Quarterfinals: Ryan Overturf vs. Jeff Rasmussen
Ryan sideboards for the mirror.
The Top 8 is full of RUG, and two of the pilot met this round. Ryan Overturf enters the single elim rounds as top seed, which gives his tempo deck a heavy advantage against lower-seeded opponents. That’s especially important in the mirror!
Keeping, Ryan began with fetch for Volcanic Island and passed the turn, representing Stifle to his opponent. Wasteland from Jeff traded with the Stifle, and Ryan untapped but had no second land. Jeff played Volcanic Island and Delver of Secrets, losing it to Lightning Bolt before losing his Volcanic Island to Wasteland.
When Jeff tried to fetch, another Stifle from Ryan stymied it, and then Jeff was out of gas. Ryan Pondered before playing Polluted Delta and ending the turn. Jeff’s next fetch resolved, grabbing Tropical Island. Ryan passed, and then Jeff passed, each waiting.
Ryan attempted to fetch with Delta, forcing his Tropical Island through Stifle with Force of Will before resolving Tarmogoyf. Still on one land, Jeff couldn’t yet match it—he played Nimble Mongoose with six cards in the yard. Ryan attacked, and then played his own Mongoose—that merited Force of Will from Jeff, removing Snapcaster.
Jeff Brainstormed for help, finding Volcanic Island but passing the turn without an attack, implying he planned to trade Mongoose and Bolt. Ryan attacked into the potential exchange, and when Jeff cast the end step Lightning Bolt Ryan Brainstormed in response, but found no Daze for the save.
Stabilized, Jeff played another Tropical Island and his own Tarmogoyf. Ryan Wasted Jeff’s Volcanic Island to lock down his red before pointing Dismember at Tarmogoyf. Then, he cast Delver of Secrets. Jeff undid the Wasteland’s damage with Misty Rainforest, going to 12 as he fetched Volcanic Island. Green Sun’s Zenith for one dug up Nimble Mongoose, and Jeff played Sensei’s Divining Top before passing.
Delver revealed Ponder for Ryan, giving him a look into the top three… where another Wasteland was ready. He attacked Jeff to 9, and Jeff returned fire with an attack to 10. Sending Jeff to 6, Ryan fetched Volcanic Island and passed. Jeff then attacked Ryan to 6 and cast Delver of Secrets, but two Forked Bolts to the face took Jeff down before he could make his own lethal attack.
Ryan 1, Jeff 0
Jeff fought hard, but the first game was decided by mana denial.
Jeff had the play this time, and started with Tarn for Tropical Island to cast Nimble Mongoose. Firing his own fetch, Ryan got Tropical and cast Delver of Secrets. Submerge on turn 2 put the Delver away, and Jeff played Tarn before attacking. He then fetched Volcanic Island, and passed.
Recasting Delver after playing a fetch, Ryan passed. Tropical Island for Jeff and then an attack—Ryan traded. No creatures from Jeff, which meant Ryan got to cast his own Mongoose, although it met Force of Will. Fetchland for Jeff and then Ponder, but nothing else. Ryan untapped for Tarmogoyf, apparently on creatures for days as he kept two fetchlands uncracked—important because this would give a Submerge from Jeff some opportunity unless Ryan bottlenecked himself on two.
Fetching, Jeff played Top. He followed with Nimble Mongoose, and Ryan tried to fetch—Jeff responded by fetching, but did not Stifle. That gave Ryan his first Volcanic Island. He cast Ponder before attacking with his 4/5 Tarmogoyf, and Jeff responded by Topping and then blocked. Ryan landed Delver of Secrets and passed.
Jeff Topped into his own Delver and passed, attempting to Stifle Ryan’s but allowing Ryan to show the card first—the ability had already resolved at that stage. Casting the Ponder he’d shown, Ryan then swung for 7 damage. That dropped Jeff to 9, and when he revealed Submerge to Delver Ryan replied with Pyroblast to kill it. That forced Jeff to pop his Top for Mongoose.
Submerging Delver and chumping Tarmogoyf, Jeff was falling way behind at this stage. Ryan Pondered post-combat and shuffled away his Delver. Wasteland on one of Jeff’s Volcanic Islands kept him behind, and his recast Top failed to turn up creatures.
Ryan attacked and passed the turn, putting Jeff very close to dead. One more attack dropped him to 1, and no solution to Tarmogoyf wrapped up the match in Ryan’s favor.
Ryan 2, Jeff 0