Finals: Chris Lachmann vs. Dustin Taylor
Which form of red-green would take the day? Would it be Dustin’s quick, aggressive version with Strangleroot+Geist and Sword+of+War+and+Peace? Or would it be Chris’ titan-heavy version featuring seven game-breaking sixes? We’re going to find out one way or another right here.
Dustin Taylor's armed and ready for the finals.
Dustin, who had earned the right to play first as the higher seed, got on board in no time. Llanowar+Elves into Sword+of+War+and+Peace bashed Chris for a massive nine damage on turn three, and Chris needed something in a hurry. Rampant+Growth and Birds+of+Paradise bought him some time, but the rampaging Llanowar+Elves demanded a chump block. That left Chris one land shy of locking in an early titan and allowed Sword+of+Feast+and+Famine plus Strangleroot+Geist to complete the savage beatdown before Chris could find a way out.
Dustin 1, Chris 0
It was Chris’ turn to lead, and he fired up a Sphere+of+the+Suns into Huntmaster+of+the+Fells on turn three. Dustin kept pace with him via Llanowar+Elves and Green Sun’s Zenith for Strangleroot+Geist followed by another Strangleroot+Geist and Llanowar+Elves to start pushing damage through. Chris decided to block a geist with his wolf token, but he was struggling to find colored mana as two of his lands were Kessig+Wolf+Runs.
Bonfire+of+the+Damned kept Dustin from going crazy by cutting down twenty percent of Dustin’s available mana, but Hellrider kept the momentum on Dustin’s side, knocking Chris to 12. Chris’ only real option on his turn was to hope his Huntmaster of the Fells’ flip would be enough to stabilize and afford him time to get another red source online for the pair of Slagstorms in his hand. He passed the turn, expecting the backward Time+Walk to pay dividends.
But Dustin had other ideas. He held Chris up with the transform trigger on the stack, and everyone leaned in to see what trick he had up his sleeve.
“Pay two life,” Dustin said as he tapped his four lands. A backbreaking Act+of+Aggression slid out of his hand, taking control of the Huntmaster+of+the+Fells as it became Ravager+of+the+Fells for the wrong team. The math added up to more than enough damage with two from the flip plus three more from Hellrider’s ability even before totaling the normal combat damage. All Chris could do was offer a congratulatory handshake in light of the lopsided match.
Dustin 2, Chris 0