Quarterfinals: Caleb Scherer vs. Ryan Fleischer
Both Caleb Scherer and Ryan Fleischer have had a breakout weekend already with an Invitational top 8, but both hoped to cement their name with a trophy finish. Only one could advance--would it be Caleb with W/U Heroic or Ryan with Abzan Reanimator?
Ryan and Caleb settling down for a battle.
Caleb kicked things off with a Favored+Hoplite, and it took to the skies and bashed Ryan for 2 the following turn thanks to a Stratus+Walk. Ryan had Sylvan+Caryatid on his second turn to jump-start is game plan, while Caleb had no follow up after the Stratus+Walk, only a Temple+of+Enlightenment and another swing in the air. Ryan had a conspicuously quiet turn 3, playing Windswept+Heath and passing the turn. Caleb just played a Tranquil+Cove and attacked for 2 again, sensing a removal spell, and his senses paid off as Ryan attempted a Murderous+Cut at Caleb’s end step, which Caleb stymied with a Gods+Willing.
Once again, Ryan played his land and passed without a play. Caleb was happy to attack again, now with a 3/4 flier, and dropped Ryan to 9. Caleb cast Heliod’s Pilgrim for Aqueous+Form, but declined to cast it, and he had a second Gods+Willing on his end step when Ryan went for Murderous+Cut #2. Out of removal, Ryan began deploying his threats, casting a Courser+of+Kruphix, finding a land on top, and using it cast a second Courser.
With Ryan tapped out and the shields down, Caleb began suiting up, casting Defiant+Strike and then Aqueous+Form on his Favored+Hoplite. He swung in for 7 to drop Ryan to 3, then passed. Ryan played a Caves+of+Koilos to jump back up to 5, then cast Whip+of+Erebos and came crashing in with his Coursers, looking to jump back up to 9. Caleb blocked with his 1/2 Hoplite and cast Gods+Willing to give it protection from green, preventing 2 of the damage. Ryan climbed to 7, but the first Favored+Hoplite was threatening to attack for 6 on board, and a Defiant+Strike off the top for Caleb made it a lethal swing.
Caleb Scherer 1, Ryan Fleischer 0
Ryan opened up the game with a Thoughtseize, seeing Battlewise+Hoplite, Feat+of+Resistance, Hero+of+Iroas, and four lands in Caleb’s hand. He got rid of the Feat+of+Resistance, while Caleb quickly untapped and got his Hero+of+Iroas into play. A second Thoughtseize from Ryan cleared out a freshly drawn Ordeal+of+Thassa, but he took 2 from the Hero and a Heliod’s Pilgrim off the top for Caleb retrieved an Ordeal+of+Thassa anyway.
Ryan played his third land and passed the turn with an Abzan+Charm at the ready. Caleb stuck the Ordeal+of+Thassa onto his Hero if Iroas, and Ryan went for the removal spell after the heroic trigger. Caleb showed him his card drawn for the turn: Gods+Willing, which kept the Hero alive an allowed the Ordeal+of+Thassa to trigger. He swung in for 9, and Ryan just shrugged and picked up his cards.
Caleb Scherer 2, Ryan Fleischer 0
Ryan had the first play of the game, a turn 2 Satyr+Wayfinder which found a Temple+of+Silence. Caleb had the option of a turn 2 Battlewise+Hoplite, but he declined, choosing to hold off until he could protect it with a Gods+Willing. Ryan played his Temple and added a Sylvan+Caryatid to the board, and then the Battlewise+Hoplite entered play with a Temple+of+Enlightenment still untapped. Sure enough, Ryan went for Glare+of+Heresy, and Caleb use Gods+Willing in an attempt to give it protection from white. Ryan had Hero’s Downfall in response, and the Hoplite went to the bin.
Undeterred, Caleb re-developed his board with a Favored+Hoplite and a Heliod’s Pilgrim fetching Ordeal+of+Thassa. Ryan took the opportunity while Caleb was tapped out to Murderous+Cut the Hoplite, leaving Caleb just the 1/2 Pilgrim to suit up with his Ordeal. He did just that, attacking for 2, and Ryan pushed his Satyr+Wayfinder in front to chump block. A second Heliod’s Pilgrim fetching a second Ordeal+of+Thassa came post-combat.
Ryan drew and passed, appearing to be out of gas, and Caleb put the Ordeal on the second Heliod’s Pilgrim and attacked with both. Ryan blocked the 2/3 with his Sylvan+Caryatid, drawing a Defiant+Strike from Caleb to make it a 3/3. Ryan had Abzan+Charm to kill the other Pilgrim, a 3/4, but was left without a board in the aftermath. He had no play once again on his own turn, and Caleb swung in getting the second counter on his Pilgrim, and cast a post-combat Battlewise+Hoplite.
Aqueous+Form made the 3/3 Battlewise+Hoplite unblockable on Caleb’s next turn, and the Pilgrim cracked in without contest and triggered the Ordeal+of+Thassa, netting Caleb some fresh cards. Another Heliod’s Pilgrim came down for Caleb retrieving Stratus+Walk, and Ryan could see the writing on the wall. He sat at 9 life with nothing but lands in play, and he played another land and passed the turn. Caleb applied some additional pants to his Battlewise+Hoplite and attacked for 9, closing out the match.
Caleb Scherer 3, Ryan Fleischer 0