Finals: Chris Andersen vs. Andrew Boswell
It all comes down to G/R Devotion and Abzan Aggro! Can Chris claim his second Open Series trophy or will Andrew get his first?
Both players started on six cards after mulligans and Andrew was first to the board with a Warden of the First Tree on the draw. Chris had no mana accelerant so Andrew attacked for one and played a Fleecemane Lion. Chris found a Rattleclaw Mystic but no third land and took the next hit from Andrew's team. Andrew had Dromoka's Command to pump his Lion and kill the Mystic and finished his turn by keeping a card on top with a Temple of Silence.
Chris missed on land again and played a Sylvan Caryatid. Andrew attacked with his team again and played Siege Rhino to knock Chris to 6. Chris drew his next card and thought about playing a spell before picking up his permanents.
Andrew 1, Chris 0
Both players were happy with their openers and started off with tapped lands, allowing Chris to have Sylvan Caryatid on his second turn and Andrew to have a Fleecemane Lion. Chris added Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx to his mana base and played a Hornet Nest to gum up the board. Andrew scryed away a card with a Temple of Silence and deployed a Rakshasa Deathdealer.
Chris played Xenagos, the Reveler and made a Satyr before passing the turn. Andrew used Hunt the Hunter to kill the Satyr and attacked Xenagos. Chris blocked the pumped Deathdealer with the Nest, getting four Insects, and lost his Planeswalker. Andrew added another Deathdealer to his board and passed back.
Chris played Whisperwood Elemental and decided to get in for two through the air with his tokens. Andrew used another Hunt the Hunter to buff his Lion to kill the Elemental and shoved his Deathdealers into the red zone. Chris put an Insect and a Manifest in front of both and Andrew opted to regenerate both of his creatures.
Chris played and unmorphed a Rattleclaw Mystic to get back the Deathmist Raptor he chumped with the turn before and added a new morph to his board. Andrew had no action and passed as Chris played a Temple of Abandon and a Dragonlord Atarka, pointing the damage at a Deathdealer and a Lion. Andrew responded by making the Lion Monstrous and lost his Deathdealer. Chris sent two Insects at Andrew, dropping him to 13.
Andrew played a land and pondered his turn before killing Atarka with Valorous Stance and attacking with his Lion. Chris chumped with his Raptor and Andrew finished his turn by playing another Lion and an additional Deathdealer. Chris flipped his Den Protector to get back the Raptor and return Xenagos to his hand, which he then played and plussed to make seven mana, allowing him to play an Elvish Mystic and a Morph then activate Nykthos to return and play Whisperwood Elemental. Once he finished his math, Chris attacked with his flyers and a Den Protector. Andrew blocked and killed the Protector with his Lion. Andrew sent his indestructible Lion into the red zone, which Chris chumped, and ended his turn killing the Whisperwood Elemental with Valorous Stance. Chris untapped, made a Satyr with Xenagos, and attacked with everything to take the game.
Andrew 1, Chris 1
Andrew, on the play for the first time, led with a Temple of Silence while Chris had an Elvish Mystic on his first turn for the first time in the match. Andrew fetched up a Forest and landed a Rakshasa Deathdealer for his threat. Chris sent a card to the bottom with a Temple of Abandon and played another mana accelerant, Sylvan Caryatid.
Andrew fetched another Forest and used Hun the Hunter to kill the Mystic, attacked, and pumped the Deathdealer to get in for six. Chris wasted no time in playing another Forest to play Polukranos, World Eater. Andrew played his fourth land and attacked with his Deathdealer, which Chris didn’t block, dropping him to 12 after Andrew decided not to pump. Instead, Andrew landed a Siege Rhino to drop Chris to 9.
Chris fetched a Forest, going down to 8, and made his hydra monstrous to kill the Deathdealer. Andrew played a land and had no attacks, leading Chris to target the Rhino with a Roast, but Andrew responded with Dromoka's Command, growing the Rhino and preventing the damage. Chris fetched a Mountain, going down to 7, and played a Morph.
Andrew, for a second time in a row, only played a land and passed with no attack. Chris played a Whisperwood Elemental, but it didn't last long as Andrew had another Command to make his Rhino bigger and fight it. Andrew held back any attacks and played a Deathdealer. Chris found Dragonlord Atarka and pointed the damage at the Deathdealer, but Andree regenerated it.
Andrew played another land and attacked with the Deathdealer so Chris chumped with the Caryatid. Chris attacked for eight in the air with the Dragonlord, dropping Andrew to 11, and he followed it up with a Morph and Nykthos. Andrew ripped a Valorous Stance for his turn and pointed it at Polukranos. Chris responded by flipping his Morph into a Raptor and let hydra die. Andrew attacked with his team and Chris chumped the Deathdealer, dropping Chris to 1.
Chris played another Morph and attacked for two with the Mystic, putting Andrew to 9. Andrew paused in his main phase, but decided to go to combat and attacked with his team. Chris flipped another Mystic and got back the Raptor. Chris put the Dragonlord in front of the Rhino and the Mystic in front of the Deathdealer. Before moving on, Andrew pumped his Deathdealer three times and used Dromoka's Command to pump his Rhino and had the Dealer fight the Dragonlord allowing Andrew to get in for lethal trample damage.
Andrew 2, Chris 1