Finals: Mitch Gross vs. Rob Hunsaker
Rob had heard yesterday morning that Naya Hexproof had never won a Standard Open, and he took it as a challenge. Now he was just one match away from a trophy, but Mitch Gross and his Mono-Blue Devotion deck stood in his way!
Mitch takes a peek at his top card with Thassa, God of the Sea.
Rob led off with a turn 1 Gladecover Scout, and Mitch got onto the board immediately afterward with a Frostburn Weird. Rob had no play on his second turn, only a tapped Temple of Plenty, giving Mitch a window to put Thassa, God of the Sea into play. Rob put the pants on his Hexproof 1/1 and went to work, casting Madcap Skills and swinging in for 4. Mitch cast Nightveil Specter and passed, looking to hold the ground.
Unflinching Courage came down next, making the Gladecover Scout a 6/3, but when it attacked Mitch had a trick up his sleeve. He cast Rapid Hybridization on his Thassa, God of the Sea, netting a 3/3 Frog Lizard without losing his Thassa, then double blocked, killing off the creature in exchange for a Nightveil Specter. He untapped, cast Bident of Thassa, and attacked, netting some free cards and putting the pressure on Rob.
When Rob cast a Witchstalker on his next turn, Mitch responded with another Rapid Hybridization on his Thassa, then untapped and played Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx. This gave him enough mana to make his team unblockable, and he cracked in for lethal damage.
Mitch Gross 1, Rob Hunsaker 0
Rob is ready to rumble with his double-enchanted Gladecover Scout.
Mitch kicked things off with a turn 1 Cloudfin Raptor, and Rob’s first play was a turn 2 Bassara Tower Archer. Mitch had a Tidebinder Mage, but it couldn’t tap down the Hexproof threat, which left Rob in the clear to make a big play on turn 3. He cast Madcap Skills and Ethereal Armor on his Archer, bashing in for 7.
After considering his options, Mitch tapped out for Nightveil Specter and attacked with his other creatures, dropping Rob, who had taken quite a bit of damage from his lands, to 11. The 7/3 Bassara Tower Archer attacked again, and Mitch fell to 6. Witchstalker post-combat looked to hold the ground, and Rob passed back.
In a tough spot, Mitch swung with his fliers, dropping Rob to 6, then cast another Nightveil Specter. It wouldn’t be enough to keep him alive, however, as Rob showed him Selesnya Charm on his next attack step to trample over his blockers for lethal damage.
Mitch Gross 1, Rob Hunsaker 1
Both players took mulligans in the decider, and Mitch didn’t have a play for his first three turns. Rob had the bogeyman, Skylasher, on his second turn, and attempted to put Madcap Skills on it on his next turn, but Mitch had Dissolve. Mitch followed up with a lonely Master of Waves, making a single token, and Rob fired back with Unflinching Courage on his protection from blue creature, swinging in for 4.
Mitch had a Thassa, God of the Sea, and passed the turn. Rob put Ethereal Armor on his Skylasher and attacked, and Mitch looked to buy some time by bouncing the Unflinching Courage with Cyclonic Rift. The Skylasher dealt 3, and Rob played Bassara Tower Archer post-combat. When Mitch had a second Master of Waves for 3 more tokens, he attacked with his first token as a 3/2, and Rob traded off his unenchanted creature.
Rob Hunsaker 2, Mitch Gross 1