Finals: Daniel Longoria vs. Chris Morris-Lent
The brews have been defeated and the finals come down to Abzan Aggro against Sultai Reanimator. Will Daniel beat down quick enough to take the trophy or can Chris overpower him with Sidisi and Hornet Queen?
Both players opened on five-card hands with both leading on a Temple of Malady. Daniel did have his trusty two-drop, Fleecemane Lion as Chris played a Yavimaya Coast. Daniel fired off a Thoughtseize, taking a Hero’s Downfall, and bashed for three. Chris played an Opulent Palace and shipped the turn. Daniel attacked again with the Lion and used another Thoughtseize, ripping a Deathmist Raptor from Chris’ grip.
Chris found a Courser of Kruphix and got a Forest off the top immediately. Daniel battled with his Lion and Chris called the bluff with a block and Daniel had no other action. Chris found a Sidisi, Brood Tyrant and generated a Zombie with the mill. Chris used a Murderous Cut on the Lion and attacked for two with the Courser before passing. Daniel drew a card and had no play.
Chris used a Thoughtseize and Daniel responded by killing the Sidisi with a Hero’s Downfall. Chris saw a grip of two Wingmate Rocs, taking one, and played another Brood Tyrant. Daniel went to 7 to play Anafenza, the Foremost and shipped the turn. Chris kept the hits coming with Sidisi, Undead Vizier, exploiting a Zombie token, and passed back with no good attacks. Daniel drew his fifth land, but after examining the board he didn’t bother attacking or playing the Roc and scooped up his board instead.
Chris 1, Daniel 0
Despite being on the draw, Chris was first to the board with a Sylvan Caryatid as Daniel played land-go for a couple turns. Daniel dealt with the Caryatid with a Self-Inflicted Wound and passed. Chris found a land off his Satyr Wayfinder and untapped after Daniel played a land and shipped. Chris attacked and played a Sidisi, Brood Tyrant, but Daniel killed it before the trigger to keep any Zombies from coming into play.
Daniel played a Morph and passed, “Wonder what this is,” he added.
Chris landed Sidisi, Undead Vizier, exploiting the Wayfinder, and passed back after tutoring up a mystery card. Daniel flipped his Morph, showing a Den Protector that brought back a Hero’s Downfall, untapped, used the Downfall on the Sidisi and attacked for three. Chris played the other Sidisi and hit on the Zombie and passed. Chris fetched a land and used an Abzan Charm to exile Sidisi, but he didn’t get to attack after Chris used a Murderous Cut on the Den Protector. Daniel deployed Anafenza, the Foremost to rebuild.
Chris considered his options before dropping Hornet Queen, bringing a swarm of Insects along with her. Daniel could only use a Self-Inflicted Wound to get rid of an Insect and ping Chris for two before passing back. Chris attacked in the air to drop Daniel to 6 and played a Satyr Wayfinder, hitting on a Yavimaya Coast then played a Morph and shipped the action.
Daniel wanted to go out swinging and did so with his Anafenza, losing it to an Insect, but he did get to raid a Wingmate Roc. Chris flipped his Den Protector at the end of the turn and before he decided on a target Daniel extended the hand.
Chris 2, Daniel 0