Semifinals: Jesse Inman vs. Will Fleischman
Jesse is the top seed behind Reanimator but faces off against Will and U/R Delver. Can the combo deck reach the finals or will it be an all Delver finals here in Atlanta?
Jesse Brainstormed to start Turn 2 and scarified the Researcher to put Griselbrand in his graveyard then played a Lotus+Petal and Reanimate targeting the demon and that was enough for Will to pick up his cards.
Jesse 1, Will 0
Will Brainstorms for an answer.
Will started this game with a Brainstorm while Will had bigger plans on his first turn, going with an Entomb that Will tried to Daze, but Jesse’s Force+of+Will won the war and he put Griselbrand into his graveyard. Will played a Scalding+Tarn and passed the turn so Jesse started his second turn with a Thoughtseize, taking a Flusterstorm, leaving Will with no other counter.
Both players fetched in Will’s upkeep and Will played his freshly drawn Ponder, but he opted to shuffle away the top three for a new one. Will passed and Jesse went for Exhume, but Will Brainstormed and found a Force+of+Will, pitching a Treasure+Cruise. Jesse passed after using a Careful+Study which allowed Will to land a Grafdigger’s Cage and a Treasure+Cruise on his next turn.
Jesse fired off another Careful+Study and passed. Will finally found a threat in the form of Young+Pyromancer and passed as Jesse played a Misty+Rainforest and passed back. Will got in for 2 with the Pyromancer and shipped the turn. Jesse drew for the turn after fetching a Tropical+Island and passed as Will hit him with a Lightning+Bolt at the end step to drop him to 9. Will played a Gitaxian+Probe to see a hand of Griselbrand and Reanimate which meant the coast was clear for Will to land Blood+Moon and shut Jesse out of the game.
Jesse 1, Will 1
Jesse carefully studies the board.
Jesse was on a five card hand in the decider and led with a Misty+Rainforest while Will had a Delver+of+Secrets to start things off. Jesse simply played a Polluted+Delta and passed, but got a brief reprieve when Will’s Delver didn’t flip. Will opted to Ponder and attack for 1 before passing back. Jesse played a third fetch land and passed. Will flipped his Delver off Gitaxian+Probe, looked at Jesse’s hand, resolved a Grafdigger’s Cage, and got in for 3.
Will drew a card and passed the turn as Will played a Monastery+Swiftspear and attacked for 4. Jesse went to 9 to fetch an Underground+Sea and played a Hapless+Researcher. Will attacked with his team and Jesse put the Researcher in front of the Swiftspear, sacrificing it to put a Sphinx+of+the+Steel+Wind into the bin, falling to 6. Jesse played a Lotus+Petal for his turn and passed and Will went to hit Jesse with a Lightning+Bolt, but Jesse had the Daze. Will attacked Jesse to 2 and sent a Lightning+Bolt at Jesse for the win.
Will 2, Jesse 1