Quarterfinals: David Bauer vs. Festus Resendez
Everyone that made the Top 8 had a record of 9-1, but David’s tiebreakers would let him be on the play for Game 1. Could David stabilize with B/g Devotion or would Festus get under him with his Mono-Red Aggro deck?
David uses a Bile+Blight to kill a creature.
Both kept their seven and David led with a tapped Overgrown+Tomb and Festus had a turn-1 Firedrinker+Satyr. David had the Pack+Rat on time, but Festus had a Burning-Tree+Emissary that allowed him to kill the Rat with a Lightning+Strike and get in for 2. David played another tapped Tomb and passed and Festus crashed in for six, but David had the Ultimate+Price for the Ash+Zealot and fell to 14.
David played a Swamp as his fourth land to go alongside the previously played Mutavault and passed with open mana. Festus had another Zealot and bashed in so David used his Mutavault to trade with the Satyr then used a Bile+Blight on the Zealot, and David dropped to 12. David went for a Thoughtseize to take a Lightning+Strike from Festus, seeing a handful of good stuff with him being stalled on two lands. Festus hit David for two more and passed with no land or play.
David found an Underworld+Connections and passed. David fell to 6 from another attack from the BTE then Festus unleashed a Rakdos+Cackler and shipped it back so David went to 5 to draw a card. David could simply play a land and pass, but Festus found a Mountain and played Chandra’s Phoenix and sent in the team. David used a Hero’s Downfall on the Phoenix and fell to 1. David drew a card for his turn and packed in his cards.
Festus 1, David 0
Festus makes his army of red creatures.
David went down to six while Festus was satisfied with his seven-card opener. David started things with a Mutavault and Festus had his turn-1 Satyr again, but David had the Pack+Rat on turn 2. Festus attacked with his Satyr and David accepted the trade, so Festus played a BTE that allowed him to unleash a Rakdos+Cackler. David followed his first Rat with another, but missed his third land drop. Festus played an Ash+Zealot and bashed David down to 14.
David missed his land and had no play, but Festus dropped a Chandra’s Phoenix and sent the team into the red zone. David used his land and Rat to kill the Cackler and BTE, but fell to 10. David had no play again and Festus attacked David down to 6, and deployed a Boros+Reckoner. David found no other play and died to Festus’ Fanatic+of+Mogis the next turn.
Festus 2, David 0