Semifinals: Todd Anderson (Maverick) vs. Joshua Adams (Sneak and Show)
Protection from everything is pretty good!
Todd’s Maverick list faced a tough matchup this round in Sneak and Show, an archetype that played a fundamentally unfair game against Todd’s G/W creature deck. Could he combine aggression with some disruptive creatures to steal the match out from under Joshua Adams?
On the play, Todd fetched Savannah for Noble Hierarch and passed the turn following a mulligan from Josh. Josh had only Polluted Delta on turn 2, risking getting got by Aven Mindcensor when he declined to crack immediately. Todd played Karakas and Qasali Pridemage, but Force of Will removing Spell Pierce countered. Mother of Runes landed after.
Fetching for Island during the end step, Josh played Mountain on turn 2 and passed the turn to Todd. Fetching another Savannah, Todd cast Green Sun’s Zenith for two and found Gaddock Teeg, followed by an attack from Mother for 2 damage. Josh had another Island and passed, lacking anything worth Show and Telling into play.
Todd untapped and thumped down Jitte to increase his clock, equipping Gaddock Teeg and attacking for 3 damage. He drew Progenitus on the next turn, but could he race the Teeg from 13? It was sending through 7 a turn with Mother on backup. He Showed it in, with Todd adding Sylvan Library to the field.
Using Sylvan, Todd checked the top three for some help. He took a card and then attacked with Teeg, but declined to pump just yet—it would be the same difference on a future turn, and until then the counters could also buy him time by gaining life. Post-combat, he picked up Teeg with Karakas and cast Zenith for three to grab Knight of the Reliquary and pass the turn.
Josh drew another Progenitus, and Showed that one into play for giggles.
Todd 1, Josh 0
Todd Anderson manages to fend off 10/10s with protection from everything!
Another mulligan to six for Josh, who began with Polluted Delta again as well. Todd’s first turn featured Savannah and nothing else, prompting Josh to break Polluted Delta and grab an Island. He played Volcanic Island afterward, passing. Todd dropped Windswept Heath on turn 2 and fetched, finding Plains and casting Thalia, Guardian of Thraben to throw a wrench into Josh’s plans.
He cast Lotus Cobra after playing Volcanic Island and passed, while Todd made a third land and sent 2 damage on over before tapping out to play Knight of the Reliquary. “Pretty nice,” Josh admitted. He played City of Traitors and gave the turn to Todd, holding Intuition and Force of Will with Sneak Attack, but now his Emrakuls were stymied by the threat of Karakas!
Todd complicated things further with Gaddock Teeg, and Josh sacrificed his Petal to hardcast Force of Will for six mana. Following with Scryb Ranger, Todd sacrificed Savannah and a Forest to Knight twice for Wastelands, killing both Volcanic Islands and leaving Josh on Island and City of Traitors, while he sat on just Plains himself, but with an attack force in play.
Josh floated two mana with City and sacrificed it to play Scalding Tarn, which fetched Mountain prior to helping him cast Intuition. Searching for three copies of Emrakul, Josh passed after shuffling his graveyard back into his library. Todd wanted to be careful around Emrakul and keep a Knight always active, so he decided to rely on Scryb Ranger. He swung with everyone, dropping Josh to 4 and then untapping the Knight after casting Mother of Runes and Noble Hierarch.
Todd 2, Josh 0