Quarterfinals: Gino Bautista vs. Jason Ellis
Gino Bautista and Jason Ellis had sliced through the swiss field with their mono-colored aggro decks. Now they sat down to settle whether Jason’s Mono-Black or Gino’s Mono-Red would advance to tomorrow’s semifinals.
Both players got onto the board immediately, Gino with a turn 1 Rakdos Cackler and Jason with a Tormented Hero. Gino had a Firefist Striker to follow up, while had a Rakdos Cackler and a Thoughtseize on his turn two. He saw two Mountains and two Eidolon of the Great Revel in Gino’s hand, and the one that Gino was left with was quick to join the fray on his turn 3.
Jason’s Rakdos Cackler attacked Gino to 16 on turn 3, and Jason passed the turn with three mana open. When Gino activated Mutavault and moved to combat with his army, Jason used Bile Blight to dispose of the Firefirst Striker, then traded Tormented Hero with Gino’s Mutavault, falling to 8.
The Cackler attacked Gino down to 14, and Jason followed up with Bile Blight on Eidolon of the Great Revels, falling to 6, and a Gnarled Scarhide. Neither of Jason’s creatures could block, however, and he was conceded within a turn to Gino’s army.
Gino Bautista 1, Jason Ellis 0
Gino took a series of mulligans to start off the second game, keeping his four card hand. Jason had Turn 1 Tormented Hero into a pair of Rakdos Cacklers on turn 2, and added a second Tormented Hero and a Deathrite Shaman on his turn 3.
Gino Bautista 1, Jason Ellis 1
Gino didn’t have a one drop to start off the decider, while Jason got on the board quickly with his old standby, Tormented Hero. Gino did have Eidolon of the Great Revel on his turn 2, however, and declined to trade when the Hero attacked. Jason passed with two mana up on his turn 2, and Chandra’s Phoenix arrived for Gino on turn 3. The Eidolon met a Bile Blight, and both players fell to 14.
Jason had an unleashed Thrill-Kill Assassin on his next turn, and Gino had a replacement Eidolon of the Great Revel as well as a fourth land, passing with two mana untapped. Jason considered his options on his own turn before sending in both attackers, knocking Gino to 10, and Gino used Skullcrack at Jason’s end step, dropping Jason to 11 and falling to 8 himself thanks to his Eidolon.
Gino untapped and attacked with his creatures, and Jason used Hero’s Downfall to dispatch the Eidolon, falling to 7 in the process. Jason attacked back for 4, but Gino showed him a pair of Lightning Strikes at his end step to finish the job.
Gino Bautista 2, Jason Ellis 1