Quarterfinals: Geo Thornton vs. Tom Herzog
Geo Thornton: “I’ll be on the draw.”
Not something you hear in a Legacy Open quarterfinal very often, but Geo Thornton’s manaless Dredge deck is a rare breed. He’d face a stiff challenge here in the form of Tom Herzog’s Maverick.
Tom developed his mana quickly with a turn 1 Green Sun’s Zenith for Dryad Arbor, and Geo started his engine on turn 1 as well, drawing and discarding a Golgari Thug. Tom had a huge play on his second turn, casting a Scavenging Ooze and eating the Golgari Thug before Geo could dredge it back.
TOM HERZOG 1, GEO THORNTON 0
On the play once again, Tom had just a Windswept Heath, and passed the turn. Geo again wasted no time drawing and discarding a dredger, this time a Golgari Grave-Troll. Thalia, Guardian of Thraben came down on turn 2 for Herzog, officially turning off Geo’s spells for the rest of the game, but Geo’s deck was still capable of winning without casting a spell. He dredged up six cards, pitched the Grave-Troll again, and passed.
Tom Green Sun’s Zenithed for one, putting a Deathrite Shaman into play, and passed. An Ichorid and a Nether Shadow jumped into play on Geo’s upkeep, and the Ichorid came swinging before Geo passed again, pitching the Grave-Troll. Tom cleared out the Nether Shadow on his turn with a Swords to Plowshares, and attacked with this Thalia again. On Geo’s upkeep, one of his two Ichorids re-emerged, and the dredge revealed one Narcomoeba and one Bridge from Below, although the Narcomoeba was eaten with Deathrite Shaman with its trigger on the stack. Geo netted a 2/2 Zombie at his end step, and passed.
Tom exiled one of the two Ichorids with his Deathrite Shaman on his own turn, then cast another one before attacking with his Thalia, Guardian of Thraben. On Geo’s turn, the remaining Ichorid returned and attacked, and Tom threw the Deathrite Shaman in front of it to get rid of the Bridge from Below. He fell to 15, then untapped and ate the remaining Ichorid with his other Deathrite Shaman, passing back without attacking.
Two Nether Shadows entered the battlefield on Geo’s upkeep, and another Bridge from Below arrived in his draw step. When he attacked with his team of two Nether Shadows and two Zombie tokens, Tom had a Path to Exile to get rid of one Nether Shadow, then blocked a zombie with his Thalia. Tom attacked with the Thalia on his own turn, dropping Geo to 13, then casting a Mother of Runes. Geo could only dredge 6, revealing an Ichorid that was eaten at his end step by Tom’s Deathrite Shaman.
Knight of the Reliquary came down next for Tom, and looked to close things out. After some consideration, Geo decided to actually draw a card in his draw step rather than dredge back Golgari Grave-Troll. Tom’s Knight of the Reliquary fetched up a Gaea’s Cradle on his own turn, and giving him the mana he need to play and equip Sword of Light and Shadow to his Thalia. Geo had finally seen enough, and picked up his cards in defeat.
Tom Herzog 2, Geo Thornton 0