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