Quarterfinals: Robert Rivero vs. Aaron Barich
Robert Rivero didn’t lose a match yesterday, marching straight into the top 8 with his R/w Burn deck. He now squares off against Aaron Barich, who is hoping to earn second Standard Open trophy with Naya Aggro here in Dallas.
Robert is all smiles.
Both players kicked off the game with land-go on their first two turns, and Robert cast the first spell of the game in the form of Toil/Trouble, dropping Aaron to 13. Aaron got on board with a Fleecemane Lion, but Robert Chained it to the Rocks and cracked in with a Mutavault, dropping to Aaron to 11. Aaron’s next play was the untargetable Witchstalker, and that one stuck, as Robert simply drew his card and passed.
Witchstalker attacked, and Robert fell to 17, Aaron followed up with an Experiment one, and Robert showed Boros Charm at the end step to knock Aaron down to 7. Robert untapped and cast another Toil/Trouble, and Aaron cast a Boon Satyr from his hand in response, taking 4 damage and going to 3. Robert passed, tapped out but with a hand full of burn, needing just one more untap step to finish Aaron off.
Aaron Barich 1, Robert Rivero 0
Aaron has YOU in his sights next.
Both players took mulligans for the second game, Robert to 6 and Aaron to 5.
Aaron: “5 cards makes those Toil/Troubles worse… it’s all part of the plan.”
Robert again had the first play of the game, casting a Satyr Firedancer on turn 2. Aaron simply made his land drops and passed. After taking 1 from the Firedancer, he played his third land and cast Ajani, Caller of the Pride. Robert attacked it down to 2 loyalty with Satyr Firedancer and Mutavault, then finished it off with a Skullcrack.
Aaron’s next play was a Fleecemane Lion, but Robert was able to kill it off with value by Boros Charming Aaron and then killing off the lion with the Satyr Firedancer trigger, then swinging across to knock Aaron down to 12. Witchstalker came down next for Aaron, and Robert didn’t have an answer to that one. When Robert simply played a land and passed again, Aaron backed up his Witchstalker by casting a Ghor-Clan Rampager.
The non-Hexproof threat didn’t last long, as Robert cast a Chained to the Rocks to exile it. Aaron played Fleecemane Lion on his next turn and passed with five mana open. Robert attempted to kill it with Satyr Firedancer and a Lightning Strike, but Aaron simply activated its Monstrous ability in response, falling to 9.
He quickly untapped and showed the last card in his hand was Unflinching Courage, and came swinging. Aaron gained 6 life, going back up to 15. Robert drew his card, saw the writing on the wall, and extended the hand.
Aaron Barich 2, Robert Rivero 0