Quarterfinals: Oscar Jones vs. Josh McClain
“I just gave him my list and he copied it,” Josh said of Oscar. The friends were joking back and forth as they shuffled up for their match. As the higher seed, Oscar had the option and chose to play. Oscar kept his seven, while Josh mulliganed to six.
Oscar led with a tapped Overgrown+Tomb and passed, while Josh went to 18 with an Overgrown+Tomb into Noble+Hierarch. Oscar played Razorverge+Thicket and had Wall+of+Roots, while Josh on his turn had Abrupt+Decay on the Wall+of+Roots and a Misty+Rainforest.
Oscar went for Orzhov+Pontiff, wiping out the Noble+Hierarch, and Misty+Rainforest searched up a Temple+Garden on the end step. Josh found a Gavony+Township but had to pass without a creature. Oscar, meanwhile, had a Verdant+Catacombs and an attack with Orzhov+Pontiff put Josh on 16 life.
Josh regrets that his path through the Top 8 would run through his friend.
Postcombat, Oscar found a Swamp and cast Murderous+Redcap, reducing Josh on 14 life. On Josh’s turn, an Overgrown+Tomb led to Birthing+Pod, but Josh had Kitchen+Finks to pad his life total and an attack with Murderous+Redcap and Orzhov+Pontiff to drop Josh on 11.
Josh had a Birds+of+Paradise on his turn, which he Podded away for a Wall+of+Roots, but Oscar had an Abrupt+Decay on the end step to wipe out the Wall. On his turn, he activated Gavony+Township and attacked with his team, putting Josh to 3. Josh found no help on his draw step and he scooped.
Oscar 1, Josh 0.
Josh had the option and chose to play. Both kept seven.
Josh opened on a tapped Godless+Shrine, Oscar a tapped Temple+Garden. Razorverge+Thicket allowed Scavenger Ooze for Josh, while Oscar had a Verdant+Catacombs. The Ooze drew first blood and Josh added a Kitchen+Finks to his side of the board, putting the life totals 22-18 in his favor. A Razorverge+Thicket led to a pass. It went to 22-17 when Oscar sacrificed his Catacombs for a Godless+Shrine.
A basic Forest let Oscar cast Kitchen+Finks, gaining two life. Josh had a basic Forest of his own and cast Qasali+Pridemage, letting Kitchen+Finks attack alone for four. Oscar went down to 14 life to get a basic Swamp off Verdant+Catacombs number two and cast Murderous+Redcap to off Scavenger Ooze, but Dismember disposed of Oscar’s Kitchen+Finks and Scavenger Ooze kept the Finks from Persisting with a life-saving activation.
Oscar keeps his focus during his quarterfinal match.
Josh attacked with his whole team. Oscar blocked the Pridemage with his Redcap and another Ooze activation kept the Persist trigger from being fulfilled. Oscar had a Gavony+Township on his turn and Linvala%2C+Keeper+of+Silence, which induced some last-chance Scavenging from the Ooze.
On Josh’s turn he cast Noble+Hierarch. A Kitchen+Finks offered to trade with Linvala. Oscar took the damage instead, going to 4 life. Oscar fought back with a full-retail Shriekmaw , but a Call+of+the+Conclave in response got Oscar to scoop without seeing what Josh would have tutored.
“So far the card Birthing+Pod has not won a game,” Josh observed, drawing a chuckle from the two participants. Oscar had the option and chose to play. Oscar kept his seven, but Josh sent his first hand back, keeping six.
Oscar started with Forest and Noble+Hierarch, while Josh had an identical start. Godless+Shrine came down untapped, costing Oscar two life, and cast Kitchen+Finks, but not before Oscar accidentally showed a Chord+of+Calling. Josh played a Misty+Rainforest and cast Qasali+Pridemage, going to 13 life to Dismember Oscar’s Hierarch.
Oscar’s Kitchen+Finks attacked for three and he had a Birds+of+Paradise to follow up, though no land. Josh attacked for four, dropping Oscar to 16, and an evoked Shriekmaw offed the Hierarch. They traded damage, three points for four, until Josh cast Kitchen+Finks and went to 9 life against Oscar’s 12.
Eternal+Witness from Oscar returned Noble+Hierarch. Josh spent his turn casting a Birds+of+Paradise and passing. Oscar found an Overgrown+Tomb atop his deck and happily went to 10 life as he considered his options. He went for a Chord+of+Calling, X = 3, for a devastating Orzhov+Pontiff.
Josh grimaced as he untapped and drew. Qasali+Pridemage attacked for three, putting Oscar on 7 life, and Josh played Wall+of+Roots, but the tide seemed to have turned. Oscar cast Thoughtseize, going to 5 life, and stripped a Birthing+Pod from Josh’s hand. A Noble+Hierarch and Oscar passed.
Josh drew and passed, inducing a Call+of+the+Conclave on the end step for Viscera+Seer. Birthing+Pod came down on Oscar’s turn and fetched up a Melira%2C+Sylvok+Outcast. Oscar, only on 3 life, had combo pieces and threatened lethality, but he passed.
Josh untapped, drew, and weighed his options. He went for Eternal+Witness, tapping out, and Oscar responded by comboing off and gaining arbitrarily large life as well as setting the top card of his library. On his turn, Oscar cast Thoughtseize and Josh conceded.
Oscar Jones wins 2-1 and advances to the semifinals!