Quarterfinals: Craig Wescoe vs Bryan Jones
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%2C+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
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