Semifinals: Andrew Ohlschwager vs. Michael Lee
Michael triumphed over a tough matchup in the quarterfinals, taking down Mono-Black Trading Post and its plethora of sweeper effects in a handful of turns. Andrew, on Delver, would have his work cut out for him!
Michael mulliganed, prompting Andrew to keep his seven. He was on one land and Geist, but supported by a trio of cantrips. On the draw, he’d likely be able to find the lands he needed, and his Mutagenic Growth would force the Geist through any Blade Splicer shenanigans.
Michael's running hot with G/W Aggro in the Standard Open.
Turn 1 Birds of Paradise for Michael Lee, with the predicted Ponder from Andrew finding two lands and Delver of Secrets—no Gut Shot, but a fine hit. Michael sent in Strangleroot Geist on turn 2 with two Forests in play, relying on the Birds of Paradise for white.
Andrew played Delver and set it to flip with a Ponder that left his third land on the bottom, awkwardly enough drawing Restoration Angel into his hand instead. Michael punished him for that on the next turn cycle, casting Restoration Angel when the Delver flipped to reveal Mana Leak and stranding the land where Andrew couldn’t cantrip his way into it.
With no Angel, Michael swung for 2 once more and then made Blade Splicer. Andrew fired back with an attack from Delver and cast Geist of Saint Traft. The Geist blocked Golem token with the help of a Mutagenic Growth, but Michael’s second Restoration Angel resurrected the artifact attacker and created some serious roadblocks for Geist and Delver.
Gitaxian Probe revealed Birds of Paradise for Michael, and he passed with just Mana Leak available. Michael swung with everyone, dropping Andrew to 2 life while he sat on 14. With only two blockers and four lands, Andrew sent in just Geist for 2 damage, Birds chumping the Angel, and then passed on Restoration Angel to create some awkward blocks.
A second Strangleroot Geist off the top for Michael locked it up against everything Andrew could do.
Michael 1, Andrew 0
Mutual keeps, and just an Island from Andrew. Scouring himself on turn 1 once Michael made Avacyn’s Pilgrim, he followed with a second Scour on turn 2, missing a land and settling for just Gut Shot on Avacyn’s Pilgrim.
That left Michael without a turn 2 play but forecasted a likely Blade Splicer! Andrew dropped Delver of Secrets and lost it to Oblivion Ring—no Splicer here. “I may have kept a loose one too,” Michael admitted.
Andrew's Geists have gotten him all the way to the Top 4.
Just Island and no action for Andrew, while Michael tapped out for Hero of Bladehold. Defending with Vapor Snag, Andrew still couldn’t find a second land until after Michael deployed Thragtusk on the following turn.
Rancor on the Thragtusk put Andrew to 11, and Michael passed after playing a sixth land, holding onto his Hero. Shrugging, Andrew drew and picked up his cards. Michael’s hand had been incredibly slow, but Andrew’s mana stumbles had left him stuck for far too long to take advantage.
Michael 2, Andrew 0