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, 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