Finals: Paul Ewenstein vs. Dave Rice
Two favorable matchups against conventional decks put Dave Rice and his Veteran+Explorer was immediately sacrificed to Phyrexian+Tower, netting him a pair of lands while Dave could only find one due both to his deck’s lack of them and the fact that he had already drawn one. Liliana+of+the+Veil had the potential to seal the deal, but Dave was able to turn on his Life+from+the+Loam, thereby negating the planeswalker’s power.
Wasteland picked off the Phyrexian+Tower and Tarmogoyf gave Liliana something to munch on while Paul dug up Scavenging+Ooze with Green Sun’s Zenith to potentially shut off Life+from+the+Loam. Unfortunately for Paul, Dave’s deck was waiting with Seismic+Assault on top, and suddenly the ooze and Liliana were both dead.
Now without a way to shut off Life+from+the+Loam, Paul’s deck was forced into an anemic damage race with Strangleroot+Geists and a Veteran+Explorer that Dave refused to kill. A flurry of lands, cycles, dredges and draw steps later, Dave’s powerful enchantment had finished the job.
Dave 1, Paul 0
Strangleroot+Geist was an unimpressive start for Paul as it let Dave set up with a bunch of cycling lands and Dark+Confidant. Swords+to+Plowshares picked off the dangerous dude and let the geist slide in, but Dave had another Dark+Confidant waiting in the wings. Thrun%2C+the+Last+Troll provided a second body to get damage in, but the Dark+Confidant was able to dig up Life+from+the+Loam to really get the party started for Dave.
Dave Rice has made short work of his opponents with his Countryside+Crusher, Dave was able to stabilize at 6 life against Thrun and Strangleroot+Geist. A second Countryside+Crusher fully gummed up the board. Scavenging+Ooze put him safely out of range of a random haste creature, and then the fun started.
Land after land was milled by Countryside+Crusher, and Life+from+the+Loam plus cycling lands rocketed the giants up to massive sizes, allowing Dave to start pummeling Paul with them. Thrun did an admirable job of blocking the original, larger copy, but it wasn’t long before Paul’s flooded draw put him on the ropes. When he had to chump block with the Strangleroot+Geist and failed to replace it on his own turn, the fat lady started warming up.
More lands rolled off the top to feed the giants and Paul threw down his final card—a land, seemingly his twentieth—and extended the hand to the champion, Dave Rice.
Dave 2, Paul 0