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, the Aeons Torn, Jace, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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.