Finals: Andrew Johnson vs. Jeremy Bylander
Both players brought Flooded+Strand to the table, but that was where the similarities ended. Would it be Jeremy Bylander with his U/W Control deck or Andrew Johnson with Jeskai Aggro who earned a trophy here in Minneapolis?
Jeremy goes Digging Through Time.
The first spell of the game was an upkeep Magma+Jet, as Andrew went digging looking for his third land drop. He found it, and the next turn he attempted a Mantis+Rider, but it was exiled with Devouring+Light before it could deal any damage. His follow up Goblin+Rabblemaster was answered with Last+Breath, and at that point he was out of threats.
Jeremy made his fifth land drop and confidently placed Prognostic+Sphinx into play. Andrew had no immediate answer, and decided his best chance was to race with his burn, firing off a Stoke+the+Flames and a second Magma+Jet at Jeremy, dropping him to 13. Jeremy used Dig+Through+Time at his Andrew’s end step, and Andrew responded with a Dig+Through+Time of his own. The Prognostic+Sphinx kept on swinging, dropping Andrew to 16, and then to 13.
Andrew attempted Sarkhan%2C+the+Dragonspeaker, but Jeremy countered it with Dissolve. On his next turn Andrew tried Stormbreath+Dragon, but this was met with Nullify, along with an end step Dig+Through+Time. He untapped and cast Elspeth, Sun’s Champion, adding three Soldier Tokens to his board and dropping Andrew to 7 with his Prognostic+Sphinx. Andrew untapped and drew, decided his window had closed, and conceded the first game.
Jeremy Bylander 1, Andrew Johnson 0
Andrew masters a Rabble of Goblin tokens.
This time it was Goblin+Rabblemaster that got the party started for Andrew, and it stuck for one turn (generating one 1/1 Goblin token) before it was exiled with Banishing+Light. Andrew had a Banishing+Light of his own, and it exiled Jeremy’s enchantment to unlock the Rabblemaster and crashing in for another 2. Jeremy simply played his land and passed, representing countermagic, but he had nothing Andrew cast a second Goblin+Rabblemaster and came swinging.
Jeremy found Last+Breath for one Rabblemaster, but he had no response for the third copy, and Andrew cranked his token production into overdrive, bringing the count to 6 tokens and attacking with them and an 8/6 Rabblemaster. Jeremy had seen enough, and moved on to the decider
Andrew Johnson 1, Jeremy Bylander 1
For the final game it was Jeremy who got on the board first, dropping Nyx-Fleece+Ram into play on his second turn. He left mana up for Dissolve on his third turn, and was given a fine target in the form of Andrew’s turn 3 Goblin+Rabblemaster. He scryed into a Nullify, which answered the follow-up Goblin+Rabblemaster from Andrew on turn 4. Mantis+Rider on turn 5 stuck, however, and got in for 3 damage dropping Jeremy back down to 20.
Both players drew and passed over the next couple of turns, and Andrew got in two hits dropping Andrew down to 16. He fired off a pair of Jeskai+Charms in one of Jeremy’s end steps, dropping Jeremy to 8. Jeremy was able to gain some more life from his Radiant+Fountains and Tranquil Coves, but the Mantis+Rider kept up the pressure, dropping Jeremy back down to 8, and then to 6. Banishing+Light exiled the Mantis+Rider, and Andrew flashed in a Hushwing+Gryff at Jeremy’s end step. It resolved, but Jeremy used Last+Breath to exile it in Andrew’s upkeep. Jeremy used a Dig Through time to find Glare+of+Heresy on the Banishing+Light, unlocking Mantis+Rider and continuing the beatdowns.
Jeremy: “well, here goes nothing.”
He tapped low for Resolute+Archangel, fully expecting a Disdainful+Stroke from Andrew. Andrew had no such answer, however, and just like that Jeremy was back up to 20 and back in the game. Andrew untapped and cast Sarkhan%2C+the+Dragonspeaker to destroy the 4/4 flier, and kept on attacking with his Mantis+Rider.
Jeremy attempted a Banishing+Light on the Sarkhan, but Andrew was ready with Negate. When the Planeswalker animated and attacked, Jeremy tried a Devouring light, but Andrew cast Dig through Time to find another Negate, and pushed through 7 damage, dropping Jeremy to 9. Jeremy found no help on his next draw step, and Andrew’s fliers again knocked away a huge chunk of Andrew’s life total. Jeremy checked his top card once, and extended the hand in defeat.
Andrew Johnson 2, Jeremy Bylander 1