Semifinals: Adam Jansen vs. David Barber-Callaghan
It’s been a while since BUG Delver took one of the top slots in Legacy Open, but David Barber-Callaghan had done just that this weekend. He’d have to scoot by Adam’s Sneak and Show list to advance any farther, however.
Adam considers his sideboarding options with Sneak and Show.
David kicked the game off with Deathrite Shaman after playing Underground Sea. Adam spent his first turn fetching Island for Ponder, shuffling up the deck. David had a Ponder of his own on turn 2 after playing Tropical Island, drawing a Force of Will and passing with Shaman available.
Eating Adam’s Ponder to make him lose 2 life, David untapped after Adam simply made a land drop. He made one himself, sending the turn with Shaman once more at the ready but running low on food. In the end step, Adam broke his fetchland to shuffle up the deck and find Volcanic Island. Untapping, Adam had City of Traitors for Show and Tell with one mana up.
Trying to Force of Will, David pitched another Force, but Adam had his own Force pitching Intuition and enough mana to pay for the Daze in David’s hand. Griselbrand entered play, and Adam decided he’d done enough, passing the turn with a big Demon in play. All David could muster in defense was Umezawa’s Jitte.
Drawing seven, Adam surged farther ahead. Resolving Sneak Attack, he put Emrakul into play and took out all of David’s permanents shortly before his life total.
David removes some Abrupt Decays in exchange for more disruption.
Adam 1, David 0
Starting with only a fetchland on turn 2, David passed. Adam had the same start himself, while David’s turn 2 brought more action as all the fetches got cracked. David fetched a mix of lands and cast Tarmogoyf, a simple country 1/2.
Playing Volcanic Island, Adam Pondered. Keeping those three in place, he passed and immediately lost his Volcanic Island to Wasteland. Tarmogoyf attacked him down to 17, but David lacked other plays and passed, sitting on some Dazes and a Force of Will. Adam had time—he played Flooded Strand and sent the turn over.
David fetched on his turn, but when he tried to cast Hymn to Tourach Spell Pierce thwarted his plans. David Dazed, and Adam broke his fetchland for Island to pay for the soft counter. That made David’s Second Daze good enough, however. Hymn resolved, and Adam presented his hand for the pickings. Show and Tell and Red Elemental Blast were discarded, Tarmogoyf, going to 3/4, and Adam dropped to 13.
Adam Brainstormed in an attempt to recover from the Hymn hit, playing Misty Rainforest. He had nothing else, and the Tarmogoyf knocked him down to 10 life. Drawing one of his Brainstormed cards, Adam passed without a land, with his fetchland still up—he appeared to be intentionally Brainstorm locking himself at the moment, drawing sweet spells.
Liliana of the Veil created another avenue of pressure on David’s side of the board. Adam had Spell Pierce to keep her from landing, and fetched Volcanic Island in the end step. He appeared to be preparing to make his move... Drawing a new card, Adam declined to make any other plays. David got to see what was up with Duress, but Adam responded by Submerging Tarmogoyf before revealing two Emrakuls, Griselbrand, and City of Traitors.
Wasteland destroyed the Volcanic Island, and Adam drew looking for Show and Tell or some cantrip to find it. David replayed the Tarmogoyf on the next turn, a second Duress on the turn after forcing Adam to cast Flusterstorm. David paid, spotting the three cards he already knew with a laugh alongside Volcanic Island.
On the next turn, Adam cast Show and Tell. David immediately announced that it resolved and placed a card down, Adam revealing Griselbrand while David had just Tropical Island. Hoping for a Liliana, he drew and ended the turn, Adam alive on exactly 1 life and David’s Tarmogoyf simply shut down.
The Demon attacked, putting Adam to 8 life, and he tried another Show and Tell only to meet Daze. The Tarmogoyf attacked Adam to 4, and Delver of Secrets joined the fray to keep David’s clock competitive enough that Adam would be threatened if he tried to draw seven cards. That said, he didn’t need them much—the Demon was doing some serious heavy lifting.
Adam 2, David 0