Quarterfinals: Michael Dye vs. Nicholas Bruce
How far can Michael Dye's Primeval Titans take him?
Michael got to lead off with his G/W Wolf Run Ramp deck, and he looked to jump out to a big lead with Rampant Growth against Nicholas Bruce’s U/W Humans aggro deck. Loyal Cathar and Honor of the Pure were no match for Gideon Jura, but a second Loyal Cathar made the waiting game a little dicey. Day of Judgment temporarily took care of the problem, turning the white soldiers into black zombies and negating the Honor of the Pure.
Gideon sucked up some more damage and Nicholas exploded with a ton of damage in Mirran Crusader and Doomed Traveler. Gideon was in trouble, but a second Day of Judgment cleared the board except for Doomed Traveler’s spirit, allowing Gideon to keep doing his thing.
Primeval Titan found Michael a Ghost Quarter to turn off the Moorland Haunt that was causing him grief as well as an Inkmoth Nexus to set up his long game win condition. Champion of the Parish and Fiend Hunter cleared out the jolly green giant and finally knocked Gideon down to a lethal range.
Viridian Emissary was all Michael could answer with, but it did its job when Nicholas sent his team on the next turn. Kessig Wolf Run allowed the 2/1 to trade with the 2/4 Fiend Hunter and free up his Primeval Titan. Three more lands flew out of Michael’s deck and allowed him to smash in for nine poison with Inkmoth Nexus. With a stout 17 life, Nicholas was going to need a minor miracle to close it out before he succumbed to the infection. No one was listening.
Nicholas Bruce is happy to be turning humans sideways
Michael 1, Nicholas 0
A mulligan was not what the doctor ordered for Nicholas, and he did nothing until his fifth turn, eating Solemn Simulacrum with Fiend Hunter and pumping it up with Honor of the Pure. Acidic Slime took down the enchantment, but a second Fiend hunter exiled it and let the first one rumble in, but setting himself up for a brutal Day of Judgment.
It wasn’t time yet, however, as Michael fired up a Timely Reinforcements for the full amount of effects, jumping up to 25 life before the board sweeper did its thing. Solemn Simulacrum and Acidic Slime crawled out of their holes, but stayed home in the face of Hero of Bladehold.
“I’m going to get blown out,” Nicholas said as he played out his hand of Honor of the Pure and Oblivion Ring on Acidic Slime before attacking with Hero of Bladehold. Michael did have the Naturalize, unleashing his Acidic Slime, erasing the Honor of the Pure and trading his team for Hero of Bladehold and a token.
Green Sun’s Zenith and Rampant Growth scooped Primeval Titan and three lands out of Michael’s deck and the flooded Nicholas was in trouble. A Sword of War and Peace was not quite enough to stop the onslaught of huge Inkmoth Nexuses and Nicholas extended the hand.
Michael wins 2-0