Semifinals: William ‘Huey’ Jensen vs. Cam Adkins
Huey is riding high, having just dispatched Evan West in the quarterfinals playing Shardless BUG. His opponent this round is Cam Adkins, who is also playing Shardless BUG. Once more, Huey is on the play against his unfamiliar opponent. Will the semifinals be a sequel, or will Cam write a new ending to his own story?
Huey led off the semifinals, which were broadcast live on SCGLive, with Volcanic Island. Cam led with Misty Rainforest into Underground Sea, which Huey decided to Spell Pierce. Huey untapped and resolved Brainstorm before adding Lotus Petal, Lotus Petal, and Ancient Tomb to the board to resolve Sneak Attack before passing. Cam cast Brainstorm himself on his next turn before suspending Ancestral Vision.
Huey drew for turn but did not find the giant fatty that would end the game just yet, instead electing to cast Ponder and shuffle away what he found. He played Scalding Tarn before passing right back to Cam, who cast Deathrite Shaman and also suspended a pair of Ancestral Vision. Then Huey decided that was enough of that: he cast Brainstorm, put two cards back, shuffled with a fetchland, snuck in Emrakul the Aeons Torn with his enchantment, attacked for fifteen, and annihilated six (which was two more than Cam even had permanents). No big deal. Cam fell to 3.
Huey has a sneaking suspicion about this tournament...
“Your turn after that.”
“Doesn’t seem very fair.”
Huey found Griselbrand on top of his deck the next turn to put Cam out of his misery.
Huey 1, Cam 0.
“Your choice [to play or draw] next game.”
“I’ll take the action.”
Now on the play and with the advantage of sideboarding, Cam led off with Polluted Delta into Underground Sea and Thoughtseize, which showed Huey’s hand of Blood Moon, Force of Will, Emrakul, Griselbrand Lotus Petal and two lands.
“That’s most of the pieces…”
Cam chose to not take one of the combo pieces and instead took the ‘one card combo’ of Blood moon, which would shut off his mana and therefore the rest of his game plan. Huey drew and laid Volcanic Island. Cam cast Brainstorm, thought it over, and then once the Ice Age instant resolved he played Bayou and Deathrite Shaman. Huey played Volcanic Island and then passed.
Cam dropped Wasteland to cast Shardless Agent, which immediately found Ancestral Vision. Huey elected not to counter either spell, and Cam passed. On the end step, Huey cast an end of turn Brainstorm before untapping and playing another one. Huey then dropped Ancient Tomb, Lotus Petal times two into play. Cam was all the gas this game: he used Misty Rainforest to find Underground Sea, Wasteland on Ancient Tomb, Maelstrom Pulse on Lotus Petal (to which Huey responded by sacrificing the targeted one).
Huey played island and passed, not finding nearly anything worthwhile and locking himself into two separate Brainstorms. Cam suspended Ancestral Vision and put Creeping Tar Pit onto the battlefield tapped as well. Huey just was happy to be here this game, as Cam went to work with Deathrite Shaman. When combined with Shardless Agent’s attacks that added up to four damage a turn, and Huey sat at just 14.
Cam just kept playing the Sharldess BUG game; a few damage here, some value there, and was completely unimpeded the whole way. Creeping Tar Pit joined the action as well, dropping Huey to 9. Huey just drew more copies of spells he already had in hand, and so Cam was able to proceed dealing damage as much as he pleased until Huey conceded.
Cam has a vision of himself as champion!
Huey 1, Cam 1.
Huey decided to mulligan his opening seven while Cam, after some deliberation, kept. Huey led off with Preordain, bottoming both, while Cam started out with Underground Sea (no fetchland) and Deathrite Shaman. Huey began his turn two with Ponder, and decided to shuffle what he found on top. He added Ancient Tomb before passing the turn. Cam cast Brainstorm on his turn two as well, and it appeared as if both players kept one-landers relying on cantrips to dig into more mana. Huey found a less than stellar turn two play in a Sol Ring land, while Cam managed to find Misty Rainforest with his.
Huey used another Brainstorm on his mainphase, and after resolving the ubiquitous instant he passed. At end of turn, Cam used his fetchland to dig out another dual land and on his next turn used them to cast Shardless Agent. The Planechase creature found Tarmogoyf, which also entered the battlefield. Huey began his next turn with Ponder, then used the option to shuffle with the sorcery. Huey then played Lotus Petal before passing. Wasteland took out the Ancient Tomb, and Cam swung for five to drop Huey to 13. Huey found Misty Rainforest on top, used it to cast Show and Tell, and dropped Emrakul onto the board while Cam added Creeping Tar Pit.
But Cam had Liliana of the Veil to be able to answer Huey’s 15/15… should it resolve! But Force of Will countered the planeswalker, and Huey fell to 11. Cam pondered his next move, and ultimately decided that playing another land to satiate the Eldrazi’s food requirement was the best option. In came Emrakul, and Cam fetched up Bayou and ate Force of Will in response so that Huey fell to 9. Cam decided to sacrifice all of his lands and leave two of his creatures on the battlefield. Cam had a 6/7 ‘Goyf now, but that wouldn’t be enough to finish off Huey… by one measly life point.
Huey 2, Cam 1.
“I did not expect to win that game,” sighed a relieved Huey, who now sat only one win away from a berth in the finals.
Huey began the game with Leyline of Sanctity in play this game, and both players played lands on their first turns. Cam used Brainstorm on turn two, while Huey cast another backbreaking enchantment on his second turn: Blood Moon. Ancient Tomb helped him get there, and the Modern Masters enchantment resolved.
And that was it, really.
Huey 3, Cam 1.