Finals: Michael Rooks vs. Todd Anderson
Most of you know Seachrome+Coast and Ponder for Todd left the top three in place, and ended his turn. Michael had just Dragonskull+Summit to start the game, and Todd fell to 18 for Porcelain+Legionnaire in short order. Blackcleave Cliffs enabled Shrine+of+Burning+Rage on Michael's side, but that meant he'd be losing some life this turn.
Legionnaire thunked in for 3 damage, and Todd added Geist of Saint Traft to the board. â€œDon't Slagstorm me, bro!â€ Todd chanted, and all Michael had was another Shrine plus Galvanic+Blast on Legionnaire. Unfortunately for Michael, Mental+Misstep defended the 3/1 and that meant a ton more damage.
Todd attacked Michael for 9, leaving him on 8 life and dead to these threats without some interaction. Gitaxian+Probe after a Ponder revealed Mortarpod, Go for the Throat, and two Brimstone+Volley. Shrugging, Todd added Delver+of+Secrets to his board and passed, not quite lethal yet. Michael dropped Mortarpod and crossed his fingers, but Todd flipped Vapor+Snag off the top of his library. â€œI'm pretty sure you're deadâ€¦â€ Todd said, and Michael agreed.
Todd 1, Michael 0
"Do you mind if we pause for a chocolate milk break?"
Now Michael had the play, and plenty of sideboarded cards to boot. Todd's turn 1 Delver+of+Secrets on the draw was quickly trumped by Michael Mortarpod on the second turn, and Todd's pass on turn 2 gave Chandra's Phoenix free reign of the board. He tapped out to land Geist+of+Saint+Traft after taking 2 from the Phoenix, but was already in an awkward spot.
Michael swung with the Phoenix and cast Whipflare, passing the turn with a single mana upâ€”he'd definitely hoped for an untapped land to enable Mortarpod's equip! Todd shrugged, casting a second Geist. Michael had the immediate reply in Whipflare the second ,killing Geist. His Galvanic+Blast to the face resurrected Chandra%27s+Phoenix, and Michael swung in for 2 damage.
Todd created a Spirit token during that end step and untapped into Oblivion+Ring on the Phoenix, removing it from the game and reversing the race. He added Delver+of+Secrets to the board and passed, hoping Michael was out of sweepers.
Devil%27s+Play removed the Delver, and Ghost+Quarter destroyed Todd's tapped Moorland+Haunt, reducing him to just the 1/1 Spirit token. Of course, Sword+of+War+and+Peace off the top made that threat far more imposing! Todd swung in for a bunch of damage, and Michael found himself forced to Brimstone+Volley Todd in order to get something going. He wasn't going to race that Sword with a grip full of burn, so dumping it became a priority.
The next attack from Todd left Michael on 8 life, and Delver of Secrets picked up the Sword this time. Casting another Mortarpod, Michael appeared open for businessâ€”Todd moved his Sword to a Spirit token to bait out the Pod pop, and then swung through with Delver before casting Geist of Saint Traft. That represented a lethal clock plenty of times over!
Slagstorm off the top of the deck couldn't stop that Delver of Secretsâ€”Sword of War and Peace had single-handedly turned this game on its ear.
Todd 2, Michael 0