Semifinals: Kyle Hutchens vs. Per Nyström
Per won a difficult matchup to reach this point, now he faces Kyle and his RUG Delver list. Will Kyle continue on his undefeated tear through the tournament or can Per pull another upset to reach the finals?
Kyle shuffles after sideboarding for Game 2.
Kyle led things off turn-1 Nimble Mongoose and Per opted to use a Wasteland on the Tropical Island. Kyle attacked for one and passed after dropping a Wooded Foothills. Per went Plains-go and Kyle kept hitting for one and added a Volcanic Island. Per found an Aether Vial on turn 3, but Kyle used a Daze that Per paid for, then fetched up a Tropical Island and used another Daze to counter the artifact. Kyle untapped and Brainstormed then used his own Wasteland to get rid of Per’s and then attacked again for one.
Per went for a Stoneforge Mystic, but Kyle had the Force of Will – pitching another Force. Kyle attacked with his Mongoose for three now that he had threshold and shipped the turn. Per tried to land another SFM and Kyle Brainstormed in response, but allowed it to resolve and Per searched up an Umezawa’s Jitte. Kyle attacked again to knock Per down to 9 and passed. Per added a Rishadan Port to his mana base and played a Phyrexian Revoker which resolved and named Nimble Mongoose, despite it not doing anything.
Per waited until Kyle’s upkeep to use SFM and put a Batterskull into play. Kyle drew and passed with no play or attack. Per attacked with his Germ toke, but Kyle used a pair of Lightning Bolts to kill it. Per dropped a Horizon Canopy and attached the Batterskull to the SFM and shipped the turn. Kyle played a Tarmogoyf and passed again, but Per had a Swords to Plowshares for the Goyf. Per put the Jitte on the SFM and attacked which prompted a concession from Kyle.
Per 1, Kyle 0
Per gets ready for Game 2.
Kyle started off with a Tropical Island on turn-1 again, but this time Pondered. Per again had his turn-1 Wasteland to deal with the dual land. Kyle played a Volcanic Island and Pondered again, but didn’t find another land. Per went Plains-go and Kyle found a Wasteland off the top for a second land. Per played another Plains and made his first nonland play a Mother of Runes. Kyle Brainstormed in response and allowed mom to resolve.
Kyle played and cracked a Wooded Foothills for a Tropical Island then played a Tarmogoyf. Per dropped a Rest in Peace, which prompted Kyle to Brainstorm and then allowed the enchantment to resolve making the Goyf an 0/1. Kyle did find a new threat in two Delver of Secrets then used a Wasteland on Per’s Port before passing the turn. Per found another Port and played Stoneforge Mystic to tutor up a Batterskull. Kyle revealed a Ponder to flip his Delvers and used it before cracking for six with his 3/2s. Kyle played Rough so Per used his Mother of Runes to save his SFM. Per untapped and used a Swords to Plowshares on one of the Insectile Aberrations and passed.
Kyle played another Rough so Per responded by using SFM to get his Batterskull into play. Kyle Bolted the Germ and attacked for three. Per found a pair of Serra Avengers and passed. Kyle Brainstormed and played another Delver and passed. Per equipped one of his Avengers with the Batterskull and attacked Kyle down to 14 while going up to 17. Kyle cracked a fetch land at the end of the turn to fall to 13 and get an extra Tropical Island into play.
Kyle failed to flip his new Delver and passed. Per dropped a Jitte then suited up the Avenger with it as well and attacked. Kyle put his 3/2 flyer in the way as Per went up to 24 then killed off the Delver with the Jitte. Kyle Pondered as he looked for an answer to the pieces of equipment Per was using to dismantle his game plan. Kyle drew off the Ponder and extended his hand revealing a Tarmogoyf and Spell Snare.
Per 2, Kyle 0