Finals: Dan Jordan vs. Levi Teitz
It was a U/W/R Delver mirror in the finals here in Worcester. Would Wastelands.
The match got off to a peculiar start, as the first three turn cycles looked exactly the same: Dan would play a Tundra, and Levi would Wasteland it. On the third Wasteland, Dan responded with a Brainstorm. His fourth land, a Flooded+Strand, fetched up the fourth Tundra, and Dan began the game in earnest with a Delver+of+Secrets.
Levi fetched up a Volcanic+Island and attempted to Lightning+Bolt the Delver+of+Secrets. Dan thought for a moment before bouncing his one land to cast Daze, and Levi bounced his own land to Daze right back. Levi passed the turn, neither player with a permanent in play. Dan fired off Gitaxian+Probe to see a hand of Delver+of+Secrets, Ponder, Spell+Pierce, True-Name+Nemesis, Batterskull, and Volcanic+Island, then replayed his Tundra and passed.
Levi had a Ponder on his own turn, then Dan went for a big play with a Stoneforge+Mystic. It resolved uncontested, and Batterskull went to Dan’s hand. Levi untapped and attempted to Swords+to+Plowshares the Stoneforge+Mystic, and a flurry of countermagic arrived from both sides. Dan attempted a Force+of+Will, Levi countered with Spell+Pierce, and Dan had Daze to push it through. When it was all over, Levi passed the turn, and Dan got to untap with an active Stoneforge+Mystic still in play.
With no way to stop Dan’s Stoneforge+Mystic from activating, Levi simply matched him with a Stoneforge+Mystic of his own, retrieving Umezawa’s Jitte, and Batterskull predictably jumped into play at his end step. Dan untapped, attacked with his Germ token, then cast another Stoneforge+Mystic, grabbing his own Jitte. He wastelanded Levi’s one white source before passing back.
When Levi had no land, simply passing back with a Stoneforge+Mystic and a Volcanic+Island in play, Dan looked to be in a commanding position. He attacked with her Germ, and Levi chump blocked with his Stoneforge+Mystic. Dan simply played his third land and passed, and Levi used Lightning+Bolt at his end step to finish off the Germ token. He untapped and went for a Ponder, but still found no second land. Dan snuck the Jitte into play, untapped, and equipped it to one of his Stoneforge+Mystics, bashing Levi down to 12.
Gitaxian+Probe from Dan revealed Levi’s hand: Lightning Bolt, Spell+Pierce, True Name Nemesis, Umezawa’s Jitte, Batterskull, and a pair of Delver+of+Secrets. He attacked for four, using one Jitte charge, and passed. At Dan’s end step, the unequipped Stoneforge fell to a Lightning+Bolt, but Levi untapped and played his Delver+of+Secrets. The Jitte mowed it down, and Dan untapped, swung for 5, and showed Lightning+Bolt to close out the game.
Dan Jordan 1, Levi Teitz 0
Dan's Batterskull batters some skulls.
After Levi led with land and passed, A Gitaxian+Probe from Dan revealed the goods: Spell+Pierce, Vendilion+Clique, True-Name+Nemesis, Wear/Tear, Wasteland, and Tundra. Dan simply played a Polluted+Delta and shipped the turn. Levi drew a Stoneforge+Mystic and quickly cast it. It resolved, and Levi found a Batterskull. Dan fetched up a Volcanic+Island at his end step and fried the Stoneforge+Mystic with a Lightning+Bolt.
Both players simply played their lands and passed over the next turn cycle, and the next play came from Levi on Dan’s third draw step, as he attempted a Vendilion+Clique. Dan Dazed it, then replayed his land and passed. Levi next attempted a True-Name+Nemesis. Dan had Pyroblast, Levi fought back with Spell+Pierce, and Dan had a Daze to keep the True-Name out of play.
After a few more rounds of draw-go on both sides, Levi tapped out for a Batterskull. It resolved, but Dan had Wear/Tear at the end step to send it to the graveyard. Dan Brainstormed, then had Stoneforge+Mystic fetching up Batterskull to shuffle away the chaff. An end step Swords+to+Plowshares exiled the Stoneforge+Mystic, but Dan had a replacement on his next turn, this time grabbing Umezawa’s Jitte. It too was sent to the farm with a Swords+to+Plowshares, and Dan simply passed the turn with a hand full of removal and equipment.
True-Name+Nemesis arrived for Levi, and Dan had no answer. He did draw a Delver+of+Secrets on his own turn, and cast it as well as a Brainstorm before passing. Levi attacked Dan to 14 with the True-Name+Nemesis and passed back. Dan revealed a Swords+to+Plowshares on top of his deck to allow his Delver to take to the skies, but cracked a fetchland to shuffle away the Swords before drawing it. His draw for the turn ended up being another Stoneforge+Mystic, which fetched up the same Batterskull he had just shuffled away. Dan attacked Levi down to 16 and passed.
Levi sent his unblockable 3/1 into the red zone again, and Dan fell to 10. He Wastelanded away Dan’s white sources, and passed the turn. Dan had another on his own turn, however, and cast another Delver+of+Secrets before passing the turn. The True-Name dropped him to 6, and when Levi passed back, Dan put a Batterskull into play with his Stoneforge+Mystic. Levi had Wear/Tear to immediately destroy it.
Dan missed on his Delver trigger, seeing only a Flooded+Strand. He considered his options before casting Umezawa’s Jitte. Levi had Daze, and Dan paid 1, leaving him with just a Flooded+Strand untapped. He attacked Levi to 8 and passed. Levi eagerly attacked Dan down to 3 with his True-Name and attempted a Lightning+Bolt for the win. Dan fetched up Tundra and cast Swords+to+Plowshares on his Insectile+Aberration, gaining 3 life. It resolved!
With a new lease on life, Dan untapped, equipped the Jitte to his Stoneforge+Mystic, and knocked Levi down to 4, gaining two charge counters. Levi simply attacked, and Dan used a Jitte counter to stay alive. He untapped, attacked for the win, and Levi extended the hand.
Dan Jordan 2, Levi Teitz 0