Semifinals: Morgan McLaughlin vs. Thomas Herzog
Thomas Herzog was bringing Maverick back in style, taking it all the way to the semifinals. Standing in his way of a finals berth was Morgan McLaughlin and his RUG Delver deck.
Thomas hopes this Scavenging+Ooze is good enough.
Morgan led things off with his deck’s namesake, Delver+of+Secrets. Thomas matched him one drop for one drop, fetching up a Savannah and casting Noble+Hierarch. Morgan missed on his first Delver trigger, but it cracked in for 1 anyway, and a Nimble+Mongoose was the follow-up. On his second turn, Thomas played a Wasteland and cast Thalia%2C+Guardian+of+Thraben, prompting a Brainstorm in response from Morgan. The Thalia stuck, and Thomas Wastelanded away Morgan’s Volcanic+Island before passing it back.
Ponder showed up on top of morgan’s deck, and the Delver+of+Secrets flipped over. Morgan attacked Thomas down to 15 with his flier, then added a Tarmogoyf to the board before shipping the turn. Thomas used Swords+to+Plowshares on his own turn to send the Insectile+Aberration farming, then passed it back. Morgan tapped both of his lands to cast a Ponder, then attacked for three with his Tarmogoyf and added another Nimble+Mongoose to the board.
Swords+to+Plowshares #2 was the play from Thomas, getting rid of Tarmogoyf and leaving Morgan with just a pair of 1/1 Nimble+Mongooses. Thomas then attacked with his Thalia%2C+Guardian+of+Thraben, knocking Morgan back down to 21, and added a Deathrite+Shaman to the board post-combat.
Morgan cast a Brainstorm, putting the sixth card into his graveyard. He found Scalding+Tarn, which let him shuffle the chaff away AND grew his Nimble+Mongooses into 3/3s. Chain+Lightning cleared away the Deathrite+Shaman, and the Mongeese came swinging, dropping Thomas down to 6.
Thomas deliberated for a moment before tapping out for a Green Sun’s Zenith for 2, digging Scavenging+Ooze out of his deck. When Morgan attacked again with the Nimble Mongeese, Thalia%2C+Guardian+of+Thraben jumped in front of one, but the other got through, and Morgan revealed Lightning+Bolt in his hand to finish things out.
Morgan McLaughlin 1, Thomas Herzog 0
Morgan brings two Nimble Mongeese and in intense stare to the table.
Now on the play, Thomas led the action with a Green Sun’s Zenith for 0, putting Dryad+Arbor into play, which stayed in play for all of about five seconds before Morgan fried with Volcanic+Island into Lightning+Bolt.
Thomas: “I really wanted that guy to live”
Thomas simply played a Savannah and passed the turn. Morgan Wastelanded him back to just one land, then cast a Delver+of+Secrets. Thomas attempted an end step Swords+to+Plowshares, but Morgan countered with Force+of+Will pitching Spell+Snare. Thomas simply untapped and disposed of the Delver with a Path+to+Exile, then dropped another Wasteland and sent Morgan back to 0 permanents in play.
Morgan decided that two could play that game, and played a Wasteland of his own, destroying Thomas’s Horizon+Canopy and leaving both players with 0 permanents in play. Thomas laughed and played his third wasteland, passing it back to Morgan who dropped a Tropical+Island and a Nimble+Mongoose.
Thomas had no further land, and considered his options for a while before choosing to use the Wasteland on Morgan’s Tropical+Island. Morgan found a Scalding+Tarn to turn his Nimble+Mongoose on, and began attacking for 3 damage a turn.
Several turns went by without Thomas finding another land. He fell to 13, then 10, then 7, then 4. By the time he found another mana source, he was staring down a Tarmogoyf and a Delver+of+Secrets in addition to the goose. The Plains was no help, and extended the hand.
Morgan McLaughlin 2, Thomas Herzog 0