Quarterfinals: Matt Tobey vs. Jared Lacombe
“Well, this will be quick,” commented an onlooker watching the white-based Boros Aggro versus red-based Boros Aggro, and it certainly looked that way. Jared’s deck was a devotion-fueled Fanatic+of+Mogis deck, while Matt’s was a familiar White Weenie strategy splashing for Boros+Charm. It’s a race! Who could cross the finish line first?
Matt's hoping his opponents are going to face the Reckon(er)ing!
Having the play would likely be crucial in this aggro mirror, and the honor of that would be Matt’s. He led with a mulligan though, so that set him back a bit. Once things got underway, Matt led with Plains and Soldier+of+the+Pantheon, while Jared started off with Temple+of+Triumph. After scrying the card he saw with the land to the top of his deck, he passed to Matt who attacked for two to drop Jared to 18. He fell to 18 himself thanks to Sacred+Foundry, then cast Daring+Skyjek. Jared cast Burning-Tree+Emissary (gaining Matt a life) before the mana allowed him to Mizzium+Mortars the troublesome 2/1. Matt played Precinct+Captain turn three but didn’t attack with his 3/1. Jared cast another Burning-Tree+Emissary, then played Nykthos%2C+Shrine+to+Nyx and used the devotion to add four red mana and cast both Boros+Reckoner and Rakdos+Cackler (leashed as a 1/1).
Having established parity and not become immediately overrun, it was Jared’s turn to apply pressure. He used Nykthos again, this time to drop Stormbreath+Dragon. The 4/4 with haste had protection from Matt’s deck, and the very few turn clock turn clock went to work. Matt played out creatures as best he could, but Nykthos fueled Jared’s next turn as well: Stormbreath+Dragon became monstrous, and a pair of Boros+Reckoners gained first strike. The now 7/7 flyer with protection from Matt’s deck dropped Matt to 5, and a turn later it was all over.
Jared 1, Matt 0.
Jared's a Fanatic for his Boros deck!
Matt once more had the play, and was even able to keep his opening hand this time. How lucky! He played a turn one Boros+Elite. Jared parried with Mountain pass. Not much of a parry! The 1/1 for one entered the red zone, but wasn’t followed by anything else just yet.
“Let’s get Weird.”
Frostburn+Weird came down for Jared on turn two. Frontline+Medic is a good way to handle that, and that was Matt’s turn three play. Jared used Burning-Tree+Emissary allowed Jared to Mizzium+Mortars the 3/3, but Matt had Boros+Reckoner as a follow up. He also paid two life to play an untapped Sacred+Foundry, so it probably was well protected. Jared, though, had a Minotaur Wizard of his own before he passed… but Matt had Pacifism! Jared could only shrug as his hybrid mana rare could no longer attack of block, and instead Jared could only take three from the now free-roaming Boros+Reckoner opposing him.
Jared scryed with Temple+of+Triumph before simply attacking for two with his Emissary, setting life totals at 16-15 in Jared’s favor. Jared had a second Reckoner to play defense… but Matt had another Pacifism! Now with two of Jared’s creatures dabbling in Pacifism, Jared’s Reckoner came into the red zone for more damage. Both Frostburn+Weird and Burning-Tree+Emissary attacked, and Matt took five after pumping the Weird to fall to 10. Fanatic+of+Mogis entered the red zone as Minotaur number three, and though the Boros+Reckoners were pacified they still remained in play to help deal the requisite amount of damage.
Jared 2, Matt 0.