Semifinals: Alex Lien vs. Justin Porchas
We’ve got an Abzan Midrange mirror here in the semifinals. Would Justin or Alex get a chance at the title by playing Ivan Jen and his new Jeskai Heroic Combo deck?
Justin shuffles up for Game 2
Alex kicked things off with a Thoughtseize on Turn 2, taking a Siege Rhino then played an Elvish Mystic. Justin got his Thoughtseize on as well, taking a Rhino from Alex. Alex played Whip of Erebos and Justin had Sylvan Caryatid. Alex got the value train a rolling, by whipping back the Rhino to knock Justin to 11. Justin dropped Sorin, Solemn Visitor and made a Vampire before passing. Alex had a Temple of Malady but nothing else. Justin upped Sorin and attacked for 3 with his Vampire.
Alex attacked with his Mystic, forgetting the Sorin buffed the Caryatid and lost it, while both players gained a life. Justin drew two cards at the end step with an Abzan Charm, untapped and attacked for 2 and played Wingmate Roc , triggering raid. Justin passed after upping Sorin. Alex killed the Vampire with Bile Blight at the end step and passed with no play. Justin went for a Thoughtseize to Alex killed both flyers with two copies of Hero’s Downfalls
Justin made another Vampire and added a Courser of Kruphix to his board. Alex drew a card and called a judge, realizing he drew a second Bile Blight that was not in his main deck. After a quick judge ruling, Alex was given a game loss for presenting a deck that didn’t match his deck list.
Justin 1, Alex 0
Alex gears up for Game 2.
After Alex made four non-green land drops, Justin drew two cards at the end step with an Abzan Charm, untapped and played a Temple of Silence before proceeding to discard a Temple of Malady. Alex had no play and Justin dropped a Temple and passed back. Now Alex had to discard a Courser of Kruphix and shipped. Justin had another Temple as Alex binned an Elvish Mystic. This pattern continued for a few turns until Justin played a Read the Bones and a Courser of Kruphix. Alex had a Hero’s Downfall for the Courser, untapped and played his first green source in Sandsteppe Citadel.
Justin played a Siege Rhino and Alex exiled it with Utter End after the gain and drain. Alex got some soldiers from an Elspeth before she was hit by a Hero’s Downfall. Justin’s Wingmate Roc got exiled by an Abzan Charm. Alex landed a Pharika, God of Affliction and added a Courser to his board. Justin attacked with his second Courser and played another Roc, getting a companion with raid. Alex landed a Hornet Queen and attacked with Pharika, but the god got tagged with an Abzan Charm.
Justin used a Bile Blight to get rid of the Insects at the end step, untapped and played Sorin. He plussed it and attacked with the team, gaining three life. Justin used a Murderous Cut on the Hornet Queen before blocks. Alex put everything in front of the Courser and fell to 3 while losing his soldier tokens. Alex attacked Sorin to 3 and played a Hornet Queen, but Justin flashed a Duneblast and Alex extended the hand.
Justin 2, Alex 0