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%2C+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%2C+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