Finals: Craig Bargo vs. Per NystrÃ¶m
Per has pulled the upset in each round of the Top 8 as the No. 8 seed with Death and Taxes. Can he do it one last time or will Craig take down #SCGCIN with RUG Delver?
Craig goes over Per’s decklist before Game 2.
Craig kept his opener while Per decided to go down to six. Craig started the finals off with a Gitaxian+Probe to take a look at Per’s hand then played a Delver+of+Secrets off a Tropical+Island. Per had a Plains and passed while Craig’s Delver failed to flip but still got into the red zone. Craig finished his turn by adding a Nimble+Mongoose to the board. Per went for a Stoneforge+Mystic but Craig had a Spell+Snare. Daze flipped the Delver and Craig attacked with his team then added a Tarmogoyf to his board.
Per went for his second SFM, but Craig used a Force+of+Will, pitching Daze, to counter it. Craig Pondered to start his next turn then used a Wasteland to get rid of Per’s Horizon+Canopy and Brainstormed and cracked a fetch land for a Volcanic+Island and attacked for 10 to drop Per to 5. Per drew for his turn and picked up his cards.
Craig 1, Per 0
Per shuffles up for Game 2.
This time Per kept seven while Craig went down to six. Per led things off with a Plains and an Aether+Vial while Craig decided to Ponder off a Volcanic+Island. Per used a Wasteland on the Volcanic and passed back. Craig dropped a fetch land as Per upped his Vial. Per added another Plains and passed back. Craig dropped a Tropical+Island and played a Delver+of+Secrets and Per Vialed in a Stoneforge+Mystic at the end of the turn and tutored up a Batterskull. Craig fetched a Volcanic+Island and used a Lightning+Bolt on the SFM.
Per played Rest+in+Peace and passed back. Craig Brainstormed in his upkeep to set up his Delver to flip and revealed a Ponder to do so. Craig attacked with the flyer and Per tried to use his Vial but Craig Stifled it and got in for three. Per tried to play a Thalia%2C+Guardian+of+Thraben, but Craig had the Spell+Snare. Craig Pondered and attacked with his 3/2 and Per Vialed in a Serra+Avenger, but Craig killed it with a Lightning+Bolt before blocks and Per fell to 14. Per played a Flickerwisp to reset the Delver, but it flipped when Craig revealed a Stifle on his next upkeep. Craig passed without attacking after drawing the Stifle.
Per played a Mother+of+Runes and passed back and Craig used a Krosan+Grip at the end of the turn to destroy the Rest+in+Peace. Craig attacked Per down to 11 with the flyer and played another Delver+of+Secrets. Per played his Batterskull, but Craig used his Stifle to prevent the Germ token from coming into play. Craig drew and played a Grim+Lavamancer and passed without attacking.
Per found an Umezawa’s Jitte and equipped the Flickerwisp and attacked Craig to 14 and then used it to kill the Lavamancer and unflipped Delver. Craig attacked Per down to 7 with his flyer and passed back. Per attacked with his Flickerwisp to drop Craig to 11 and then went to 6 to equip the Batterskull to the Flickerwisp post-combat. Craig Brainstormed and after thinking for a while scooped up his cards.
Per 1, Craig 1
Both kept seven for the first time this match and Craig led things off with a turn-1 Grim+Lavamancer while Per had an Aether+Vial off a Rishadan+Port. Craig got in for one with the Lavamancer then played a Tarmogoyf. Per resolved a Rest+in+Peace and passed the turn. Craig Brainstormed then used a fetch land to clear the top of his deck and get another Tropical+Island. Craig followed it up with a Ponder and attacked Per down to 18 with the Lavamancer and Per Vialed in a Mother+of+Runes at the end of the turn, but Craig had a Lightning+Bolt for her.
Per Vialed in a Thalia with Craig tapped out then used a Wasteland to destroy Craig’s Volcanic+Island then passed the turn. Craig destroyed Per’s Karakas with a Wasteland of his own then played a Delver+of+Secrets with his other Tropical+Island tapped down from a Port. Per attacked with his Thalia and Craig put the Tarmogoyf in front and ended his turn by dropping a Plains and a Mother+of+Runes. Craig flipped his Delver with a Rough/Tumble and attacked for four and Per Vialed in SFM getting a Batterskull at the end step.
Per attacked Craig down to 15 with his Thalia and passed back. Craig hit Per for three more with the flyer and passed as Per put Batterskull into play with SFM. Per attacked with the Germ and Thalia to knock Craig to 9 and brough Per up to 15. Per then used a Sunlance on the flyer and passed back. Craig had no play and passed Per sent everything but mom into the red zone and dropped Craig to 6. Per continued to lock down Craig’s land and he extended the hand after drawing for the turn.
Per 2, Craig 1