Quartefinals: Adam Fronsee vs. John Wiley
BUG Delver is the Legacy Open defending champion, after Laurence Moo Young’s win in Orlando last weekend. With these two good friends battling in the top 8, can John defeat Adam’s Sneak and Show combo?
John's BUG creatures are putting up a fight!
John, as the four seed, had the play and had a pretty great Delver draw: turn one Delver of Secrets, then Daze Adam’s turn-1 Ponder. Adam countered with Force of Will, removing Spell Pierce, then he decided to play Gitaxian Probe to reveal John’s Delver, Bob, Brainstorm, and two lands. The cupboard was bare of countermagic though, so things might get ugly early.
“Whoever wins is paying for the hotel room after this!”
Delver blind flipped off Ponder (“Jerk!”), then Insectile Aberration No. 2 joined the fray. But Adam had a turn-2 Show and Tell off Lotus Petal, which allowed him to drop the singleton Emrakul, the Aeons Torn. Uh oh. John tried to fight back, putting in Dark Confidant off the Urza’s Saga sorcery, but after all Bob dug up in the upkeep was Tarmogoyf things were all but over. John tried to Abrupt Decay the Emrakul, which didn’t work on so many levels, and he scooped to the flying spaghetti monster with Annihilator 6.
Adam 1, John 0.
John had the play once again and with a , “I’ll try it,” he kept. No Delver this time, as the turn-1 Gitaxian Probe from Adam revealed Spell Pierce, Arcane Laboratory, Brainstorm, Tarmoygoyf, Stifle, and Polluted Delta. Adam then played a land, and then John used the Brainstorm to gather some more secrets to hide from his combo opponent. The Lab in particular would cause problems for Adam, who continued to jaw with John the whole time.
“I’ll never hear the end of this every other Tuesday at the shop if I lose.”
Adam just played a fetchland and passed, so John decided to use a fetchland to search up Underground Sea (Tropical Island already in play alongside Wasteland) to drop Dark Confidant. With Bob Maher safely in play, and with five cards in hand, John passed. Scalding Tarn received Stifle before Ancient Tomb entered play as well, giving Adam three mana. But Arcane Laboratory shuts down the Omniscience combo pretty darn quick…
Adam's choosing his target with Gitaxian Probe quite boisterously.
Show and Tell got Force of Will’d, removing Arcane Laboratory, which resolved. Bob showed Wasteland, and a Wasteland removed Adam’s Ancient Tomb. After which Tarmogoyf resolved and Bob dropped Adam to 13. Things weren’t looking all too great for Adam, as the Spell Pierce he still knew was in John’s hand still lurked. City of Traitors for land, and then pass was all that happened.
Force of Will off the top cost John five life, so both players were at 13. But just for a moment, as the 3/4 ‘Goyf and Bob dropped Adam to 8. Wasteland killed off the second Sol land, and then a turn later a third Wasteland off the top killed a Volcanic Island!
“Float a red…”
“Enter attack step.”
“Lose a red…”
A turn later, it was over.
Adam 1, John1.
Two Delvers are no match... for the Aeons Torn!
Adam, on the play for the first time now in the match, used a fetchland to grab Island before Gitaxian Probing John to see his hand of Abrupt Decay, Pithing Needle, Delver of Secrets, Brainstorm, Spell Pierce, Wasteland, and Underground Sea. John on his first-turn played the Sea and decided that casting Delver of Secrets was the best way to proceed. Adam used an end of turn Brainstorm to fix his draw. Then on turn two Show and Tell happened.
Adam brought Griselbrand to the class, while Pithing Needle came down for John. Awkward. The Needle named the legendary Demon, but it was still a huge 7/7 flying lifelinking body for John to deal with… not something he’s particularly adept at doing. Wasteland go was all that he could muster.
Sending seven damage into the red zone, John dropped to 13. Delver flipped thanks to a Stifle, but it wasn’t particularly useful now. Brainstorm was stymied by Spell Pierce as well, so John’s plan wasn’t coming to fruition. A Delver attack dropped Adam to 19 for a moment, but on the very next turn Griselbrand hit for seven more… and gained seven more life. This is not a winnable race for the Delver deck, and Insectile Aberration eventually had to go to chump blocking duty.
A turn later, after no third land for John, the BUGsman extended his hand.
Adam 2, John 1.