Finals: Daniel Choi vs. Konan Ahmed
In a departure from the previous matches, Champion+of+the+Parish. Grim+Lavamancer matched it, but Konan’s second champion made the first bigger and he attacked for two. Konan didn’t play a second land.
Arc+Trail fell from the sky and wiped out both of the white creatures, allowing Grim+Lavamancer to get in for one. Gideon’s Lawkeeper was the next to try to hold the fort, but Konan chose not to block an attacking Grim+Lavamancer with it. That enabled a bloodthirsty Stormblood+Berserker with Spikeshot+Elder riding shotgun.
Konan again missed on land, and he passed the turn before tapping Stormblood+Berserker on before Daniel attacked. Grim+Lavamancer and Spikeshot+Elder attacked and the goblin shot the tapper. A second Grim+Lavamancer joined the team as Glacial+Fortress let Konan play Honor+of+the+Pure, but with no creatures in play against a mounting army, things were looking less than good. Daniel’s next attack knocked Konan down to 10 before he played Shrine+of+Burning+Rage.
A third land brought Fiend+Hunter with it, knocking the berserker out of commission, but Incinerate at Konan’s face and Konan fell to 7. The shrine moved up to two on upkeep, and Arc+Trail plus Grim+Lavamancer finished of the Fiend+Hunter. When Champion+of+the+Parish again and was matched by Daniel’s Stromkirk+Noble. They traded attacks and a bloodthirsty Stormblood+Berserker joined the party.
Fiend+Hunter exiled the Stormblood+Berserker and pumped up the Champion+of+the+Parish, which attacked for two. Stromkirk+Noble came through and now it was time for the burn to burning. Arc+Trail killed the Champion+of+the+Parish and put a damage on the Fiend+Hunter. Galvanic+Blast finished the job and the Stormblood+Berserker came back to play as a 3/3.
Konan fell way behind as he played his fourth land and passed the turn. Daniel smelled a trap and only sent the Stormblood+Berserker into the red zone, making the life totals 17-14 in his favor. He added a Grim+Lavamancer to the board and Konan used Moorland+Haunt to make a Spirit on end step.
Timely+Reinforcements was met by Dismember on the Spirit as Daniel fell to 13. The Spirit died and Konan got three Soldier tokens, but the life gain was negated and it was back to Daniel. Arc+Trail was stopped by Mana+Leak, but Grim+Lavamancer blew a token up and Daniel’s pair of 3/3s attacked. A Soldier token chump blocked one of the attackers, but Konan fell to 11.
A second Fiend+Hunter ate the berserker, but Hero+of+Oxid+Ridge slammed into the red zone, rallying Grim+Lavamancer and Stromkirk+Noble with his battle cry. Konan fell to just 1 life and Grim+Lavamancer finished the job the next turn, making Daniel Choi the Standard Open champion!
Daniel 2, Konan 0