Finals: Sheldon Freerksen vs. Brad Nelson
Sylvan+Caryatid, turn 3 Siege+Rhino. Brad fired off an end step Magma+Jet at Sheldon looking for action, and only came up with a tapped Temple+of+Triumph on his third turn. Sheldon sent in with his Siege+Rhino, dropping Brad to 11, then cast a second Siege+Rhino, draining him down to 8.
Brad laughed, checked his top card, and conceded, down a game in just under a minute.
Sheldon Freerksen 1, Goblin+Rabblemaster on his third turn and crashing in for 1 with his Goblin Token. Sheldon was priced into spending his own turn 3 casting Hero’s Downfall to get rid of the pesky Rabblemaster, and Brad had no follow up, simply playing a land and attacking for 1. Sheldon played Courser+of+Kruphix and found a land with it, but lost it at end step to Brad’s Stoke+the+Flames.
Sheldon spent his fifth turn casting Read+the+Bones, then added Sylvan+Caryatid and a replacement Courser+of+Kruphix to his board after Brad again had no play. Brad cast a Raise+the+Alarm at end step, giving him a third card in the graveyard, then untapped and emptied out his yard to cast Treasure+Cruise. Sheldon brought the pain on his next turn with a Siege+Rhino, and had the mana left over to cast Drown+in+Sorrow, depriving Brad of his tokens. Brad replaced them with a Seeker+of+the+Way, passing back with three mana open.
When Sheldon attempted a Hero’s Downfall on the Seeker, Brad tapped in response in order to cast Stoke+the+Flames, getting rid of Sheldon’s Courser+of+Kruphix. Siege+Rhino was still ready to rumble, however, and dropped Brad down to 10. Sheldon passed and Brad drew and immediately cast a Jeskai+Ascendancy. Sheldon attacked him down to 6 with his Rhino, then attempted Elspeth, Sun’s Champion, but Brad said no with Disdainful+Stroke. He quickly untapped and cast Glare+of+Heresy to get rid of the Rhino, leaving him with a stable board and four cards in hand.
Brad doesn't like the look of things.
A Siege+Rhino led off the action on Sheldon’s next turn, Bad fell to 3, expecting another Rhino behind it to finish him off. Sheldon didn’t have it, but he did have a Bile+Blight for the Goblin+Rabblemaster. Brad fired off Raise+the+Alarm in response, then used the tokens to cast Stoke+the+Flames targeting Sheldon. Thanks to Jeskai+Ascendancy, this made the Rabblemaster a 4/4, and Brad allowed Bile+Blight to resolve. Sheldon had the trump, however, as he cast Drown+in+Sorrow next, killing off the Rabblemaster along with Brad’s two fresh Soldier tokens.
Brad had no recourse on his next turn but put the Siege+Rhino on top of Sheldon’s library with Jeskai+Charm, and hope to hit a counter off the Ascendancy trigger to keep it from killing him on the comeback. He drew, found a land, and conceded.
Sheldon Freerksen 2, Brad Nelson 0