Stage C is now finished! 4 players who won the Knockout Rounds will move on to the Semi-Finals! Let's recap on their electrifying and thrilling plays!
A Yorion mirror match with one going the route of Bant and the other Jeskai. Doc05's Yorion Lukka focuses more on combos and utilizing Yorion, Sky Nomad, Lukka, Coppercoat Outcast and Agent of Treachery to steal permanents even lands from the opponent. Lkkj's build differs in being a control and ramping deck taking advantage of powerful spells such as Elspeth Conquers Death and series of counter spells in his arsenal.
The first game of the match started quite passively but when it reaches turn 4, its when Fires of Invention can start to unleash their full potential. With it, Doc05 can start casting 2 free high-costed powerful spells each turn. On turn 5, Doc05 immediately casted Lukka, Coppercoat Outcast and used its effect to bring out Agent of Treachery to steal Lkkj's land. This prompted Doc05 to continue casting Agent of Treachery again to diminish all of Lkkj's lands. When Doc-5 casted Yorion, Sky Nomad, its a signal for Lkkj to concede as it can blink the Agents back and steal more of Lkkj lands, leaving him unable to play with such small amounts of land.
It has been a while since we see Jund Sacrifice as it has dropped quite significantly since the release of Theros but by no means that the deck is now bad, it is still a powerful combo deck and can generate significant advantage quite easily. Chazzex opted to use Yorion Lukka for this matchup, it is one of the top decks in the current meta and its powerful combo of Lukka, Coppercoat Outcast and Agent of Treachery can shift the tempo of the game immediately.
The final game was intense as both players traded heavy blows to each other until Esdrass was out of cards in his hand. But through Trail of Crumbss, Esdrass managed to search out Korvold, Fae-Cursed King and Mayhem Devil and immediately casted them in one turn. This managed to cause heavy damage to Chazzex through the infamous Cat-Oven combo accelerated by Mayhem Devil and the incoming huge threat of Korvold, Fae-Cursed King maintaining hand advantage and pumping itself through its sacrifice trigger effect. When Esdrass drew the 2nd Witch's Oven, Chazzex knew it was game over for him as he could not keep up with the sheer damage.
GrimRalancer played a traditional Sultai Control without the aid of Companion mechanic which is very popular in the metagame. CEGeoffrey opted for a no-nonsense straightforward Azorius Control. This is a strategic and tactical matchup as Control mirror matchups requires deep strategic thinking and patience.
The first game saw GrimRalancer continued to pressure CEGeoffrey by discarding his opponent's hand by using various discard spells. This caused CEGeoffrey to be in the severe disadvantage as Control decks especially Azorious Controls need to maintain their counter spells in their hand to deal with their opponent's threats. But through a Narset, Parter of Veils, CEGeoffrey managed to come back into the game from the Teferi, Time Raveler it searched. From there, CEGeoffrey managed to top deck an Absorb and Elspeth Conquers Death from Teferi's draw. Then GrimRalancer drew into more lands and concedes to CEGeoffrey.
Both players decided to go for Jeskai Fires for this matchup. With Jeskai Fires being a fairly slow deck early on but it will turn aggressive once Fires of Invention is on their field and can deal humongous damage in one turn with Cavalier of Flame and Kenrith, the Returned King able to grant haste and pump their creatures.
Moiz claimed the first game, but Deusz managed to pressure Moiz until he had only a meager 2 life left. With Bonecrusher Giant sided out, Deusz needs something to deal the lethal damage as his Cavalier of Flame lacked mana to grant haste and it kept being dealt with Elspeth Conquers Death. Deusz needs something impressive before Moiz can comeback into the game. Deusz managed to topdeck a Robber of the Rich and with its haste, dealt the lethal damage Deusz needed to win the game.