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, Architect of Thought went to five loyalty.
Drew attacked Ken for 1 and replayed his Firefist Striker. Tamiyo, 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.
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