Finals: Andy Ferguson vs. Steve Rubin
Andy cruised into the finals as the top seed with his aggressive Mardu deck. Can he win one more match or will Abzan Midrange lead Steve to his second Open Series win?
Andy gets ready for Game 2, just one win from an Open Series title.
Andy had a fast start in the finals on the play with a Bloodsoaked Champion which got in for 2 and followed it up with another Champion on Turn 2. Steve used a Thoughtseize to take a Stoke the Flames and passed back after playing a second Sandsteppe Citadel. Andy served in for 3 and passed after playing another Mana Confluence. Steve tried to gum up the board with a Courser of Kruphix and Andy knocked him to 10 at the end step with a Magma Jet.
Andy found another Stoke for the Courser and got in for 2 with the non-convoked Champion. Steve deployed a Sylvan Caryatid and passed after adding a Plains to his board. Andy attacked and Steve blocked a Champion, falling to 6. Andy played another land and had enough mana to send two copies of Lightning Strike at Steve to take the first game.
Andy 1, Steve 0
Steve gets help from his sideboard after dropping Game 1.
Andy started at 17 with a Thoughtseize on the draw, taking a Courser of Kruphix. Steve went to 19 to play the first of two Sylvan Caryatids while Andy played a Nomad Outpost. Steve added his second Caryatid to the board as Andy played land-go. Steve played a Courser of Kruphix and Andy flashed in a Hushwing Gryff that fell to Bile Blight from Steve. Andy passed and killed the Courser of Kruphix with a Stoke the Flames in Steve’s draw step.
Steve deployed a Wingmate Roc, without raid to land his first threat. After no play from Andy, Steve attacked with the Roc to go back to 19 and drop Andy to 14. Steve followed it up with an Ajani, Mentor of Heroes who found another Roc. Andy flashed in his second Gryff, untapped and attacked Ajani for 2. Steve used Ajani to find a Courser of Kruphix and attacked Andy to 11. Steve played the Courser and got a Llanowar Wastes off the top to go back to 21.
Andy considered his options before using a Harness by Force on the Roc and played a Butcher of the Horde and Steve responded by killing the Gryff with a Bile Blight. Andy sacrificed the Rock to give the Butcher haste and attacked for 5. Steve exiled the Butcher with an Abzan Charm and attacked Andy to 9 with his Courser. Andy used a Stoke the Flames to kill the Courser in Steve’s draw step once again. Steve played Liliana Vess and tutored a card to the top and passed.
Andy played and attacked with a Stormbreath Dragon, but Steve had a Murderous Cut for it. Steve untapped, upped Liliana to make Andy discard another Dragon then played Elspeth, Sun’s Champion to make three soldiers. Andy played a Butcher so Steve destroyed it with Elspeth’s second ability. After Steve played another Wingmate Roc that came with another flyer after attacking with his soliers, Andy had seen enough.
Andy 1, Steve 1
Andy, on the play for the final game, led off with a Bloodsoaked Champion while Steve started with a Temple of Malady. Andy bashed for 2 and fired off a Thoughtseize to take a Bile Blight and passed after playing Bloodstained Mire. Steve played a Sylvan Caryatid off the top and shipped the turn. Andy went to 13 to use another Thoughtseize, opting this time to take the other Bile Blight from Steve. Andy fetched and dropped to 10 to use another Thoughtseize, this time taking a Murderous Cut.
Steve just had a Temple of Silence and passed. Andy resolved a Brian Maggot that took a Hero’s Downfall and passed back. After another temple from Steve, Andy played Goblin Rabblemaster and sent in the team, dropping Steve to 16. Steve found a Drown in Sorrow to clear the board while getting his Hero’s Downfall back. Andy had another Rabblemaster but Steve used the Downfall on it before it could make a goblin token.
After Andy passed with no action, Steve found a Siege Rhino. Andy had a Suspension Field for the Rhino, but Steven just played another one dropping him to 4. Andy had another Field for the second Rhino and passed. After another draw, Andy passed only to be greeted by another Rhino from Steve, dropping him to 1.
Andy was forced to use two copies of Lightning Strike to kill the lethal Rhino and Steve only could play a Caryatid. Andy found a Stormbreath Dragon off the top and attacked Steve to 20. Steve ripped an Elspeth, Sun’s Champion off the top and made three soldiers. Andy drew for the turn and extended the hand.
Steve 2, Andy 1