Quarterfinals: Josh Hand vs. Ben Ball
Ben was able to double-draw into the Top 8 with Ad+Nauseam Tendrils while Josh battled to get in Round 8. Will Ben and Ad+Nauseam move into the finals or will Josh bring Dead-Guy Ale there for a shot at the trophy?
Ben shuffles up for Game 2.
Josh started with a Deathrite+Shaman while Ben started off by using a Gitaxian+Probe and fetching an Island to Preordain. Josh fetched up a Scrubland and Vindicated Ben’s Island. Ben used a Lotus+Petal to Brainstorm and cracked a fetch land for an Underground+Sea so he could Ponder. Josh used a Wasteland to destroy the Underground+Sea and passed back. Ben dropped to 15 for another fetch land, getting a replacement Underground+Sea, and Pondered again. Josh used the Shaman at the end of the turn to eat a Brainstorm and knock Ben to 13.
Josh untapped and played an Umezawa’s Jitte and shipped the turn. Ben started his next turn with a Duress and grabbed a Sword+of+Fire+and+Ice from Josh’s hand then passed back as Josh used the Shaman to eat a Ponder and drop Ben to 11. Josh played Liliana+of+the+Veil and plussed it before attacking for one with the Shaman.
Ben went to 8 to use Gitaxian+Probe and started keeping track of storm as he played a Brainstorm. After Brainstorming he went to 7 after cracking a Scalding+Tarn for a Volcanic+Island then played a Lotus+Petal, two Lion’s Eye Diamond, cracked the Petal for a black, used the black for a Dark+Ritual, played Infernal+Tutor and held priority as he cracked his LEDs, found another Infernal+Tutor, which found another Tutor, leaving him with four black mana and a search for Tendrils+of+Agony to win the game.
Ben 1, Josh 0
Josh sideboards for Game 3..
Josh led off this game with a turn-1 Thoughtseize and grabbed a Lion’s Eye Diamond out of Ben’s hand. Ben got a look at Josh’s hand with a Gitaxian+Probe then fetched up an Island and Pondered and used a Lotus+Petal to play Cabal+Therapy to grab the Rest+in+Peace from Josh’s hand. Josh fetched up a second Scrubland and fired off a second Thoughtseize to take a Grim+Tutor from Ben’s hand and finished his turn by playing a Grafdigger’s Cage. Ben opened his second turn with a Ponder, which he shuffled away, then played an Underground+Sea and used another Cabal+Therapy to get rid of Stillmoon+Cavalier.
Josh played a Deathrite+Shaman and passed back after using a Wasteland on the Underground+Sea. Ben played a Lotus+Petal and started the storm count before cracking for a black to Cabal+Ritual then played Infernal+Tutor and played Dark+Confidant before passing. Josh untapped and slammed Stoneforge+Mystic to fetch up a Sword+of+Fire+and+Ice and passed. Bob revealed a Lion’s Eye Diamond and Ben passed as Josh used the Shaman to drain Ben for two.
Josh used the Shaman to help cast the Sword and attacked with the SFM with the sword and Ben threw Bob under the bus. Ben drew and passed while Josh sent in his Squire again dropping to 10. Ben passed after drawing again and Josh used the Shaman to knock Ben to 8. Josh attacked again and dropped Ben to 3 and after drawing a blank Ben said he’d be on the play for Game 3.
Ben 1, Josh 1
Both kept seven and Ben started things off with a Gitaxian+Probe then played a Badlands into a Dark+Ritual for a Dark+Confidant. Josh played a Grafdigger’s Cage and passed as Ben attacked with Bob after it flipped a Brainstorm. Ben cracked a Lotus+Petal for blue and Brainstormed and passed. Josh slammed Thalia%2C+Guardian+of+Thraben and passed. Bob revealed an LED and Ben passed back.
Josh landed a pair of Deathrite+Shamans and attacked Ben to 15 with Thalia. Ben got an Underground+Sea from Bob and Pondered, which he shuffled, then moved to cleanup and discarded Past+in+Flames. Josh knocked Ben to 13 with Thalia and used Vindicate to destroy Ben’s Underground+Sea. Ben got a Lotus+Petal from Bob then Pondered and shuffled again, and discarded down to seven cards. Josh attacked again with Thalia, then ate Past+in+Flames with a Shaman to knock Ben to 9 and resolved a Rest+in+Peace.
Bob gave Ben a free Cabal+Ritual then Ben played a Lotus+Petal and passed. Josh attacked with the team and dropped Ben to 3 then played Stillmoon+Cavalier. Ben found Pyroclasm off Bob to go to 1 and let out a sigh of relief. He played Pyroclasm to clear the board. He then cracked the Petal for a black to play Dark+Ritual then used Infernal+Tutor to find a Dark+Ritual, which he played, then used another Dark+Ritual into a Cabal+Ritual, into another Cabal+Ritual, into double LED and used Tendrils+of+Agony for the game!
Ben 2, Josh 1