Finals: John Suarez vs. Robert Lopuski
If I had told you that Punishing Jund and Imperial Painter were in the finals, what would you say? Well, say it! Because that’s what we have here in the finals of the Legacy Open in Baltimore!
Robert, on the play, led with Bayou and John led off with Ancient Tomb and Sensei’s Divining Top plus activation. Robert used Wasteland to help cast Dark Confidant on his second turn, to which John responded by resolving his turn two Blood Moon. Dark Confidant dropped John to 14, but John had Robert’s mana on lockdown with the enchantment. Magus of the Moon died to Punishing Fire to keep up Dark Confidant’s aggression, but it would be difficult to win without access to green or black mana.
Painter’s Servant naming blue and Sensei’s Divining Top entered play, and Lightning Bolt took out the 1/3 before Dark Confidant dropped John to 10. Dark Confidant set Robert’s life to 14, but the life total was nearly irrelevant as John untapped with a second copy of Painer’s Servant and then followed that up a turn later with Imperial Recruiter into Spellskite a turn later. Robert looked like he might die to his own Dark Confidant triggers as John resolved Spellskite to put a hammer lock on the board.
Back-to-back Bloodbraid Elf off the top meant Robert fell to 10, and all John had to do was sit behind his 0/4 Spellskite and few 1/1s and 1/3s. John then chained Recruiter into Recruiter into Recruiter to further his small but mighty army. With a hand full of Deathrite Shaman, Hymn to Tourach, Bloodbraid Elf, and equally powerful yet impossible to cast spells Robert scooped once John had used his shuffling 1/1s to reset his Sensei’s Divining Tops enough times to find the Grindstone he needed to win the game.
John 1, Robert 0.
“Now that’s nice.”
Likely able to cast a few more spells this game, John landed Blood Moon off of City of Traitors and Simian Spirit Guide. A second Deathrite Shaman entered play for Robert, while John resolved Grindstone on his turn. John played Sensei’s Divining Top for his turn, and the pair of 1/2s dropped John to 15 as Dark Confidant joined the fray. The race is on! Well, maybe a bit premature to say that as Lightning Bolt cleared out the Bob.
Ensnaring Bridge resolved for John, but with one card in hand the 1/2s could still attack for the turn. John only Top’d, played a land, and passed so the 1/2s dropped John to 11… and then a third Deathrite came down! Now the race is really on!
Imperial Recruiter dug up another Imperial Recruiter, and John went about shuffling and using Top to dig into the piece he needed to kill Robert. The trio of 1/2s dropped John to 8… but then Painter’s Servant came down, which when combined with Grindstone ends the game in very quick fashion. John Suarez is your Baltimore Legacy Open champion!
John 2, Robert 0.