Semifinals: Riley Curran vs. Tom Herzog
Two decidedly different Green Sun’s Zenith decks sat down to battle in this semifinal: Riley Curran’s Combo Elves and Tom Herzog’s Maverick.
A reasonable turn 3 from Riley.
Both players led off with Deathrite Shamans, and Riley had a Dryad Arbor and a Wirewood Symbiote to follow up. Tom disposed of the Dryad Arbor with a Wasteland, then removed it for mana and cast a Sylvan Library.
Riley untapped, cast a Glimpse of Nature, and it was off to the races. Heritage Druid and Nettle Sentinel came down, tapped for three mana, and a second Nettle Sentinel let the floodgates open. Riley followed up shortly with a second Glimpse of Nature and within a few minutes he put 15 Elves into play and was Natural Ordering up a Craterhoof Behemoth.
Riley Curran 1, Tom Herzog 0
Tom looks on with unease.
Both players led off with a mulligan, but Tom unfortunately took several more, beginning the game with just four cards on the play to Riley’s six. He kicked things of by fetching a Savannah and Green Sun’s Zenithing for Dryad Arbor. Riley led with Deathrite Shaman, and Tom had a turn 2 threat in the form of Thalia, Guardian of Thraben. Riley dropped a Gaea’s Cradle and used it to cast Nettle Sentinel and Sylvan Library on his turn, and Tom emptied his hand the following turn, playing a Dryad Arbor and a Knight of the Reliquary.
Riley kept an extra card off of the Sylvan Library, and went for the kill. He cast a Heritage Druid, tapped his three elves for three green mana, cast a Quirion Dryad and untapped his Heritage Druid with it, then cast Natural Order, sacrificing the Heritage Druid to put a Craterhoof Behemoth into play and attack for 20.
Riley Curran 2, Tom Herzog 0