Semifinals: David Palmer vs. James Lance
The minimum roll of two was a brutal way to wake up so early in the morning, but a second turn blind flip of Delver of Secrets made the morning all right by James. David, meanwhile, was slowing the game down with Lingering Souls, forcing James to blow his mana and cards on removing double blockers for his Insectile Abomination.
James Lance spins his Delvers in the semifinals.
Vapor Snag, Gut Shot, Mental Misstep on Tragic Slip, Mana Leak on Day of Judgment, Snapcaster Mage rebuys on Oblivion Ring, a second Mana Leak for a second Day of Judgment, a third Mana Leak for a third Day of Judgment. James had it all, and David was down to just 1 in a hurry.
James 1, David 0
James had an early Delver again, but a whiffed flip drew a fist pump from Palmer. The little wizard got in for a point as Lance set up a flip with Ponder, but Lingering Souls promised to make things hairy. Did James keep in his Gut Shots despite only being able to kill part of Lingering Souls teams? It didn't look like it after Snapcaster Mage rebought Ponder and the Insectile Aberration stayed home.
Gitaxian Probe revealed David's hand of Autumn's Veil, Day of Judgment, Surgical Extraction and land and James passed the turn.
Bombs away for David Palmer.
Moorland Haunt spat out another token, and a replacement Delver of Secrets put us right back where we started with David, sitting on a relatively safe 13 life, hoping for no blind flips. He picked off the token with Garruk Relentless and flipped it to the dark side. Mental Misstep off the top ruined all of his plans.
Go for the Throat on the angry bug was rebuffed by Snapcaster Mage on Vapor Snag, but Day of Judgment wiped them both out on the next turn and it was going to take a lot of Moorland Haunts to make things happen. A couple of tokens and a Spectral Flight later and David was down to 8, but Liliana of the Veil arrived to team up with Tragic Slip and clear the board. James' graveyard was fresh out of creatures, so David looked to be in the clear when he got to untap.
James 1, David 1
On the play for the first time in the match, James shot out of the gates with a pair of Delver of Secrets while David fixed his mana with a couple of Evolving Wilds. Dismember picked off the first copy while James shuffled away Glacial Fortress, Moorland Haunt and Snapcaster Mage, leaving him stuck on two lands and an unflipped Delver against an army of spirits through a pair of Lingering Souls. He kept drawing Islands to go with the trio of Geist of Saint Traft in his hand, and Sorin, Lord of Innistrad put a sudden end to the game with an emblem to make his six spirits massive, forcing James to extend the hand.
David Palmer wins the match 2-1!