Semifinals: Mike Hawthorne vs. Ryan Overturf
Two good friends faced off in the semifinals...
“I hope you beat me, Ryan,” Mike said. “I do too!” Ryan replied. With their decks only a handful of cards different, it was very close to a true mirror match. They even had the same shirts!
Volcanic Island and Delver of Secrets for Ryan, but he lost the Island to Wasteland. Replacing it, Ryan cast another Delver of Secrets and then forgot to attack, much to his chagrin. “Just a little bit of mercy, it’s not fair that I get to go first,” he said. Tropical Island for Mike, and a pass.
No transform for Ryan, but he did have Scalding Tarn. Mike played Volcanic island, and Dismembered Delver when they revealed Ponder this time. Ryan cast Ponder, then passed. Thought Scour during the end step for Mike, then he untapped to play Polluted Delta and Lightning Bolt on the Delver. He dropped to 9 for the fetch, finding Tropical Island then casting Ponder, and another Ponder.
Tarmogoyf for Ryan resolved, and Mike played his own before dropping Polluted Delta and passing the turn. Ryan made it to three lands with a Delta, and then cast Tarmogoyf number two. That merited the Brainstorm from Mike, and Force of Will pitching Thought Scour. Stable, Mike got his counter and untapped.
Delver of Secrets for Mike resolved, and he attacked Ryan to 15 with his Tarmogoyf before casting Ponder. Ryan fetched Volcanic Island during the end step and Thought Scoured himself before attacking Mike to 5 and casting his own Delver of Secrets. Revealing Ponder, Mike flipped Delver and tried to cast it—Ryan replied with Dismember on Tarmogoyf. He shuffled this Ponder, then Forked Bolted the Delver.
Mike dropped to 3 after blocking with Delver and fetching Volcanic Island, followed by Lightning Bolt to kill the Tarmogoyf. Daze on Mike’s Spell Snare for Ryan’s third Tarmogoyf locked up the game in Ryan’s favor.
Ryan 1, Mike 0
...and Mike didn't mind sending Ryan on into the finals!
Mike had the play but went to six cards, keeping a stinker. He led Polluted Delta and fetched for Volcanic Island, passing. Ryan played his own fetch and passed, Mike doing the same. He fetched and Ryan declined to reply in kind, wary of a retaliatory Stifle. Mike got Tropical Island and Nimble Mongoose, then passed.
Ryan Wastelanded Volcanic Island, prompting Brainstorm in response from Mike. “You’re so bad,” Ryan laughed. Fetching Volcanic Island, Ryan cast Delver of Secrets and forced it through with Daze on Mike’s Daze.
Mongoose swung for 1, but Ryan flipped into Forked Bolt on his turn and evened the odds with Insectile Aberration. Mike had just two Trops as he attacked Ryan with Mongoose, but that cast Tarmogoyf. Ryan Pondered into land, Submerging Tarmogoyf for the time being and attacking. All Mike could muster was Tarmogoyf again.
Ryan went to 12 for Dismember and attacked Mike to 9, but the game was still relatively narrow. Thought Scour gave Mike threshold to put Ryan on 9, he Wasted one of Ryan’s lands. Ryan made it 6 for Mike, and Mike knocked Ryan to 6 before casting a second Mongoose.
That put the brakes on Ryan’s attack, and he Forked Bolted Mike’s face, losing it to Spell Pierce and passing without an attack, tapped out. Mike Pondered into fetchland, fetching Volcanic Island and attacking. Trading Mongoose for Aberration, Mike got too eager with Lightning Bolt—he ran it headlong into Daze.
Even so, Ryan untapped and had no answer, dying on the next turn.
Ryan 1, Mike 1
Falling to 19 for a fetchland, Ryan grabbed Volcanic Island and played Delver of Secrets. Flooded Strand from Mike found Volcanic Island, and he cast Lightning Bolt to kill the Delver. Pondering, Ryan needed more threats but found a bunch of Wastelands instead—almost as good!
Mike played Tropical Island and Delver of Secrets, defending it from Lightning Bolt with Daze (sort of), since Ryan tapped his Wasteland to pay 1. That gave Mike a land he could use on the following turn to play nimble Mongoose, as Ryan failed to make a theat.
Wasteland on the Tropical put Mike to just Mongoose with six cards in the graveyard. Ryan fetched up Tropical Island to go with his Volcanic and then cast Nimble Mongoose—with seven in the bin. That shut down Mike, and he took 3 damage in two quick attacks before his cleanup step rewarded him with threshold.
When Mike failed to find a land, he conceded to Ryan’s Delver flip, with another Wasteland still in the grip!
Ryan 2, Mike 1