Semifinals: Jacob Wilson vs. Jason Coleman
Both players bring Abzan to the table, but Jacob and Jason have two very different game plans. Will Jacob and his controlling build outlast Jason’s aggressive build? The winner gets a ticket to the finals and a match against Satyr+Wayfinder turns up.
Jacob, on the play, was happy with his opener while Jason went to six cards. A pair of tapped lands came from both players and Jacob made the first play a Courser+of+Kruphix. Jason started his third turn with an Urborg%2C+Tomb+of+Yawgmoth and a Thoughtseize to take a Sidisi%2C+Undead+Vizier from Jacob’s grip and wrapped up his turn with a Rakshasa+Deathdealer. Jacob had options and decided to use Abzan+Charm to draw two cards, attacked for two, and played a Sandsteppe+Citadel.
Jason hit his fourth land, a Windswept Heat that he cracked to fetch a Forest, and used a Dromoka’s Command to make Jacob sacrifice his Courser and put a +1+1 on the Deathdealer. Jason attacked for three and passed with his open two mana. A pair of Satyr+Wayfinders found Jacob a Temple+of+Malady and a Plains and he played the Temple before passing back. Facing down just two 1/1s, Jacob served in with the Deathdealer and Jacob chumped it. Jacob untapped and played the Plains allowing him to get Elspeth, Sun’s Champion into play, making three soldiers.
Jason used another Thoughtseize to see three removals spells and another Sidisi, which Jason picked, and attacked Elspeth, though Jacob put a soldier in front to protect the Planeswalker. Still wanting Elspeth off the board, Jason used a Hero’s Downfall to kill her then passed. Jacob served in with his 1/1s and used Utter+End to exile the Deathdealer. Jason got a one-mana Tasigur%2C+the+Golden+Fang and deployed a Wingmate+Roc before passing.
Jacob used a pair of Downfalls to kill off the creatures, attacked for three, and ended his turn with a Siege+Rhino. Jason, looking to rebuild, played a Fleecemane+Lion, but Jacob didn’t change his tune and attacked with his team to take the first game.
Jacob 1, Jason 0
Temple+of+Malady was the play for each player to pen things up and Jason landed an early threat in Fleecemane+Lion on the second turn. Jacob dropped to 18 to use Thoughtseize, taking Abzan+Charm, leaving Jason with a Deathdealer and three lands. Jason knocked Jacob to 15 with the Lion, dropped a Temple+of+Silence and passed with no play. Jacob fetched a Forest down to 14 and played Satyr+Wayfinder, hitting on an Urborg%2C+Tomb+of+Yawgmoth. With the extra cards in the graveyard, Jacob got to end his turn with a one-mana Tasigur.
Jason used a Thoughtseize of his own to take a Siege+Rhino from Jacob, leaving him with three lands and a Courser+of+Kruphix. Jason used the opening to kill Tasigur with the Hero’s Downfall and attacked with the Lion, knocking Jacob to 11. A Downfall off the top took care of the Lion and Jacob attacked with his Wayfinder. Jason added the Deathdealer to his board and got a Tasigur of his own for just two mana. Another Hero’s Downfall came off the top for Jacob to kill the Tasigur, who passed, and chumped the next attack with his Wayfinder. Jacob played his Courser on the next turn and passed, opting not to block Jason’s Deathdealer, dropping Jacob to 8 after an activation.
Jacob saw a Bile+Blight on the top of his deck, thanks to the Courser and pondered his options before passing with no play. Jason attacked and pumped once when no blocks were announced, putting Jacob to 4. Jason refused to play anything else to the board and passed, prompting Jacob to go up to 5 off an Urborg%2C+Tomb+of+Yawgmoth, then played Sidisi%2C+Undead+Vizier. The Vizier resolved, but Jason killed her in response to exploit, so Jacob killed the Deathdealer with the Bile+Blight and got in for two.
Jason played a Wingmate+Roc and passed as Jacob had another Courser and went to 4 from another land drop. Jacob found another Vizier and exploited a Courser to search up a mystery card. Jacob killed the Roc in Jason’s upkeep with the tutored Murderous+Cut and Jason could only pass the turn. Jacob dropped Jason to 4 with his attack and passed. Jason drew for the turn and showed two lands as he picked up his permanents.
Jacob 2, Jason 0
Jason figures out a Thoughtseize.
Jason started the action with a Deathdealer after both players opened with tapped lands. Jason used a Thoughtseize to take Jacob’s Siege+Rhino and attacked for two before playing a second copy of the 2/2. Jacob found a blocker in Courser+of+Kruphix and went to 17 to cast it. Jason sent in the Deathdealers and hit for four when Jacob offered no blocks. Jason kept up the pressure with a Siege+Rhino, dropping Jacob to 10.
Jacob went to 11 off a Sandsteppe+Citadel and passed back, facing down a growing army. Jason pushed his team into the red zone and Jacob put the Courser in front of a Deathdealer. Jacob used the Charm to kill the Rhino and fell to 8 as Jason pumped his blocked Deathdealer to kill the 2/4. Jacob used a Siege+Rhino to go back to 11 and passed after keeping the top card of his deck with a Temple+of+Silence.
Jason attacked with the Deathdealers and Jacob put the Rhino on one of them while Jason double pumped it to kill the Rhino and was able to get in for two. Jacob considered his next play before using all the cards in his graveyard to play a two-mana Tasigur and shipping the turn. Jason again attacked with his Deathdealers and Jason regenerated the blocked one, while dropping Jacob to 7. Jason played an Anafenza%2C+the+Foremost and Jacob responded with a Tasigur activation, netting him a fresh Hero’s Downfall.
Jacob passed and used the Downfall on Anafenza in Jason’s upkeep, who again attacked with his team and regenerated the block Deathdealer. Jason pumped the unblocked Deathdealer once and Jacob used an Abzan+Charm to exile it. Jason refueled with another Deathdealer and passed back. Jacob simply played a Temple+of+Malady and passed and the same attacks came from Jason, who again pumped and regenerated the 2/2s. Jacob went for a Murderous+Cut on the pumped Deathdealer and Jason regenerated it as well. Jacob got another activation with Tasigur before damage, but got nothing after two lands came off the top. Jacob went for a main phase activation of the legend and got back a Wayfinder that he played, getting another temple that bottomed the top card. Jacob went to 5 off a Thoughtseize to see only a land in Jason’s hand.
Jason attacked again and Jacob chumped both and lost both as Jason had the opportunity to pump and kill Tasigur with no risk. Jacob drew and passed and Jason attacked with both and Jacob used a Bile+Blight, but Jason had enough mana to get his team big enough to survive and get through for lethal.
Jacob 2, Jason 1
Jacob led with a Sandsteppe+Citadel this game while Jason had a Turn-1 Thoughtseize, taking a Courser+of+Kruphix, leaving Jacob with another and two copies of Satyr+Wayfinder to go along with the other land. Jacob played one of those Wayfinders, hitting a Temple+of+Silence while Jason only had a Temple+of+Malady and no play.
Jacob got in for one, played a Courser and exposed the third Courser on the top of his deck. Jason took one pain to play Anafenza%2C+the+Foremost and Jacob revealed the fourth Courser after drawing the other for his turn. Jacob used another Satyr to clear the top and get a land while revealing Elspeth. Jacob went up to 21 with a land drop and passed the turn.
Jason attacked with Anafenza and Jacob opted to put all of his blockers to kill it, while losing his Courser. Jason had another threat, however, in Siege+Rhino. Jacob played his replacement Courser and went and passed after gaining a life from Temple+of+Malady. Jason went to 16 for another Thoughtseize, seeing two copies of Elspeth, a Siege+Rhino, Satyr+Wayfinder, and a land. Jason took one of the copies of Elspeth and played Fleecemane+Lion. Jacob played Llanowar+Wastes and Elspeth, ticking down to kill the Rhino before passing.
Jason had to use Glare of Hersey to exile the Planeswalker and got a discount Tasigur to build his forces. Jacob missed on his next Wayfinder, but the top card was a Windswept+Heath that he got to play anyway, going up to 21. Jacob cleared the top of his library by fetching a Plains and shipped after killing the Tasigur with Hero’s Downfall. Jason passed and made the Lion monstrous in Jacob’s upkeep as a fresh Downfall was revealed after Jacob’s draw. Jacob used an Abzan+Charm to draw two and passed the action.
Jason sent in his Lion and Jacob offered no blocks, leading Jason to play a Rakshasa+Deathdealer. Jacob attacked with his Courser and played a land before passing. Jason shipped his creatures into combat and Jacob offered no blocks, falling to 11. Jason knocked him to 8 with a Rhino and went to 16 himself. Jacob killed the Rhino at the end step with the Downfall, untapped, played a Windswept+Heath, fetched a Plains and attacked Jason down to 12 with his team, leaving back a 1/1.
Jason shoved his team into the red zone and Jacob chumped the Lion with the Wayfinder, falling to 7. Jacob went to 8 by playing a Windswept+Heath from the top of his deck and attacked Jason down to 9, leaving back another Wayfinder. Jason kept trucking along and Jacob kept chumping the Lion, falling to 6. Jason went big after combat, playing a raided Wingmate+Roc and another Fleecemane+Lion. Jacob went to 7 on his next turn, getting a Temple+of+Malady off the top, and left a Tasigur on the top of his deck. He followed it up with the known Rhino, bringing him to 10 and dropping Jason to 5 before passing.
Jacob used an Abzan+Charm to exile the Roc in Jason’s upkeep and Jason went into the tank on his main phase. Jason opted to monstrous his new Lion and got in for three in the air with his bird token. At this point Jacob had plenty of graveyard filler to get a one-mana Tasigur and activated the legend, netting him a Wayfinder. Another activation yielded him a Thoughtseize and he finally passed after going up to 8 from a new land drop.
Jason tied the score at 5 with his bird attack and passed after keeping the top card on his deck from a Temple+of+Silence. Jacob used an activation from Tasigur to get back a Courser, played a land to go up to 7, then used the Rhino to go up to 10 while brining Jason down to 2. Jason exiled a Rhino with a Glare of Hersey and attacked in the air. Jacob at a healthy life total used a Thoughtseize, played Sidisi%2C+Undead+Vizier to tutor up an Utter+End, exiled the Deathdealer and attacked for the win.
Jacob 3, Jason 1