Finals: David Vo vs. Bernardo Fonseca
Both players kept seven and Bernardo started things off right, with a Thoughtseize taking Far/Away, leaving David with Sphinx’s Revelation, Dissolve, Jace, Architect of Thought, and two lands. Neither player had a play for turn two or three, both playing out lands – Bernardo’s being a Mutavault.
David shocked himself to put a Hallowed Fountain into play untapped on turn five, which he used to Sphinx for two on Bernardo’s turn after the land got in for two damage. David found a Mutavault of his own and passed. Bernardo sent his land in again to drop David to 16 and deployed a Desecration Demon. David let the Demon resolved and revelated for three more.
David used a Detention Sphere on the demon and added a land to his board. Bernardo knocked David down to 17 with the land, but again had no other play. David used his next turn to land the Jace and used its Fact of Fiction ability before Bernardo killed it with a Hero’s Downfall. David did get a Downfall of his own off the activation before passing the turn. Bernardo played another demon and added a Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx to his board and got in for two with his land.
After no play from David, Bernardo played a Lifebane Zombie, but David pulled the trigger on his Dissolve to prevent a look at his hand. Bernardo used the opening to land an Underworld Connection on a Swamp. David untapped and shocked himself and played an Elspeth, Sun’s Champion and made three tokens. Bernardo starting digging for answers off his Swamp then played a Gray Merchant of Asphodel to drain four and tried to Downfall the Elspeth, but David had another Dissolve.
David used a Devour Flesh to get rid of the merchant and sent in his tokens before making three more. Bernardo dropped to 21 to draw another card off his land before adding another Mutavault to his stack of lands. Bernardo played another merchant, this one resolved, but with the trigger on the stack, David killed it off with another Downfall. David fell to 7 and Bernardo climbed up to 27 off the drain and gain.
David turned his six token sideways and made three more, rolling Elspeth up to seven loyalty. Bernardo went for a Bile Blight on the soldier tokens as a temporary solution, but didn’t have an answer for Elspeth herself. Bernardo attacked with both lands to knock David to 3 and played a Pack Rat. David went back up to 9 with a revelation for six at end of turn.
David took Game 1 after using the ultimate on Elspeth.
David killed off the rat with a Supreme Verdict then ticked his planeswalker up for more tokens. David finished up his turn by playing a Ratchet Bomb. Bernardo sent his lands at Elspeth and David put all three tokens on one land to kill it off as Elspeth went down to six. Bernardo played a Desecration Demon and passed as David added a counter to the bomb. David knocked Bernardo down to 14 then used a Detention Sphere on the Underworld Connections. He then added a Jace, which he rolled down to net an Azorius Charm and a land, then made more soldiers.
David looked for more answers but passed his turn with no play. David chose to ultimate Elspeth and sent in his tokens and his land into the red zone. Bernardo used an Ultimate Price and a Devour Flesh to get rid of two tokens, but fell to four from the flying army. David followed it up with another Elspeth to make more tokens, ticked up his Jace and passed. Bernardo got an Underworld Connections to look at another card, but packed it in.
David 1, Bernardo 0
David went down to six cards on the draw and both players started the game with scry lands. Bernardo got the action going with a Thoughtseize to rip a Supreme Verdict from David’s hand, leaving David with a Dissolve and two more spot removal spells. Bernardo went for another Thoughtseize on turn 3 and grabbed the Jace David drew.
Bernardo resolved a Lifebane Zombie, but had no target to exile. David used a Devour Flesh at end of turn to deal with the 3/1. David missed a land drop and Bernardo played Duress to rip away the Sphinx’s Revelation. Bernardo tried to push through two damage with a Mutavault, but David used his Hero’s Downfall to kill the land. David found a fourth land and Bernardo went for a second Duress, but David used his Dissolve on this one to protect his draw. Bernardo landed an Underworld Connections and David revelated for two at end of turn.
Bernardo fired off another Thoughtseize and David cast a revelation for three in response. Bernardo took a Supreme Verdict, then landed another Lifebane Zombie. David played a land and passed and Bernardo dropped David to 20 off the zombie before playing another zombie to see David found his Aetherling. David played his shapeshifter then shocked himself for an untapped Hallowed Fountain to have two blue sources up.
Bernardo dropped David to 12 with the zombies then played another Underworld Connections, but David had the Negate. At 12 all, David sent his Aetherling into the red zone and pumped it three times to knock Bernardo down to 5. David blinked his creature and passed. Bernardo drew off his land to fall to 4, attacked with his zombies again and dropped David to 6.
“You got the merchant?” David asked.
Bernardo revealed Gary from his hand and David scooped up his cards.
David 1, Bernardo 1
Bernardo found the answers to all the planeswalkers in Game 2 and 3.
David played a scy land and Bernardo had the turn-1 Duress to grab a Jace, Architect of Thought. David scryed again and Bernardo passed without a play on turn 2. David played an Island on turn three and passed with no access to white mana. Bernardo fired off a Lifebane Zombie that didn’t connect on David’s only target. David used Far at end of turn to kill the 3/1, untapped and found his white source in a Hallowed Fountain. Bernardo resolved an Underworld Connection and passed.
David hit a Godless Shrine off the top and passed. Bernardo started taking advantage of his card-drawing engine then played a Pithing Needle on Aetherling, knowing that the shapeshifter sat in David’s hand. David played an Elspeth and made three tokens, but Bernardo killed it off at end of turn with a Hero’s Downfall. Bernardo added a Desecration Demon to his board after drawing a card off his land.
David used a Downfall of his own to kill the demon then attacked four five with his tokens and a Mutavault. Bernardo drained and gained four off a Gray Merchant of Asphodel leaving David at 16 and Bernardo at 15. David sent in his soldiers and dropped Bernardo to 13 as Gary killed one of the tokens. David passed with no other play.
Bernardo got another card off his land, then played Erebos, God of the Dead and followed it up with another merchant to knock David to 9, then hit him for two more with the previous merchant. David cleaned the board with a Supreme Verdict, then used a Detention Sphere on the Needle.
Bernardo drew again off his land and looked to rebuild his board. He started with a Pack Rat, then discarded to make another rat so he could attack with the active God to drop David to 2. David drew a card and flipped his hand of land and Aetherling.
Bernardo Fonseca is your #SCGATL Standard Open champion!
Bernardo 2, David 1