Semifinals: Dave Shiels vs. Jerry Mee
Grand Prix champion Dave Shiels has battled through to the semifinals with Death and Taxes, but now faced stiff opposition in form of Jerry Mee’s BUG Delver deck.
Stuck on one land, Jerry looks to gain a foothold.
Jerry led off with a Deathrite Shaman, and Dave matched the power one-drop with one of his own in the form of Mother of Runes. Jerry Pondered, then played a Wasteland and shipped it back, and Dave amped up the pressure with a Thalia, Guardian of Thraben, losing his Rishadan Port to Wasteland and Jerry’s end step. Jerry didn’t find a replacement land, but did cast a Delver of Secrets.
Thalia came swinging, and Dave attempted a Phyrexian Revoker after combat. Jerry said no, pitching True-Name Nemesis to cast Force of Will. Jerry untapped and cast a Ponder to set up his Delver, but made a blunder afterward by attacking with the 1/1, forgetting that Mother of Runes was lurking to block and give itself protection from blue. Dave untapped and cast Swords to Plowshares on Jerry’s Deathrite Shaman, sending him back to just a single land in play.
It didn’t last long, however, as Jerry immediately found a Tropical Island and cast Deathrite Shaman and Delver of Secrets. Dave had a Phyrexian Revoker on his own turn to shut off the Deathrite Shaman, but the Delver trigger revealed a Brainstorm to flip up Insectile Abberation, and the flier came swinging to drop Dave to 17.
The Phyrexian Revoker and Thalia, Guardian of Thraben dropped Jerry to 9, and Shiels applied even more pressure post-combat with a Serra Avenger. Jerry had a second Deathrite Shaman, and passed back. After some consideration, Dave attacked with everything but Mother of Runes. The fliers traded, and Mother of Runes kept Phyrexian Revoker alive and allowed it to kill off one Deathrite Shaman. Jerry Brainstormed, but had no further play on his own turn, and Dave flashed in an Aven Mindchaser looking to slam the door shut.
Jerry drew his card, surveyed in the incoming army on Dave’s side, and conceded the first game.
Dave Shiels 1, Jerry Mee 0
Dave double-checks life totals before attacking.
Jerry began proceedings with a Deathrite Shaman once again, and this time the power one drop response from Dave was an Aether Vial. Jerry developed his board on turn 2 with Dark Confidant and Delver of Secrets. Dave went for a Stoneforge Mystic, retrieving Umezawa’s Jitte, and passed back. Jerry’s Delver failed to flip, and he simply added a second Deathrite Shaman to the board and passed the turn back.
Dave played his third land and passed, representing some instant-speed action, and Jerry warily found and played an additional land before passing the turn right back. At his end step, Dave put a second Stoneforge Mystic into play with Aether Vial, but Jerry Stifled the enters-the-battlefield trigger. Dave still had the Jitte, however, and snuck it into play with the first Stoneforge Mystic before untapping.
The Stoneforge Mystic picked up Umezawa’s Jitte on Dave’s turn, but Jerry had a response, Krosan Gripping Dave’s Aether Vial to shut off any Flickerwisp shenanigans, then Abrupt Decayed the Umezawa’s Jitte. Dave cast a Thalia, Guardian of Thraben and passed the turn.
Jerry still found no way to flip his Delver of Secrets, casting a third Deathrite Shaman and using Wasteland to dispose of Dave’s Ghost Quarter. Dave untapped and cast a Flickerwisp, exiling his own Stoneforge Mystic. After Thalia attacked Jerry down to 16, the Stoneforge Mystic returned, forging up a Batterskull. Jerry missed on his Delver of Secrets trigger yet again, but added a second Dark Confidant to the board.
Flickerwisp came swinging, dropping Jerry to 12, and Dave put the Batterskull into play with Stoneforge Mystic before passing back. Insectile Aberration finally came out to play, revealing Brainstorm, and the True-Name Nemesis underneath the Brainstorm dropped Jerry to 8 from the Dark Confidant triggers. Jerry Pondered, then cast the True-Name Nemesis, naming “David Edward Shiels.” At Jerry’s end step, the Aberration went farming thanks to Dave’s Swords to Plowshares.
Dave untapped and attempted to move the Batterskull onto his Flickerwisp, but Jerry countered activation with a Stifle. Flickerwisp still attacked, dropping Jerry back to 8. He fell to 4 on his upkeep, revealing True-Name Nemesis and Deathrite Shaman. Both Dark Confidants came swinging along with the True-Name Nemesis, and the 4/4 Germ ate one of them, as Dave fell to 12 from the attack. Jerry had a Brainstorm and a Delver of Secrets post-combat, and passed it back.
Dave again attempted to equip his Flickerwisp, and Jerry again shut it down with a Stifle. Dave crunched some numbers before committing to an attack with everything. Jerry blocked everything except for the flier, losing his Delver of Secrets to Thalia’s first strike damage, then gaining 2 life from one Deathrite Shaman and draining Dave for 2 with another. He lost his third Deathrite in the process, and Dave went back up to 14 from his Batterskull.
The Dark Confidant revealed a Misty Rainforest after Jerry used a Deathrite Shaman in his upkeep to go back up to 4. Jerry suicide attacked his Dark Confidant into the 4/4 Germ to avoid taking any further damage, and passed.
When Dave attempted to equip Batterskull to the Flickerwisp for a third time, Jerry allowed it, then had an Abrupt Decay to destroy Flickerwisp, saving himself from taking damage and dealing with the 4/4 Germ in the process. He untapped, attacked with his True-Name Nemesis, and added a second copy to the board.
Dave surveyed the board, concluded he wasn’t going to be able to win the race, and scooped up his cards.
Dave Shiels 1, Jerry Mee 1
Dave led off with an Aether Vial in the decider, and Jerry fired back with a turn 1 Deathrite Shaman, then Gitaxian Probed Dave to reveal a hand of Karakas, Batterskull, Phyrexian Revoker. And two Rishadan Ports. Dave was content to tick up his Vial and tap down Jerry’s Tropical Island with his Rishadan Port, but Jerry had a second land to Abrupt Decay the Aether Vial. Dave cast his Revoker on his next turn, shutting off the Deathrite Shaman, and Jerry Thoughtseized away the Batterskull and cast a Delver of Secrets on his next turn.
Dave exiled the Delver with a Swords to Plowshares, and sent in Phyrexian Revoker, offering a trade with the Deathrite Shaman it had turned off. The two creatures hit the bin, leaving an empty board on both sides. Dave was the first back on the board, playing a Serra Avenger, and Jerry fired back with a Delver of Secrets and a Dark Confidant. The Serra Avenger attacked Jerry to 10, and on Jerry’s upkeep Dave used his three Rishadan Port to tap Jerry down.
The Delver of Secrets failed to flip, and Jerry fell to 9 from his Dark Confidant. Dave simply repeated his previous turn, attacking and tapping down Jerry’s lands, and the Delver again stayed a 1/1, as Jerry fell to 5 when Dark Confidant revealed Deathrite Shaman. He cast it and passed, and Dave knocked him to 2 with the Serra Avenger before casting another.
Jerry’s Dark Confidant trigger and draw step gave him no solutions, and he extended the hand in defeat.
Dave Shiels 2, Jerry Mee 1