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