Finals: Chi Hoi Yim vs. Brian Hood
Chi Hoi has been looking for another Legacy Open win ever since his last one received a few friendly dismissals due to the size of the event. There was no questioning the difficulty of this weekend’s event in Atlanta, however!
Chi Hoi puzzles out how to attack his combo opponent.
A mulligan for Chi Hoi put him down to six cards, while Brian kept his starting seven. Tropical Island for Chi Hoi and nothing else, while Brian cast Preordain. Tarmogoyf gave Chi Hoi a beater to develop, but Brian wasn’t far from building a lethal combination of cards on his end. He took 1 from Tarmogoyf, and in the end step cast Intuition.
Chi Hoi had three mana but no responses, with Intuition finding Brian an Omniscience. He cast Show and Tell on the next turn, getting through Force of Will with Pact of Negation. He put in Omniscience and then cast Enter the Infinite, followed by Cunning Wish for Release the Ants.
That did the trick.
Brian 1, Chi Hoi 0
Shardless BUG can be a little vulnerable to combo in game 1, and Brian had exploited that nicely with a turn 3 kill. Chi Hoi hoped to rally here, with one more game on the play. Brian stared at a hand with no blue mana that had a Leyline, clearly hoping to find Island on top if he kept... but he ultimately mulliganed to six.
Bayou into Thoughtseize revealed Dream Halls, Omniscience, Preordain, Ponder, Island, and Scalding Tarn—Chi Hoi elected to take away the Ponder and attack Brian’s development. He played Preordain on the following turn, sending both to the bottom and passing. Chi Hoi’s follow-up Tarmogoyf created a clock to put Brian in a jam.
Brainstorming, Brian didn’t find an enabler and played his fetchland. Chi Hoi Brainstormed before combat, laying a fetchland to ensure he could boost Tarmogoyf by one at a minimum. If he found another discard spell, nabbing an enchantment could get him one more! No such luck for Chi Hoi, who only had Deathrite Shaman to follow.
Brian was back to the top of the deck, and it failed to deliver. Playing a third Island, he ended the turn. Chi Hoi Brainstormed once more, really digging for something to let him land a knockout punch. Jace, the Mind Sculptor gave Chi Hoi another Brainstorm to look with, but he could only attack and pass one more time as the ground continued to shrink beneath Brian’s feet.
He had Polluted Delta as a fourth land, meaning he wasn’t far from casting Dream Halls... but would it have a chance at resolving? Chi Hoi’s next Jace activation found Hymn to Tourach, and he fired it before combat. Brian declined to Force of Will, and lost Dream Halls and Enter the Infinite. That put Tarmogoyf to 4/5, and Brian dropped to 9—a two-turn clock as long as he didn’t break Polluted Delta.
The Shaman put Brian to 7 and Tarmogoyf could attack him to 3... Chi Hoi baited Brian into the Delta activation by attempting to Wasteland it, and when he fetched to 6 he was dead to Tarmogoyf and Deathrite Shaman.
Brian only needs to Release one more colony of Ants...
Brian 1, Chi Hoi 1
Brian opted to draw, giving Chi Hoi the play for the third straight game. A bold choice in Legacy, Brian was hoping the extra card would give him the edge against primarily discard-based disruption. He didn’t mind having it once he saw his opening seven, quickly mulliganing it. Chi Hoi’s were a keep, and it was down to one final game.
With two Leyline of Sanctity into play for Brian. It’s possibly risky to play two, due to Maelstrom Pulse, but only one can get sniped by Golgari Charm so it’s risky either way. Holding one gives you a card to Brainstorm away, however, which is occasionally worth its weight in gold. Chi Hoi started turn 1 with a fetch and Ancestral Vision, while Brian opened with turn 1 Brainstorm.
Chi Hoi had a Brainstorm of his own and followed by fetching up Underground Sea and suspending another Vision. If they went off, he might be able to assemble enough permission to beat the heat. Brian Pondered, finding no fetchland but plenty of additional cantrips, which he shuffled.
No plays from Chi Hoi except for a land, and Brian went for it. Show and Tell tapped him out, and Chi Hoi examined his options. Brian had no way to fight back, but Chi Hoi didn’t either—he let it resolve. Omniscience landed, and Brian cast Enter the Infinite. Chi Hoi responded with Golgari Charm targeting Omniscience, no doubt mentally crossing his fingers... and it worked! Brian drew his deck and put back a card, passing the turn afterward and ready to try for a kill on the following turn. Chi Hoi threw a hail mary with Shardless Agent, but it bricked on Flusterstorm and met a Force of Will from Brian.
Brian 2, Chi Hoi 1