Round 4: Jeff Hoogland vs. Josh Ravitz
Washington State Champion Josh Ravitz met up with Open Series grinder Abrupt+Decay on a creature.
Both players went to six immediately and Josh started things off with a Temple+of+Malady. Jeff went down to 18 to play a Soldier+of+the+Pantheon and Josh added a Swamp to his board. Jeff attacked for 2 and added a Voice+of+Resurgence to his board. Josh played his third land and played a Lifebane+Zombie to exile a Fleecemane+Lion from Jeff’s hand.
Jeff bashed with both creatures and Josh traded the Zombie for the Soldier and the Voice connected for 2. Jeff played a Temple+of+Plenty and played a Dryad+Militant before passing. Josh stalled on three lands but found a Nightveil+Specter. Jeff attacked with both creatures again and Josh put the Specter in front of the Militant so Jeff used a Ghor-Clan+Rampager to keep his creature alive and drop Josh to 11. Josh attempted to use a Hero’s Downfall on a threat, but Jeff had Brave+the+Elements and Josh passed with no fourth land.
Jeff 1, Josh 0
Josh again went down to six, but Jeff found a suitable seven. Josh led things off with a Temple+of+Malady. Jeff went to 19 from Mana+Confluence to have a turn-1 Dryad+Militant. Josh had another temple and Jeff matched with one of his own before attacking for 2. Josh had the turn-3 Lifebane+Zombie and exiled a Fabled+Hero from Jeff’s hand. Jeff shocked himself and used a Mizzium+Mortars to kill the Zombie and attacked again with the Militant. Josh played an Overgrown+Tomb and a Pack+Rat and passed the turn.
Jeff attacked with the Militant and Josh put the Rat in front of it. After the creatures traded Jeff played a Fabled+Hero, but Josh had the answer in Drown+in+Sorrow and played a follow-up Pack+Rat. Jeff dropped a Voice+of+Resurgence and passed back with two lands untapped. Josh attacked with the Rat and made another as Jeff declared no blocks, dropping Jeff to 14. Jeff attacked with his Voice and Josh blocked and activated his Mutavault, but Jeff had the Selesnya+Charm and ended his turn with a Dryad+Militant. Josh attacked for 2 with his Rat and tapped out for a Desecration+Demon.
Jeff played a land and passed, then sacrificed his Voice when Josh went to attack with his Demon. Josh played his second Desecration+Demon and Jeff had seen enough and scooped up his cards.
Jeff 1, Josh 1
Jeff shows his hand after Josh played a Lifebane+Zombie.
Jeff would be on the play for the first time in the match and both kept their seven-card hand. Jeff started with a Dryad+Militant and Josh had a Golgari+Guildgate. Jeff bashed for 2 and added a Temple+of+Plenty. Josh killed the Militant with Abrupt+Decay and passed. Jeff tapped out for a Fabled+Hero and Josh used an aptly-named Hero’s Downfall to kill it. Jeff played a follow-up Fabled+Hero and passed back.
Josh had an Abrupt+Decay for the Hero and passed with two Swamps up. Jeff played his third Fabled+Hero and passed the turn. Josh dropped a Lifebane+Zombie to exile a Fleecemane+Lion. Jeff sent in the Hero and Josh offered no blocks so Jeff used a Gods+Willing to trigger heroic then used Giant+Growth and triggered heroic again then went for Ajani’s Presence and dealt Josh 18 damage for the match win.
Jeff 2, Josh 1