Quarterfinals: Dustin Taylor (RUG Delver) vs. Travis Reed (Enchantress)
Travis Reed made the Top 8 with Enchantress!
Standard Open champion Dustin Taylor showed off his Legacy chops today, piloting RUG Delver quickly into the top tables and staying there for most of the day before finding himself paired against Travis Reed’s Enchantress this round.
Dustin’s seed awarded him the play but he took a fast mulligan, while Travis went for six as well. Turn 1 Tropical Island and Delver of Secrets gave Dustin the beats, while Travis went fetching for Forest prior to casting Wild Growth. No trigger for Dustin, and he sent 1 damage before playing another Delver and a fetchland.
Plains and Argothian Enchantress for Travis, floating green mana, and Mirri’s Guile followed, Dustin deciding to Spell Pierce that one after fetching Volcanic Island. He untapped, missed his Delvers, and attacked for 2 damage before playing Nimble Mongoose and passing the turn.
Travis cast Elephant Grass to draw a card, and then Utopia Sprawl. He played Windswept Heath to fetch for Forest, and dropped another Wild Growth, drawing cards all the while. Dustin paid two mana to get in 1 damage on the next turn, playing a fetchland and passing.
Predictably, Travis kept his Elephant Grass around. He laid Serra’s Sanctum and ended the turn, sitting on tons of mana but little to do. Dustin revealed Spell Pierce to his Delvers, flipping them and then debating whether he wanted to draw the Spell Pierce or fetch with his land, deciding on the latter.
He swung for 3, and ended the turn. Travis decided to get aggressive with Enlightened Tutor during the end step, picking up the deck to find Sigil of the Empty Throne and start presenting threats. He cast the Sigil, and that earned a Spell Pierce from Dustin. Travis paid for it, tapping his heavily enchanted Forest, and casting another Elephant Grass to make a 4/4 Angel.
Dustin passed, and Travis paid for his newest Elephant Grass before casting Utopia Sprawl, then Oblivion Ring, creating more 4/4 Angels before casting a second Argothian Enchantress. Wasteland hit the Serra’s Sanctum, but Dustin saw fit to concede rather than continue fighting it out.
Travis 1, Dustin 0
Each player kept seven, Dustin leading Ponder to shuffle for a new top of the deck on the first turn. Just Forest on turn 1 for Travis, a good sign for Dustin, and he fetched Tropical Island on turn 2 before casting Tarmogoyf.
Travis tried Argothian Enchantress, and Dustin promptly Forced. He used Wasteland before attacking for 4 damage and casting another Tarmogoyf. Travis played Misty Rainforest and used Elephant Grass to shut down one Tarmogoyf, while Dustin paid for the other and played a third land. Travis fetched Forest during his upkeep, paid for Elephant Grass, and drew Utopia Sprawl—Dustin Dazed that, and Travis passed.
With Travis on the Ropes, Dustin attacked him to 6 with Tarmogoyf and ended the turn. Travis paid two for Grass, tapping out, but died when he drew fetchland for the turn.
Travis 1, Dustin 1
Dustin Taylor won the Standard Open--could he go back to back?
Travis had the play, but he mulliganed his seven while Dustin eventually did the same. Travis fell to five cards, and Dustin now felt incentivized to keep a relatively weak six—would it be enough against five? He announced he’d hang onto it, and now Travis needed a playable five. No land in his five forced him to four, and now we would see if Dustin’s keep paid off.
Forest, pass for Travis. Dustin Pondered on the first turn, looking at three cards eh quickly kept before passing. Travis had no land and no spell, Dustin jumping at the chance to deploy an early Tarmogoyf once again. When Travis tried Wild Growth, Dustin had no Daze for the enchantment.
He Brainstormed on his third turn, getting an instant into the graveyard and following with Scalding Tarn to shuffle the deck and put another Tropical Island into play. He attacked Travis to 17 and cast Delver of Secrets and Noble Mongoose.
To be honest, Travis had an awful hand with zero available action—he was basically dead to this board. He cast a freshly-drawn Elephant Grass, which would tap him out over the next two turns regardless of what he drew, realistically, and fell to 14, the Grass slowing Dustin down.
Then he dropped to 11.
Then 5, as Dustin found a fourth land.
And then Travis could no longer pay for the Grass.
Travis 1, Dustin 2