Semifinals: Hayden Passarelli vs. Jacob Baugh
Hayden was happy to be on the play for Game 1.
Hayden led things off with a Volcanic Island while Jacob played an Underground Sea. Hayden played Brainstorm at end of turn, untapped then used a Wasteland on Jacob’s Underground Sea, Jacob tried to Brainstorm, but Hayden floated a blue and returned his land to Daze the Brainstorm, then cast a Delver of Secrets. Jacob played a Scrubland and attempted to Swords the Delver, but Hayden used Force of Will, pitching a Daze, but Jacob Forced back pitching a Brainstorm.
Hayden played his Volcanic Island and cast Ponder before passing. Jacob fetched for an Underground Sea then played Umezawa’s Jitte. Hayden fetched up a Tropical Island and played a Tarmogoyf. Jacob had a Swords for the Goyf and passed after playing a Marsh Flats. Hayden’s only play was a Wooded Foothills. Jacob added nothing before passing and Hayden used his next turn to destroy Jacob’s Underground Sea with a Wasteland. Hayden played Ponder to try to find a threat, but shuffled away the three looking for better luck off the top. Hayden drew and passed back.
Jacob added a land and shipped it back, while Hayden found a Wild Mongoose to add to the board. Jacob resolved a Deathrite Shaman, then fetched up an Underground Sea and equipped the Jitte to the elf. Hayden Fork Bolted the Elf, then bashed in for three to drop Jacob to 14. Jacob passed with no play and Hayden knocked Jacob down to 11. Jacob cracked another fetch land for an Underground Sea to play Liliana of the Veil, Hayden responded with a Brainstorm, then Spell Pierced the planeswalker.
Hayden dropped Jacob to seven with the Mongoose then added a Delver to his board. Jacob bricked again and passed and Hayden dropped Jacob to four. Jacob cast Ponder to look for answers, but had to shuffle away the cards. After his fresh draw he Brainstormed then targeted Hayden with a Hym to Tourach, but Hayden used Lightning Bolt in response to seal the game.
Hayden 1, Jacob 0
Jacob shuffles up for Game 2.
Jacob started things off by fetching up a Tundra then Brainstormed. Hayden destroyed Jacob’s dual land with a Wasteland then passed. Jacob didn’t have a second land passed back. Hayden played a Tropical Island and Pondered. Jacob couldn’t find a land then played a fetch land. Hayden went for a True-Name Nemesis, but Jacob did have a Force of Will after missing hid lands drops. Jacob untapped and found a land off the top, then Pondered.
Hayden played a land and a Delver before passing. Jacob hit another land and passed, but Hayden flipped his Delver off a revealed Ponder. Hayden attacked for three then cast the Ponder, but Jacob stopped the cantrip with a Counterspell. Jacob resolved a Liliana and went for the -2, but Hayden had the Stifle. Hayden swung in and killed the plansewalker. Jacob went to fetch a land, but also had it Stifled. Hayden knocked Jaccb to 11, then eight after Jacob had no plays. Jacob tried to Hymn, but Hayden Bolted in response, then revealed another Bolt and Jacob extended the hand.
Hayden 2, Jacob 0