Finals: Jeff Hoogland vs. Adam Jansen
Jeff left the Standard Open Top 4 in defeat this morning, but he ended Sunday playing the final match of the Legacy Open. Would he be able to close out with a win after starting on a loss?
Jeff's working to improve on a string of near-misses in recent months.
Forgotten+Cave for Jeff began the match, while Adam Pondered off an Island. Chalice+of+the+Void earns Force+of+Will from Adam, who needed to protect his cantrips while he sought the combo. Brainstorm successfully dug up what Adam needed, stashing Sneak+Attack on top of the deck with City+of+Traitors and Simian+Spirit+Guide already in his hand.
Jeff played Maze+of+Ith to deter potential Griselbrand attacks, but that wouldn’t save him from Emrakul’s trigger. Adam fetched Mountain on his own turn before playing City+of+Traitors and Sneak+Attack. Simian+Spirit+Guide gave Adam the mana he needed, and Emrakul knocked on Jeff’s door, wiping away his permanents but getting lost in the Maze. “I’ll take Violent+Ultimatum,” Adam said.
Adam's Sneak and Show list incorporates Spirit Guides for speed.
Adam 1, Jeff 0
Starting with Tranquil+Thicket, Jeff passed while Adam Pondered for some setup. Leaving those three on top, he drew and ended the turn after playing Lotus+Petal. Jeff fetched with Wooded+Foothills on his turn for Thalia, which Adam allowed.
He got paid for playing that Lotus+Petal early here, as he could now cast Show+and+Tell to put in Griselbrand, if he so desired. City+of+Traitors gave him two mana in conjunction with the two he already had, and the 7/7 entered play on Adam’s side of the board. Jeff has a nice monster himself, in Knight+of+the+Reliquary.
Wasteland took out Adam’s Volcanic+Island, and Knight grabbed Karakas to bounce the Griselbrand—Adam drew seven in response. Finding those unimpressive, he went for another seven, falling to six. Thalia took Adam to 4, and he was very vulnerable. With a hand full of cards, Adam drew, checked them all, and conceded.
Adam 1, Jeff 1
Adam began the game on the play for the first time with Misty+Rainforest, while Jeff had only Wooded+Foothills. Volcanic+Island for Adam off the fetch, while Jeff fetched Bayou up. Adam dropped Ancient+Tomb and Lotus+Petal for Sneak+Attack, forcing Jeff to have Burning+Wish for Reverent+Silence... or bust.
He cycled Tranquil+Thicket then untapped, playing Plateau and Burning+Wish to destroy the Sneak+Attack. “That’s the first time I’ve ever gotten to do that,” Jeff admitted. Adam had no other form of “cheating” available for his big monsters, so he went into the tank with Brainstorm only to come up empty.
Jeff added Karakas to the board and played Gaddock+Teeg. “You’re really not making this easy for me,” Adam admitted. Fetching another Volcanic+Island, Adam shuffled away his clunkier cards to look for a Show+and+Tell. He already had his own Karakas at the ready to take away Jeff’s, but drew an uncastable Sneak+Attack.
Gaddock+Teeg knocked Adam to 20, and Jeff cast Sylvan+Library and Dark+Confidant. Adam’s next draw step was the Intuition he needed—that would do the trick. He took 4 damage from Jeff’s little squad, Knight+of+the+Reliquary joining them, then cast the Intuition in the end step for three Show+and+Tells.
Untapping, he played Karakas to nuke Jeff’s and then cast the Show+and+Tell, putting Sneak+Attack into play. He dropped in Emrakul, and Jeff frowned as Simian+Spirit+Guide hit exile before Griselbrand joined he table shortly after.
Adam 2, Jeff 1