Finals: Elliot Wolchesky vs. Korey McDuffie
Are you ready for a Junk Reanimator mirror finals? So funny story…
Korey ramps out to an early start in the Reanimator mirror.
Korey wins his semifinal around 9:05 am, and wants to play in a 10 am MTGO PTQ, with his same 75 from the Open finals, I would imagine. So he says the following to his opponent Elliot.
“Hey, I wanna play in this event, so… You wanna play a one-game final? We’ll concede to each other, you’ll be on the play game 3, we’ll sideboard. Sounds good?”
“Uh… Sure. Is that okay with the judges?” The judges said it was fine.
“Is it okay with coverage?” It was fine with us.
“Okay. Let’s go to game 3.”
I’ve never seen this before, so I was very excited. Magic the way it was meant to be played: one game. One standoff. One final heads-up battle.
Elliot was on the play in this winner-takes-all final, so he led things off. Both players played tapped lands turn one, and Elliot dropped Mulch to find a land and bin Craterhoof Behemoth and Thragtusk. Korey played another tapped land and Arbor Elf. Elliot dropped Somberwald Sage on his turn three, to which Korey cast Grisly Salvage. This binned a Craterhoof of his own, along with Unburial Rites. Korey attacked for one and played Avacyn’s Pilgrim before passing. Elliot untapped and, with Sage at the ready, cast Mulch (garnering land and putting Thragtusk and Unburial Rites in the graveyard), played Isolated Chapel, and cast Acidic Slime to destroy Overgrown Tomb. But Korey was not to be denied, casting Thragtusk of his own off Isolated Chapel.
Elliot slowed the pace of the game down now, playing Thragtusk of his own and passing deliberately and with conscious effort to pay attention. Korey also slowed down now, perhaps feeling the weight of the moment along with Elliot, and elected to cast Garruk Relentless. The Innistrad planeswalker fought off Somberwald Sage, and before the end of the turn Grisly Salvage added Thragtusk to his hand.
On his turn he cast another Grisly Salvage, which uncovered the first Angel of Serenity and Lingering Souls of the game. Elliot took Forest and flashed back Unburial Rites targeting the Return to Ravnica mythic Angel. Angel removed Korey’s two mana dorks (to avoid getting rudely #HOOFed) and one of his own Thragtusks. Korey cast Grisly Salvage of his own at end of turn step, showing his own Lingering Souls and taking Thragtusk as well. Korey untapped and swung into the red zone with Thragtusk. Elliot took and went to 17 (Korey at 25), and then Korey did what Elliot did the turn before: cast the Salvage’d Thragtusk. Garruk took down Acidic Slime and became Garruk, the Veil-Cursed in short order before passing.
Elliott works to Salvage the game.
Elliot deliberated for a while before flashing back Lingering Souls for a pair of 1/1 flying Spirits and casting Unburial Rites from hand targeting Craterhoof Behemoth. His creatures received the +5/+5 bonus, and he attacked with 10/10 Craterhoof, 10/11 Angel, and 10/8 Thragtusk. Korey blocked the Thragtusk with Thragtusk and went to 1, and that was all he needed.
Korey untapped and calmly made a 1/1 deathtouch Wolf, a pair of Spirit tokens from Lingering Souls flashback, and used Unburial Rites to bring Craterhoof Behemoth back from the bin to kill Elliot from one measly life.
Quite the exciting and noteworthy final, with lots of cool twists and turns and an intriguing storyline. But Korey, the newly crowned champion, had more pressing matters on his mind:
“Is there Wi-Fi available here?”
Korey 2, Elliot 1