Semifinals: Jacob Wilson vs. Vinnie Gorman
Jacob Wilson is one of the rising stars on the Magic pro circuit, with Grand Prix and Open Series wins already under his belt. But Vinnie Gorman stands in his way. Who will earn their spot in the Legacy Open top 8 here?
Vinnie's Brainstorms have been super effective today!
Jacob had the play and led with Misty Rainforest, which he used to grab Tundra and cast Delver of Secrets. Vinnie used Gitaxian Probe to see Jacob’s hand of Stoneforge Mystic, Lightning Bolt, Brainstorm, Ponder, and another land before using his Scalding Tarn to search out Volcanic Island and Lightning Bolt the Delver. Jacob played out Wasteland for his second land, while Vinnie played Delver of Secrets and Tropical Island to get onto the board himself. Jacob decided that now was a good time for Ponder, ultimately finding Wasteland to get rid of Vinnie’s land and Lightning Bolt to leave Vinnie permanentless.
Scalding Tarn from Vinnie dropped him to 16 with Jacob still on 18, but he had no further play. Jacob similarly played out a third land with no play on his turn, but he did Brainstorm in Vinnie’s upkeep (with a fetchland on the table). Once that resolved, Vinnie dropped another Wasteland and used it to destroy Jacob’s Tundra. Jacob tried to use a fetchland but it was Stifled, and after Wasteland took out Vinnie’s land he was once more permanentless. Jacob used Volcanic Island to cast Delver of Secrets, but that was Forced and the number of permanents on board remained.
In fact, Vinnie’s next Delver of Secrets was also immediately Bolted! Seems to be a theme…
Jacob maintained a slight edge in mana and also had a Ponder to be able to fix future draws. Vinnie had some cards In hand but couldn’t get onto the board without mana. Vinnie simply amassed cards in his hand while Jacob was able to do something similar, albeit with the aid of Brainstorm and fetchlands in his case. This went on for a little while, with Vinnie still unable to find even more lands. Jacob even used Spell Pierce to counter a Ponder in the mid to late game to prevent any library manipulation from aiding in the search for land.
Eventually, Stoneforge Mystic from Jacob came down. Even though Lightning Bolt took out the 1/2, it seemed as though the card advantage was too high. Every threat was parried or countered, and they didn’t even come down that often thanks to mana issues. Jacob sat back, relaxed, and waited for Vinnie to make the next move while he sat on Batterskull.
Vinnie finally found a green mana to play Tarmogoyf, which Jacob countered with a hardcast Force of Will. Stoneforge Mystic number two threatened Vinnie, and after it fetched Umezawa’s Jitte Jacob passed. Vinnie destroyed the Mystic with Lightning Bolt, but Jacob had plenty of mana and time to drop Batterskull on about turn twenty of this game. That allowed Tarmogoyf to go onto the stack, and after Spell Pierce went onto the stack to counter Force then Daze countered the Tarmogoyf.Once that little flurry of action ended, Jacob drove the point home with an uncontested True-Name Nemesis. After naming Vinnie Gorman, Vinnie conceded.
Jacob 1, Vinnie 0.
Now on the play, Vinnie opened up with the no-land mulligan while Jacob snap-kept.
Jacob's teaching a class in Bolts 101.
That’s not a good sign.
Vinnie led off with Tropical Island and Ponder, and after a quick rearrange he passed the turn to Jacob. The young GP champion used a fetchland to get Tundra and cast a Ponder of his own. Vinnie played out a second land and then Nimble Mongoose before passing to Jacob, who used his turn two casting another Ponder and then adding Wasteland to his board. Vinnie added a third land and Tarmogoyf, and Jacob parried back with Stoneforge Mystic on his turn, searching for Batterskull.
“I was hoping you’d fail to find!”
Vinnie untapped and used Lightning Bolt to kill the Kor Artificer, then attacked for five to drop Jacob to 13. Nimble Mongoose joined Vinnie’s sudden menagerie, and then True-Name Nemesis came down to help Jacob on defense. That threw a bit of a wrench in the works for Vinnie, but un fazed he just threw a second Tarmogoyf onto the board and passed, fully expecting to be able to swing freely next turn.
Jacob found himself in quite the pickle ickle! He used Brainstorm to dig for more options, finding another True-Name Nemesis to truly lock up on defense. Vinnie cast Brainstorm before passing, and Jacob simply kept on grinding. The longer he survived, the better his deck’s end game culd take over: while Vinnie may have ‘Goyfs, Jacob has Batterskull!
…oh, and also Rest in Peace.
So after Jacob’s Force of Will countered Vinnie’s Force of Will, both ‘Goyfs became 0/1s and the ‘Geese became 1/1s. My goodness! True-Name Nemesis times two went into the red zone, and it was basically all over but the shouting from there. A few short attack steps later, and Jacob was on to the finals!
Jacob 2, Vinnie 0.