Semifinals: Josh Ravitz vs. Chris VanMeter
A spot in the finals is on the line as Chris and Amulet Bloom clashes with Josh and Jund. Will Chris crash his way to victory with Primeval Titans or can Josh disrupt him enough to beat him down with Tarmogoyf and Dark Confidant?
Josh hits an Amulet with Abrupt Decay.
Josh, on a mulligan to six, started things off with an Inquisition of Kozilek taking Summer Bloom from Chris, who led off with Ancient Stirrings from a Gemstone Mine, getting Boros Garrison. Josh had no Turn-2 play, opting for a Raging Ravine and passing. Chris used his second copy of Stirrings, this time finding Tolaria West, and finished his turn by playing Simic Growth Chamber, bouncing his Mine.
Josh made another land drop, Wooded Foothills, and shipped the turn back, still with no clock. Chris played Radiant Fountain for his turn, gaining two life, and passed while Josh fetched a Blood Crypt. Josh went to 16 to fetch a Forest and played Tasigur, the Golden Fang. Chris looked to accelerate with Azusa, Lost but Seeking, getting to play Gruul Turf, bouncing the Fountain, the Fountain again, then Boros Garrison, returning the Fountain a second time.
Josh battled for four with Tasigur and landed another threat in the form of Olivia Voldaren. Chris, with six mana, played Hive Mind and made three land drops, in the form of Gemstone Mine, Mana Confluence, and Radiant Fountain, which let him transmute Tolaria West for Pact of Negation. Chris passed after transmuting.
Josh used Olivia to kill Azusa and attacked, dropping Chris to 12. Chris had no plays but then to add Sunhome, Fortress of the Legion to his board and passed. Josh sent his team into the red zone and took the first game.
Josh 1, Chris 0
Chris, on a mulligan to six this time, opened with an Amulet of Vigor off Gemstone Mine while Josh again had a discard spell on his first turn, taking Summer Bloom with Inquisition of Kozilek. Chris used Ancient Stirrings on his next turn to find a second copy of Amulet and played it with his Simic Growth Chamber, bouncing his Mine. Josh went to 17 to fetch a Stomping Ground and used an Abrupt Decay on Chris' first Amulet.
Chris could only replay the Mine and pass as Josh went to 14 to fetch an Overgrown Tomb and used a Fulminator Mage on Chris' Growth Chamber. Set back a turn, Chris just played a Slayers' Stronghold and passed as Josh deployed a Dark Confidant on his next turn. Chris kept playing land-go as Josh got Lilian of the Veil off Bob, attacked for two, and played the Planeswalker, making each player discard. Chris found another Amulet and played it and used a Selesnya Sanctuary to make four mana, and played Primeval Titan, getting Vesuva and Boros Garrison so he could copy his Stronghold to give the Titan haste, bouncing the Vesuva, then attacked Josh, allowing the Titan to tutor up a Tolaria West and Khalni Garden. Josh fell to 1 and Chris got a Plant token from his Garden before the end of the turn.
Bob gave Josh a land to survive and he attacked Chris down to 14 when he offered no blocks, leading Josh to tick down Liliana, making Chris lose the Plant, then played another Liliana to get the Titan before passing.
Chris floated a blue with Tolaria West and bounced it with Vesuva, copying the Garrison, then tutored up a Summoner's Pact into a Thragtusk, which he played and gained five life to go up to 21. Chris used his remaining mana and Slayers' Stronghold to give the Beast haste and attacked Josh for the win.
Josh 1, Chris 1
Chris went down to five cards and it became four when Josh opened the third game with a Thoughtseize, taking Ancient Stirrings, leaving Chris with three lands and a Primeval Titan. Chris ripped a Serum Visions to give him a play and kept one of the cards on top. Josh deployed a Tarmogoyf to start a clock but Chris found a Summer Bloom, allowing him to ramp up to four mana with a Gruul Turf, Tolaria West, and a Slayers' Stronghold.
Josh landed Liliana of the Veil and made both players discard before bashing with the Tarmogoyf. Chris drew a card and passed, losing his Hornet Queen to Liliana and took another hit for three as Josh played a Dark Confidant. Chris missed again and passed, choosing to concede the game after Josh activated Liliana again.
Josh 2, Chris 1
Chris does the math on his next play.
Both players kept and Chris started the game with a Leyline of Sanctity in play but had no land drop. Josh obliged him with a Raging Ravine that Chris copied then played an Amulet of Vigor and Simic Growth Chamber, bouncing the Vesuva to play Summer Bloom into Summoner's Pact for Primeval Titan, which he played to get Slayers' Stronghold and Boros Garrison to give it haste, then used its ability to get Khalni Garden and Mana Confluence. Josh took eight, opting not to throw away his Dark Confidant so Chris ended his turn with a Serum Visions.
Bob flipped Tarmogoyf for Josh, who went into the tank for his next play. Josh decided on fetching a Swamp and played Fulminator Mage but didn't destroy any lands. Chris paid for his Pact and Josh used the Mage to blow up Chris' only untapped land, Boros Garrison, in his upkeep. Chris attacked with his Titan and searched up Tolaria West and Simic Growth Chamber, bouncing his Garden, and Josh put his 2/1 in front of the Titan. Chris added a Thragtusk to his board, going to 23, and shipped the turn.
Josh took a glance at his next card and had seen enough.
Josh 2, Chris 2
Both players went to six cards in the deciding game, and Chris started with a Leyline of Sanctity in play while Josh opened with a Wooded Foothills. Chris had Tolaria West as his first land drop, leading Josh to fetch an Overgrown Tomb at the end step. Josh had no play on the second turn either, playing a Swamp and passing, as Chris led with a Serum Visions before playing Gemstone Mine.
Josh went to 16 to fetch an untapped Blood Crypt to play Maelstrom Pulse, blowing up the Leyline. Chris was able to ramp, however, by playing Azusa, Lost but Seeking on his third turn, getting two Karoos into play. With the Leyline gone, Josh used Thoughtseize to take Primeval Titan and killed the Azusa with Abrupt Decay.
Chris played a Gemstone Mine and played Thragtusk, going to 25 and shipped the turn. Josh played Liliana and used it to kill Thragtusk, but a Beast still remained. Chris used Ancient Stirrings to find Engineered Explosives and killed Liliana with the Beast token. Chris played another Gemstone Mine and passed the turn back to Josh.
Josh had no play and passed, but killed the Beast with Abrupt Decay when Chris attacked. Chris found a Primeval Titan off the top, though, and played it, getting Vesuva, copying Raging Ravine and a Growth Chamber, bouncing Tolaria West. Josh did have the Terminate at the end step, and attacked with his Ravine to knock Chris to 21.
Chris found another all-star in the form of Hornet Queen and landed it, getting four insects to go with it and passed. Josh played a Tarmogoyf and passed back empty handed. Chris sent his flyers into the red zone, dropping Josh to 8 and followed it up with Explosives on two and a Thragtusk, going to 26. Josh played his next draw, a Fulminator Mage and Chris blew explosives to get rid of the Tarmogoyf.
With Josh having no cards, Chris used Tolaria West to get Slayers' Stronghold, gave his Queen a boost and attacked for the win in the air.
Chris 3, Josh 2