Finals: Drew Iafrate vs. Ken Yeoh
Ken had just dispatched one R/G Aggro deck, but would he be able to do it twice in a row? As the eighth seed, he’d be starting things on the draw which meant Drew definitely had a window.
Drew went to five cards on the play, while Ken kept his seven. Rootbound+Crag for Drew and Sacred+Foundry for Ken, with turn 2 Rakdos+Cackler a little late to the party. It got in for 2 damage as Ken made no removal spell on turn 2, and was joined by Firefist+Striker. Ken cast Think+Twice, facing down 4 damage, and made a land drop on turn 3. He took 4 on the following turn, going to 14 and flashbacking the cantrip.
Drew hadn’t added a creature, but Ken hadn’t taken one away either. An attack for 4 damage earned Azorius+Charm on the Striker and Burn on the Cackler, but a second Cackler took its place. Drew was still on two lands, trying to make the best of a bad situation. It got worse on Ken’s turn—Jace%2C+Architect+of+Thought went to five loyalty.
Drew attacked Ken for 1 and replayed his Firefist+Striker. Tamiyo%2C+the+Moon+Sage tapped down the Striker, but Drew punished Ken for not hitting Rootbound+Crag when Ghor-Clan+Rampager allowed Cackler to kill the planeswalker. Jace’s -2 offered two lands and a Turn/Burn to Ken—he took the two lands, and followed with Supreme+Verdict.
Searing+Spear moved Jace to two loyalty and Drew resolved Boros+Reckoner. Sphinx;s Revelation for Ken threw him back into the upper tiers of life total, and he tossed Jace in the bin for another -2. Choosing Sulfur Falls and Assemble+the+Legion over Warleader’s Helix, Ken played the enchantment. When Reckoner attacked, Azorius+Charm bounced it back to the top of the deck.
Casting a second copy of Reckoner, Drew ended the turn.
Ken began to muster his forces and attacked, taking 1 damage when Reckoner blocked and 2 more when Pillar+of+Flame killed it. The second Reckoner reentered play, Ken Thinking Twice before Spearing it and going to 10 life. Assemble took Drew to 18, and when his Hellrider met Dissipate he decided to go to game 2.
The first Dallas Standard Open champ of the weekend, Ken Yeoh!
Ken 1, Drew 0
Drew went to six cards and started with a shockland and Rakdos+Cackler, binning it to Pillar+of+Flame on Ken’s turn after a shockland. Burning-Tree into Stromkirk+Noble for Drew, but the Noble bit it to a second Pillar while Ken played a second Sacred+Foundry.
Working to build an offense, Drew attacked for 2 and played Firefist+Striker, but Ken played Think+Twice into Supreme+Verdict. Burn took care of another Striker, and Ken tried Tamiyo on Stomping+Ground—Drew found himself throwing away two Skullcracks to kill the planeswalker before landing Boros+Reckoner... but Ken played Aetherling at that point.
Drew would need some powerful Magic to come back from here, but the deck wasn’t delivering. Ken thumped him down to 6 life, and Stromkirk+Noble clearly wasn’t enough.
Ken 2, Drew 0