Semifinals: Gonzalo Velasquez vs. Phillip Fortner
Xenagos and friends were well represented in this semifinal, as both Phillip Fortner and Gonzalo Velasquez brough Jund Planeswalkers to battle.
Gonzalo has a strong board presence.
Gonzalo, on the play, curved out with a turn 1 Elvish+Mystic, a turn 2 Sylvan+Caryatid, and a turn 3 Nissa%2C+Worldwaker, cranking out a 4/4 Forest. Philip needed to use a Dreadbore on the planeswalker to keep things from getting out of control, but took the beats from the 4/4 land on his next turn after he added Sylvan+Caryatid to his board. Both players found Coursers of Kruphix, although Phillip didn’t get to keep his as it met a Dreadbore from Gonzalo.
Philip finally found another removal spell for the 4/4 land, but the damage was done, as he sat as a precarious 6 life. He tapped out for Xenagos%2C+the+Reveler and made a Satyr, hoping to gain a foothold, but Gonzalo showed him Rakdos’s Return, and Phillip scooped up his cards.
Gonzalo Velasquez 1, Phillip Fortner 0
Phillip looks for a way out.
Both players led off with Elvish+Mystics, but Gonzalo followed up with a Duress, seeing a hand of Mizzium+Mortars, Xenagos%2C+the+Reveler, and lands. He deprived Phillip of his planeswalker, then had Courser+of+Kruphix on his next turn. Phillip drew and cast Vraska+the+Unseen and used it to kill off the Courser, but Gonzalo was quick to rebuild, casting Nissa Worldwalker and untapping his Overgrown+Tomb with it to cast another Duress, sniping Phillip’s freshly drawn Rakdos’s Return and leaving him with just a Mizzium+Mortars.
Phillip ticked up his Vraska, hoping to kill off the Nissa on his next turn, but Gonzalo had Hero’s Downfall to put the stop on that plan. Gonzalo swung with a 4/4 land to drop Phillip to 11, but Phillip was able to clear Gonzalo’s board with Dreadbore on the Nissa and Mizzium+Mortars on the 4/4. Gonzalo found a Courser+of+Kruphix next, and both players drew and played lands without a play for the next few turns, although Gonzalo got to dig a little bit deeper thanks to his Courser.
The Courser+of+Kruphix dropped Phillip all the way down to 1, but Vraska+the+Unseen looked like it would let Phillip stabilize, as he killed off Gonzalo’s attacker then followed up with a Xenagos%2C+the+Reveler to make some headway. Gonzalo found a replacement Courser, then a Xenagos of his own, which put Phillip under serious pressure. He drew a Sylvan Caratid, which combined with the 2/2 Satyr each turn from Xenagos was able to keep things at parity against Gonzalo’s pair of 2 powered attackers.
Gonzalo drew and cast a mighty Elvish+Mystic! With Phillip at just 1 life, the extra attacker represented a lethal threat. Phillip laughed, drew his card, and found no answer.
Gonzalo Velasquez 2, Phillip Fortner 0