Semifinals: Sherwin Pu vs. Kurt Samson
The RUG Delver mirror promised to be a brutal and bloody affair, but the early turns of this mirror were downright ridiculous.
Sherman Pu is excited to make the Semifinals.
Kurt led off with a fetched up Tropical Island to play Nimble Mongoose, and Sherwin matched him. Kurt picked up his land to Daze but had to laugh as Sherwin immediately did the same, leaving the board at Nimble Mongooses up. Delver of Secrets put Kurt out in front, and he solidified his position with a Force of Will on Sherwin's own copy of the blue wizard.
That was okay with Kurt as he powered up his Nimble Mongoose with Faithless Looting, pulling way ahead in the damage race as the Delver of Secrets flipped. Sherwin fought back with Chain Lightning on the Insectile Aberration, but he was quickly on 9 as the opposing 3/3 stayed on the attack until Sherwin's Tarmogoyf put a big body in the way.
The 4/5 forced Kurt to make a lot of calculations before eventually deciding to use Chain Lightning and Forked Bolt to clear it away, using up the majority of Kurt's gas. That still allowed him to attack Sherwin down to 5, but Sherwin rallied back with Nimble Mongoose and Sylvan Library while Kurt's defenses were down. Nimble Mongooses traded when Kurt offered it on the attack, but he ready with a replacement Delver of Secrets to—hopefully—take to the air. The life totals were 7-5 in Kurt's favor, but he was out of cards and had to hope Sherwin's Sylvan Library didn't offer up too much action.
It didn't, and Delver flipped into its aggressive form to bash Sherwin down to 2. But maybe the Sylvan Library had found a nice one as Sherwin pointed a Lightning Bolt at Kurt on end step, putting him down to 4, leaving a stunned Kurt, who had thought he was ahead the whole time, unable to stop the incoming lethal damage.
Sherwin 1, Kurt 0
Kurt Samson buckles down and tries to bounce back.
It took a few turns to get us back to the true mirror, but after a few Wastelands and Stifles there was nary a permanent to be found and a lot of lands lying in graveyards. Sherwin dug out of the hole first and used a Brainstorm to make sure he was going to be okay. Sylvan Library secured his position as Kurt was stuck on a Volcanic Island he had found in the meantime.
Tarmogoyf and Nimble Mongoose dropped into play to really put the boots to Kurt, but he fought back with Scavenging Ooze. Submerge played Time Walk on the ooze and Kurt was down to 12 before Sherwin added a second fully-powered Nimble Mongoose to the board. Tarmogoyf might have been a fine wall for Kurt, but Sherwin was running hot, hitting another Submerge off of a Ponder shuffle and attacking for 10. Sherwin confirmed the life totals and flipped over his last card—a lethal Lightning Bolt that whizzed him off to the finals.
Sherwin 2, Kurt 0