Finals: Craig Wescoe vs Brandon Chreptyk
Brandon Chreptyk does the math in the finals.
Craig refused to let Brandon get a foothold in the game, firing up Lingering+Souls for four more tokens and coming across for a furious kill with Honor+of+the+Pure after using Oblivion+Ring to clear out the one blocker he needed to push through lethal.
Brandon counted up the damage, nodded, and scooped up his cards in shock.
Craig 1, Brandon 0
Delver+of+Secrets and a Gut+Shot on Champion+of+the+Parish gave Brandon an awesome start in his quest for back-to-back wins, and when his creature flipped, he looked to be in commanding position. Craig fought bck with another Champion+of+the+Parish and Doomed+Traveler, but a second Delver+of+Secrets flipping buried his chance to win a race.
The insects smashed for six twice, dropping Craig to 7 before he could slip a Lingering+Souls in. Craig was ready to take command of the game with an Honor+of+the+Pure and the flashback on Lingering+Souls to go with his pair of Midnight+Haunting in hand, but a surprise Corrosive+Gale for one wiped out his flying tokens while leaving his Insectile+Aberrations alive. The bugs bashed in through the clear skies and Brandon flashed Gut+Shot, sending us to a deciding game that promised to be fast and furious.
Craig 1, Brandon 1
Craig Wescoe plans his assault in the last match of the tournament.
Dissipate flipped Delver+of+Secrets as Brandon continued to run hot on natural flips, but he was unable to add to his board after attacking for three in the air, Mana Leaking Craig’s Lingering+Souls to keep him in front of the damage race. He traded three damage with Craig, passing the turn back with three lands open but declining to use his Dissipate on Intangible+Virtue or Doomed+Traveler. He simply cracked back with Delver+of+Secrets and passed the turn with the life totals 13 to 11 in his favor.
Craig sent his guys in for five, trying to draw something out of Brandon so that he could resolve either Oblivion+Ring or Hero+of+Bladehold, but Brandon didn’t bite. Dissipate finally picked off Hero+of+Bladehold after combat, and Brandon had the gut punch of Timely+Reinforcements, juicing his life total back up to 14 and netting three huge blockers before adding Invisible+Stalker to his team.
But Craig wasn’t out yet. With the Dissipate out of the way, Craig was able to set up a solid turn of Intangible+Virtue and Lingering+Souls with flashback to give him a real way to fight back against Brandon’s superior board. Craig crunched in with Doomed+Traveler and Champion+of+the+Parish again, eating a chump blocking soldier token but falling to four when Invisible+Stalker picked up a Runechanter’s Pike.
Still live with the Oblivion+Ring in hand, Craig smashed his guys into the red zone, knocking Brandon within range of one more lethal attack and removing the Runechanter’s Pike with Oblivion+Ring. He shipped the turn hoping for one more attack, but Brandon has the second Runechanter’s Pike to get exactly lethal in on the back of Invisible+Stalker to take the match and the title.
Brandon 2, Craig 1
Brandon Chreptyk is your Salt Lake City Standard Open Champion!