Semifinals: Antonio Fedon vs. Austin Yost
Antonio needs just two more matches from his deck.
Antonio Fedon has been living the dream with his Reanimator run today, blowing through opponent after opponent with Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur. Austin's tools were very different, but had been just as effective—a series of red burn spells and a handful of little red men.
Winning the play, Antonio wound up mulliganing his first seven while Austin kept. On six, Antonio kept and started with…a pass of the turn. Mountain and Goblin Guide from Austin revealed Thoughtseize, and on turn 2 Antonio played Swamp and targeted himself with the discard spell. He revealed Elesh Norn, Jin-Gitaxias, Animate Dead, Exhume, and Scalding Tarn—he chose to pitch Elesh Norn.
Hellspark Elemental and Goblin Guide teamed up, revealing Force of Will and putting him on 11 life. Antonio made that 10 by fetching Island with Scalding Tarn and casting Exhume, bringing the big guy into battle. Austin pointed Chain Lightning at Antonio on his next turn, knocking Antonio to 7, and then cast Flame Rift—but Force of Will countered it, keeping Antonio on 6 life.
Elesh Norn attacked, putting Austin to 16, and a post-combat Animate Dead on Goblin Guide awkwardly left him with three additional life. It turned out not to matter—Lightning Bolt and Fireblast were enough to seal a quick first game in Burn's favor.
Austin 1, Antonio 0
Austin has been surprising many opponents with Flame Rifts to the face!
Antonio took the play again for game 2, drawing seven cards but throwing those back. Austin kept as soon as Antonio announced his decision, snapping the decision after spotting Mountains and a fistful of fire. Antonio's six weren't great—he fell to five. Scalding Tarn, pass began the game, while Austin spiked Goblin Guide via Mountain. Antonio replied with a fetch for Underground Sea and Brainstorm, setting up a land before the Goblin Guide attacked.
He untapped into Careful Study, putting Empyrial Archangel and Jin-Gitaxias into the graveyard, adding Underground Sea afterward. Austin attacked and suspended Rift Bolt before sending Chain Lightning straight through Antonio's face…and his very awkward Dispel.
Exhume tried to lock up the game on the following turn, but Faerie Macabre in response blew Antonio out—removing his own fatties and giving Austin an additional beater! He Rift Bolted Antonio down to 9, attacked him for 4, and cast Flame Rift to leave him on a bare 1 life, facing two creatures and a Barbarian ring.
Austin 2, Antonio 0