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%2C+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%2C+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