Finals: Michael Dye vs. David Palmer
“I finally get to use my sideboard cards!” David Palmer said excitedly regarding the Life’s Finale and Ghost Quarters in his sideboard. He sobered quickly after losing the die roll and taking a mulligan while Michael Dye kept his opener of two land, two Rampant Growth, Elesh Norn, Green Sun’s Zenith and Acidic Slime.
David Palmer's Planeswalkers have him all the way to the finals.
Dye got his ramp on but whiffed on a land for his third turn. He was able to keep up the pace with the second Rampant Growth, but both players were stumbling around with their mana as David was on one of each basic. Michael rolled a mental die for Acidic Slime, settling on killing a Swamp, but Isolated Chapel replaced it.
Solemn Simulacrum added some pressure to the board, but Sorin, Lord of Innistrad looked to keep them at bay. That changed when a pair of Green Sun’s Zeniths got Dye’s Strangleroot Geists and his team smashed in on Sorin. The vampire token traded with one half of a geist so that Day of Judgment could sweep most of Michael’s team away, but Elesh Norn put the pressure right back on him.
Michael 1, David 0
David went on the offensive this game, striking first with Liliana of the Veil for turbo discard. He followed up with some land destruction, using Beast Within on Copperline Gorge to keep Michael off of his game plan. Gideon Jura, Elspeth Tirel and Curse of Death’s Hold snowballed the Palmer into an overpowering position, and when Liliana of the Veil wiped out all of Michael’s nonland permanents, we were on to game three.
Michael Dye is pretty happy to be in the finals with his G/W Wolf Run Ramp.
Michael 1, David 1
Another turn two went by with no ramp from Michael, but he found Viridian Emissary with Green Sun’s Zenith on turn three to start up the beats. Solemn Simulacrum doubled the threat, but Garruk Relentless made a wolf to hold the fort for David. The wolf traded with Viridian Emissary and Garruk fell to one loyalty. Gideon Jura was a real threat on Michael’s side, but Sorin, Lord of Innistrad evened it up as David was able to pump out multiple tokens in a turn.
Primveal Titan was a huge follow up, fetching two copies of the card David feared most: Kessig Wolf Run. David had the answer, miraculously, in both copies of Ghost Quarter to shut down the deadly land. Plan A shut down, Michael decided to shift gears to the poison plan. He attacked with Sorin with Primeval Titan, digging out a pair of the infectious land and dropping Sorin, but falling to a deathtouched wolf at the same time.
Trading Gideon Juras was not the turn David was looking for, and a replacement Primeval Titan was a huge blow to David’s chances as it plucked the last Inkmoth Nexus out of his deck. Michael’s army wiped out David’s board and after another draw step David revealed a hand of four lands and extended the other.
Michael Dye wins the match 2-1 and is your StarCityGames.com Standard Open Champion!