And We Danced: Quarterfinals, Chi Hoi Yim (UW Miracles) vs. Simon Christie (RUG Delver)
Match covered and article written by Tannon Grace
Chi Hoi Yim is a force to be reckoned with on the SCG Open circuit. With a Invitational top 8 and a Classic win under his belt, can he complete the trifecta this weekend?
Chi Hoi was going to lead us off here in the first round of the top 8. After deciding to keep his 7 Simon mulled down to 5. It looked like this game could very well be over quickly. On turn one Chi Hoi lead with a Sensei’s Divining Top. A turn one Nimble Mongoose was Simon’s hope at a quick clock. On his second turn Chi Hoi played Counterbalance but Simon had a Force of Will discarding a Brainstorm. After attacking with his Mongoose Simon added a Tarmogoyf, not a bad mull to 5.
In his upkeep Chi Hoi toped, looking for that miracle Terminus. Instead he played a fetch land to get rid of the unwanted cards on top of his library. After an attack from the ‘Goyf and goose Chi Hoi was down to 13. Detention Sphere was a welcome answer for the UW player, sending the ‘Goyf on a one way trip out of play. The ‘Goose was still loose though and continued to attack , joined by another Tarmogoyf after combat. Chi Hoi cast Entreat the Angels for the miracle cost but ran into a Spell Peirce from Simon. Simon’s creatures attack Chi Hoi down to 7. Another miracle made two Angels during Chi Hoi’s turn, slowing the game way down. Simon had nothing during his turn and fell farther behind to Chi Hoi’s Jace, the Mind Sculptor.
Chi Hoi used the -1 ability to return the ‘Goyf to Simon’s hand. Jace met his end though when an end of turn bolt took his last loyalty. Simon replays goyf but has it die to Swords to Plowshares. Now one of the Angel tokens could start to attack. Simon drew a Delver of Secrets to help get him back into the game, flipping to a Stifle. Chi Hoi went for Counterbalance but was greeted rudely by Force of Will pitching Daze. “We will continue this dance,” Simon joked. This match was becoming a nail biter.
Chi Hoi found another Jace and started fatesealing himself. Simon had a Ponder into another Nimble Mongoose. On his next turn Simon attacked with his flipped Delver and 2 Mongooses. Chi Hoi cast a Brainstorm, revealing Terminus. Simon used Stifle to counter the miracle trigger. Chi Hoi had Counterspell for the Stifle. Simon had a Bolt to take his opponent down to 2, then Forked Bolt came out from the RUG players hand, but Chi Hoi had the Spell Pierce for the lethal spell.
A few consecutive turns of using Jace’s loyalty led to the concession from Simon. What a close game!
Chi Hoi 1, Simon 0.
Both players kept 7 card hands for this game and Simon lead of with a turn one Delver. Chi Hoi put a Wasteland into play and destroyed Simon’s Tropical Island. With a grin on his face Chi Hoi asked politely:
“Can I get a ‘go?’”
Simons only other land was a Wasteland. He passed the turn without any plays.
Chi Hoi had a Top for his turn. Simon top decked a Tropical Island, allowing him to play his Tarmogoyf. Chi Hoi had a Force of Will to answer, pitching a Jace in the process. Chi Hoi had another Wasteland, again leaving Simon with no colored mana. Chi Hoi plays a Counterbalance, still looking for a way for to deal with that Delver. Chi Hoi Brainstormed in his main phase and found a Crucible of Worlds, insuring Simon would never have a colored source for more than a turn.
“This seems like a terrible way to get threshold. I’m not playing Dredge!”
During Simon’s upkeep Chi Hoi drew a card from his top and cast a Terminus for its miracle cost, ensuring the win for Chi Hoi. After a few more turns with no permanents in play Simon conceded the match.
Chi Hoi 2, Simon 0.