Quarterfinals: Chris VanMeter vs. Tariq Patel
Chris and Tariq met in Round 11 for an Amulet Bloom mirror match where Tariq handed Chris his first loss in the tournament. Can Chris get revenge to move into the Top 4 or will Tariq be the only person to beat Chris in Modern this weekend?
Chris figures out his next play.
After Tariq went down to five cards, Chris opened the game with an Ancient Stirrings off a Gemstone Mine, finding a Boros Garrison. Tariq also had a Mine and did some digging of his own with Serum Visions, leading Chris to play a Tendo Ice Bridge and Summer Bloom, ramping up to five mana through the Garrison and a Mana Confluence. Tariq kept pace with a Bloom of his own, going up to four mana before firing off another Serum Visions, hunting for another land, but came up short.
Chris played a Gruul Turf bouncing the Bridge and passed with no other action while Tariq found his own Garrison and bounced a Mine to his hand before playing another Bloom that just let him replay the Mine. Chris hit the board first with the first Primeval Titan of the match, getting to bounce a Tolaria West to his hand from the trigger from Simic Growth Chamber. Chris passed the turn and Tariq landed a Titan of his own, getting Slayers' Stronghold and a Chamber of his own, bouncing a Mine that he replayed before passing back.
Chris opened his next turn by transmuting Tolaria West for a Slaughter Pact, which he used to kill Tariq's Titan, allowing Chris to attack with his Titan, fetching up another Tolaria West that got bounced by a Goglari Rot Farm. Chris played Cavern of Souls on "Giant" in his second main and played a second Titan, finding two more lands, this time Sunhome, Fortress of the Legion and another Tolaria West. Tariq took a draw off the top and considered his options before using a Summoner's Pact to get a Titan and play it, getting a Tolaria West and a Chamber to get his West in hand so he could tutor up a Slaughter Pact.
Chris paid for his Pact and attempted to transmute Tolaria West, which Tariq responded to by killing one Titan with the Pact. Chris resolved the transmute and got a Pact of Negation and Tariq responded by conceding the game.
"I have no outs," Tariq said.
Chris 1, Tariq 0
Both players kept their openers and Tariq led with a Temple of Mystery while Chris opened with a Serum Visions off a Gemstone Mine. Tariq had an Amulet of Vigor to start his next turn and a Simic Growth Chamber, allowing him to bounce the Temple and play Serum Visions. Chris had his own Amulet and played a second copy of the artifact off a Cavern of Souls on "Giant."
"That's scary," Tariq said.
Tariq replayed the Temple and kept his scry on top before playing Serum Visions and Summer Bloom, which let him use Gruul Turf and Summoner's Pact to play a Primeval Titan, doing the hasty combo with Slayers' Stronghold and Boros Garrison before bouncing the Stronghold, attacking and getting Tolaria West and Ghost Quarter. Chris fell to 12 after the attack and Tariq shipped the turn.
Chris cashed in his Mine for one last use, playing Ancient Stirrings, finding Gruul Turf, which he played getting four mana and bounced the Turf. Chris used two mana to play Summer Bloom and started with a Turf that got Ghost Quartered upon its enter the battlefield trigger, allowing Chris to get a Forest, then he played Simic Growth Chamber after bouncing his Cavern that he floated a green with. Chris used a Summoner's Pact to get a Titan, play it, getting Ghost Quarter and Vesuva copying Chamber, bouncing the Chamber. Chris then could replay Vesuva copying Ghost Quarter and use his two Ghost Quarters to destroy Tariq's lands and not let him pay the Pact upkeep trigger.
Chris 2, Tariq 0
Tariq makes his move.
Both players were happy with their openers again and Tariq played a Serum Visions off a Gemstone Mine while Chris was able to open with Amulet of Vigor off Slayers' Stronghold. Tariq added a Sunhome to his board and played Summer Bloom, getting to ramp with a Simic Growth Chamber, replay the Mine and use Ancient Stirrings to get a Selesnya Sanctuary to play and bounce the Mine.
Chris pondered before floating a colorless, playing Simic Growth Chamber to bounce his Stronghold, then found Azusa, Lost but Seeking off Summoner's Pact, allowing him to play Gemstone Mine for Ancient Stirrings to get Ghost Quarter, then ended his turn by replaying the Stronghold. Tariq had no Titan and settled for playing Ratchet Bomb and transmuting Tolaria West for Summoner's Pact.
Chris paid for his Pact, attacked with Azusa and simply played a Ghost Quarter before passing. Tariq popped the Bomb to blow up Chris' Amulet, played his own Amulet, searched up a Titan with his Summoner's Pact and played it after using a Mana Confluence, but Chris stopped it from resolving with a Pact of Negation.
Chris paid for his Pact again, battled for one with Azusa and ended his turn after adding Ghost Quarter to his board. Tariq paid his Pact cost and was only able to drop a Gruul Turf, bouncing a Gemstone Mine. Chris was able to land the first Titan and tutored up a Growth Chamber and a Tolaria West, bouncing Ghost Quarter, replaying it and adding an Amulet to his side of the table.
Tariq replayed his previously bounced Gemstone Mine, transmuted Tolaria West for Summoner's Pact, which he used to get a Titan and play it, finding the haste combo, bouncing Stronghold, attacked to tutor up Tolaria West and Golgari Rot Farm, bouncing the Future Sight land. Chris decided to block the Titan with his own, but Tariq used Slaughter Pact to kill it, getting in for eight.
Chris untapped with his Amulet, played Titan, getting Boros Garrison and Simic Growth Chamber, giving his Titan haste then returning Tolaria West and Gruul Turf to his hand. Chris transmuted Tolaria West to get his own Slaughter Pact, played Turf, Ghost Quarter, and Cavern of Souls for his lands, killed the Titan, found Sunhome and Vesuva to deal lethal damage for the win.
Chris 3, Tariq 0