Finals: Jim Davis vs. Ben Wienburg
Jim comes in as the top seed, but will be being on the play with Sultai Delver be enough to take down Ben and Storm?
Jim, on a mulligan to five, led with a Flooded Strand and passed as Ben started with an Island and a Gitaxian Probe, seeing Tarmogoyf, Daze, Spell Pierce, and a Wasteland. Ben had no cantrips and passed, leading Jim to fetch a Tropical Island and deploy the Tarmogoyf. Ben fetched a Swamp and passed with no play.
Jim knocked Ben to 15 and passed after adding a Scalding Tarn to his mana base. Ben dropped a Tarn as well and passed back. Jim bashed for 2 more and played a second Tarmogoyf before passing. Ben played a Polluted Delta and shipped the turn back. Jim brought Ben down to 9 with his creatures and passed, yet again. Ben played a Tropical Island and passed, still not playing a spell. Jim used the Wasteland on the Tropical Island and knocked Ben down to 5.
Ben played another Tarn and attempted to cast Ponder. Jim let it resolve, but hit Ben’s attempt to fetch a land with a Stifle. Ben cracked another fetch, falling to 3, and was able to get an Underground Sea. Ben played a Lotus Petal and went for another Ponder and Jim responded by cracking his Tarn, but Ben responded with a Dark Ritual leading Jim to Daze, which Ben responded to with another Dark Ritual that did resolve. At storm at seven, Ben paid for the Daze, and ended up with five black mana, letting Jim fetch an Underground Sea. Jim decided to use Spell Pierce on the Ponder, which Ben paid, then Jim used a Daze on it, but Ben also paid and resolved his Ponder, opting to shuffle away the cards.
“Think I am on five outs,” Ben said while he shuffled.
Jim 1, Ben 0
Ben pitched his opener after revealing five lands, while Jim kept his. Ben agonized over his six-card hand before going down to five and then four. Ben finally kept and led with a Gitaxian Probe seeing a hand with pressure, Force of Will, and Spell Pierce. Ben resolved a Cabal Therapy and took Delver of Secrets. Jim fetched an Underground Sea and played a Deathrite Shaman.
Ben Pondered and dropped a Scalding Tarn before passing the turn. Jim deployed another Shaman and a Tarmogoyf and passed back. Ben went to 17 to fetch another Underground Sea and played Defense Grid. Jim attacked Ben to 14 and passed after playing a Scalding Tarn. Ben drew a card and passed, leading Jim to drop him to 10 with DRS activations.
Jim 2, Ben 0