Quarterfinals: Ben Wienburg vs. Matt Hoey
Ben Ponders his options.
Ben pondered his opener and Matt inquired, “I hear you keep loose ones?”
“I play even looser!” Ben replied before keeping as Matt sent his hand back.
Be led off with a Gitaxian Probe to see three lands, Natural Order, Wirewood Symbiote, and Deathrite Shaman before Pondering off an Underground Sea, shuffling away the three for a fresh one off the top. Matt fetched up a Bayou and played his Shaman that Ben knew about.
Ben fired off a Dark Ritual, into two copies of Cabal Ritual and played Ad Nauseam. Ben went down to 3 and stopped, getting a bunch of rituals and tutors, but no Lion’s Eye Diamonds. Ben opted to play a Preordain off a Volcanic Island and Brainstormed off a Lotus Petal to find an LED, into a few more Petals and Rituals before flashing another LED and his Past in Flames, prompting Matt to pick up his two permanents.
Ben 1, Matt 0
Matt seizes Ben’s thoughts.
Both players kept their openers and Matt led off with a Nettle Sentinel off a Bayou. Ben used a Probe to see Birchlore Rangers, Elvish Visionary, Green Sun’s Zenith, Dryad Arbor, and a Windswept Heath. After his draw, Ben fetched an Underground Sea and Brainstormed. Matt attacked for 2 and played his Birchlore Rangers to untap his Sentinel and fetched a Savannah to play his Visionary off his land and two elves, leading him to fire off a Thoughtseize with his two creatures. Matt decided on taking Lion’s Eye Diamond and passed.
Ben went to 14 to fetch a Volcanic Island and Brainstormed before going to 12 for another Gitaxian Probe. Ben decided to Ponder before using a Petal to play Cabal Therapy to get rid of Natural Order from Matt’s hand.
“Don’t worry, there’s another one on top,” Matt said, pounding his deck.
Matt played a Wirewood Symbiote, his actual draw, and untapped his Sentinel, allowing him to make a mana, play a Gaea’s Cradle and a Visionary before attacking Ben down to 9. Ben went back to cantripping, this time with a Brainstorm. Ben went to 8 to fetch a Badlands and then down to 6 off another Probe and ended his turn with an Infernal Tutor for Cabal Ritual.
Matt replayed his bounced Visionary and played another Sentinel, allowing him to tap the Cradle for five mana, bounced and replayed his Visionary and served in with his elves to knock Ben to 2.
“Couldn’t get there,” Matt bemoaned.
Ben opened with two copies of Cabal Ritual, Cabal Therapied himself to get rid of Chain of Vapor, and played a hellbent Infernal Tutor to get Past in Flames. Ben played it, leaving himself two black mana, flashed back his rituals, then his Tutor to get Tendrils of Agony to kill Matt.
Ben 2, Matt 0