Quarterfinals: Craig Wescoe vs Bryan Jones
The early game was a flurry of trades between Craig’s W/B Tokens deck and Bryan’s Naya Pod deck as Go for the Throat tore Birds of Paradise from the sky and Mortarpod picked off Champion of the Parish.
Bryan Jones gets busy in the quarterfinals.
Both players were seemed just fine with that as they quickly and calmly refilled their boards. Blade Splicer met Lingering Souls, but Craig’s double Hero of Bladehold gave him the lead as his spirit tokens got in for a few. Things were looking good for Bryan when Wurmcoil Engine arrived right on time, giving him a chance to win if he could rip a Birthing Pod for Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite after defending with Blade Splicer, a Golem equipped with Mortarpod and Wurmcoil Engine.
Craig drew the perfect answer in the form of his second Go for the Throat. The instant removal spell locked the last, tricky piece of the puzzle into place and he sprang into action. Intangible Virtue left him with two mana untapped and Craig jammed all of his guys into the void, forcing Bryan to figure out a way to live through the savage attack.
Eventually he figured out a way to survive the attack at 1 life after Wurmcoil Engine’s lifelink ability after blocking both Hero of Bladehold, but the Go for the Throat let Craig kill his own creature to deny Bryan any lifegain. The tokens smashed in for a whopping 20 damage, leaving Bryan to figure out what went wrong as looked through his sideboard.
Craig 1, Bryan 0
Craig Wescoe overruns the quarterfinals with tokens.
Bryan got out front early with Avacyn’s Pilgrim into Strangleroot Geist, quickly dropping Craig to 17 as Champion of the Parish declined to get involved. Craig showed why as he quickly dropped a second Plains and two more Champion of the Parish to give him a 3/3, 2/2 and 1/1 on turn 2. The 3/3 attacked to even the score before Craig shipped the turn.
Huntmaster of the Fells looked like it was going to slow things down, but Craig’s Gather the Townsfolk squashed that plan. The Champion of the Parish trio jumped up to 5/5, 4/4 and 3/3 and teamed up on Bryan’s life total with the 4/4 taking one for the team as it traded with the wolf token and the front half of Strangleroot Geist. The remaining pair dropped Bryan to 11 and forced him to Time Walk himself to flip Huntmaster of the Fells in order to pick off a human token and give him some extra beef.
A second Gather the Townsfolk drilled it home, growing his guys into a 7/7 and a 5/5 as they bashed in again, this time with a stray human coming along for the ride. The attack was pretty safe, of course, as Bryan was forced to trade his Ravager of the Fells and Strangleroot Geist for the 7/7 and chump block the 5/5 with Avacyn’s Pilgrim. That left Bryan’s board clear and just 10 life to work with while Craig had three tokens and a 5/5 to play with. Double Honor of the Pure on the next turn put the final nails in Bryan’s coffin, letting Craig’s team rumble in for a lethal blow.
Craig 2, Bryan 0