Finals: Kyle Olson vs. Troy Thompson
Local legends Troy and Kyle are crowd favorites, talking with each other and the on-looking audience with calmness and serenity that belies the gravity of the situation: the SCG championship trophy. Will Omniscience or Knight+of+the+Reliquary rule the day?
Troy received the play and cast Preordain on turn one. Thoughtseize showed Kyle a hand of Preordain, Force+of+Will, Daze, Emrakul%2C+the+Aeons+Torn, Jace%2C+the+Mind+Sculptor, and Flooded+Strand. He selected the Preordain and passed. Troy played the Strand on his turn and passed right back. Sensei’s Divining Top was Kyle’s next play, but Troy attempted to Daze the artifact (hardcasting the instant). Kyle paid the tax and passed. Jace%2C+the+Mind+Sculptor on turn three off of City+of+Traitors allowed Troy to Brainstorm.
Kyle's enthusiasm is infectious!
“What am I putting back? I want all this stuff!”
Not exactly music to Kyle’s ears. A rough match had just become rougher, and he failed to find a land and could only Wasteland the Volcanic+Island on Troy’s side of the board. A Polluted+Delta found another Volcanic+Island, and Troy cast Burning+Wish for Show+and+Tell. Kyle untapped his lonely Swamp and activated Verdant+Catacombs off the top to attempt Stoneforge+Mystic, but Troy cast Force+of+Will removing Brainstorm.
Jace did its thing once again, and Troy passed. Kyle activated Sensei’s Divining Top on his upkeep with his Swamp, and he found Horizon+Canopy. He cast another Thoughtseize, but it was countered by Force+of+Will removing Daze. Jace once again dug deeper into his deck, and he cast Show+and+Tell putting Omniscience into play. Both Griselbrand and Emrakul%2C+the+Aeons+Torn came into play under Troy’s control.
Troy 1, Kyle 0.
“So your sideboard does nothing to me? Cool.”
This certainly was an uphill battle for Kyle.
Kyle cast Green Sun’s Zenith for zero, finding Dryad+Arbor, off of Bayou courtesy of Verdant+Catacombs. Polluted+Delta found Island and cast Ponder turn one for Troy. He did not shuffle, and passed back to Kyle. Basic Plains off of Marsh+Flats aided in casting Thalia%2C+Guardian+of+Thraben, which resolved. The Dryad attacked for one before Kyle ended his turn. Troy dropped another Island and cast a two-mana Preordain before ending his second turn.
Kyle played Bojuka+Bog and Stoneforge+Mystic, which found Batterskull, and attacked for three, dropping Troy to 15. Troy cast Pithing+Needle off of City+of+Traitors, naming Stoneforge+Mystic. He also cast Preordain number three, Scrying both to the bottom of his library.
Nok for Kyle, but he did have Wasteland for City+of+Traitors. Four damage trickled in for Kyle, and he cast Gaddock+Teeg before ending his turn. Facing a pair of hate bears and a brace of 1-power creatures, Troy cast Brainstorm off of another City of Traitors’ helpful mana. Lotus+Petal put the other colorless mana to good use before Troy passed. Kyle attacked for six, dropping Troy to 5, and Stoneforge+Mystic did not go grab anything. Troy used Scalding+Tarn to grab Volcanic+Island and cast Burning+Wish for Pyroclasm, clearing the board of troublesome animals.
Kyle untapped and hardcast Batterskull. Troy cast Show+and+Tell on his turn, which put Omniscience into play… but Thalia%2C+Guardian+of+Thraben was the card that Kyle put into play! Now with lethal damage for Kyle and with Troy unable to pay the Thalia tax, he scooped up his cards and the players headed to the final game.
Troy 1, Kyle 1.
“So about that sideboard that does nothing…”
Troy's is intense in his preparations for the finals!
As the clock struck midnight, Troy led with Flooded+Strand. Kyle played Scrubland and Mox+Diamond, discarding Wasteland. Thoughtseize from Kyle revealed Lotus+Petal, a pair of City+of+Traitors, Pithing+Needle, and a pair of Brainstorms. Thoughtseize took one of the Brainstorms, and a second Thoguhtseize prompted Troy to crack his fetchland to cast the one remaining Brainstorm in hand. The Lorwyn rare snagged Pithing+Needle as its target, and Kyle passed.
Scalding+Tarn and Lotus+Petal came down for Troy on his next turn. Kyle cast Dark+Confidant on his turn two, but had no land drop for the turn. Troy played Volcanic+Island number two and thought long and hard about his next play. He decided to cast Burning+Wish, snagging Time+of+Need from his sideboard. Lotus+Petal sacrificed for green mana and the Kamigawa tutor found the flying spaghetti monster itself, Emrakul%2C+the+Aeons+Torn. Kyle dropped Marsh+Flats and attacked for two with Bob and then had Thoughtseize number three to take out the Show+and+Tell hiding in Troy’s hand. Kyle added Thalia%2C+Guardian+of+Thraben to the mix and passed. Troy could only muster a City+of+Traitors for the turn. Kife totals stood at 11 for Kyle and 16 for Troy.
The pair of 2/1s dropped Troy to 12, and an Extirpate off the top from Bob took out Show+and+Tells from his deck. Show+and+Tell was actually Troy’s draw for the turn (how lucky!) and Daze and Emrakul were stranded in Troy’s hand. Kyle dropped to 8 life after revealing another Dark+Confidant, and once again four damage rumbled into Troy. Post combat, Kyle Pithing+Needle (naming Jace, the Mind sculptor) and he ended his turn. Troy frantically Brainstormed on his turn, finding Burning+Wish and acquiring Show+and+Tell from his sideboard.
Kyle 2, Troy 1.