Semifinals Recap

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Some people have asked for a way to follow the Vintage Super League without watching all the matches every week. These match recaps are for them.


Match #1 featured Efro’s Delver against Luis’s Mentor deck. Eric won the roll and played 2 copies of Delver of Secrets on the first turn (thanks to Mox Sapphire). Luis’s draw wasn’t particularly fast and he was only able to kill one of them before they killed him. Game 2 was lopsided in the other direction when Luis led with a turn 1 Mystic Remora and Eric was stuck on one land, discarding rather than give Luis extra cards by playing into the Remora. Luis used a Repeal to replay the Remora once he could no longer pay the upkeep. Eric countered it but that cleared a path for Luis to drop a Mentor.

Eric made a nice, subtle play to open game 3. Rather than play a turn one Young Pyromancer (off a Mox) he instead passed with two mana untapped to play Spell Pierce and/or Flusterstorm. This also allowed him to defend his turn 2 Pyromancer from any potential Force of Wills (which Luis did in fact have). Eric then drew into a Force of Will of his own, which allowed him to stop Luis’s Mentor. The game snowballed from there, but the ball only started rolling because Eric ignored the obvious opening play and found a better line.

Eric wins 2-1, leads the series 1-0

Match 2 saw Eric play Workshops against an allegedly bad Oath matchup, but he had Strip Mine for Luis’s only land in game 1. Luis was set up for turn 2 Show and Tell for Griselbrand off a Mana Crypt, but with his only blue mana gone he never got to do anything. Luis took a couple mulligans in game 2 while Erik had turn 1 Lodestone Golem and turn 2 Tangle Wire.

Eric wins 2-0, leads the series 2-0

Both players resolved Dack Fayden in game 1, and they wound up fighting over a Sol Ring, but Eric also had Jace the Mind Sculptor so he was able to fend off Luis’s Notion Thief and stick one of his own. The Dack + Notion Thief combo was too much and Luis promptly conceded,

Luis finally got a good draw in game 2: Young Pyromancer, Time Walk, Ancestral Recall, Black Lotus, and Yawgmoth’s Will (with Force of WIll back-up). Eric managed to counter the Ancestral the first time, but conceded to the Yawgmoth’s Will.

Speaking of good draws, Eric had Voltaic Key, Black Lotus, and a Demonic Tutor that he used to go get Time Vault. Luis had a Library, but he was only able to Force of Will once and Eric had two copies of his own to defend his Key-Vault combo.

Eric wins 2-1, wins the series 3-0, will face Chris Pikula in the finals on Sunday at 2pm pacific time.

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