Finals: Ivan Jen vs. Justin Porchas
Ivan’s Jeskai Heroic Combo deck has taken the tournament by storm. Will he go on to win the whole thing or will Justin and Abzan Midrange put an end to his Jeskai+Ascendancy combo shenanigans?
Ivan smiles after taking Game 1.
Both players led with tapped lands and Ivan got into the red zone with a Monastery+Swiftspear before playing a Mystic+Monastery. Justin made his first play a Thoughtseize, taking a Seeker+of+the+Way from Ivan. Ivan played a Springleaf+Drum and a Dragon+Mantle on his Swiftspear and attacked Justin to 13 after one firebreathing pump. Justin used another Thoughtseize to get the Jeskai+Charm from Ivan and passed, stuck on two lands.
Ivan played a Favored+Hoplite and attacked Justin to 7 with some pumps from the Mantle on his Swiftspear. Justin untapped, studied the board and decided it was time to go to Game 2.
Ivan 1, Justin 0
Justin looks to his sideboard for help.
After two temples, Justin made it to the board first with a Sylvan+Caryatid. Ivan played a Favored+Hoplite and took a damage from a Mana+Confluence to play a Springleaf+Drum. Justin played Courser+of+Kruphix and added a Temple+of+Silence to his board. Ivan went to 18 to play a Chasm+Skulker and played a Mystic+Monastery.
Justin knocked Ivan to 16 with his Courser and fired off a Thoughtseize, taking a Retraction+Helix from Ivan. Ivan drew a card and grew his Skulker and played a Dragon+Mantle on the Hoplite, but Justin used a Hero’s Downfall on it in response. Ivan attacked with his Skulker and used a Defiant+Strike on it to draw a card and grow it again, knocking Justin to 16. Justin hit Ivan to 14 with the Courser and deployed Siege+Rhino, bringing him back to 20.
Ivan’s Skulker grew again from his draw step and sent it into the red zone. Justin dropped back to 16 and Ivan passed the turn after playing a land. Justin attacked with his Courser and Rhino to knock Ivan to 5. Ivan’s Skulker got bigger after untapping and shipped the turn with no play. Justin tried to use an Abzan+Charm on the Skulker at the end step, but Ivan had a Gods+Willing to protect it. Justin bashed again and Ivan threw the Skulker in front of the Rhino and used a Jeskai+Charm on the Courser, but Justin responded with a Murderous+Cut on the Skulker, leaving Ivan dead to the trample.
Ivan 1, Justin 1
Ivan kicked off the final game with an Akroan+Crusader off a Battlefield+Forge while Justin played a Sandsteppe+Citadel. Ivan added a Temple+of+Triumph and a Favored+Hoplite and Justin matched with a Sylvan+Caryatid. Ivan attacked and knocked Justin to 17 so Ivan took two to play Jeskai+Ascendancy.
Justin had another Caryatid and a land before passing. Ivan pondered his play before playing Ajani’s Presence on the Crusader, making a token and triggering Ascendancy. Ivan moved to combat, sending in the team, Justin put a Caryatid in front of the Crusader knocking Justin to 13. Justin went for an End+Hostilities and Ivan had the Negate.
Ivan untapped, “I think I got this.”
He started with Dragon+Mantle on the Crusader, then used Ajani’s Presence on the Crusader, used Retraction+Helix, all the while doing the math, making tokens, and upping his creature’s power. When the dust settled, he attacked for the win.
Ivan 2, Justin 1