Semifinals: Frank Skarren vs. Chas Hinkle
Frank is hoping to sneak by Show and Tell once more.
Frank began with Underground Sea while Chas led Ancient Tomb and Lotus Petal. Fetching Bayou, Frank cast Hymn at Chas but found it pointed at his own face due to a Misdirection removing Show and Tell! Force of Will from Frank tried to keep the Hymn aimed correctly, and Chas decided to let that fly rather than Intuition for anything.
Hitting Show and Tell and City of Traitors, it looked like the Hymn stung a bit. Chas played Scalding Tarn and passed, ready for the worst that Frank could muster. Fetching, the worst appeared to be Deathrite Shaman and Abrupt Decay on Lotus Petal... Chas responded with Intuition for two Sneak Attacks and a Show and Tell, receiving a Sneak Attack.
Chas Pondered, keeping the top three cards in place. Frank played Brainstorm, but didn’t find a way to prevent Chas from going Petal into Sneak Attack on the next turn. He did, however, have Maesltrom Pulse to destroy it before Chas could untap! That all but sealed the game for Frank, with Chas on three lands and just one Show and Tell left in the deck after he kept his Ponder in place.
The Deathrite Shaman munched spells to get Chas down to single digits, and it continued to thunk him during each end step until Chas was dead.
Chas leaned on Blood Moon in his sideboarded games to take the win.
Frank 1, Chas 0
Chas led Misty Rainforest on turn 1 while Frank fetched Underground Sea and cast Thoughtseize... but it was Misdirectioned, revealing two Tarmogoyfs and Force of Will in Frank’s hand. While Frank considered his choice, Chas revealed his hand.
“I have turn 2 Blood Moon,” he announced. “I’m just going to play 15 lands and cast Emrakul.” Frank shrugged and conceded on the spot.
Frank 1, Chas 1
Chas began game 3 with Leyline of Sanctity in play, and Frank played a fetchland into Bayou and Deathrite Shaman. Chas had Island and Ponder, with the potential for a big Blood Moon play... but against Deathrite Shaman, it seemed less impressive. He decided to keep them, and passed the turn.
Frank fetched for Underground Sea and tapped out to cast turn 2 Liliana of the Veil. Chas Forced it, pitching Brainstorm, and Frank seemed satisfied with the exchange. Volcanic Island, Lotus Petal, and Blood Moon locked Frank out of using his lands—could Deathrite Shaman and two dead fetchlands give him enough threats?
Chas shuffled a Ponder again, playing a fourth land and passing. Frank beat with the Deathrite Shaman, having failed to find a Tarmogoyf thus far. Each player drew cards as the 1/2 continued to send, Chas cantripping his way toward a win but on a bit of a clock to find it.
Frank decided to use one of his fetchlands to Brainstorm, discarding another land in the end step. Now he could draw and pass, continuing to bin lands while he attacked for 1 until he drew some spells worth trying to cast. Chas, meanwhile, continued to cast no spells as he fell to 10 life, sitting on 8 mana with creatures and Lotus Petal in his hand.
Tarmogoyf while Chas was on 7 life threatened a two-turn clock, and that meant Chas had to take action. Show and Tell put Sower of Temptation into play for Frank, while Chas dropped Sneak Attack and sent Griselbrand and Emrakul into combat. Throwing away all of his lands, Frank chumped the Emrakul and took 7 damage. Chas went up to 14, then paid 7 life for Griselbrand and shuffled his graveyard into his library during the end step, shrinking Tarmogoyf to 4/5 when all was said and done.
Frank drew, and conceded.
Frank 1, Chas 2