Semifinals: Todd Stevens vs. Matt Wey
Todd is on the play as the sixth seed with Jeskai Tokens and faces Matt and his R/G Aggro build. Which player will face Robert Berni in the finals?
Todd, on a mulligan to 5, led with a Battlefield Forge and a Mystic Monastery while Matt had a couple Mountains. Todd passed after dropping a Flooded Strand and Matt started the action with Flamewake Phoenix and attacked for two. Todd fetched and Raised the Alarm at the end step, untapped and attacked for two. Matt sent in the Phoenix again but Todd had a lightning Strike for it leading Matt to play a Morph and pass, missing his land drop.
Todd went to 16 to kill the Morph with a Stoke the Flames, putting an Ashcloud Phoenix in the bin, and attacked for 2 dropping Matt to 16. Matt, still on three lands, used a Crater’s Claw on a token and shipped the turn. Todd got in for one and played Hordeling Outburst before passing back. Matt found a Wooded Foothills and fetched a Forest to play Heir of the Wilds. Todd played Jeskai Ascendancy and Matt responded by killing a Goblin with a Lightning Strike. Todd decided to keep his creatures back and passed the turn.
Matt deployed a Shaman of the Great Hunt and attacked with his team. Todd double blocked the Shaman and took three from the ferocious Heir that got bigger after dealing damage to Todd. Todd found a Treasure Cruise and attacked with a Goblin and Raised the Alarm before damage to untap and grow his token, knocking Matt to 11. Matt played an Elvish Mystic and killed a Goblin with a Crater’s Claw before passing. Todd convoked a Stoke the Flames to kill the Heir and attacked. Matt offered no blocks and Todd opted to used Jeskai Charm to give his team +1+1 and lifelink to drop Matt to 3.
Todd 1, Matt 0
Both players kept their seven-card hands and played a pair of lands before Matt played a third-turn Elvish Mystic and passed with no third land, prompting Todd to kill it with a Lightning Strike. Todd dropped a Monastery Mentor on his third turn, but Matt cracked his Wooded Foothills and killed it with a Wild Slash.
Matt passed after dropping a Wooded Foothills and Todd was content playing land-go as well. Matt fetched a Mountain and played Flamewake Phoenix that dropped Todd to 18. Todd passed again with no play other than a land and took another hit from the flyer. Matt added an Heir of the Wilds to his board and passed. Todd drew and cleared the board with an Anger of the Gods and passed. Matt deployed a Morph and passed, still on three lands.
Todd delved three and tapped his five lands for a Treasure Cruise and passed after playing a Plains. Matt dropped a Goblin Rabblemaster and hit Todd with the token and his Morph. Todd fetched and played a Monastery Mentor before using a Lightning Strike to kill the Rabblemaster and make a Monk token. Matt served in with his team and Todd offered no blocks, falling to 9. Matt added an Elvish Mystic to his board and ended his turn.
Todd played Hordeling Outburst, getting another Monk, and attacked with his Mentor and Monk. Matt attempted to kill the Mentor with a Lighting Strike, but Todd responded with a Stoke the Flames to kill the Mystic and keep his Mentor alive while dropping Matt to 7. Matt played Barrage of Boulders and Todd responded with a Valorous Stance on a Goblin, keeping his tokens alive. Matt passed with no attacks.
Todd 2, Matt 0