Quarterfinals: Todd Anderson vs. Jason Coleman
Todd made it to the Top 8 after winning nine straight rounds to close out the tournament and ended up the third seed for his efforts. Would being on the play be enough for the Atlanta 2013 Invitational winner and his Jeskai Tokens build or will Jason pull the upset with Abzan Aggro?
Todd sends in the tokens!
Both players were happy with their openers and led with tri-lands of their respective clans and Todd was first to the board with a Seeker of the Way to Jason’s second land drop. Todd got in for two and kept a card on top of his deck with a Temple of Epiphany. Jason did the opposite with a Temple of Silence and passed the action as Todd Raised the Alarm at the end step.
Todd started his fourth turn by fetching a Plains and playing a Jeskai Ascendancy prompting Jason to kill the Seeker with a Bile Blight. Todd served in with the tokens and passed the action. Jason made his desired fourth-turn play in Siege Rhino. Todd had the perfect answer to the Rhino with a Roast and bashed in with his grown soldiers thanks to his enchantment. Jason landed another Rhino and passed after playing another Sandsteppe Citadel.
Todd used a Wild Slash and a Lightning Strike to kill the second Rhino, used a Wild Slash to hit Jason then attacked for eight, dropping Jason to 5. Jason deployed a Rakshasa Deathdealer and a Tasigur, the Golden Fang to hold the ground before passing back. Todd played a Goblin Rabblemaster and ran the token into a blocker before passing the action. Jason found a Sorin, Solemn Visitor, plussed it and attacked with his Tasigur, bringing him up to 10. Jason ended the turn by going to 8 with a Thoughtseize to take Todd’s last card, another copy of Jeskai Ascendancy.
Todd ripped a Hordeling Outburst and played it, making three goblins and growing his team. Todd attacked with everything and after combat, left Jason at 6 with no Deathdealer as Jason traded it for the Rabblemaster. Jason attacked with the legend and Todd chumped with a Goblin token, but Jason was able to get a Wingmate Roc with raid, then ended his turn by upping Sorin. Todd found a Stoke the Flames off the top and was able to kill a flyer, letting him get in for lethal even after the lifelink from the other flying blocker.
Todd 1, Jason 0
Both players liked their sevens again and Jason opened with a Windswept Heath while Todd opted for a Shivan Reef. Jason fetched a Plains and followed it up with a Forest and Fleecemane Lion as Todd matched two-drops with a Seeker of the Way after fetching a Plains. Jason scryed away a card with a Temple of Malady, used a Glare of Hersey to exile the Seeker, and bashed in for three.
Todd returned the favor, using a Glare of his own to exile the Lion and passed after playing an Island. Sorin, Solemn Visitor came down for Jason and immediately made a Vampire. Todd used his next turn as an opening to land Jeskai Ascendancy and played a Temple of Triumph. Jason applied pressure by attacking with the Vampire after playing a Siege Rhino and upping the Planeswalker. Todd, looking to stabilize, used his fifth land drop to resolve Dragonlord Ojutai.
Jason attacked with his team and Todd put Ojutai in front of the Vampire, but Jason had Abzan Charm to grow both of his creatures. Along with the Sorin pump, the Vampire traded with the Dragonlord while the Rhino got in for six. Todd slammed an Elspeth, Sun’s Champion and made some soldiers, but Jason had the Bile Blight for the tokens and attacked to even the match.
Todd 1, Jason 1
Jason gets aggressive with Tasigur.
Todd kept his next opener before Jason even drew his hand and after some deliberation, Jason tossed his away for a fresh draw. Jason didn’t like his six-card hand either and found an acceptable five.
Todd led with a Temple of Epiphany as Jason opened by taking three from a Llanowar Waste to use a Thoughtseize, taking a Stoke the Flames from Todd’s hand of bur spells and lands. Todd dropped a Shivan Reef and passed as Jason missed his second land drop. Todd simply played a Mountain and passed as Jason found a Temple of Silence. Todd made his land drop and passed again, killing the Fleecemane Lion Jason played on his next turn after playing an Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth.
Todd kept hitting his land drops and played Dragonlord Ojutai. Jason fired off a Thoughtseize to take a Disdainful Stroke and passed, leading Todd to attack and get a card off the Dragonlord’s ability. Jason exiled Ojutai with a Glare of Heresy and Todd reloaded with a Goblin Rabblemaster. Jason cleared the board with a Drown in Sorrow and Todd passed again after playing a land.
Jason landed Siege Rhino on his next turn, but Todd answered it with a Glare of Heresy. Jason went for a Duress and Todd responded by hitting Jason with a Stoke the Flames, showing a Flooded Strand. Jason played Anafenza, the Foremost and passed. Todd only found another land in Temple of Epiphany and passed the action after bottoming the top card. Jason slammed Sorin, Solemn Visitor, upped him, and attacked with the legend. Todd passed again with no play and Jason swung in with Anafenza after upping Sorin and Todd attempted a Valorous Stance, but Jason shrunk his creature with a Bile Blight to dodge the removal spell.
Todd found a Hordeling Outburst and chumped the next attack from Anafenza but Jason followed it with a raided Wingmate Roc. Todd hit a Treasure Cruise and drew three before playing a new Dragonlord Ojutai. Jason kept upping Sorin and attacked with the team, growing the Roc with a +1+1 from Anafenza. Todd decided on blocks, putting the Dragonlord in front of the Roc and a token in front of Anafenza. Jason ended up at 29 to Todd’s 6 and left Todd with only a token on board. Jason lost his Roc and opted to pass the turn with no other plays.
Todd went to five to fetch a Plains and went for a Cruise, delving three cards. Todd fired off a Glare of Heresy on the bird token and ended his turn. Jason drew his card and used a Dromoka’s Command to let him grow the Anafenza and fight the token to clear the way for a lethal attack.
Jason 2, Todd 1
Both players were happy with their hands and Todd opened with a Mystic Monastery as Jason again went with a Thoughtseize, taking a pain from Caves of Koilos. Jason took a Seeker of the Way and Todd’s only turn-2 play was a Flooded Strand. Jason used another Thoughtseize to take the Goblin Rabblemaster, falling to 14. Jason ended the turn with a Temple of Malady.
Todd fetched an Island and played another Strand before passing. Jason scryed away a card with another Temple of Malady and Todd fetched up a Plains at the end of the turn. Todd hit his fourth land drop and refueled with a four-mana Treasure Cruise as Jason fetched a Plains and deployed Siege Rhino. Todd used a Roast to deal with the Rhino and shipped the turn. Jason went for another Rhino but Todd stopped it with a Disdainful Stroke.
Todd was able to get to the board on his next turn with a Goblin Rabblemaster to get in for one, but Jason fetched a Forest and played his third Rhino, dropping Todd to 12 and bringing Jason up to 16. Jason ended the turn with a Dromoka’s Command to kill the Rabblemaster and grow the Rhino. Todd played another Rabblemaster and used the tokens to Stoke Jason down to 12. Jason sent in the Rhino dropping Todd to 7 and cleared Todd’s board with a Drown in Sorrow.
Todd had the chance to destroy the Rhino with a Valorous Stance and took it, ending his turn with a Jeskai Ascendancy. Jason played a Wingmate Roc with no raid and passed back. Todd got a one-mana Treasure Cruise and played a Hordeling Outburst then convoked Stoke the Flames to take down the bird. Jason took a draw and passed with no play, prompting Todd to use an Anticipate, convoked a Stoke the Flames to hit Jason, fired off another Stoke, and attacked for the win to force a decisive fifth game.
Jason 2, Todd 2
The final game kicked off with both players going with tapped lands and Jason hit the board first with a Fleecemane lion while Todd added a second Temple to his. Jason served in for three, played a Temple of Malady, keeping the card, then shipped the turn. Todd exiled the Lion with a Glare of Heresy and added a Mystic Monastery to his board.
Jason fetched up a Plains and landed a replacement Lion and passed with two lands up. Todd chose to just play a land and pass back, leading Jason to attack for three, dropping Todd to 14. Jason went for a Wingmate Roc but Todd responded with an Anticipate before letting it resolve. Todd played Jeskai Ascendancy and a land before passing back.
Jason attacked with the team and knocked Todd to 5 before playing a Windswept Heath and passing. Todd took a draw, looked at his hand, and with no answer to the board, extended the hand.
Jason 3, Todd 2