Quarterfinals: Andy Ferguson vs. Sean Evans
Two Mardu decks meet up in the quarterfinals, but both players are looking to do different things. Andy is the aggressor in the semi-mirror match and Sean brings a controlling Planeswalker build to the matchup. Which strategy would reach the semifinals?
Andy looks for an answer to Wingmate Roc.
Andy, on a mulligan to six, led things off with a Bloodsoaked Champion on the play and attacked for 2 after missing his second land drop, while Sean played a couple lands. Andy had a follow up Champion on Turn 3 and attacked with both after finding a Mana Confluence. Sean used a Hero’s Downfall on one of them so Andy simply replayed it with the raid ability.
Sean dropped to 13 to fetch up a Mountain and played Chandra, Pyromaster to kill one of the Champions. Andy fired off a Magma Jet on Sean during his upkeep to smooth out his draws, kept both on top and got in for 2, adding a Bloodstained Mire to his board. Sean killed off the other Champion with Chandra and landed a Wingmate Roc. Andy searched for a Mountain off his fetch land and used a Crackling Doom to drop Sean to 7 and get rid of the flyer.
Sean used Chandra’s zero ability to get a free Temple of Silence, keeping the card on top, and used a Thoughtseize to see a handful of two Lightning Strikes, Goblin Rabblemaster, and Butcher of the Horde. Sean went to 5 and took a Strike before passing the turn. Andy opted to play no spells on his turn and passed with three open mana. Sean upped Chandra to knock Andy to 10 and passed the turn as Andy hit him down to 2 with the remaining Strike. Andy deployed his Rabblemaster and attacked Sean for 1 with a token.
Sean used the ultimate on Chandra to get a free Anger of the Gods, but was hoping for a Crackling Doom. Sean played a new Chandra and upped her to knock Andy to 9. Andy played another Rabblemaster but Sean had a Crackling Doom before combat, dropping Andy to 7. Sean used Chandra’s zero and found an Elspeth, Sun’s Champion and made three soldiers. Andy just played a Bloodstained Mire and passed. Sean whiffed on Chandra’s zero, attacked for 3 and made more tokens. Andy drew for the turn and found the lethal Lightning Strike to take the first game.
Andy 1, Sean 0
It was all temples until Andy started Turn 2 with a Thoughtseize, taking a Hero’s Downfall. Sean dropped Brimaz, King of Oreskos, but it wasn’t long for the world as Andy had a Crackling Doom. Sean had a replacement Brimaz and passed after adding Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth to his side of the table. Andy had a Bloodsoaked Champion and a land for his turn. Sean attacked Andy down to 12 and shipped the turn.
Andy went to 11 and dropped a Stormbreath Dragon that crashed into the red zone, but Sean had a Downfall for it. Sean knocked Andy to 6 with another attack from Brimaz and his cat soldiers. Andy peaked at his next card and decided to shuffle up for the third game.
Andy 1, Sean 1
Sean decides what to do with Chandra.
Andy went down to six while Sean kept his seven after tanking for a bit. Both players led with temples and basic lands and Andy passed Turn 3 with no land. Sean found his and passed as Andy found a Mana Confluence off the top and used a Brain Maggot to take a Crackling Doom from a hand loaded with removal.
Sean fetched up a Mountain and got rid of the Maggot with an Anger of the Gods, getting back his Crackling Doom. Andy landed a Goblin Rabblemaster and attacked for 1. Sean cleared the board with another Anger and passed. Andy deployed Butcher of the Horde and was killed via Crackling Doom by Sean, who missed on his fourth land once again. Andy had another Butcher, but Sean had another Crackling Doom.
Andy kept the threats coming with a Stormbreath Dragon and attacked Sean to 14. Sean found a Temple of Malic and sent the card to the bottom. Andy was able to get in for 4 more and added a Brain Maggot to take a Hero’s Downfall. After Sean passed with no play, Andy hit him with a Stoke the Flames. Andy sent in the Dragon and Sean killed it with a Hero’s Downfall. With the coast clear, Andy fired off two copies of Lightning Strike to take the match.
Andy 2, Sean 1