Quarterfinals: Leon Kornacki vs. Adam Prosak
Arizona personalities collided in this quarterfinal matchup between fourth and fifth seeds Leon Kornacki and Adam Prosak. Leon, whose brother John is an Open Series champion had earned the right to play first against Adam—an accomplished player and Open Series champion in his own right—as his Combo Elves deck had done just a bit more work than Adam's RUG Delver.
Leon Kornacki looks very focused for his quarterfinal matchup.
They jumped into action quickly with Leon's Fyndhorn Elves eating a Lightning Bolt. Wirewood Symbiote and another Fyndhorn Elves were quick to replace their fallen friend, and the elven ranks exploded on the next turn as a pair of Nettle Sentinels and a Hermit Druid filled his board.
Adam was stuck looking for a way to get aggressive, but all he could muster was a bunch of cantrips. Eventually he found a Tarmogoyf after he shut down a couple of Glimpse of Natures with counterspells. Ezuri, Renegade Leader and Mirror Entity kept the pressure on Adam, and Ezuri's Overrun ability quickly ate Adam's life total.
Leon 1, Adam 0
Delver of Secrets got Adam on the board quickly this game, giving him a fighting chance in what seemed like an otherwise tough matchup. Brainstorm flipped it to allow him to fly over Nettle Sentinel while Leon was stuck on just one Forest. A second Nettle Sentinel gave him a decent board, but Tarmogoyf and Submerge set Leon way back.
Adam took his Time Walk turn and attacked with both of his guys, crushing the Nettle Sentinel double- block with a Lightning Bolt. Another Submerge on Priest of Titania and a Wasteland on the Pendelhaven Leon had drawn was all she wrote and we were off to the rubber game.
Leon 1, Adam 1
Adam Prosak gets set to take on Leon Kornacki's Combo Elves.
Both players had to ship their openers back for this game, but Leon liked the experience so much he went back for three more mulligans before keeping his three. He fetched up Savannah for Nettle Sentinel and passed the turn, but Adam taught him a lesson about getting greedy, razing Leon's already stunted draw with a Wasteland.
Nimble Mongoose made its way into play as Leon was stuck on no lands and a tapped Nettle Sentinel, and Adam was able to fix up his game plan with some Ponders while Leon found a Forest for Wirewood Symbiote. Chain Lightning kept the elf deck off its game and Tarmogoyf added to the clock, though it was going to take a series of perfect draws for Leon to kick out of his quadruple mulligan as it was.
Llanowar Elf was a good start, but another bolt ate it and Adam's team smashed Leon to 10 before Delver of Secrets put a lethal clock on Leon. That forced Leon to chump block to try to buy a turn, but the writing was on the wall. Adam's team smashed in for the kill on the next turn and Adam had earned himself a trip to the next round.
Adam 2, Leon 1