Semifinals: Will Erker vs. Barry Smith
Will is here playing the tried and true Mono-Blue Devotion and Barry has brought something special to the Top 4, his Super “Villains” brand of Jund Planeswalkers. Could Barry get Garruk, Apex Predator and friends into the finals or would Will get the shot at the trophy?
Will gets the oracle text on Garruk, Apex Predator from a judge.
Both kept seven and Will led with an Island but no creature as Barry played a temple. Will found the first creature with a Frostburn Weird and Barry scryed again with a temple, send the card to the bottom. Will attacked for one and followed it up with a Nightveil Specter so Barry added a third temple to his board found his first play, an Abrupt Decay on the Specter.
Will added a Bident of Thassa and attacked for 1 to draw a card. Barry used a Hero’s Downfall on the Weird and put a Blood Crypt into play tapped, keeping Will’s board clear. Will followed it up with a Tidebinder Mage and a Judge’s Familiar. Barry fired off a Hero’s Downfall on the Tidebinder, but Will made it a Frog Lizard in response with a Rapid Hybridization, so Barry added a Sylvan Caryatid and passed.
Will sent in his creatures and knocked Barry to 14 and drew two cards then asked for a judge to get the oracle text on Garruk, Apex Predator before making his next play, which was a Frostburn Weird. Barry, in a tough spot, pondered his options. He opted to lose two life and Read the Bones, falling to 12, and ended his turn with a Courser of Kruphix and put a land into play from the top of his library to go up to 13.
Will found a Tidebinder to tap down the Courser and attacked with his three creatures and dropped Barry down to 5 after three Weird pumps and gave Will three more cards. Will passed, deciding not to walk into a Mizzium Mortars. Barry went to 4 off his pain land to play another Courser, then played a land to gain two life and passed with plenty of open mana.
Will used a Domestication on the Courser and attacked with his team so Barry fell to five to use his Llanowar Wastes to use Golgari Charm on the Domestication, getting his Courser back, but Will had a Cyclonic Rift to bounce the Courser and take Game 1.
Will 1, Barry 0
Barry thinks over his sideboard options.
Both kept seven and Barry led off with a temple while Will had a Turn-1 Judge’s Familiar. Barry went to 19 off his Llanowar Wastes to play Sylvan Caryatid and Will beat for 1 in the air and passed with no two-drop. Barry shocked himself to play his Chandra, Pyromaster but Will had the Negate for it.
Will got in for 1 again and landed Thassa, God of the Sea. Barry added another temple to his board, opting to keep the card on top, and added another Caryatid to his board before passing. Will decided on a Mutavault and a Nightveil Specter that made Thassa active and sent in the Familiar and the God. Barry lost a life to use Goglari Charm to kill the flyer and fog the attack from Thassa. Barry shocked himself down 12 to play Xenagos, the Reveler to make a 2/2 Satyr and ended his turn with a Hero’s Downfall on the Specter.
Will found a Tidebinder to tap down the Satyr, added a Frostburn Weird and killed the Planeswalker with Thassa. Barry untapped and overloaded Mizzium Mortars to kill everything but the God. Will made his land unblockable and attacked Barry to 10. Barry attacked for 2 with his Satyr token played Garruk, Apex Predator that made a 3/3 deathtouch Beast, upping Garruk to 6 loyalty.
Will made a Master of Waves to two Elementals and passed. Barry untapped and considered his plays. He decided to have Garruk kill the Master to go up to 11 life then attacked for 2 to drop Will to 16. Will again made Mutavault unblockable and knocked Garruk down to 1 loyalty before passing. Barry made another Beast and attacked Will for 5 with a Beast and a Satyr and even each player’s life at 11.
Will made his land unblockable and sent it at Garruk, but Barry had a Devour Flesh so Will went to 13 and lost his Mutavault, but more importantly, Barry kept his Apex Predator. Will played a land and passed. Barry sent in 7 damage with his tokens after making another Beast and put Will at 5. Will scryed away a card with Thassa and played a land and passed, showing seven open mana.
Barry attacked with it all and Will had the Cyclonic Rift so Barry had to rebuild. He went to 9 to play a Courser of Kruphix, then went 10 off a Blood Crypt and passed with three mana up. Will passed with no play and Barry sent in the Courser to knock Will to 3. Barry followed the attack with by playing a Caryatid, dropping to 9.
“Why do you have to have Garruk in hand and Mortars on top?” Will asked.
Will opted to pass after playing a land. Barry attacked Will to 1 with his Courser and passed, opting not to add his board. Will kept the card on top with the scry and played a Nightveil Specter before passing, but Barry had the Abrupt Decay at the end of the turn to kill it. Barry sent in the Courser and took the game.
Will 1, Barry 1
Will took a snap-mulligan while Barry was OK with his opener for the deciding game. Will kept his six and led with an Island but no creature. Barry did his usual temple and sent the card to the bottom. Will made a two-drop but it was Military Intelligence and not a creature. Barry found a Sylvan Caryatid while Will had Thassa on three. Barry added a Courser of Kruphix, gained a life off a land sent Liliana Vess to the bottom to reveal another Caryatid on top.
Will sent the scry to the bottom from Thassa and played a Nightveil Specter to get to attack with Thassa and dropped Barry to 16. Barry drew and revealed another Courser then fired off an Abrupt Decay on the Specter, attacked for 2 and played another Caryatid. Will added a Cloudfin Raptor and passed with two mana up. Barry drew his Courser and revealed Mizzium Mortars and attacked for 2 again, to tie the score at 16 all. Barry played the Courser and passed.
Will added a Judge’s Familiar to his board and evolved the Raptor then played a Tidebinder Mage to tap down the Courser, and attacked with his Thassa and Raptor and Barry used a Goglari Charm, but Will pitched the Familiar and got in with his creatures and drew a card. Barry drew his Mortars but was short on red mana so he attacked with the Courser. Barry used a Hero’s Downfall on the Raptor and the Mortars on the Tidebinder and passed back, tapped out.
Will deployed a Raptor and passed the turn. Barry drew a Caryatid and got to put a temple into played off the top to gain 2 life up to 11 and decided to keep another Courser on top. Barry attacked Will to 10 with his 2/4s and added a third Caryatid to his board. Will played an Island and a Master of Waves to get a double evolve on the Raptor and get four Elementals and attacked with the Raptor. Barry used a Downfall at the end of the turn to kill the Master.
Barry untapped and knocked Will to 6 and played his third Courser and got a land off the top to gain 3 life, going up to 12. Barry considered his scry and sent another land to the bottom, revealing a Mortars. Will untapped, looking down a Mortars on the next turn and considered his scry with Thassa. Will lamented his scry for quite some time, running some numbers out loud until he finally deciding on drawing it and played the Nightveil Specter he kept on top. Will went to attack and Barry fired off Putrefy on the Raptor, with that Will extended the hand.
Barry 2, Will 1