Finals: Adrian Sullivan vs. Kevin Huang
Adrian slogged through a grueling control mirror to get here with his uniquely tuned U/W Control deck, while Kevin dispatched Mono-Blue Devotion in the semifinals to bring Mono-Black Devotion to the finals. Would Adrian finally claim a trophy with U/W or would Kevin give the underworld another Open Series title?
Adrian goes over his sideboard plan after Game 1.
Both went down to six and each player went land-go for the first three turns and Kevin made the first play with a Desecration+Demon, but Adrian had the Essence+Scatter. Kevin went for another Demon on turn 5, but Adrian had the Syncopate then drew a card off an Azorius+Charm. Kevin landed an Underworld+Connections on his Swamp, drew an extra card and passed.
Adrian played a land and passed with six mana untapped. Kevin drew off his Connections and fired off a Thoughtseize to take a Sphinx’s Revelation out of Adrian’s hand, leaving him with two Supreme+Verdicts. Kevin attacked with his Mutavault to drop Adrian to 16, but Adrian went back up to 20 on his next turn after drawing a Sphinx’s Revelation. Kevin dropped to 15 to draw a card with his land and attacked Adrian to 18 with Mutavault.
Adrian slammed a Jace%2C+Architect+of+Thought and rolled it down to net two lands, passing on a Detention+Sphere then played a Detention+Sphere from hand on the Connections. Kevin Thoughtseized again and saw three Supreme+Verdicts now, and took a Divination from Adrian’s grip. Kevin ended his turn with another Connections which he used at end of turn to go to 12 and draw a card. Kevin drew again to go to 11 and resolved a Desecration+Demon and passed after Adrian just played a land on his turn.
Adrian used one of his three Verdicts to take care of the Demon and passed back. Kevin went to 10 with Connections, played a second Mutavault and resolved his fourth and final copy of Desecration+Demon. Adrian killed the Demon with his second Verdict and passed. Kevin dropped to 9 looking for threats and played Lifebane+Zombie to see Adrian had two Supreme+Verdicts, Last+Breath and a Dissolve.
Adrian drew and passed as Kevin dropped to 8 off Connections then attacked Adrian down to 15 with the Zombie and went for a Gray+Merchant+of+Asphodel for six to drop Adrian to 9, until he used a Sphinx’s Revelation at end of turn to go back up to 16. Adrian dropped his Aetherling and proceeded to discard down to seven after Kevin fired off a Devour+Flesh that caused Adrian to flicker his shapeshifter.
Kevin went to 13 off Connections and attacked with his creatures and a Mutavault to drop Adrian to 9 and passed. Adrian began attacking with his Aetherling, but Kevin used a Hero’s Downfall as a Fog effect, then Adrian cleared the board with a Supreme+Verdict and passed. Kevin went to 12 off his land and went for a Gray Merchant, but Adrian had the Dissolve and decided to scry the card to the bottom. Kevin ended his turn with a Pack+Rat leaving up two lands.
Adrian considered his options before playing an Azorius+Keyrune and attacked with his 8-power Aetherling so Kevin used an Ultimate+Price to make Adrian phase it out in response. Adrian used his last Supreme+Verdict to kill the rat and passed back. Kevin went down to 11 to stay ahead on cards and went for a Hero’s Downfall on the Aetherling, which Adrian flickered out, and attacked Adrian down to 5 with his two Mutavaults. Adrian attacked again with his shapeshifter, pumped to 8 power, and Kevin offered no blocks, so Adrian used an Azorius+Charm to give it lifelink and Kevin responded by sending a Hero’s Downfall at it and Adrian responded by phasing it out.
Kevin drew then fired off a Thoughtseize so Adrian activated his Keyrune then targeted it with Last+Breath, but Kevin hit it with a Bile Blight.Tthe Thoughtseize resolved and Kevin saw that Adrian just had a land then resolved his Gray Merchant and Adrian scooped up his cards.
Kevin 1, Adrian 0
Kevin sideboards for Game 2.
Kevin kept his six-card hand after both players pitched their seven and Adrian decided to drop down to five. The first play was Kevin’s Thoughtseize on turn 2 and he saw a handful of spells. Kevin took a Divination and left Adrian with two copies of Jace%2C+Architect+of+Thought and a Sphinx’s Revelation. Kevin landed an Underworld+Connections while Adrian ripped a land and slammed Jace to net two lands. Kevin landed a Desecration+Demon while Adrian used the mini Fact+or+Fiction off Jace which gave him another Jace and a land. Adrian played a Jace and got a Debtor’s Pulpit then played a land and passed.
Kevin drew a card off his land and killed the Jace with his Demon. Kevin used a Duress to take a Sphinx’s Revelation, then used another Duress to get the Debtor’s Pulpit, leaving Adrian with a Jace and three lands. Adrian dropped the Jace and was able to get an Essence+Scatter off the FOF, played a Mutavault and passed back.
Kevin attacked Jace with his land and attacked Adrian with the Demon, Adrian activated his Mutavault so Kevin went with a Hero’s Downfall on the land, killed the Jace and dropped to Adrian to 14. Adrian played land-go, keeping a card on top after the scry form his temple. Kevin drew off his land then attacked with his Mutavault and Demon and knocked Adrian down to 6 and passed. Adrian played a temple and used a Supreme+Verdict to kill the Demon and passed.
Kevin went to 15 off Connections, attacked Adrian to 4 off Mutavault, then cast Erebos%2C+God+of+the+Dead, but Adrian used his Essence+Scatter. Adrian’s turn consisted of playing a land, so Kevin untapped and drew off his Connections. Kevin resolved another copy of the enchantment and drew again and resolved a Desecration+Demon then passed.
Adrian went land-go again and Kevin went to 11 after drawing off both lands then moved to combat after making his Mutavault a creature, Adrian ditched his land to tap the Demon then fell to 2 from Kevin’s land. Kevin ended things with a Gray+Merchant+of+Asphodel to take the match and the title of #SCGMKE Standard Open champion.
Kevin 2, Adrian 1