Quarterfinals: Zach Jesse vs. Darien Elderfield
Two explosive combo decks clash in the quarterfinals with Zach crushing the Swiss with Goryo's Vengeance and Darien revitalizing Ad Nauseam. Zach won when the two battled in Round 14, but who would advance to the semifinals?
Darien waits to go off.
Both players kept their openers and led with Temples – mirroring what Standard looks like currently. Zach used a Faithless Looting on his second turn to put Griselbrand into his graveyard then passed after playing a second Temple of Malice. Darien had a Darkslick Shores to play a Pentad Prism after ticking down his suspended Lotus Bloom from the first turn – the game started to look a lot more like Modern.
Zach Looted again and drew two cards with a Night's Whisper while Darien simply added a Plains to his board and ticked down his Lotus. Zach filtered some more with a flashed back Looting, pitching a pair of Borborygmos Enraged. Darien's Bloom came off suspend and he passed the turn after adding a tapped Shores to his board.
Zach drew two more with another Night's Whisper and kept digging with another Looting before drawing two more from another Whisper. Darien added a Dreadship Reef to his board and was content passing back. Zach kept Looting and decided to go for Goryo's Vengeance but Darien responded with Angel's Grace and Spoils of the Vault to find Ad Nauseam, which he played, drawing his deck and allowing him to kill Zach with a Lightning Storm.
Darien 1, Zach 0
Zach digs for action.
Zach ended up going down to five cards, laughing when he saw his hand, but opened by fetching a Blood Crypt and played Pithing Needle, naming "Lightning Storm." On seven, Darien started with a Temple of Deceit, keeping the card on top, and suspended a Lotus Bloom. Zach used Faithless Looting to find action and had to pass when he couldn’t find a second land. Darien ticked down his Bloom and shipped away a card with a second Temple before playing Pentad Prism by exiling a Simian Spirit Guide.
Zach had another Faithless Looting and found his second land, a Mountain, and passed with no other play. Darien added another Prism to his board and a Gemstone Mine before shipping the turn. Zach drew two cards with Night's Whisper and passed after playing a Bloodstained Mire.
Darien 2, Zach 0