Finals: Bryan Eleyet vs. David Doberne
Bryan studies the opposition before the final match.
Mutual keeps, and David beginning with Birds+of+Paradise on the first turn. Bryan played Island and passed, nodding as David cast Mother+of+Runes and played a fetchland onto the battlefield. Bryan cast Ponder on turn 2 before playing any land, adding Flooded+Strand to his Island.
David fetched during the end step for Dryad+Arbor, starting up the clock. Green Sun’s Zenith for three earned Force+of+Will from Bryan, pitching another Force, and Mother+of+Runes attacked Bryan down to 18. He declined to fetch before drawing—never a good sign post-Ponder for the combo opponent—and warned David he would likely be attempting to kill him.
David's not thrilled about this particular pairing.
Bryan 1, David 0
“All my cards are bad against you,” David sighed. “I noticed,” Bryan admitted. Savannah and Mother+of+Runes were a fine demonstration, while Ancient+Tomb into Grim+Monolith got the party started in a big way for Bryan. Did he have a turn 2 kill?
Fetching for Savannah, David cast Qasali+Pridemage prior to an attack for 2 damage from Mother+of+Runes. The Pridemage resolving indicated a potential death for David soon, but when Bryan passed turn 2 with just an Island it looked like he might be relying on the Intuition kill. David cast Stoneforge+Mystic for Sword of Feast and Famine and ended the turn with a fetchland after attacking for 3 damage, declining to pop the Monolith.
Bryan Brainstormed, needing no Show+and+Tell to combo off this turn—just Pact+of+the+Titan, Hive+Mind, and any land that makes blue mana. He had the fetchland but found himself simply passing the turn afterward. David fetched after playing his fourth land and forged up the Sword, equipping to Qasali+Pridemage and attacking for 5 damage. Bryan fell to 8 and discarded an Island, while David untapped his lands and broke Horizon+Canopy.
“Let’s draw Thoughtseize,” he said. Just like that, he pulled it off! Force+of+Will exiled Show+and+Tell to counter, and David passed the turn. Bryan Intuitioned during the end step for three Pact+of+the+Titans, grabbing one, but David did now blow up Grim+Monolith with his Pridemage.
Bryan 2, David 0