Finals: Kent Ketter vs. Mike Kenney
Kent and Mike had to face a field full of Mono-Black Devotion, Mono-Blue Devotion, U/W Control, and G/R Monsters. But they’re both here in the finals of SCG Columbus with Boros decks, Devotion on one side and what Mike calls “Big Boros” on the other. Which member of the Legion can take the trophy home?
Ketter chained many creatures, but it wasn't enough in Game 1.
“I’ll be on the play.”
Mike pondered his hand for a moment before taking a big sigh and a mulligan. But Kent did as well, so he wasn’t too upset about it. Once both players kept keepable sixes, they both began with both colors of mana in play, Kent using a Temple to scry and keep. Ken’t deck, being the more aggressive of the two, had the first non-land play of the game in Ash Zealot, which Kent parried with Chained to the Rocks. Chandra’s Phoenix was Mike’s next play, and he used his hasty 2/2 to get in on the damage action. Kent found a Boros Reckoner of his own for turn four, to which Kent then responded on his turn by dropping not only a second Phoenix, but also Chained to the Rocks.
All these Minotaurs becoming part of the chain gang!
Kent paused to ponder his position, then cast Burning-Tree Emissary and Mizzium Mortars to clear out one of the 2/2 flyers. Ash Zealot kept marching on, dropping Mike to 12. Another Chained to the Rocks took care of the Phoenix… but another hasty flyer, Stormbreath Dragon, came down instead. Kent had to try to race the 4/4 now, as it dropped him to 10, so he cast Purphoros, God of the Forge and hoped to survive. He did, falling to 6 from the Dragon on Mike’s turn, but he had to somehow maneuver around yet another 3/3 Minotaur Wizard to get in for the last few points of damage (Mike sat at 8 life).
He could not see a way to do so given his hand and board state, and scooped.
Mike 1, Kent 0.
Both players, once again, decided to mulligan. Kent commented that he’d mulliganed quite a bit with the deck.
“Well, it’s a bit of a glass cannon,” commented Mike.
Kenney and his lone Mutavault powered to victory.
“I prefer ‘combo,’” responded Kent, jokingly.
Kent decided to keep, while Mike mulliganed to five. But he had mulled to five and won in this top 8 already, so he was unfazed and was confident in his five. Once the players kept, Kent led with Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx.
Not the strongest turn one land ever…
He found the Temple of Triumph just in time on turn two, then turn three killed off Mike’s Young Pyromancer. But he failed to find a third land for quite a while, as Mike developed his mana to the point where he cast Stormbreath Dragon on turn five. Mortars number two took care of that Dragon, and Mike found himself with six lands but no non-land permanents in play.
Fortunately for him, that was better than Kent could muster as well. He drew and drew, and eventually had to discard. Mike found Mutavault as land number seven to get some damage in, dropping Kent to 14. That was when Kent found Sacred Foundry, which he played tapped. Mike used Magma Jet to fix his draw and inch closer to the win, setting life totals at 20-10 with another Mutavault attack into the red zone.
Boros Charm was then used to drop Mike to 16, but that’s not exactly where Kent wanted to be right now as Mutavault entered the red zone for more damage. To 8 Kent fell, and with an untapped Sacred Foundry he dropped to 6. Burning-Tree Emissary into Boros Reckoner provided a bit of defense on the ground, but Magma Jet at end of turn scryed even more cards to the bottom of Mike’s deck, and a Stormbreath Dragon through the air meant he had the victory.
Mike Kenney is your Columbus Standard Open champion!
Mike 2, Kent 0.