Quarterfinals: Brad Nelson vs. Dylan Hysen
Brad opened with a Temple of Plenty into a Fleecemane Lion on his second turn while Dylan made a two-drop of his own, Dragon Whisperer. Brad followed up with an attack for three and a Deathmist Raptor, going to 18 off a Yavimaya Coast and Dylan played and attacked with a Flamewake Phoenix as both players curved out in the beginning turns of the game.
Brad used Dromoka's Command to grow his Lion and fight the Whisperer allowing him to get in for seven, dropping Dylan to 10, and passed the turn. Dylan went for a Fanatic of Mogis, but Brad had the Disdainful Stroke for it. Dylan got in for two more with his Phoenix and passed back.
Brad played a Morph, dropped Dylan to 3, and passed with two open mana. Dylan looked over his hand, attacked for two, but couldn't find an answer to Brad's threats.
Brad 1, Dylan 0
Dylan kept his opener as Brad went down to five cards on the draw. Dylan led with a Mountain as Brad bottomed a card with a Temple of Plenty while Dylan landed an Eidolon of the Great Revel, forcing Brad to take three from a Fleecemane Lion he played with a Yavimaya Coast. Dylan took two to play a Flamewake Phoenix and attacked in the air.
Brad went to 14, then to 12, to use Dromoka's Command, clearing Dylan's board, and ended his turn with a Temple of Plenty, keeping the top card. Dylan used Draconic Roar to kill the Lion, dropping Brad to 9 by revealing Stormbreath Dragon. Brad played a Courser of Kruphix and got to play an Island off the top. Dylan, stuck on three lands, played a replacement Eidolon and passed the turn. Brad bashed for two, dropping Dylan to 13, and went to 8 to play another Courser.
Dylan went to 11, playing another Eidolon, and passed back. Brad got to go to 10 when he played a Forest off the top of his deck and sent his 2/4s into the red zone. Dylan offered no blocks and went to 7, leaving Brad to play a Hornet Next, going to 6 in the process. Dylan looked at his next draw but found no land or play and had to ship the turn. Brad drew an Elspeth, Sun's Champion off the top and found his sixth land, a Windswept Heat, to play under it. Brad attacked with his Coursers again and knocked Dylan to 3 when he had no blocks. Brad fetched a Plains going to 9, and played Elspeth, making three soldiers.
Dylan used Stoke the Flames on the end step to drop Brad to 5.
Brad paused for a second and responded, "uh oh."
Brad 1, Dylan 1
Both players were happy with their opening seven and Brad opened up with an Elvish Mystic off a Yavimaya Coast while Dylan played a Mountain. Brad went to 18 and played a Deathmist Raptor ahead of schedule, but Dylan shot it down with a Roast on his second turn.
Brad went to 17 to play a Courser of Kruphix and went back to 18 with a Temple of Plenty, sending a land to the bottom of his deck. Dylan played and attacked with a Flamewake Phoenix, dropping Brad to 16. Brad fetched a Plains with a Flooded Strand and went to 16 to play Dragonlord Ojutai and finished his turn by attacking for two. Dylan was forced to attack with his Phoenix ad Brad blocked with Ojutai to kill it. Dylan used another Roast to take down the Courser and passed the turn.
Brad had a replacement Courser and attacked with Ojutai, dropping Dylan to 13, and netting him a card. Brad ended his turn with a Temple of Plenty, keeping a Deathmist Raptor on top of his deck. Dylan deployed a Dragon Whisperer and had to pass back with no fourth land.
Brad attacked with his Dragonlord and Courser and Dylan went to 6 after declaring no blocks. Brad added the Raptor to his board and shipped the turn. Dylan studied his hand for a minute after drawing a card but passed after taking no action. Brad attacked with his team and Dylan made his Whisperer fly to block Ojutai and sent a Draconic Roar at the Raptor, but Brad had Dromoka's Command to get the lethal attack through.
Brad 2, Dylan 1