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%2C+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