Semifinals: Chris Yarbrough vs. Eric Gray
Chris Yarbrough shuffles up for Game 1 of the semifinals.
Chris started with a keep off a temple and Eric played a turn-1 Cloudfin Raptor. Chris shocked himself to play a Steam Vents untapped and passed. Eric played a Frostburn Weird but it got hit by a Syncopate. Chris played another temple, bottoming this time, and passed. Eric, looking to power up his Raptor, played a Judge’s Familiar, then attacked for 1 before passing with Chris at 17. Chris shocked himself again, this time to clear the board with Supreme Verdict.
Eric played a fourth land and decided to go with a Nightveil Specter. Chris shocked a third time to get an Assemble the Legion into play. The Specter came in for 2 and flipped a Hallowed Fountain that Eric played tapped before casting a Jace, Architect of Thought and ticked it up.
The soldiers started for Chris and he shocked for a fourth time, then he cast a Jace and used its -2 to net a Detention Sphere. Eric pondered a minute before using Jace’s -2, which allowed him to grab a Bident of Thassa. Eric dropped a Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx and tapped it for 5, he combined that mana with lands to cast a Bident and to use Domestication on a soldier before swinging in for 3 to drop Chris to 6 and draw two cards.
Chris assembled two more soldiers and they dropped the opposing Jace to 1. Chris used Revoke Existence to deal with the Bident then cast Supreme Verdict to clear the board once again. Eric cast a pair of Judge’s Familiars and used Nykthos to play a second Bident, then ticked up Jace and passed the turn. Chris upped his Jace and the two players commented on how their 1/1s were not accomplishing much with two Jace, Architect of Thought on the board.
Chris tapped out for an Aetherling and shipped the turn. Eric started his turn using the -2 on Jace and was able to get a Thassa, God of the Sea from it. Eric cast the Thassa and passed. The soldiers piled out for Chris and he followed it up with a Detention Sphere on the God. Chris swung in with the team, Eric offered no blocks, and Chris pumped the shapeshifter and dealt 14 to drop Eric to 6. Chris blinked his Aetherling and passed back. Eric drew a card and decided to pack it in for Game 2.
Chris 1, Eric 0
Eric Gray took a quick Game 2 and both players went back to their sideboards for the deciding game.
Eric led with a Cloudfin Raptor and Chris scryed away a card with a temple. Eric had a turn-2 Tidebinder Mage to evolve the Raptor that got in for 1. Chris played a Hallowed Fountain and passed. Eric had a Frostburn Weird that again evolved the Raptor that got in for 2 this time.
Chris played a third land and passed. Eric swung with the team with one pump on the Weird to drop Chris to 9 and passed with two lands up. Chris drew for the turn and had to discard with no fourth land drop. Eric swung with the team, pumping the Weird thrice times to knock Chris to 1. Chris looked at his next card and scooped them up.
Chris 1, Eric 1
Both players kept their seven-card openers and Chris played a tapped Steam Vents, while Eric had no turn-1 play. Chris kept a card on top with a temple and Eric played a Tidebinder Mage. Another tapped land for Chris and Eric attacked for 2, played a third land, and passed.
Chris played a fourth land and passed. Eric attacked again for 2 to drop Chris to 16 then considered his plays. Eric decided on a Nightveil Specter and passed. Eric cast Anger of the Gods to clear the board then shipped it back.
Eric, looking to rebuild, played a Thassa and passed. Chris used his turn to play an Assemble the Legion that got countered by a Negate. Eric untapped and sent his Mutavault in and followed it up with a Frostburn Weird. Chris used Detention Sphere to get rid of the Thassa and passed. Eric attacked for 1 with the Weird then played an Aetherling that resolved despite Chris’ grip of cards!
Chris untapped and played an Elspeth, Sun’s Champion and made three soldiers before passing. After some thought, Eric used Nykthos for four mana and a land to cast Jace, Memory Adept. He ticked up Jace to draw, then made the shapeshifer unblockable to swing in with a few pumps to leave Chris at 8. Chris sent his tokens at Jace with one dying to the Weird, then made three more before passing. Eric sent in Aetherling with 4 pumps, but Chris responded with a Sphinx’s Revelation to survive at 4 life and drew 4 cards. Eric rolled up the Jace before playing a Judge’s Familiar and passed.
Chris pumped out more soldiers via Elspeth, then passed with plenty of open mana and blockers. Eric sent in the Aetherling again, Chris tried to cast another Sphinx’s Revelation big enough to survive again, but Eric scarified his Familiar to counter the Revelation and Eric won the match!
Eric 2, Chris 1