Quarterfinals: Glenn Jones vs. Rob Hunsaker
Rob Hunsaker is here to defend his title—He won the last Standard Open in Portland earlier this year. Standing in way is former SCG Coverage maven turned R&D Editor Glenn Jones.
Sylvan Caryatid kicked things off for both players, and Glenn used his to ramp up to a turn 3 Siege Rhino. Rob had Courser of Kruphix for his third turn, and had no blocks as Glenn untapped and cast Whip of Erebos so he could gain an extra 4 as he came swinging with his Rhino. He followed up with an Elvish Mystic post-combat, which didn’t survive through Rob’s turn as he added Doomwake Giant to his board.
The 4/6 Doomwake Giant was successful in holding the fort, but Glenn still attacked anyway to gain an additional 4 life, then cast a second Siege Rhino, jumping up to 30 and dropping Rob to 10. Rob added a second Doomwake Giant to his board, setting up for some big turns later, but still had no profitable attacks. Glenn liked the idea, and cast a Doomwake Giant of his own. Rob untapped and cast Whip of Erebos. Now both players had the board successfully gummed up, and an active Whip—it was just a matter of who could fill up their graveyard for shenanigans first.
Glenn made the first move to break the stalemate by attacking with his Siege Rhinos. Rob decided to triple block with two Doomwake Giants and a Satyr Wayfinder to get rid of it. Glenn assigned the Rhino’s damage to a Doomwake Giant, then cast a second Doomwake Giant of his own, getting two Constellation triggers to kill off one of Rob’s Giants. Rob cast a Commune with the Gods for a Hornet Queen, then tapped low for Treasure Cruise. Glenn pressed his on-board advantage, attacking with two Siege Rhinos and a Doomwake Giant. Rob double-blocked one Doomwake Giant with his own Giant and a Courser of Kruphix, losing his Courser and falling to 15. Glenn’s follow-up Siege Rhino from hand dropped Rob down to 12.
On his next turn, Rob found his seventh mana source to allow him to cast Hornet Queen in a bid to stabilize. Glenn untapped, used Whip of Erebos on the Doomwake Giant in his graveyard to get rid of all the Hornets, and came crashing in. Rob couldn’t find a block that kept him from dying, and scooped up his cards.
Glenn Jones 1, Rob Hunsaker 0
Rob didn’t have a turn 2 play, but Glenn started off with a Satyr Wayfinder, finding a Windswept Heath. Ron revealed his troubles when he simply drew and passed the turn, having neither a third land nor a two-drop spell to cast. Glenn fetched up a Plains and cast Courser of Kruphix. Rob found a Sylvan Caryatid, which held off the Courser, but a Siege Rhino from Glenn looked to put the game away. Rob found his a third land and just passed back to Glenn, sitting on open Mana.
When Glenn sent in with the team, Rob blocked Courser and then cast Hero’s Downfall to kill the Siege Rhino. Glenn had a post-combat Doomwake Giant to kill off the Sylvan Caryatid, leaving Rob without a board. He untapped, played a fourth land, and cast Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver, ticking it up. When Glenn attacked on his next turn, Rob cracked a Polluted Delta to give him the fourth card in graveyard, then cast Murderous Cut on the Doomwake Giant. Glenn was left without an offense, and used Hero’s Downfall to get rid of the troublesome Ashiok.
Rob was still without action, and he drew and cast a Satyr Wayfinder, but didn’t hit any lands. Glenn attacked Rob down to 10 with his Courser of Kruphix, then cast a Siege Rhino to drop him to 7. The fifth land finally arrived for Rob to allow him a Doomwake Giant, but Glenn was ready with Hero’s Downfall, and he attacked Rob down to 1. Rob drew his card, assessed the grim situation, and extended the hand in defeat.
Glenn Jones 2, Rob Hunsaker 0