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