Semifinals: Beaux Bruggman vs. Vishaal Desai
A mulligan led to a brutally slow start for Vishaal despite having multiple pieces of his early game in place. Avacyn%27s+Pilgrim, Birds of Paradise and Faithless+Looting led to an Elesh+Norn%2C+Grand+Cenobite in the graveyard, but nothing else of note going on as he looked for a way around Beaux's Esper-colored defenses.
Vishaal Desai calculates his options in the semifinals.
Curse+of+Death%27s+Hold wiped away the mana-producers and Consecrated+Sphinx put the screws to an already-struggling Vishaal, taking away any Lingering+Souls that weren't powered up by Elesh Norn. Not that the lady would last very long against Beaux's stack of spot removal. Still fighting, Vishaal used Mulch to grab a land and put an Unburial+Rites into the bin for future use, his only target so far being the Elesh+Norn%2C+Grand+Cenobite.
Meanwhile, Beaux's Consecrated+Sphinx had his hand overflowing with goodies and cutting Vishaal's clock down in large chunks. Another infusion of cards came when Vishaal dug with Faithless+Looting, leading to Lingering+Souls and an emblem from Sorin%2C+Lord+of+Innistrad. Vishaal fell to three and nodded when Beaux flashed trio of Mana+Leaks, resolving himself to win the next two.
Beaux 1, Vishaal 0
Another mulligan gave Vishaal another unimpressive start with his first play being Tracker%27s+Instincts for a Strangleroot+Geist that was subsequently Mana Leaked. Getting a read on Vishaal's body language, Beaux took a risky line with Liliana+of+the+Veil, making both players discard a card. It proved to be safe as a land hit the bin on each side.
Beaux declined to Mana+Leak Lingering+Souls, further mucking up the board for Liliana+of+the+Veil and Beaux declined to use her at all on his turn, instead going for Sorin%2C+Lord+of+Innistrad, making a token and letting Wurmcoil+Engine resolve. The board spiraled into a cluttered mess off creatures and planeswalkers as Lingering+Souls, Gideon+Jura and Thrun, the Last Troll joined the fray. Sorin's vampires were on security duty, working overtime to protect all three of his master's planeswalkers.
Beaux Bruggman gives the board a stare.
Curse+of+Death%27s+Hold cleaned things up a little, leaving the board Wurmcoil+Engine and Thrun%2C+the+Last+Troll against vampire token, spirit token, Giden Jura with 10 loyalty, Sorin%2C+Lord+of+Innistrad with seven loyalty Liliana+of+the+Veil on four loyalty after getting both players hellbent with discards of Snapcaster+Mage and Elesh+Norn%2C+Grand+Cenobite.
The tokens got in the way of the beefcakes and Vishaal looked to refill with Tracker%27s+Instincts and Faithless+Looting, but a massive turn from Beaux tightened the noose. Gideon+Jura assassinated the Wurmcoil Engine and Sorin blew up the resulting tokens with his ultimate, leaving Thrun, the Last Troll alone to get eaten by Liliana+of+the+Veil and clearing Vishaal's side of the board completely.
Elesh+Norn%2C+Grand+Cenobite was brought back by Unburial Rites, but she was quickly taken care of by Liliana+of+the+Veil, allowing Gideon to rumble in. A vampire token joined the team and the pair crashed in again, knocking Vishaal's life total down to 7 in a hurry. Beaux had Day of Judgment in his hand against a hellbent Vishaal, and he nodded as a topdecked Ray+of+Revelation wiped away Curse+of+Death%27s+Hold and opened a floodgate for the pair of Lingering+Souls in Vishaal's graveyard. Four tokens filled the board until the Day+of+Judgment scattered them.
Beaux Bruggman wins 2-0