Semifinals: Oscar Jones (Melira Pod) vs. Brian Liu (Kiki Pod)
Brian kept his seven, while Oscar mulliganed to six.
Oscar led off with Misty+Rainforest into Birds+of+Paradise via Overgrown+Tomb, going to 17. Brian answered with Stomping+Ground and Birds+of+Paradise, going to 18. Oscar had another Misty+Rainforest and an untapped Temple+Garden, casting Kitchen+Finks to return to 16 life.
Brian had a great deal of thought after his draw, settling on a Plains and a Wall+of+Roots. Oscar had a Spellskite but no third land. Brian, after an Arid+Mesa, had the clear mana advantage. He cast Kitchen+Finks and passed.
Oscar untapped, drew, and found Birthing+Pod, paying life for it. On the end step, Brian found a Steam+Vents after a long search. The life totals stood at 17-14, Brian. He untapped, drew, played Gavony+Township, and thought, finally casting Chord+of+Calling to fetch up Linvala%2C+Keeper+of+Silence.
Oscar cast Birds+of+Paradise on his turn and sacrificed Kitchen+Finks to Birthing+Pod to find a Linvala of his own. With mutual Linvalas on the board, the two combo decks needed to find a different way to win.
Oscar fights off the semifinal pressure.
Brian cast Chord+of+Calling, this time with X = 5, and came up with Zealous+Conscripts, which targeted Linvala. Oscar sacrificed his Linvala in response, but found nothing, as Reveillark was already in hand. On Oscar’s turn, he Podded away Kitchen+Finks to find Ranger+of+Eos, but Brian Liu flashed his fatal combination with Kiki-Jiki%2C+Mirror+Breaker and Oscar conceded.
Oscar 0, Brian 1.
Both players pored over each other’s decklists as they sideboarded. Oscar had the option and chose to play. Oscar kept his opening seven, while Brian went into the tank before mulliganing. He peeked at the top few cards. They would have been perfect. Eventually he settled on six.
Oscar led with a Swamp and Thoughtseize, which showed Combust, Deceiver+Exarch, Restoration+Angel, and three lands. Combust hit the bin. Brian played an Arid+Mesa and passed. Oscar had a Misty+Rainforest and a pass, which Brian took as his cue to fetch up a Hallowed+Fountain on the end step.
Brian untapped, drew, and went with Forest for Wall+of+Roots. Oscar used his opponent’s end step to fetch up a Temple+Garden, putting the life totals at Oscar 17, Brian 19. Oscar played Gavony+Township and then Birthing+Pod, going to 15. Brian had only Gavony+Township, go.
Brian ponders how to sideboard.
Oscar played an untapped Godless+Shrine, going to 13, and cast Linvala%2C+Keeper+of+Silence. On the end step, Deceiver+Exarch flashed in to tap Linvala. Then a rules question arose about when Deceiver+Exarch was coming down, but it was resolved amicably and Brian went on with his turn.
Brian played an untapped Sacred+Foundry, going to 17, and passed. Oscar tanked on his turn, settling on a Misty+Rainforest, sacrificed for a basic Forest, and a Viscera+Seer. In response to the Seer, Brian flashed in a Restoration+Angel, threatening a trigger-based lethal army, but Oscar had the Dismember. Oscar then went to town with Birthing+Pod, giving up the Seer for a Spellskite, but Spellskite could not protect Linvala from Combust.
Brian attacked with Restoration+Angel, putting Oscar’s life total perilously low at 7. Oscar went to 6 after a Verdant+Catacombs played and sacrificed, finding a basic Forest. He sacrificed Spellskite to Birthing+Pod to find Eternal+Witness and recurred and recast Linvala%2C+Keeper+of+Silence.
When Brian untapped, though, he cast Zealous+Conscripts to take Linvala and the match.
Brian Liu wins 2-0 and advances to the finals!