The first game started as Standard games often do. Creatures traded with removal spells and the game remained at parity.
The board quickly started to fill up with powerful threats as the game progressed. Eventually, Sperling had a Wingmate Roc token with two +1/+1 counters, a pair of Rakshasa Deathdealers, and Anafenza, the Foremost to Pardee's pair of Stormbreath Dragons, Goblin Rabblemaster, and three Goblin tokens.
Both players were at precarious life totals and the combat math was complicated. Sperling made a pair of tight attacks and managed to squeak through exactly enough damage to take down the first game.
Sperling 1 - 0 Pardee
The second game was an absolute blowout. Pardee's turn three Goblin Rabblemaster went unanswered and every defensive body that Sperling could muster met a removal spell. Rabblemaster was able to take over the game and chop away at Sperling's life total in a few short turns.
Sperling 1 - 1 Pardee
Both players tried to establish boards, but the other seemed to always have a removal spell.
Eventually, another Siege Rhino came down for Sperling and Pardee's Chained to the Rocks met Back to Nature, which gave Sperling another Siege Rhino trigger. Pardee drew more lands off the top while taking rhino stomps to the face. Unable to find an answer, Pardee soon found himself underfoot.
Sperling 2 - 1 Pardee
Matt Sperling defeats Sam Pardee in three games to secure himself a spot in the finals!