Quarterfinals: Alec Myers vs. Jeremy Sparkman
After a grueling swiss, Jeremy Sparkman and Alec Myers returned bright and early for a quarterfinal brawl. Would it be Jeremy’s Mono-Black Devotion or Alec’s R/G Devotion that advanced to the top 4?
Alec is in the zone.
Neither player had a turn 1 play, and Alec was first to the board with a turn 2 Frostburn+Weird. It met Devour+Flesh from Jeremy. Both players had power enchantments on their third turn; a Hammer+of+Purphoros from Alec and an Underworld+Connections from Jeremy. Alec’s follow-up, Xenagos%2C+the+Reveler, made a 2/2 Satyr Token and got some damage going, but Jeremy untapped and stuck a Desecration+Demon in the way.
After considering his options, Alec cast Stormbreath+Dragon, made a Satyr, then fed it to Jeremy’s Desecration+Demon, clearing the path and attacking for 6. The other satyr was sacrificed in Jeremy’s combat step, and a post-combat Lifebane+Zombie revealed the Fanatic+of+Mogis in Alec’s hand that would finish him off. Jeremy passed the turn, watched Alec go through the motions, and scooped up his cards.
Alec Myers 1, Jeremy Sparkman 0
This time neither player had a play for the first two turns, and Jeremy’s Thoughtseize on turn 3 revealed a lot of gas: Hammer+of+Purphoros, Domri+Rade, Xenagos%2C+the+Reveler, Mizzium+Mortars, Purphoros, God of the Forge, and a pair of mountains. Seeing that Alec was missing a green source, Jeremy sniped the Hammer+of+Purphoros, leaving him with a few turns away from casting anything relevant. When Alec simply played his third mountain and passed, Jeremy cast a Desecration+Demon.
Alec played his fourth mountain and cast Purphoros, god of the Forge, who unfortunately could not do much on defense. The Desecration+Demon cracked in for 6, and a Gray+Merchant+of+Asphodel dropped Alec down to 10. Double Mizzium+Mortars cleared away the Desecration+Demon, but the Merchant and a Mutavault kept up the pressure from Jeremy.
Burning-Tree+Emissary into Stormbreath+Dragon looked to turn things around for Alec, but Jeremy had the answers: a Doom+Blade for the Dragon and a Bile+Blight for the Emissary. Alec drew his card and conceded.
Alec Myers 1, Jeremy Sparkman 1
Jeremy is devoted to black.
A naked Burning-Tree+Emissary was the first play of the game, and it met a Bile+Blight from Jeremy. Alec had Domri+Rade on his third turn, and Jeremy had a Lifebane+Zombie, seeing a spicy hand of Stormbreath+Dragon, Harness by Force, and two Searing+Bloods. One of those Searing bloods dropped him to 17 and took out the Zombie, and Jeremy looked to stabilize the ground with a Desecration+Demon.
Alec thought long and hard before casting his Boros+Reckoner and passing the turn. Jeremy Doom Bladed the Boros+Reckoner and attacked away the Domri+Rade with his Desecration+Demon. Alec fired back with Stormbreath+Dragon, but Jeremy was ready with another Doom+Blade. He activated his two Mutavaults and crashed in with the team, dropping Alec to just 10.
Looking to stabilize, Alec fired of Burning-Tree+Emissary into Hammer+of+Purphoros. He fed his Emissary to the Demon, and Jeremy sent all three of his Mutavaults into battle. One of the fell to a Searing+Blood, but the others dropped Alec to 6. He untapped and cast a Frostburn+Weird, passing with three mana up. On Jeremy’s combat step, he made a 3/3 Golem with his Hammer and sacrificed it to the Demon, falling to 4 when the remaining two Mutavaults attacked into his Frostburn+Weird.
After Alec simply played a land and passed back, he fed another Golem to Jeremy’s Demon. The two Mutavaults attacked, and this time one of them died to the 2/3 Frostburn+Weird. Alec fell to 2, and Jeremy passed back. Alec played another Burning-Tree+Emissary, using the mana to make a Golem token, and attacked with it. Jeremy cast a Pharika’s Cure and a Devour+Flesh, jumping up to 12 when Alec sacrificed his Frostburn+Weird, but fell to 9 from combat.
Alec was quickly running out of food to feed the Desecration+Demon. He lost land #3 to make a replacement Golem, but Jeremy showed him another removal spell, and Alec extended the hand in defeat.
Jeremy Sparkman 2, Alec Myers 1