Semifinals: Mike Sigrist vs. Gerard Fabiano
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%2C+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%2C+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.
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%2C+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%2C+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