Finals: Andrew Tenjum vs. Eric Rill
These two Open Series regulars know each other well. Andrew Tenjum is looking to win his first Open Series title with B/g Devotion, but four-time Open Series champion Eric Rill stands in his way with U/W Control. Which friend would win the title and bragging rights to go along with it?
Andrew smiles after taking Game 1.
Andrew kept seven while Eric went to six and Andrew led things off with a Temple of Malady. Eric matched him with a temple and Andrew made the first play, a Thoughtseize. Andrew took Azorius Charm and left Eric with two copies of Dissolve, Elspeth, Sun’s Champion, Detention Sphere, and a land. Andrew landed a Pack Rat after playing a Mutavault and Eric played a land and passed. Andrew attacked with his land and the rat and passed after playing a Swamp. Eric missed his fourth land drop and passed back.
Andrew attacked for four again to knock Eric to 12 and passed. Eric missed on land again so he played his Elixir of Immortality and shipped the turn. Andrew attacked with just his Rat and activated his Mutavault to deal two damage and Eric cracked his Elixir at end of turn. Eric, with no fourth land, used a Detention Sphere on the Pack Rat and passed. Andrew added a temple to his board and slammed a Desecration Demon. Eric dropped Jace, Architect of Thought after finding his fourth land and used his minus 2 to reveal three lands, resulting in him getting two.
Andrew bashed with the land and the Demon, killing Jace and dropping Eric to 9 then used the window to add an Underworld Connections. Eric passed after playing a land and Andrew drew off the Connections and sent in the Demon to knock Eric to 3. Andrew finished his turn by adding another Underworld Connections to his board and playing a temple. Eric fired off a Revelation for two at the end of the turn to go back up to 5.
Eric played Elspeth and used the minus 3 to kill the Demon, but Andrew showed the lethal Gray Merchant of Asphodel to take the game.
Andrew 1, Eric 0
Eric sideboards before Game 2.
Eric kept seven while Andrew went to six this time. Eric started with a temple while Andrew’s first land was a Mutavault. Andrew used a Duress on his second turn after Eric played an Island and took an Azorius Charm from Eric’s hand, leaving him with two copies of Supreme Verdict, and three lands. Eric again played land-go and Andrew fired off a Thoughtseize to take a Supreme Verdict. Eric kept playing lands while Andrew used a third discard spell to get the other Supreme Verdict and played a Temple of Malady.
Eric dropped Jace and used the minus 2 to net a Celestial Flare and Jace, Memory Adept. Eric ended his turn with a Pithing Needle on “Mutavault.” Andrew landed his first threat in the form of Lifebane Zombie and passed with no fourth land. Eric cashed in the Jace to get a Detention Sphere and a land then played the Memory Adept and ticked it up. Andrew attacked Jace down to 2 with the Zombie then played a Golgari Guildgate. Eric upped Jace again then used the Detention Sphere on the Zombie and passed after playing another tapped land. Andrew went for a Golgari Guildgate at the end of turn to get back the Zombie seeing a hand full of reactive cards from Eric.
Andrew used an Abrupt Decay on the Needle and sent his land and Zombie at Jace, Eric still fired off the Flare to kill the Mutavault and put his Jace in the graveyard. Eric untapped and slammed an Aetherling with two mana open. Andrew attacked Eric to 17 with the Zombie then played a Desecration Demon. Eric used a Banishing Light on the Demon then attacked for eight with the shapeshifter to drop Andrew to 8. Andrew drew for the turn and picked up his cards.
Eric 1, Andrew 1
Andrew ended up dropping down to five cards while Eric kept a “Sketchy” keep. Andrew led with a Temple of Malady and played a Duress grabbing Pithing Needle after Eric played an Azorius Guildgate. Andrew attacked with Mutavault and passed. Eric found his third land, another Guildgate and passed. Andrew found a Lifebane Zombie and saw Eric’s hand of removal. Eric dropped his fourth land put the Zombie in a Detention Sphere. Andrew attacked with Mutavault and passed. Eric missed his fifth land drop, but used an Azorius Charm on the Mutavault Andrew sent into the red zone. Andrew replayed his Mutavault and passed with no play.
Eric didn’t find his land and fell to 14 after Andrew attacked with his land and added another Mutavault to his board. Eric again missed on land and moved to discard. Andrew knocked Eric to 10 off both Mutavaults and passed. Eric discarded again and fell to 6 after two more Mutavault hits. Eric fell to 2 after another discard and extended his hand after drawing a temple.
Andrew Tenjum is your #SCGCIN Standard Open Champion!
Andrew 2, Eric 1