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%2C+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%2C+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%2C+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%2C+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%2C+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