Semifinals: Adam Prosak vs. Caleb Durward
Each of these players made it to the finals having added some Magic 2013 all-stars to their respective archetypes. Adam’s Talrand, Sky Summoners had been pulling their weight all weekend in Delver, while Caleb’s Naya Pod had been leaning more heavily on Thragtusks.
Adam had the play and kept his starting seven, while Caleb did the same. Adam paid 2 life for Gitaxian Probe to see three Thalia, Guardian of Thraben, Avacyn’s Pilgrim, Wurmcoil Engine, Blade Splicer, and Cavern of Souls as a single land. Seachrome Coast and Delver of Secrets followed, with Caleb predictable spending turn 1 on Avacyn’s Pilgrim.
Caleb, ready with the staredown.
Flipping the Delver with Ponder, Adam cast Ponder to find another Delver, Thought Scour, and Glacial Fortress on top. If he had another untapped land, this was a slam dunk... but he didn’t. Fortress tapped and an attack for 5—fueled by Mutagenic Growth—continued. “While I can,” Adam explained.
Thalia and another Pilgrim revealed Caleb’s draw steps, and he passed. The second Delver landed following an attack for 3 damage, bringing Caleb to 12 life and putting him on a two-turn clock. Another Cavern of Souls named Wurm for Caleb, and he attacked Adam to 12 and cast Blade Splicer. Now Adam was also on a clock!
Unfortunately for Caleb’s, his would chime first. Adam flipped his second Delver and cast a Ponder, attacking Caleb to 6 life. Caleb had a big game on the next turn—Geist-Honored Monk! “The one-outer?” Adam asked, frowning. “Thragtusk would’ve been fine,” Caleb countered, noting Zealous Conscripts was also lethal, but he certainly ceded that he’d needed a pretty hot one on top!
Having kept his Ponder, Adam already knew he was drawing dead to the Monk’s Spirits, and conceded.
Caleb 1, Adam 0
Trying again, Adam took the play. Snapping his fingers to indicate a keep, Adam started Island and Delver of Secrets. Caleb also had a strong seven, leading Birds of Paradise via Copperline Gorge. Adam proved he deserved to be in the Top 4 with a second turn 2 Delver flip on Ponder, casting the sorcery and shuffling his deck just as quickly. Lacking a land, Adam passed with lots of Delvers in his hand.
On 17 already, Caleb played Cavern for Human and Thalia, locking Adam up in a big way. He cast another Delver and awkwardly wanted spells and lands now. Crushing Vines tapped Caleb out to kill the 3/2 Delver after he attacked for 2 damage, but Adam found a Fortress to enable Phantasmal Image for Thalia.
Geist-Honored Monk, you say? On the last turn of the game, you say?
Casting Thragtusk, Caleb went back to 20. Adam flipped Delver with Vapor Snag and swung, using Phantasmal Image to copy Thragtusk. Elvish Visionary for Caleb cantripped, and Caleb played Cavern for Praetor before playing Restoration Angel to blink his Thragtusk, refusing to attack into Adam. With both players on high life totals, Caleb’s board was much better.
Adam Pondered into a land and passed, biding his time. Now Caleb went on the offensive with his Thragtusk, Beast token, and Angel. Blocking with both Aberration and the Image, Adam got a Beast while falling to 20 against the Angel, Caleb also making a Beast. Borderland Ranger for Caleb searched Plains, leaving him with two cards in his hand. If one was indeed Elesh Norn... next turn would be rough for Adam. Adding Avacyn’s Pilgrim last, Caleb passed.
With no choice, Adam cast Talrand, Sky Summoner and took a deep breath. No Praetor! Caleb swung for 6 damage with his Beast and his Angel, then passed the turn. Now, Adam might just be in business. Casting Delver of Secrets and playing Moorland Haunt, he ended the turn.
“I’ve got bad news for you Adam,” Caleb said, staring at the card off the top of his deck. “I’m glad I named Praetor!” “That’s awesome,” Adam admitted, bemused at his own expense. Caleb swung with everyone, and Adam snagged Beast token and Restoration Angel, chumping Borderland Ranger to stay on 6 life. Adam Imaged the Elesh Norn on his next turn and Thought Scoured himself, but found nothing on top.
Caleb 2, Adam 0