Quarterfinals: Elliot Cannon vs. Alex Bertoncini
Elliot made the Top 8 by winning his land round, while Alex was able to double-draw into the Top 8 after starting 7-0. Would Alex continue the trend of black-based decks taking down Opens or would Elliot reach the semifinals with Jund Monsters?
Elliot sends his creatures into the red zone.
Elliot started things off with a turn-1 Elvish Mystic while Alex went with a Thoughtseize. Alex took Abrupt Decay and left Elliot with two copies of Sylvan Caryatid, and two lands. Elliot dropped one of the Caryatids and attacked with the Mystic. Alex had a Temple and no play. Elliot found a Courser of Kruphix and gained a life off playing Mana Confluence and attacked again with his Mystic. Alex played a Lifebane Zombie, taking the other Caryatid and passed back.
Elliot played another Courser and dropped a land to gain two life then attacked with his Mutavault, Courser, and Mystic. Alex played his fourth land and used two copies of Abrupt Decay to deal with the Coursers and attacked with his Zombie. Elliot played Xenagos, the Reveler and used its mana ability to activate and attack with his land and Elvish Mystic to drop Alex to 8. Alex landed an Underworld Connections and passed without attacking
Elliot started out by making a Satyr with his planeswalker and attacked with the team, Alex fell to 5 after trading his Zombie with the land. Elliot ended the turn by dropping a Domri Rade and Alex went to 4 to draw a card. Alex used a Hero’s Downfall on the Xengaos and passed. Elliot attacked with the Satyr and the Mystic and Alex had an Abrupt Decay for the Satyr and dropped to 3. Alex found a Grey Merchant of Asphodel to go back to 7 and drop Elliot to 11. Elliot plussed his Domri to find another Elvish Mystic, which he played, added a land to his board and passed.
After drawing a card at the end of the turn, Alex untapped and played another Zombie and passed the turn. Elliot drew for the turn and considered his options. After going into the tank he plussed Domri to no avail, then used a Dreadbore on the Zombie and shipped the turn. Alex found a Hero’s Downfall to deal with Domri and passed back after playing a second copy of Underworld Connections. Elliot went to 9 to use Mana Confluence and played a Stormbreath Dragon to knock Alex to 2. Alex drew and deployed a hopeful blocker in Desecration Demon and passed. Elliot played a replacement Domri and plussed it to find a Ghor-Clan Rampager and attacked with everything – after a lengthy judge call after neither player addressed the Demon trigger until attackers were declared – after a judge decided Elliot had the choice to put the Demon trigger on the stack, he chose to sacrifice the Caryatid and used the Rampager on the unblocked Caryatid for lethal.
Alex considers his options facing down a lethal attack.
Alex led off with a Thoughtseize and took Xenagos, the Reveler leaving Elliot with Whip of Erebos, Courser of Kruphix, Domri Rade, Golgari Charm, and two lands. Both players added lands and passed back until Alex dropped a Lifebane Zombie to exile the Courser and passed. Elliot played and plussed his Domri and Alex attacked the planeswalker with is Zombie and a Mutavault to kill it. Elliot played Whip of Erebos on his turn and passed back. Alex dropped Elliot to 15 with his Zombie and passed after playing a Pack Rat. Elliot used Golgari Charm to give creatures -1-1, bur Alex activated his land to keep his Rat around so Elliot used an Ultimate Price on the Rat to kill it for good. Alex found a replacement Rat and passed back. Elliot killed the second rat with an Abrupt Decay and attacked with his land. Elliot fired off a Thoughtseize after Alex failed to find a fourth land. Elliot took a Desecration Demon, leaching him with a bunch of removal and a Grey Merchant. Elliot deployed a Caryatid and Alex used a Devour Flesh to deal with it.
Elliot slammed a Stormbreath Dragon and attacked so Alex responded by destroying the Whip with a Golgari Charm. Alex played a Zombie on his turn and passed back. Elliot dropped a Xenagos and made some mana to attack with his land and Dragon to drop Alex to 6. Alex passed with no play, still on three lands. Elliot activated monstrosity on the Dragon and attacked, so Alex stayed alive by using a Bile Blight, but extended the hand after drawing a blank.
Elliot 2, Alex 0