Semifinals: Chris Andersen vs. Caleb Durward
With nearly identical decklists, Caleb Durward and Chris Andersen sat down for an Elves mirror. It was the third Top 4 for Chris in two weekends—would he break through to the finals at the expense of perennial bridesmaid Caleb Durward?
Caleb's happy he went with the little green men today.
Chris mulliganed to six on the draw, and Caleb started by fetching Savannah and casting Llanowar Elves. Birchlore Rangers via Savannah for Chris, and Caleb pressed onward with Nettle Sentinel, Birchlore Rangers, Gaea's Cradle, Nettle Sentinel, and Mirror Entity.
Shrugging, Chris untapped his land, fetched Savannah, stared at the board... and then picked up his cards. “You know what?” Caleb said. “I think Mirror Entity might be better than Emrakul.” Caleb had actually been convinced to run Entity over Emrakul by Chris this morning—in fact, Chris had called him an idiot for considering the Eldrazi!
Caleb 1, Chris 0
Chris, on the other hand, is slightly less pleased he taught Caleb how to cast them...
Another mulligan for Chris, while Caleb hung onto seven cards. Forest and Fyndhorn Elves for Chris, while Caleb again made Llanowar Elves. Chris dropped a pair of Heritage Druids and then Green Sun's Zenithed for Elvish Visionary.
“Don't turn 2 me, bro,” Chris pleaded, and Caleb confirmed that Chris would have a turn. Caleb played Pendelhaven and then cast his own Zenith for two, searching up Priest of Titania. “About to get blown out by Mortarpod,” Caleb guessed, and Chris laughed. He had better than that!
Glimpse of Nature then Wirewood Symbiote got Chris started, and he cast Priest of Titania before making another Elvish Visionary, with two green floating. He played Verdant Catcombs, fetched Savannah, and cast Viridian Shaman for the card. Now, it would be Caleb's turn. He cast two Nettle Sentinels, Heritage Druid, Visionary, Birchlore Ranger...
Making fourteen mana when all was said and done thanks to Priest of Titania, Caleb cast Regal Force. “Emrakul would be pretty good right now,” Chris noted. The Force drew eight cards, keeping Caleb's engine going. A third Sentinel made it pretty elementary from here, and Caleb played Symbiote, Symbiote, another Druid, Elvish Visionary, then Mirror Entity.
Sensing his demise, Chris sighed. “Three tournaments in a row...” “Thanks for the deck, by the way,” Caleb replied.
Generating infinite mana through the Mirror Entity, Heritage Druid, Wirewood Symbiot interaction, Caleb picked up Regal Force with a Symbiote thanks to Mirror Entity, and when Caleb showed Chris that he had Mortarpod, Chris was content to pick up his cards.
“So, we got you convinced for next week?” Chris asked, referring to Grand Prix Atlanta. Caleb shrugged. “It is really consistent!”
Caleb 2, Chris 0