Semifinals: Dylan Donegan vs. Caleb Scherer
Dylan is the top seed with the powerful Jeskai Tokens deck. After clinching his spot to the Players’ Championship can he continue his winning ways or will Caleb stop him with W/U Heroic?
Dylan faces down a heroic army.
Dylan, on a mulligan to five, started things with a Flooded Strand while Caleb offered a Plains, but no one-drop. Dylan fetched up an Island and played a Temple of Triumph to set up his colors and Caleb only had another Plains and passed. Dylan passed with no play on Turn 3 so Caleb started the action with a Hero of Iroas and an Island and Dylan Raised the Alarm at the end step.
Dylan hit his fourth land drop and played a Seeker of the Way and shipped the turn with no attacks. Caleb began suiting up his Hero with Stratus Walk then targeted it with a Defiant Strike and attacked for 5, dropping Dylan to 13. Dylan attacked with his team and pointed a Stoke the Flames at Caleb, to knock Caleb to 11 and bring himself to 15. Caleb grew his Hero with another Strike at the end of the turn, untapped, and sent his Hero into the red zone, putting Dylan at 10. Caleb added a Favored Hoplite to his board and passed.
Dylan found a Jeskai Ascendancy on next draw, but Caleb had a Stubborn Denial with ferocious to counter it so Dylan sent his Seeker into battle. Caleb blocked and used an Ajani’s Presence to kill off the Seeker and save him some damage. Caleb dropped Dylan to 5 with his flying Hero and passed. Dylan drew and passed the turn and had no action when the Hero came across for lethal.
Caleb 1, Dylan 0
Both were happy with their sevens this time as Dylan opened with a Mystic Monastery and Caleb got the board early with a Lagonna-Band Trailblazer. Dylan landed a Seeker of the Way on his second turn after fetching up a Plains and Caleb had no action other than adding an Island to his mana base. Dylan deployed a Goblin Rabblemaster and the token ran into the Trailblazer before he passed the turn. Caleb sent a card to the bottom of his deck from a Temple of Enlightenment, but didn’t progress his board once again.
Dylan attacked with the team and Caleb took 6 as he put his Trailblazer in front of the Seeker. Caleb found his fourth land and added a Battlewise Hoplite to the board and passed, facing down a growing army. Dylan turned everything sideways again and Caleb fell to 11 as he traded his Hoplite for the Rabblemaster and kept his 0/4 in front of the Seeker. Dylan played another Seeker and let Caleb go. Caleb used a Heliod’s Pilgrim to search up a Mortal Obstinacy and passed after adding a Tranquil Cove to his board.
Dylan continued to send everything into the red zone and Caleb kept blocking and fell to 8. Dylan simply played a third Seeker and passed. Caleb deployed another Pilgrim and this time found an Ordeal of Thassa. Caleb put the Obstinacy on the Trailblazer and declined to attack. Dylan fetched, untapped, and tapped five lands to Treasure Cruise and attacked with the team, knocking Caleb to 4 as he had to chump away a Pilgrim. Caleb put the Ordeal of Thassa on the Trailblazer and dropped Dylan to 23. He ended his turn with a Battlewise Hoplite. Dylan wasted no time and attacked with everything, putting Caleb at 1 and leaving him with two Seekers and a Goblin token. Caleb took a look at his next card and scooped up his cards.
Caleb 1, Dylan 1
Caleb started with two Flooded Stands finding an Island and a Plains, but Dylan was first to the board with a Seeker of the Way. Caleb played his first threat, Battlewise Hoplite and passed after playing a Plains. Dylan bashed for 2 and added a Temple of Triumph to his side of the table.
Caleb started his next turn off with a Defiant Strike on the Battlewise Hoplite, attacked to drop Dylan to 15, and passed, leading Dylan to Raise the Alarm. Dylan attempted a Glare of Heresy on the Hoplite, but Caleb used a Defiant Strike on the Hoplite in response so Dylan fired off a Lighting Strike in response to play around a Stubborn Denial. Caleb still used the Denial, but on the Strike, then his Hoplite grew, resulting in a scry and a draw, but the creature was exiled and Dylan attacked with the team, knocking Caleb to 10.
Caleb started with a Temple of Enlightenment and tapped out for a Heliod’s Pilgrim and tutored up a Mortal of Obstinacy before passing. Dylan played a Goblin Rabblemaster and attacked with the team to knock Caleb to 6, with Dylan losing the token to the Pilgrim. Caleb suited the Pilgrim up with the Obstinacy and used another Pilgrim to dig up an Ordeal of Thassa. As Caleb passed the turn Dylan showed a hand of two Lighting Strikes to take the game.
Dylan 2, Caleb 1
Caleb opened up with a Turn-1 Lagonna-Band Trailblazer and grew it with a Defiant Strike the next turn as Dylan played a Temple of Triumph. Caleb passed after playing a Flooded Strand so Dylan fetched up an Island to play a Seeker of the Way. Caleb fetched up an Island of his own, untapped, and attacked for 1. He ended his turn with a Battlewise Hoplite.
Dylan found another Temple and attempted a Lightning Strike on the Hoplite, but Caleb had the Gods Willing to keep it around and scry twice. Dylan bashed with the Seeker and passed after going up to 15. Caleb put an Ordeal of Heliod on the Hoplite, attacked with his team, gained 10 to go up to 26, and knocked Dylan to 13. He played a Seeker of his own before passing the action back. Dylan fetched down to 12 and used a Glare of Hersey on the Hoplite and a Lightning Strike on the Seeker and served in with the Seeker.
Caleb kept his Trailblazer back and passed as Dylan resolved a Jeskai Ascendancy. Caleb fired off a Treasure Cruise of his own and dropped an Ordeal of Thassa on the Trailblazer, attacked, and drew two more cards for the turn. After knocking Dylan to 13, Caleb played another 0/4 and passed the turn. Dylan used a Hordeling Outburst to trigger Ascendancy, looting away a Plains, and attacked for 4, evening the game at 17 all.
Caleb fetched on his next turn and delved again, but this time it was for a Dig Through Time. After deciding on his two cards, Caleb elected used a Defiant Strike on the smaller of his two Trailblazers and passed the turn.
Dylan used another Outburst to make more Goblins and loot away Mystic Monastery then used a one-mana Treasure Cruise to grow the team and loot away another land. Dylan decided to send in the six-power Seeker and Caleb offered to put a Trailblazer in front and Dylan accepted the block and went up to 23. Caleb found a Heliod’s Pilgrim and searched up an Ordeal of Thassa put on the bigger Blazer, attacked to make it a 5/9 and draw two cards. Dylan went to 18 and Caleb played a land and passed.
Dylan went for a second Ascendancy, but Caleb had a Stubborn Denial to stop it, but Dylan still looted away a land and attacked with everything. After blocks, Dylan used a Jeskai Charm for +1+1 and lifelink, triggered his Ascendancy and Caleb extended the hand.
Dylan 3, Caleb 1