Quarterfinals: Justin Haas vs. Jeremy Stowe
Dredge and RUG Delver are two of the more popular decks in Legacy, with RUG dominating the metagame in recent months while Dredge sniped the occasional Top 8 slot from an unsuspecting player or two. Jeremy had the Delvers, while Justin came with Golgari+Grave-Troll.
Justin's Dredge list has taken him into the Top 8.
Each player started on six cards, with Justin playing City+of+Brass and Putrid+Imp to start. Jeremy knew to fear what could happen from here, and started with fetching Volcanic+Island and Forked+Bolt on the Putrid+Imp; in Justin's haste, he declined to respond with pitching a dredger. Faithless+Looting after playing Cephalid+Coliseum binned Golgari+Grave-Troll and Bridge from below, and Justin ended his turn.
Wasteland on City+of+Brass destroyed that, and Jeremy passed with Volcanic untapped. Justin dredged up two Ichorids, another Imp, and three landsâ€”he was officially stalled, and passed without a land drop. Good news for Jeremy! Jeremy had just a fetchland on his own turn, passing.
Exiling two Putrid+Imps to get back both Ichorids, Justin swung for 6 damage and only got one Zombie, as Jeremy Stifled a trigger. Facing basically just the 2/2, Jeremy played another fetchland and passed. When Justin exiled one Ichorid to the other in order to attack for 5 damage, Jeremy again had Stifle to save himself from a Zombie.
Jeremy played Taiga and shippedâ€”Justin found a big land in Gemstone+Mine, now able to access Cephalid+Coliseum. He declined to, casting Faithless+Looting instead, and Jeremy was able to leverage Spell+Pierce for some utility, though he fell to 6 when Justin attacked. That became 5 when Jeremy fetched Tropical+Island.
He Brainstormed and cast Tarmogoyf, then fetched to 4 life for another Tropical+Island in order to have one mana upâ€”his Tarmogoyf was a 6/7. Justin drew another Gemstone+Mine and cast Faithless+Looting the third from his hand. On two cards, Jeremy Dazedâ€”Justin paid for it, pitching Grave-Troll and Stinkweed+Imp.
Then he cast Lion's Eye Diamondâ€”oh, boy. He'd tapped his Coli for the Daze, but could still flashback Faithless+Looting, which Jeremy Dazed unsuccessfully. Grave-Troll hit two Bridges, Dread+Return, and Cabal+Therapy, and then Imp hit a Narcomoeba.
That guy turned into three Zombies, flashbacking Cabal+Therapy and naming whatever he wanted, since Jeremy had two lands in his hand. He flashbacked the Dread+Return for an 8/8 Grave-Troll, and passed.
Jeremy didn't have anything that hotâ€”just Delver+of+Secrets. Justin brought back Ichorid and then dredged a Grave-Troll. He swung, forcing Jeremy to chump with Delver and getting through 3 damage with Ichorid, leaving Jeremy on 1 life. Popping Coliseum, Justin went even deeper into the deck for two more Narcomoeba, another Ichorid, and his last Bridge.
Yeah, that was enough.
Justin 1, Jeremy 0
Jeremy led Nimble+Mongoose on Tropical+Island, while City+of+Brass and Lion%27s+Eye+Diamond did Justin some good, though his Putrid+Imp met Daze. Jeremy Pondered, keeping three cards, and played Tormod%27s+Crypt before attacking for 1 damage. Awkwardly, Justin played another City+of+Brass and cast Golgari+Thug, trying to get down a blocker and future dredger. Jeremy added Tropical+Island to the board and cast Ponder, then Delver+of+Secrets.
Cabal+Therapy on Surgical+Extraction missed, revealing Brainstorm, Force+of+Will, and Wasteland. Flashbacking the Therapy on Brainstorm, Justin put Putrid+Imp atop his library. Jeremy triggered Delver on Lightning+Bolt, and attacked for 4 damage. Falling to 8, Justin cast Stinkweed Impâ€”predictably, Jeremy Lightning Bolted and then Wastelanded his Tropical Islandâ€”he can Wasteland his Wasteland here, as an important note to readers, because with Justin on 2, Jeremy Crypted him and knew he was drawing Putrid Impâ€”that locked it up.
Justin 1, Jeremy 1
Jeremy has a tough fight ahead of him with RUG.
â€œDredge is always scary,â€ Jeremy admitted as he shuffled up for the last game of the match. Each kept seven, with Justin on the play. Undiscovered+Paradise and Faithless+Looting from Justin, and Jeremy replied with Force+of+Will, removing Thought+Scour. Tropical+Island and Tormod%27s+Crypt resolved for Jeremy, and he passed.
Justin cast Cabal+Therapy to target himself, and met Spell Pierceâ€”Undiscovered Paradise would bounce again. Making Delver+of+Secrets, Jeremy got a threat on the board next to his Crypt. No plays from Justin except for City+of+Brass, and Jeremy revealed Brainstorm to Delver for a flip, attacking Justin to 17.
He cast Brainstorm, then used Wasteland to destroy the City+of+Brass. â€œBack to the Undiscovered+Paradise,â€ Justin announced, playing it and passing. He went to 14 when Jeremy attacked, but Jeremy had no other plays. Justin drew and dropped Gemstone+Mine, then ended the turn. Jeremy attacked for 3 more, passing.
On 11, Justin needed to get going. He played Cephalid+Coliseum, took 1, and cast Stinkweed Impâ€”Jeremy Dazed it to keep his Delver going, giving Justin a dredger. The Aberration swung Justin to 7 life, and Jeremy passed without using Crypt, seeking value. Justin dredged, hitting Grave-Troll, Looting, and another Narcomoebaâ€”that earned the Crypt.
Replaying Paradise, Justin got his Stinkweed+Imp Dazed again, falling to 6 life. Aberration attacked him to 3, and Force+of+Will made Jeremy a mortal lock in combination with the Stifle and other blue card in his hand already.
Justin 1, Jeremy 2