Quarterfinals: Joey Lively vs. Austin Palmer
Joey Lively sliced through the swiss with his Mono-Red Burn deck, and now faced off against Austin Palmer, one of two UWR Delver representatives in the top 8.
Joey deep in the tank during sideboarding.
Joey wasted no time getting on the board immediately with a turn one Goblin Guide, which crashed in and revealed Delver of Secrets on top for Austin. The Delver entered play, and Goblin Guide attacked again, this time revealing Swords to Plowshares. Austin fell to 16, and Joey played Satyr Firedancer on his turn 2.
Austin drew his Swords to Plowshares in a rush, forgetting to flip his Delver of Secrets in the process. He used the Swords immediately to get rid of the Satyr Firedancer, and passed. Goblin Guide attacked again, revealing Brainstorm on top, and Joey followed up with a Young Pyromancer, passing again.
The Insectile Aberration came out to play this time, and it swung across the board and knocked Joey down to 18. He cast his Brainstorm post-combat, then cracked two fetchlands, falling to 12, and cast Lightning Bolt and Swords to Plowshares, clearing away Joey’s board.
Out of creatures, Joey started throwing around some fire. He untapped and cast Flame Rift, sending Austin to 8 life, and Joey to 16. The Insectile Abberation attacked Joey down to 13, and Austin looked to increase his clock, casting True-Name Nemesis post-combat.
Joey had more burn up his sleeve. He cast a Lava Spike, it resolved, and Austin fell to 5. He tried another Lava Spike, but this one met Spell Pierce, and he passed. Austin quickly came swinging, dropping Joey to 7, and passed back.
Knowing time was short, Joey went for a Lightning Bolt. Austin responded with Brainstorm, and Joey responded with a Fireblast, sacrificing both of his Mountains. It resolved, and Austin fell to a precarious 1 life. Brainstorm then resolved, and found Spell Pierce, which countered the Bolt and kept him alive.
With no lands in play, Joey passed the turn. Austin attacked with his two creatures again, bringing the life totals to 1 on both sides. Joey sat with burn in hand, but needed a mana source to finish the game. He drew, saw no land, and conceded the first game.
Austin Palmer 1, Joey Lively 0
Joey again was first to the board, casting a turn 2 Hellspark Elemental and swinging, but Austin fetched up a Tundra in response and used Swords to Plowshares to save some damage. On his turn 2, Austin put the screw on his opponent with a Stoneforge Mystic, which fetched up Batterskull.
Joey had a Young Pyromancer on his next turn, and passed the turn with one land untapped, apparently unable to kill off the Stoneforge Mystic before it could put the Batterskull into play, and Austin wasted no time untapping and doing just that. He passed, and Joey showed his plan, casting Smash to Smithereens to destroy the Batterskull. He cast a Flame Rift as well, then attacked with his Young Pyromancer, knocking Austin down to 10.
Needing to find some action, Austin cast a Ponder. He left on top, but had no third land, simply passing the turn with a Wasteland up. Joey simply attacked with his two 1/1 Elemental tokens on his turn, losing one, but knocking Austin to 9. He passed the turn with four lands untapped and three cards in hand.
When Austin tried a Swords to Plowshares on the Young Pyromancer, Joey sprung into action, casting a scary Price of Progress. Austin Spell Pierced it, which Joey paid for, then Dazed it, which Joey couldn’t pay for. He then passed it back to Joey, who simply attacked with his Elementals again to knock Austin to 8, and played a Barbarian Ring.
Austin Brainstormed, and found a second copy of Stoneforge Mystic, which he tapped out for to retrieve an Umezawa’s Jitte. Joey couldn’t punish him, mustering only a Rift Bolt, which went to Austin’s head and dropped him to 5 life. Austin untapped and cast a Ponder, then simply played a land and passed, threatening to put Jitte into play on his own turn and start gaining life.
Flame Rift opened the action for Joey, and Austin had Spell Pierce. Pyroblast forced it through, however, and Austin fell to 1. Now unable to crack his Flooded Strand, Austin had to wait a turn before putting the Jitte into play. He untapped and passed again.
Joey knew he had a one turn window to deal the last point of damage. He drew… Rift Bolt. Austin scooped up his cards and moved to game 3.
Joey Lively 1, Austin Palmer 1
This time it was Austin who started things off, with a Turn 1 Grim Lavamancer. Joey tried to get on the board as well, but Austin had a Daze. He simply replayed his Volcanic Island, attacked for one, and passed it back to Joey, who quickly fried the Lavamancer with a Chain Lightning, and then sent another Chain Lightning at Austin’s face. Austin Brainstormed in response, then fell to 17.
Stoneforge Mystic came down for Austin on his next turn, and Batterskull went straight into his hand. Joey led off with Young Pyromancer on his own turn, then played a third land and attempted a Lightning Bolt on the Stoneforge Mystic, but Austin was ready with a Daze. Austin untapped and cast a Lightning Bolt of his own on the Young Pyromancer.
Joey untapped, deliberated for some time, but ultimately passed without a play. Austin simply played his land and passed right back, representing the ability to put a Batterskull into play. When Joey again passed, Austin did just that, and Joey took the opportunity before Austin untapped to Fireblast the Germ token away, then Barbarian Ring the Stoneforge Mystic, leaving Austin with just a lone Batterskull in play.
Austin went digging with a Ponder, then played a fourth land and passed. After he fell to 15 from the Elemental Token, he returned the Batterskull to his hand at Joey’s end step, then played his fifth land on his own turn and recast it.
Joey simply had a land and passed, and the Batterskull went to work, knocking Joey to 14 and bringing back up to a healthy 18. Post-combat, Austin cast another Stoneforge Mystic for Umezawa’s Jitte. Joey drew another blank and, seeing the writing on the wall against two different lifegaining equipment, conceded the match.
Austin Palmer 2, Joey Lively 1