Quarterfinals: Jeremy Judnic and Daniel Weiser
Both of these players got through a field of Zombies and Thragtusks to get to this match, but they took vastly different paths to do so. Daniel took a fairly stock Runechanter’s Pike U/W Delver list through the field, while Jeremy took the road less traveled: Black white tokens, featuring Increasing Devotion. Will his originality be rewarded?
Jeremy is happy to be top 8ing his first ever tournament!
By virtue of the second overall seed, Daniel was on the play and led with Island and a hard-cast Gitaxian Probe, which revealed: three Plains, Honor of the Pure, Increasing Devotion, Blade Splicer, and Oblivion Ring. Jeremy then played an Evolving Wilds (miracle off the top) and passed. Snapcaster Mage did its best Silvergill Adept impression, flashing back Gitaxian Probe and showing Daniel literally the same hand. Jeremy searched up Swamp at end of turn.
Jeremy played Honor of the Pure on his turn and passed. Once again, Gitaxian Probe revealed Jeremy’s hand (now with Isolated Chapel). Two damage from Tiago Chan before the end of Daniel’s turn. Jeremy put Isolated Chapel onto the battlefield and cast Oblivion Ring. Daniel Gut Shot on his own Snapcaster, which caused the Ring to remove Honor of the Pure. Daniel Thought Scour’d himself twice before his untap step then he cast Ponder on his turn clearly digging for action. He found it in the form of Geist of Saint Traft. Blade Splicer came down for Jeremy, which made a Charizard token masquerading as a 3/3 Golem.
“Dismember your Charizard?”
The 3/3 left the battlefield, but came back as a 4/4 Angel for Daniel and took a chunk out of Jeremy, setting life totals to 12 apiece. Honor of the Pure was Jeremy’s only action on his turn, and Daniel was free to rumble into the red zone once again, this time only with a Spirit token courtesy of a Moorland Haunt, the 2/2 Blade splicer keeping the Geist at bay. Another Honor of the Pure, his third of the game, made Blade Splicer a 3/3 and he passed. Daniel turned a pair of 1/1s sideways before casting Delver of Secrets. Jeremy, now facing a lot of flying damage that couldn’t be stonewalled by his lonely Human Artificer, went deep in the tank. He simply played Vault of the Archangel and passed.
Delver did not flip for Daniel, but he swung with the whole team regardless. Blade Splicer blocked Geist, and Restoration Angel saved the legend. After damage, Jeremy went to 2 but unable to find an answer on top he decided to move to game 2.
Daniel 1, Jeremy 0.
Daniel has his eyes set on a higher prize!
Daniel showed off his extensive Pokemon token collection during the break. They served as 4/4 Angels and 1/1 Spirits (and maybe even 2/2 Drakes, courtesy of a sideboarded singleton Talrand, Sky Summoner, and 1/1 Soldiers from Timely Reinforcements) all day for his deck. The crowd was quite impressed.
The rest of the match was moved to the camera tables, since one of the other matches ended quickly. Jeremy was now on the play and led off the festivities with Plains and Champion of the Parish. Daniel mulliganed his opener and started his game with Gitaxian Probe off of Seachrome Coast, which revealed Dismember, Intangible Virtue, Swamp, Doomed Traveler, and Vault of the Archangel. Doomed Traveler came down for Jeremy, which grew Champion to Grizzly Bears proportions and dealt 2 damage. A Swamp and a pass for Jeremy after that was matched by Daniel’s Island pass.
Three Human damage rumbled into Daniel, setting him to 15, and then he attempted to cast Intangible Virtue, but it was met by Mana Leak. Geist of Saint Traft was the turn three play for Daniel, but that left no mana available for him to deal with a second Champion of the Parish. The 3/3 chipped away at Daniel again before he passed the turn. Geist turned sideways and took a 4/4 along with it, and was blocked by Doomed Traveler. Jeremy took four damage and added a 1/1 Spirit to his arsenal. Post combat, Daniel cast Ponder and then Snapcaster Mage, which once again cast Ponder. He kept them on top and ended his turn, but not before Dismember took down the 2/1.
Jeremy’s whole team rumbled in and he activated Vault, dealing five and gaining five in the process. Daniel dealt six more damage to Jeremy, and then he cast Talrand, Sky Summoner followed by Gut Shot targeting the 1/1 Champion of the Parish and making a 2/2 flier. This set life totals to 5 for Daniel and 13 for Jeremy. Dismember took out the 3/3 Champion of the Parish, but Daniel had a Vapor Snag in response for the Champion of the Parish. Stony Silence also came down, but with no Runechanter’s Pike in sight it looked irrelevant.
Daniel attacked with a lot of blue and white creatures and after blocks Jeremy went to 4. Facing down a pair of Drakes and a Geist of Saint Traft, he could only muster a Blade Splicer. Daniel’s air force proved too much though, and after attacks he took it down.
Daniel 2, Jeremy 0.