Finals: Jason Blackmor vs. Nick Schoolcraft
Nick Schoolcraft brings the boogeyman of Standard, Mono-Black Devotion, to the finals, and Jason hopes to put a stop to his shenanigans with G/W Aggro.
Jason looks for a way to stabilize.
Jason, on the play, took a mulligan, but Nick was happy with his seven.
Both players led with Scrylands to start the game, and Jason had the first play, a turn 2 Voice+of+Resurgence. Nick had another tapped land and passed back, and the Voice went to work, attacking Nick to 18. Jason had a Fleecemane+Lion to follow up, and Nick wasted no time disposing of it with Bile+Blight.
Jason attacked again with Voice+of+Resurgence, but had no third land and no further play. Nick stuck an Underworld+Connections on his Temple+of+Silence. Jason found his third land, but still had no play, attacking Nick to 13 and passing. Nick played his fifth land and tossed Gray+Merchant+of+Asphodel into play, jumping back up to 17. Jason attacked into it with his Voice+of+Resurgence, Nick chose to block, and Jason showed him Selesnya+Charm to pump his attacker to 4/4.
Pack+Rat showed up next for Nick, with three mana open to start making tokens. Jason had no response on his own turn, simply passing the turn back, and Nick made a rat. On his own turn, he attacked with his two 2/2 Rats, with enough mana to make them 5/5s with two more Rats and a Mutavault. Voice+of+Resurgence hopped in front of one, and Nick made one Rat to grow the blocked Rat to a 3/3. After combat, Nick cast a Lifebane+Zombie, and Jason cast the one removable spell from his hand, a Boon+Satyr. He revealed the rest of his hand: God’s Willing and two Advent+of+the+Wurm
Jason drew and cast a Voice+of+Resurgence, but didn’t like his attacks, and passed the turn to Nick. Nick cast another Pack+Rat from his hand then came attacking with his other three Rats, now 4/4s, along with his Lifebane+Zombie. Jason put his Elemental token and his Voice in front of one Rat, his Boon+Satyr in front of another, and let the rest through. In the aftermath, Jason had only a voice of Resurgence in play, and sat at 6 life.
When Jason had only a land and a pass, Nick crashed in with his Rats again, and Jason cast Advent+of+the+Wurm and Gods+Willing to protect it. He managed to trade off for all of the Rats, but fell to 3, staring down a lethal Lifebane+Zombie. He drew his card, found no solution, and conceded.
Nick Schoolcraft 1, Jason Blackmor 0
Nick makes some Rats.
Jason started off with Experiment+One into Voice+of+Resurgence, and Nick again had only tapped Scrylands on his first two turns. Brimaz, Kind of Oreskos showed up on turn 3, evolving Experiment+One even further, and Nick fell to 13. It swiftly died to Hero’s Downfall, but Jason brought the beats again, knocking Nick to 8 and passing with four mana untapped.
Nick moved to combat with no board, and then revealed why: he had a Desecration+Demon, and didn’t want to give Jason a chance to sacrifice to it before untapping. Jason was content to exile the Demon with Selesnya+Charm on his own turn, and attack for five again, knocking Nick down to 3.
With five spells in hand and five lands in play, Nick had plenty of options, but his back was against the wall. The play he eventually settled on was Gray+Merchant+of+Asphodel, bringing him back up to 4 life. Jason attacked, and Nick had to respect the threat of another Selesnya+Charm by blocking the 3/3 rather than the 2/2. He survived the turn, falling to a measly two life, and quickly untapped and cast Pack+Rat with three mana open.
The two green beaters came across again. Nick made a Rat, then blocked Voice+of+Resurgence with a Pack+Rat and Experiment+One with his Gray+Merchant+of+Asphodel. Before Damage, Jason cast Advent+of+the+Wurm to grow his Experiment to 4/4. Jason had a post-combat Soldier+of+the+Pantheon. Nick survived the turn again, but faced a frightening board of 5/5 token, 4/4 token, 4/4 Experiment+One, and Soldier+of+the+Pantheon, with only a Pack+Rat to defend. He drew his card, considered which removal spells to use on which creatures, but ultimately concluded that none of his options could keep him alive, and picked up his cards.
Jason Blackmor 1, Nick Schoolcraft 1
Nick led off with a Temple, and Jason looked to get the aggression started with a turn 1 Soldier+of+the+Pantheon. Nick had a Thoughtseize on his next turn, revealing a hand of Forest, Temple+of+Plenty, Gods+Willing, Fleecemane+Lion, and two copies of Voice+of+Resurgence from Jason. Jason lost one of his Voices, but promptly untapped and cast the other, attacking Nick down to 16.
Ultimate+Price was the turn 3 play for Nick, disposing of the pesky Soldier, but Jason attacked again and bolstered his position with Fleecemane+Lion. Nick got a blocker on the board with a turn 4 Desecration+Demon, and pondered for a bit before choosing to attack with his Voice+of+Resurgence and Fleecemane+Lion without first feeding the Demon. Nick blocked the Lion, and Jason protected it with Gods+Willing.
If one Desecration+Demon was good, Nick figured, then two had to be better, and he added another 6/6 to the board. Jason had no play, and passed right back to Nick with four lands untapped and two cards in hand.
After some deliberation, Nick attacked with just one of his Desecration+Demons, dropping Jason to 14, then played a Pack+Rat and passed back with three mana open, sweating the potential Advent+of+the+Wurm at end step, but Jason had no play, simply drawing and passing right back. Nick made a Rat and untapped in the driver’s seat.
One of the Demons came accross again, dropping Jason to 8, and Nick got a chance to make another Rat on Jason's next end step when he simply passed the turn again with five mana up. Jason fed his Voice+of+Resurgence to one of the Demons on Nick's combat, then Nick crashed in with his team, and Jason blocked both Rats and used Gods+Willing to protect his Elemental token. He was left at 2 life against two Desecration+Demons and a Rat. Now in the Double-Abyss against two lethal Desecration+Demons, Jason knew he couldn't win, and two turns later he ran out of Demon food and succumbed.
Nick Schoolcraft 2, Jason Blackmor 1