Semifinals: Jeffrey Mitcham vs. Woodrow Bogucki
Woodrow had taken down Jund in the quarterfinals but would need to do it again in the semifinals in order to get a shot at the trophy. Jeffrey had to hope that lightning just wouldn’t strike twice.
The Jund matchup is beginning to get to Woodrow.
Jeffrey had the play and began with just tapped shocklands, while Woodrow’s turn 2 Invisible+Stalker was his first threat. Turn 3 Farseek for Jeffrey was awkwardly timed but still effective, and Woodrow had a chance to start buffing that Stalker safely. He began to do some math, figuring out which enchantment to start with.
Taking 2 for a shockland, it was Spectral+Flight and Ethereal+Armor before an attack for 5 damage, with Woodrow lacking green mana. Thragtusk put Jeffrey back up to 20, but Breeding+Pool gave Woodrow green and Rancor to twist the race in his favor before adding Geist+of+Saint+Traft to the battlefield.
Jeffrey swung for 3 damage and played Huntmaster+of+the+Fells, going to 14 and building some blockers. Woodrow drew, seemed pleased, and cast another Rancor and another Ethereal+Armor... that did the trick.
Woodrow 1, Jeffrey 0
A quick keep for Jeffrey and an equally quick mulligan to five for Woodrow to start the second game. Blood+Crypt for Jeffrey and Hallowed Fountain for Woodrow, and both players had more shocklands tapped on turn 2. Jeffrey made the first creature in Vampire+Nighthawk, while Woodrow followed with Invisible+Stalker wearing Ethereal+Armor.
"These cards are soulless!"
The Nighthawk went to work, and Huntmaster+of+the+Fells joined the cause to put Jeffrey on 24. Woodrow pleaded with the deck for some help, tossing another Ethereal+Armor down before playing Spectral+Flight to send 9 in the air, leaving Jeffrey on 15.
An attack made it 12 to 17 in Jeffrey’s favor, with Thragtusk boosting him back to 22. Jeffrey only had 11 damage in play but could pass turn to get in the last bit with Huntmaster+of+the+Fells—Woodrow wanted Unflinching+Courage in a bad way. Having nothing, he passed turn and fell to 10, taking 2 damage. All of Jeffrey’s creatures attacked, and Woodrow had to block Thragtusk or Ravager to live, deciding on the Ravager and going to 1 life.
Garruk%2C+Primal+Hunter made a 3/3, and Jeffrey ended the turn. Woodrow drew... and conceded the game.
Woodrow 1, Jeffrey 1
Mulligans for both players to start the match, with Woodrow on the play and hoping to capitalize. He started with Hinterland+Harbor and then Temple+Garden, lacking a two-drop, but Jeffrey had Farseek to ramp up his mana. Passing with no play on turn 3 except for a land, Woodrow appeared to have a pretty awkward hand!
Jeffrey didn’t mind, playing his fourth land and casting Rakdos+Keyrune and another Farseek to build more mana. Voice+of+Resurgence with Rancor and an Ethereal+Armor looked threatening to Jeffrey, whose Pillar+of+Flame was no good now. He attacked for 3 with Rakdos+Keyrune and cast Vampire+Nighthawk to try and race.
Woodrow’s Voice was free and clear to battle, but would he want to boost it any bigger? Strangleroot+Geist provided some Liliana protection, and Woodrow’s second Ethereal+Armor made the Voice an 8/6 trampling first striker before another Ethereal+Armor made the Strangleroot+Geist into a 6/5 first striker, also making the voice into a 12/10. “That’s ridiculous,” Jeffrey complained, sighing.
He wound up taking 15 damage as the Nighthawk went under the bus, and the top of his deck delivered no salvation.
Woodrow 2, Jeffrey 1