Semifinals: Michael Derczo vs. Ross Merriam
Ross knows this matchup all too well as Death and Taxes was what beat him in the finals of a Legacy Open in Providence, costing him winning back-to-back Opens on the weekend. Now he faces Michael and a trip to the finals is on the line. Which non-Brainstorm deck will have a shot at the trophy?
Michael, on a mulligan to two, led with a Plains while Ross, on a full seven, fetched a Forest and played a Deathrite+Shaman. Michael found a Karakas and passed while Ross fetched another Forest and played Green Sun’s Zenith for an Elvish+Visionary and shipped the turn. Michael found another Plains, but no action and passed.
Ross played a couple of Wirewood+Symbiotes into a Heritage+Druid to cast a Natural+Order, sacrificing a Symbiote, into Craterhoof+Behemoth, untapped the DRS, and replayed the Druid to attack for the win as Michael flashed his fourth card – another Plains.
Ross 1, Michael 0
Michael focuses on his opponent.
Both were happy with their openers and Michael led off with an Aether+Vial off a Plains while Ross had a Quirion+Ranger from a Bayou. Michael used a Swords+to+Plowshares on the Ranger and passed with no second land. Ross didn’t have another land either and played Nettle+Sentinel. Michael ticked his Vial up to two counters and added a Plains to the board before playing Umezawa’s Jitte.
Ross played a Wirewood+Symbiote and Michael responded by Vialing in a Phyrexian+Revoker naming Wirewood+Symbiote. Ross attacked for 2 with the Sentinel and passed. Michael moved the Vial to three counters, equipped the Revoker with the Jitte and attacked with the 2/1. Ross blocked and traded with the Revoker, but Michael got the two charge counters on the legendary equipment. Ross studied his hand for a minute before passing and Michael Vialed in a Mirran+Crusader at the end step.
Michael equipped the Crusader to the Jitte and attacked while pumping the Crusader before first strike damage and once afterward to knock Ross to 7 and leave the Crusader with three Jitte counters. Ross drew a card and picked up his cards.
Ross 1, Michael 1
Ross riffles through his hand.
Ross started the deciding game off by fetching up a Bayou for Fyndhorn+Elves while Michael passed after playing a Plains. Ross went to 18 to fetch another Bayou and played an Elvish+Visionary then played a Wirewood+Symbiote with the Elves to then cast Quirion+Ranger. Michael played another Plains to cast Phyrexian+Revoker naming Wirewood+Symbiote.
Ross replayed the Visionary to get another card deeper, attacked for 1 with the Symbiote then played Nettle+Sentinel post combat. Ross ended his turn by fetching a Dryad+Arbor. Michael had a third Plains and played a Spirit+of+the+Labyrinth then ended his turn with an Aether+Vial. Ross played another Symbiote then a Gaea’s Cradle for Natural+Order, sacrificing a Symbiote to get a Behemoth and attacked for 61 to take the match.
Ross 2, Michael 1