Quarterfinals: Ian Anderson vs. Sonny Aparicio
Two combo decks met up in the quarterfinals with neither player looking to play a fair game of Magic. Would Ian be one of two Elves players to reach the semifinals or would Sonny ride the glass cannon of Belcher one step further?
Sonny hopes 18 goblins is good enough.
Ian kicked things off with a Wooded+Foothills for a Bayou and played a Deathrite+Shaman. Sonny played a Land+Grant getting a Stomping+Ground, shocked himself to play it untapped, and played Tinder+Wall, sacrificed it, went with Rite+of+Flame into Seething+Song into Gitaxian+Probe into Rite+of+Flame into Chrome+Mox into Burning+Wish for Empty+the+Warrens and made 18 goblins.
Ian drew a card and considered his options facing down many goblins and decided on starting with a Glimpse+of+Nature then played a Quirion+Ranger after exiling his Wooded+Foothills, then untapped the Shaman by bouncing his Bayou, replayed his Bayou and played Birchlore+Rangers into Nettle+Sentinel into a Wirewood+Symbiote into a Shaman he had returned to his hand into a Green Sun’s Zenith for a Dryad+Arbor and passed.
Sonny attacked with the team and Ian blocked four of them to fall to 5, killing off four goblins and Ian lost the Arbor and Symbiote. It was up to Ian to find a bunch of blockers or find a way to win and he started with a Misty+Rainforest and a Glimpse+of+Nature. Ian fetched up a Bayou with his Misty to go down to 4 and played a Heritage+Druid and started making mana and played Birchlore+Rangers into a Natural+Order, sacrificing a Heritage+Druid to get a Craterhoof+Behemoth and was able to attack for the win!
Ian 1, Sonny 0
Both kept their openers and Sonny started things off with two Gitaxian+Probes and cycled a Street+Wraith into another Probe into Lotus+Petal into Tinder+Wall into Desperate+Ritual into another Ritual into a Lotus+Petal into Empty+the+Warrens for a storm count of nine and 18 goblins.
Ian had a Heritage+Druid and passed. Sonny attacked and Ian fell to 2. Ian drew a card and picked up his deck.
Ian 1, Sonny 1
Ian immediately threw away his opener while Sonny contemplated, “I hate muliganning.”
Ian figures out a way to win facing down 18 1/1s.
Sonny ended up going to six as well and both were happy with what they had. Ian led off Game 3 with a Bayou off a Wooded+Foothills and played Cabal+Therapy naming Lion’s Eye Diamond, but whiffed as Sonny didn’t play any.
Sonny started with a Probe to see Ian had the Mindbreak+Trap. Sonny considered his options and removed an Elvish+Spirit+Guide for a Timber Wall that he sacrificed to play Burning+Wish to get Shattering+Spree and passed. Ian played a Quirion+Ranger and a Green Sun’s Zenith for a Dryad+Arbor and shipped the turn.
Sonny drew but had no options and passed the turn. Ian attacked Sonny down to 16 with his creature then flashbacked Cabal+Therapy naming Shattering+Spree and dropped a Pithing+Needle naming Goblin+Charbelcher. Sonny flurried off with a Simian+Spirit+Guide into Lotus+Petal into Manamorphose into two Desperate+Rituals into Lotus+Petal into Burning+Wish for Gaea’s Blessing and passed.
Ian attacked for 1 and GSZed for a Deathrite+Shaman and passed. Sonny drew and passed. Ian attacked for 1 and played Glimpse+of+Nature and a Quirion+Ranger into Wirewood+Symbiote into another Deathrite+Shaman and passed.
Ian Probed and passed back. Ian attacked for 3 to drop Sonny to 9 and used a Shaman to drain Sonny for 2, untapped a Shaman with a Ranger and played Fyndhorn+Elves and passed. Sonny drew and passed while Ian used a Shaman to drain for two more then untapped and attacked for lethal.
Ian 2, Sonny 1