Finals: Joe Lossett vs. Eddie Solis
Joe Lossett means business; He traveled all the way from California to chase Open Points with his UWR Miracles deck, and he now finds himself one match away from a fourth Open Series trophy. Standing in his way is hometown hero Eddie Solis and his UWR Delver deck.
The namesake Delver of Secrets showed up immediately for Eddie coming into play on turn 1 against nothing but lands from Joe. He missed his first blind flip, but added another Delver of Secrets on turn 2. When Joe again played a land and passed, Eddie revealed Daze on top of his deck to flip both Delvers and bashed, dropping Joe to 13.
Joe cast Brainstorm, hoping to find an answer to the pair of fliers. He played a land and passed, and Eddie attacked again, dropping Joe to 7. Joe revealed the Terminus he had set up with the Brainstorm, and both players showed Force of Will in the ensuing fight over it. When the shootout was over, Terminus resolved, and the Delvers were sent back to the bottom.
Eddie wasn’t out of gas just yet, however, and followed up with a True-Name Nemesis. Joe flashed back Brainstorm with a Snapcaster Mage, but found no answer, and the True-Name resolved. Joe untapped and cast a Jace, the Mind Sculptor, but Eddie contested it with a pair of Dazes.
True-Name Nemesis attacked, and Joe fell to 3 life. After combat Eddie cast Stoneforge Mystic, fetching up Batterskull, and passed back. Joe needed to find a Terminus to get the Protection-from-Joe threat off the board, and he spun his Sensei’s Divining Top in his upkeep looking. He simply drew his card and passed. Eddie shrugged, cracked in, and Joe picked up his cards for the next game.
Eddie Solis 1, Joe Lossett 0
Joe establishes the hard lock..
This time it was Joe who made the first move of the game, casting a Sensei’s Divining Top on his turn 2. Eddie was quick to get on board as well, casting Stoneforge Mystic on his second turn and grabbing Batterskull from his deck. Joe fetched up a Plains and exiled the Mystic with a Swords to Plowshares before passing back.
The next play from Eddie was a Meddling Mage, which named Supreme Verdict. He then played his third land and cast Delver of Secrets as a follow-up. Joe used Red Elemental Blast and Eddie’s end step to try and get rid of the Meddling Mage, but Eddie defended his creature with Force of Will, pitching another Force.
Joe simply played his land and passed the turn, and Eddie revealed Daze on his upkeep to flip his Delver of Secrets. When he attacked, Joe had another Red Elemental Blast, and this time he successfully removed Meddling Mage from the board. After combat, Eddie stuck an Umezawa’s Jitte, and shipped back.
After Joe again had no play on his own turn, Eddie equipped the Umezawa’s Jitte to his Insectile Aberration and attacked. Joe showed him Pyroblast, and Eddie had no responses. Joe untapped and cast a Jace, the Mind Sculptor, then used its Brainstorm ability before shipping the turn.
Eddie was able to get the planeswalker off the board with a Pyroblast of his own, and both players were back to parity. A turn cycle later, Joe attempted a Vendilion Clique on Eddie’s draw step, but Eddie countered it with a Pyroblast, then cast Stoneforge Mystic in his main phase, but had no more equipment left to search for.
Supreme Verdict swept the creature away, and Joe completed the lock afterward by casting Counterbalance to go with his Sensei’s Divining Top. Within a few turns, Eddie drew his fifth land, taking the opportunity to cast Batterskull, one of the only cards in his deck safe from the Counterbalance lock. Joe let it resolve, then activated the Top at Eddie’s end step to draw and cast Entreat the Angels. A pile of 4/4 Angels jumped into play, and just like that, it was on to game 3.
Eddie Solis 1, Joe Lossett 1
Eddie reviews his opponent's decklist between games.
Delver of Secrets showed up on turn 1 for Eddie, looking to get the beats started early. It flipped immediately, revealing Spell Pierce, and Joe fell to 17. Neither player cast a spell on their second turns, and the 3/2 flier attacked again, dropping Joe to 14. After combat Eddie attempted a Stoneforge Mystic. Joe Brainstormed in response, then allowed it resolve, and Batterskull arrived in Eddie’s hand.
Joe made a big move on turn 3, casting Sensei’s Divining Top and then Counterbalance. The lock would serve him well if he could clear the board, but in the meantime he still had Eddie’s beaters to contend with. Insectile Aberration and Stoneforge Mystic attacked, dropping Joe to 9, and Eddie followed up with a Meddling Mage. Joe blind-flipped on his Counterbalance, but it revealed Vendilion Clique, and the Mage shut off Supreme Verdict.
When Eddie attacked again, Joe attempted a Vendilion Clique to block. Eddie cast Pyroblast, but the Counterbalance flipped Swords to Plowshares to counter it. After the Counterbalance trigger, Eddie used a Daze to counter the Vendilion Clique, and Joe fell to 4.
With Supreme Verdict turned off, it was Terminus or bust for Joe. He Brainstormed, Brainstormed again, then played a Flooded Strand and passed. Eddie wasted no time making a lethal attack, and Joe responded by cracking his Strand and and spinning his Sensei’s Divining Top. He found no Terminus, and conceded the match.
Eddie Solis 2, Joe Lossett 1