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 toâ€”hopefullyâ€”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 cardâ€”a lethal Lightning+Bolt that whizzed him off to the finals.
Sherwin 2, Kurt 0