Quarterfinals: Matt Bohn vs. Sean Reusing
Two flavors of Abzan meet up in the quarterfinals. Would Matt and his midrange build move on or will Sean and his Aggro version get there?
Matt attacks with his Vampire token.
Sean, on the draw, was first to the board with a Bloodsoaked Champion while Matt played two temples. Sean followed his Champion with another one-drop, Soldier of the Pantheon and got in for 2. Matt went down to 17 off a fetch and landed a road block in Brimaz, King of Oreskos so Sean held off on the aggression and played a Sandsteppe Citadel and a Fleecemane Lion.
Matt hit his fourth land drop and played Sorin, Solemn Visitor, opting to tick down for a Vampire token. Sean went to 18 to play an Anafenza, the Foremost and passed back as the ground stall continued. Matt upped Sorin and got in for 3 in the air with his Vampire and passed back, gaining three life. Sean sent his entire team at Sorin and made his Lion a 4/4 off Anafenza’s ability. Matt put his Brimaz and token in front of Anafenza, losing his Brimaz and Sorin, but gaining a bunch of life in the process, going up to 24. Sean ended his turn with an extra Soldier and Champion, but Matt had an end-of-turn Abzan Charm to exile the Lion.
Matt found his sixth land and slammed Elspeth, Sun’s Champion and made three soldiers before attacking for 2 in the air. Sean, facing down another planeswalker, sent everything at Elspeth, but Matt blocked with all with his 1/1s, killing all creatures in combat, leaving Sean to replay his Champion of the raid ability. Matt got in for 2 more then added a Siege Rhino and Courser of Kruphix to his board along with three more soldiers. Sean found a Rhino of his own but had to pass back. Matt continued to attack in the air with his Vampire and sat back, making more soldiers with Elspeth.
Sean sent his Rhino at Elspeth, so Matt put his Rhino and a Soldier in front of it, but Sean had a Become Immense to kill the blockers and knock Elspeth down to 4 loyalty. He ended his turn by getting back a Champion. Matt kept hitting in the air and making soldiers while gaining value off his Courser. Sean found another Rhino and sent his first 4/5 at the Planeswalker. Matt put six tokens in front of the Rhino, but Sean had a Gather Courage to keep the Rhino around. Matt knocked Sean to 8 and destroyed Sean’s Rhinos with Elspeth, but Sean untapped, and slammed another one and passed back.
The slow beats continued with the Vampire as Matt made more soldiers and a Sylvan Caryatid. Sean sent his Rhino at Elspeth and Matt traded off with a bunch of tokens so Sean played Heir of the Wilds. Elspeth kept ticking up for Matt and he got in for 2 more in the air. Matt deployed another set of soldiers and an extra Caryatid before knocking Sean down to 5 with his Vampire. Sean drew for his turn, surveyed the board, and had seen enough.
Matt 1, Sean 0
Sean kicked off the second game with a Bloodsoaked Champion on the play and followed it with a Fleecemane Lion before getting in for 2. Matt went for a Bile Blight on the Lion, but Sean tapped his Lion to play Gather Courage, keeping it around. Sean bashed Matt down to 12 and added a Soldier of the Pantheon to his board.
Matt had a Temple of Plenty, which meant no Drown in Sorrow, but he did have a Sylvan Caryatid. Sean sent in his team and Matt put the Caryatid in front of the Soldier, falling to 7. Sean played another Soldier and passed back after playing a Windswept Heat. Matt fetched up a Plains, going to 6, and went back to 9 with a Siege Rhino. After gaining two life from his Soldiers, Sean fetched a Plains at the end step, untapped, and attacked with the team. Matt put his Rhino in front of the Champion and his Caryatid in front of a Solider, so Sean made his Lion monstrous and knocked Matt to 3.
Matt attacked with his Rhino, dropping Sean to 10 then played Brimaz, King of Oreskos and used a Bile Blight to take care of the Soldiers. Sean had a Murderous Cut for the Brimaz, however, and attacked in for the win.
Sean faces down a growing army on the other side of the table.
Matt started Game 3 with a Sandsteppe Citadel while Sean went to 19 to fetch a Plains and play a Soldier of the Pantheon on his mulligan to six. Matt had another Citadel as Sean attacked for 2 and added a Fleecemane Lion to his side. Matt had Brimaz, King of Oreskos on his third turn and passed back. Sean used a Thoughtseize to take an Elspeth, Sun’s Champion, leaving him with two copies of Abzan Charm and a Sylvan Caryatid. Sean played Heir of the Wilds and opted to stay back before shipping the turn.
Matt played a land and passed so Sean attacked with his Heir, knocking Matt to 16. Sean played a Citadel of his own and passed as Matt used a Charm to exile the Lion. Matt got into the red zone with his Brimaz and token, played a land and his Caryatid, and passed. Sean sent in the Heir again, dropped another Citadel and said “go.” Matt pushed with his cats, knocking Sean to 7, and added a Temple of Malady to his board. Sean could only play another land before passing back.
Matt fired off a Murderous Cut on the Heir of the Wilds at the end step, untapped, attacked with his army of cats to drop Sean to 1, and passed the turn. Sean peaked at his top card and could only extend the hand.
Matt 2, Sean 1