Finals: David McDarby vs. David Stroud
Deathrite+Shaman kicked things off for McDarby, while Stroud fired off a Ponder to set up his draws. Thalia%2C+Guardian+of+Thraben came next for Mcdarby, and Stroud was forced to spend his second turn casting a Lightning+Bolt to get rid of it.McDarby’s follow up, a spooky Sword+of+Fire+and+Ice, was met with Force+of+Will from Stroud, and McDarby used Wasteland to set his opponent back to just a single Volcanic+Island before shipping the turn back.
David Stroud went cruising on his next turn, cleaning out his Graveyard for a Treasure+Cruise. He found another land, and killed the Deathrite+Shaman with a Lightning+Bolt, but McDarby simply replaced it with another. It also fell to a burn spell from Stroud, and a Delver+of+Secrets came out in a bid to begin applying pressure. David McDarby used Swords to Plowshares to get rid of it, then cast a replacement Thalia%2C+Guardian+of+Thraben.
Stroud went digging for more action with a Brainstorm, while McDarby began attacking away with his Thalia. McDarby had been nickle-and-diming with his Deathrite+Shamans, and the Stroud had taken several points of damage from his fetchlands, so Stroud sat at only 6 life. He cast a Monastery+Swiftspear to hold the fort. McDarby cast a Qasali+Pridemage to allow his Thalia to cut Stroud’s life total in half. David Cantripped into a Lightning+Bolt to get rid of the Thalia, but McDarby untapped and showed Abrupt+Decay to get rid of the Monastery+Swiftspear, and the Qasali+Pridemage swung in for the win.
David+McDarby 1, David Stroud 0
David Stroud awaits his fate.
Stroud opened up the action with a Gitaxian+Probe to see what he was up again, and saw a juicy hand on McDarby’s side: Burrenton+Forge-Tender, Mother+of+Runes, Gaddock+Teeg, Green Sun’s Zenith, Thalia%2C+Guardian+of+Thraben, Stoneforge+Mystic, Savannah, and Wasteland. He cast a Monastery+Swiftspear and got in an attack for 1 before McDarby cast his Burrenton+Forge-Tender and shut down the Swiftspear offensive. Stroud fired off some more Gitaxian+Probes, then Pondered, and had enough in his graveyard to fuel a turn 2 Treasure+Cruise. McDarby cast Spirit+of+the+Labyrinth on his next turn, and Stroud targeted it with a Chain+Lightning, which McDarby allowed to resolve rather than cash in his Forge-Tender. A second Monastery+Swiftspear joined the first for Stroud, and the were able to attack around the Forge-Tender, dropping McDarby to 15.
McDarby added a pair of Mother+of+Runes to his board and Wastelanded Stroud back down to a single Volcanic+Island before passing the turn. Stroud used a Forked+Bolt on both Mothers, and McDarby decided it was worth sacrificing his Burrenton+Forge-Tender to keep them both around. McDarby untapped and tried a Green Sun’s Zenith for 2, but Stroud had Force+of+Will to prevent it. Stroud used another Forked+Bolt on both of the Mothers, getting McDarby to tap them both, and cracked in for 6 with his pair of Monastery+Swiftspears, dropping McDarby to 5.
McDarby needed to be very careful now, so he thought for a moment before casting Gaddock+Teeg. His read was right on, as Stroud had a Treasure+Cruise stranded in his hand, and had no more relevant plays. David attacked with his Gaddock+Teeg on his next turn, then added a Scavenging+Ooze to the board, eating a creature out of his graveyard to back up to 6 life. Stroud drew his card and again had nothing to cast. Seeing that the game would be slipping out of reach once McDarby got to untap with an active Scavenging+Ooze, David Stroud extended the hand in defeat.
David+McDarby 2, David Stroud 0