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, 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, 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