Finals: Brian Weller-Gordon vs. Jacob Wilson
It would be Delver vs. Delver for the trophy in Seattle. Jacob Wilson had been here before and walked away with the cup once—could he do it again?
Mulligans hounded Brian throughout the finals.
Brian had first seed to start, mulliganing to six immediately while Jacob kept his seven cards. Tundra and Ponder followed by a shuffle for Brian on the first turn, while Jacob fetched for Tropical+Island in order to play his own copy of the cantrip. Wasteland took out the Trop, but Brian had no additional plays.
Jacob played Misty+Rainforest and then another one, as both players waited for the other to make the next move. Jacob’s third land was Wasteland, and he used it in the upkeep of Brian’s turn, forcing him to Stifle. Jacob fetched in response to Stifle for Tropical+Island, and debated using his other fetch as well before doing so.
Brian responded to the second fetch with his own, and Jacob floated a blue before using Daze on Stifle. Brian Dazed back, and Jacob obviously declined to pay. He did Stifle Brian’s Tarn, but Brian defended with Force+of+Will, exiling Stifle.
Jacob Forced back, exiling Ponder. That left Brian failing to fetch while Jacob went for Volcanic+Island, and Brian declined to replay his Tundra. Jacob began coming in with Tarmogoyf while Brian hoped to find Swords or more lands, with Scalding+Tarn delivering the latter. Another Tarmogoyf from Jacob, however, increased the pressure on Brian’s life total.
When he failed to answer the large green creatures on the next turn, that was it.
Jacob won a very key Stifle war early in game 1.
Jacob 1, Brian 0
After mulliganing, Brian fetched Tundra to start game 2 as well, casting Delver+of+Secrets. It resolved, and Jacob started with Gitaxian+Probe for 2 life. Seeing Submerge, Spell+Pierce, Force+of+Will, and Swords+to+Plowshares, Jacob began plotting out his game plan.
Wasteland took down Brian’s only land, Tundra, and Jacob had Volcanic+Island. After Brian failed to flip, he used Daze to send Pyroblast through Force+of+Will and leave Brian on no permanents. His own Delver+of+Secrets followed, flipping immediately.
Not a good turn for Brian.
Nimble+Mongoose landed as well, and it became doubtful as to whether Brian would have any permanents in play ever again as Jacob played another Mongoose. After one more turn, it was over.
Jacob 2, Brian 0