Quarterfinals: Peter Tragos vs. Jeremy Barbeau
Two very explosive combo decks were paired this round, with Peter Tragos in his second Top 8 in as many weeks. Jeremy Barbeau had brought “Oops, All Spells” to the tournament, a combo deck with no lands that used Innistrad’s mill mechanic for a Dread Return-fueled kill!
Peter started with Gitaxian+Probe, revealing Tinder+Wall, Chrome+Mox, Dread+Return, Cabal+Ritual, Elvish+Spirit+Guide, Summoner’s Pact, and Dark+Ritual. That was everything except for an actual kill spell... Peter jotted down the hand and then paid 2 more life for another Probe prior to fetching Underground+Sea and casting Duress to take Summoner’s Pact.
Jeremy drew... and didn’t pass as predicted. He cast Chrome+Mox to exile Cabal+Ritual, and then used Spirit Guide to cast Tinder+Wall before playing a Dark+Ritual. His Tinder+Wall became two red mana, and Jeremy cast his topdecked Balustrade+Spy to put his deck into his graveyard, four Narcomoebas into play, and then flashbacked Cabal+Therapy on himself.
Peter could only shake his head. “That was a good draw,” Jeremy admitted. “I’d say sorry about that, but you’d know I was lying.”
Jeremy pieces together his plan.
Jeremy 1, Peter 0
Keep for Peter, while Jeremy mulligans to six. “No lands again,” he complains, to the amusement of the gathered crowd. Peter started by fetching Underground+Sea on turn 1 and casting Duress to see Balustrade+Spy, Angel of Glory’s Rise, Dark+Ritual, Summoner’s Pact, Lotus+Petal, and Manamorphose—he lost the Lotus+Petal and then Peter burned another Petal to take out the Dark+Ritual.
Jeremy passed, and Peter used Cabal+Therapy to strip Manamorphose and reveal that Jeremy had drawn a new Lotus+Petal. He played the Petal on the next turn, casting Dark+Ritual and then using Summoner’s Pact for Elvish+Spirit+Guide to cast Balustrade+Spy—and that’s the game once more!
Jeremy 2, Peter 0