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%2C+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%2C+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.