Finals: Adam Fronsee vs. Thomas Graves
Adam was on the play and led things off with Ponder. Thomas led with a fetchland into Underground Sea and Thoughtseize, which revealed about a million combo pieces: two Sneak Attacks, Show and Tell, Brainstorm, Intuition, and Ponder. Thomas took Adam’s Brainstorm, which meant the Adam cast Ponder on the next turn. He had to shuffle, which boded well for the Reanimator pilot. Then shuffle found a Mountain though, so not all was lost.
“Ah, looks like you’re in the same boat I am!”
But Thomas found Underground Sea, so both players actually could cast their spells. Adam even found Scalding Tarn on top for Volcanic Island, which in turn allowed him to pass with three mana available. At end of turn, Thomas cast Entomb for Griselbrand. On his turn he cast Brainstorm then played Polluted Delta and activated a fetchland before casting another Brainstorm and attempting Reanimate on the ol’ 7/7. In response Adam cast Intuition, presumably to find a counterspell, but Force of Will countered it and Griselbrand entered the battlefield.
Ancient Tomb meant five mana for Adam, who then cast Show and Tell to drop Sneak Attack into play. Then Sneak Attack activated to drop Griselbrand for the Sneak and Show pilot, who spent fourteen life points to find Emrakul, which he did around twelve cards down and Thomas scooped.
Adam 1, Thomas 0.
Thoughtseize drew Swan Song in response, so Thomas got him a Bird token… and then he cast a second Thoughtseize! This showed Adam’s hand of three lands, Sneak Attack, and two large animals… with now no way to get them into play, thanks to the enchantment leaving his hand. Thomas, now somewhat free to dig and dig for his combo pieces thanks to Adam being unable to do much until he could find a cantrip or an Urza’s Saga rare cast Entomb.
Adam scooped before he could get in for two with his bird token.
Adam 1, Thomas 1.
Potential turn one combo!
The Reanimate resolved, Griselbrand came into play, and Gitaxian Probe from Adam saw the last four cards (for now) in Thomas’ hand: Iona, Pithing Needle, Engineered Explosives, and Griselbrand. Thomas went to 4 to draw seven. Show and Tell from Adam turn two resolved, and while Adam found a Griselbrand of his own Thomas dropped Iona, Shield of Emeria naming blue.
Pithing Needle went onto the stack, and before it resolved Adam’s Griselbrand drew seven. With life totals at 10-4 in Adam’s favor, Adam elected to draw seven cards to try to find a Force of Will. He did not, and after falling to 3 the Needle named Sneak Attack. Griselbrand traded in combat (that’s a new sentence!) and 10-11 were the new life totals. This allowed Thoughtseize to target Adam’s massive hand of over a dozen cards, from which Thomas chose Adam’s Grafdigger’s Cage (since it’s one of the few Adam could actually cast).
“This really sucks.”
“It’s pretty awesome for me.”
Two attack steps later, it was over. Thomas Graves is your Legacy Open champion!
Thomas 2, Adam 1.