Finals: Laurence Moo Young vs. Thomas Hake
Like a zombie rising from the grave, Reanimator returned from the dead this weekend in the hands of Thomas Hake. This round, he finds himself battling his Griselbrands against fellow demon aficionado Laurence Moo Young and his Tombstalker-led BUG Delver deck. There is always a greater power. Whose demons will reign supreme?
Thomas is hoping to bring his tournament back to life after falling in the first game.
Laurence had the play but instantly mulliganed his opening hand. Fortunately for him, Thomas had to as well. After Thomas drew a card and did not play a land, Laurence correctly identified that he was trying to discard a fatty. Laurence then landed Deathrite+Shaman to prevent those shenanigans from occurring.
As it turned out, those ‘shenanigans’ were less a ploy and more simple mana issues. Lotus+Petal was Thomas’ play on his turn, and he had no follow up. Tarmogoyf joined the party the next turn, and after Thomas discarded Daze to his own maximum hand size limit it became a 2/3. A few Deathrite activations to remove instants and sorceries added to the ‘Goyf swings put Thomas under enough pressure to salt away the first game in short order.
Laurence 1, Thomas 0.
Thomas began with a turn one Pithing+Needle naming Liliana+of+the+Veil, which seemed to be fine by Laurence who dropped a turn one Deathrite+Shaman of his own. His plan became immediately apparent however when Show+and+Tell turn two was cast from the Reanimator pilot. Force+of+Will from Laurence attempted to Cancel those plans, and that worked… for now.
Laurence has the classic 'Goyf + 'Stalker + Delver plan down pat!
Laurence followed up with Ponder to get off the back foot and get some pressure going. He shuffled with the M12 common, then cast Tarmogoyf. The 4/5 would certainly suffice for Thomas’ purposes, and Thomas was not helped by the fact that he simply drew and passed his next turn.
Attack for four, down to 16. Delver+of+Secrets joins the party.
Exile Entomb, down to 7. Flip Delver.
Game. Laurence Moo Young is your Legacy Open champion!
Laurence 2, Thomas 0.