Semifinals: Austin Palmer vs. Eddie Solis
Austin Palmer and Eddie Solis sat down for a mirror-match semifinal. Both players are wielding UWR Delver, but only one could advance to the finals.
Austin brings the True-Name beats.
Austin kicked off the action with a turn 1 Delver+of+Secrets, and Eddie was quick to get rid of it with a Swords+to+Plowshares on his own turn. Austin went looking for a land with a Ponder, and found it, playing Volcanic+Island and passing back. Eddie attempted Umezawa’s Jitte on his turn 2. Austin had Spell+Pierce, but Eddie fought back with a Daze, and the Jitte stuck.
Austin Wastelanded away Eddie’s Land, then cast a Gitaxian+Probe, revealing a permission-heavy hand: Two Spell+Pierces, Daze, Volcanic+Island, and Tundra. Both players took turns Wastelanding each other, then developing their manabases further.
It was Eddie that eventually broke the standoff with a Delver+of+Secrets. Austin attempted to send it farming with Swords+to+Plowshares, Eddie Spell Pierced, Austin Spell Pierced back, and Eddie pushed it through with a Daze. He got to untap, flip his Delver with a Spell+Pierce, and then equip Umezawa’s Jitte to the Insectile Aberration and come cracking in.
Austin attempted Swords+to+Plowshares #2, and Eddie protected his creature with a Spell+Pierce. Austin then brainstormed, played another Tundra, and cast Swords+to+Plowshares #3, this one resolved, and Eddie was again creatureless. He cast a Brainstorm on his mainphase hoping to remedy the situation, and found a Delver+of+Secrets. When he attempted to play it, Austin had Force+of+Will pitching Force+of+Will.
The follow-up was big for Austin, as he cast a True-Name+Nemesis, and Eddie had no response. The True-Name went to work, swinging for 3 a turn as Eddie drew reactive cards for the next several turns. Austin took the opportunity to set up his draws with a pair of Ponders.
Eddie drew Force+of+Will, and took 3. He drew Swords+to+Plowshares, and took 3. He drew Daze, and took 3. Finally he found a Stoneforge+Mystic, and fetched up Batterskull. Austin attempted to Lightning+Bolt the Stoneforge+Mystic at Eddie’s end step, but Eddie defended it with Force+of+Will pitching Daze. Austin untapped and cast another Lightning+Bolt. This one resolved, and he swung across again, dropping Eddie to 8.
Eddie found his fifth land put Batterskull into play the old-fashioned way. Austin deliberated for a moment before attacking past it with his True-Name+Nemesis, dropping Eddie to 5. Eddie untapped, equipped the Umezawa’s Jitte to his Germ token, pumped it twice, and swung over for 8, dropping Austin to 3. He showed him the Lightning+Bolt in his hand, and it was on to game 2.
Eddie Solis 1, Austin Palmer 0
Austin again had the first spell of the game, casting a Delver+of+Secrets on turn 2. Eddie fetched up a Volcanic+Island and cast Lightning+Bolt at Austin’s End step to get rid of it, then played his second land and passed back. Austin’s next threat was Stoneforge+Mystic, which resolved and retrieved Batterskull. Eddie again had the end-step answer, fetching up Tundra and casting Swords+to+Plowshares on the Mystic.
Eddie had his own Stoneforge+Mystic on his turn, which also grabbed Batterskull, and Austin further mirrored his opponent’s play by dispatching it with Swords+to+Plowshares. Eddie looked to slam the door shut on his turn 4 with a True-Name+Nemesis, which resolved.
Needing to find a solution to the True-Name problem, Austin cast Gitaxian+Probe, revealing a hand of Swords+to+Plowshares, Stoneforge+Mystic, Batterskull, and Scalding+Tarn from Eddie. He cast Delver+of+Secrets next, and when Eddie attempted to get rid of it with Swords+to+Plowshares, Austin protected it with a Daze.
Eddie swung in with his True-Name+Nemesis, dropping Austin to 15, then played his fifth land and slammed Batterskull. It resolved! Austin flipped his Delver on his turn with a Ponder, and cast it. He attacked Eddie down to 14, then cast a Stoneforge+Mystic, finding his Umezawa’s Jitte. He Swordsed away the Batterskull Germ, and passed the turn back.
Seeing no better way to close things out, Eddie moved the Batterskull onto his True-Name+Nemesis and swung in, gaining 7 life and jumping up to 25. Austin untapped and snuck the Jitte into play, putting onto his flier and swinging. The lifegain from Umezawa’s Jitte bought him one turn, but Eddie’s 7/5 lifelink True-Name+Nemesis kept on swinging in, and Austin ultimately came up short of an answer.
Eddie Solis 2, Austin Palmer 0