Semifinals: Thomas Ma vs Brandon Chreptyk
Tom Ma gets down to business in the semis.
Mana Leak saved Tom’s Delver from the free spell, but he fell to 17 from the Insectile Aberration’s attack as the life totals evened up. Runechanter’s Pike gave him the ability to ratchet up the damage in a hurry.
Tom fought back with Sword of War and Peace, but even that wasn’t enough to let him to keep up with the massive damage from the Runechanter’s Pike as Thought Scours filled Brandon’s graveyard and Tom came up just three points short before Insectile Aberration put an end to the game.
Brandon 1, Tom
Brandon Chreptyk gives Tom Ma the death stare.
There would be no mulligans in the match, but the second game took on a much different feel from the first. Things got started with a lot of lands until Brandon’s Invisible Stalker prompted a Mana Leak from Tom, but a second copy arrived safely and was soon joined by Delver of Secrets.
Vapor Snag took care of the 1/1 for the time being, but Tom was already on defense and Moorland Haunt threatened to put him even further behind. He fought back with a Snapcaster Mage to pick off a spirit token with the Vapor Snag, but he had to let the Delver of Secrets back in, sighing as it flipped and picked up Runechanter’s Pike while Tom was trying to get busy with Geist of Saint Traft and Honor of the Pure.
Revoke Existence wiped out the enchantment and let him double block Geist of Saint Traft with Snapcaster Mage and Invisible Stalker after Tom played another Honor of the Pure. That left Tom with just a Snapcaster Mage of his own and he could only watch as Brandon’s Insectile Aberration put the boots to his life total, soaring over to connect for huge chunks of damage as Tom flooded out.
Brandon 2, Tom 0