Of the four quarterfinals, this was easily the most casual. Featuring two local players who know each other well, this quarterfinal matchup pits Steven Tan's Affinity against Tay Jun Hao's 4-Color Company, brewed by Pro Tour Return to Ravnica Top 8'er, Kelvin Chew.
This will be Tan's third Top 8, although first in a Constructed format, while Tay is a newcomer who has just earned his first Top 8 appearance.
Tay: "Do you have any recommendations?"
Tan: "I suggest the Memnite. Absolutely!"
One Signal Pest went to exile, while Spellskite came down to block. Cranial Plating on Vault Skirge got around that, and was delayed for a turn by Deceiver Exarch. No fourth land showed up for Tay, who had to pass without any play.
Tan: "Why do you have so many Forests?!"
Tay: "I'm poor. I can't afford shocklands"
Tan: "I'll lend you shocklands if you want."
Tay: "Ask the judge if I can change my deck!"
Steven Tan 1 – Tay Junhao 0
The second game went marginally slower, with Darksteel Citadel into Springleaf Drum paving the way for Mox Opal to bring out Etched Champion on Turn 2. Tay simply laid three lands. Cranial Plating came out and quadrupled Tay's clock, who could only muster up a Scavenging Ooze for defense.
Steven Tan 2 – Tay Junhao 0