Quarterfinals: Ryan Martin-Patterson vs. William Miller
Though they've had a successful tournament, neither of these players is very experienced in this particular matchup, so it would be interesting to see how they adjusted to the new challenge. Ryan, playing Reanimator won the roll and both players kept.
William Miller in action in the Legacy Open quarterfinals
Turn two found us some action. Ryan tapped the Underground Sea to Careful Study, discarding Brainstorm and Sphinx of the Steel Wind. William allowed it and cast Brainstorm on end step, cracking a fetch land afterward to get a fresh set of cards on top of his deck. He said go with two lands untapped.
Ryan continued to take it easy, playing draw go on turn three, and William went for another Brainstorm on end step. He untapped into Wasteland on the Underground Sea and Ryan responded with Entomb for Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur. Ryan untapped and fired off another Entomb, this time for Empyreal Archangel before ending his turn.
William kept playing lands, but he had to have a bunch of gas in hand after all of those Brainstorms. He shipped the turn over to Ryan, who tapped two lands to try for Exhume. William said no, pointing Spell Snare at the dangerous sorcery. Ryan was tapped out so he ended his turn, but not before Snapcaster Mage bought back Brainstorm.
William was on the offensive now, activating Mishra's Factory and swinging for four. Ryan tried another Exhume and was met with a second Snapcaster Mage, this time flashing back Spell Snare. Williams team rumbled in for a healthy six and Ryan fell to 8.
William 1, Ryan 0
Ryan kept his opener for game two, but William threw his back. William kept his six card hand and was immediately hit by Thoughtseize. Brainstorm hit the bin, leaving two Snapcaster Mage, two Tundra and a Misty Rainforest in William's hand. William played one of the Tundras and was done.
Entomb buried Jin-GItaxias, Core Augur and Ryan cracked a Polluted Delta to get an Underground Sea. He confidently tapped out for Reanimate, paying 10 life to put the dead Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur into play. William could only nod and watch as Ryan drew a billion cards. He conceded when his draw step offered no help.
William 1, Ryan 1
Ryan Martin-Patterson mulls his options in the Legacy Open quarterfinals
It was a fast-paced match so far, and William was ready for the deciding game well before Ryan was done shuffling. He was on the play and he led with Tundra. Ryan had another first turn Thoughtseize and took Mana Leak, leaving Stoneforge Mystic, Snapcaster Mage, Sword of Feast and Famine and some lands. He was clearly focused on landing a monster next turn and shrugged when William played Stoneforge Mystic to fetch Batterskull.
Ryan sprang into action, binning Careful Study and Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite to Careful Study. Reanimate brought it right back out at the cost of one black and seven life and Stoneforge Mystic hit the bin.
Now stuck against the Phyrexian legend, William had to play draw go and hope to find something. Ryan popped another Entomb for Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur and tried to Exhume it. Spell Snare saved William's bacon and Ryan was done after attacks. William dug with Brainstorm and sacrificed a Snapcaster Mage to rebuy the Brainstorm after fetching.
William found Jace, the Mind Sculptor and bounced Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite. Ryan played Show and Tell to try to force it back into play, but William netted a free Batterskull from it. Jace bounced the Praetor and allowed Batterskull to knock Ryan down to 7, cutting off any Reanimate outs he might have.
Ryan had a very short window to find an answer to Jace and Batterskull, but he couldn't find one and extended the hand.
William 2, Ryan 1