Finals: Sheldon Freerksen vs. Brad Nelson
Brad Nelson was looking to lock up his seat in the Player’s Championship with a trophy finish here with Jeskai Tokens, while Sheldon hoped to steal his thunder with Abzan Midrange.
Sheldon plots his next move.
Sheldon had the aggro start of turn 2 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, Brad Nelson 0
This time it was Brad who was first to the board, casting a 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