Finals: John Wallace vs. Adam Johnson
“I’m like twice your age.”
But age doesn’t mean a thing in the finals, where only play skill and luck of the draw will help these players emerge victorious!
Adam's R/G Aggro has been quite the Reckoning!
John had the play and led with Blood Crypt, while Adam had Rakdos Cackler. Turn two Farseek from John fixed and accelerated, while turn two he had… three total Cacklers! Quite the start here. Huntmaster of the Fells got back some life and provided chump blockers, but the onslaught continued as Ghor-Clan Rampager trampled over the chump blocking Wolf. But nighttime fell as John took his turn since no spell was cast, so one of the Cacklers hit the bricks.
“How many cards?”
“And they’re not good, because you’re playing aggro…”
John elected to play Bonfire of the Damned for two to clear Adam’s board, and Adam only had Burning-Tree Emissary for his turn. Ravager of the Fells attacked and dropped Adam to 10, and after Adam drew his fourth Hellrider(!) on only three lands, he scooped.
John 1, Adam 0.
John's Jund is Ravaging the opposition!
Adam took a mulligan, while John kept. Once he kept his six, Adam led things off with Rakdos Cackler. Blood Crypt allowed John to cast Pillar of Flame on the Cackler, but had no turn two play. Farseek from John threatened to put the game out of reach should he be able to start unloading his hand of high-impact fours and fives. A turn three without creatures further dug Adam deeper, and since Olivia Voldaren was John’s play Burning-Tree Emissary into Mizzium Mortars took care of the Vampire.
Thragtusk joined the party though, and yet another turn without a creature still wasn’t good. Thragtusk went on the offense, with life totals at 23-15. After paying two more life, Olivia number two came down… and also died to Mizzium Mortars. BTE dropped John to 19, but Thragtusk was winning the race (as ‘Tusk is want to do) after dropping Adam to 10. Liliana of the Veil used its -2 to make Adam sacrifice a creature on the next turn as well.
Rackdos Cackler not unleashed was a Last-Ditch Effort to survive for Adam, who needed everything to go right for him for the rest of the game to recover. Both players discarded to Liliana before the Cackler blocked the ‘Tusk for a turn, and John simply passed after that. Hellrider entered the battlefield for Adam, but Putrefy took down the Devil and after yet another Skullcrack came off the top Adam extended his hand.
John 2, Adam 0.