Quarterfinals: Greg Sochacki vs. Garret Roosa
Greg Sochacki's Elves have him undefeated on the day.
He started with a mulligan just to make things fair before firing out Llanowar Elves and searching up Quirion Ranger with Green Sun’s Zenith and using her ability to untap the Llanowar Elf and fill up with Heritage Druid and Joraga Warcaller for one. Nice mulligan, huh?
Stoneforge Mystic got Umezawa’s Jitte for Garret, but it was going to be tough sledding against such a quick start. That hope dimmed quickly, however, as Greg untapped into Summoner’s Pact to grab Regal Force and get to drawing almost a new hand. Five cards flew into his grip as he set up for a quick win against Garret’s good draw.
Garret had to pass the turn in order to set up his Stoneforge Mystic’s ability, but he got crushed for it as Wirewood Symbiote enabled another Joraga Warcaller even after Summoner’s Pact was paid for. The beats came a-calling and Garret was very low before he could even get his Umezawa’s Jitte online. It was nowhere near enough regardless, and the elf army showed Garret the door, stomping over for lethal after their leader Elvish Archdruid made an appearance.
Greg 1, Garret 0
Garret Roosa tries to suppress the Elven army through Death and Taxes.
Enlightened Tutor for Ethersworn Canonist gave Garret an early line of defense against the dark arts of Greg’s elvish army, but Greg was ready for it and switched to the beatdown plan without a hitch. A pair of Nettle Sentinels pushed through some early damage, but the Elves deck was certainly hampered by the Ethersworn Canonist.
Phyrexian Revoker was Garret’s answer to Heritage Druid, but he wasn’t looking to block with either of his guys and decided to take 5 after Llanowar Elves untapped the Nettle Sentinels and Garret was down to 10 before he could get Mother of Runes into play. Greg wasn’t about to stop pouring an elf into play every turn, and he used Viridian Shaman to off the Ethersworn Canonist and pour in even more damage, dropping Garret to 4.
Stuck on a useless Wasteland, a Rishadan Port and a Plains with a hand of all double-white spells, Garret had to ship the turn with no action, and no block he could work out was enough to buy enough life for another draw step. He extended the hand and Greg extended his unbeaten streak for another round.
Greg 2, Garret 0