Quarterfinals: Hayden Passarelli vs. Cody Johnson
Hayden mulliganed to six. Cody gave his first seven a lot of thought before sending them back for six.
Hayden led off with a Volcanic+Island and Ponder, followed by a Gitaxian+Probe paid Phyrexian-style to see Crop+Rotation, Grove+of+the+Burnwillows, Glacial+Chasm, Punishing+Fire, Life+from+the+Loam, and Tranquil+Thicket. On his turn, Cody laid the Tranquil+Thicket tapped.
Hayden played Scalding+Tarn and fetched up a Tropical+Island to cast Tarmogoyf, a 2/3. Cody untapped, played Wasteland, and used it on the Tropical+Island. Hayden untapped, attacked for two, and cracked Wooded+Foothills for a Volcanic+Island. Though Hayden was the only one who had attacked, he was still down on life, 16-18.
Hayden played Volcanic+Island and attacked with a now 3/4 Tarmogoyf, putting the life totals in his favor at last at 16-15. Cody’s dredging of Life+from+the+Loam put a Thespian’s Stage in his graveyard. He already had one in-hand, which he played. Life+from+the+Loam returned Wasteland, Tranquil+Thicket, and the second Thespian’s Stage to hand. Hayden played Wasteland and attacked Cody to 12.
Cody drew regularly and tried Wasteland on Hayden’s Wasteland, which brought a flurry of activity: Hayden’s Wasteland tried to take out Thespian’s Stage, which met a Crop+Rotation sacrificing Thespian’s Stage in response, which itself met Force+of+Will exiling Daze.
Cody used Grove+of+the+Burnwillows for green mana to cast Exploration, shrugging off the point of life he gave his opponent. He was looking for Dark+Depths to assemble a quick 20/20 flying indestructible creature of one-attack doom. He played Thespian’s Stage, the other half of the combo, and passed. Hayden had only an attack to put Cody to 9 life.
Cody cast Life+from+the+Loam and brought two copies of Wasteland and a Thespian’s Stage to hand. Another Grove+of+the+Burnwillows and a bonus Wasteland joined the battlefield, the Wasteland taking out Hayden’s Volcanic+Island.
Hayden had a Tropical+Island and an attack for 6, but there his luck ran out. Cody dredged up Glacial+Chasm, and though Hayden put Spell+Pierce in the way, Cody had the mana to pay off the counterspell. Rishadan+Port came down, only to be sacrificed to Glacial+Chasm. Hayden did not find a Wasteland for the Glacial+Chasm and passed.
Cody untapped. After thought, he had a Thespian’s Stage copy the Glacial+Chasm, which he let expire on the upkeep. Dredging Life+from+the+Loam on the draw step found Dark+Depths. The first casting of Life+from+the+Loam met Force+of+Will, but the second time saw no countermagic and Cody had half the combination in-hand. He let Glacial+Chasm go to the graveyard as a sacrifice and calmly assembled Thespian’s Stage and Dark+Depths on the battlefield, paying for a Daze along the way. He played both cards, passed, and made his Marit Lage token on Hayden’s upkeep, inducing a concession.
Hayden 0, Cody 1.
Hayden Passarelli readies up for Game 3 after taking Game 2 of the quarterfinals.
Hayden played first with both players keeping their opening seven.
Hayden led with Tropical+Island and a pass. Cody countered with Taiga, Mox+Diamond discarding Maze+of+Ith, and Gamble, which resolved…only to see Crop+Rotation discarded! He tried to Gamble again, this time meeting a Brainstorm that found Daze.
Hayden played another Tropical+Island and passed. Gamble #3 resolved with a safer Wasteland discarded. Cody played Rishadan+Port and passed. Hayden cast Brainstorm during Cody’s end step, while Cody returned the favor by tapping down Hayden’s Tropical+Island on the next upkeep. Volcanic+Island and another pass set Cody to untapping. He cast Life+from+the+Loam and recovered Maze+of+Ith and Wasteland. The Wasteland was played and then used on Tropical+Island, though a Stifle saved the dual land.
Hayden played and cracked a Wooded+Foothills cracked for Volcanic+Island. It was the first life total change of the game, but Hayden’s next play, True-Name+Nemesis, threatened more changes, and not for Cody’s better. Cody dredged Life+from+the+Loam, getting Rishadan+Port, The+Tabernacle+at+Pendrell+Vale, and Wasteland in the graveyard. Life+from+the+Loam as a spell met Force+of+Will pitching Force+of+Will.
Hayden attacked for three, putting the life totals 19-17 in his favor, and followed with Scalding+Tarn and a second True-Name+Nemesis. Cody, facing a three-turn clock, cast Life+from+the+Loam, recovering two Wastelands and The+Tabernacle+at+Pendrell+Vale. He played a Wasteland and passed.
Hayden shrugged, attacked for 6, and cast a 3/4 Tarmogoyf. Cody dredged for an answer, putting two copies of Maze+of+Ith in his graveyard, but Maze+of+Ith could not touch either True-Name+Nemesis. A Lightning+Bolt and a double True-Name+Nemesis attack later, Cody conceded and went to Game 3.
Hayden 1, Cody 1.
Cody had the play. Both duelists kept their seven-card hands.
Cody led off with a Wooded+Foothills, paying a life to get Taiga. Hayden started his game with Tropical+Island and Delver+of+Secrets. The Delver was not long for the battlefield, though, as Grove+of+the+Burnwillows teamed up with the Taiga to cast Punishing+Fire and burn the 1/1 creature.
Hayden played a Wooded+Foothills of his own and added a creature much harder to target, Nimble+Mongoose. Cody played another Grove+of+the+Burnwillows and gave his opponent a life, spending the green mana and the Grove itself for Crop+Rotation, which resolved after much thought on Hayden’s end. Cody put Wasteland on the battlefield and in the graveyard just as quickly to dispose of the Tropical+Island. Life+from+the+Loam met a chillier reception, a sacrifice of Wooded+Foothills for a Volcanic+Island and then a Spell+Pierce. Hayden attacked Cody for one point, putting him on 18 life, and passed.
Cody’s turn seemed to repeat itself with Life+from+the+Loam meeting Spell+Pierce, but a Crop+Rotation for Wasteland took out Volcanic+Island, leaving Hayden with only a Nimble+Mongoose on the battlefield.
That Mongoose was about to get a lot bigger, though, as a surprise Wasteland on Grove+of+the+Burnwillows was the seventh card in Hayden’s graveyard. He attacked with the now 3/3 Nimble+Mongoose, putting Cody at 15 life.
Hayden’s Nimble+Mongoose kept up its attack, sending Cody to 8 life. Cody’s dredge of Life+from+the+Loam turned up no lands but the third card was a Punishing+Fire. Life+from+the+Loam brought Tranquil+Thicket, Wasteland, and Grove+of+the+Burnwillows back to the hand, the last being played.
Hayden attacked Cody to 5, played a Scalding+Tarn, and passed. Cody tapped the Grove+of+the+Burnwillows to cycle Tranquil+Thicket, giving Hayden another life. The dredge that replaced the Tranquil+Thicket draw finally turned up Glacial+Chasm, but when Cody tried to Life+from+the+Loam on his turn, a “Can I see your graveyard?” ended in Force+of+Will exiling True-Name+Nemesis. Cody played a land and went for Life+from+the+Loam again, recovering Thespian’s Stage, Dark+Depths, and Tranquil+Thicket.
Cody Johnson looks forward to being on the play in Game 3 of the quarterfinals.
Cody had his combo, but not enough time. Hayden flashed a Lightning+Bolt, threatening a lethal attack on the next turn, and Cody extended the hand.
Hayden 2, Cody 1.
-- written by John Dale Beety