Semifinals: Jim Davis vs. Matt Anderson
Jim Davis is looking to continue his carefully-controlled reign of terror with U/W Control, while Matt Anderson had wildly different plans, and was looking to punch his ticket to the finals with R/W Aggro.
Matt’s first play was a turn 3 Goblin Rabblemaster, which sent a token in for 1 uncontested. Jim dispatched it on his next turn with a Banishing Light, giving Matt a window to resolve Chandra, Pyromaster, dropping Jim to 18. Jim had Banishing Light #2 for the planeswalker, but Matt replaced it with another from his hand and kept on pinging. This one stuck, as Jim simply untapped and passed the turn back with mana open.
Stormbreath Dragon was the next attempt from Matt, and Jim swiftly countered it with a Dissolve. He took another 2 from the Chandra and the lingering 1/1 Goblin Token, then untapped and passed again, this time with exactly enough mana for a Dig Through Time. Matt dropped Jim to 12 and passed, and went Jim tried for a Dig Through Time, Matt sent some fire at his head, using Stoke the Flames and Lightning Strike to drop him to 5.
With the Chandra, Pyromaster looming at 7 loyalty, Jim needed to find another Banishing Light before it could go ultimate. His Dig found him a Divination, which he cast, but he drew only more countermagic, and passed the turn. Matt quickly untapped and cashed in his Chandra, and 10 cards came off the top: two Stormbreath Dragons, two Seeker of the Way, and six land.
Jim: “Let the record state that I am very lucky.”
Jim breathed a sigh of relief, but Matt wasn’t finished. He cast his one-of Dragon Mantle on his 1/1 Goblin Token, threatening a lethal swing, which prompted a Dissolve from Jim. Matt flashed him two more Lightning Strikes, and Jim laughed as he scooped up his cards.
Jim: “I thought I was getting lucky for you to miss, but there was no burn to hit, it was all in your hand!”
Matt Anderson 1, Jim Davis 0
Jim took a pair of mulligans for game 2, leaving him without a counter or removal spell as Matt played a turn 3 Goblin Rabblemaster. Jim fell to 17, then 12 before he was able to cast Brimaz, King of Oreskos, but Matt was ready with a Glare of Heresy to clear it out of the way and keep swinging, dropping Jim to 5.
Jim made his fifth land drop and cleared the board with an End Hostilities, but it was a Flooded Strand that required him to fall to 4. Matt didn’t slowroll the Sarkhan, the Dragonspeaker, and Jim fell swiftly to 0.
Matt Anderson 2, Jim Davis 0