Finals: Bobby Kovacs vs Caleb Durward
“Chris Andersen put me somewhere against this deck,” Bobby said. “...I hate this deck, man.” Apparently scared of the little green men, it seemed that Caleb had the advantage against Bobby. His edge increased with his top seed, which put him on the play.
Caleb's not sleep-sideboarding, I promise.
Fetching Forest, Caleb cast Llanowar Elves and sent the turn. Mox Diamond for Bobby and a pitch of Tranquil Thicket preceded his playing Bojuka Bog and then Raven’s Crime, sending Mirror Entity to Caleb’s bin. “That makes my hand so much better,” he claimed, already sitting on the second copy.
Elvish Visionary for Caleb and then Quirion Ranger, Caleb passing an admittedly unimpressive turn 2. Bobby played Wasteland and passed. “I don’t even have any lands to Raven’s Crime you with.” Another Visionary for Caleb, and then Wirewood Symbiote. He untapped Llanowar Elves and made a mana, playing Pendelhaven to cast Elvish Visionary once again.
He cast another Symbiote via Ranger, and then attacked for 2 damage. Intuition in Caleb’s end step, grabbing Tropical Island and Tabernacle with Glacial Chasm going into his hand. He wasn’t going down easy—all of those lands would give Caleb fits. Loam for Bobby grabbed back all his lands, and he cast Raven’s Crime to make Caleb discard Dryad Arbor before playing the Chasm.
On his own turn, Caleb bounced Visionary to draw and resolved Glimpse of Nature. “Now I have to think more,” Caleb said. He played Birchlore Rangers using Quirion Ranger to untap Llanowar Elves, then added Heritage Druid. Another Heritage Druid drew a card, but Caleb appeared to stumble after that.
Using his last Symbiote, he bounced Quirion Ranger and replayed it, untapping his Llanowar Elves and then playing Verdant Catacombs. He fetched Savannah, and cast Mirror Entity with one mana floating. Because both his Symbiotes had been used, he couldn’t do much more than that, however.
Everything became an Elf, and that gave Caleb a little more mana. He cast Elvish Visionary and then Nettle Sentinel, then Priest of Titania—nice for Tabernacle—and then made another Heritage Druid. Now, a Zenith for Symbiote gave Caleb some possibilities! He bounced a Symbiote to untap Llanowar Elves, thanks to that Symbiote now having changeling, and began the arduous task of making infinite mana and drawing his deck.
I won’t bore you with the details—suffice to say, it involved casting the same Wirewood Symbiotes a few times, with some additional Elves along the way. Viridian Shaman was an important one, destroying Mox Diamond to stunt Bobby’s development. After that, he passed the turn—Chasm had him stuck.
Tropical Island and Raven’s Crime from Bobby, and he passed the turn. Caleb sent back, his only option to make Bobby pay a bunch of life for Chasm and then start dredging Life from the Loam. Caleb cast Green Sun’s Zenith for a bunch, checking his deck and demonstrating how he would avoid decking.
Of course, Bobby could also avoid decking thanks to Oblivion Stone and Engineered Explosives along with Academy Ruins. With Creeping Tar Pit to eventually start attacking, Bobby appeared to have locked Caleb out of the game. Exploration would expedite his progress.
“A real man would scoop in this situation,” Caleb noted, as Bobby let his Chasm die in order to Life from the Loam. “Everybody on SCGLive has to watch this? That’s awesome, I’m going to start playing morphs!”
Sure enough, that’s what he did.
And then, after replaying his morphs a couple times, Caleb conceded.
Caleb 0, Bobby 1
Bobby's lands weren't forthcoming in the second game.
Llanowar Elves for Caleb, and Bobby passed on turn 1 discarding Crucible of Worlds. No lander in Lands? Awkward! Caleb cast Zenith for two mana to find Priest of Titania, and ended the turn. Happy with his opener against Bobby’s airball, Caleb passed.
Bobby discarded Life from the Loam to his cleanup step after missing another land drop, and Caleb went Glimpsing. Quirion Ranger, Wirewood Symbiote, and then a land drop to go get Savannah. Caleb played Llanowar Elves, and used Priest for four mana. Untapping it with Ranger—Caleb earned the concession from his landless opponent.
Bobby 1, Caleb 1
Mox Diamond binning Wasteland and Bayou started the game on Chalice of the Void for one— ouch! Caleb had only Forest on turn 1, and Bobby Loamed back Wasteland on turn 2 prior to passing the turn. Caleb was a heavy dog to the Chalice, and fetched to a second Forest on the next turn before casting Priest of Titania.
Dredging, Bobby Loamed some lands back and played Tar Pit, passing the turn. Caleb added Elvish Visionary and another Priest of Titania to the board, playing through as best he could. Engineered Explosives on two from Bobby, however, was the worst-case scenario! He had a second Mox Diamond by now, as well.
Caleb passed on two lands, and Bobby dredged once again. He sent in Tar Pit, putting Caleb to sixteen, and Caleb shook his head sadly after drawing. He discarded Fyndhorn Elves and passed the turn. Another 3 damage ran in from Bobby, and he passed.
Bobby’s Bojuka Bog was his next land, and he knocked Caleb to 10 with that Tar Pit. Untapping, he could now Loam and Tar Pit in the same turn... but he cast Cursed Totem instead of Loam, deepening the hole Caleb was in. Casting Glimpse and Birchlore for funsies, Caleb appeared to be taking his imminent death well.
Bobby 2, Caleb 1