Finals: Jacob Wilson vs. Brian Knopp
We’re partying like it’s fall 2012, where we have a RUG Delver finals! Can the GP Chicago champ add SCG champion to his resume?
Jacob looks comfortable in the RUG mirror!
Jacob led with Volcanic Island and pass, and Brian led off with Tropical Island and Delver of Secrets. In response to Brian’s creature, Jacob attempted Brainstorm but Brian used Daze to counter the cantrip. Jacob used Ponder on his main phase to sculpt his hand, then used Tropical Island to cast Nimble Mongoose before passing. Blind-flipped Insectile Aberration thanks to Brainstorm attacked Jacob to 16, and a land drop plus Ponder further sculpted Brian’s future draws as well.
Jacob dug deeper with Brainstorm to try to rid himself of the offending flier, but began by first using Wasteland to knock out Tropical Island. Brian had Scalding Tarn, and also still had the offense to drop Jacob to 13. Stifle took out Brian’s fetchland, and Lightning Bolt took down the Delver before Jacob added a Delver of Secrets of his own. Brian tried to Rebuild, adding Tropical Island and his second Delver of Secrets of the game, but Jacob was far ahead on board and mana.
Jacob dropped Brian to 11, and Brian was once more able to blind-flip his Delver (thanks to Force of Will), so he needed to put this one away soon before Jacob’s card advantage and creature advantage took over. Brian fell to 10 to fetch out Volcanic Island before using the mana to cast Tarmogoyf and take Jacob to 9. Jacob resolved his own ‘Goyf, thanks to Spell Pierce on Force of Will (pitching Ponder).
Fortunately for Brian, he found himself dropping Jacob to 6 upon attacks, and used his Lighting Bolt to help ‘Goyfs die… but unfortunately Jacob finally found an instant on top of his deck to flip the pair of Delvers and Brian died in short order.
Jacob 1, Brian 0.
Brian, now on the play, opened up once more with Delver of Secrets, this time off Volcanic Island. Jacob parried back with Volcanic Island Ponder before passing. Brian was able to go 3-for-3 so far on Delver blind flips thanks to Red Elemental Blast, and Wasteland took out Jacob’s land. Misty Rainforest was all Jacob had for his turn, and Brian too added Misty before attacking and dropping Jacob to 14. Jacob used Wasteland to target Brian’s land, to which in response Brian responded with Brainstorm, to which in response Jacob used his fetchland. Fetch resolved, then Brainstorm resolved, then Wasteland trigger also resolved and Volc hit the bin.
Brian's hoping his RUG is more potent this time!
Brian untapped and kept up with the beats, but Jacob had the REB to knock off the flying creature. Wasteland took out Jacob’s land, and Brian also cast Nimble Mongoose. Now landless and without mana on top either, Nimble Mongoose started its trek towards zero life, and Jacob went from 13 to 12 to 9… he needs a way to stem this bleeding, and Wasteland isn’t going to do it… to 6 to 3, and Lightning Bolt tried to kill Jsacob but a desperation Force of Will tried to stop it. It did, but the topdecked Volcanic Island wasn’t going to be enough and the players were off to the final game of this exciting match.
Jacob 1, Brian 1.
Now on the play, crucial in this match where breaking serve is nigh impossible given equally powerful starts, Jacob was able to open with fetch into Tropical Island into Nimble Mongoose (countered by Brian, who used Force of Will pitching Submerge to counter it) while Brian, on the mulligan all the way down to five, had Wasteland to take out Jacob’s land. Jacob followed up with Volcanic Island and pass, and Brian tried to Wasteland that as well. In response, Jacob cast Lightning Bolt and in response to his own Bolt Dazed the spell to save his land!
What a nifty play!
Jacob dropped Tropical Island, and… Brian had no third land! Risky keep with no colored sources, and Jacob played back-to back 3/4 Tarmogoyfs the Future Sight rares made short work of Brian’s life total, even though he put up a decent fight. He resolved Delver of Secrets, but then his land got Wastelanded and he took too much damage too quickly, going from 15 to 9 to 3 to dead. Jacob Wilson is your SCG Worcester Legacy Open champion!