Semifinals: William Miller vs. Jacob Kory
After an absolutely grueling—around 90 minutes—Maverick mirror match, Jacob Kory is feeling pretty good about his chances against William Miller's U/W Stoneblade deck. According to him, it's very favorable.
Jacob won the roll and immediately shipped his hand back. William was fine with his opener and nodded along as Jacob played Savannah and Green Sun's Zenith for zero, fetching up Dryad Arbor. William's turn was a little more subdued, simply playing Flooded Strand.
California native William Miller doing work in the Legacy Open semifinals
Jacob tapped both of his lands and fired off another Green Sun's Zenith, this time for one. William allowed it and Noble Hierarch hit the table. William cracked his land for a Tundra on Jacob's end step and used it to cast Brainstorm. He untapped and played an Island before passing the turn back.
Jacob powered up with Thrun, the Last Troll, a very dangerous threat in the matchup. Swords to Plowshares took down the Noble Hierarch on Jacob's end step. William fought back with Stoneforge Mystic for a Batterskull he hoped would eventually stop Thrun.
Scavenging Ooze gave Jacob another creature, but not a great one given the opponent. Thrun crashed in and Jacob finished his turn. Jacob's threats meant William couldn't afford to go crazy on his own turn, so he passed the turn back with Stoneforge Mystic at the ready.
Jacob knew he had to keep the pressure on and not let Batterskull come online, so he diverted Williams mana with Knight of the Reliquary. William decided he couldn't allow that to resolve and pointed Mana Leak at it, falling to 10 when Thrun attacked. William passed back quickly on his turn, unable to get through the Scavenging Ghoul, and he fell to 6 when Thrun attacked again. Scryb Sprite drew a Spell Snare from William and Batterskull arrived on end step. Another Stoneforge Mystic plucked Sword of Feast and Famine off the rack and he used the first to cheat it into play. Equipped to Batterskull, William all of a sudden had an incredible force that was able to punch through Jacob's team.
Two turns later, the little Germ token that could finished the job.
William 1, Jacob 0
Jacob Kory is right back to work after a grueling quarterfinal match in the Legacy Open
Scryb Ranger fluttered into play and Jacob was done. William played an Island and passed the turn, using the land to Brainstorm in response to Knight of the Reliquary. He allowed the Knight to resolve and played Stoneforge Mystic on his turn, picking Batterskull out of the armory.
Jacob used some nifty Knight of the Reliquary tricks to get to five mana, using that to Green Sun's Zenith for Thrun, the Last Troll. William let it resolve and took a point from Scryb Ranger and sent the Knight of the Reliquary on a Path to Exile. He followed up with another Brainstorm and cracked a fetchland.
William shipped the turn again and Jacob attacked with just Scryb Sprite. William hit it with Swords to Plowshares and put Batterskull into play on end step. He brought the big Germ over and Jacob had to take it, but Jacob went for the throat with Sword of Light and Shadow on Thrun. He attacked for six through Williams white and black team and gained three life from the sword, but with no creatures actually in his graveyard, he was forced to pass the turn. Snapcaster Mage flashed back a Brainstorm on end step.
William started cranking out damage with Mishra's Factory, Snapcaster Mage, Batterskull and Stoneforge Mystic, outracing Thrun's damage. Jacob's draws turned sour, while William kept drawing counterspells and Jacob packed it in after bricking out.
William 2, Jacob 0