Semifinal: Paul Lynch vs. Jake Mondello
Buckle up for a marathon as these two-value oriented decks battle it out for a spot in the finals! Paul Lynch is piloting Shardless Bant while Jake Mondello has Shardless BUG.
Paul is ready for Game 2!
Paul, on a mulligan to five, led things off with a Flooded Strand while Jake had a Deathrite Shaman off an Underground Sea. Paul resolved a Stoneforge Mystic on his second turn, fetching up a Batterskull. Jake fired off an Abrupt Decay on the SFM then suspended an Ancestral Visions. Paul landed a Shardless Agent that cascaded into a Brainstorm and passed.
Jake landed a Liliana of the Veil that ticked down to get rid of the Agent and ended his turn by suspending another Visions. Paul fetched up an Umezawa’s Jitte off a second Stoneforge Mystic and played another Brainstorm. Jake upped Liliana and deployed a Tarmogoyf and passed. Paul passed with no action so Jake ticked down his Visions then made Paul sacrifice his Mystic with Liliana, but before it happened he put in his Batterskull. After Jake passed, Paul went for Jace, the Mind Sculptor but Jake cast a Force of Will, using the Shaman to exile a land from Paul’s graveyard.
After the first Visions resolved for Jake he played his own Jace and bounced the Germ then attacked with a 6/7 Tarmogoyf and a Deathrite to knock Paul to 8. Paul looked at his next card and scooped up his cards.
Jake 1, Paul 0
Jake shuffles up for Game 2.
Both kept seven and the first play was Jake’s Nihil Spellbomb. Paul dropped a Stoneforge Mystic to fetch up a Batterskull and passed. Jake again had an Abrupt Decay for the SFM and shipped the turn. Paul played a second SFM, this time getting Sword of the Meek, and ended his turn with a Pithing Needle on Liliana of the Veil.
Jake had another Decay for the Mystic then used a Wasteland on Paul’s Savannah before passing. Paul suspended an Ancestral Visions and played Jitte. Jake used a Hymn to Tourach that got rid of Paul’s Swords to Plowshares and Sword of the Meek. Paul played a fetch land after ticking down his Visions and passed.
Jake deployed a Tarmogoyf and passed. Paul cast Batterskull and passed back. Jake bashed with the Tarmogoyf to drop Paul to 12 and passed. Paul equipped the Jitte to the Germ and attacked but Jake had another Decay for the Brian Braun-Duin token. Paul Brainstormed and played Thopter Foundry. Jake cashed in the Spellbomb to draw a card, attacked Paul to 8 and played another Tarmogoyf.
Visions resolved for Paul and he followed it up by clearing the board with Supreme Verdict. Jake played a Shardless Agent that cascaded into a Deathrite Shaman and passed. Paul cashed in Batterskull and Thopter Foundry for two Thopters into play at the end of the turn. Paul suited up a Thopter with Jitte and attacked for two then played Humility and killed off Jake’s creatures.
Jake played Jace, the Mind Sculptor, Brainstormed with him, broke a fetch land and fired off a Thoughtseize to get a Path to Exile from Paul, dropping Jake to 13. Paul attacked Jace to 1 and passed after playing Karakas. Jake Fate Sealed Paul, so Paul responded by putting Batterskull on top with Academy Ruins, so Jake got rid of the Batterskull and used a Wasteland on the Academy Ruins. Jake added a Tarmogoyf to the board and passed.
Paul attacked Jace with the Thopter equipped with Jitte so Jake blocked and Paul got two charge counters on the Jitte. Paul played another Thopter Foundry and shipped the turn. Jake Brainstormed with Jace then played a Shardless Agent that cascaded into another Tarmogoyf. Paul went to 10 at the end step by sacrificing the Pithing Needle. Paul equipped a Thopter with the Jitte and attacked Jace so Jake blocked to save the Planeswalker and Paul used Jitte to keep his team alive.
Jake Brainstormed off Jace and played another Agent that got him a free Brainstorm. Jake Brainstormed again, paying for this one, then played a Creeping Tarpit and another Shaman. Paul ditched Thopter Foundry to go to 11 and make another 1/1 at the end step, untapped and played a fetch land. Paul decided to send everything at Jace so Jake threw three creatures in front of the Thopters. After Jitte effects Paul was left with two 1/1s and Jake had zero.
Jake tried to Hymn Paul, but he sent it back at Jake with a Misdirection, which hit Jake’s Jace and Goglari Charm. Jake attempted to regroup after Hymning himself with a Jace Brainstorm and played Toxic Deluge, paying five to make sure he cleaned the board. Jake ended the turn with a suspended Ancestral Visions and passed. Paul suspended his own and passed back.
Jake began Fate Sealing Paul again and played a Nihil Spellbomb. Paul found another Visions and shipped the turn. Jake upped Jace again and passed with both players waiting for their Visions to come off suspend. Paul found another Thopter Foundry and passed. Jake decided to Brainstorm with Jace and put back a bunch of lands then cracked a Polluted Delta. Jake cashed in the Spellbomb to draw a card and do away with Paul’s graveyard. Jake played another Agent and found a free Thoughtseize he opted to not cast. As Jake passed Paul made another Thopter by giving up the Foundry.
Paul suited up the 1/1 with the Jitte, killed the agent and attacked Jace down to 6 loyalty. He ended his turn with a Batterskull. Jake bounced the Germ with Jace and suspended another Visions. Paul had his first Visions come off suspend and suited up the 1/1 with Batterskull and Jitte and succeeded this time by killing off Jake’s blocker before hand. Paul found an Agent that cascaded into a Visions and passed the turn.
Jake got his cards off his Visions and Brainstormed to dig deeper. Jake found a Liliana he ticked down and Paul opted to sacrifice his Agent. Paul got three more cards off another Visions and attacked Jake, but Jake had a Decay for the token. Paul deployed another Agent, this time getting a free Sensei’s Divining Top. Paul followed it up with another Agent that cascaded into Brainstorm, one he opted not to cast after getting a library count.
Jake Brainstormed and fired off a Hymn at Paul, hitting a Relic of Progenitus and a Swords to Plowshares. Paul suited up an Agent with a Jitte and another with Batterskull, Jake used Disfigure to get the Agent getting Batterskull so Paul killed of Liliana and passed. Jake drew a card and scooped up his cards.
Jake 1, Paul 1
Both kept their openers and Jake led off with a Creeping Tarpit and Paul started by suspending an Ancestral Visions. Jake passed after playing a fetch land and Paul did the same. Jake played a third land and fetched up a Tropical Island to play Liliana of the Veil that Jake ticked up. Jake used a Thoughtseize after Paul passed after playing a land and took a Misdirection from his grip. Jake Brainstormed then plussed Liliana and played a Deathrite Shaman.
Paul played an Academy Ruins, fetched up a Tundra and a Savannah and played Humility. Jake fetched up a Bayou in his upkeep to fall to 16 then played Jace, the Mind Sculptor that Jake used to Fate Seal his opponent. Jake attacked for one and passed. Paul got his cards off Visions and played Thopter Foundry before shipping the turn.
Jake aimed a Hymn at Paul, hitting Jace and Stoneforge Mystic, then plussed Liliana to empty Paul’s hand. Jake attacked for one and upped Jace, sending Paul’s card to the bottom of his library. At the end step, Paul made a Thopter. Paul got his Foundry back with Ruins and attacked Liliana with the 1/1 with Sword of the Meek to drop her to 5. Paul replayed the Foundry and passed.
Jake played an Agent that got him a free Visions then played another Agent that got an Abrupt Decay to deal with the Foundry then he attacked with his Shaman and upped Liliana. Jake threw a creature in front of the Thopter aimed at Liliana then untapped used a Wasteland on the Academy Ruins and upped Jace, so Paul put the Foundry on top but Jake sent it to the bottom. Jake ultimate Liliana leaving Paul with some lands and the Sword. Jake attacked Paul to 10 then dropped to him 8 at Paul’s end stpe with DRS. Paul drew and passed so Jake attacked in and took the match.
Jake 2, Paul 1