Finals: Jared Boettcher vs. Alex Bertoncini
Following a Grand Prix finals performance, Jared was looking to improve upon last week’s finish with a win. He was once more piloting Sneak and Show, while Alex had a new build of Deathblade.
On the play and quickly keeping, Jared didn’t mind seeing Alex start off with a mulligan. Jared played Scalding Tarn and ended the turn, while Alex opened with Creeping Tar Pit. Fetching for Island, Jared fell to 19 and cast Brainstorm with another fetchland already in play and available.
Alex cast his own Brainstorm after playing Flooded Strand, and then fetched Scrubland in order to cast Deathrite Shaman. “Not Thoughtseize,” he declared, and Jared laughed. His hand was particularly vulnerable to a pinpoint discard spell, with just Sneak Attack and Intuition alongside an Emrakul and only a third land in sight.
Playing his third basic, Jared passed with Intuition planned. Alex cast Stoneforge Mystic with Polluted Delta online, resolving the Mystic to search up Jitte. Jared played Intuition into Alex’s two mana, prompting Alex to Force of Will. Jared Misdirectioned back, and grabbed three Ancient Tombs from the library.
Adding the Tomb to the battlefield, Jared cast Sneak Attack. It resolved, and Alex fetched in the end step in order to drain Jared for 2, leaving him on 14. Alex cast Jace, brainstorming for some help. He needed Thoughtseize and nothing else here, but with seven permanents in play he’d at least be able to keep one of them following an Emrakul hit.
Jared sent Emrakul skittering in, attacking Jace, and Alex responded by fetching Tundra and Brainstorming. He threw away the Jace to annihilator, leaving himself with just Deathrite Shaman when all was said and done.
The second Emrakul all but sealed the deal, leaving Alex on no permanents and at 1 life. The third Emrakul, however...
Jared 1, Alex 0
Alex had the play this time, and kept his starting seven while Jared tanked before mulliganing. Thoughtseize from Alex revealed two Show and Tells, Gitaxian Probe, Brainstorm, Island, and a fetchland. Losing one Show, Jared untapped and just played Island before passing. Alex had no turn 2 plays except for Tundra, while Jared began sculpting with Brainstorm after playing his fetchland.
Another land for Alex, and Jared fetched in the end step for a second Island due to his land-light hand. Gitaxian Probe revealed that Alex had no solutions to Show and Tell, and Jared was able to successfully resolve the sorcery thanks to Ancient Tomb. The Griselbrand went uncontested, and Alex fell to 11 as the Demon attacked.
Jared pitched Sneak Attack in the end step, prompting a raise of the eyebrow from Alex.
“Your hand must be really good.”
“It’s three Force of Wills and a bunch of blue cards,” Jared answered honestly.
“Show me,” Alex dared, and Jared proved it—that was enough to earn the game, and the match.
Jared 2, Alex 0