Finals: Harlan Firer vs. Shaheen Soorani
Harlan Firer has sliced through right through the tournament with his Jeskai Token Combo deck. The only thing standing between him and a Trophy was the Esper Control stylings of career blue mage Hordeling+Outburst on his third turn, which traded with an end-step Bile+Blight from Shaheen. Harlan used an end-step Jeskai+Charm to drop Shaheen to 14 on his next turn, then cast Seeker+of+the+Way on his fifth turn. Shaheen went Digging Through Time on his end step, and found another Bile+Blight to keep the Seeker+of+the+Way from causing any further trouble.
Another end-step Jeskai+Charm from Harlan dropped Shaheen to 10, then Monastery+Swiftspear came the main phase follow-up, and he poked Shaheen down to 9. Shaheen his 6th land drop on his next turn, and cast Elspeth, Sun’s Champion, stabilizing the board with 1/1 Soldier tokens. Harlan had only Springleaf+Drums and Retraction Helixes in his hand, and had to pump the breaks, passing the turn right back to Shaheen without an attack.
Shaheen made another 3 tokens, and Harlan drew and passed the turn again. At Harlan’s end step, Shaheen fired off another Dig+Through+Time, and liked what he saw.
Shaheen: “There it is! The combo.”
Sorin%2C+Solemn+Visitor entered play and ticked up, and the six soldier tokens came crashing in as 2/1 lifelinkers. Shaheen’s life total shot back up above 20, and he made three more tokens with his Elspeth and threatened a lethal attack next turn. Harlan untapped and attempted a Dig+Through+Time, but Shaheen put a stop to those shenanigans with Dissolve, and Harlan scooped up his cards.
Shaheen Soorani 1, Harlan Firer 0
Harlan rallies the goblin hordes.
Harlan had a Monastery+Swiftspear on his first turn, which got in 2 attacks for one before he met a Hero’s Downfall. With Shaheen tapped out on his third turn, Harlan took the opportunity to stick a Jeskai+Ascendancy into play. He cast a Hordeling+Outburst on his next turn, leaving up one mana, and when Shaheen tried a Bile+Blight to clear them out, Harlan used Gods+Willing to protect his tokens.
Shaheen passed the turn again with a Hero’s Downfall in hand, but it wouldn’t save him, as the three 1/1 Goblin Tokens in conjunction with Jeskai+Ascendancy allowed Harlan to chain off a series of Stoke+the+Flames and conclude with a Jeskai+Charm, then attack with his 4/4 tokens to win the game out of nowhere.
Harlan Firer 1, Mantis+Rider on turn 3 was the first play of the game from Harlan, and it met a Dissolve from Shaheen. Shaheen missed his fourth land drop, and passed with mana up again. He used a second Dissolve on a Monastery+Swiftspear, which allowed Harlan to get Jeskai+Ascendancy into play.
Shaheen looked to hold the fort with a Nyx-Fleece+Ram, but Harlan played another Swiftspear then used Glare+of+Heresy. To clear the Ram out of the way. A Hordeling+Outburst on his next turn looked to take the game away. Shaheen had Bile+Blight and End Hostilities in hand, but was stuck with four lands, only one of which could make black mana. He passed the turn back to Harlan, who had a pair of Stoke+the+Flames and a Jeskai+Charm to close things out.
Harlan Firer 2, Shaheen+Soorani 1