Quarterfinals: Andrej Selivra vs. Noah Walters
Andrej Selivra (henceforth referred to as Lamppost) and Noah Walters squared off for the right to move advance in the quest to become the StarCityGames.com Los Angeles Standard Open Champion.
Lamppost poked for a point and said go after playing a third land. Noah summoned Chandra’s Phoenix before attacking and Lamppost cast Midnight Haunting during combat to trade both tokens for the Stromkirk Noble.
One threat dealt with, Lamppost Pondered his options. He eventually kept the top three cards and exiled the phoenix with Oblivion Ring before attacking with Invisible Stalker. Noah untapped and put the third counter on Shrine of Burning Rage. He played Rootbound Crag and Grim Lavamancer, ticking the Shrine up another notch.
Lamppost’s Sword of War and Peace made things pretty hairy for Noah, who had to use Volt Charge on Lamppost’s face to get rid of his hand. Lamppost gain two life to go to 16, while Andrej fell to 13. The Shrine of Burning Rage grew to seven counters on Noah’s upkeep, but his only action was a lowly Stromkirk Noble that paled in the face of the unblockable, unkillable, unseeable Invisible Stalker.
Lamppost’s next attack brought the totals to 19-9 in his favor before Grim Lavamancer took two points off the top. The lavamancer and noble both rumbled in, but Snapcaster Mage rebought Midnight Haunting and picked off both of the red men. That was all she wrote.
Andrej 1, Noah 0
Noah was on the play for the second game and had to take a mulligan before keeping his second hand. Lamppost kept his first seven.
Noah played four lands before doing anything, while Lamppost has a Merfolk Looter on turn two. Hero of Oxid Ridge broke the red mage’s silence, crashing in for four. Merfolk Looter filtered a card, binning a Delver of Secrets which fueled Moorland Haunt.
Lamppost activated his looter again on his turn, discarding an extra copy of Merfolk Looter. He played Geist of Saint Traft and attacked with his token then shipped the turn. Koth of the Hammer brought a Mountain to bear and attacked alongside Hero of Oxid Ridge. Geist of Saint Traft traded with the hero but the Mountain slipped through for five damage, knocking Lamppost down to 11.
Oblivion Ring leaped out of Lamppost’s hand as he fortified his defenses, keeping all of his creatures at home. It proved to be for naught as Noah could only muster Kessig Wolf Run. Looter cycled Gut Shot and Noah pointed his own copy at the looter to take it down the next turn.
Noah played a seventh land and said go with two cards in hand while Lamppost made another token with Moorland Haunt on his end step. Both tokens attacked Noah down to 16 and Lamppost tried for Sword of War and Peace.
Noah had the Ancient Grudge to crush the sword, but he had no additions to the board. Lamppost attacked for two more points and played a second Sword of War and Peace in the face of the Ancient Grudge. Noah had no choice but to flashback the Shatter effect, but Lamppost’s line of play made it clear there was more equipment to come.
Noah untapped and tried to clear the board with Slagstorm. Lamppost had the Negate. The third Sword of War and Peace arrived on cue and tried to equip a token but Noah had Volt Charge with his last card. The other token picked it up and smashed over for three, bringing Noah down to 9.
Noah had a sword of his own, but nothing to equip it to. He passed it back to Lamppost, who attacked for another three, leaving Noah at just 6 life. Noah drew a blank Slagstorm and Lamppost found his fourth sword to move onto the semifinals.
Andrej 2, Noah