We are the Champions: Quarterfinals, Donald Paul (Junk Tokens) vs. Brad LaBeouf (White-Green Aggro)
Match covered and article written by Adrian Sullivan
As the higher seed, Brad has the choice, and takes the play. He is also armed with the much more aggressive deck. Can he take advantage?
Both players start out quick, with a turn one Champion of the Parish from Brad and a Avacyn's Pilgrim off of a Temple Garden for Donald. Gather the Townsfolk makes the Champion a 3/3 and drops Donald to 15. Donald further ramps up with Arbor Elf, and add an Intangible Virtue. Brad adds two Avacyn's Pilgrim to the board, bringing the Champion to 5/5, and dropping Donald to 8, which he recoups immediately with a turn three Thragtusk.
But it isn't enough. A Silverblade Paladin pairs with the Champion, now a 6/6, and a Faith's Shield on pro-Green ends up knocking Donald exactly to zero, with help from Gather tokens.
Brad 1, Donald 0.
Though on the draw, it is Brad who makes the first move, starting with an Avacyn's Pilgrim and then a Mayor of Avabruck before Donald drops his first play, a Borderland Ranger. A second Mayor and a Rancor on the Pilgrim present a 5 damage monster, and Donald chump blocks the 5/3 trampler with his Borderland Ranger.
On the next turn, Donald Severs the Bloodline on Mayors. Brad crashes in with his Pilgrim, knocking Donald to 12, and follows up with an Odric.
Donald lays an Intangible Virtue, leaving open a suspicious looking three mana and passes the turn. Brad takes his time on his turn, paying two life to a Temple Garden, dropping a Sublime Archangel, Rancoring Odric, and attacking alone with him; Donald Selesnya Charms the huge, lone attacker, and untaps, using Garruk Relentless to trade with the Angel.
The second Rancor adds itself to the Pilgrim, and Donald drops to 7. He drops a Borderland Ranger and an Arbor Elf on defense, trading his Arbor Elf for the Pilgrim and falling to 3. A Gather the Townsfolk makes two 1/1s and Brad Rancors each of them, drawing the Sever the Bloodline out of the graveyard. Another Gather hits the table, and each Townsfolk is Rancored.
With only three life and one blocker, Donald concedes, and Brad continues on to the semi-finals.
Brad 2, Donald 0.