Finals - Phimus Pan vs. Jacob Kory
Arizona’s finest, Phimus Pan, had taken his BUG deck all the way to the finals. Standing between him and a Trophy was Jacob Kory and his UR Delver deck. Would he be able to overcome the Insectile army?
Both players took mulligans to start things off, Jacob going to five and Phimus going to six.
Phimus led off with a tapped Creeping Tar Pit, and Jacob got the aggression rolling with a turn 1 Volcanic Island into Delver of Secrets. Phimus Brainstormed on his second turn, then fetched up Bayou with Polluted Delta and cast Inquisition of Kozilek, seeing Force of Will, Chain Lightning, Price of Progress, and Misty Rainforest. Jacob lost his Chain Lightning, and missed on his Delver trigger. He played a Misty Rainforest and passed back to Phimus.
Phimus played a Thoughtseize on turn 3, and Jacob responded by fetching up Volcanic Island and casting Price of Progress. Phimus fell to 14, and Jacob to 17. Thoughtseize resolved, revealing Force of Will and Snapcaster Mage. Phimus took the creature, and fell to 12. He played a Polluted Delta and passed the turn.
Jacob again missed on his Delver trigger, but the Delver didn’t last long anyway. When he attacked for 1, Phimus fetched up a Tropical Island and cast Abrupt Decay to kill it. Jacob passed with no further play. Phimus generated a little value on his turn with a Baleful Strix.
After Jacob again had no play, Phimus cracked in for 1 and cast Lilliana of the Veil. He ticked it up, trading a backup copy of Lilliana from his hand with Jacob’s Force of Will. On Jacob’s turn, he fetched up a second Volcanic Island and emptied his hand, casting a Lightning Bolt and a Chain Lightning to clear away the Lilliana.
Phimus played Jace, the Mind Sculptor and fatesealed. He saw Spell Pierce, and decided that one was okay. Jacob drew it and passed, and Phimus fatesealed again, allowing Jacob to keep Chain Lightning after some deliberation. He played True-Name Nemesis, and that was enough for Jacob, who conceded the first game.
Phimus Pan 1, Jacob Kory 0
Both players kept their sevens, and Jacob kicked off the game with an Island into Delver of Secrets. Phimus’s turn 1 was Underground Sea into Inquisiton of Kozilek. Jacob revealed Smash to Smithereens, Goblin Guide, Ponder, and two Misty Rainforests. He removed the Goblin Guide.
Jacob cast a Ponder on his second turn, attacked for 1, played a Misty Rainforest, and passed. When Phimus had only land-go on his second turn, Jacob revealed Ponder on top of his deck and crashed in for three with his Insectile Aberration, but it died to Phimus’s Abrupt Decay. After combat, Jacob fetched up a Volcanic Island to clear away his top card then cast his Ponder. He kept his cards, drew, and passed.
Baleful Strix entered play on turn 3 from Phimus, and Jacob threw a Lightning Bolt at Phimus’s head at his end step, dropping him to 15. Jacob untapped and dropped Sulfuric Vortex into play. Phimus countered it with Spell Pierce.
Phimus’s three drop stuck, though—True-Name Nemesis entered play, putting Jacob on a short clock. He attacked with his Strix and passed back. Jacob found a Snapcaster Mage on his own turn, using it to flash back a Ponder. The Ponder found Lava Spike, which bumped Phimus down to 11. True-Name Nemesis attacked Jacob down to 14, and Phimus developed his board further with a Deathrite Shaman and a Phyrexian Revoker, naming Grim Lavamancer.
Sulfuric Vortex #2 came down for Jacob, and this time it resolved. Jacob also had Smash to Smithereens on Phimus’s Revoker, and then attacked with his Snapcaster Mage, trading with Baleful Strix. He passed the turn, and Phimus fell to 6 on his upkeep.
Unable to gain life with his Deathrite Shaman, Phimus had no option but to race. He played Creeping Tar Pit, a second True-Name Nemesis, a second Deathrite Shaman, and passed. Counting the 4 damage Jacob would take from his own Sulfuric Vortex, Jacob was dead unless he found a burn spell.
He found a Volcanic Island.
Phimus Pan 2, Jacob Kory 0