Finals: Devyn March vs. Evan Boritas
The Las Vegas Standard Open finals pitted format favorite U/W/R Flash against the new kid on the block, Experiment Jund.
Evan's only one big Experiment away from the trophy.
Devyn kept seven—that’s fun—while Evan mulliganed to six and found a better hand. Turn 1 Glacial+Fortress for Devyn, and Blood+Crypt on the other side of the board. Sulfur+Falls kept Devyn off a turn 2 play, but he did have perfect mana ready to go. Overgrown+Tomb and Burning-Tree+Emissary sent Searing+Spear at Devyn’s dome—not an exciting turn.
Augur+of+Bolas for Devyn dug up Mizzium+Mortars, and he added another Sulfur+Falls to the board with the 1/3 ready to boss the board. A tapped Blood+Crypt for Evan and an attack, with Devyn’s block defeated by the might of Ghor-Clan Rampager’s bloodrush effect.
No fourth land for Devyn, but Boros+Reckoner was a significant obstruction to Evan—he had to spend a spell on that one, casting Dreadbore before attacking Devyn. Mizzium+Mortars handled the 2/2, and Evan revealed himself to be flooded when all he could muster was a second copy of Burning-Tree+Emissary and a land.
His last card, Abrupt+Decay, found its mark on Devyn’s next Boros+Reckoner, but now Azorius+Charm would lock up this position for a few turns. Snapcaster+Mage on the Charm drew for Devyn, and he switched gears into offense as Snapcaster+Mage attacked. Augur+of+Bolas created a new wall, and Devyn passed.
Mogg+Flunkies gave Devyn some life, and he attacked with his Emissary into the Augur—Devyn blocked, no Charm in sight. Attackng for 3, Devyn knocked Evan to 13 and cast another Snapcaster+Mage, this time using Mizzium+Mortars to take out the Emissary and lock down Mogg+Flunkies.
Drawing one of his many haste creatures, Evan cast Falkenrath+Aristocrat and got in for 3 damage, Azorius+Charm putting the Aristocrat on top of the library. Still, Devyn did need an answer... his attacks slowed to just one Snapcaster+Mage, now holding back Augur and a Snapcaster for the purpose of doubling up on Flunkies.
When Evan attacked with both creatures, another Azorius+Charm flipped Aristocrat to the top of the deck while Flunkies ate the Augur. Now it was just a race, as Devyn knocked Evan to 7—another mouthful—and Evan recast Aristocrat to put Devyn on 3 life. He drew Augur+of+Bolas, a great sweat, and hit Mizzium+Mortars! Now Evan needed Searing+Spear or a second Aristocrat to steal the game.
Woodland+Cemetery didn’t do the trick.
Devyn 1, Evan 0
Devyn's hoping U/W/R delivers on its edge against aggressive creature decks.
Overgrown+Tomb for Evan on turn 1 and Steam+Vents for Devyn, with Duress on turn 2 revealing Devyn’s Azorius+Charm and Supreme+Verdict alongside Snapcaster+Mage and Restoration+Angel. The Verdict hit the bin, and Experiment+One landed afterward. No turn 2 for Devyn, threatening a potential Charm though.
Mogg+Flunkies grew the Experiment, and Devyn tossed it on top op of the deck once it had attacked. It’s debatable that this attack was worthwhile, as stranding the charm and Devyn’s mana for a turn could’ve let him force in a couple damage on the following turn instead and ensured a topdecked removal spell by Devyn didn’t throw the brakes on this train.
Devyn passed, and Evan added Dreg+Mangler to the board and attacked for 6 successfully—not a hold on the attack last turn would’ve had effectively the same result, so a negligible difference in the match. Thought+Scour in the end step for Devyn, and he made it to four untapped lands on his turn prior to passing.
Evan cast Experiment+One and then Olivia+Voldaren, triggering evolve and immediately ending the turn afterward. Devyn took the opportunity to cast his Angel, getting the 3/4 body onto the field before untapping into Searing+Spear on Olivia. On the next turn, Evan attacked with just Dreg+Mangler, seemingly in search of some scavenger, but Devyn simply fell to 11 life instead.
No plays from Devyn, while Evan had Flinthoof+Boar to evolve Experiment to 3/3. Giving it haste, he attacked for 12 damage with the team. Snapcaster+Mage on Searing+Spear eliminated Board, while Angel blocked Flunkies and Snapcaster chumped the Mangler. Unsummon followed on the Experiment+One, and Devyn escaped the turn unscathed after routing Evan’s board position.
Thought+Scour on himself in the end step dug Devyn to Augur+of+Bolas, which he cast to reveal Sphinx’s Revelation. Evan’s window was growing very small now—if Devyn got to untap and cast that Revelation, the game might end on the spot. He had to get Restoration+Angel out of the way in order to continue pressuring Devyn’s defenses!
Lacking such an option, he suicided Mangler into Angel in order to gain access to scavenge, and cast Hellrider after combat. Devyn drew and immediately played a land and passed, while Evan moved ahead with his scavenge plan, making Hellrider a 6/6 and dealing 1 with the trigger. Before blocking, Devyn cast Revelation for four cards, tossing Augur underneath the gigantic creature.
An attack from Angel on Devyn’s turn but no Supreme+Verdict—that made Snapcaster+Mage for Azorius+Charm Devyn’s most likely play, though a more daring player might be willing to go for Revelation with no chump block here. Sure enough, Devyn had the Snapcaster+Mage to flashback Azorius+Charm after taking 2 damage from Hellrider triggers and falling to 12, after which he blocked Experiment+One with Snapcaster to trade.
The Angel put Evan to 14, and Devyn cast Augur+of+Bolas for no spell. He knew Hellrider would be on the way next turn, but either had the removal spell or simply didn’t care. The trigger got him to 11, but Restoration+Angel kept Hellrider from connecting and blinked Augur for a Searing+Spear. The Spear killed the Hellrider when Evan went for Ghor-Clan+Rampager, and now things looked very grim.
An attack for 7 left Evan with just one draw step, but a Searing+Spear made his blocker irrelevant.
Devyn 2, Evan 0