Quarterfinals: Brett Parise vs. Louis Corso
Brett Parise has been hovering near the top of the standings all day as his unique Goblins deck has fought through all kinds of resistance. His opponent, Louis Corso, piloted one of the most popular decks of the weeken, Esper Stoneblade to his own playoff appearance. The northern California players now faced off in the quarterfinals with a shot at the Legacy Open title on the line.
Winning the die roll, Louis fired off a Brainstorm in response to Goblin Lackey, hoping to find a safer answer than the Snapcaster Mage he had in hand. He didn't, but he was able to stick the wizard in front of the deadly Goblin Lackey during Brett's attack step. Brett shrugged and binned his one drop, but replaced it with an even more dangerous Warren Instigator. If Louis had a sketchy answer for the Goblin Lackey, the mythic version was going to bury him.
Louis Corso wields the power of Esper Stoneblade.
Siege-Gang Commander and his gang rode onto the battlefield with the first trigger and Goblin Lackey followed it, leaving Louis with a board full of green men to deal with. He whiffed on an answer and passed the turn, trying to buy a turn with Vendilion Clique after Brett stuck all of his guys in. Gempalm Incinerator crushed it and Louis gave up after seeing Brett's loaded hand, saying “That's probably enough.”
Brett 1, Louis 0
Things were looking up to start game two for Louis as he Pondered into Engineered Explosives, Umezawa's Jitte and Underground Sea. He kept them on top and drew the Engineered Explosives before declining to Force of Will Brett's Aether Vial.
Stoneforge Mystic came in right on time, snagging Batterskull out of Louis' deck, and again he declined to counter Brett's play—this time Goblin Lackey—using Engineered Explosives to wipe out both of Brett's threats and delaying the arrival of Batterskull.
Another Goblin Lackey replaced the first and Wasteland ate an Underground Sea, but it was going to be tough for Brett to keep up with the looming Batterskull. Goblin Piledriver was not what he was looking for, and a second Stoneforge Mystic that dug up Umezawa's Jitte looked like it would put the game out of reach. Thoughtseize stole a Gempalm Incinerator and left Brett with a trio of uncastables in Goblin Chieftain and two Siege-Gang Commanders, and it was indeed over a couple of turns later as the Jitte got to work.
Brett 1, Louis 1
Brett Parise's Goblins are carrying him to a great finish.
The players chatted casually as they shuffled up for game three, talking about Legacy cards and where they play. Eventually things got started with Brett taking a mulligan and Louis keeping a defensive opening hand of Force of Will, Inquisition of Kozilek and Swords to Plowshares plus lands.
It got up to two and Warren Instigator entered play on Louis' end step before the Aether Vial charged up to three. Swords to Plowshares took care of the troublesome goblin and Brett ended his turn with three cards in hand, one of which Louis knew was Pyroblast.
Stoneforge Mystic picked up Umezawa's Jitte, but Louis declined playing his fourth land—Underground Sea—to protect it from Wasteland. He sat on Swamp, Plains and Polluted Delta and watched as Goblin Ringleader was vialed in, netting Brett a Tuktuk Scrapper. The Goblin Ringleader attacked and there was no way Louis was sticking Stoneforge Mystic in front of it.
The mystic drew Umezawa's Jitte and smashed in for a point, leaving Brett free to do whatever he wanted. Louis had drawn his one Batterskull and wanted to set up for it by letting Brett use Tuktuk Scrapper on the slightly less important artifact. He did, and the Jitte's counters picked off the ally so that no damage was dealt and the Goblin Ringleader got in for a couple more.
Louis was able to spring his trap on the next turn, eating the Goblin Ringleader with Batterskull, but not before Aether Vial snuck in Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker to copy it and snag a fistful of goblins from the top of Brett. Goblins spilled into play as Goblin Lackey and Goblin Chieftain joined up, ignoring the Batterskull as the board filled up.
Lingering Souls and Batterskull knocked Brett to 9, but Aether Vial and Kiki-Jiki were keeping Brett's foot on the gas, piling in goblin after goblin, and when another Goblin Chieftain and Goblin Sharpshooter hit play, Brett's team was able to overwhelm Louis' defenses and steal a win despite Louis having a healthy 23 life.
Brett Parise wins 2-1