Finals: Anthony Wilson vs. James Allen
James shuffles up against an unknown quantity--Affinity.
It's been a while since a Legacy Open final featured two decks this aggressive, but Lightning+Bolts.
On the play, James already had a leg up that even Anthony admitted. These two decks weren't looking to interact muchâ€”it would be a straight race for the most part, each player going for the other's life total as aggressively as possible. Goblin+Guide revealed Thoughtcast and got the part started for James.
Inkmoth+Nexus and Springleaf+Drum on Anthony's side weren't as aggressive, and James sent for 2 damage again, showing Stoneforge+Mystic. Another Mountain, and Lava+Spike followed by Chain+Lightning put Anthony down to 10 life, already halfway dead. Drawing Ornithopter, Anthony cast it to play Glimpse+of+Nature, followed by another Ornithopter, Signal+Pest, and then Glimmervoid, casting Thoughtcast.
Revealing Frogmite to Goblin+Guide, Anthony chumped with an 0/2. Chain+Lightning put Anthony to 7, and James passed with two Mountains untapped. Playing Inkmoth+Nexus, Anthony cast Stoneforge+Mystic to search his library for Cranial+Plating, casting Vault+Skirge. During the end step, James declined to cast Price+of+Progress and deal Anthony 6 damage, untapping.
Fireblast off the top locked it up.
Anthony Wilson made the transition from alterist to Open Series Top 8 competitor this weekend!
James 1, Anthony 0
Anthony kept, as did James, and Anthony began with turn 1 Vault+Skirge off Ancient+Den. James had Lightning+Bolt at the ready, killing the 1/1 and passing the turn. Stoneforge+Mystic followed on turn 2 via Plains, searching for Cranial+Plating as Anthony ended the turn. James just cast Keldon+Marauders.
A Springleaf+Drum for Anthony, followed by a second Drumâ€¦ followed by tapping Stoneforge for a third Drum, flooding the board with artifacts. James cast Hellspark+Elemental and attacked with the Marauders as well, getting in 6 damage and putting Anthony to 11 on turn 3â€”kind of slow, really.
Thoughtcast drew Anthony two cards after he played Frogmite for Springleaf+Drum, and another Frogmite followed. Stoneforge+Mystic picked up the Plating, and an attack for a bunch of damage didn't matterâ€”James revealed a Lightning+Bolt, Flame+Rift, and Fireblast to easily blast Anthony to death.
James 2, Anthony 0