Finals: Greg Mitchell vs. David Bauman
Greg Mitchell had battled past a pair of Terminus decks on his way to the finals, and his BUG Delver deck faced a real change of pace in the form of Davis Bauman’s Death and Taxes deck. Would Thalia and Company earn their second Legacy Open trophy, or would the Delvers and Deathrites take it down?
Greg stays calm under pressure.
David began the game and with only a Plains, and Greg played a turn 1 Delver of Secrets. David attempted to Swords to Plowshares the Delver on his end step, but Greg defended it with Daze. David played Cavern of Souls naming “Artificer,” and used it to cast Stoneforge Mystic, fetching Batterskull, but Greg quickly dispatched it with a Disfigure. He also flipped his Delver of Secrets, revealing Spell Pierce, and cracked in for 3.
David resolved an Aether Vial on his own turn, and used a second copy of Swords to Plowshares to deal with the flipped Delver after Greg tapped out for Dark Confidant. David’s next play was Phyrexian Revoker. It resolved, and he named Lilliana of the Veil. Greg added a Deathrite Shaman to the board and passed back.
David attacked with the Revoker, and Greg allowed it through, falling to 19. David passed the turn but activated Aether Vial on Greg’s upkeep. He put a second Revoker into play, naming Deathrite Shaman, but it met a quick end thank to Abrupt Decay. Greg had no other plays and passed back after attacking. David quickly ticked his Vial up and cast a third Revoker, turning off Deathrite Shaman for real this time. He also took the opportunity to Wasteland Greg’s Bayou, limiting him to only a single Underground Sea.
Greg hit another Delver of Secrets off the Dark Confidant, and cast it. David Vialed in Aven Mindcensor at Eot, then untapped and swung in. Greg opted to trade his now inactive Deathrite Shaman with the Revoker that was turning off Lilliana, but fell to 11. He failed to flip his Delver on his own turn, finding only another Deathrite Shaman. At Greg’s end step, David again used Aether Vial, this time putting in Flickerwisp, which blinked out the Delver.
David swung with the fliers to put Greg at 6 and passed the turn. Greg’s Dark Confidant immediately revealed Force of Will, and the five life swing combined with the air force on the opposite side of the board was enough to convince Greg to concede game 1.
David Bauman 1, Greg Mitchell 0
Greg opened the second game with a Deathrite Shaman, and David had a one drop of his own in the form of Mother of Runes, cast off of a Cavern of Souls that named “Human.” It didn’t last long, however, as Greg fetched up a land and used the Deathrite Shaman to cast Lilliana of the Veil, ticking it down to kill off the Mother. David played a second copy of Mother of Runes and passed back.
Greg started up the disruption on his own turn, first using Hymn to Tourach to knock Flickerwisp and Horizon Canopy from David’s hand, then Disfiguring the Mother of Runes before it became active. David was quickly being run out of gas, but he did manage to put a Rest in Peace into play, reducing Deathrite Shaman to a textless 1/2. Greg Wastelanded David down to just 1 land on his own turn, and upticked Lilliana to knock the last card from his hand. For the next few turns, David drew a non-land, held it, and lost it to Liliana. Eventually, David managed to find Swords to Plowshares to stop the Deathrite attacks, and then topdecked a castable Aether Vial.
Greg had no threat in play, but did have Sylvan Library and Lilliana active. He ultimate Lilliana to remove David’s one land. Sylvan Library eventually found Delver of Secrets, and allowed it to flip the following turn. With David completely locked out of the game thanks to Lliliana, the Insectile Aberration began pilfering away at David’s life total in three point chunks. David fell to 14, then 11, then 8, all without ever finding a land or a Vialable creature.
Hoping to tighten the noose, Greg added a second Delver of Secrets to the board after attacking David down to 5. David triumphantly pumped the first after he finally found a land, laughing as the second Delver of Secrets immediately flipped and finished him off.
David sees the writing on the wall.
David Bauman 1, Greg Mitchell 1
David was on the play in the decider, and led with an Aether Vial. Greg had no turn 1 play, only a Polluted Delta, and David pressed the advantage with a turn 2 Thalia, Guardian of Thraben, which Resolved. Greg had no turn 2 play, just another land, and David happily attacked for 2 and passed with 3 mana open and an Aether Vial with 2 counters.
When David again played a land and passed with no play, David Vialed in Stoneforge Mystic, fetching Batterskull. David attempted to crack his fetchlands in his own end step, but David had Aven Mindcensor. Greg managed to kill the flier with a Disfigure before his fetches resolved, but it tied up his mana. David untapped and added a Mother of Runes and another Aether Vial to his board.
Greg’s play on turn 4 was a doozy—Golgari Charm, sweeping David’s board except for his Stoneforge Mystic. He also added a Delver of Secrets to the board. David simply passed his next turn, leaving up mana to activate Stoneforge Mystic. The Delver flipped, revealing Ponder, and Greg cast Hymn to Tourach. David put the Batterskull into play in response, but Greg had Abrupt Decay for the Germ, and took out Phyrexian Revoker and Spellskite with the Hymn.
David drew a land and passed with nothing in hand. Greg attacked him to 14 with Insectile Abberation, and when he passed it back, David attempted to bounce his Batterskull, but Greg had the answer in Krosan Grip. David, playing off the top, plopped a Mother of Runes into play. Greg attacked again with the Aberration and then deployed two additional threats in the form of Tarmogoyf and Vendillion Clique.
David drew a card and passed back, using Rishadan Ports in Greg’s upkeep. Greg still had mana left over to cast Lilliana of the Veil, which he used to make David sacrifice a creature. David binned his Stoneforge Mystic, and the fliers came in again, knocking David to 5.
David again drew and passed, sitting on his two Aether Vials. When Greg attacked, David Vialed in Flickerwisp, blinking out the opposing Insectile Aberration. David took 3 from the Clique and fell to 2. Another turn cycle passed, with David adding Phyrexian Revoker to the board to turn off Greg’s Lilliana of the Veil. Greg cast a Delver of Secrets, at which point the Head Judge intervened, pointing out that the original Delver of Secrets had never returned from exile. It was eventually concluded that it would enter at the beginning of the next upkeep.
David had one draw step to draw some action and did, finding Sword of Fire and Ice. He cast it and passed. Greg checked to see if he would flip the Delvers. He didn’t, but didn’t mind at all. The card on the top? True-Name Nemesis! David was now on a one turn clock and drawing dead. He made a show of equipping the Sword, drawing his card, and passing, but Greg eventually swung in for the win.
Greg Mitchell 2, David Bauman 1