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 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%2C+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