Semifinals: Kennen Haas vs. Ethan Jain-Washburn
Whereas last round’s written feature match showcased two of Legacy’s usual suspects, this matchup features a pair of the format’s oddballs: ANT and Junk Depths. Can Kennen’s 20/20s defeat Ethan’s rituals?
Kennen is hoping his Depths weather the Storm!
Kennen, on the play, led off with Mox+Diamond and Thespian’s Stage.
And then Ethan won on turn one.
“I actually had a decent opener…”
“I had a better one!”
Ethan 1, Kennen 0.
Kennen led off once again, and Ethan had to mulligan to six. No turn one wins this time, but Kennen did have an end of turn Entomb for Raven’s Crime.
“Yeah, that’s what I figured.”
Raven’s Crime went to work on Ethan’s grip, as Raven’s Crimes forced Ethan to cast Brainstorm in response to the first copy. Ethan was forced to discard Past+in+Flames (not a bad one to discard!). Gitaxian+Probe revealed Ethan’s Crop rotation that could instantly get Bojuka+Bog to interrupt the combo, so Ethan was not 100% go to combo off. He instead revealed and searched out a second copy of Lion’s Eye Diamond with his Infernal+Tutor then passed. Dark+Depths (that can tap for mana thanks to Urborg%2C+Tomb+of+Yawgmoth) came down for Kennen, who then just passed the turn.
Ethan knows a storm's a-brewin'!
Ethan cast Brainstorm to try to fix his draw, but didn’t find exactly what he needed and passed. In the end step, Crop+Rotation searched out Thespian’s Stage and Ethan took 20 damage in one fell swoop.
Ethan 1, Kennan 1.
Ethan and Kennen both mulliganed to six. Ethan’s turn one Gitaxian+Probe revealed Kennen’s keep of Mox+Diamond, Smallpox, Life+from+the+Loam, and three lands, which looks pretty tough to beat. Ethan elected to not play a land (or perhaps didn’t have one?) before passing. Mox came down after Kennen discarded Thespian’s Stage, then Bloodstained+Mire found Bayou and helped cast Entomb, the freshly drawn card off the top, then retraced the Modern Masters common. Ethan discarded Duress.
Ethan used Lotus+Petal to cast Preordain, so I guess the no lander was the verdict. He scryed both cards to the bottom and passed. Not good! Meanwhile, Kennen, meanwhile, had all the lands he could ever want now thanks to Life+from+the+Loam. He then dropped Exploration and then cast Raven’s Crime with retrace to keep going to work.
Ethan found no land.
Kennen’s Life+from+the+Loam engine kept going, and he even put Coffin+Purge into the bin as part of the dredge. Raven’s Crime times two went off. Ethan finally found a land, but it was a bit too late: Life+from+the+Loam got three lands, those three lands turned into Raven’s Crime retraces, and Ethan went hellbent. Another Raven’s Crime and a Smallpox later, and Ethan scooped his cards up in defeat.
Kennen 2, Ethan 1.