Finals: Chris Andersen vs Jaime Scheffer
What if I told you that the finals of the Legacy Open would be Death and Taxes and Tezzerator? Well, that’s what we have here! Open Series end-boss Chris Andersen is looking to fill out the one missing piece to his resume: a SCG trophy.
“Man, Mother of Runes? I wish I were playing Elves!”
As the match got underway, the room got quiet from the emptying patrons. As a rule, we play music when the room is so quiet that the competitors can hear the commentators. So Chris decided to pick the station we’d be listening to as the soundtrack for this top 8: Robin Thicke radio. Classy.
Chris is wielding the sword!
Chris, by virtue of the top seed, got the play. And though Chris kept his opening hand, Jamie decided to mulligan his first seven. Chris led with Polluted Delta for Island. Jamie led off with AEther Vial. Chris used City of Traitors to cast and use Engineered Explosives to deal immediately with the Darksteel artifact, and Jamie followed up with Stoneforge Mystic for Batterskull. Chris used his turn three to drop Tezzeret, Agent of Bolas and sacrifice the City. Tezzeret found Ratchet Bomb using the Tezzeret and passed.
Jamie continued to try to keep up, playing Karakas along with Rishidan Port. Mother of Runes joined Jamie’s board, and he left up Stoneforge mana to bring in the Batterskull at end of turn. Chris knew this of course, and used Tezzeret’s +1 to dig into Thopter Foundry before casting Dimir Signet and Ratchet Bomb. Jamie did indeed sneak in the Batterskull at end of turn, but upon attacks the Bomb took out the Germ token. Tezzeret took one damage from Stoneforge Mystic to fall to four Loyalty, and Jamie passed.
Chris used the +1 once more, this time finding Seat of the Synod to get to five mana, casting Thopter Foundry and Sword of the Meek with a man available. Combo! At end of turn, Aven Mindcensor joined the party for Jaime and that allowed him to attack with both it and the Stoneforge Mystic. Chris created a token and blocked Aven Mindcensor, so Jaime gave it protection from blue with Mother of Runes. Chris began the beats of his own on the next turn, and he created seven tokens before ultimating Tezzeret to drain and gain for more than 20.
Chris 1, Jaime 0.
At this point, Charles Gindy walked up behind the match and quipped, “Huh. I forgot Tezzeret had an ultimate.”
As Alicia Keys mentions in the song that had just come on the radio, some people got it all.
The only certainties in life are: Death, Taxes, and Jaime's deck.
Alex led off with Plains and pass, while Chris played Polluted Delta. Jaime used Rishidan Port to cast Stoneforge Mystic. Chris also searched out a land in the meantime, and he used that land as well as his second land drop to cast Chalice of the Void for one. Not as good as against RUG Delver, but still solid as Jaime was forced to play a Wasteland and use it before passing. Chris dropped Thopter Foundry, but the Batterskull came to play as well and Chris dropped to 14 on attacks. Phyrexian Revoker came down naming Thopter Foundry, but Ancient Tomb and Damnation dispatched of the trio of creatures on Jamie’s side of the board. Alex cast another Revoker to stop the Foundry, but Tezzeret came down and made Chalice of the Void a 5/5 to threaten a powerful attack.
Chris wants everyone to know that ‘Mirrors’ is Justin Timberlake’s best song, including all of the N’Sync stuff. Just so you know.
Thalia, Guardian of Thraben came into play for Jamie and Port tapped Chris’ Sea, but Chris further pressed his advantage. Tezzeret used +1 to Lim-Dul’s Vault for artifacts, finding Dimir Signet, and Chris cast Ensnaring Bridge with four cards currently in hand. Jaime added Flickerwisp, blinking out the Batterskull. The ‘Skull came back, and Batterskull regained a Germ. Chris sculpted his hand by casting Dimir Signet, Baleful Strix, +1ing Tezzeret (choosing to not take an artifact), and Chalice for zero… to go down to two cards in hand. Tough to cross the Bridge at that point!
Jaime just added Umezawa’s Jitte before passing, then tapping Port to tap Underground Sea. But Chris was still firmly in the lead now, using Tezzeret’s +1 to find Sword of the Meek and cast it. Baleful Strix came down and picked up the Sword, and Chris passed. Mangara of Corondor threatened to start taking down Chris’ control pieces, so he had to get moving if he didn’t want the inevitability of Death and Taxes to take over. Phyrexian Revoker was bounced by Jace, Thopter Foundry made four tokens… and Tezzeret drained for 24! That’s the game, and that’s the match.
Chris finally gets a trophy!
Chris 2, Jaime 0.