Finals: Colin Rountree vs. Gabriel Wilson
It would be all Islands all the time in this final, as both players brought Mono-Blue devotion to the table. Would it be Gabriel Wilson or Colin Rountree who hoists a trophy with the blue menace?
Colin is happy to be here.
Both players came out of the games swinging—Colin curved Judge’s Familiar into Tidebinder Mage, while Gabriel had Tidebinder Mage into Nightveil Specter. Colin used Rapid Hybridization on the Tidebinder, then played a second Tidebinder Mage to tap down the token, then Cyclonic Rifted the Nightveil Specter and attacked Gabriel down to 11. Gabriel recast Nightveil Specter to stop the beats, but Colin had the trump, Thassa, God of the Sea, threatening to recommence the beats.
Gabriel bought a turn with Jace, the Living Guildpact, bouncing the Thassa, then cast a second Nightveil Specter. Colin re-deployed Thassa, but Gabriel had a big turn in store, using Nykthos to generate 8 mana and overload Cyclonic Rift, unsummoning Colin’s entire team. Gabriel attacked with his squad, and had Master of Waves for eleven 2/1s on his next turn.
Colin found no answer to the Master of Waves, and seeing the writing on the wall, moved on to game 2.
Gabriel Wilson 1, Colin Rountree 0
Gabriel is ready with a Gainsay.
It was dueling Cloudfin Raptors on turn 1 from both players, and Colin’s follow-up was a Judge’s Familiar to poke for 1. Gabriel’s turn 2 play, Tidebinder Mage, allowed him to do the same, and a second Tidebinder Mage from Colin evolved his Raptor to 2/3, allowing him to knock Gabriel down to 16. Gabriel’s turn 3 play as the big kahuna of the Mono-Blue mirror, Thassa, God of the Sea, but Colin was ready with a Domestication to take Tidebinder Mage, to keep a lid on Gabriel’s devotion.
Gabriel simply attacked with his Tidebinder and passed, and Colin unloaded the fliers from his hand, casting a pair of Judge’s Familiars. The second met Gainsay from Gabriel, who untapped and cast Master of Waves, making a huge pile of Elementals that threatened to take over the game.
Colin would have none of that. He untapped and showed a second Domestication, stealing the Master of Waves and sweeping away all of Gabriel’s Elementals. At a low life already from Colin’s fliers, Gabriel could see no solution, and it was on to game 3.
Colin Rountree 1, Gabriel Wilson 1
Both players mulliganed in the decider, and Colin had the first play of the game in the form of Tidebinder Mage on turn 2. Gabriel’s first play was a turn 3 Thassa, God of the Sea, and Colin followed up with a Thassa of his own. Gabriel didn’t find a fourth land, but did add Tidebinder Mage to the board. Colin’s Nightveil Specter on turn 4 allowed Thassa to swing in for 5, along with the Tidebinder Mage which traded with Gabriel’s.
A bizarre custody battle ensued over the next several turns—Gabriel played Domestication on Colin’s Nightveil Specter, and Colin promptly played his own Domestication to steal it back and swing for 5 with Thassa. Gabriel attempted to Cyclonic Rift Colin’s Domestication, Colin responded with Rapid Hybridization on the Nightveil Specter, but Gabriel countered with Gainsay. Gabriel got one more attack in with his own Thassa, but then Colin’s Domestication came back down, stealing the Nightveil Specter again, and allowing Thassa to attack Gabriel down to 3.
Gabriel had Rapid Hybridization to stop the Nightveil shenanigans, but the damage was done. Thassa allowed Colin’s Frog Lizard to become unblockable, dealing the last 3 points of damage to take home the trophy for Colin.
Colin Rountree 2, Gabriel Wilson 1