Semifinals: Brad Theisen vs. Kevin Huang
Brad sideboards after losing Game 1.
Brad kept his opener while Kevin considered his options before throwing his back for a suitable six. Brad had a turn-1 Judges Familiar and Kevin went with Swamp-go. Brad got in for one and dropped a Frostburn+Weird then Kevin played a second Swamp and used Devour+Flesh and Brad ditched his Familiar. Brad attacked for one with his Weird and played Thassa%2C+God+of+the+Sea on his third turn.
Kevin decided on playing Lifebane+Zombie and saw Brad had an extra Thassa, a Syncopate, and a Nykthos in hand. Brad played his Nykthos%2C+Shrine+to+Nyx and went to combat, sending in the Weird for one and played a Master+of+Waves he ripped of the top that gave him four elementals. Kevin played a Temple+of+Deceit and used an Ultimate+Price on the Master and got in for three with his Zombie. Brad played a Nightveil+Specter and bashed for seven with his God and the Weird to knock Kevin down to 10.
Kevin got in for three more with his Zombie and followed it up with a Hero’s Downfall on the Specter and used a Devour+Flesh to get rid of the Weird. Brad drew and passed with no play other than a land. Kevin went for a Gray+Merchant+of+Asphodel, but Brad used the Syncopate, Kevin ended the turn by attacking for three. Brad drew and played a land passed, while Kevin attacked for three and landed a Desecration+Demon.
Brad played draw-go again and Kevin continued the beats, knocking Brad to 2, then used a Thoughtseize to see Brad still had the Thassa and a land. Brad drew for the turn and said, “Let’s go to Game 2.”
Kevin 1, Brad 0
Both kept seven and Brad passed with no turn-1 play. Kevin did, however, in the form of a Thoughtseize he used to rip a Nightveil+Specter from Brad’s hand, leaving him with Frostburn, Master+of+Waves, two copies of Rabid Hybridization, and an Island. Brad dropped his land and the Weird as Kevin passed with two lands untapped. Brad dropped a Judge’s Familiar and attacked for two with his Weird. Kevin went land-go again giving him three Swamps.
Brad hit his third land drop and attacked for three, Kevin tried to use Pharika’s Cure, but Brad made his Weird a weird Frog Lizard in response. Kevin untapped and fired off another Thoughtseize and took a Rapid+Hybridization, leaving Brad with Master+of+Waves and Domestication. Brad bashed in for four, but Kevin had a Devour+Flesh so Brad ditched the Judge’s Familiar and ended his turn after playing a Master+of+Waves that got one elemental.
Kevin tapped out for a Desecration+Demon and passed back. Brad sacrificed a token and attacked with his team to knock Kevin down to 5. Kevin had a second Demon and shipped the turn. Brad went for a Domestication on a Demon, then sacrificed it to tap the other Demon and swing in for lethal.
Kevin 1, Brad 1
Kevin goes to his sideboard for the final game.
Kevin would be on the play for the first time and both players kept seven. Kevin passed after playing a Swamp and Brad had a turn-1 Judge’s Familiar. Kevin used a Devour+Flesh on his turn to clear the board and Brad passed with no two-drop. Kevin missed on his third land, but did fire off a Thoughtseize to rip the Bident+of+Thassa out of Brad’s hand and passed. Brad dropped a Master+of+Waves with devotion of one and passed.
Kevin found his third land and used a Hero’s Downfall on the Master. Brad dropped a Judge’s Familiar and passed. Kevin used a Lifebane+Zombie to see Brad’s Domestication, Rapid+Hybridization, and Island. Brad attacked for one, played his Island and resolved Thassa%2C+God+of+the+Sea. Kevin swung in for three to drop Brad to 18 and passed with three Swamps untapped. Brad used his known Domestication and Kevin used a Devour+Flesh in response to get rid of the 1/1 flyer before Brad took his Zombie.
Kevin found his fourth land and used a Pharika’s Cure on the Zombie and passed. Brad ripped a Bident off the top and passed while Kevin found his first Pack+Rat of the match. Brad had no play and passed as Kevin made a rat at the end of the turn. Kevin sent in his rats and Brad used a Rapid+Hybridization on the Pack+Rat and Kevin responded by making another to knock Brad to 17. Brad found a Frostburn+Weird, made his Thassa unblockable and attacked, but Kevin used a Doom+Blade on the Weird that got countered by a Syncopate and Brad drew a card after the God connected.
Kevin sent in his three rats, Brad blocked with the Weird on a rat, so Kevin made another rat and used Bile+Blight to kill the Weird and drop Brad to 11. Brad deployed a Nightveil+Specter and went into the tank before deciding on attacking with the God and Kevin went to 9 after not blocking and Brad played a second Specter.
Kevin played a weapon of his own, Whip+of+Erebos, and attacked with his three rats and the Frog Lizard. Brad chumped two rats with his Specters and fell to five and Kevin went up to 21. Brad bottomed the scry, drew his card and extended the hand.
Kevin 2, Brad 1