Semifinals: Jim Davis vs. Chris Hall
A rematch from the Swiss pairs Jim and Sultai Delver against Chris and Elves. Which player will play for the trophy against Storm?
Chris shuffles up for the semifinals.
Jim, on a mulligan to five, led off with a Flooded+Strand and cracked it to Stifle Chris’ Misty+Rainforest leading Jim to play a Deathrite+Shaman and a Scalding+Tarn. Chris attempted to fetch another land but Jim had another Stifle after fetching a Tropical+Island.
Jim Pondered, looking for a clock, and passed, keeping the cards. Chris didn’t have to attempt to fetch for a land this time, playing Bayou and Deathrite+Shaman, but Jim responded with a Brainstorm and countered the elf with a Force+of+Will. Jim began eating instants and sorceries to clock Chris as Chris played two Dryad+Arbors as his lands.
Chris resolved a Glimpse+of+Nature and played a Nettle+Sentinel to draw a card, leading to a Gaea’s Cradle to play an Elvish+Visionary and passed as Jim dropped him 12 to eat the Glimpse. Jim landed a Dark+Confidant and passed with one card in hand and an open Tropical+Island. Chris used his Cradle for mana and sacrificed an Arbor to Natural+Order, getting Craterhoof+Behemoth, and served in with his team to take the first game.
Chris 1, Jim 0
Jim looks to battle back after dropping Game 1.
This time Jim was happy with his opener while Chris went down to six. Jim opened with a Deathrite+Shaman off a Tropical+Island as Chris played a Forest and a Green Sun’s Zenith to get a Dryad+Arbor. Jim fetched an Underground+Sea to Disfigure the Arbor then ate it with DRS to play a Dark+Confidant. Chris played a Wirewood+Symbiote and followed it up with a Nettle+Sentinel, but Jim Dazed the 2/2.
Jim flipped a Wasteland off Bob, which he used on Chris’ Bayou, then ate the land to kill off the Symbiote with Marsh+Casualties allowing him to get in for 2. Chris played another Bayou and a DRS of his own, and Jim got a Brainstorm off Bob, played another Dark+Confidant, killed the Shaman with a Murderous+Cut, and served in for 2 more.
Chris had another Shaman and passed, while the two Confidants revealed Brainstorm and DRS for Jim. Jim fired off a Brainstorm, cleared the top away by fetching an Underground+Sea, and fired off a Thoughtseize, taking a Natural+Order from Chris’ hand. Jim used an Abrupt+Decay on the Shaman and attacked for 4.
Jim got a Delver+of+Secrets and another Shaman, falling to 10, and knocked Chris to 8 before deploying the Delver and Shaman. Chris went to 7 to fetch a Dryad+Arbor at the end step, untapped, and passed, falling to 5 off a Shaman. Jim used a Brainstorm to set up his triggers, letting Delver flip off a Daze, then revealed the Daze and a Flooded+Strand, leading Jim to turn everything sideways for the win.
Chris 1, Jim 1
Both kept their openers and Chris started the decider off by fetching a Forest to play a Deathrite+Shaman as Jim landed a Grafdigger’s Cage off an Underground+Sea. Chris went to 18 by fetching another Forest, played a Quirion+Ranger and an Elvish+Visionary then opted to pass the turn. Jim considered his options before playing a Dark+Confidant after playing a Tropical+Island.
Chris led off his third turn with a Wirewood+Symbiote then bounced and replayed his Visionary and attacked for 1, dropping Jim to 19. Chris ended his turn with a Nettle+Sentinel. Jim revealed a Scalding+Tarn off Bob, Brainstormed, went to 18 to fetch another Underground+Sea, Pondered, and played another Shaman before shipping the turn, leading Chris to bounce his Visionary.
Chris dropped a Bayou and replayed his Visionary, but Jim countered it with Force+of+Will, pitching another copy. Chris dropped Jim to 15 by eating the Ponder, attacked with his Sentinel, knocking Jim to 13. Chris untapped his Shaman with his army and made a mana to play another Sentinel, untapping the other 2/2. Jim played Brainstorm after revealing a Dark+Confidant to itself, fetched down to 10, and played the other Confidant and another Shaman.
Chris attacked with his 2/2s and Jim threw a Bob in front of one, trading, and falling to 8. Chris played a Bayou, used a DRS to eat a Brainstorm then untapped his Shaman, using it again to eat a Confidant, replayed his bounced Sentinel and passed. Jim went to 5, revealing Disfigure for Bob, played a Wasteland and kicked his Marsh+Casualties leading Chris to say, “I’ll have some responses.”
Chris bounced his Sentinel, used the Shaman to eat a Tarn, but Jim did it in response, then Chris lost the rest of his team. Jim went to 7 after using the mana for his Shaman and attacked for 2 with his Confidant. Chris deployed a Shaman and a Sentinel and passed. Jim went to 6 after revealing Brainstorm, killed the Shaman with Disfigure, killed the Sentinel with Abrupt+Decay, destroyed a Bayou with his Wasteland, and attacked Chris down to 15.
Chris could only play his Gaea’s Cradle and pass as Jim went to 8 off a Shaman activation then back to 7 after revealing a Delver+of+Secrets. Jim played the Delver, attacked Chris to 13 and passed after adding Scalding+Tarn to his board. Chris played a Misty+Rainforest and passed, leading Jim to go up to 11 after eating two creatures with Shamans. Jim took 1 to flip the Delver and reveal Thoughtseize for Bob. Jim Brainstormed, attacked for 8, and passed, stopping Chris in his draw step to fetch an Underground+Sea and use a Vendilion+Clique, letting Chris keep his hand of unplayable spells. From there, Jim went through the motions and took the match.
Jim 2, Chris 1