Quarterfinals: Dylan Harris vs. Kalab Byrd
Dylan Harris shuffles up for Game 1 of the quarterfinals.
Harris led off with a Thoughtseize and took a Selesnya Charm from Byrd’s hand and left him with a Fleecemane Lion, Gods Willing, Advent of the Wurm, and some lands. Byrd played a Temple of Plenty and kept the card on top. Harris played a turn-2 Pack Rat and Byrd answered with his own two-drop, a Fleecemane Lion. Harris played a Swamp and passed back with three open mana. Byrd added a Forest and attacked for 3 dropping Harris to 15 but made no other play. Harris made a rat at end of turn then untapped and fired off another Thoughtseize and Byrd showed two Advent of the Wurm, two land and a Gods Willing. Harris grabbed one of the Wurm generators, then shocked himself to play an untapped Godless Shrine, made another rat and swung in for 3. Byrd dropped a land and passed.
Harris pondered before swinging in with three rats. Byrd flashed in a Wurm, put a Lion and a Wurm in front of two rats, but before blocks, Harris cast Hero’s Downfall on the Wurm and activated his Mutavault before damage to drop Byrd to 6. Byrd drew for the turn then scooped them up.
Harris 1, Byrd 0
Kalab Byrd hoped his sideboard would help with his tough matchup.
Both players decided to mulligan to six cards and Byrd led Game 2 off with Forest and no turn-1 play, Harris however had the usual turn-1 Thoughtseize and ripped a Voice of Resurgence from Byrd’s hand, leaving him with Boon Satyr, Selesnya Charm, Advent of the Wurm, and some land. Byrd played a land and a turn-late Experiment One. Harris played an Orhoz Guildgate and passed. Byrd swung with the ooze and flashed in a 2/2 Knight off the Charm dropping Harris to 16. Harris answered with a land and a Bile Blight on the ooze and passed. Byrd played a Temple and bottomed the card then attacked for two with the knight.
Harris untapped and killed the knight with a Doom Blade and passed. Byrd drew a card and passed with no play. Harris played a temple of his own and Byrd played an end-of-turn Boon Satyr that died to Hero’s Downfall. Byrd drew and played another temple and passed again.
Harris played another temple and decided to cast the legendary enchantment artifact, Whip of Erebos. Byrd passed with four mana open and Harris used his turn to play an Obzedat, Ghost Council which came into play for the drain and gain, but got exiled by a Selesnya Charm. Byrd played a Temple Garden and passed. Harris played another Obzedat, drained, and flashed it out, while Byrd played an end of turn 5/5 off Advent of the Wurm.
Byrd bestowed a Boon Satyr on his Wurm and swung in for 8. The Ghost Council came back in to bring Harris to 11 and Byrd to 14. Harris fired off a Thoughtseize to get Byrd’s only card in, an Ajani, Caller of the Pride. Harris attacked with Obzedat and cast a Blood Baron of Vizkopa before flashing out Obzedat.
Byrd attacked for 8 again and Harris put the Baron in front of the Wurm, then Byrd played a Soldier of the Pantheon and passed. The Ghost Council came back for Harris to bring him to 15 and left Byrd at 7. Harris whipped back the fallen Blood Barron back and Byrd extended the hand.
Harris 2, Byrd 0