Semifinals: Corbin Rudnick vs. Chris Funk
This is already Corbin Rudnick’s best best finish by far, but his Belcher deck now faced a greater challenge: BUG control in the hands of Chris Funk. Will his combo deck be able to put up with Chris’ disruption?
Chris Funk's BUG has been serving him well today!
Chris was on the play but quickly mulliganed his seven card hand while Corbin decided to keep his opener. After keeping his six, Chris searched up Underground+Sea off of Misty+Rainforest to cast a first turn Inquisition+of+Kozilek, revealing Land+Grant, Lotus+Petal, Desperate+Ritual, Elvish+Spirit+Guide, Street+Wraith, Pyretic+Ritual, and Empty+the+Warrens. Chris took the Desperate+Ritual and passed the turn.
Chris decided he had enough gas in the tank to go for the knockout on turn one. He cast Lotus+Petal then revealed his hand to play Land+Grant, which featured a fresh Pyretic+Ritual as his draw for the turn. Chris cast Daze targeting the Land+Grant, but an exiled Elvish+Spirit+Guide paid the tax. The searched up Taiga entered the battlefield for Corbin, which led to Pyretic+Ritual after Desperate+Ritual after Pyretic+Ritual and ultimately Empty+the+Warrens, which made 12 Goblins for Corbin. That was enough for Chris, who headed quickly to his sideboard.
Corbin Rudnick is living the dream with Belcher!
Chris and Corbin pondered their sideboarding decisions... well, Chris did, since Corbin has no sideboard in this tournament! Able to add some much needed tools to his deck (and remove clunky creature removal), Chris looked to avenge his loss in Game 2.
Both players kept, and Chris led with turn 1 Underground+Sea. Corbin played Land+Grant, showing Street+Wraith, Rite+of+Flame, Goblin+Charbelcher, Manamorphose, Tinder+Wall, Lotus+Petal, and Desperate+Ritual. He searched up the lonely Taiga from his deck and proceeded to cycle Street+Wraith. He then cast Lotus+Petal, which resolved after Chris pondered whether or not to respond for a moment, then tried to add red from Rite+of+Flame to his pool off of the Taiga. Now Chris used his Spell+Pierce, and the Rite was countered, but Corbin was not done yet. He sacrificed the Lotus+Petal to play Rite+of+Flame number two for the turn, then used Manamorphose to add a mix of green and red to his mana pool. He used two red to play Desperate+Ritual to throw a Goblin Charblecher onto the battlefield, but just like the quarterfinals didn’t have the ability to activate it just yet. Chris Thoughtseized a Tinder+Wall the next turn and Chris, unable to find the mana to shoot off his monster weapon, passed yet again.
Chris sacrificed a Misty+Rainforest on his fifth turn to get a Tropical+Island in order to finally apply some pressure in the form of a Tarmogoyf, which was immediately a 4/5. Corbin Gitaxian Probed Chris, revealing Snapcaster+Mage, Surgical+Extraction, and another Tarmogoyf. Corbin passed the turn, fully knowing Chris’ plan, and at the end of turn he removed Simian+Spirit+Guide to activate the Goblin+Charbelcher and with one big boom moved on to the finals of SCG St. Louis!
Corbin 2, Chris 0