Quarterfinals: Randolph Gille vs. Zack Wong
Randolph cruised into the Top seed with ANT and faces a good matchup in the quarterfinals against Lands in the hands of Zack. Which player would move on to play Jimmy Dela Cruz and Sultai Delver in the semis?
Randolph shuffles up for Game 1.
Randolph started things off like many combo decks do, with a cantrip in the form of Preordain while Zack led with a Zuran+Orb, Mox+Diamond, pitching Glacial+Chasm, and a Forest. Randolph opted for a Brainstorm on his next turn then used a Gitaxian+Probe to see what Zack was working with and to draw a card. Randolph added a Polluted+Delta and passed as Zack hit him down to 15 with a Punishing+Fire at the end step only to untap and play a Grove+of+the+Burnwillows.
Randolph went to 13 with another Probe and cast his second Brainstorm. Randolph cracked another Delta for a Swamp and played Duress, but Zack responded by sacrificing his Forest to Crop+Rotation, getting a Rishadan+Port. Duress missed on Urborg%2C+Tomb+of+Yawgmoth and another copy of Grove+of+the+Burnwillows. Randolph passed after adding a Misty+Rainforest as Zack took him to 11 with Grove and Punishing+Fire.
Zack played his second Grove and opted to Port the Swamp on Randolph’s upkeep. Randolph added a Scalding+Tarn to his board and passed as Zack got back his Punishing+Fire. Zack shipped the turn after playing Urborg and again Ported the Swamp. Randolph went to 10 to fetch up a pair of Underground+Seas. Randolph played a Volcanic+Island and started his storm by playing Cabal+Ritual (1) into Cabal+Ritual (2) into Lotus+Petal (3) into Lotus+Petal (4) into Grim+Tutor (5) going to 7 life. He continued going by playing Past+in+Flames (6) into flashed back Cabal+Ritual (7) into another flashed back Ritual (8) into Duress (9) which Zack responded by hitting Randolph with Punishing+Fire (10). Storm went to 11 with a flashed back Preordain into a new Lotus+Petal (12) into Brainstorm (13) off a Petal into Cabal+Ritual (14) into a flashed back Grim+Tutor (15) for Tendrils+of+Agony, which was enough for Zack to pick up his cards.
Randolph 1, Zack 0
Zack gets ready for Game 2.
Zack had a Turn-1 Sphere+of+Resistance off a Rishadan+Port and Mox+Diamond, pitching Dark+Depths. Randolph, on a mulligan to six, played a Polluted+Delta and passed. Zack added a Tropical+Island and passed the turn. Randolph played an Island and fetched up a Swamp then played a Lotus+Petal, tapping the Island. Zack Ported his Swamp at the end step, untapped and played Forest, and Ported the Island in Randolph’s upkeep. Zack added a Taiga and passed, but Randolph got rid of the Sphere with an Abrupt+Decay.
Randolph untapped unrestricted and played a Ponder after getting his Sea Ported. Zack transmuted his Tolaria+West for Chalice of the Void and played it on 1. Zack played a Thespian Stage and shipped the turn and Ported the Sea in the upkeep. Zack made Stage copy Port at the end step and passed on his turn so Randolph got rid of the Chalice with another Decay. Randolph Brainstormed and shipped the turn back.
Randolph had no action after getting Ported and passed, which led to Zack Crop Rotating away his Taiga for a Wasteland. Zack played Crucible+of+Worlds then went for Exploration which led Randolhp to respond by playing Hurkyl’s Recall. After the Recall resolved Zack used a Wasteland on Randolph’s Underground+Sea. Randolph untapped and revealed a handful of three Dark+Rituals, Lion’s Eye Diamond, Infernal+Tutor, Past+in+Flames, and a Cabal+Ritual and Zack extended the hand.
Randolph 2, Zack 0