ll of the members of this semi-final are experienced, but YMG/Illuminati is the team with the longest track record of success in team formats. Though they haven't done particularly well in solo events lately, they have again proven to be masters of team events.
Their opponents are nearly as well-known, though their lineage doesn't extend quite as far back. Composed of Pro Tour Winner Osyp Lebedowicz, Togit co-owner Patrick Sullivan, and consistent Pro Adam Horvath, Shenanigans managed to improve on Team Togit's performance of a year ago (5th), and won their last match to slide into the last Top 4 slot.
Seat A - Darwin Kastle
Seat B - Rob Dougherty
Seat C - Alex Shvartsman
Seat A - Adam Horvath
Seat B - Osyp Lebedowicz
Seat C - Patrick Sullivan
Packs 1 through 6 and 13 through 18 from left to right, while packs 7 through 12 go from right to left. The first pick of each pack is denoted in bold.
Over the course of the draft, YMG clearly got out-opened, but some of their choices clearly didn't help their decks either, particularly in the last pack, where Alex passed a Pulse of the Fields, a card Pat absolutely could not deal with to Shenanigans in favor of an Emissary of Hope.
Looking at the card pools after the match, it looked like the B seat would be pretty interesting, as Osyp and Rob both had relatively powerful decks, while the Sullivan vs. Shvartsman matchup was clearly in Shenanigans' favor, and the Horvath vs. Kastle matchup in the A seat didn't look much better for the YMG'ers.
Patrick Sullivan - It would have been impossible for me to beat Pulse of the Fields, so it was huge for me when Alex took the Emissary. I think my matchup is very good.
Osyp - I can't cut Liar's Pendulum… it's like my signature card! I'm probably going to lose my matchup… Rob's deck looks really good.
Rob - Overall I think we're a little down. Osyp has two Icy Manipulators, and while I have some cards to deal with them, I've also got a bunch of good Equipment cards, and Icy is really good against that.
Alex - My matchup is very bad. My deck is a bit of a monstrosity.