Quarterfinals: Greg Smith vs. Andrew Ziggas
Andrew had little chance, but didn’t let the bad matchup get to him.
Greg decided to mulligan to six, while Andrew kept his seven. Greg started his turn with a Painter’s Servant off an Ancient Tomb. Andrew began with his strongest possible turn-1 play - an Underground Sea off a Verdant Catacombs to cast a Thoughtseize. Andrew ripped the Grindstone from Greg’s grip and passed. Greg’s second turn was spent casting an Imperial Recruiter fetching up a Magus of the Moon and attacking with the servant.
Andrew suspended an Ancestral Visions and passed after playing a Creeping Tar Pit. Greg played the Magus to turn all the lands into Mountains and attacked for two, then played a Sensei’s Diving Top. Without a counter, Andrew was immediately locked out of the game. Andrew spent the last few turns of the game playing lands as Greg added small creatures to his board and ended the game after a few swings.
Greg 1, Andrew 0
Greg quickly locked his opponent out of the game in Game 2 with Magus of the Moon.
Greg simply played a Mountain and passed. After a sigh of relief, Andrew ticked down the Visions then cast a Brainstorm and played a Wasteland. Greg played an Ancient Tomb and cast a Blood Moon, but Andrew had the Force of Will, pitching a Brainstorm, to avoid being shut out of the game. Andrew wasted the Tomb at end of turn before untapping and ticking down the Visions before passing. Greg untapped, played another Sol land and played a Magus of the Moon and passed the turn. Andrew grimaced and accepted the incoming defeat.
While Andrew did get to draw three cards off Ancestral Visions, he died the next turn after having no play. Greg breezes into the semifinals!
Greg 2, Andrew 0