Quarterfinals: Michael Antrim (Maverick) vs. Brad Campbell (Goblins)
Brad Campbell's Goblin offense seems pretty sizeable!
Two first-time Legacy Open Top 8ers met in the quarters, both playing creature-based decks. Brad recently came back to the game a few months ago, while Michael had a couple years of experience with Maverick. It would be fun to see who would prevail in this matchup!
"Yup, the dreaded turn-one play," Brad said.
Qasali Pridemage came down, ready to block. Brad played Cavern of Souls on [obviously] Goblins and used it to forge Aether Vial, passing it back. A second Qasali Pridemage made it in for Michael, and he got in for four; post-combat, he blew up the Aether Vial. Brad played Goblin Warchief on his turn with a second Cavern of Souls.
Michael brought out Mother of Runes and Thalia, Guardian of Thraben, while Brad cast two Goblin Piledrivers and Mogg War Marshal. He attacked with the team, and Michael blocked the two Piledrivers, taking five. The two were both at 15.
Goblin Ringleader came down via Goblin Lackey, and Brad picked up three Goblins from the top of his deck—Siege-Gang Commander, Goblin Lackey, and Mogg War Marshal. Michael cast a Sylvan Library, and Brad didn't pay echo on his upkeep.
After playing Siege Gang-Commander, he sent in all five Goblin tokens and Goblin Warchief, leaving back Goblin Ringleader, Goblin Lackey, and Goblin Warchief. Thalia, Guardian of Thraben, Dryad Arbor, and Mother of Runes jumped in front of the attackers, and Michael went to 11.
"Let's go to the library," Michael said as he used his Sylvan Library. He took four to draw, then used Swords to Plowshares on Siege-Gang Commander. After fetching, Michael cracked his Horizon Canopy to draw a card. He then used Green Sun's Zenith to find another Dryad Arbor—only 6 life left. Could he survive another attack?
When Brad played two Mogg War Marshals and Tin Street Hooligan, the answer was clearly no.
Brad 1, Michael 0
Maverick player Michael Antrim decides blocks.
The two took a look at each other's decks before sideboarding to prepare for the second game, with Michael on the play again. Mother of Runes entered play first, and Brad followed up with Aether Vial. Green Sun's Zenith found Michael a second Dryad Arbor to join his Savannah.
Goblin Matron found Brad a Goblin Sharpshooter, which went to his hand. Michael chose to take four from Sylvan Library, and he made a second Qasali Pridemage, attacking with the first. Mogg War Marshal was vialed in to block, and Michael ended up using both his Qasali Pridemages to remove the Aether Vials.
Brad attacked with two tokens and Goblin Matron on his turn, and Michael blocked with Mother of Runes and Dryad Arbor, giving Mother pro-red. Brad cast Goblin Warchief at end of turn, with Michael at 15.
Green Sun's Zenith searched up a Scavenging Ooze for Michael, which threatened to get big.
Brad untapped, cast a second Goblin Warchief and Goblin Sharpshooter, and passed. Michael exiled Goblin Matron from the graveyard using his Ooze to go to 16. Sylvan Library continued digging Michael deeper into his deck, and he passed with four lands up and all creatures on D.
Goblin Sharpshooter went for the Dryad Arbor, and Michael responded with Path to Exile on the Sharpshooter. Brad let it go and played a Goblin Ringleader, finding Goblin Warchief and Gempalm Incinerator. Michael pumped his Scavenging Ooze to a 5/5, going to 18.
A second Mother of Runes entered play for Michael, and Brad was forced to react. Gempalm Incinerator targeted the first Mom, and Brad responded to its ability with Pyrokinesis to kill off both Mother of Runes. He then swung with Goblin Matron, Goblin Ringleader, a token, and two Goblin Warchiefs. One Warchief was blocked by a large Scavenging Ooze, and Brad finished it off with a Gempalm Incinerator; Michael responded by using it to gain a life and stuck it in the bin.
With 13 life left, Michael summoned Knight of the Reliquary as a 4/4, and Brad nodded; it didn't look like it was going to be enough, as he emptied his hand out to simply finish the deal.
Brad 2, Michael 0