Finals: Jason Jaco vs. Jeremy Barbeau
One of the most “unfair” finals in Legacy Open history saw Jeremy’s zero-land combo deck paired against Jason Jaco’s counter-heavy Sneak and Show list. Could he power Balustrade Spy through, or would Emrakul take the tournament?
Jason's got counterspells, but no real graveyard hate for Jeremy.
Jeremy debated his seven, but Jason had an easy mulligan on his hands following Jeremy’s keep. Jeremy... waved a pass of the turn. Jason dropped Scalding Tarn into play, and Jeremy drew before discarding Manamorphose in the end step. Jason had just another Scalding Tarn, ending the turn.
Things got serious when Jeremy cast Summoner’s Pact, searching for Wild Cantor. Elvish Spirit Guide gave him green mana, but he used Simian Spirit Guide to cast the Cantor, sacrificing it for black mana and playing Dark Ritual. Jason fetched Volcanic Island and Spell Pierced the Dark Ritual... earning an immediate concession from Jeremy.
Jeremy sideboards, his transformational plan exposed by the decklist exchange.
Jason 1, Jeremy 0
Jeremy mulliganed to six, while Jason announced a keep—that boded ill for Jeremy, as it indicated Jason had at least one form of interaction. That might be all it would take to force a mulligan to stutter! His six saw him keep, starting with Chrome Mox exiling Cantor and then Lotus Petal before ending the turn.
Jason played Island and passed, leaving Jeremy to tank over what to do next. Jason had Spell Pierce and Force of Will, but no additional blue card... could Jeremy afford to wait? He decided not to, casting Summoner’s Pact to get Tinder Wall. He resolved it, then sacrificed the Wall and the Lotus Petal and the wall while exiling Simian Spirit Guide to cast Balustrade Spy...
And Force of Will for Jason seals the deal again.