Quarterfinals: Dylan Jones vs. Andrew Kanallakan
Dylan is the higher seed, but the matchup is abysmal for him. Can Dylan pull off a miracle and defeat Death and Taxes with Sneak and Show? Or will Andrew move on to the semifinals with his favorable matchup?
Andrew faces down an Emrakul.
Dylan began like most combo decks do, with a Ponder. Andrew had Aether Vial as his first play off a Plains and Dylan Pondered again and passed after playing a second Volcanic Island. Andrew put a counter on his Vial and passed after playing a Rishadan Port, which he used to tap down one of Dylan’s lands during the upkeep. Dylan played an Island and passed back. Andrew put another counter on the Vial and played Stoneforge Mystic, which Dylan decided to counter with Force of Will, pitching Spell Pierce.
Dylan untapped and went for it by casting Show and Tell. Dylan put an Emrakul, the Aeons Torn into play while Andrew had a Phyrexian Revoker, naming Griselbrand. Andrew ticked the Vial to 3 and passed the action back. Dylan went to 17 to play Gitaxian Probe and saw two copies of Flickerwisp, along with Aven Mindcensor, Swords to Plowshares, and Umezawa’s Jitte. Dylan went to attack with the giant Eldrazi and Andrew used his first Flickerwisp to blink the monster. When Dylan passed, Andrew flashed in the Mindcensor.
Andrew kept the Vial on 3 and resolved his Jitte after paying two more from a Spell Pierce. Dylan drew out the second Flickerwisp and whiffed on a Polluted Delta fetch-attempt before passing. Andrew found a Karakas and bounced the Emrakul then suited up a Flickerwisp with the Jitte and attacked for 10 with his crew of creatures. Dylan fell to 6 and the Jitte got two charge counters. Dylan found a Sneak Attack and passed the turn, tapped out. Andrew sent in the team to take the game.
Andrew 1, Dylan 0
Dylan Ponders his next move.
Dylan ditched his opener while Andrew was happy with his. This time, Dylan led off with a Scalding Tarn, but no cantrip. Andrew just dropped a Plains while Dylan fetched up an Island at the end step and Brainstormed. Dylan untapped and Pondered, opting to shuffle away the three for a fresh one off the top, and passed with no second land.
Andrew went for a Thalia, Guardian of Thraben, but Dylan countered it with Force of Will, pitching another Force. Dylan found a Scalding Tarn then Pondered, keeping the cards, and passed back. Andrew resolved Thalia on a second attempt and added a Karakas to his mana base before shipping the turn. Dylan played another Tarn and fetched up an Island and passed without a play. Andrew knocked Dylan to 15 with Thalia then played Council’s Judgment, which Dylan allowed to resolve as there was no target, then asked for a high five from Dylan, laughing off the mistake.
Dylan Brainstormed then played City of Traitors and paid an extra mana for his Lotus Petal, setting up for a big turn, and passed. Andrew played Stoneforge Mystic and tutored up a Batterskull. Andrew got in for 2 with Thalia and passed, but paused during Dylan’s upkeep to tap his City of Traitors with his Port. Dylan fetched up a Volcanic Island and paid three mana for a Pyroclasm to clean the board and passed back. Andrew had no action and continued to tap the City of Traitors during Dylan’s upkeep. Dylan went for a Through the Breach and put Griselbrand into play still in his upkeep, went to 5 to draw seven cards and proceeded to his draw step so Andrew bounced the Demon. Dylan played a Volcanic Island, sacrificing the City of Traitors and discarded down to seven cards.
Andrew passed again and opted not to tap a land this time. Dylan played a Polluted Delta and a Blood Moon then resolved a Show and Tell, putting a Griselbrand into play and Andrew put in a Flickerwisp to blink the Moon so he could bounce the Demon with his Karakas. Andrew tried to flash in an Aven Mindcensor, but Dylan countered it with Force of Will, pitching Gitaxian Probe.
Andrew attacked Dylan to 1 with the Flickerwisp and passed. Dylan played another Mountain and Show and Telled in another Griselbrand, while Andrew put in a Batterskull into play. Dylan bounced the Germ with an Echoing Truth then Andrew used Swords to Plowshares to exile the Demon. Andrew equipped the Batterskull to his Flickerwisp and attacked Dylan back down to 1. Dylan drew for the turn and extended the hand.
Andrew 2, Dylan 0