Semifinals: Rudy Briksza (Stoneblade) vs. Dustin Taylor (RUG Delver)
Dustin Taylor takes RUG Delver to the semis.
Some friendly pre-game chatter preceded the match, with Dustin and Rudy discussing their plans to attend the upcoming Atlanta and Los Angeles Invitationals. Dustin was hoping to put on some point and get within range of a bye or two as soon as possible!
“I pick play” Dustin announced before quickly mulliganing his opener, and Rudy did the same. Volcanic Island and Ponder on turn 1 for Dustin, and he shuffled up the deck. Rudy started Creeping Tar Pit, and Dustin fired Wasteland before shrugging as Rudy Thoughtseized him on Scrubland.
That pitched Scavenging Ooze and left Dustin on two Tarmogoyfs and two fetchlands, the first of which was Forced pitching Spell Pierce. “That’s kind of rude,” Dustin said, but he had Daze off the top—sick peel!—to defend the big man and start the aggro. Rudy played Island and passed, Dustin attacking and casting another copy.
Lingering Souls brought some defense to the situation, Rudy falling to 9 as he blocked one of them. Flashback on Souls gave him two more, and he tapped out for Stoneforge Mystic. That one earned Force of Will, removing Brainstorm—a better play than getting greedy.
One Tarmogoyf again got through the Spirits, and Dustin passed with Rudy on 5. Rudy shipped turn right back with no attacks, throwing away both Spirits to try and survive. When his next card was just another land, Rudy packed in his cards.
Dustin 1, Rudy 0
Rudy Briksza makes the Top 4 of the Legacy Open with Stoneblade
Rudy started Island while Dustin led Trop and Delver of Secrets, Rudy dropping Tundra on turn 2. That merited a Wasteland, but Rudy Brainstormed in response—Spell Pierce countered, and Dustin swung 1 damage. The second Brainstorm from Rudy got Dazed, and he passed after playing Karakas.
Delver swung after Dustin Pondered, and Rudy saw fit to cast Swords to Plowshares, which resolved. Fetching to drop Tarmogoyf, Dustin ended the turn. Rudy continued to miss land drops, and Dustin attacked him for 3 damage. Laying Misty Rainforest, he passed.
Rudy shipped turn after drawing a card, attacking Rudy to 12, and Snapcaster Mage during the end step gave him an attacker. His Lingering Souls earned a Daze, though his third land had been Underground Sea—not a bad one. Dustin dropped him to 9, and passed.
Perish from Rudy got Forced on his turn, then his defending Snapcaster Mage felt the sting of Lightning Bolt before he himself fell to 6. Fetching, Rudy dropped to five, and his Engineered Explosives let him finally kill that Tarmogoyf.
Finding a new route to victory, Dustin locked Rudy out of black by using Life from the Loam to Wasteland his Underground Sea. Vendilion Clique from Rudy gave him an out to the Loam, but Dustin Bolted Rudy in response to the Clique—and when Rudy sent Loam to the bottom, another Lightning Bolt off the top finished the game.
Dustin 2, Rudy 0