Finals William ‘Huey’ Jensen vs. Ricky Sidher
With an Invitational finals and plenty of Top 8s, Huey was proving the poster boy for Show and Tell on the Open Series. Could Ricky shut down the spaghetti monster, or would Emrakul claim another victory?
William is on a dominant run with Sneak and Show in Legacy.
Huey had the play and opened with Ponder from basic Island to start things off. Casting Gitaxian probe, Ricky spotted two more Ponder, Sneak Attack, two Scalding Tarns, and Volcanic Island—a great hand for fighting off RUG, with lots of mana and plenty of dig. Fetching Tropical Island, Ricky took advantage of the fact that he knew he wasn’t dead next turn to cast Nimble Mongoose.
Dropping a Tarn, Huey cast Ponder and immediately shuffled the deck, fetching afterward for another Island and playing Preordain. Casting Ponder, Ricky found two Force of Will waiting on top of the deck, leaving them there and drawing one. He had Wasteland and no other plays, just an attack for 1 from Mongoose. Casting a Brainstorm, Huey’s hand was now almost completely unrecognizable to Ricky—except for the Sneak Attack and a land or two he could be sure Huey kept.
Fetching a third Island, Huey remained immune to Wasteland before playing Ponder, shuffling the deck. Debating whether to hold up Stifle, hold up the mana to pay for Dazes and Pierces, or to cast a creature, Ricky ultimately landed on casting Delver of Secrets. Huey played a pair of Lotus Petals on his own turn and then cast Show and Tell—Ricky had Force of Will, exiling Stifle, Huey Forced back, but Ricky Forced once more to stop the Show.
He knew to expect Sneak Attack next turn, and Huey already had the mana in play to cast and use it. Digging for help with Ponder after flipping his Delver, Ricky was able to attack for 6 damage but couldn’t do much else. When he drew Tarn off the Ponder, he could now upgrade the Mongoose and attack Huey down to 9 life, with the Lightning Bolt in his hand potentially able to weaken a Griselbrand from Huey... but Emrakul would have him dead to rights.
The tentacles got there.
Ricky's RUG list is better suited to combo than the U/W/R Delver variants.
Huey 1, Ricky 0
Fetching for Tropical Island in order to cast Nimble Mongoose, Ricky passed. Huey started with Island and two Lotus Petals before jamming turn 1 Show and Tell with Force of Will backup—Daze and his own Force of Will kept Ricky alive. Huey had Scalding Tarn to follow up as Ricky continued to grow his Mongooses before playing Tarmogoyf with one card left.
Breaking his fetchland for Volcanic Island, Huey dropped City of Traitors and Sneak Attack, fingers crossed that it would be good enough with one card left—presumably an Emrakul or Griselbrand. Ricky cast Brainstorm, firing two Gitaxian Probes to see the Demon before playing Ponder and trying to find Wasteland to stop Huey on the next turn. If he could get one more attack, he’d be a substantial favorite to win, as Griselbrand would be a risky bet to draw cards.
Shuffling up the Ponder, Ricky peeled Wasteland! Lotus Petal off the top replaced the lost red mana, but William was at 5 life. He could use Griselbrand defensively, but he’d be unable to activate it for cards if he did that. The other option was to send in, pay 7 life, and hope to draw another copy of the Demon. That’s exactly what he did, and Huey fell to 4 life to fetch up another Volcanic Island before passing.
Ricky had lethal, and he swung—Huey had no reply.
Huey 1, Ricky 1
Starting with a fetch for Island and a pass, Huey got no opening from Ricky, who had only Volcanic Island. On turn 2, Huey cast Lotus Petal prior to Brainstorming, and Ricky declined to Spell Pierce. Playing City of Traitors, Huey blew up his Petal to attempt Blood Moon on turn 2!
Ricky Spell Pierced, Huey Forced, and Ricky had Daze—Huey Forced again! A Force from Ricky sealed the deal and left both players almost completely out of gas, with Huey hellbent while Ricky was all-in on Brainstorm to dig him out alongside some lands. Drawing Tarmogoyf, he dropped the 5/6 into play and put Huey on the clock. He’d have three or four turns to escape.
Huey 1, Ricky 2