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