Quarterfinals: Morgan McLaughlin vs. Dan Walton
Morgan McLaughlin is the top seed, with a 7-1 record on the day playing RUG Delver. Dan Walton snuck in to top 8, but he’s armed with one of the boogeymen of the format, Dredge. Will 5-Color Zombies be able to defeat one of the format’s premier tempo strategies?
Dan Walton is looking forward to turning his library face up!p>
Morgan kept his seven while Dan mulliganed to six. Morgan led with Volcanic Island and Delver of Secrets. Dan’s first turn consisted of City of Brass and Putrid Imp, which was met with Daze. Delver did not flip on Morgan’s second turn and attacked for one. A second Delver joined the fray, and without a second land Morgan passed. Dan drew his card and passed, unable to Dredge or cast a spell.
Morgan’s Delvers flipped courtesy of a Lightning Bolt, dropping Dan to 12. Dan played an Undiscovered Paradise and a Narcomoeba on turn three, which resolved but got Lightning Bolted before the end of the turn. Morgan swung in with his Insectile Aberrations and put Dan to 5. He then searched for a Tropical Island off of a Misty Rainforest and tapped it for a Nimble Mongoose. Dan drew for his turn, but quickly decided that was enough for him and the players moved to game 2.
Morgan 1, Dan 0.
Morgan McLaughlin is ready to Delve for Secrets!
Already up a game and now armed with Tormod’s Crypts, Surgical Extractions, and a Scavenging Ooze things looked pretty good for Morgan going in to game 2, but Dredge is a tricky matchup no matter how much hate you may have, and Firestorms were sure to join the fray as both an elimination spell and as a discard outlet.
This time Morgan mulliganed after Dan decided to keep on the play, but he only had to go down to six. Dan started things off with City of Brass and Careful Study, which discarded a pair of Stinkweed Imps. Morgan began with Tropical Island and a Phyrexian mana paid Surgical Extraction. This also revealed the rest of Dan’s hand, which consisted of Bridge from Below, Narcomoeba, Ichorid, andLion’s Eye Diamond. He also played Delver of Secrets on his eventful first turn.
Dan played out his Lion’s Eye Diamond on his turn and passed. Morgan revealed Spell Pierce to the Delver trigger and attacked Dan to 16 before finishing his turn. Dan had nothing on his turn and shipped it back to Morgan, who added a third land to the board, Misty Rainforest, and attacked with the ubiquitous 3/2 flier. Dan finally found what he was looking for apparently, as he played out Cephalid Coliseum and activated the Lion’s Eye Diamond for triple red. He activated the Cephalid Coliseum, threatening a big turn, but Morgan had another Surgical Extraction on Dan’s only available Dredger, Golgari Thug, before the ability resolved. The Coliseum revealed Cabal Therapy, Golgari Grave-Troll, and Gemstone Mine. Things weren’t going great for Dan, but with the ability to Dredge six cards on his next turn, he was far from out of it.
Morgan attacked Dan down to nine passed back. Dan indeed did indeed Dredge six cards deeper, which turned up another Grave-Troll as well as two more Cabal Therapies along with Iona, Shield of Emeria and City of Brass. On Morgan’s next turn he attacked Dan down to six, and then Morgan showed he had access to a second red mana with double Lightning Bolt in hand, and Dan extended his hand.
Morgan 2, Dan 0.