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%2C+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%2C+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