Semifinals: Colin Logan vs. Brenden Estrada
It’s Death and Taxes and BUG Delver squaring off for a chance to play in the finals. Which player would get a shot at the trophy?
Colin sideboards after taking Game 1.
Both were happy with their openers and Colin kicked things off with an Aether Vial and Brenden matched with a Deathrite Shaman. Colin ticked up the Vial and played a Phyrexian Revoker naming Deathrite Shaman. DRS activated to Disfigure the Revoker, played a Delver of Secrets and used Wasteland on the Rishadan Port. Colin ticked up the Vial, added a Horizon Canopy to his board and played a second Vial.
Brenden didn’t flip his Delver, played another one and passed so Colin Vialed in a Serra Avenger. Colin attacked with the Avenger and kept his Vials the same before passing. Brenden fetched after failing to flip his first Delver and missed again. Brenden deployed a Tarmogoyf and passed and Colin vialed in a Mother of Runes at the end of the turn. Colin attacked Brenden down to 13 with the Avenger and shipped the turn.
Brenden couldn’t flip his Delvers again and attacked with his Tarmogoyf, but Colin used a Swords to Plowshares to deal with it. Colin attacked Brenden back to 14 with his flyer then ended his turn by playing a Sword of Fire and Ice. Brenden finally flipped his Delvers off a Force of Will and attacked with his newly transformed 3/2 flyers. Colin elected not to block and fell to 13. Colin equipped his Avenger with the Sword and knocked Brenden down to 9 then shot him down to 7 with the Sword trigger. Brenden used DRS to eat the Revoker to gain him some life at the end of turn.
Brenden tried to Brainstorm but Colin Vialed in Spirit of the Labyrinth in response to make Brenden put two cards back on top of his library. Brenden passed after the blowout from Spirit. Colin attacked with his suited up Avenger and Brenden didn’t block, so Colin shot down the DRS. Colin Vialed in a Thalia to end his turn and Brenden conceded the game.
Colin 1, Brenden 0
Brenden sideboards for Game 2.
Brenden kept his seven and Colin found a suitable six and Brenden started things off with a Deathrite Shaman and Colin matched with an Aether Vial. Brenden attacked with his ½ and passed. Colin went for a Thalia, Guardian of Thraben but Brenden Dazed it. Brenden started his next turn with a Brainstorm then exiled his land from his graveyard to play Liliana of the Veil and made both players discard. Colin Vialed in a Mother of Runes at the end of the turn.
Colin slammed an Umezawa’s Jitte and used Wasteland on Brenden’s Underground Sea. Brenden made Colin sacrifice Mom with Liliana and passed and Colin Vialed in a Serra Avenger. Colin equipped the Avenger with the Jitte and attacked Liliana, killing her off. Colin used his Jitte counters to kill DRS so Brenden used it to exile Mother of Runes for some life. Colin ended the turn using Wasteland on a Bayou.
Brenden drew and passed with no play. Colin attacked and played a Rest in Peace before passing. Brenden Pondered looking for some help and decided to shuffle away what he saw. Brenden dropped a Bayou and passed the turn. Colin attacked and pumped to knock Brenden down to 11 and passed.
Brenden started his next turn with a Brainstorm and passed after finding no play. Colin dropped Brenden to 8 with the Avenger then added a Mother of Runes to his board. Brenden used Goglari Charm at the end of turn to give creatures -1/-1 and Colin allowed Mom to die. Brenden dropped Liliana to get rid of the Avenger and passed.
Colin called for a creature off the top and found Stoneforge Mystic to fetch up a Sword of Fire and Ice then passed. Brenden dropped Null Rod so Colin responded by gaining four life off the Jitte, leaving it with two charge counters. Brenden Pondered and shuffled to get a fresh card off the top. He ended his turn with Liliana making both players discard and Colin ditched his freshly tutored up Sword.
Colin played a Mother of Runes and added a Meekstone to the board before passing. Brenden used Disfigure on the Mother and played a Tarmogoyf before passing. Colin decided to cheat Batterskull into play with Stoneforge Mystic and passed back. Brenden played a Delver of Secrets and upped Liliana. Colin attacked the Planeswalker with both creatures and Brenden threw the Tarmogoyf in front of the Germ. Liliana dropped to 2 loyalty and Colin shipped the turn.
Brenden untapped and Pondered then used Wasteland on Colin’s Karakas. Brenden used Abrupt Decay on the Germ then plussed Liliana. Brenden ripped Thalia off the top and added her to his board and shipped the turn. Brenden found a Delver off the top for him and made Colin sacrifice a creature with Liliana. Colin binned the SFM and passed. Colin found a Horizon Canopy and passed after considering his options. Brenden added a Wasteland to his board and ticked up Liliana. Colin decided to draw with the Canopy at the end of the turn, untapped and played a Wasteland of his own and passed.
Colin destroyed Brenden’s Underground Sea with his Wasteland during Brenden’s upkeep so Brenden drew and played a Tarmogoyf while upping Liliana. Colin passed after playing a Mother of Runes. Brenden flipped his Delvers with Disfigure, which he used to kill Mom, then used Liliana to make Colin sacrifice Thalia. Colin played a Karakas and passed after using a Swords on a flipped Delver so Brenden fetched at the end of the turn.
Brenden found another Delver and passed. Colin drew and passed. Brenden flipped his Delver with Krosan Grip which he used to blow up Meekstone then upped Liliana which let Colin play Wilt-Leaf Liege for free. Colin attacked Liliana with the Liege so Brenden humped with his worthless Tarmogoyf. Brenden used Liliana to make Colin sacrifice the Liege and attacked with his 3/2 flyers. Colin played a Plains and passed and Brenden fetched, but failed to find. After everyone had a laugh Brenden attacked for 6. Colin found a Flickerwisp to reset his Batterskull and passed. Brenden made Colin sacrifice a creature which was the Flickerwisp and passed. Colin attacked with the Germ and Brenden chumped with a Delver. Brenden played a DRS and upped Liliana.
Colin attacked and Brenden chumped with the elf and Colin slammed Brimaz, King of Oreskos. Brenden made Colin sacrifice a creature, finally losing Liliana, and Colin ditched Brimaz. Colin untapped and attacked with the Germ and Brenden chumped with a Delver. Colin played another Vial and passed and Brenden used a Wasteland on a Port. Brenden drew and passed so Colin attacked with the Germ but Brenden found Abrupt Decay for the Germ.
Brenden passed and Colin found another Port. Brenden played a Tarmogoyf and passed and Colin found a Serra Avenger. Brenden drew and considered his options before using an Abrupt Decay on the Serra Avenger. Colin had no play and neither did Brenden for a turn. Colin deployed a SFM that failed to find and passed. Brenden again had no action. Colin attacked for one and played another Serra Avenger. Brenden passed with no action and Colin attacked and played a second Rest in Peace. Brenden drew a card and extended his hand.
Colin 2, Brenden 0