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