Semifinals: Andy Ferguson vs. Ben Steiner
Andy shuffles up after a quick Game 1.
Andy was first to the board with a Brain Maggot, opting to take a Hero’s Downfall with the 1/1. Ben had a second Temple of Malady and passed after keeping the scry on top. Andy added a Goblin Rabblemaster to his board and attacked Ben down to 18. Ben found his first play, a Courser of Kruphix. Andy used a Stoke the Flames on the Courser and got in for 5 damage, knocking Ben to 13.
Ben evened the score at 16 thanks to a Siege Rhino and passed the turn. Andy used a Crackling Doom to take care of the Rhino and bashed in for 9 to leave Ben at 5. Ben went to 4 to cast an End Hostilities and get his Downfall back. Andy played a Butcher of the Horde and a Bloodsoaked Champion that he sacrificed to give the Butcher haste and attack for the win.
Andy 1, Ben 0
Ben sideboards for Game 2.
Andy again started the action on Turn 2 with a Brain Maggot, taking away a Courser of Kruphix. Ben added a land and passed back as Andy played a Goblin Rabblemaster and attacked Ben down to 18. At the end step, Ben fell to 14 to use a Mardu Charm to draw two cards. Ben decided to drop to 13 to play Anafenza, the Foremost and passed.
Andy had a Crackling Doom to get rid of Anafenza and knocked Ben to 4 with the team. Ben went to 3 to clear the table with a Drown in Sorrow and passed back, hoping for no burn. Andy didn’t have the burn and went to 15 to play a Butcher of the Horde. Ben had to go to 2 to use a Hero’s Downfall on the Butcher and passed again, only to see Andy play another Butcher. Ben found a Siege Rhino to go up to 5 and passed, knowing he was dead on the return attack from the Butcher.
Andy 2, Ben 0