Finals: Gerard Fabiano vs. Danny Goldstein
Gerard has absolutely crushed this tournament and will be on the play in the finials as a result of being the No. 1 seed. Can his unique Sultai Control deck win one more match or will Danny get there behind his R/W Aggro deck?
Both players went to six in the first game of the finals and they led with temples. Gerard played an Opulent Palace while Danny had a Battlefield Forge. Gerard fired off a Rakshasa’s Secret, getting Magma Jet and Collateral Damage from Danny. Danny got on the board with a Goblin Rabblemaster, hitting for 1.
Gerard wasted no time taking it down with a Hero’s Downfall and Danny got in for another point and played a Monastery Mentor. Gerard dropped a fifth land and shipped the turn. Danny dropped Gerard to 15 and passed, allowing Gerard to Dig Through Time. Gerard hit his land drop and passed back without a play.
Danny dropped Gerard to 12 and refused to play further to the board. Gerard used another Rakshasa’s Secret, clearing two copies of Hordeling Outburst from Danny’s hand. Danny hit Gerard for 3 more and passed back. Gerard played Kiora, the Crashing Wave, putting the Mentor in a bubble, and passed, prompting Danny to send a Lightning Strike at Gerard, dropping him to 6 while getting a Monk.
Danny played a Goblin Rabblemaster and attacked with his three tokens, sending them all at Gerard, but he used a Bile Blight on the Goblin and fell to 4. Gerard used Kiora to bubble the Mentor and passed, and paused during Danny’s upkeep to use a Hero’s Downfall on the Rabblemaster, but Danny had Valorous Stance, prompting Gerard to send another Downfall at it. After the spell resolved, Danny pointed out the Monk was a 2/2 and attacked for the win.
Danny 1, Gerard 0
Both opened with tapped lands again and Gerard opened with a Satyr Wayfinder hitting an Opulent Palace. Danny had a Seeker of the Way and Gerard matched with a Tasigur, the Gold Fang and passed back. Danny played a Goblin Rabblemaster and had the token eaten in combat. Gerard used a Hero’s Downfall on the Rabblemaster and passed. Danny used a Valorous Stance to kill the legend, then used a Magma Jet on the Wayfinder to hit Gerard down to 16.
Gerard followed up with his second Tasigur and Danny tried to kill it with two Lightning Strikes, but Gerard had a Negate for one, then fell to 12 from the Seeker. Gerard dropped Polukranos, World Eater and passed. Danny made some goblins with a Hordeling Outburst and stayed back on defense. Gerard played a land and passed back, leading Danny to do the same, so Gerard used Tasigur’s ability to get a Silumgar, the Drifting Death. Danny used the opportunity to hit Gerard with a Stoke the Flames at the end step.
Gerard sent in the hydra and knocked Danny to 22 before playing the dragon. Danny sent in his team to get in some damage, but lost his Seeker in the process. Gerard attacked, clearing the board with his dragon and after Danny looked at his next card he picked up his board.
Danny 1, Gerard 1
Each player started with tapped lands for the third game in a row and simply played land-go for a turn. Danny deployed a Goblin Rabblemaster on his third turn, but Gerard fetched a Swamp and killed it precombat with a Pharika’s Cure. Gerard opted for a Thoughtseize, takin a Monastery Mentor and leaving Danny with three lands and a Stoke the Flames. Gerard dropped a tri-land and passed. Danny went to 22 with another Wind-Scarred Crag and passed and Gerard played a Satyr Wayfinder, hitting on a Polluted Delta.
Gerard played the Delta and shipped the turn and Danny once again played a land and passed. Gerard went to 18 to fetch up an Island, bottomed a card with a Temple of Malady, and got in for 1 before playing Polukranos , World Eater. Danny cashed in a Magma Jet and a Lightning Strike to kill the hydra and passed. Gerard delved away six to play Dig Through Time and dropped Danny to 20 with his 1/1. Danny played a Monastery Mentor, but Gerard used a Hero’s Downfall on it, knowing he’d get hit by a Stoke the Flames in response to generate a token.
Gerard used Rakshasa’s Secret to empty Danny’s hand played a one-mana Tasigur, the Golden Fang, before getting in for one. Danny played Hordeling Outburst, but Gerard had the Bile Blight to clear the tokens and got in for 5. He used the legend’s ability and got an Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver back from the yard and played it, ticking up.
Danny hit Gerard for 1 with his Monk and passed. Gerard used Ashiok to play a Goblin Rabblemaster and knocked Danny to 8 with his team. Gerard used Tasigur’s ability to get a Satyr Wayfinder, which he played and hit on a land. Danny took a peak at the top of his deck, revealed two lands, and extended the hand.
Gerard 2, Danny 1