Quarterfinals: John Wiley vs. Theodore Sung
It was a battle of the Delver variants in this quarterfinal, as 14-year-old Theodore Jung brought UWR Delver to battle against John Wiley’s BUG Delver.
Delver+of+Secrets showed up on turn 1 from John, and Theodore had Swords+to+Plowshares to get rid of it immediately. John replaced the Delver with a Deathrite+Shaman, and Theodore took a peak with a Gitaxian+Probe to see a hand of Spell Piece, Force+of+Will, and two Brainstorms for John. He Wastelanded John’s untapped Underground+Sea, and Dazed when John had a Brainstorm in response.
After Theodore simply replayed his Volcanic+Island, John fired off his second Brainstorm. This one resolved, and a second Delver+of+Secrets joined the fray on John’s side. Theodore had Lightning+Bolt to fry the Deathrite+Shaman, and Spell+Pierce to force it through John’s Spell+Pierce. The Delver immediately flipped over, revealing an Abrupt+Decay, and knocked Theodore down to 12. Theodore had another Bolt on his next turn, however, to shoot the bug down.
Another Deathrite+Shaman showed up for John, and a third copy the following turn. Theodore cracked a fetchland, and John attempted a Stifle, but Theodore fought over it with Force+of+Will. He followed up with Delver+of+Secrets, which provided a target for John’s Abrupt+Decay. Theodore was out of gas at that point, and within two turns the pair of Deathrite+Shamans had dropped him to 0 in 4-point increments.
John Wiley 1, Theodore Sung 0
Theodore spent his first turn cantripping, casting a Ponder and then a Gitaxian+Probe, seeing a hand of Tropical+Island, Stifle, Disfigure, Tarmogoyf, Spell+Pierce, and a pair of Ponders. John fired off a Ponder of his own, then Theodore had a second Ponder himself. Rather than continue the cantrip arms race, John decided to jam Tarmogoyf into play. Theodore had no response, and it entered play as a 2/3.
Brainstorm found Rest+in+Peace for Theodore, which solved the Tarmogoyf problem for the time being. John had no follow-up, and Theodore went for a Stoneforge+Mystic on his next turn. John Stifled the search trigger, but Theodore used Red+Elemental+Blast to force it through, and retrieved a Batterskull. John untapped and Disfigured the Stoneforge+Mystic, then Pondered to find a Spell+Pierce for the looming equipment. Theodore sensed it, and chose to hold his Batterskull rather than play it when he made his fifth land drop.
A string of Delver+of+Secrets came off the top for John, but Theodore Lightning Bolted each. John’s Dark+Confidant was sent to the farm with a Swords+to+Plowshares, and he decided to pull the trigger on his Malestrom Pulse, getting rid of Theodore’s Rest+in+Peace and unlocking his Tarmogoyfs, then adding another to the board. The two Tarmogoyfs came swinging, and Theodore had no way to get rid of them.
John Wiley 2, Theodore Sung 0