Semifinals: Huey Jensen vs. Kiyan Nourain
Huey’s mono-green list had been the talk of the tournament thus far, showing off the power of Gavony Township and Magic 2014’s new Garruk variant. Kiyan’s Jund list was stacked with removal and sweepers, however; could Huey keep his army alive long enough to stomp Kiyan out?
Huey plants his Hoof via Garruk, Caller of Beasts.
Kiyan debated his opener for some time before mulliganing, while Huey kept his seven easily. Kiyan had just a tapped land on turn 1, while Huey opened with Forest and a turn 1 Arbor Elf. A turn 2 Tragic Slip from Kiyan cleared out the Elf, but Huey replaced it with Avacyn’s Pilgrim.
Nothing from Kiyan except for land on turn 3, and Huey attacked for 1 damage before casting Elvish Archdruid. Kiyan Dreadbored the 2/2 and made a land drop, while Huey slowed down with Elvish Visionary and ended the turn after making his fourth land and attacking. Golgari Charm cleared out the team, but Huey had Wolfir Silverheart afterward to generate a threat on the board.
Kiyan matched with Thragtusk, but a second Silverheart gave Huey an 8/8 that could safely swing into Thragtusk. Kiyan drew and passed the turn, leaving Huey to Ponder what his holdings could be on five mana of all his colors. Huey decided to jam his six-drop Garruk and then Craterhoof Behemoth, but a Putrefy on one Silverheart kept Kiyan alive and only dealt him 15 damage. Still, on 8 life he was under significant pressure.
Playing a land, Kiyan would need some defenses in order to let his Beast clear out Garruk with an attack... or he’d just need Rakdos’s Return to eat the big guy, discarding Huey’s Avacyn’s Pilgrim. Kiyan chumped once Huey attacked, falling to 4 life, but he failed to muster any additional defenses and conceded.
Kiyan places his hopes on the back of Thragtusk.
Huey 1, Kiyan 0
Kiyan’s seven were a snap to keep, but Huey went to six cards. Kiyan began with Stomping Ground, while Huey opened with Avacyn’s Pilgrim. Kiyan cast Farseek, allowing the mana dork to live, and Huey could only attack for 1 and cast an Arbor Elf, adding Gavony Township to the battlefield.
That would no doubt send off signals to Kiyan, and he went to 17 for a shockland before casting Olivia Voldaren. Huey shrugged and traded a Garruk Relentless for the Vampire, failing to make his land drop afterward. Golgari Charm for Kiyan in turn massacred Huey’s team.
Drawing Forest, Huey cast Avacyn’s Pilgrim and another Arbor Elf to recover, threatening both Township and the potential to play a land and make Garruk on six mana. Huntmaster of the Fells allowed Kiyan to head off the Garruk play, as he’d be able to attack it to death and then trigger the flip to knock it off the board. Huey decided to get big, casting Kalonian Hydra and threatening a big attack on the next turn if Kiyan failed to stop him.
Kiyan passed and used his Huntmaster to kill Avacyn’s Pilgrim, leaving Huey on five mana. He attacked with the Hydra and used Township in response to the trigger, creating a 10/10 that laid Kiyan low at 9 life. “Bonfire,” Huey said, tapping the top of Kiyan’s deck—he’d probably never wanted to miracle the card less! Failing to find Putrefy, Kiyan extended the hand.
Huey 2, Kiyan 0