Quarterfinals: Leon Kornacki vs. Adam Prosak
Arizona personalities collided in this quarterfinal matchup between fourth and fifth seeds Leon Kornacki and 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%2C+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
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