Semifinals: Dan Snow vs. Steve Rubin
Dan already took down one black devotion build in the quarterfinals with G/W Aggro, this time Steve has the blue splash to try to stop the onslaught of creatures. Which player would get a chance at the trophy?
Steve sideboards for Game 2.
Dan kicked things off with an Experiment One and Steve had a Thoughtseize on his first turn to rip a Soldier of the Pantheon from Dan’s grip. Dan had a Sunblade Elf to evolve the ooze and attacked for 2 while Steve played a Devour Flesh off his Mutavault, which Dan decided to ditch the Elf. Dan dropped a Loxodon Smiter to evolve the ooze and bashed for 3.
Steve played a Temple and a Pack Rat before passing. Dan played Ajani, Caller of the Pride which rolled up to make the ooze bigger and attacked for 8 to drop Steve to 5. Steve drew a card and passed with no play so Dan jumped his elephant then played another Ajani to jump his ooze and attacked for the win.
Dan 1, Steve 0
Dan looks over Steve’s list after Game 1.
Steve would gladly be on the play this game and started things off with a Mutavault as Dan had a Sunblade Elf off a Forest on his mulligan to five cards. Steve had a Pack Rat on his second turn while Dan added a Plains and attacked for 2. Steve considered his options before passing after adding a second Mutavault to go with his Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth.
Dan played a Loxodon Smiter while Steve made a rat at the end of the turn. Steve played a third Mutavault and attacked with his rats, which Dan did not block, so he made another rat and activated a Mutavault to deal Dan 8. Facing down a growing army of rats, Dan pondered his options. He decided to attack with his Smiter, play a tapped Temple Garden and another elephant before passing.
Steve sent his three rats into the red zone so Dan put a Smiter in front of a rat and an Elf in front of the other, so Steve made another rat and activated two Mutavaults. Seeing no way out, Dan conceded the game.
Dan 1, Steve 1
Dan, on the play for the deciding third game, led off with a Temple of Plenty after going to six cards, while Steven kept his opener and had a temple of his own, one of Deceit. Dan had another Temple and a Sunblade Elf. Steve had an Urborg and passed with no play. Dan attacked for 1 with the Elf and deployed a Voice of Resurgence, so Steve used a Bile Blight on the Elf in response. Steven slammed a third land and a Nightveil Specter and shipped the turn.
Dan had a Setessan Tactics to kill the Specter and passed, Steve had a Desecration Demon on curve and passed back. Dan found a third land and played a Fleecemane Lion and passed. Steve had a Doom Blade for the Lion and attacked with his Demon and Mutavault. Dan traded his Voice for the land to get an elemental and fall to 16.
Dan found a Banishing Light for the Demon and attacked for 1 with his Evan Erwin token. Steve played a land and passed so Dan made a centaur with Call of the Conclave and attacked for 2, but Steve had a Downfall to kill the 3/3 and only take 1. Steve deployed a Pack Rat and passed with three open mana. Dan dropped a Loxodon Smiter and bashed for two with the Mr. Erwin to drop Steve to 15 and Steve made a rat at the end step.
Dan killed the elephant with Doom Blade, attacked with his rats and made another after blocks to drop Dan to 8. Dan played a Soldier of the Pantheon and a Voice of Resurgence and passed with no attack. Steve drew a card and began doing the Pack Rat match before deciding to send them all in. Dan double blocked one with a token and a Voice and threw a Solider under another so Steve made another which left Steve with three rats and Dan with one elemental token and at 4 life. Dan shocked himself to go to 2 with a Temple Garden and passed. Steve quickly sent in his rats and Dan extended his hand.
Steve 2, Dan 1