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, 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, 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, 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