Parish the Thought: Semifinals, Sam Barth (Bant Control) vs. Brad Lebouef (G/W Humans)
Match covered and article written by Tannon Grace
Brad's G/W Humans deck is the talk of the top 8, but can it handle all of Sam's Wrath effects? I guess we'll find out...
Both players kept their opening sevens, with Sam being on the play. Brad had Avacyn’s Pilgrim on his first turn while Sam followed with a Farseek on turn two. Brad cast Gather the Townsfolk on his turn and the Pilgrim came in for one. On his third turn Sam really showed the power that Return to Ravnica brings to Standard, playing a dual land untapped into a Jace, Architect of Thought. The +1 ability Sam chose to use would effective negate Brad’s entire attack. Brad then played a Gavony Township into a Odric, Master Tactitian. Sam had to pick up and re-familiarize himself with the card.
“We got a reader.”
On Sam’s next turn Entreat the Angels was waiting on top of his deck to help him out with 2 miracled tokens. Brad’s follow-up was explosive to say the least. Rancor was played on Odric, then Silverblade Paladin came down to soulbond and give him double strike. Jace took the full weight of the attack and did not survive. Sam had another Entreat the Angels on top of his deck, this time for 3. But the Angels would not be enough as Odrick’s next attack with all his friends left Sam unable to block and facing lethal damage.
Sam would be on the play in game two, and both players kept their opening seven. The first play was a Champion of the Parish for Brad. Sam followed with a Farseek on turn two but took 3 damage from the Champion when Brad cast Rancor on his second turn. Sam again had turn 3 Jace, this time using the -2 ability. He was out of lands and needed to find some to stay in the match.
Jace revealed Hallowed Fountain, Terminus and Azorius Charm. Sam happily took the land and the Charm when the piles were separated. On his next turn Brad attacked Jace, killing the planeswalker and passed with no other plays. Sam slammed a Thragtusk into play to go right back up to 20. Brad had a trump with a Garruk, Primal Hunter making a Beast. Sam then cast Entreat the Angels for 3 tokens, so Garruk did not seem long for this world. Brad used the Rancor from earlier on his Beast token.
“What a Beast!”
“It sure is beastly.”
Brad was on the play for the deciding game and both players kept their seven. Brad had the turn one Champion, followed up with a turn 2 Rancor while Sam only had a Farseek on turn two. Silverblade Paladin came down and paired with the Champion to attack for Sam for 8, leaving him at just 9 life. What a start!
Sam used a Detention Sphere on his turn to answer the Paladin but Brad had an Oblivion Ring to bring his creature back into play, repairing with the Champion and swinging for lethal damage. With a swift game 3 victory, Brad moves onto the finals.
Brad 2, Sam 1.