Finals: Eric Rill vs. Jamie Kelly
The finals of our #SCGINDY Open Series event is an all Dragon affair! Eric Rill and G/R Dragons vs. Jamie Kelly and Mardu Dragons! The battle for the prize goes through the skies!
Eric was the higher seed and, therefore, has chosen to play. Both players will keep their opening seven and our Finals have begun!
Eric begins with a Forest into Elvish Mystic, just what his deck wants. And Jamie begins with a Temple of Triumph, keeping on top. Eric peals his top card, hoping for a Mountain to play Turn 2 Goblin Rabblemaster, but instead has a Temple of Abandon. Jamie has a Draconic Roar for the Elf on his turn, hoping to slow down any fast starts that Eric was hoping to have.
And then both players started trading Goblin Rabblemasters and Goblin tokens. Eric played the first, and attacked for one. Followed by Jamie's Goblin Rabblemaster, but the token died to Eric's Rabblemaster. Then Eric played a second Goblin Rabblemaster, and attacked with the Goblin squad, but the Jamie's Rabblemaster blocked Eric's Rabblemaster. Then Jamie played another Rabblemaster, which had its token die to Eric's freshly played Rabblemaster. Finally, Eric cast Roast on Jamie's Rabblemaster, and swung in with his Rabblemaster and tokens.
For those keeping track at home, the sequence of plays involved four Rabblemasters; two from each side, along with six Goblin tokens being made, and a Roast cast. Or, as the players put it, "Rabble, rabble, rabble, rabble."
Eric wins Game 1, and leads the match, 1-0!
After sideboarding, there will probably be less Rabblemaster action. Jamie will be on the play, and both players keep their opening seven.
Both players lead with a scryland and a pass. Jamie plays a second scryland, and Eric has a fetchland for his second land drop. Jamie plays a third land, and simply passes. Our first play is a Deathmist Raptor from Eric, but that is immediately met with an Anger of the Gods from Jamie. No graveyard shenanigans from the Deathmist for Eric.
Eric, with a sly smile on his face, casts a Goblinrabble Master, and attacks for one. Jamie, plays a Soulfire Grand Master, and passes the turn with three mana up. Eric, deciding to sniff out the Crackling Doom, goes straight to combat. Jamie obliges him with the Crackling Doom but, in response, Eric has a Draconic Roar for the Soulfire to stop Jamie from gaining life. So, Eric's Rabblemaster and Jamie's Soulfire Grand Master both die, and an attack by the Goblin token, followed by a pass.
Jamie leads with a Stormbreath Dragon, but it dies on Eric's turn to a large Crater's Claws. And then players start to turn up the heat. Eric plays an Outpost Siege, naming Khans, in hopes of burying Jamie in card advantage. So, on Jamie's turn, he casts an Elspeth, Sun's Champion, making three Soldier tokens. But Eric has a second Crater's Claws to kill the Elspeth! Jamie Thoughtseizes a Stormbreath Dragon from Eric's hand, and both players are essentially playing off the top.
But Eric has that Outpost Siege. And it reveals a Stormbreath Dragon that he attacks with, putting Jamie on the ropes. But Jamie has a Stormbreath Dragon of his own, but leaves on defense to hold back Eric's copy.
Eric reveals a Draconic Roar off his Outpost Siege, killing an Elspeth token. He then attacks into Jamie's Stormbreath with his, and when it is blocked, Eric activates the Monstorous ability to overpower the other Dragon. Jamie tries to keep the game going by casting a Crux of Fate, naming "Dragons", but Eric reveals a Haven of the Spirit, which means he can get a Stormbreath Dragon from his graveyard for lethal! …or he can just reveal his actual draw step for the turn, which was another copy of Stormbreath Dragon! Eric Rill, King of the Dragons!