Semifinals: Robert Berni vs. Nick Marriot
“I played against that deck twice yesterday,” Nick noted. Robert had himself played against an Infect deck as well, and he knew it was a tough matchup going in. The games would be fast, and he’d be under constant pressure to defend himself... especially considering Nick had the play.
Nick does what he's been doing all tournament--counts to ten.
Falling to five cards, Robert’s hopes fell early in the first game. Turn 1 Glistener Elf for Nick, while Robert had Copperline Gorge. Inkmoth Nexus and Rancor gave Nick quite the clock, putting three poison onto Robert on the second turn.
Robert tapped out for Rampant Growth, but when Nick shrugged off the cut of his deck he sighed. “Looks like I might be dead.” Nick nodded, needing very little to close the game out on the spot against his vulnerable opponent.
Titanic Growth, and that’s the game.
Nick 1, Robert 0
Robert's fully aware that this is his worst matchup.
A quick first game sent both players to their sideboards, where Robert was looking to pick up some margins. He had the play this time, and he got to keep his opening seven—both were good starts. Turn 1 Ponder offered Robert a Bonfire of the Damned he couldn’t miracle due to a dearth of red mana, but he might be able to put it to good use.
Nick began with the Glistener Elf once again, presenting a big threat early. Farseek for Robert found Mountain and Nick once more had the Rancor, this time alongside Cathedral of War. Bonfire of the Damned for one killed the Elf—not Mutagenic Growth here—and Robert Pondered into some lands he needed in order to make a Titan... but little else.
Could he survive to six mana? The board was empty...
Ichorclaw Myr got the Rancor on the next turn, and Robert’s fifth land was a Copperline Gorge—that would not let him Snapcaster Bonfire of the Damned. He Pondered into a second copy and cast that one (whew!) before ending the turn. Green Sun’s Zenith for one made another Glistener Elf, but now Robert could cast Frost Titan to try and lock things up—
Except that his Cavern was on Human, and that left him short the blue mana he needed.
Nick 2, Robert 0