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%27s+Veil, Day+of+Judgment, Surgical Extraction and land and James passed the turn.
Seeing that James wasn't forcing the action, David decided to take it to him by sending in his pair of spirits. Delver+of+Secrets blocked one, but it was replaced by two more from the second half of Lingering+Souls. This time James wasn't so shy, sticking both of his guys in the red zone and losing Snapcaster+Mage to a token. Moorland+Haunt made the trade acceptable, and it was back to David and his two spirits, but he just passed the turn right back and blocked the incoming spirit token and Delver+of+Secrets before blowing them up with Day+of+Judgment.
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%2C+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!