Semifinals: David Long vs. Daryl Ayers
Daryl Ayers had emerged from the Kird Ape mirror match on top, and now faced Lands master David Long for a seat in the finals.
David opened up with a turn 1 Gamble, fetching Life from the Loam, and randomly discarding Crop Rotation. Daryl had a Kird Ape on his first turn, still a 1/1 as it was cast off of a Volcanic Island. David used Rishadan Port on turn 2 to tap Daryl’s Volcanic Island, but Daryl had a Wasteland to solve the problem, at least for now. David next played Grove of the Burnwillows and cast his Life from the Loam, retrieving the Rishadan Port, which gave Daryl a window to cast Ponder finding a second Volcanic Island, and getting Delver of Secrets into play.
David played replayed his Rishadan Port and attempted Crop Rotation with one mana open, but Daryl pitched Daze to cast Force of Will. David passed, and Daryl flipped over Treasure Cruise with his Delver of Secrets. He attacked for another 4, cast Ponder, and passed. David appeared to have no action, simply playing a Maze of Ith and passing. He Ported one of Daryl’s Volcanic Islands, but wasn’t able to use his Maze of Ith as Daryl used Wasteland to destroy it before it could be activated. Daryl finally had enough cards in his graveyard to cast the Treasure Cruise, which netted him, among other things, a Tropical Island.
Daryl: “Achievement Unlocked!”
The Kird Ape was now a mighty 2/3, and it rumbled in along with the Insectile Aberration, dropping David to 8. Daryl followed up with a second Delver of Secrets and passed. David untapped and played a Dark Depths, threatening the combo with the Thespian’s Stage he already had in play. Daryl was unfazed—he untapped, flipped over Daze to send his second Delver to skies, and attacked with everything. When David activated Thespian’s Stage to make a 20/20 blocker, he flashed a pair of Lightning Bolts to make his attackers lethal.
Daryl Ayers 1, David Long 0
Daryl opened up with a Delver of Secrets, but David was quick to shoot it down with a Punishing Fire. His second threat was a Tarmogoyf, which was sufficiently large to not be bothered by burn spells. The Tarmogoyf, currently a 4/5, attacked David twice, as David calmly developed his manabase and passed back. Daryl had a Wasteland, but he was slow to use it, as he didn’t want to be caught unawares by a Dark Depths combo turn. He passed with mana up, and when Daryl attempted a Life from the Loam to get back a pair of fetchlands, Daryl used Spell Pierce to counter it.
David drew both pieces of the combo naturally, first putting the Thespian’s Stage into play, and then the Dark Depths to go with it. He couldn’t activate it in the face of Daryl’s Wasteland, however, and fell to 10, then 6, then 2 as he waited for an opportunity. Finally, on the last possible turn, he attempted a Crop Rotation, looking for a Wasteland to get rid of Daryl’s Wasteland. Daryl countered with a Flusterstorm, which would leave David without the sufficient mana to use his combo. David smiled and extended the hand.
Daryl Ayers 2, David Long 0