Quarterfinals: Derrick Sheets vs. Chris Arnold
Derrick got to this point after going undefeated in Legacy with his Esper Deathblade deck. Would he continue his winning ways to move into the semifinals or would Chris Arnold and his B/G Pox list advance?
Derrick looks for an answer to the Bloodghast beats.
Derrick has the higher seed and opted to play first. Both players kept their seven and Derrick led things off with a Swamp from a Polluted Delta and Thoughtseized his opponent. Derrick took a Thoughtseize and left Chris with Life From the Loam, Darkblast, Liliana of the Veil, and two lands. Chris played a Verdant Catacombs and passed. Derrick and Chris both used their next turns playing fetch lands and Derrick went for another Thoughtseize to fall to 15. This time Derrick took the planeswalker after seeing Chris drew a land and an Abrupt Decay.
Chris made his first move on turn 3 by cracking two fetch lands and used Life From the Loam to get back hid lands. Derrick dropped an Island and shipped the turn with no play. Chris played a Bayou and passed back and Derrick played a Polluted Delta with no action.
Chris dredged Life From the Loam and Derrick used Vendilion Clique to get rid of the Life From the Loam during Chris’ draw step. Derrick fired off a Thoughtzeize, the card he drew from the Clique, to grab a Force of Will from Derrick’s hand, leaving him with a Spell Pierce. Chris played a land and got a Bloodghast back from his yard and then played a second copy from his hand. Derrick drew a Brainstorm and fired it off on his main phase and ended his turn by playing another land.
Chris attacked with his pair of 2/1s to drop Derrick to 11, who then went to 10 after cracking a Polluted Delta. Derrick drew for the turn and passed with no play. Chris sent in his vampire spirits again to knock Derrick down to 6 then played a land and passed. Derrick drew and played a Deathrite Shaman and passed the turn. Chris used an Abrupt Decay on the Shaman at end of turn, untapped, and sent his Mishra’s Factory and two Bloodghasts into the red zone. Derrick fell to 2 by activating his Creeping Tar Pit to trade with the Factory. Derrick drew for the turn and considered his options. He decided on a Detention Sphere that resolved, but once Derrick targeted a Bloodghast, Chris used a Darkblast on the targeted creature and Derrick scooped up his cards.
Chris 1, Derrick 0
Both players kept seven again and Derrick went with a Polluted Delta. Chris had a Cabal Pit for his land and passed. Derrick fetched up a Tundra and played Meddling Mage naming “Smallpox.” Chris used a Wasteland to get rid of Derrick’s Tundra and played a Pithing Needle naming “Deathrite Shaman.”
Derrick attacked for two then played a Stoneforge Mystic grabbing a Batterskull and passed. Chris played another Pithing Needle, this one on “Stoneforge Mystic.” Derrick attacked with his bear and squire then dropped an Umezawa’s Jitte.
Chris played a Verdant Catacombs and passed back. Derrick attacked for three to knock Chris to 13. Derrick followed it up by fetching up a Tundra and played a Jace, the Mindsculptor that ticked up to five when he fate sealed himself, placing his top card on the bottom. Chris dropped to 12 after fetching up a Bayou, then went to 11 off Cabal Pit and used an Abrupt Decay on the Meddling Mage.
Chris untapped and Thoughtseized Derrick, grabbing a Rest in Peace, leaving him with Stoneforge Mystic and Batterskull. Chris dropped to 8 after fetching again and then to 7 to use a Hymn to Tourach, depleting Derrick’s hand. Derrick fate sealed Chris this time, putting the card on the bottom, then attacked for one after equipping the Jitte to Stoneforge Mystic.
Chris cast Smallpox and Derrick ditched his Mystic and a Tundra, then discarded a Detention Sphere. Derrick fate sealed Chris, keeping it on top, then played a Meddling Mage naming “Maelstrom Pulse.” Chris played his Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth and passed. Derrick fate sealed again, keeping it on top and equipped the Jitte to the Mage and attacked. Chris said no blocks, which prompted Derrick to buff his creature which made Chris used the Pit on the Mage, but Derrick made SFM bigger to live and drop Chris to 1. Chris drew and picked up his deck as the two players went back to their sideboards tied up.
Derrick 1, Chris 1
Chris quickly kept his seven while Derrick eventually decided to keep his as well. Chris led off with a Thoughtseize and took a Rest in Peace, leaving Derrick with three lands, two copies of Brainstorm, and Meddling Mage. Derrick opted for a Tropical Island and passed. Chris cycled a Barren Moore and played a Dakmore Salvage. Derrick went to 19 after cracking a Marsh Flats for a Plains and cast Meddling Mage naming “Smallpox.”
Chris dropped a Liliana of the Veil and made Derrick sacrifice his creature. Derrick played his third land and used a Detention Sphere on the Liliana. Chris used a Hymn to Tourach and hit a Brainstorm and a land. Derrick dropped a SFM to fetch up a Batterskull then used his Wasteland on Chris’ Bayou.
Chris failed to find a third land again and passed back. Derrick used his turn to get the Batterskull into play and Chris missed again. Derrick started his next turn with a Brainstorm then attacked with his germ and SFM after playing a Tundra. Chris found his third land and played another Liliana and made Derrick sacrifice a creature. Derrick used a Vendilion Clique to start his turn to see triple Hymn to Tourach, Bloodghast, and a Life From the Loam. Derrick let Chris keep his hand and attacked Chris down to 9 with his germ and passed.
Chris cycled a Barren Moore, then upped the Liliana. Chris ditched his Bloodghast and Derrick pitched a Jace. Derrick used Thoughtseize to grab a Pernicious Deed, then attacked Chris to 6 and killed the Liliana with an Abrupt Decay. Chris drew for the turn and packed it in.
Derrick 2, Chris 1
Chris Arnold is a calm, collected Pox pilot.
Chris chose to go down to six cards and Derrick came to the conclusion to keep his seven after a minute of deliberation. Chris kept his six and led with a Mishra’s Factory. Derrick started with a Creeping Tar Pit, but Chris used his second turn to destroy it with a Wasteland. Derrick played an Island and passed. Chris played an Urbog and attacked with the Factory. Derrick went Polluted Delta-go. Chris cycled a Barren Moore and attacked with his Factory again after playing a Wasteland. Derrick opted for a Brainstorm at the end of the turn and cracked his Delta after putting some cards back.
Derrick used his own Wasteland on Chris’s then played a Deathrite Shaman. Chris went for a Smallpox, but Derrick had the Spell Pierce. Derrick untapped and went for a Thoughtseize to drop him to 14. Derrick picked The Abyss to discard, then ate a Wasteland with his Shaman to play a True-Name Nemesis targeting Chris. Chris fetched up a Bayou and cast a Tombstalker for just three mana after removing all the cards in his graveyard other than The Abyss.
Derrick dropped Chris to 16 and added another Shaman before passing. Chris attacked with his Tombstalker and his Factory and dropped Derrick to 6. Derrick drained Chris at end of turn, then untapped and attacked him down to 11 with the merfolk. Chris attacked again with the same pair as before, Derrick doubled blocked the Facotyr and double drained Chris before falling to 1 from the flyer. Chris followed his attack with a Liliana of the Veil and made Derrick sacrifice a creature, which turned out to be a Shaman. Derrick killed the planeswalker at the end of the turn with an Abrupt Decay, but when he drew for the turn he scooped up his cards.
Chris 2, Derrick 2
Derrick would be on the play for the fifth and final game of the match and instantly sent his seven back, while Chris kept his. Derrick kept his six and led things off with a Flooded Strand. Chris went Swamp-go. Derrick cracked two fetch lands for an Island and a Plains and played a Meddling Mage naming “Smallpox.” Chris had a turn-2 Bloodghast and passed. Derrick attacked for two and followed it up with a Brainstorm then passed after playing a Flooded Strand.
Chris knocked Derrick to 16 with his 2/1 then played a Liliana, which got countered by a Spell Pierce. Derrick attacked Chris down to 14 than slammed a True-Name Nemesis. Chris landed his second Liliana and made Derrick sacrifice a creature, he chose the Mage, then used a Wasteland on Derrick’s Underground Sea. Derrick started his next turn with a Brainstorm then played a Tropical Island and killed off the planeswalker with the Nemesis.
Chris dropped Derrick to 13 with the Bloodghast and cast a Smallpox, but Derrick had the Spell Pierce. Derrick knocked Chris to 9 with the Nemesis and shipped the turn. Chris went for a Thoughtseize and Derrick responded with a Snapcaster Mage targeting Spell Peirce, then let the Thoughtseize resolve. Chris took the Brainstorm and left Derrick with a Thoughtseize of his own. Chris sent in the Bloodghast to knock Derrick down to 11 and passed.
Derrick hit Chris again with the Nemesis and passed back. Chris drew for the turn and went into the tank. Chris decided to send his Factory and Bloodghast into the red zone and Derrick declined to block and fell to 7. Chris played a Mox and let it go the graveyard after not pitching a land. Derrick attacked with the Nemesis to drop Chris to 1 then played a second True-Name Nemesis.
Chris attacked with his team of two Factories and a Bloodghast and Derrick blocked one with the Nemesis which prompted Chris to extend the hand.
Derrick 3, Chris 2