Semifinals: Arthur Reynolds vs. Ben Ball
Ben looked to keep up his undefeated ways with Ad Nauseam while Arthur hoped to combo out first with U/R Painter. Which combo deck would advance to the finals?
Ben considers his options for his storm plan.
Both kept seven and Arthur started with a Seat of Synod and passed. Ben had a turn-1 Ponder off an Underground Sea. Arthur used a Brainstorm at the end of the turn, untapped, cracked a Scalding Tarn for a Volcanic Island and played Goblin Welder. Ben played Brainstorm on his second turn, fetched up a Badlands and used Cabal Therapy on Arthur, naming Force of Will. He missed and saw three copies of Intuition and two lands. So he played a Lotus Petal and cracked it for another Therapy naming Intuition and passed.
Arthur attacked for one with the Welder and played an Arid Mesa and shipped the turn. Ben played a land and passed for his turn. Arthur found a Painter’s Servant naming “blue” and passed. Ben again had no play and passed. Arthur attacked for two and dropped another Seat before passing. Ben fired off a Duress to see two lands and played a land and passed. Arthur attacked Ben down to 14 and played a Great Furnace and shipped the turn.
Ben continued playing land-go and Arthur fetched up a Volcanic Island at the end of the turn. Arthur played a Scalding Tarn and a Brainstorm, attacked for two and then played a Sensei’s Divining Top. Ben played another Duress, Arthur responded by topping and cracking a fetch land for a Volcanic Island, then topped again, and final let Duress to take the Red Elemental Blast from his hand. Ben started the storm count then played a Cabal Ritual, Lion’s Eye Diamond, then played Past in Flames as he held priority while cracking LED. Arthur interrupted the action by drawing off Top to stop Past in Flames with the Red Elemental Blast so Ben passed the turn empty handed.
Arthur replayed his Top and spun the top and drew off it to play Tormod’s Crypt and activated it to exile Ben’s graveyard. With that action Ben decided to pack it up for Game 2.
Arthur 1, Ben 0
Arthur cracks a smile after winning Game 1.
Ben started the game off with a Lotus Petal and an Underground Sea to play Dark Confidant. Arthur started with a Mox Opal and a Lion’s Eye Diamond then fetched up a Volcanic Island to play a Grindstone. Bob revealed an LED and Ben fired off a Ponder and attacked for two then played a fetch land and passed. Arthur played an Ancient Tomb and passed.
Ben got a Cabal Ritual off Bob and sent it in for two more damage. Ben then cracked his Scalding Tarn for an Underground Sea and played Dark Ritual, also starting his storm count, then played Cabal Ritual, into another Cabal Ritual, into LED, then played Infernal Tutor while holding priority and cracking LED, but Arthur used Force of Will on the Tutor, so Ben flashed back Past in Flames. Arthur responded by playing Intuition, getting two copies of Flusterstorm and a Swan Song, netting the Swan Song, then used the Swan Song on the Past in Flames, giving Ben a 2/2 Bird and Ben passed the turn.
Arthur played a Seat of the Synod and passed. Ben attacked for four after getting a Gitaxian Probe from Bob, then used the Probe and passed after playing a Scalding Tarn. Arthur used Grindstone at end of turn and untapped and had no play. Ben got a Brainstorm off Bob then bashed Arthur down to 4 and played a Brainstorm then cracked a Tarn for a Volcanic Island and Pondered. Arthur did the Grindstone thing again and untapped and used Grindstone and scooped up his cards.
Arthur 1, Ben 1
Both kept their openers and Arthur led things off with a Goblin Welder off a Volcanic Island. Ben started his turn with a Gitaxian Probe then Pondered off an Underground Sea. Arthur played Seat of the Synod a Sensei’s Divining Top then attacked for one. Ben landed a Defense Gird then used another Probe and passed back.
Arthur played a Painter’s Servant on “blue,” cracked a Scalding Tarn for a Volcanic Island, attacked for one, then used a Pyroblast on the Defense Grid. Ben untapped and Brainstormed and began keeping track of the storm count. He then cracked a Tarn of his own for an Underground Sea, then played Dark Ritual, Arthur drew from his Top in response and allowed it resolve, then Ben played Infernal Tutor for another copy of Lotus Petal, played four Petals, then Emptied the Warrens for 16 goblins.
Arthur replayed his Top, facing down 16 goblins, and spun it then played an Ancient Tomb and passed. Ben turned 16 goblin tokens sideways and Arthur took 14 to fall to 5 after killing two goblins and losing his Goblin Welder. Been passed and Arthur took 2 off the Tomb to play Intuition. Arthur picked three Grindstones and got one of them. Arthur played his Grindstone and activated it targeting Ben and it enough to take the match!
Arthur 2, Ben 1