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%2C+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%2C+Solemn+Visitor and before he could activate it Michael knew the match was over and extended the hand.
Jesse 2, Michael 1