Semifinals: Noah Walker vs. Paul Lynch
Two flavors of Grixis square off in the semifinals with Noah opting for Delver and Paul going for a more controlling build. Which player would play for the trophy against Elves?
Noah opened with a Flooded+Strand while Paul, on a mulligan to six, fetched an Underground+Sea and hit the board first with a Deathrite+Shaman. The Shaman wasn't long for the world, however, as Noah fetched a Volcanic+Island and killed it with a Lightning+Bolt. Noah landed a Young+Pyromancer on his second turn and passed. Paul attempted to kill the Pyromancer with a Fire/Ice, but Noah had a Force+of+Will, pitching Brainstorm. Paul really wanted the Pyromancer dead, so he used a Force+of+Will of his own, pitching a Brainstorm.
Noah served in with his elemental and used a Wasteland to blow up Paul's Volcanic+Island. Paul dropped a Scalding+Tarn and fired off Cabal+Therapy, leading Noah to Brainstorm in response. After Brainstorm resolved, Paul named "Gurmag Angler," only to see a Gitaxian+Probe and Lightning+Bolt. Paul fetched a replacement Volcanic+Island and played his last cad, his own Brainstorm. Noah had hid another Pyromancer and played it after attacking for one.
Paul killed the Pyromancer with a Lightning+Bolt and passed, not before taking three from the Bolt, generating another token and taking two on Noah's next turn. Paul could only fetch another land as he passed and fell to 9 on Noah's next attack. Paul played the Tropical+Island from his hand and passed back. Paul used a Dig+Through+Time to start looking for a way to stabilize after falling to 7.
Noah used a Dig+Through+Time of his own and bashed for two more. Noah found an Angler and delved away his graveyard to play it for one mana. Paul finally found a Young+Pyromancer of his own and passed. Noah killed the opposing Pyromancer with a Lightning+Bolt, attacked in and dropped Paul to 3 after he chumped the Angler with an elemental he created by using a Lightning+Bolt of his own. Paul looked at his next card and had seen enough.
Noah 1, Paul 0
Paul kicked off Game 2 with a Deathrite+Shaman but Noah had the answer with a Lightning+Bolt. Paul Pondered, shuffling away the top three, only to Ponder again. Noah hit Paul's Underground+Seas with a Wasteland and played a Delver+of+Secrets. Paul had his own threat, Young+Pyromancer, and passed back. Noah's Delver didn't flip, so he Brainstormed and fetched an Underground+Sea for a Deathrite+Shaman.
Paul landed Izzet+Staticaster and shot down the Delver before passing. Noah went for a Dig+Through+Time, but Paul had the Force+of+Will for it, making a token. Noah played a second Deathrite+Shaman and shipped the turn. Paul got in for one with a token and went for his own Dig, making a second Elemental. Noah tried for a Brainstorm, but Paul's Pyroblast stopped it and added to his army. Noah had no other plays and passed.
Paul served in with his three tokens to drop Noah to 14 and followed the attack with a Brainstorm and a three-mana Tasigur%2C+the+Golden+Fang. Noah found a Forked+Bolt to deal with the Pyromancer and a token. Noah tried to catch Paul sleeping by playing a Delver+of+Secrets, but Paul made sure to ping it at the end step with his Staticaster.
Paul attacked and dropped Noah to 7 before playing Cabal+Therapy, naming and hitting Dig+Through+Time. Paul flashed it back to grab a Gurmag+Angler and passed, Noah had no action on his next turn and had to decide on blocks when Paul served in. Noah fell to 2 after blocking one token with a Shaman and Paul used the Staticaster to kill off the DRS. Paul ended his turn with his own Shaman and passed. Noah looked at his next card and picked up his permanents.
Noah 1, Paul 1
Noah, on the play for the deciding game, opened up with a Deathrite+Shaman. Paul led off with a Gitaxian+Probe and attempted to kill the Shaman with a Lightning+Bolt, but Noah used a Daze to keep it alive. Noah used his Shaman to play Brainstorm and fetched an Underground+Sea to make it perfect. Noah ended his turn with another cantrip, Ponder this time. Paul sent another Bolt at the Shaman, this time succeeding, and used a Ponder of his own. Noah slammed a Gurmag+Angler on his next turn, delving away his entire graveyard.
Paul opted for a Dig+Through+Time, also getting rid of his graveyard, and passed the turn tapped out. Noah knocked Paul to 12 with his fish, used a Wasteland on Paul's Volcanic+Island, and passed after playing a Young+Pyromancer. Paul simply played another land and deployed True-Name+Nemesis, naming "Noah."
Noah began making tokens with a Brainstorm and attacked with his team. Paul put True-Name in front of the Pyromancer, so Noah sent a Bolt at Paul in response to get another token, dropping Paul to 4 after combat. Paul refueled with a Brainstorm of his own and sent Fire at both of the tokens, killing them off. Noah sent a Forked+Bolt at Paul, dropping him to 2, and passed.
Paul played a two-mana Tasigur and shipped the turn. Noah went for another Brainstorm, but Paul stopped it with Pyroblast. Noah settled for sending a Lightning+Bolt at Paul, who showed his hand with no counter magic and extended his hand.
Noah 2, Paul 1