Finals: Jadine Klomparens vs. Jake Mondello
Jake is in his second Open Series Top 8 and Jadine is in her first. Would Jake and Shardless BUG take home the trophy or can Jadine and RUG Delver take it home in her first try?
Jadine cracks a smile despite being down a game.
Jadine led things off with a Nimble Mongoose and Jake had a Deathrite Shaman. Jadine Pondered took a card off the top then shuffled away the others with a Wooded Foothills to get a Volcanic Island and played a Delver of Secrets. Jake used the Shaman to eat Jadine’s fetch land and played a Baleful Strix then used a Wasteland on the Volcanic. Jadine flipped the Delver with a Daze reveal, played a Flooded Strand and Brainstormed, broke the fetch for a Volcanic Island then used a Lightning Bolt on the Shaman.
Jake fetched up a a Bayou and passed with no other play. Jadine played a Wasteland and blew up the Underground Sea of Jake’s so he responded with an Abrupt Decay on the flipped Delver. Jadine attacked with the Mongoose and Jake traded with the Strix. Jadine went for a Tarmogoyf and Jake tried to counter it with Force of Will but Jadine Dazed it. Jake played a Creeping Tarpit and passed so Jadine attacked with the Tarmogoyf and passed. Jake went for a Brainstorm but Jadine countered it with a Spell Pierce so he passed after playing another Tarpit.
Jadine attacked Jake down to 7 and shipped the turn. Jake went for a Lilian of the Veil Jadine fetched up a Volcanic Island she floated a blue with, picked it up to Daze, Jake paid the one and the Planeswalker resolved and Jadine lost her Tarmogoyf. Jadine played another Tarmogoyf and Jake responded with a Jace, the Mind Sculptor that bounced the Tarmogoyf then ticked up Liliana.
Jadine Pondered, opting to shuffle away the three for a fresh card. Jadine failed to find any action and passed back. Jake Fate Sealed Jadine and ticked up Liliana and got in with a Tarpit to drop Jadine to 14. Jadine found a land and a Tarmogoyf. Jake Brainstormed with Jace, played a Shardless Agent that cascaded into a Tarmogoyf then he ended the turn by making Jadine sacrifice her own Tarmogoyf with Liliana.
Jadine Pondered then fired a Fork Bolt at Jake, dropping him to 13. Jake Fate Sealed again, moving Jace to 8 loyalty and attacked with his creatures which prompted a concession from Jadine.
Jake 1, Jadine 0
Jake shuffles up for Game 2.
Jadine kicked off Game 2 with a Volcanic Island and Jake passed with a Swamp. Jadine played a Wasteland and passed. Jake resolved a Tarmogoyf and Jadine destroyed his Tropical Island at the end of the turn. Jadine Brainstormed then passed after playing a Scalding Tarn. Jake attacked Jadine down to 17 and passed with no second land. Jadine played a Tarmogoyf of her own and passed. Jake found a second land and used an Abrupt Decay on Jadine’s then attacked with his own. Jadine answered with another Tarmogoyf and passed.
Jake fired off a Hymn to Tourach and Jadine Dazed, returning a Volcanic Island, so Jake busted a fetch to pay for it, but Jadine had a second Daze, returning her Tropical Island. Jadine replayed the Volcanic and shipped the turn.
Jake went for another Hymn so Jadine responded by putting Tarmogoyf on top of Jake’s library with Submerge. The Hymn resolved and hit Tropical Island and Stifle. Jake suspended an Ancestral Visions and passed. Jadine Pondered and attacked Jake down to 15, played a Scalding Tarn and passed. Jake played a Baleful Strix, but Jadine had a Red Elemental Blast for it. Jake replayed his Tarmogoyf, but Jadine had the Daze for it as well.
Jadine attacked Jake down to 9, played a Flooded Strand and passed. Jake found another Baleful Strix and passed as Visions went down to 2 suspend counters. Jadine paid a blue for Gitaxian Probe to see a handful of goodies for Jake and passed knowing her Tarmogoyf was about to get Decayed. Jake played an Agent that got him a free Tarmogoyf. Jadine played a land and passed. Jake removed the last counter from Visions but Jadine had a Blast for it as well. Jake attacked to drop Jadine to 2. Jadine drew a card and extended the hand.
Jake 2, Jadine 0