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%2C+God+of+the+Sea, threatening to recommence the beats.
Gabriel bought a turn with Jace%2C+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%2C+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%2C+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