Finals: Nic Harlow vs. Nate Anderson
Nic's playing the villain in today's show, with Delver+of+Secrets on turn 1. Llanowar+Elves from Nate, and the Delver on Nic’s side immediately flipped, revealing a disheartening Mana+Leak. Down to 17, Nate wasn’t surprised when Nic passed after playing a land.
Green Sun’s Zenith for one looked to develop Nate’s mana past the Leak, grabbing Birds+of+Paradise, and he followed with a second Birds. That would let him threaten a resolved Sword+of+War+and+Peace on the next turn! Nic drew, and Pondered. He played Seachrome+Coast and attacked for 3 more damage.
Nic allowed the Sword to resolve on the next turn, and Vapor Snagged Llanowar+Elves when it tried to attack. Still, the Sword could become a problem... Another attack dropped Nate to 10 life, and Nic passed with four untapped mana. Bonfire+of+the+Damned for 2 off the top earned Mana+Leak, but that left Nic vulnerable to a land and Sword+of+War+and+Peace, connecting to deal 5 damage and gain Nate 3 life.
Thought Scouring himself, Nic needed to get back ahead. Cavern+of+Souls for Angel, and Nic put Nate back to 3 life. The Sword undid that damage, and Nic Mana Leaked Daybreak Ranger in post-combat main before a Llanowar+Elves resolved. Playing a sixth land, Nic appeared to be flooded on lands.
Nate 1, Nic 0
Nate's Bonfires have been... timely, in this tournament.
A mulligan for Nic wasn’t ideal, and he kept his six without a turn1, just playing Seachrome+Coast. Nate also had no one-drop, but he drew Llanowar+Elves after Nate passed with just a land, and played the little guy. Third land for Nic, while Nate tried Strangleroot+Geist—it resolved. Nate was playing around Leak here by not jamming Huntmaster, debatably correct.
Phantasmal+Image copied Strangleroot+Geist on Nic’s side, and then did so again. He attacked with both Illusion-Spirits to deal 4, and passed turn tapped out. Now Nate could play whatever he wanted, and he led Huntmaster+of+the+Fells while keeping one up for Galvanic+Blast. Nic Pondered, trying to set up this board for his advantage.
He sent for 4 damage once again, putting Nate to14. Nic added Delver+of+Secrets to the board, but Galvanic+Blast slew it quickly. Green Sun’s Zenith for two from Nate gave him Strangleroot+Geist, and he swung with his team for 8. Nic replied with Gut+Shot on his own Image, bringing it back as a 3/3 Huntmaster and blocking to eat Nate’s when he failed to Combust and Green Sun’s Zenith. Reasonably large game... Kessig+Wolf+Run slew the Image that Nic attacked with, and he had no other plays. Nic blocked a Geist with his own on the next turn, bringing Image back as Geist once again. Nate resolved Sword+of+War+and+Peace then passed, Snapcaster+Mage for Ponder. Without Divine Offering or similar, soon, he’d be in big trouble. Shuffling the Ponder, Nic played a land and passed with one card in his hand. This didn’t look good... Nate put Sword on his Llanowar+Elves then sent everyone. Nic traded Snapcaster for a Geist and Snagged the Elves, while Nate gave his blocked Strangleroot trample to put Nic on 5.
Going to zero cards, Nic bought one more turn—except for the Bonfire+of+the+Damned Nate peeled to deal lethal!
Nate 2, Nic 0