Finals: Chris Vanmeter vs. Charlie Rinehart
Almost a year ago, Sylvan+Caryatid. Charlie had a turn 2 play of his own, a Pack+Rat that threatened to grow out of control. Chris played a Xenagos the Reveler, made a 2/2 Satyr token, and thought for a moment before deciding to attack. Charlie took the opportunity with Chris tapped out to animate his Mutavault and attack away Chris’s Xenagos.
The Satyr token came swinging again, dropping Charlie to 16, and Chris followed up with a Polukranos%2C+World+Eater. Charlie dispatched it with a Banishing+Light, and sent his Pack+Rat swinging. Chris slammed Stormbreath+Dragon, attacking with his team to drop Charlie to 10, but Charlie again had the answer for Chris’s monster, this time with a Hero’s Downfall.
Chris attacked with his 2/2 Satyr on his next turn, and Charlie placed his Pack+Rat in front then activated two Mutavaults to make it a 3/3. Chris used Ghor-Clan+Rampager to trample over for 3, dropping Charlie to 7, then played Domri+Rade post-combat and and used it’s -2 ability to fight off one of the Mutavaults. Charlie had Banishing+Light for the Domri+Rade.
The Satyr token swung again, and Charlie traded off his Mutavault for it. He then cast a Desecration+Demon. CVM had another big turn, killing off the demon with Dreadbore then playing a Scavenging+Ooze. Charlie played a second Desecration+Demon, but it wasn’t enough to stabilize.
Chris ate three creatures with the Scavenging+Ooze at Charlie’s end step, then untapped and ate the last creature to grow it to 6/6. He moved to combat, sacrificed his Sylvan+Caryatid to tap down the Demon, then exiled it from his graveyard to grow the Ooze to a lethal 7/7.
Thoughtseize, sniping Chris’s Elvish+Mystic and leaving him with Dreadbore, Stormbreath+Dragon, two Temple+of+Abandons, and two Blood+Crypts. His turn 2 was Abrupt Decayed, but Charlie had another Pack+Rat on his third turn. This one fell to a Dreadbore, and Charlie was out of threats, simply playing a land and passing.
Chris: “Alright, no Demon!”
Chris played his fourth land and passed, and then Charlie rained on his parade by casting a turn 5 Desecration+Demon.
Needing to find an answer, Chris played Domri+Rade and ticked it up, netting a Polukranos%2C+World+Eater. The Demon swung across, and Chris played an Elvish+Mystic, hoping to appease the Desecration+Demon with it, but Charlie Doom Bladed it before attacking. Chris tried Xenagos the Reveler next, making a 2/2 Satyr, but Charlie killed it off with another Doom+Blade, and Chris had seen enough, picking up his cards and moving on to game 3.
Chris Vanmeter 1, Charlie Rinehart 1
Charlie feels the pressure of the finals.
On the play, Chris led with a Mutavault, then shocked himself with Stomping+Ground on his second turn to cast a Sylvan+Caryatid. When Charlie again had no play on his second turn, Chris cast Domri+Rade, ticking up without finding a creature. Charlie exiled it with Banishing+Light, and Chris’s next planeswalker, Xenagos the Reveler, showed up next turn, making a Satyr and knocking Charlie to 18.
Charlie played a Lifebane+Zombie, exiling a Polukranos, World eater from CVM’s hand and seeing Stormbreath+Dragon and Vraska+the+Unseen as his other two cards. He took a moment in the tank before playing a Thoughtseize as well, getting rid of the Vraska. Chris emptied his and went aggro on his own turn, casting the Stormbreath+Dragon and making another Satyr Token, attacking Charlie down to 8.
The Lifebane+Zombie took care of Xenagos on Charlie’s Turn, and a Doom+Blade dispatched the Stormbreath+Dragon. Charlie passed the turn with a Mutavault up. Chris came swinging with two 2/2 Satyr tokens and Mutavault on his turn, and Charlie blocked one token with Mutavault and Doom Bladed the other, falling to 6. CVM had Domri+Rade post-combat, which ticked up but didn’t find a threat.
Charlie’s Lifebane+Zombie attacked Domri down to a single Loyalty, and a Desecration+Demon showed up post-combat to cause trouble for CVM. Chris again missed on his Domri+Rade activation, and simply played a tapped Blood+Crypt and passed the turn. Charlie killed off the Domri+Rade on his next attack step, then shocked himself to 4 to cast Elspeth, Sun’s Champion.
CVM was in a tight spot, and he knew it. He plopped the Temple+of+Malice from the top of his deck directly into play, peeked at his top card, and quickly put it on the bottom. He fed his last creature, a Sylvan+Caryatid, to Charlie’s Desecration+Demon, and took 5 from Charlie’s Lifebane+Zombie and Soldier tokens. Blood+Baron+of+Vizkopa was Charlie’s next play, and it was now or never for Chris.
“Five outs!” CVM announced, looking for one of his two Rakdos’s Returns or one of his three remaining Stormbreath+Dragons. Instead he found Scavenging+Ooze, and extended his hand, stuck with beard a little while longer.
Charlie Rinehart 2, Chris+Vanmeter 1