Quarterfinals: Brad Theisen vs. Bradley Brown
Bradley Brown won his first eight matches and was able double draw into the Top 8 and entered the quarterfinals as the No. 7 seed. Brad Theisen had to play in Round 10 and won to enter the elimination rounds as the No. 2, a position he hoped would help him advance to the semifinals. Would Theisen move on with Mono-Blue Devotion or could Brown pull the upset in the nightmare matchup with his Naya Aggro deck?
Bradley Brown sideboards after a rough Game 1.
Theisen started with a turn-1 Cloudfin Raptor and Brown opened with a Temple of Plenty. Theisen had a Frostburn Weird to evolve his Raptor and attacked for one as Brown had another temple, this one of Abandon, and passed. Theisen curved out with a Thassa, God of the Sea and attacked for two. Brown made his first play, a Fleecemane Lion, but didn’t find a third land.
Theisen found a Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx and tapped it for four to play a Master of Waves that made five elementals, evolved his Raptor and attacked for seven to drop Brown to 10. Brown used a Selesyna Charm on the God and passed after playing a tapped Sacred Foundry. Theisen dropped a Tidebinder Mage, tapped the Lion and attacked in for lethal.
“That was the nuts,” Brown said as he scooped up his cards.
Theisen 1, Brown 0
Brown opened the game just like Game 1, with a Temple of Plenty, while Theisen had an Island and no threat. Brown landed a turn-2 Imposing Sovereign and Theisen matched with his two-drop, Frostburn Weird. Brown got in for two and passed with three mana up. Theisen went for a Tidebinder Mage and attacked with his Weird and pumped once to tie it up at 18 and Brown flashed in a Boon Satyr at the end of turn.
Brown shocked himself for an untapped Sacred Foundry then bashed in for six and landed a Voice of Resurgence. Theisen dropped a Thassa and passed and Brown had the end-of-turn Selesnya Charm to exile the God. Brown scryed with a temple, keeping it on top, and attacked with just his Voice of Resurgence and Theisen opted to let it through and fall to 10.
Theisen played a Master of Waves with five tokens, but Brown had the Last Breath to take it and the tokens out, but brought Theisen back up to 14. Brown turned his Voice and Boon Satyr sideways and Theisen blocked the Voice with his Weird and the Satyr with his Tidebinder Mage, Brown flashed in a Boon Satyr on the a Boon Satyr to survive and take out the Mage. Theisen played Domestication to take Brown’s Voice of Resurgence and passed back.
Brown landed a Banisher Priest on the Weird and attacked with his team, but Theisen had a Rapid Hybridization for the Boon Satyr and fell to 12. Theisen played a Jace, Architect of Thought and rolled it down to net a Thassa and second copy of Jace before passing. Brown sent his entire team at Theisen and Theisen blocked the Priest with his domesticized Voice of Resurgence and put his Mutavault in front of the Boon Satyr, Brown responded by using a Selesyna Charm on the Satyr and then gave it double strike with a Boros Charm to send the match to a third game.
Theisen 1, Brown 1
Brad Theisen shuffles intensely before Game 3.
Both kept their seven and Theisen had the turn-1 Cloudfin Raptor. Brown shocked himself to play a turn-1 Experiment One. Theisen had the Frostburn Weird on curve to evolve the Raptor and attacked for one in the air. Brown evolved his own creature with Imposing Sovereign and passed. Theisen had the turn-3 Thassa and attacked Brown down to 16 with the flyer.
Brown considered his options before passing with no play or attack. Theisen added another Raptor to his board then made his God unlockable and went to attackers, but Brown had the Last Breath for the Weird, preventing the attack and moving Theisen up to 24, and Theisen just sent in the Raptor. Brown scryed away a card with a Temple of Plenty and attacked with his team and a Mutavault. Theisen used a Rapid Hybridization to deal with the land and dropped to 20. Theisen had another Weird to evolve his Raptors and rifted the Frof Lizard, then bashed Brown to 7 with his flyers and God.
Theisen 2, Brown 1