Semifinals: Ty Thomason vs. Wyatt Archer
These players met in the Swiss… and Ty was the victor. Can Wyatt’s Suicide BUG deck get revenge?
Marsh Flats was Ty’s first play, while Wyatt began with Gitaxian Probe (paying two life) to see Ty’s Swords to Plowshares, Umezawa’s Jitte, Mishra’s Factory, Jace TMS, Vendilion Clique, and Tundra. He then cast Delver of Secrets off of Underground Sea. Ty used his Marsh Flats to get Tundra and played the second to cast Umezawa’s Jitte, but Force removing Baleful Strix countered it. Delver did not flip, and instead Belaful Strix entered the battlefield for Wyatt. The artifact Bird netted Wyatt a card and Delver dealt one damage before the turn ended.
Ty's deck is the Truth!
Ty’s third turn was True-Name Nemesis with the help of Mishra’s Factory, and Wyatt decided to Force that spell as well (removing another Force). Ty fell to 16 on attacks, then Hymn to Tourach robbed Ty of both Vendilion Clique and Swords to Plowshares. Ty cast Brainstorm to restock his hand with goodies, and among them was Stoneforge Mystic. The 1/2 grabbed Batterskull before Ty passed.
Delver still remained a 1/1, so only Baleful Strix attacked. A third Baleful Strix (two in play, one in exile) entered the battlefield as well. Ty used his fifth land, a fetchland, to go down to 14 and cast Supreme Verdict. This filled Wyatt’s bin to the point that Tombstalker could enter the fray, so the 5/5 came into play. But Jace, the Mind Sculptor quickly bounced the 5/5, and Wyatt’s air force went to his hand. He couldn’t replay it on his next turn thanks to the Delve ability, and Jace just went to work.
Some things happened after that, sure, but the game ended when Jace came out to party.
Jace, the Mind Sculptor. Better than all.
Ty 1, Wyatt 0.
In between games, I chided Wyatt for the lack of Toxic Deluge in his deck. He unfortunately didn't have a chance to pick up any copies of the new 2013 Commander rare before today, but admits that it's a shoe-in for the strategy once he gets ahold of them.
Wyatt's hoping to cause Death where his deck treads!
Wyatt began with a mulligan, sadly, while Ty kept. Gitaxian Probe saw three lands, two Stoneforge Mystic, and True-Name Nemesis, and the Watery Grave untapped allowed Wyatt to drop to 16 on turn one. Flooded Strand was Ty’s only play, so Wyatt was able to play Marsh Flats (sac immediately for Watery Grave) and cast Hymn to Tourach. The discard spell randomly snagged True-Name Nemesis and Stoneforge Mystic. What a hit!
But that left Ty with one remaining Stoneforge Mystic, and the super Squire came out to play turn two fetching Batterskull. Wyatt cast Diabolic Edict on his third turn to get rid of the Mystic before it could cause too much damage… but True-Name off the top resolved the very next turn.
“I’ll choose you.”
Thoughtseize from Wyatt snagged Ty’s Batterskull, and he fell to 11. Then a 2/2 Death’s Shadow joined the board, the Avatar’s first appearance in this semifinal matchup. Detention Sphere took down the 2/2, and True-Name Nemesis dropped Wyatt to 8 (with Ty at 19). Wyatt cast and resolved Brainstorm, played Swamp, and resolved Death’s Shadow (5/5) and Delver of Secrets. Path to Exile took out the Shadow, and Wyatt found Island, before Ty also added Stoneforge Mystic. True-Name Nemesis is much scarier than it already is when equipped, and Sword of Fire and Ice is a good one to equip!
Brainstorm flipped the Delver into Insectile Aberration (the 3/2’s first appearance as well!), and Brainstorm was also cast from Wyatt’s hand… but no matter how he handled the Thoughtseize, Hymn to Tourach, or Baleful Strix it didn’t look good. Aberration dropped Ty to 15, but Sword plus Nemesis finished off Wyatt.
Ty 2, Wyatt 0.