Quarterfinals: Andreas Jonsson vs. Josh Wiitanen
In a rematch of the St. Louis Legacy Open finals, Belcher found Stoneblade standing in its way. Would the Esper-colored control deck prove its dominance in the matchup once again?
Each player kept, and Andreas began with Polluted+Delta for Underground+Sea, resolving Inquisition+of+Kozilek. Seething+Song, Rite+of+Flame, Chrome+Mox, Gitaxian+Probe, Goblin+Charbelcher, Empty+the+Warrens, and Elvish+Spirit+Guide revealed quite the hand—he discarded the Seething+Song.
Andreas went undefeated in the Swiss with Esper Stoneblade.
Josh fell to 18 life and spotted Force+of+Will with his Gitaxian+Probe—but only four lands to go with it! That left him free to do basically whatever he wanted. He’d drawn a replacement Seething+Song and then Manamorphose, which was plenty. Chrome+Mox removing Manamorphose let him cast Rite+of+Flame, then exile Spirit Guide to Seething+Song and Empty for ten Goblins.
Andreas drew Ponder and immediately shuffled his top three cards. Josh attacked, and Andreas conceded after drawing his next card.
Josh 1, Andreas 0
Keeps for Andreas but not for Josh—he went to six cards. That six contained a bunch of Rituals and a Pyroblast—he kept. Andreas led Flooded+Strand and passed, while Gitaxian+Probe from Josh revealed Spell+Pierce, Snapcaster+Mage, and Swords+to+Plowshares alongside lands. Andreas fetched Underground+Sea once Josh passed the turn.
Another Strand, and nothing more for Andreas. Josh cast Land+Grant, revealing Tinder+Wall, Carpet+of+Flowers, Seething+Song, Chrome+Mox, Elvish+Spirit+Guide, Simian+Spirit+Guide, and Pyroblast, while Andreas decided to Spell+Pierce the Land+Grant. Josh followed with Chrome+Mox removing Elvish+Spirit+Guide, and Carpet+of+Flowers.
Josh is hoping to reverse the St. Louis Legacy Open results in this match.
He used the Carpet to make green for Tinder+Wall, and Andreas didn’t mind using Swords+to+Plowshares to remove the semi-ritual. Just a fourth land for Andreas, while Josh drew and passed back. Fetching Plains and keeping himself on just two Islands, Andreas played Polluted+Delta on the next turn.
Josh appeared close to going off, having found Burning+Wish and Lion’s Eye Diamond in successive draw steps. He cast Seething+Song with Carpet and his Mox, Pyroblasting the Spell+Pierce when it flashbacked—this kept Andreas from using a second Snapcaster to get the same Pierce. Andreas did have one—he removed it for Force+of+Will, and Josh sighed.
Just an attack from Andreas, and Josh tried again. Land+Grant for Taiga then Lion’s Eye Diamond—Josh followed with Pyroblast on Snapcaster through Carpet mana and then Burning+Wish, cracking his Diamond to make an Empty+the+Warrens for twelve Goblins. Fetching to thin the deck, Andreas hoped to draw something that wasn’t a land.
An attack for 12 damage from Josh left Andreas on 3 and in search of a sweeper. Disenchant during the end step killed Carpet, and Andreas used Surgical+Extraction on his own Force to thin his deck further—awkwardly revealing Trinket+Mage on top of the deck! Playing to razor-thin margins, Andreas was looking for a lucky pull.
Inquisition+of+Kozilek didn’t do the trick.
Josh 2, Andreas 0