Finals: Corey Baumeister vs. Daniel Cecchetti
G/W Devotion has been the talk of the tournament and it comes as no surprise that Grand Prix Miami boils down to a mirror match of the powerful new archetype. Will Corey win with the version from his brother, Brad Nelson, or will Daniel claim the trophy with Sam Black’s build?
Corey is all business in the finals.
Both players developed their mana with Daniel having three Elvish Mystics and Corey having a Sylvan Caryatid. Corey deployed a Fleecemane Lion and a Voyaging Satyr while Daniel ramped into the first Whisperwood Elemental. Corey didn’t flinch and played his own Whisperwood Elemental, tapping out on his fourth turn. Daniel, however, made the first Mastery of the Unseen on the next turn, putting the pressure back on Corey to keep up.
Corey didn’t have a Mastery of his own, but he did have a Polukranos, World Eater before passing, leading Daniel to begin gaining advantage with Manifest creatures from the enchantment. Not only did Daniel have the advantage with the Mastery, he landed the mirror-breaker, Temur Sabertooth on his next turn. Corey attempted to keep up by playing another Whisperwood Elemental, though Daniel was able to use the Sabertooth to return a Manifest to his hand, showing a Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx. The action turned out to be unnecessary as he played a Courser of Kruphix next and got to play a Nykthos for free from the top of his library.
Corey found his Mastery of the Unseen and the Manifest party raged on for both players. Daniel had the edge, using Nykthos to generate more creatures and life, jumping up to 50 before Corey’s Manifest creatures spawned. Daniel untapped and made his Polukranos monstrous by 12, clearing Corey’s hydra and a Whisperwood, but not before Corey gained plenty of life and sacrificed his Elemental in response to get more Manifests from his dying face-up creatures. The clutter continued and Daniel bounced his Polukranos and a Genesis Hydra with his Sabertooth at the end step to reload for the next turn.
Daniel replayed his World Eater and made the Genesis Hydra for six, getting him another Voyaging Satyr and ended his turn with another copy of Mastery of the Unseen. Corey did his own life gain tactics, going up to 58 at the end step, then found a second Mastery as well.
“Remember back in the day when we used to just play Turn 3 Call of the Heard, Turn 4 Call of the Heard?” Corey joked as the shenanigans continued.
Daniel went back to gunning down Corey’s Whisperwood and Mystics at the end of the turn and bounced back a Plains with his Sabertooth, untapped, and replayed his Polukranos then made it monstrous again, this time for 26, killing most of Corey’s board, though both players ended up at 114 after creatures flipped for Corey. Corey looked at his next card and new he couldn’t come back.
Daniel 1, Corey 0
Daniels laughs during the madness.
Both players had plays on two, as Corey had Sylvan Caryatid and Daniel played Voyaging Satyr. Corey added on with another Caryatid and a Temple while Daniel played a Courser of Kruphix and a Forest to go to 21. Corey made the first impactful card, a Polukranos on his fourth turn and passed the action to Daniel, who landed two copies of Mastery of the Unseen. Corey made his hydra monstrous for two, killing the Satyr and attacked, dropping Daniel to 14.
Daniel played a Genesis Hydra for one, getting the known Elvish Mystic and played a temple from the top before shipping the turn. Corey shoved his Polukranos into the red zone and Daniel offered no blocks, falling to 8. Corey made his own Mastery of the Unseen and passed. Daniel proceeded to play a Nykthos and a Nissa, Worldwaker, ramping into a Whisperwood Elemental that Corey got off the board with a Valorous Stance before making a Manifest with his enchantment.
Corey sent Polukranos at Nissa but Daniel chumped it with his Genesis Hydra before passing the action. Daniel emptied his hand of a Courser and a Caryatid before playing another Genesis Hydra for six, getting a Polukranos of his own. Corey flipped a High Sentinels of Arashin at the end of the turn, untapped and sent his Sentinels and Polukranos at Daniel. Daniel put a Caryatid in front of the Polukranos and knocked Daniel to 4 after Corey put a +1+1 on a Manifest creature. Corey ended his turn by using a Banishing Light on the opposing Polukranos. Daniel bounced back to 14 when he made the top card of his library a Manifest, flipping the known Polukranos.
Daniel was able to monstrous his fresh Polukranos for six to kill the Sentinels and then attacked for six with his Genesis Hydra, dropping Corey to 18. For all the action, Corey couldn’t muster anything but a Windswept Heath on his turn, passing to Daniel, who made another Manifest and upped Nissa to seven loyalty. Corey kept making 2/2s and passed, leading Daniel to do the same.
Daniel used the ultimate on Nissa to make five 4/4 lands, gaining him 10 life in the process thanks to his pair of Coursers and passed. Corey’s attempt to get back in the game was a Genesis Hydra for eight, hitting another High Sentinels of Arashin. Daniel flipped another Polukranos at the end step, going up to 57 and losing the previous hydra. Daniel used his fresh Polukranos to kill off the Sentinels and a Mystic before passing back, after going up to 89 from flipping creatures and playing a land.
Corey simply played a Caryatid and passed leading Daniel to reveal a Temur Sabertooth that let him bounce his Polukranos and set up the same engine that won him the first game, going after two Elementals, a Manifest, and a Mystic. Again, Corey was left with just a land drop and a passing of the turn for his action. Daniel played a Genesis Hydra big enough to search his remaining deck to get a Reclamation Sage to blow up the opposing Mastery of the Unseen, but not before Corey used it twice and flipped a Whisperwood Elemental to go up to 35.Corey played a fresh Polukranos and emptied his hand by playing a land and passed.
Daniel machine-gunned down most of Corey’s board with his own Polukranos, monstrous for 15. After the reckoning, Daniel got back a Manifested Hunt the Hunter to kill the opposing Polukranos. When Corey looked at his next card he extended the hand.
Daniel 2, Corey 0