jason ahead on the exchange. Ash Zealot replaced it as the Mutavault continued its advance, and with Vidi tapped out Jason got in with Revelation for three.
Most of the cards were lands, and Vidi undid the damage with another attack. Jason dropped a Temple and followed with Sphere, extorting and exiling the Zealot. Boros Charm dropped Jason back down to 11, and returned Chandra’s Phoenix to the hand. Casting the Phoenix and Firedrinker Satyr, Vidi passed the turn. Jason cast Jace, leaving Mutavault on defense and boosting its loyalty after an extort trigger.
When Jason attempted to block, Magma Jet removed the Mutavault and Jason took 3 damage, falling to 9 life. If that Jace hit two spells on the tick down, it would be bad news… but a keep on Vidi’s scry implied he had two very good spells of his own! The Doom Blade Jason had hung onto was less attractive now that he had to be concerned about getting burnt out, and ticking Jace up was his only play.
Doom Blade took out the Satyr, and Jason fell to 8 life as just the Phoenix attacked and Ash Zealot resolved. Jace dropped down, offering Jason a choice between Last Breath and Elspeth plus a land. Combined with the Ultimate Price he’d drawn, Jason could now break even or ahead against Vidi’s combat step… unless a Skullcrack was lurking. Vidi unsurprisingly declined to fire one, losing both his creatures.
With four mana untapped, Vidi passed the turn and Jason drew a very important Dissolve. Vidi’s Jet in the end step earned a Dissolve, putting Jason to 11 alongside an extort trigger, and Vidi followed with Lightning Strike to put Jason on 8. Mutavault made that 6, and Vidi passed the turn as the Jace burned its loyalty to grab Sphinx’s Revelation. Jason would probably want to upkeep it, denying Vidi the most mana in this crucial phase while also trying to dodge more draws at Skullcrack, but Vidi simply made it to the draw step and passed the turn.
Untapping into Jace, Jason extorted-gaining life the long way still—and Vidi responded with Magma Jet to put Jason on 5, keeping one card on top. Jason grabbed another Revelation after revealing two—that might legitimately be enough. Jason took 2 from Mutavault and fell to three, digging for a counter with Jace on his next turn and finding Negate and Dissolve—two killer Jaces in a row with duplicates that gave him exactly what he needed. It seemed he would be able to dig his way out…
Revelation for 7 merited the Skullcrack from Vidi, but Negate countered as predicted and put Jason to 10 life. Keeping at it, Vidi attacked with Mutavault and passed with four mana up, but Jason’s next Revelation would also be coming with a Negate—Jason would have to make a major blunder to lose from here, and without one he was able to Fiendslayer his way to victory.
Jason 2, Vidi 0