Semifinals: Pete Repp vs. Jarvis Yu
Pete Repp was in for another black mirror with his Mono-Black Devotion deck. This time it was Jarvis Yu’s Black/Green Devotion looking to rain on his parade and make his way into the finals.
Jarvis shows how he really feels about Pack Rat.
Pete was on the play, which meant he got to play the first Pack Rat of the match. He didn’t get to keep it, as Jarvis cast a turn 2 Devour Flesh, and his turn 3 Pack Rat met the exact same fate a turn later. Jarvis had a turn 4 Nightveil Specter, but it met a Hero’s Downfall. Pete found his third Pack Rat the turn afterward, and Bile Blight came the response from Jarvis. Jarvis’s Underworld Connection was the first permanent from either player to actually stay in play and he went to work drawing extras.
Pete’s Nightveil Specter ate an Abrupt Decay, and Jarvis untapped and slammed Desecration Demon into play, but it paid the Ultimate Price before it got a chance to attack. He followed up with a post-combat Pack Rat, passing the turn with mana untapped to activate it. Pete found his fourth land, but he didn’t have the two removal spells necessary to turn the Pack Rat tide. Instead he cast Desecration Demon, and Jarvis opted to kill it with Hero’s Downfall at end step rather than make an end-step Rat.
The Pack Rat token came just the same, however, on Jarvis’s own turn. He activated Pack Rat and his two Mutavaults, and crashed in for 8, dropping Pete to 12. Pete could only draw his card and pass back. He had Hero’s Downfall for one Pack Rat when Jarvis made the same attack, but it simply replaced itself, and within a turn Pete fell to the Pack Rat beatdowns.
Jarvis Yu 1, Pete Repp 0
Neither player made a move for the first couple of turns, and it was Jarvis who first broke the silence with a turn 3 Underworld Connections. Turn 4 Desecration Demon was the first play of the game for Pete. Jarvis had no way to remove it, only adding Erebos, God of the Dead to his board. Pete’s Demon swung in for 6, and a second joined it after combat, putting the screws to Jarvis quickly.
Jarvis cast Nightveil Specter and attacked with his Erebos. He sacrificed the Specter to feed one Desecration Demon, but the other dropped him to 6, and a post-combat Gray Merchant of Asphodel sealed the deal.
Pete Repp 1, Jarvis Yu 1
Pete is under the gun.
Thoughtseize on turn 1 from Jarvis revealed all of Pete’s goodies: Pack Rat, Sign in Blood, Bile Blight and a pair of Duresses to go with his two swamps. Jarvis took the Rat, and Pete fired back with a Duress, taking a second Thoughtseize out of Jarvis’s hand and leaving him with Nightveil Specter, Desecration Demon and two lands. Pete developed his hand with a turn 2 Sign in Blood, and Jarvis deployed his Nightveil Specter right on schedule.
Pete played his second Duress on turn 3, but found no target, seeing only Desecration Demon and two lands. He used Bile Blight on the Nightveil Specter, but Jarvis’s Desecration Demon threatened to be a spookier problem. Pete, unfazed, cast a Whip of Erebos and took his licks, failing to 10 from the 6/6 beater. Jarvis had only a Thoughtseize to follow up, taking Gray Merchant of Asphodel, but Pete drew and cast another Gray Merchant, jumping back up to 14. It was a short-lived breather as Jarvis bashed him back down to 8 and played a second Desecration Demon.
Pete took a moment in the tank to consider his next move, knowing that the next turn would be crucial. He activated Whip of Erebos to bring back the other Gray Merchant, then activated Mutavault and fed it to Jarvis’s untapped Desecration Demon. The Merchant drained Jarvis down to 6, and the two Gray Merchants attacked. Mutavault jumped in front of one, but Jarvis fell to 4.
The Desecration Demons moved to attack, but Pete sacrificed his remaining Gray Merchant of Asphodel to tap one down, and fell to 6. Jarvis passed, sitting on a mystery card. Pete had the win on the table with his Whip of Erebos and the Gray Merchant in his graveyard. He checked Jarvis’s hand with Duress: a useless Llanowar Wastes! He activated Whip, and Jarvis extended the hand.
Pete Repp 2, Jarvis Yu 1