Semifinals: Mike Sigrist vs. Gerard Fabiano
Gerard Fabiano has been putting up results all season long with his unique take on Esper Control, but Mike Sigrist is running hot, coming off of a GP victory just last week. Could Mike and his Mono-Blue Devotion deck earn back-to-back trophies?
Mike Sigrist considers his options.
Mike led things off with a turn 1 Judge’s Familiar, and followed up with a Tidebinder Mage after Gerard developed his mana with a Temple of Silence. Thoughtseize from Gerard revealed a hand of Mutavault, Nightveil Specter, Tidebinder Mage, and Frostburn Weird from Mike, and Gerard sniped the Weird. Mike knocked Gerard down to 14 with his next attack, then dropped a freshly drawn Cloudfin Raptor into play along with a Mutavault, shipping the turn.
When Gerard simply played another tapped land and passed the turn, Mike went on the offensive, animating Mutavault and swinging with his team. Gerard attempted an Azorius Charm on the Mutavault, but Mike sacrificed Judge’s Familiar to protect it, and Gerard fell to 10. He then untapped and showed Supreme Verdict to clean things up.
Mutavault came knocking again, and Gerard fell to 8. A Tidebinder Mage showed up to rebuild for Mike, but Gerard exiled it with Detention Sphere. He fell to 6 from another Mutavault hit, and Mike had Judge’s Familiar next. Gerard untapped and slammed Elspeth, Sun’s Champion into play, looking to stabilize. He made three tokens and passed the turn.
Mike sent his 1/1 flier at Gerard rather than at the planeswalker, taking him to 5, then had Nightveil Specter, looking to close things out in the air. Gerard untapped and tried for a Detention Sphere on the Nightveil Specter, but Mike converted it into a 3/3 Frog Lizard in response with Rapid Hybridization. When Mike attacked next with the lizard and bird, Gerard traded off a group of his Soldier Tokens to get rid of the 3/3s. Mike added a second Judge’s Familiar to the board, threatening a two turn clock, but Gerard wasn’t going to give him two turns, as he ticked his Elspeth up to 7 loyalty and passed, threatening a lethal ultimate.
After some deliberation, Mike attacked Elspeth with both of his Judge’s Familiars. Gerard cast a Sphinx’s Revelation for 3 (with 1 land untapped) hoping to bait Mike into using his Familiars, but he instead got the consolation prize of three cards and 3 life. Gerard untapped and cast Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver, milling 3 cards, and went back to the business of making Soldiers.
The Judge’s Familiars swung at Gerard again, but one fell to Devour flesh. Mike played his last card in hand, a Thassa, God of the Sea, but Gerard was ready with a Dissolve. With no action against two Planeswalkers and a pile of 1/1 Soldier tokens, Mike conceded the first game.
Gerard Fabiano 1, Mike Sigrist 0
Mike had the first play of the game, although it wasn’t until turn 3 with a Nightveil Specter. Gerard was ready with Detention Sphere. Neither player made a move for a few more turns after that. Gerard eventually went for Duress, which Mike countered with a Dissolve. He then untapped and cast Nightveil Specter, but Gerard swept it away with a Supreme Verdict. When Mike again passed the turn without adding pressure to the board, Gerrard cast a Nyx-Fleece Ram to hold the ground.
Thoughtseize from Gerard cleared a Gainsay out of Mike’s hand, and Gerard cast Jace, Architect of Thought, ticking it down to net a Detention Sphere. Mike Rapid Hybridizationed the 0/5 blocker, then used Tidebinder Mage to tap down the Frog Lizard and attacked with Mutavault to clear away Jace. Gerard had another Jace, however, an even bigger threat the following turn in the form of Achangel of Thune.
Mike tried for Thassa, God of the Sea, but Gerard exiled it with Detention Sphere. He followed up with a Nightveil Specter, and attacked with his Archangel of Thune to grow both of his fliers. Mike had only another Tidebinder Mage. When Gerard untapped and main phased a big Sphinx’s Revelation, Mike had no answer, and extended the hand in defeat.
Gerard Fabiano 2, Mike Sigrist 0