Semifinals: Danny Goldstein vs. Logan Mize
Both lower seeds advanced into this semifinal matchup and Danny would be on the play with R/W Aggro. Logan, one of three players in Day 2 to pilot W/U Heroic, would look to get the best of his opponent with a tried and true deck from before Fate Reforged.
Danny, on a mulligan to six, opened things up with a Mountain as Logan had a Lagonna-Band+Trailblazer. Danny added a Battlefield+Forge to his mana base and passed as Logan pumped his Trailblazer with two Defiant+Strikes to knock Danny to 16. Danny went to 15 at the end of the turn to Raise+the+Alarm, untapped, attacked Logan down to 18, and played a Monastery+Mentor.
Logan attacked Danny down to 12 with his Trailblazer and added a Hero+of+Iroas and a Fabled+Hero to his board. Danny attacked with his Mentor and Logan was fine with going to 16. Danny bottomed a card with his Temple+of+Triumph and played another Mentor before passing the turn. Logan suited up the bigger Trailblazer with an Ordeal+of+Thassa and attacked with his team, getting to draw two cards. Danny chumped the Trailblazer with a token and fell to 8. Logan dropped another Hero+of+Iroas and passed back after playing a Mana+Confluence.
Danny went back to 9 with a Wind-Scarred+Crag and attacked with his Mentors. Logan put a Hero in front of one and Danny responded by using a Stoke+the+Flames pointed at Logan, dropping Logan to 12. Danny passed and Logan flashed 10 points of unblockable damage and the pair went to their sideboards.
Logan 1, Danny 0
Danny started the game at 21 with a Wind-Scarred+Crag while Logan simply played a Plains and passed. After a land drop from Danny, Logan fetched an Island and played a Battlewise+Hoplite that immediately at a Magma+Jet. Danny found a Goblin+Rabblemaster and got in for 1. Logan had a replacement Battlewise+Hoplite and shipped the turn.
Danny sent the Rabblemaster and friends into the red zone and Logan chose to trade his Hoplite for the Rabblemaster, falling to 16. Danny followed the attack with a Monastery+Mentor. Logan found his third Battlewise+Hoplite and passed back. Danny played Hordeling+Outburst to get a Monk and attacked for 3, knocking Logan to 13. Logan added a Seeker+of+the+Way to his board and passed.
Danny sent a Lightning+Strike at Logan and attacked with all of his creatures. Logan put the Hoplite in front of the Mentor and his Seeker in front of a Monk token, but Danny had a Stoke+the+Flames and a Collateral+Damage to take the game.
Logan 1, Danny 1
Logan started the decider off with a Favored+Hoplite but Danny had the Wild+Slash for it. Logan drew a card but didn’t have a second land and passed. Logan missed again and Danny Raised the Alarm at the end of the turn. Danny served in for 2 and played a Seeker+of+the+Way.
Danny 2, Logan 1