Quarterfinals: Daniel Longoria vs. Tyler Stuart
The two most popular decks on Day 2 meet up in this quarterfinal matchup pitting Tyler and Esper Dragons against Daniel and Abzan Aggro. Would Tyler be able to hold on long enough for his dragons to take over or could Daniel beat him to the punch with a bunch of cats and Rhinos?
Daniel opened the matchup with a Thoughtseize, taking an Anticipate, leading to Tyler using a Thoughtseize of his own to take a Fleecemane Lion from Daniel’s grip. Daniel had no threat on the second turn and used an Abzan Charm to draw two cards while Tyler made his land drops.
Daniel went for another Thoughtseize, but Tyler fetched down to 17 so he could counter it with Dissolve, leaving the window open for Daniel to resolve a Brimaz, King of Oreskos, but Tyler had the Ultimate Price on his next turn to deal with the cat. Daniel had no play and passed, which Tyler used as a turn to slam Dragonlord Ojutai. Daniel found a Siege Rhino and took a hit from the Dragonlord, dropping him to 12.
Daniel attacked with his Rhino and used Dromoka’s Command to grow the Rhino and take down the Dragonlord before knocking Tyler to 9. Daniel passed after playing a Warden of the First Tree and Tyler simply played another Dragonlord Ojutai. Daniel leveled up the one-drop at the end of the turn, untapped and attacked with his team. Tyler blocked the Warden and Daniel used another Command to grow the Warden, trading the Warden and the Command for the Ojutai, while getting in for five more damage.
Tyler was to the point where he had to use a Foul-Tongue Invocation to get rid of the Rhino then stopped a Rakshasa Deathdealer with a Dissolve. Daniel was able to resolve a Wingmate Roc, but Tyler landed Ugin, the Spirit Dragon and exiled the bird. Daniel fired off a Hero’s Downfall to destroy the Planeswalker and passed after fetching two lands. Tyler played a land and passed as Daniel resolved a new Deathdealer, but Tyler got back Ugin with Haven of the Spirit Dragon and played it again, exiling the cat.
Daniel had a follow-up Brimaz, but Tyler kept using Ugin to deal with the threats. Daniel played another Deathdealer forcing Tyler to lose Ugin to exile it. Land-go went on for a few turns before Daniel found another Roc but Tyler had Crux of Fate to keep the board clean. Daniel found a Thoughtseize to take a Foul-Tongue Invocation from Tyler, who had a land and Dragonlord Silumgar in his hand.
When Tyler passed again, Daniel drew a Fleecemane Lion and made it monstrous immediately. Tyler deployed Silumgar as a blocker, but Daniel ripped a Hero’s Downfall to clear the way for his Lion, dropping Tyler to 1. Tyler used an Anticipate to dig deeper, but couldn’t find an answer to the hexproof Lion and scooped up his cards.
Daniel 1, Tyler 0
This time Tyler opened the game with a Thoughtseize by fetching a Swamp and took a Deathdealer from Daniel’s opening hand. Daniel got to the board early with a first-turn Warden and got in for one on his second turn while Tyler played an Anticipate at the end of the turn. Daniel attacked and leveled up his Warden on his third turn as Tyler delved five to Dig Through Time.
Tyler found a Bile Blight and killed the Warden on his fourth turn and was able to hit Daniel’s Brimaz with a Silumgar’s Scorn. Daniel attempted Anafenza, the Foremost on his next turn, which Tyler had an answer for in the form of a Foul-Tongue Invocation, revealing an Ojutai. Daniel played another Anafenza, but Tyler kept it off the board with Dissolve.
Daniel tried Anafenza No. 3 and Tyler played Anticipate in response before letting it resolve. When Daniel passed the turn Tyler used another Dig Through Time, untapped, and slammed Silumgar, the Drifting Death. Daniel battled with Anafenza and got in for four, then resolved a Siege Rhino, dropping Tyler to 9. Tyler didn’t flinch and played Dragonlord Silumgar to take the Rhino and passed back.
Daniel had no attacks and added a Fleecemane Lion and a Brimaz to his board. Tyler used another Anticipate on his turn and offered no attacks. Daniel attempted an Abzan Charm on the Dragonlord, but Tyler stopped it with a Dissolve then played an end-of-turn Foul-Tongue Invocation and Daniel binned the Brimaz. Tyler shoved the Rhino and the Dragonlord into the red zone, dropping Daniel to 12 after no blocks. Tyler landed a third dragon, this time Dragonlord Ojutai and passed the turn.
Daniel attempted a Duress, but Tyler had a Scorn for it. Daniel resolved a Self-Inflicted Wound, so Tyler sacrificed the Rhino. Daniel attacked with his team and Tyler fell to 7 after blocks, leading Tyler to alpha strike on his turn, bringing Daniel to 1. After the attack, Tyler played a new Ojutai and killed the Lion. Daniel looked at his next card and said, “next game.”
Daniel 1, Tyler 1
The trend of discard spells on the first turn continued as Daniel used a Duress to take Tyler’s Thoughtseize. Tyler had a Temple of Silence and Daniel landed a Fleecemane Lion. A Temple of Deceit meant no play again for Tyler as Daniel bashed for three and played Anafenza, the Foremost.
Tyler killed the legend with a Hero’s Downfall and passed, leading Daniel to attack for three and play a Deathdealer. Tyler dealt with the Lion with a Bile Blight and shipped the turn. Daniel hit for two with the cat and played a Thoughtseize. Tyler played Anticipate in response allowing Daniel to take a new Anticipate after it resolved.
Tyler played land-go and Daniel attacked and pumped to drop Tyler to 8. Daniel had no new play and Tyler used an Anticipate on his next turn and added another temple to his mana base. Daniel attacked with the Dealer and pumped twice to knock Tyler to 2 and passed as Tyler kept playing land-go. Daniel found another Thoughtseize and played it, but Tyler had a Foul-Tongue Invocation in response, but he had no dragon to reveal. When Daniel sacrificed his Dealer he saw Tyler had no counters and resolved a Siege Rhino to win the match.
Daniel 2, Tyler 1