Semifinals: Josh Cicio vs. Levi Teitz
Levi Teitz sat down with UWR Delver for this semifinal, while Josh Cicio brought the relentless Shardless BUG to battle. Who would earn a seat in the finals?
Levi reveals a hand full of land.
Levi had Island and Ponder to kick things off, while Josh was content to develop his manabase, with only Verdant+Catacombs and Wasteland on his first two turns. On Levi’s second turn, he fetched up a Plains with Flooded Strand and cast Stoneforge+Mystic. Josh said no, Pitching Force+of+Will to cast Force+of+Will. He untapped, played his second Wasteland, and passed again. Levi had no play either, only a Scalding+Tarn, and Josh found a second colored source on his next turn to cast a Shardless+Agent, cascading into Sylvan+Library. Levi used two Dazes to keep the enchantment out of play, but the 2/2 beater stuck.
Looking to keep Josh color-screwed, Levi used Wasteland to destroy Tropical+Island. Josh drew and played a Swamp, but couldn’t actually cast either of the cards in his hand. Levi Pondered and found another Wasteland, using it to destroy Josh’s Underground+Sea, stranding him even further. He followed up with Stoneforge+Mystic, which retrieved Umezawa’s Jitte. Josh again had no play, and Levi simply drew his card and passed, threatening to activate his Stoneforge on Josh’s end step.
An Underground+Sea arrived for Josh, allowing him to cast Liliana+of+the+Veil. He ticked it down, and Levi responded by sneaking in a Batterskull. The Stoneforge+Mystic hit the bin. Levi untapped, cracked all of his fetchlands, and used the mana to cast and equip Umezawa’s Jitte to his Germ and to send the Shardless+Agent farming with a Swords+to+Plowshares. The Germ attacked Liliana down. Josh Wastelanded away Levi’s fetched up dual lands, but could only suspend Ancestral+Visions, a slow response against the looming Batterskull threat.
After another Batterskull swing, Levi added Delver+of+Secrets to the board, hoping to close out the game quickly. A basic Forest finally arrived for Josh, who eagerly cast Shardless+Agent and cascaded into Deathrite+Shaman. Levi’s Delver wasted no time sprouting wings, as Lightning+Bolt appeared on top of his deck. He then equipped the Jitte to it and attacked with both of his creatures. The Shardless+Agent jumped in front of the Germ, and Levi used the Jitte to dispose of Deathrite+Shaman.
Josh took a peak at his top card, found no help, and moved on to game 2.
Levi Teitz 1, Josh Cicio 0
Josh is pleased with his vanilla 1/2 creature.
Josh got things started in game 2 with a turn 1 Deathrite+Shaman, but Levi had the answer immediately, casting Pithing+Needle on his first turn to shut it off. Josh was content to attack for 1 on his second turn and pass. Levi added a Delver+of+Secrets to the board, and Josh had Abrupt+Decay at his end step to dispose of the Needle and turn his Deathrite+Shaman back on. He untapped and cast Shardless+Agent, spinning up a Thoughtseize. Levi had a Brainstorm in response to tuck his gas away, then revealed a hand of nothing but five land.
The first card off the top was revealed to be a Red+Elemental+Blast, and Insectile+Aberration came out to play, attacking Josh down to 13. Josh had an Abrupt+Decay for the flier, but Levi used a pair of Wastelands to knock out both of Josh’s land, leaving him with just a Deathrite+Shaman for mana. The Shardless+Agent continued to peck away at Levi, dropping him to 16, then 14, then 12, as Levi countered Josh’s attempts to make headway with Daze and Spell+Pierce.
Delver+of+Secrets showed up for Levi, and a Lightning+Bolt appeared on top right behind it to flip up Insectile+Aberration. He attacked for 3 more and then Lightning Bolted the Deathrite+Shaman. Josh found a timely land, a Marsh+Flats, and passed after attacking with his Shardless+Agent again.
The Insectile+Aberration dropped Josh to 6, and Levi had Red+Elemental+Blast at the ready when Josh’s Ancestral+Visions finally came out of suspension. Josh found a second land and cast Sylvan+Library. The flier smacked him again, and now Josh took three looks with his Sylvan+Library, didn’t find any help, and conceded.
Levi Teitz 2, Josh Cicio 0