Quarterfinals: Mike Derczo vs. Ty Fujimura
Two distinct flavors of Stoneforge Mystic would do battle in this quarterfinal. Would it be Ty’s U/W/R Delver strategy that advanced to the top 4, or Mike’s Death and Taxes?
Ty has a Mother of Runes problem.
Mother of Runes started the action for Mike, and Ty immediately took a peek at the rest of Mike’s cards with a Gitaxian Probe, seeing a second Mother of Runes, Serra Avenger, Flickerwisp, Wasteland, and Rishadan Port. He played a second Gitaxian Probe to dig even deeper, then fetched up Tundra and cast a Ponder. Mike played a Wasteland and cast his second Mother of Runes, and Ty chose to Daze it, bouncing his Tundra. Mike was able to pay for it with his Wasteland, but Ty got to keep his land for at least another turn. He took the opportunity to cast Delver of Secrets and ship it back.
Mike found a second white source of sorts, a Cavern of Souls which named Elemental. He used it to cast Flickerwisp, which exiled his Wasteland, and then used the Wasteland on Ty’s lone Tundra at his end step. Ty’s Delver of Secrets whiffed, but he did find a Wasteland of his own to destroy Mike’s Karakas. Mike didn’t seem to be bothered by that, and he added a Plains to his board and swung in for 3, dropping Ty to 11. Ty still didn’t find a way to trigger his Delver, but Flooded Strand grabbed Volcanic Island, and he put another Delver into play alongside it.
The Flickerwisp came knocking again, and Ty fell to 8. Mike had a second plains and added Serra Avenger to his air force. He passed it back to Ty, who revealed a Brainstorm from the top of his deck to turn both Delver of Secrets into Insectile Aberrations. He left that back on defense, but and when Mike’s fliers came swinging again, he blocked with both. Mike remembered his Mother of Runes activations, and Ty laughed as he picked up his cards.
Ty: “Just had to keep you honest.”
Mike Derczo 1, Ty Fujimura 0
Mike has an Insectile Aberration problem!
Ty led with Delver of Secrets in the second game, while Mike had Aether Vial off of a Plains to start things off. Ty’s Delver remained in 1/1 form for its first upkeep, but it bashed for 1 and was joined by another power 1/1, Grim Lavamancer. Ty added a Wasteland to his board, but it didn’t yet have a target, as Mike played a second plains and cast Swords to Plowshares on the Lavamancer.
The Delver whiffed again, but Ty crashed in for another one damage and cast Stoneforge Mystic, fetching up an Umezawa’s Jitte. He passed back with a Volcanic Island untapped. Mike tanked for a moment before Wastelanding the Tundra rather than the Volcanic, then cast a Phyrexian Revoker naming Jitte. Ty had a Lightning Bolt at end step to kill off the Revoker.
Mike: “Well, Tundra was the wrong choice.”
Ty’s Delver remained in 1/1 form for another turn still, then both creatures came swinging. Mike activated Aether Vial, sneaking a Serra Avenger into play with hopes to ambush one of Ty’s attackers, but Ty was ready with a Swords to Plowshares. He dropped Mike to 19 then cast his Umezawa’s Jitte post-combat.
Mike drew and played Rishadan Port, but passed the turn with no further play. The Insectile Aberration finally emerged, as Ty revealed a Ponder from the top of his deck. The Stoneforge Mystic picked up the Jitte and Ty attacked with both creatures. Mike Vialed in Thalia, Guardian of Thraben, which jumped in front of the Stoneforge Mystic, and thanks to First Strike damage prevented the Jitte from gaining any counters, at least for a turn. He fell to 16, then untapped and crashed in with his Thalia, passing again.
When Ty moved Jitte onto his 3/2 flier and swung, Mike had no recourse, and Ty used one Jitte counter to kill off Thalia before passing back. Mike drew and Vialed in Phyrexian Revoker, which shut off the Jitte again, and cast a replacement Thalia from his hand. Ty could no longer use Jitte to keep Mike’s board under control, but fired off a Ponder looking for more action, then kept up the Insectile beatdown, dropping Mike to 10.
Sword of Fire and Ice was the draw for Mike next. He was a mana short of casting and equipping it in the same turn thanks to his Thalia, but the Thalia was still doing work allowing it to resolve, as Ty was tapped out and couldn’t pay the one mana tax on his Force of Will. Mike cracked in for 4, dropping Ty to 13. Ty untapped and found Stoneforge Mystic, which retrieved Batterskull, and a second Delver of Secrets came down right behind, and the Insectile Aberration attacked Mike down to 7.
Mike equipped the Sword to his Phyrexian Revoker and cracked in with the team. Stoneforge Mystic jumped in front of the Revoker to keep the Sword from triggering, and Ty fell to 10. He untapped, missed on his Delver check, and played another Stoneforge Mystic. This time there was no equipment left to find, but it still provided a body that could block the Protection from Blue and Red threat. It did just that, and Ty’s second Delver flipped over on his next upkeep, giving him the 6 power in the air he needed to push through.
Mike Derczo 1, Ty Fujimura 1
Mike once again led off with Karakas into Mother of Runes in the decider, which prompted an immediate Swords to Plowshares from Ty. Mike used Wasteland to destroy Ty’s lone Tundra, and Ty had no replacement. He used Gitaxian Probe and saw a hand of Swords to Plowshares, Sword of Fire and Ice, Plains, and a second Karakas, but passed with no land in play. Mike drew and attempted a Stoneforge Mystic, but Ty said no with Force of Will pitching Gitaxian Probe.
Several turns passed without a land from Ty, but Mike couldn’t find a creature to capitalize on it. He added Umezawa’s Jitte to the board in the meantime. When Mike got to his third land, he played Aven Mindcensor at sorcery speed, further compounding Ty’s mana issues. Ty still had no land, and the bird picked up the Jitte and cracked in. Sword of Fire and Ice was right behind that Jitte, and the dual-wielding Aven Mindcensor dispatched Ty within two turns.
Mike Derczo 2, Ty Fujimura 1