Quarterfinals: Ryan Steiner vs. Bernardo Fonseca
Neither player had a turn-1 Thoughtseize, but Ryan did have the turn-2 Pack Rat. However, Bernardo had a Devour Flesh to keep the Pack Rat from getting out of control. No problem though, as Ryan untapped and played another Pack Rat.
Bernardo played a Mutavault and cast a Lifebane Zombie that missed, but gave him a bit of information. Ryan played a land and passed back with four open mana. Bernardo played his fourth land and cast Thoughtseize and snagged a Bile Blight. Bernardo attacked for three then played an Underworld Connections on a Swamp. Ryan made a rat at end of turn, untapped and attacked for four to drop Bernardo to 14 then passed.
Bernardo swung with the zombie and a Mutavault and Ryan offered no blocks and dropped to 13. Bernardo drew off his connected Swamp and passed as Ryan made another rat at end of turn. Ryan untapped and made another rat and swung in with the three rats then activated his Mutavault to push through lethal damage once Bernardo failed to find an answer to the growing army of rats.
Ryan 1, Bernardo 0
Ryan looks to his sideboard after taking Game 1.
Both players went to six and Bernardo led things off with a Thoughtseize and took one of Ryan’s two copies of Thoughtseize. Ryan used his remaining Thoughtseize and picked a Gray Merchant of Asphodel. Bernardo played a Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx and passed while Ryan scryed a card to the bottom with a Temple of Silence and passed. Bernardo had no play and passed. Ryan used a Sin Collector to grab a Hero’s Downfall, but Bernardo used a Devour Flesh in response to kill the 2/1, then ripped a land and played an Underworld Connections on a Swamp. Ryan attacked for two with his Mutavault and passed.
Bernardo played another Underworld Connections to complete his card advantage engine and shipped the turn. Ryan swung in for two more from his land. Bernardo played a merchant, but with the trigger on the stack, Ryan killed it with a Downfall, and only got drained for four. Ryan attacked again and played a Sin Collector which did nothing but add a 2/1 body to the board.
Bernardo went to 13 off an Underworld Connection then cast Pack Rat. Ryan had a Dark Betrayal for the Rat, then attacked with his Sin Collector to drop Bernardo to 11. Ryan followed the attack with a merchant, Bernardo played Devour Flesh in response that took the Sin Collector off the board. Ryan went to 18 off the Merchant and passed. Bernardo found an Erebos, God of the Dead and passed with the God active.
Ryan tanked, then attacked with his Mutavault and the Merchant, Bernardo blocked the land and dropped to five. Bernardo dropped to four off his Connection, floated five off Nykthos to kill the Merchant with an Ultimate Price, played a Pack Rat and attacked with the God. Ryan drew a land and passed and Bernardo made some rats to attack Ryan down to 2 on his next turn. Ryan drew his card, passed, and scooped up his cards as Bernardo sent in the team.
Ryan 1, Bernardo 1
Bernardo sideboards in preparation for Game 2.
Both players kept seven this time and Ryan played Swamp with no disruption and Bernardo started with a Thoughtseize that took a Pack Rat from Ryan’s grip. Ryan’s second land was a Mutavault, but had no play. Neither did Bernardo as he matched with a manland of his own. Ryan attacked for two, but Bernardo had the Devour Flesh to get rid of the land. Ryan played a tapped Godless Shrine then passed. Bernardo had an Underworld Connections on turn three, but Ryan had the Revoke Existence for it on the next turn.
Bernardo played an Erebos and Ryan had a fifth land and an Underworld Connection of his own for the first time in the match. Bernardo untapped and cast a Pack Rat then shipped the turn. Ryan went back to 20 off a Connections activation, played another Mutavault and had an Erebos of his own. Bernardo made a rat at end of turn, untapped, played an Underworld Connections and activated his land before swinging in to drop Ryan to 9.
Ryan untapped, drew a card off Connections, then cast Bile Blight on the Pack Rat to exterminate the rodents. Ryan played another land and a Pack Rat of his own before passing. Bernardo dropped to 17 to draw a card at end of turn, untapped, and played a merchant to drain Ryan to 3 then attacked with the God and Ryan chumped with his Rat.
Ryan played a land then used a Dark Betrayal on the merchant to turn Erebos off and passed. Bernardo got connected again, untapped, drew again to fall to 15, then cast a Lifebane Zombie to see a hand full of removal and hand disruption. Bernardo moved to combat, but Ryan killed the merchant with a Hero’s Downfall to keep the God at bay. Ryan went to 1 off his Connections to keep up in the card race then used a Duress to grab a Bile Blight and take note of the second copy of Erebos in Bernardo’s hand. Ryan passed with no other play. Bernardo drew again, played another Pack Rat, but it was killed off by a Bile Blight.
Bernardo untapped and activated his Mutavault, Ryan tried to block by activating his Mutavault, but before blocks, Bernardo had a Hero’s Downfall to kill it off and get in for lethal to move on to the semifinals.
Bernardo 2, Ryan 1