Semifinals: Vidianto Wijaya vs. Ricky Sidher
Jund vs. RUG wasn’t an unusual fight on the Open Series. Here, hometown hero and Grand Prix champion Vidianto Wijaya would be attempting to fight off NorCal grinder Ricky Sidher for a slot in the finals.
Vidianto shuffles up after a tough first game.
Vidianto mulliganed, while Ricky fetched or Tropical+Island and cast Delver+of+Secrets. Turn 2 for Vidianto saw him tap out to play Sylvan+Library, but Ricky Dazed. Replaying his Tropical+Island, he added Nimble+Mongoose to the fight. Vidianto tried Tarmogoyf, but Force+of+Will exiled Fire/Ice to counter.
Lightning+Bolt slew the Delver, but Ricky was closing in on threshold. Ricky played Wasteland and cast Tarmogoyf, turning up the heat. When Vidianto lacked a fourth land, Ricky lost his Tarmogoyf to Abrupt Decay but did Wasteland the Grove and unleash another Mongoose. Vidianto cast Deathrite+Shaman against Ricky’s six-card graveyard, and Ricky had a fetchland to make the attack much larger.
On 11 life, Vidianto needed to start shrinking Ricky’s graveyard. He exiled Tarmogoyf when Ricky attacked, but Brainstorm put Ricky back to seven cards and dropped Vidianto to 7 life—a third Mongoose meant he would need to affect the board next turn, or hope Ricky had no spell he could cast and no fetchland.
Ricky's hoping to lock up Vidi's mana.
Ricky 1, Vidianto 0
Vidianto began by fetching Swamp and casting Deathrite+Shaman on turn 1. Lightning+Bolt cleared the 1/2, but Vidianto had Bayou and Tarmogoyf to bounce back onto the board. Fetching his own green source, Ricky cast two Delver+of+Secrets to begin the race. Surgical+Extraction on Lightning+Bolt revealed Wasteland, Misty+Rainforest, Tarmogoyf, and Fire/Ice in Ricky’s hand.
That meant Vidianto could feel safer about dying to the air force earlier than expected. Playing Grove, Vidianto attacked and cast another Deathrite+Shaman. Ponder flipped those Delvers, and Ricky began the turn by casting the cantrip to see two Nimble+Mongoose and a fetchland—not exciting, but not so bad. Casting the Tarmogoyf, Ricky passed the turn tapped out. Bloodbraid+Elf into Dark+Confidant wasn’t what Vidianto wanted to see—Ricky could now attack him down to 7 life and very likely get a free turn off his clock if the Confidant found a spell.
Sending in the Aberrations and the Tarmogoyf, Ricky got a triple block of Elf, Tarmogoyf, and Confidant on his big green guy. Slaying the Confidant and the Elf, Ricky cast Nimble+Mongoose and Fired the Deathrite+Shaman before fetching another Tropical+Island to make another Mongoose, lacking threshold. He’d be able to get it, however, by Wastelanding himself...
Liliana made that a non-starter, killing one Mongoose and leaving Ricky only able to attack Vidianto to 1 life. Drawing Brainstorm, Ricky cast it and kept Wasteland, eliminating all of Vidianto’s non-Swamp lands and leaving him peeling for help that never came.
Ricky 2, Vidianto 0