Quarterfinals: David Vo vs. David Jones
David Vo, as the higher seed, chose to be on the play. Both players kept seven.
Vo scryed off a Temple of Enlightenment, kept the card on top, and passed. Jones played another Mountain and cast Burning-Tree Emissary into Chandra’s Phoenix, attacking with his hasty creatures for four and knocking Vo to 14.
Another scry with Temple of Malice kept a card on top. Jones tried a Firefist Striker, but it met Dissolve. Vo drew, played a Mutavault, and passed. Jones had a fourth Mountain and a Magma Jet, scrying again for his burn, but sent both cards to the bottom. Lightning Strike met a Sphinx’s Revelation for an offsetting three life.
Vo asked for a card-count. “Two,” said Jones. A Temple of Malice, scry, and pass. Jones cast Fanatic of Mogis, aiming for another precious point of burn, but Vo had another Sphinx’s Revelation for three.
Vo scryed off a Temple of Enlightenment and sent it to the bottom. Then he pulled out his big weapon: AEtherling. Jones countered with an Ash Zealot but went into the tank before deciding to pass. Vo untapped and played another Island, tapping it to make AEtherling unblockable. A blink-out left Jones in much the same place, but he found a fifth Mountain and a Fanatic of Mogis, which met a Dissolve.
David Vo consults his opponent’s decklist before Game 2 of the quarterfinals.
Another unblockable AEtherling swing sent Jones to 8 after four pumps. Jones had only a Burning-Tree Emissary, which met a fused Far // Away to wreck Jones. A recast Ash Zealot swung for two, but Vo made AEtherling unblockable with eight power again to salt away the game.
David Vo 1, David Jones 0.
Jones was on the play, a more favorable position for his Mono-Red deck. Jones mulliganed to six, while Vo, after some thought, kept his first seven.
Vo considered his next land drop, settling on an untapped Watery Grave and a pass. Jones untapped, cast a second Ash Zealot, and crashed in. Azorius Charm sent Rakdos Cackler to the top of the library, but Vo was still at 10 life. Another scry off Temple of Enlightenment gave Vo a card he kept on top. Jones re-drew his Rakdos Cackler and cast Burning-Tree Emissary first. A second Azorius Charm put an Ash Zealot back to the top of the library, leaving Vo at 8.
Vo had a Swamp and cast Jace, Architect of Thought, using its plus-loyalty ability. Jones sent a full attack at Vo, halving his life total. A minus ability on Jace revealed Elspeth, Sun’s Champion and two lands with Vo keeping the latter. After a spot of thought, Vo packed it in.
David Vo 1, David Jones 1.
David Jones shuffles up for Game 3 of his quarterfinal match.
Vo chose to be on the play. After good-luck wishes, Vo kept all seven, as did Jones.
Vo led with a Temple of Malice and Temple of Enlightenment, scrying and keeping on top both times, while Jones went Mountain, Mountain, Ash Zealot to draw first blood. Vo scryed from a Temple of Malice, this time putting the card to the bottom.
Jones had Mutavault into Burning-Tree Emissary and Chandra’s Phoenix, attacking for four. Vo played a Swamp, immediately regretting it. Jones untapped, played a third Mountain, and had Chandra’s Phoenix, attacking for eight and putting Vo to six life. Vo had Supreme Verdict to wipe the board. Jones attacked for two with Mutavault and tried Skullcrack, but it met Dispel.
Vo had a Mutavault of his own and passed. Jones saw a Magma Jet met with Negate. Next he went for a Rakdos Cackler, unleashed, and attacked with Mutavault, which met Hero’s Downfall. Vo untapped and cast Blood Baron of Vizkopa. Jones cast Firefist Striker and passed.
Vo’s attack saw no Skullcrack and elevated him out of immediate danger. Another Blood Baron came down, and Jones found himself, after a Mountain, out of cards and options. An attack for eight with the two Blood Barons put Vo at a healthy life total. Jones attacked for six, but he didn’t have the answer and he extended the hand.
Vo 2, Jones 1.
-- written by John Dale Beety