Quarterfinals: Vidianto Wijaya vs. Justin Rios
Esper Dragons vs. Abzan Aggro is a matchup dating back to last season's Standard. Will Vidianto, the top seed, continue his winning ways with his control deck or can Justin pull the upset?
Vidianto waits for his opponent's next move.
Both players kept their openers and Justin opened with a Warden of the First Tree while Vidianto had Jace, Vryn's Prodigy. Justin bashed for three after pumping his Warden a couple times and Vidianto took the damage, keeping his mana open to counter Anafenza, the Foremost with Scatter to the Winds. Vidianto looted with Jace and found Ultimate Price to answer the Warden, leaving Justin's board empty.
Justin attempted to rebuild with a follow up Warden, but Vidianto was able to kill it with Murderous Cut on the end step and untap to land Dragonlord Ojutai. Justin used the opening to resolve Gideon and make a Knight token. Vidianto decided to take down the Planeswalker with his Dragonlord and passed back with plenty of open mana. Justin attacked for two, dropping Vidianto to 11, and opted for a morph. Vidianto fired off an end-of-turn Foul-Tongue Invocation to gain some life and Justin tossed away his token.
Vidianto flipped his Jace at the end of the turn, allowing him to attack with Ojutai and get a free Anticipate and plussed Jace, targeting the morph. Justin flipped over Den Protector to get back Anafenza at the end of the turn, untapped and tried to play the 4/4 so Vidianto responded with Dig Through Time to try to find a counterspell. He found what he was digging for and countered it with Silumgar's Scorn. Justin dropped Jace to 3 loyalty with his attack of Den Protector and a Shambling Vent.
Vidianto used a Duress to see Justin had nothing but a couple lands and attacked with Ojutai to drop Justin down to 9. Vidianto cashed in his Jace to flash back Dig Through Time before passing the turn. Justin animated his pair of Shambling Vents and attacked with the team, but Vidianto killed the Den Protector with Ultimate Price, only taking four damage. Vidianto kept back Ojutai and dropped a Shambling Vent of his own, leading Justin to play a land and pass back.
Justin again had no action so Vidianto played a fresh Dig Through Time at the end of the turn but continued to keep his Dragonlord back on defense with a grip full of seven cards. Justin resolved a Gideon and made a Knight, but Vidianto had the answer for the Planeswalker, exiling it with Utter End. Vidianto finally put Ojutai back in the red zone and passed after picking his card from the top three of his deck.
Justin's next morph ran into a Silumgar's Scorn before shoving a Shambling Vents and his token into combat. Vidianto animated his own Vents and Justin tried to kill it with Murderous Cut, but Vidianto had another Scorn to keep it alive and eat the token in combat. Vidianto dropped Justin to 4 with Ojutai and shipped the turn once again. Justin attacked with his two Vents, but Vidianto used a Foul-Tongue Invocation to take one of them out. Justin had seen enough with lethal facing back and picked up his cards.
Vidianto 1, Justin 0
Vidianto went down to a land-heavy six-card hand and lost his Crux of Fate to a Duress from Justin on the second turn as the two played land-go for the opening turns. Justin's next play was an Abzan Charm to draw tow cards and went for his first threat on the fourth turn, a Gideon, Ally of Zendikar. Justin made a Knight and passed so Vidianto sent his Shambling Vent at the Planeswalker, dropping Gideon to 2 loyalty.
Justin used Transgress the Mind to take Vidianto's Dragonlord Ojutai and attacked him down to 13 with his token and Gideon before adding Anafenza, the Foremost to his board. Vidianto fetched down to 12 and played Tasigur, the Golden Fang for two mana. Justin ticked up Gideon and pointed a Murderous Cut at the Tasigur and was able to take a quick Game 2.
Vidianto 1, Justin 1
Justin looks to beat down.
Both players kept seven and the first play of the game didn't come until Justin's third turn where he resolved Anafenza, the Foremost only to lose it to a Foul-Tongue Invocation with a revealed Dragonlord Ojutai. Justin attempted a Duress but Vidianto countered it with Scatter to the Winds so Justin used a Transgress the Mind to take the Ojutai from his grip.
Justin looked to refuel with Painful Truths and passed after making his fifth land drop. Vidianto followed suit with his own Painful Truths and landed Jace, Vryn's Prodigy on an empty board. Justin used the opening to build his board with a Siege Rhino and Warden of the First Tree but Vidianto flipped his Jace and used Self-Inflicted Wound to do away with the Warden then took care of the Rhino with a Foul-Tongue Invocation, revealing Dragonlord Silumgar. Vidianto moved Jace up to 6 loyalty and shipped the turn.
Justin deployed Anafenza so Vidianto plussed Jace, targeting the legendary warrior, and added Dragonlord Ojutai to his side of the table. Justin went for a Siege Rhino on his next turn, but Vidianto had the Silumgar's Scorn to keep it off the table and forced Justin to pass with no attacks. Vidianto went to 16, using Jace to flash back Painful Truths, and said "go."
Justin attempted to resolve Gideon, but Vidianto had another Scorn to keep it off the board, so he sent Anafenza at Jace, killing it when Vidianto chose not to block. Vidianto turned aggressive, sending in Dragonlord Ojutai, dropping Justin to 8. Vidianto followed the attack with Ugin, the Spirit Dragon and exiled Anafenza. Justin played another Gideon and immediately cashed it in for an emblem, allowing his Shambling Vent to attack Ugin down to 1 loyalty, giving him three more life points to work with. Vidianto didn't mind, however, as he plussed Ugin to hit Justin, then attacked with Ojutai and his Shambling Vent to take the edge in the match.
Vidianto 2, Justin 1
Justin opened with a second-turn face-up Den Protector, but Vidianto kept it off the board with Self-Inflicted Wound, leading Justin to deploy Anafenza, the Foremost. Vidianto answered it as well, using Foul-Tongue Invocation with no reveal. Justin kept curving out, landing Siege Rhino this time.
Justin looked to get in some damage, but when he attacked Vidianto answered the Rhino with a second copy of Foul-Tongue Invocation. Justin drew three cards off a Painful Truths and played a Warden of the First Tree. Vidianto copied him with his own Painful Truths and passed the turn. Justin went for a pre-combat Transgress the Mind, but Vidianto stopped it with Silumgar's Scorn then took three from the Warden.
Vidianto added another land to his board and dropped Dragonlord Ojutai, so Justin used another Painful Truths and added a second Warden to his board. Vidianto took down the leveled Warden with a Murderous Cut at the end of the turn, untapped and attacked Justin to 9 with Ojutai, then landed a one-mana Tasigur. Justin tried a Duress, but Vidianto stopped it with a Scorn, leading Justin to fire off another Duress. Vidianto responded with a Foul-Tongue Invocation in response before losing an Utter End off the discard spell. Justin played a Den Protector and passed back.
Vidianto attacked with his team and Justin had to chump Tasigur with his Den Protector, falling to 4 from the Dragonlord. Vidianto played Jace and shipped the turn. Justin had no play so Vidianto activated Tasigur, getting back Utter End. Vidianto flipped his Jace on his next turn, targeted Foul-Tongue Invocation with his Jace and attacked. Justin tried to block with his Shambling Vent, but Vidianto used the Invocation to kill it before blocks and attacked for lethal.
Vidianto 3, Justin 1