Semifinals: Jesse Grogan vs. Michael Egolf
Two aggro decks of quite different origins square off in this semifinal. Will Jesse curve out with powerful threats from Abzan Aggro or will Michael and Mono-Red Aggro beat him to the punch?
Jesse, on a mulligan to five, kicked things off with a Sandsteppe Citadel while Michael led off with a Zurgo Bellstriker and a Dragon Fodder after Jesse missed his second land drop. Jesse found his next land, a Temple of Malady, and passed back as Michael played a Lightning Berserker and attacked for four.
Jesse made it to the board with a Rakshasa Deathdealer, but Michael had the Wild Slash for it at the end of the turn, untapped and attacked with his team while pumping the Berserker four times. When Jesse had no other play Michael untapped and used a Stoke the Flames and an attack to take the first game.
Michael 1, Jesse 0
Both players were happy with their openers and Michael had a Foundry Street Denizen after Jesse played a Temple of Malady. Jesse found some early defenses in a Deathdealer as Michael missed his second land this time and simply played a Lightning Berserker and attacked for two. Jesse made a land drop and passed, allowing him to Bile Blight Michael’s two Foundry Street Denizens when he played the second copy.
Jesse hit a Siege Rhino on his fourth turn as Michael bricked on lands and deployed another Berserker. Jesse was done blocking and attacked with his team, dropping Michael to 9 when he offered no blocks. Jesse dropped another Rhino and Michael had seen enough.
“That was an ambitious keep to say the least,” Michael joked as he picked up his cards.
Michael 1, Jesse 1
Michael shipped his opener and Jesse was happy with his as Michael led things off with a Lightning Berserker. Jesse opened with a Temple of Silence as Michael made two more one-drops with a Zurgo Bellstriker and a Monastery Swiftspear that got into the red zone with the Berserker. Jesse played a Deathdealer and Michael attacked with his team, trading his Berserker with a pump with the Deathdealer, while getting in for three.
Jesse played Anafenza, the Foremost, as Michael dashed a Berserker and attacked with his team. When Jesse blocked Zurgo with Anafenza Michael used a Lightning Strike to make them trade. Jesse kept curving out with a Siege Rhino which put the brakes on Michael’s offense when he played another copy of Zurgo. Jesse bashed in with the Rhino and got to play Wingmate Roc with raid, getting another bird.
Michael studied the board and his hand before attacking with his one-drops and Jesse blocked each with a flyer, though Michael killed the Roc with a Lightning Strike. Jesse slammed a Sorin, Solemn Visitor and before he could activate it Michael knew the match was over and extended the hand.
Jesse 2, Michael 1