Quarterfinals : Peter Nguyen vs. Ben Feingersh
In a classic matchup of Aggro vs. Control, who will take it down: Peter and his horde of Goblins or Ben and his crash of Rhinos?
Peter is on the play and kept his opening seven. Ben, unfortunately mulliganed down to four, which is made even worse against Peter’s Mono-Red Aggro deck. Peter leads with a Mountain and passes the turn. Ben only has a Temple of Silence for his turn, scrying the card to the top.
On Peter’s second turn, he deploys a Monastary Swiftspear and attacks for one. Perhaps not the most of aggressive starts to punish his short-handed opponent. Ben plays a Caves of Kolos and passes, hoping to put up a fight.
Peter summons a horde of Goblins to his side by casting a Hordeling Outburst, triggering his Monastary Swiftspear. An attack from the Swiftspear and a pass might spell trouble for Ben, but he Bile Blights the Goblin tokens at the end of Peter’s turn. All Ben can do is play a Windswept Heath and pass.
Peter continues the aggression by casting a Stoke the Flames at his opponent’s face followed by an attack with the Prowessed Swiftspear. Once again, Ben has a removal spell for Peter’s creature, as this time the Swiftspear pays the Ultimate Price. Ben decided to draw to cards for his turn with Abzan Charm, hoping to hit land drops, but has to pass without a land and paying two life.
Peter dashes in a Lightning Bersker and pumps it to deal four damage, putting Ben to four. Ben passes again, holding open all his mana to try to trap Peter, but Peter has nothing to be trapped with, as he taps out to kill Ben with a Stoke the Flames to the face.
Peter wins Game 1, and is ahead 1-0 in the match!
Ben gets to be on the play this time and gets to keep all seven cards. He leads with a Windswept Heath and passes the turn. Peter, staying on the aggression, plays a Mountain and Foundry Street Denizen, hoping to get in massive amounts of damage quickly.
Ben plays a Temple of Malady and scrys to the top, and quickly passes back, daring Peter to do his worst. But all Peter can muster is a Monastery Swiftspear and an attack for three damage. Ben casually casts his Drown in Sorrow, clearing Peter’s board and passing the turn. Peter tries to keep the aggression going by playing another Foundry Street Denizen, followed by dashing in a Lightning Berserker for one point of damage.
Ben deploys of Courser of Kruphix, hoping to gain some life back and put him far ahead of Peter. However, Peter burns the Courser with a Roast on his turn, followed by more attacks with Goblins. Peter plays his land and follows up with a Goblin Rabblemaster, attacking with his Goblin horde. However, Ben plays his second Drown in Sorrow, clearing the board, and going way ahead of his opponent.
A pair of Goblin tokens is all Peter can play, as he casts Dragon Fodder. On back-to-back turns, Ben plays a Siege Rhino, followed by an Elspeth, Sun’s Champion. At this point, it is elementary, and a few turns later, Peter scoops his cards up, ready to be on the play for Game 3.
Ben wins Game 2, and ties the match 1-1!
Back on the play, Peter leads with Mountain into Foundry Street Denizen, hoping that this time, the Goblin will do more damage than Game 2. Ben simply scrys with Temple of Silence, and passes his turn.
Peter steps up the aggression by deploying both another Foundry Street Denizen and a Monastry Swiftspear, dealing four damage on Turn 2. Ben has another scryland, this time Temple of Malady, and casts Duress to take a Hordeling Outburst which would have done massive amounts of damage to him had his opponent cast it.
Peter plays another Monastry Swiftspear and attacks for six this time, putting his opponent in serious peril. Ben misses his third land drop and can only dejectedly pass the turn back. Peter does not draw his third land either, but is still swinging for four damage. One of the Goblins passes the Ultimate Price, but Peter is still putting massive pressure on Ben.
Ben misses his third land drop again, and plays a Fleecemane Lion to block. And block it did, as Peter just ran his creatures into the Lion, which swallowed the other Foundry Street Denizen. Once again, Ben misses his third land drop and deploys a second Fleecemane Lion.
“Don’t draw a land…or a spell…or anything” is all Peter can say, knowing that anything off the top means he is probably dead.
And Peter obliged him this turn, passing back without casting any spells or playing a land.
“Is this actually happening?” asks Ben.
“I told you you were favored in this matchup”, answers Peter.
But Ben once again misses his third land drop, once again passing the turn with only two Fleecemane Lions standing between himself and death. And this time, death waited for nobody, as Peter drew and played his Mountain, cast a dashed in a Goblin Heelcutter, and finished Ben off.
Peter wins Game 3, and the match, 2-1!