Quarterfinals: Royce Walter vs. Dan Jordan
Royce represents the lone combo deck in the Top 8 and faces off against Delver+of+Secrets get the job done.
Royce, on the play thanks to his higher seed, led off with a Ponder while Dan had his ideal start with a Delver+of+Secrets. Royce passed after playing an Island and Dan attacked for 1 after the Delver failed to flip then added a Young+Pyromancer to his board. Facing down real pressure, Royce opted for a Brainstorm and passed to see Dan flip his Delver with a Brainstorm of his own. Dan Brainstormed to make an Elemental token and attacked Royce down to 14.
Royce kicked off his fourth turn with a Lion’s Eye Diamond and followed up with another once it resolved. Royce cracked both generating red and black mana, pitching his hand to cast Past+in+Flames, but Jordan had the Force+of+Will. With no black mana producing land in play and his LEDs spent, Royce scooped up his cards.
Dan 1, Royce 0
Royce debated his opener before keeping it and Dan went down to six cards for Game 2. Royce led off with a Dark+Ritual into a Cabal+Ritual then resolved a Lion’s Eye Diamond. Royce cracked for red while maintaining Priority for Infernal+Tutor, getting a Cabal+Ritual and proceeded to flash back Past+in+Flames. From there Royce played all three rituals again to play Infernal+Tutor and hit Dan with a lethal Tendrils+of+Agony for the Turn 1 kill.
Dan 1, Royce 1
Royce gets ready to storm off.
Both were happy with their seven-card hands and Dan started things off with a Ponder. Royce opened with a Gitaxian+Probe, seeing a hand with Force+of+Will and multiple Probes to pitch for them as well as a Young+Pyromancer. From there, Royce began setting up his hand with a Preordain. Dan added a Mountain and dropped his Pyromancer then made a token with one of his Probes to see what Royce was working with, then used another to add more power to his board.
Royce got rid of Dan’s Force+of+Will with his Cabal+Therapy and saw a Flusterstorm was added to his grip. Knowing what he was working with Royce went for it with a Dark+Ritual into an Infernal+Tutor to get a second LED, played them both, cracked them for red and black as he played his second Tutor to get Tendrils+of+Agony and pointed it at Dan for the win.
Royce 2, Dan 1