Finals: Lloyd Kurth vs. Dustin Shiles
Lloyd Kurth had gone one match better than his semifinal finish this morning in the Standard Open, but he wasn’t satisfied yet, and was in the hunt for a trophy with Shardless BUG. His opponent, Dustin Shiles, brought Punishing Jund to the table.
Dustin and his Deathrite Shaman are on a mission.
After Lloyd spent his first turn suspending Ancestral Visions, Dustin fired off a Thoughtseize, seeing a hand of Verdant Catacombs, Abrupt Decay, Hymn to Tourach, Liliana of the Veil, Jace, the Mind Sculptor. Lloyd lost the Liliana of the Veil, and he lost two lands on his Dustin’s next turn when Dustin cast Hymn to Tourach. Lloyd cast a Hymn of his own, clearing away Abrupt Decay and Grove of the Burnwillows from Dustin’s hand, but Dustin simply played another copy of Grove of the Burnwillows and passed back.
The Ancestral Visions resolved, and Lloyd, still in the dark about Dustin’s hand, Lloyd cast Thoughtseize. He took Lightning Bolt and left Dustin with Punishing Fires and Diabolic Edict, then Wastelanded away Dustin’s Grove. Dustin drew and cast Dark Confidant, which was immediately Abrupt Decayed, and Lloyd suspended another Ancestral Visions before passing the turn back. Dustin found another Dark Confidant, but this one was swept away by a Toxic Deluge for 1. He found Deathrite Shaman next, and this one got to stick around, at least for a turn.
Lloyd drew and cast Shardless Agent, cascading into Baleful Strix. The Shardless Agent drew the Punishing Fire from Dustin, but Dustin had no good answer to Lloyd’s follow up Tarmogoyf. Lloyd’s second Ancestral Vision resolved, and he exploded onto the board with a pair of Shardless Agents finding a second Tarmogoyf and a second Baleful Strix. In the face of Lloyd’s overwhelming board advantage, Dustin conceded the first game.
Lloyd Kurth 1, Dustin Shiles 0
Dustin began the game with Bayou into Deathrite Shaman, while Lloyd had a turn 1 Thoughtseize, seeing Liliana of the Veil, Bloodbraid Elf, and a pair of Tarmogoyfs. He deprived Dustin of one Goyf, but the other came down on turn 2 anyway, and Deathrite Shaman did its best Squire impression, swinging in for one damage. Lloyd had a second Thoughtseize to take away the Liliana of the Veil, but he had no second land, and simply passed the turn, giving Dustin a window to cast a second Deathrite Shaman.
Lloyd drew and triumphantly cast a Deathrite Shaman of his own, declaring an impeding comeback. Dustin would have none of it, however, casting Bloodbraid Elf and cascading into another Tarmogoyf. Lloyd laughed and picked up his cards.
Lloyd Kurth 1, Dustin Shiles 1
Lloyd puzzles out a tricky Thoughtseize.
A Thoughtseize from Lloyd kicked things off in the decider, reveiling Dustin’s hand of Liliana of the Veil, Dark Confidant, Tarmogoyf, Surgical Extraction, Badlands, Bayou, and Wasteland. After some deliberation, he sent the Tarmogoyf to the graveyard. Dustin simply played his Bayou and passed, and Lloyd had a strong turn 2 of Deathrite Shaman, suspend Ancestral Visions. Dustin used Wasteland to destroy Lloyd’s Tropical Island, then attempted to Surgical Extraction it in Lloyd’s draw step, but Lloyd exiled it in response with his Deathrite Shaman.
Dustin had Dark Confidant next in a bid to get on the board, but Liliana of the Veil from Lloyd sent it to the bin. Dustin had a Lightning Bolt to finish off the Liliana, but no further play, and Lloyd tightened the screws with a second suspended Ancestral Visions and a 5/6 Tarmogoyf. Dustin had a Liliana of his own, and used its -2 ability to kill off the Deathrite Shaman. Lloyd plucked three fresh cards on his next upkeep when the first Ancestral Visions resolved, and opted to attack straight at Dustin rather than finishing off the Liliana, dropping him to 12.
Dustin Wastelanded Lloyd’s Bayou, leaving him with just a Swamp in play, but not before Lloyd responded with Abrupt Decay on the Liliana of the Veil. He used Surgical Extraction in Lloyd’s draw step to exile all of Lloyd’s Tarmogoyfs, seeing a hand full of spells. Lloyd could only pass, a single swamp in play and an Ancestral Vision suspended. Dustin had no play, only passing the turn back, and Lloyd flipped up a clutch Misty Rainforest, fetching Underground Sea and casting Baleful Strix. Dustin drew and cast Deathrite Shaman, but it didn’t last, as Lloyd had found his third land to cast another Liliana, forcing the sacrifice.
Dustin simply drew a land and passed, his bid to Wasteland Lloyd out of the game over, and the floodgates opened. Lloyd played a Shardless Agent cascading into uncastable Abrupt Decay, then played a second Shardless Agent on his next turn cascading into Hymn to Tourach. The first died to Maelstrom Pulse, and the second to Punishing Fire, but a third Shardless Agent found Deathrite Shaman for Lloyd, and a Wasteland to knock Dustin off of green mana sealed the deal. Having seen enough, Dustin extended the hand in defeat.
Lloyd Kurth 2, Dustin Shiles 1