Quarterfinal – Aaron Lewis vs. Andy Voellmer

Posted in Event Coverage on January 20, 2014

By Mike Rosenberg

Mike Rosenberg is a writer and gamer and has been part of the Magic text coverage team since 2011. He joined Wizards as organized play’s content specialist in June 2014.

Aaron Lewis, who earned his first Grand Prix Top 8 at Grand Prix Charlotte last year, hails from Madison, Wisconsin. His opponent, Andy Voellmer, made a short drive from Berkeley, California down this weekend to compete. The result for his decision is a qualification for Pro Tour Journey Into Nyx and his first Grand Prix Top 8.

The Decks

Aaron Lewis has the often underrated blue-red archetype, along with many of the strategy's key cards. Flamespeaker Adept and Aqueous Form work very well together, and both are found in Lewis's deck. However, it isn't just these synergies that Lewis can fall back on, as Bident of Thassa gives him access to a very powerful rare that can keep his hand stocked with goodies, including quick aggressive creatures as well as removal.

Andy Voellmer's deck is a little slower, but it can pack a punch. His green-black archetype has plenty of solid green creatures, along with some solid black removal and heavy-hitting creatures like Gray Merchant of Asphodel.

The Games

Lewis wasted no time in getting an early lead with Spearpoint Oread into Bident of Thassa getting no major resistence from Voellmer, whose first play of the game was an Insatiable Harpy. Lewis dwarfed the play even further when he dumped more creatures onto the table with Wavecrash Titan and Akroan Crusader.

Aaron Lewis

Voellmer turned the life tides a bit with Gray Merchant of Asphodel, but he was staring down a dangerous threat in the form of Bident of Thassa. Lewis continued his card drawing with Aqueous Form on the Wavecrash Triton, locking down the Harpy, and then a second Form on Akroan Crusader, giving him creatures that couldn't be blocked. As a result, Voellmer had little to stop Lewis from re-stocking his hand.

Dissolve on Anthousa, Setessan Hero a few turns later left Voellmer without any real pressure, and he ultimately succumbed to the avalanche of card draw that the Bident of Thassa provided Lewis all game.

Voellmer led with Flamecast Wheel into Nessian Courser in the second game, while Lewis's first play was Wavecrash Triton. Flamespeaker Adept and Aqueous Form on the Triton followed, locking down a freshly played Voyaging Satyr. The enchanted Triton and Adept made quite a combo, with the scry from Aqueous Form triggering the Adept on each attack. Minotaur Skullcleaver came down with those creatures on the next turn, crashing Voellmer to 11.

Andy Voellmer

Bident of Thassa followed after that, and Voellmer, who was stuck on green mana only, struggled to keep up. He found a Swamp, his fourth land, on the next turn, which allowed him to pop his Flamecast Wheel targeting the Adept, but Lewis had Voyage's End to save his creature. The Adept came down on the next turn, and a sequence of a second Aqueous Form, a Rage of Purphoros, and two unblockable attacks earned Lewis the game and the match.

"I guess I'll see you at the Pro Tour!" Voellmer said, offering the handshake.

Lewis 2 – Voellmer 0

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