Quarterfinals: Ben Robinson vs. Eric Rill
Eric Rill readies up for Game 1 of the quarterfinals.
Ben led with an Arid+Mesa and passed while Eric started things off with a Gitaxian+Probe to see three pieces of countermagic in double Spell+Pierce and a Force+of+Will along with a Stoneforge+Mystic. Eric played his Tropical+Island and passed back. Ben played Misty+Rainforest and cracked both fetch lands to find a Tundra and Volcanic+Island to play a Stoneforge+Mystic that grabbed a Batterskull. Eric played Brainstorm at end of turn then untapped and played a Swamp and played a Dark+Ritual that got countered by Force+of+Will, removing a Snapcaster+Mage. Eric played a Lotus+Petal and sacrificed it for a black mana to cast Cabal+Therapy hitting with “Batterskull” and seeing the rest of Ben’s already known hand.
Ben attacked for one and passed. Eric untapped and cast another Cabal+Therapy that Ben used a Spell+Pierce on, but Eric paid the two, then Ben decided to Daze it returning a Tundra. Ben replayed his Tundra, attacked for one and passed. Eric played Brainstorm then used another Probe before passing. Ben hit again with Stoneforge+Mystic then passed.
Eric continued with his discard plan, this time using Duress that hit Spell+Pierce after Ben used his response to hit Eric with a Lightning+Bolt. Eric played a third Brainstorm and followed it up with a third Probe to see Ben’s last card was a Volcanic+Island. With the coast clear, Eric played a Cabal+Ritual and a Lion’s Eye Diamond, then cracked the Diamond with priority to cast Infernal+Tutor to find Past+in+Flames. Eric cast Past+in+Flames, did the math, and Ben packed it in for Game 2.
Eric 1, Ben 0
Ben Robinson thinks before sideboarding for Game 2.
Ben started with a Tundra and no turn-1 play while Eric opened with a Scalding+Tarn into an Island and cast a Ponder that met a Spell Peirce. Ben fetched with a Flooded+Strand to grab a Volcanic+Island and he cast a Meddling+Mage naming “Tendrils of Agony.” Eric played and cracked a Polluted+Delta to grab a Swamp then cast Duress to see Spell Peirce, Brainstorm, Meddling+Mage, and a Misty+Rainforest. Eric decided on taking Brainstorm. “Hard to decide on a card when none of them matter,” Eric said.
Eric Rill considers a very awkward Ad+Nauseam reveal.
Eric revealed 11 cards to go down to 3 life, and started with a couple of rituals and a Lotus+Petal then bounced the Meddling+Mage with Echoing Truth and used Cabal+Therapy to get rid of two Meddling+Mage before passing. Ben drew and cast a Delver+of+Secrets and passed.
Eric untapped and fetched for a Volcanic+Island then cast Cabal+Ritual and Past+in+Flames then recast a flurry of rituals and storm-building discard spells until he reached lethal status for Tendrils+of+Agony.
Eric 2, Ben 0