Semifinals: Al Karabell vs. Steve Medanic
Both players have spicy takes on proven archetypes: Al with Esper Stoneblade and Steve with Elves. Which player will get a shot at the trophy playing against Death and Taxes?
Al sideboards after taking Game 1.
Al led off with a Tundra and Steve played a Llanowar Elves that immediately got sent to the farm with Swords to Plowshares. Al passed after playing an Underground Sea and Steve played a Deathrite Shaman and a Nettle Sentinel. AL paid 2 life to clean the board with his main deck Toxic Deluge and passed. Steve started over with a Scavenging Ooze and passed with no third land. Al Brainstormed and used another Swords to exile the Ooze and passed after playing a Sensei’s Divining Top.
Steve used a Green Sun’s Zenith for zero to put a Dryad Arbor into play and passed. Al untapped and slammed Jace, the Mind Sculptor and bounced the Arbor Steve played an Elvish Visionary and put his Arbor back onto the board. Al Brainstormed with Jace and used Zealous Persecution to kill off Steve’s board, then played Stoneforge Mystic, tutoring up an Umezawa’s Jitte. Steve resolved Glimpse of Nature and chained into Wirewood Symbiote and Heritage Druid before passing.
Al bounced the Druid with Jace and played and equipped the Jitte to the Mystic, attacked and killed off the Symbiote with one of the charge counters. Steve fetched up a Taiga to go along with his Gaea’s Cradle and two Bayous to play a Deathrite Shaman and a Reclamation Sage that destroyed the Jitte, so AL responded by killing it with the last charge counter. Al used a Thoughtseize to get rid of a GSZ from Steve’s grip, then upped Jace, leaving the card on top of Steve’s library, and fired off another Swords on the DRS.
Steve emptied his hand by playing Wirewood Symbiote Quirion Ranger, and Heritage Druid. Al opted to play Snapcaster Mage and flashed back Zealous Persecution to kill off all of Steve’s creatures but the Ranger he bounced in response, then attacked for 2. Steve replayed the Ranger and shipped the turn. Al attacked Steve to 14 then Fate Sealed a card to the bottom of Steve’s deck. Steve paid two life to use a Gitaxian Probe to see Al’s hand of Force of Will and Brainstorm. Steve played an Elvish Visionary and a Llanowar Elves before Probing again.
Al bounced his Snapcaster with Jace, replayed it and used Toxic Deluge to wipe the board clean, leaving him just with Stoneforge Mystic Steve passed after playing a Misty Rainforest. Al played Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver and exiled three cards with it. Al attacked for 1 and passed. Steve fetched a Dryad Arbor at the end step, untapped and played Natural Order, sacrificing the Arbor, but AL used his Force of Will to counter it, pitching Brainstorm. Al upped Jace and Ashiok and attacked with the Mystic.
Steve played a DRS but Al had another Snapcaster to flash back the Swords to get rid of it and untapped. Al upped his Planeswalkers and at that, Steve had seen enough.
Al 1, Steve 0
Steve faces down Ashiok…in Legacy.
Steve kicked off Game 2 with a Deathrite Shaman off a Bayou, but Al had the Swords to Plowshares to exile it. Steve played a replacement DRS and added a Quirion Ranger off a Gaea’s Cradle. Al passed after adding a Flooded Strand to his board.
Steve started his third turn with an Elvish Visionary , tapped the Cradle for another Visionary, into a Symbiote, then recycled a Visionary with the Symbiote and friends so Al used a Swords to Plowshares to get rid of the Symbiote. Al found Lingering Souls and made two 1/1 flyers and passed. Steve fetched up a Taiga and played a Green Sun’s Zenith for 8, and Al conceded in response to the incoming Craterhoof Behemoth.
Al 1, Steve 1
Al fired off an Inquisition of Kozilek, taking a Wirewood Symbiote and Steve made Birchlore Rangers his first play. Al used a Thoughtseize to take the Elvish Visionary from Steve and passed with no second land. Steve led off Turn 3 with a Glimpse of Nature and drew one card off his Deathrite Shaman and passed after attacking for 1. Al found a Tundra and passed, but used a Swords to Plowshares on the Shaman during Steve’s upkeep. Steve knocked Al to 13 with the Rangers and Al passed with no play.
Steve attacked for 1 and fetched a Dryad Arbor so Al used an end-of-turn Zealous Persecution to clean the table. Al had another Thoughtseize to take the Reclamation Sage from Steve and Steve played another DRS and got in for another point with a new Arbor. Al played Stoneforge Mystic to get an Umezawa’s Jitte. Steve killed the Mystic with an Abrupt Decay and pinged with the Shaman, removing a Swords to Plowshares from Al’s graveyard.
Steve got another Arbor from a fetch land and found a Quirion Ranger with a Green Sun’s Zenith and continued his onslaught with small creatures. Al continued to brick on his draw steps and extended his hand when presented with lethal.
Steve 2, Al 1