Quarterfinals: Logan Mize vs. Ben Friedman
It’s B/W Midrange vs. Mono-Blue Devotion in the quarterfinals. Will Ben Friedman advance to the semis in his fourth Invitational Top 8 or will Logan Mize ride the tide of Thassa and Master of Waves to victory?
Logan shows his hand after a Thoughtseize.
Logan kept his seven card hand while Ben flashed a hand of three Underworld Connections and a Plains as he shipped it back for six new ones. Logan kicked things off with a Judge’s Familiar and Ben had a tapped Godless Shrine. Logan bashed for 1 and dropped a Frostburn Weird. Ben played a Mutavault and passed. Logan attacked and played a Thassa, God of the Sea. Ben hit his third land and passed again with no play.
Logan deployed Nightveil Specter and attacked with his team and Ben took six after putting a Mutavault in front of the Weird, falling to 11. Ben made a land drop and passed again. Logan dropped another Weird and fired up his Mutavault and sent his team into the red zone. Ben used a Hero’s Downfall on the Specter and dropped to 2. Ben drew for his turn and went to his sideboard.
Logan 1, Ben 0
Both kept seven this time and Ben led off with a Thoughtseize to grab a Cloudfin Raptor from Logan’s hand. Logan only had Island-go after the Thoughtseize. Ben dropped a Pack Rat, but Logan ripped the Rapid Hybridization for it. Logan passed after an Island and Ben attacked for 3 and passed. Logan had a Frostburn Weird and a Mutavault. Ben played a Desecration Demon and shipped the turn.
Logan had a Claustrophobia for the Demon and passed after playing a Judge’s Familiar. Ben played his fifth land and had no action. Logan attacked for one with the flyer then played a Master of Waves that met a Doom Blade right away and Ben also used a Deicide on the Claustrophobia at the end of the turn. Ben attacked for 6 with his Demon to drop Logan to 11 and passed back.
Logan attacked with his two creatures and traded the Weird off with the frog lizard then played another Familiar. Ben hit again with the Demon to drop Logan to 5 and Ben followed it up with an Elspeth, Sun’s Champion to make three tokens. Logan played a Bident of Thassa and hit with his flyers to draw two cards then played a Tidebinder Mage and passed.
Logan sacrificed a Familiar to tap the Demon on Ben’s turn, so Ben attacked with his three tokens and used Devour Flesh to knock Logan down to 4. Ben ended his turn by making more soldiers. Logan got in for one with his Familiar to draw a card and played a post-combat Master of Waves to make four Elementals and passed. Ben moved to attackers and this time Logan got rid of an Elemental to tap the Demon so Ben attacked with all six tokens. Logan went to 1 after trading some tokens of his own and using a Mutavault to kill one token. Ben passed with a bunch of open mana. Logan drew for the turn and considered his options. He eventually attacked for one to get a card and decided he had no way out and scooped up his cards.
Ben 1, Logan 1
Ben enters the attack step.
Logan deliberated for a moment before going down to six and Ben kept his opener. Logan started with a Judge’s Familiar and Ben had a Temple of Silence. Logan attacked and had a Frostburn Weird for Turn 2. Ben fired off a Thoughtseize, but Logan sacrificed his Familiar to counter it and Ben had a follow up Temple of Silence. Logan attacked with the Weird and played a Cloudfin Raptor.
Ben had a third Temple of Silence and used a Doom Blade on the Weird. Logan had another Familiar to evolve the Raptor then attacked with it and his Mutavault to drop Ben to 14. Ben used a Thoughtseize to get rid of a Nightveil Specter then played a Mutavault of his own and hit the Raptor with a Pharika’s Cure to go back up to 14. Logan attacked for 3 and passed back.
Ben dropped a Swamp to play a Thoughtseize to get another Specter and fall to 9. Logan attacked for 1 with his Familiar and Ben used Devour Flesh to get rid of it so Logan ended his turn with a Thassa. Ben added an Underworld Connections to his Swamp and passed back. Logan had no play and passed so Ben drew a card and dropped to 8. Ben untapped and went to 7 off Connections and ended his turn with a Whip of Erebos, but no creatures in his graveyard.
Logan attacked Ben to 5 with his land and passed. Ben sent in his two Mutavaults to gain four life and drop Logan to 17. Logan deployed a Frostburn Weird and Ben lost a life to draw a card. Ben used a Hero’s Downfall on the Weird and sent in his Mutavaults to gain four more. Logan, still on 3the lands played another Weird and Ben drew another card, going to 11. Ben untapped and went to 10 for another card then sent in his lands to knock Logan to 11 and Ben went up to 14.
Logan found an Island and played Bident of Thassa and passed. Ben went to 13 to draw a card sent in his lands to knock Logan to 7 before passing. Logan attacked with his Mutavault but Ben had the Doom Blade for it. Ben went to 16 off Connections and fired off a Thoughtseize to get a Claustrophobia, leaving him with two more copies of Thassa. Ben attacked with his lands and played a Desecration Demon. Logan drew a car and picked up his board.
Both kept seven and Logan had a Cloudfin Raptor to start things. Ben played a Swamp and passed and Logan played a Mutavault and no two-drop. Ben also had a Mutavault and Logan missed his third land drop. Ben played a tapped Godless Shrine and passed. Logan missed again and played his second Raptor and shipped the turn.
“No Bile Blight,” Ben said as he untapped.
Ben played a Desecration Demon after another Mutavault joined his board and passed. Logan bricked again on land passed with no action. Ben played a Whip of Erebos and sent in his Demon so Loan put a Raptor in front, but used a Rapid Hybridization before damage to make a 3/3 and evolve his other Raptor. Logan attacked Ben to 17 and passed.
Logan sacrificed a Raptor to tap Ben’s Demon, then Ben fired off Thoughtseize to grab a Claustrophobia and passed. Logan failed to find his land and passed with no action. Ben used another Thoughtseize and took a Frostburn Weird then went to combat and attacked with his 7/7 Demon to drop Logan to 13. Ben ended his turn by making Elspeth and adding three tokens to his board. Logan drew for the turn and had no land so he extended his hand.
Ben 3, Logan 1