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%2C+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%2C+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!