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, 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, 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