Finals: Reid Duke vs. Gerard Fabiano
These two close friends and titans of the Open Series have a whopping eight SCG Open trophies between them. Would it be Ashiok%2C+Nightmare+Weaver to work.
Reid got the party started with a turn 1 Cloudfin+Raptor, while Gerard simply played a Temple+of+Deceit and passed the turn. Reid had no turn 2 play, and a Thoughtseize from Gerard exposed what was going on: Nightveil+Specter, Nyxthos, shrine to Nyx, and a pair of Thassa%2C+God+of+the+Seas sitting in Reid’s hand. After some deliberation, Gerard cleared out the Nightveil+Specter. Thassa predictably came into play on Reid’s next turn, and Gerard untapped and Thoughtseized away the backup copy, leaving Reid with just an Island in hand.
Reid scryed with his Thassa and found a threat, a Tidebinder+Mage, which grew his Cloudfin+Raptor to ½ and allowed him to start attacking. Gerard untapped and cleared away the Thassa with a Detention+Sphere. He took 3 from Reid’s creatures on his turn, falling to 10, then cast Supreme+Verdict. Reid had no play, and Gerard fired off a Sphinx’s Revelation for 4 on his next main phase, finding a land to play and passing the turn in commanding position, with a full hand against Reid’s empty board.
Nightveil+Specter showed up for Reid, but Gerard had a pair of Azorius+Charms, so it showed up two more times over the next few turns. On its third try, Gerard cleared it away with a Devour+Flesh. Gerard responded to Reid’s Judge’s Familiar with a Sphinx’s Revelation for 6. Gerard untapped and played Elspeth, Sun’s Champion, and went to work making 1/1 tokens.
Reid had no plays over the next several turns, and Gerrard slowly accumulated Soldier tokens. When Gerard swung in for the kill with his Soldier army, Reid tried for an overloaded Cyclonic+Rift, but Gerard was ready with Dissolve, and Reid picked up his cards for the next game.
Frostburn+Weird on turn 2 was the first play of the game for Reid, and Nightveil+Specter came right behind it on turn 3. When the Frostburn+Weird attacked, Gerard put it back on top with Azorius+Charm, then untapped and cast Ashiok%2C+Nightmare+Weaver, exiling it along with two lands. The Nightveil+Specter attacked Gerard, and netted another copy of Ashiok%2C+Nightmare+Weaver.
Gerard: “Ooh, dueling Ashioks. THAT’S what the crowd wants to see!”
It wasn’t to be, however, Devour+Flesh cleared away the Specter after Reid cast a Thassa%2C+God+of+the+Sea. Gerard’s Ashiok continued to tick up, and Reid, with no threats in play, could do nothing to pressure it. Within a few turns, Gerard was able to Ultimate the Ashiok, exiling a handful of Gainsays and Dissolves out of Reid’s hand. He cast a Nightveil+Specter and, on his next turn, cast a Master+of+Waves off of it. He passed the turn with a rapidly growing planeswalker and a board of Elemental Tokens.
Reid had some tricks left up his sleeve, however, and cast an overloaded Cyclonic+Rift when Gerard next attacked. Not wanting to give Reid a Master+of+Waves, Gerard targeted himself with Devour+Flesh in response to kill it off, but he was forced to pick up his cards. Gerard began the process of rebuilding, however, recasting his Nightveil+Specter, his Ashiok (which met Dissolve) and then slamming Archangel+of+Thune into play. Reid had no threats of his own, however, and an Elspeth, Sun’s Champion sealed the deal for Gerard.