Finals: Austin Yost vs. Josh Cho
Austin Yost waves the red banner in the Legacy Open finals.
Winning the die roll, Josh took the play. Scalding Tarn cracked for Tropical Island and played Nimble Mongoose. Lava Spike to the face for Austin got the burn started early, and Josh got a bit greedy with Ponder to look for land, rather than just casting Delver of Secrets or another Mongoose. He decided to keep the three and play Wasteland, passing turn without colored mana.
Austin tried Hellspark Elemental, and Josh used Daze to counter the damage. He didn't have another land anyway, so now he could attack and cast Tarmogoyf. Now that's a clock! Austin played his third Mountain, facing the 4/5 Tarmogoyf due to his own Hellspark, and cast Keldon Marauders. Josh used a little Hollywood to represent Daze before the 3/3 hit the ground.
Drawing, Josh still really wanted another colored land. He cast Nimble Mongoose and ended the turn, letting Tarmogoyf play defense. Austin flicked his cards thoughtfully before unearthing Hellspark and attacking with both Marauders and the 3/1. Josh decided to block the Marauders and take 4 damage, going to 11 life. Flame Rift made that 7, and took Austin down to 14.
Attacking for 6 damage, Josh put Austin to 8 life and passed the turn, leaning rather heavily on a Spell Snare. Playing his fifth Mountain, Austin sent Chain Lightning at Josh and knocked him to 4, casting Hellspark Elemental afterward. Josh had little choice but to Spell Snare, hoping Austin wasn't sitting on Fireblast or Flame Rift!
Unfortunately for Josh, Flame Rift it was.
Joshua Cho gives his significant other an obligatory shout-out after his double Top 8 weekend!
Austin 1, Josh 0
A mulligan to six for Josh and a fast keep from Austin set the tone for the second game—the pressure was on. Breaking Scalding Tarn for Tropical Island, Josh cast Nimble Mongoose. Figure of Destiny for Austin started his game, and he declined to block when Josh attacked. Josh played Wasteland, and passed.
Austin boosted Figure to 2/2 and then aimed Lava Spike at Josh, nugging him to 14 life. Josh didn't mind that much; he dropped Tarmogoyf and a fetchland on turn 3, with Lightning Bolt available to grow the Tarmogoyf in a pinch and kill the Figure. Austin bit and tried to Chain Lightning, but the Bolt saved Tarmogoyf and dispatched Austin's creature—ouch. Goblin Guide skittered through the damaged Tarmogoyf's defenses, revealing Brainstorm on top of the library as he went to 11.
Josh swung 1 and passed, leaving Tarmogoyf back—very conservative compared to the previous game. Now Austin also passed, declining to let Josh draw free ones via that Brainstorm. Josh passed, his Mongoose stymied, and now the game degenerated into a favorable position for Austin! Two Lightning Bolts put Josh to 5 life during his own end step, Austin laying a fourth Mountain on his own turn.
Brainstorm found Josh some counterspells, and he passed the turn. Chain Lightning from Austin merited Force of Will, removing Stifle, and Josh dropped to 4 life. Floating one mana, Austin sacrificed two Mountains for Fireblast—that was the ballgame!
Austin 2, Josh 0