Semifinals: Jacob Kory vs. Jonathan Job
Both of these players are seasoned Open Series grinders with multiple Top 8 finishes. Jonathan is bringing Food+Chain combo to the table, and Jacob hopes to break up that combo with UR Delver’s disruption and burn.
Both players kept seven, and Jonathan’s seven didn’t remain a secret for long, as Jacob paid 2 life for Gitaxian+Probe. Jonathan revealed Misty+Rainforest, Verdant+Catacombs, Noble+Hierarch, Venser, Shaper Savant, Shardless+Agent, Deathrite+Shaman, and Food+Chain. Jacob played a Volcanic+Island and cast Delver+of+Secrets, passing the turn. Jonathan had a turn 1 play of his own, fetching a Forest and casting Noble+Hierarch.
The Delver+of+Secrets failed to flip on its first try, and Jacob swung in for 1. He fetched another Volcanic+Island and cast a Chain+Lightning, frying the noble Hierarch, and then adding a second Delver+of+Secrets to the board.
Jonathan had mana guys to spare, and on his second turn he fetched another Forest and cast a replacement Noble+Hierarch and a Deathrite+Shaman. Jacob missed again on his Delver triggers. He cast Ponder to set them up, but found three lands on top, quickly shuffling them away. He followed up with a Polluted+Delta and a Grim+Lavamancer, passing back.
Now Jonathan had plenty of mana available, and took a moment to consider his options. He settled on Shardless+Agent, cascading into Brainstorm. Afterwards, he fetched up an Island and cast Manipulate+Fate, exiling three Misthollow+Griffins.
Jacob: Clearly won’t be casting that Price+of+Progress this game.
On his own turn, Jonathan drew the Food+Chain he’d need to get his combo going. He also held Vendilion+Clique, and took a moment to assess his options. In his ideal world he could take a turn to cast the Clique and see if the coast was clear, but he wasn’t sure if he had a turn to spare against Jacob’s burn. He eventually concluded that he did, and simply passed the turn.
When Jacob attacked with the 3/2s on his next turn, Jonathan showed him a Vendilion+Clique, which drew a Force+of+Will from Jacob, pitching Gitaxian+Probe. The Aberrations got through, and Jonathan fell to 5. Jacob did not have a Lightning+Bolt or Chain+Lightning to finish Jonathan off, and passed.
Knowing this was his last shot, Jonathan went for it. He cast Food+Chain, and it resolved. He sacrificed Shardless+Agent to cast Misthollow+Griffin, generated infinite mana, then cast Emrakul%2C+the+Aeons+Torn.
Jacob: That may be a problem.
After a moment’s thought, he decided that it was in fact a problem, and conceded the first game.
Jonathan Job 1, Jacob Kory 0
Jonathan Job is all smiles.
Both players mulliganed their opening sevens. Jacob kept his six, but Jonathan mulliganed again, keeping his five.
Jacob again revealed Jonathan’s opening seven immediately with Gitaxian+Probe: Tidespout+Tyrant, Underground+Sea, Island, Noble+Hierarch, and Obstinate+Baloth. He then played Goblin+Guide off of Volcanic+Island and attacked, spotting Jonathan a Verdant+Catacombs. Jonathan used it to fetch up a Forest, cast Noble+Hierarch, and passed back.
Jacob began his second turn with a Brainstorm. He then played and cracked a Scalding+Tarn, fetching a second Volcanic+Island and shooting the Hierarch with a Lightning+Bolt. Goblin+Guide came in again, knocking Jonathan to 15 and revealing Wall+of+Blossoms. Jonathan wasted no time putting the 0/4 blocker into play on his own turn.
Ponder was the play on turn 3 for Jacob. He found Grim+Lavamancer and cast it, passing with a Misty+Rainforest in play uncracked. Jonathan attempted a scary Food+Chain on his turn 3. It resolved, but Jonathan had no further plays.
With the Lavamancer active, Jacob could attack freely with Goblin+Guide, spotting Jonathan another Verdant+Catacombs in the process. Jonathan blocked with his Wall+of+Blossoms, and Jacob fried it post-combat with his Lavamancer, then played a Delver+of+Secrets and passed.
Jonathan had a big play on turn 4, dropping Obstinate+Baloth into play and going up to 19. Jacob’s Delver flipped immediately, revealing Lightning+Bolt. He used it and the Lavamancer to shoot the 4/4 out of the way and crashed in for 5, dropping Jonathan to 14. Jonathan Brainstormed on his own turn, finding giant monsters and lands. He put two lands back, played a Verdant+Catacombs, and passed it back.
Jacob: I think this Goblin+Guide might be giving you a little bit of value this turn.
Jacob started off his turn with a Brainstorm. He then went to 15 for a Gitaxian+Probe, revealing Misty+Rainforest, Emrakul, Misdirection, and two Tidespout+Tyrants. He swung in with Insectile Abberation and Goblin+Guide, sending Jonathan to 8, and passed. Jonathan cracked his fetchland to shuffle away the land he knew was on top, and hoped for a Misthollow miracle.
Jonathan Job 1, Jacob Kory 1
Jacob Kory shuffles up after a tense game 2.
Jonathan led off with two Misty+Rainforests, and no spells. Jacob’s start was a bit more aggressive, playing a turn 1 Delver+of+Secrets which immediately flipped, revealing Gitaxian+Probe. Jacob cast it, revealing Karakas, Obstinate+Baloth, Tidespout+Tyrant, Vendilion+Clique, and two Shardless+Agents. He then cast Goblin+Guide and attacked Jonathan down to 15, revealing Manipulate+Fate. Jonathan decided he didn’t want to draw it, and fetched up a Tropical+Island at Jacob’s end step, falling to 14.
Jonathan went to 13 on his own turn to fetch another Tropical+Island, then cast Shardless+Agent, cascading into Noble+Hierarch. Jacob Pyroblasted the Shardless+Agent out of the way at Jonathan’s end step, then untapped and cast another Goblin+Guide, coming across for 7. Obstinate+Baloth was revealed on top for Jonathan, and Jonathan decided not to block, falling to 6. After combat, Jacob cycled a Gitaxian+Probe and passed.
Jonathan wasted no time putting the Obstinate+Baloth from the top of his deck into play, climbing back up to 10 life. He had no land drop, and passed back to Jacob. Jacob Pondered, then cast a Delver+of+Secrets. He attacked with his Insectile+Aberration and shipped the turn.
The choice was between Misthollow+Griffin and Obstinate+Baloth #2 for Jonathan, and he opted for the Baloth, going back up to 11. He played Verdant+Catacombs and passed back to Jacob, who revealed a Ponder on top of his deck to flip his other Delver. Jacob immediately cast the Ponder but didn’t like what he saw, and shuffled. The Aberrations came swinging, and Jonathan fell to 5.
Jonathan’s back was against the wall, as he faced down lethal damage in the air. His draw step gave him Manipulate+Fate, which wasn’t much help. He cast Shardless+Agent, cascaded into an Sylvan+Library, and conceded the match.
Jacob Kory 2, Jonathan Job 1