Elimination Round: Chris VanMeter vs. Derrick Sheets
The battle of the beards where only the winner gets to keep playing Magic! Chris will be on the play with the better record and is playing Jeskai Tokens while Derrick is the lone Abzan Reanimator in the tournament. Which player lives on to battle Legacy?
CVM ponders his next move.
Chris started the part with a Seeker of the Way while Derrick’s two-drop, Satyr Wayfinder, found him a Temple of Silence. Chris used a Magma Jet on the Wayfinder in his upkeep, played a Temple of Triumph, and attacked Derrick down to 17. Derrick had his three-drop of choice in Courser of Kruphix to clog up the ground.
Chris pondered before attacking with the Seeker and Derrick offered the block, prompting Chris to use a Magma Jet on the Courser to kill it off, while keeping his Seeker alive and gaining him three life. Derrick went up to 19 with a Siege Rhino, dropping Chris down to 22. Chris deployed a Goblin Rabblemaster and Derrick immediately ate it with his Rhino. Derrick served in with the Rhino, dropping Chris to 18, and followed it up with a Sylvan Caryatid and a Forest.
Chris fetched down 17, finding a much-needed Island, and landed his marquee enchantment, Jeskai Ascendancy. Chris entered attack step to get a Goblin token and hit Derrick with a Stoke the Flames, untapping his team and looting away a land, and sent the team into the red zone. Derrick used an Abzan Charm on the Goblin Rabblemaster and dropped to 9. Derrick crashed in for 4 to knock Chris to 18 and passed with a bunch of open mana. Chris used a Hordeling Outburst to pump and loot, getting three Goblins in the process then served in with his Seeker and a Goblin. Derrick fired off a Murderous Cut on the Seeker and put the Caryatid in front of the token leading Chris to hit him with a Stoke the Flames and allow his Goblin to kill the 0/3.
Derrick simply played a Windswept Heath and passed, holding back his Rhino. Chris attacked with the team leaving Derrick to blocks two tokens and he fell to 2. Chris showed the lightning Strike in his hand and Derrick picked up his cards.
Chris 1, Derrick 0
Derrick deploys Sylvan Caryatid.
“I’d like to keep an opening hand for once,” Derrick said to open the game.
He would not get to, as he immediately sent it back and found a playable six, which led with a Sandsteppe Citadel only to be matched by Chris’ Mystic Monastery. Derrick had a two-drop in Sylvan Caryatid and followed it with a Satyr Wayfinder that whiffed on a land as Chris played another try-land. Derrick did have a Thoughtseize on Turn-3 to rip a Glare of Heresy from Chris’ hand.
Chris used his third turn to land a Jeskai Ascendancy as he braced for the predicted Siege Rhino from Derrick, which he played off the top of his library. Chris fetched down to 15 and landed Chandra, Pyromaster to loot and used her +1 to kill the Wayfinder. Derrick sent the Rhino at Chandra to drop her to 1 loyalty and passed the turn back. Chris used the zero on Chandra and played the Temple of Triumph off the reveal. Chris offered no play and lost his Planeswalker to the next Rhino attack.
Derrick passed after killing Chandra and Chris Raised the Alarm at the end step, looting away a Negate. Chris played his sixth land and tapped it immediately to play Elspeth, Sun’s Champion, looting away a Raise the Alarm, and destroyed the Rhino with her second ability. After killing the Rhino, Chris attacked with Soldiers to get in for 2 as Derrick blocked one with his Caryatid. Derrick untapped and slammed a Doomwake Giant to kill off the Soldiers and passed.
Chris made tokens with Elspeth and got to play his first Treasure Cruise of the match, allowing him to make more tokens, this time Goblins with Hordeling Outburst. Derrick thought about his plays before adding a second Doomwake Giant to his board, but Chris responded with a convoked Stoke the Flames, dropping Derrick to 13, and Chris used Disdainful Stroke to stop the Giant altogether. Derrick had no attacks and passed back.
Chris showed his hand and Derrick made him play it out, resulting in another Ascendancy, two copies of Stoke the Flames, and a massive attack to take the match and continue on the tournament.
Chris 2, Derrick 0