Semifinals: Taylor Scott vs. Tommy Graves
Taylor Scott preps for Game 1 of the semifinals.
Taylor started with a Tropical Island and no play. Tommy started with a Windswept Heath on a mulligan to six. Taylor played the first spell - a Nimble Mongoose. Tommy played a Misty Rainforest, cracked them both, but Taylor Stifled one of them. Tommy grabbed a Forest and played Nettle Sentinel that got Dazed. Taylor attacked for one and played a Volcanic Island. Tommy tried a Green Sun’s Zenith for one that also got Dazed.
Taylor attacked for one, replayed his land and passed. Tommy played a Wirewood Symbiote and a Heritage Druid. Taylor used a Wasteland on Tommy’s Gaea’s Cradle and passed. Tommy attacked for two and played another Symbiote and passed.
Taylor offered the trade and Tommy accepted, then played another Wild Mongoose. Tommy played a Deathrite Shaman and passed. Taylor cast a Brainstorm then attacked with Wild Mongoose and fetched for a Tropical Island before damage to get Threshold. Taylor followed up with a third Mongoose and passed.
Tommy used the Shaman to remove the Wasteland then played an Elvish Visionary to draw and passed. Taylor cast a Ponder then attacked with both Mongooses to drop Tommy to 6, then passed. Tommy untapped and cast Glimpse of Nature, Taylor Brainstormed in response then countered Glimpse with a Force of Will, removing another Force of Will. Tommy used the Shaman to remove a fetch land then played a Quirion Ranger and another Elvish Visionary. Tommy played a third Visionary and went into a flurry of creatures then attacked for 2 leaving back plenty of creatures and activated another Deathrite Shaman to ping Taylor for 2.
Talyor cast a Tarmogoyf then swung with the Mongooses, Tommy blocked and used Symbiotes to save a creature and traded with the other Mongoose. Tommy started another engine with Glimpse of Nature, finally played a second land after drawing many cards and passed with three creatures back. Taylor asked Tommy if he had a Natural Order, Tommy showed that he did – along with many other good cards, and Taylor conceded the game.
Tommy 1, Taylor 0
Tommy Graves goes over his sideboard options for Game 2.
This time Tommy kept his seven and Taylor went down to six and led things off with a Scalding Tarn for a Volcanic Island to play a Ponder. Tommy used a Verdant Catacombs to grab a Forest to play an Elvish Mystic. Taylor went to 18 after a Misty Rainforest fetched a Tropical Island and played Tarmogoyf. Tommy fetched again for a Bayou to play Thoughtseize and saw bad things: two Rough/Tumble, Lightning Bolt, and Submerge. Tommy picked the Submerge then passed.
Taylor untapped and used the Lightning Bolt on the Elf then attacked for four with the Tarmogoyf. Tommy played a Deathrite Shaman and a Plateau and passed. Taylor attacked with the goyf to drop Tommy to 8, then played a Nimble Mongoose and shipped it back. Tommy used the Shaman to remove a fetch land, played a Dryad Arbor, then Natural Ordered the Arbor away for a Craterhoof Behemoth, then passed.
Taylor played a Grafdigger’s Cage and passed. Tommy untapped and considered his options before passing back. Tommy tried to remove the Submerge, but Taylor Stifled it. Tommy drew and passed. Taylor cast a Ponder then passed. Tommy successfully removed Submerge again and pinged Taylor for two. Tommy drew and again played nothing. Taylor untapped and played a Delver of Secrets before passing. Tommy played a Quirion Ranger and pinged again with Deathrite Shaman.
Taylor flipped his Delver off a Force of Will, then cast a Rough, Tommy responded with a Deathrite ping then lost his team other than the Behemoth. Taylor attacked for three in the air and passed. Tommy played a Symbiote and passed. Taylor attacked for three more than finished Tommy with a Lightning Bolt to the dome.
Tommy 1, Taylor 1
Tommy started with a Thoughtseize off a Bayou from a Mistry Rainforest and saw double Force of Will, Tarmogoyf, Ponder, Grafdigger’s Cage, and two lands. Tommy picked the Cage and passed. Taylor used his first turn to play a Volcanic Island and a Ponder that shuffled away the top three cards. Tommy played an Elvish Visionary and passed. Taylor fetched for a Tropical Island then dropped a Tarmogoyf into play. Tommy untapped and played a Birchlore Rangers then tried a Heritage Druid, but it got countered by a Force of Will, removing Force of Will. Tommy fetched up another Bayou tapped it and his elves to play a Green Sun’s Zenith for one to put a Wirewood Symbiote into play.
Taylor dealt with Tommy’s two creatures with a Fork Bolt then swung in for five, then used Wasteland on one of Tommy’s Bayous. Tommy played a Visionary again then cracked a Misty Rainforest for a Forest, then cast a Birchlore Rangers.
Taylor wasted another Bayou, swung in for five and Tommy let it through to fall to five, then Taylor played a Delver of Secrets. Tommy untapped, went down to four on another fetch land that put a Dryad Arbor into play, then played GSZ for a Wirewood Symbiote then passed the turn with three creatures back. Taylor attacked with the Tarmogoyf, Tommy blocked with a Visionary then bounced it back to hand before damage. Taylor passed. Tommy replayed the Visionary and cast another to net another card. Taylor flipped his Delver this time off a Ponder that found Taylor a Lightning Bolt and Tommy conceded.
Taylor 2, Tommy 1