Finals: Max Tietze vs. Philip Bertorelli
U/W Control. Mono Red. Two of the biggest archetypes this weekend are meeting in the finals. Who will come out on top?
Max is hoping for another trophy to be Divined!
Max was on the play and led with an Island while Phillip came out swinging with Rakdos Cackler on turn one, Gorehouse Chainwalker turn two, and Firefist Striker and Rakdos Cackler turn three. What a start! Max didn’t play a spell until Divination on his third turn, but he fell to 14 and only had three Islands for lands so Supreme Verdict wouldn’t come for a turn or two. Jace, Architect of Thought used his +1 to Cumber Stone, but the beats kept coming as Lightning Strike and some attackers combined to knock out the Jace as well as drop Max to 11.
Max played a second Jace to -1/-0 Philip’s team, but Philip’s draw was too strong. Magma Jet dropped Jace to three loyalty, then Chandra’s Phoenix joined the party to kill off that Jace as well as drop Max to 9. Max, who only had a quintet of Islands right now and therefor probably couldn’t cast Supreme Verdict (barring the judge ruling that Mystic Gate would be legal for this finals match) cast Divination instead to try to find a Plains for his Detention Sphere. Finding none, he scooped.
Philip 1, Max 0.
Max led with a Plains and Mutavault this time to drop an early Ratchet Bomb, while Burning-Tree Emissary into Magma Jet was Philip’s first play. After some deft scrying, he passed to Max. Max only had white mana so far this game, and Yoked Ox joined the party to stave off early attacks from the 2/2. A different 2/2 Chandra’s Phoenix, dropped Max to 16 on Philip’s third turn.
Philip is hoping to Strike gold!
Once more, Max had mana issues, missing his fourth land drop and missing a color.
Chandra, Pyromancer dealt a damage and prevented the 0/4 from blocking, so even more damage came through unimpeded and Max fell to 11. Max found blue mana, but it was in the form of Hallowed Fountain so it hurt a little bit, which against the red deck would matter a lot. Philip activated Chandra to put Max into Hidgetsugu’s Second Rite range, then attacked. Max cast Azorius Charm to put Burning-Tree Emissary on top of Philip’s deck, but that allowed Gorehouse Chainwalker to hit the board without fear of a counterspell. Max sat at a very precarious 6 life.
Max used Ratchet Bomb to kill Chandra before passing, and before he untapped Philip cast Magma Jet to hit Max for two life and, should he so choose, put Burning-Tree Emissary on the bottom of his deck. Max decided that was worth countering, so when Philip cast Burning-Tree then cast Fanatic of Mogis the devotion finished off Max. Devotion gets the last turn win, and Philip Bertorelli is your very first Theros Standard Open champion here in Worcester!
Philip 2, Max 0.