Semifinals: Morgan Burks vs. James Allen
Burn was back for the Richmond Legacy Open, with James Allen making it into the Top 4 after a slide into eighth seed. He faced Stoneforge+Mystic archetypes in the Legacy format, and hoped to have a fiery finish prepared.
Tropical+Island and a pass. James began on Lava+Spike, passing afterward. Brainstorm for Dryad+Arbor, passing turn. James cast Figure+of+Destiny and then Lightning+Bolt on Dryad+Arbor, trading 3 damage for a Wasteland against Tundra was not the shuffle effect he likely wanted, and Morgan passed after playing it. James attacked for 1 damage, and Morgan decided to Plow itâ€”James made it a 2/2 for the additional life, casting another Figure+of+Destiny and suspending Rift+Bolt afterward.
Stoneforge+Mystic resolved on the next turn from James, fetching Umezawa%27s+Jitte. James probably didn't mind that, and declined to Rift Bolt the Mystic. He attacked with Figure, earning a block from Stoneforge, and made the Figure a 4/4 before ending his turn tapped out.
James 1, Savannah and pass for Mountain and Lava+Spike. Tropical+Island from Morgan enabled Stoneforge+Mystic, James nodding as the Mystic searched for Umezawa%27s+Jitte. Another Lava+Spike from James went to the dome on Morgan, and he suspended Rift Bolt.
Brainstorm from Noble+Hierarch and Misty+Rainforest. James sent Rift+Bolt to the dome and then tapped out to resolve Sulfuric+Vortex! That would really hurt Jitte in the matchup, and Forest, and Qasali+Pridemage, attacking for 3 damage with Stoneforge+Mystic.
James went to 15 from Vortex, suspended a Rift+Bolt, and played Barbarian+Ring. Morgan naturally popped the Vortex during the end step with Pridemage, untapping into Jitte. He equipped Stoneforge+Mystic, and James replied with Lightning+Bolt on the Mystic. During the end step, James cast Price+of+Progress to put Morgan on 4 life, untapping into threshold via Rift Boltâ€”Barbarian Ring does it again!
James 2, Morgan 0