Quarterfinals: Jake Ciesielski vs. Simon Stahl
Simon Stahl had marched straight through the swiss with his UW Control deck, starting 8-0-1 before losing his last match playing for first seed. Now the sixth seed, he faced off against Jake Ciesielski, who had won a tense win-and-in in Round 10 with his U/W Devotion.
Simon didn’t have a play for the first few turns, while Jake was quick to the board with a Frostburn Weird. When he followed up with a Thassa, God of the Sea on turn 3, Simon was got rid of it with a Detention Sphere. Jake’s next trick was a Bident of Thassa, which allowed Frostburn Weird to draw him an extra card before it, too, fell to Detention Sphere.
Bident of Thassa #2 showed up for Jake, and Simon didn’t have an answer, instead playing Jace, Architect of Thought and ticking it up. Jake tanked for a while about whether to attack the planeswalker, but eventually decided to send at Simon for the extra card, then followed up with Master of Waves. Simon used Jace’s -2 to find a Supreme Verdict and cast it, and had Last Breath when Jake attacked with his Mutavault.
Jake wasn’t out of gas just yet, however, and cast a second Master of Waves, making three tokens. Simon cast a Divination, digging for an answer, but didn’t find one. He ticked Jace, Architect of Thought up and passed. Simon swung with the team, losing one elemental to a Celestial Flare but getting in some damage at the Jace and gaining one extra card from the Bident of Thassa. He added a Frostburn Weird to the board post-combat and shipped the turn.
Simon binned his Jace, Architect of Thought to go digging, and ended up getting a Dissolve. He then tapped out to cast Elspeth, Sun’s Champion and made some tokens. Jake wasted no time crashing in with his creatures, and Simon traded off all of his tokens for Jake’s Master of Waves + Elemental tokens. Jake unloaded afterward, casting a Cloudfin Raptor, a second Frostburn Weird, and another copy of Master of Waves, netting eight 2/1 Elementals. He shipped the turn, calling for no Supreme Verdict.
No Supreme Verdict showed up. Simon simply drew his card, made three more tokens, and passed the turn back. Jake took a moment to consider his options before crashing in with every creature other than the Master of Waves itself, although some of his tokens were pointed at the Elspeth. When the dust settled, Simon had no tokens and no Elspeth, Sun’s Champion, and Jake had a mittful of cards. Jake added Thassa, God of the Sea post-combat, and at Jake’s end step, Simon decided he wanted a mittful of cards himself, and cast Sphinx’s Revelation for 5, going back up to 11.
Supreme Verdict DID show up this time, and Simon passed the turn back with a little room to breathe. Jake cast a Tidebinder Mage to turn on his Thassa and attacked with it, and it went back to the top thanks to Azorius Charm. Jake had no further play and passed. Simon plopped Jace, Architect of Thought into play, downticked it, and found Detention Sphere, finally solving the pesky Bident of Thassa problem.
Jake’s draw step gave him the predictable Thassa, God of the Sea, which was Dissolved. Simon played his land and passed, and this time the draw for Jake was a Judge’s Familiar. Simon responded with a Sphinx’s Revelation for eight, and Jake decided he had seen enough, and picked up his cards.
Once again Simon made no plays on his first few turns, simply developing his mana base, but this time Jake missed his third land drop, and had no plays either. On his Turn 4, Simon went for a Jace, Architect of Thought, which met Gainsay from Jake. The third land showed up and Jake cast Thassa, God of the Sea.
Simon went for the throat on his turn 5, tapping out for Archangel of Thune. Jake found a Rapid Hybridization on top of his deck to turn it into a 3/3 Frog Lizard, and Simon followed up with another Archangel. This one was disposed of with a Detention Sphere, and Simon fired back with a Detention Sphere of his own, getting rid of Jake’s Thassa, then cast Elixir of Immortality and started beating down with his Frog Lizard.
Jake cast another Detention Sphere on his next turn, and deliberated for a while before targeting Elixir of Immortality rather than the 3/3 token. Simon had a big turn to follow up, as he played Jace, Architect of Thought, downticked to find a Revoke Existence, and used it to unlock his Archangel of Thune. He knocked Jake down to 11 and passed.
Jace, Memory Adept was the play next for Jake, but it wasn’t enough to stabilize. Simon activated his Mutavault, cast Sphinx’s Revelation for 1 to trigger Archangel of Thune and grow his creatures, and attacked for lethal damage.
SIMON STAHL 2, JAKE CIESIELSKI 0