Finals: Robert Berni vs. Todd Stevens
Robert has been the talk of the tournament with his G/r Devotion build utilizing Whisperwood Elemental and Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx. Can the Grand Prix Phoenix winner continue his rampage or will Todd pull the upset with Jeskai Tokens?
The finals started with both players playing temples and Robert sequenced a Sylvan Caryatid into a Polukranos, World Eater on his third turn while Todd Raised the Alarm at the end step. Todd played Hordeling Outburst and attacked for one, dropping Robert to 19. Robert played an Eidolon of Blossoms to draw a card and passed the turn. Todd killed the Eidolon with a Lightning Strike and attacked with his Soldiers. Robert blocked one with his 0/3 and went to 18.
Robert had a replacement Eidolon and passed after drawing his card. Todd, who was still on three lands with no blue source, played another Outburst and passed with a board of tokens. Robert attacked with his hydra and Todd chumped with a Soldier. Robert went for another Eidolon and Todd responded by killing Polukranos with a convoked Stoke the Flames. Robert drew two cards, added a Temple of Abandon to his mana base, and shipped the turn. Todd found another Mountain and played Soulfire Grand Master and killed an Eidolon to gain three life. Todd attacked with the team and dropped Robert to 13 after blocks took down a Goblin.
Robert deployed a Whisperwood Elemental and passed after manifesting his top card. Todd played a Monastery Mentor and passed with no attacks. Robert had another Eidolon to draw a couple cards and played Courser of Kruphix that drew him two more cards. Robert played his Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx off the top of his library and passed, while getting another manifest creature. Todd looked at his next card, but stuck on mana he conceded the game.
“Matchup is much easier when you’re a two-color deck,” Robert joked as he went to his sideboard.
Robert 1, Todd 0
Todd opened with a couple tapped lands and Robert had his Sylvan Caryatid on the second turn, which led into an Eidolon of Blossoms that Todd countered with a Disdainful Stroke. Todd passed after playing a land and Robert did the same after bottoming a card from his Temple of Abandon. Todd made some Goblins with a Hordeling Outburst and passed back with two open lands.
Robert went for a Whisperwood Elemental, but before the end step Todd killed it with a Stoke the Flames. Todd attacked with his Goblins and dropped Robert to 18 after a block from the 0/3. Robert went to 17 to fetch a Forest and went for a Genesis Hydra with X as five. Robert found a Nissa Worldwaker off the Hydra, but Todd kept it off the board with a Disdainful Stroke. Robert made a Forest a 4/4 and passed the turn, prompting Todd to hit Nissa for three with a Lightning Strike.
Todd untapped and killed Nissa while hitting Robert for two with his other Goblins. Robert sent the 4/4 at Todd, dropping him to 15, and played another Genesis Hydra for five, getting a free Polukranos, World Eater. Todd drew a card and considered his options before passing back with no play.
Robert activated Nykthos and activated Polukranos for five, but Todd responded with a Valorous Stance to destroy the hydra. Robert settled for attacking with his team and Todd chumped the Genesis Hydra while falling to 11 from the land. Todd again passed with no play and Robert attacked the same way, knocking Todd to 7 after he chumped the hydra. Robert played a post-combat Eidolon to draw a card and shipped the turn.
Todd got three more Goblins from a Hordeling Outburst and passed back. Robert used Nykthos to drop Ugin and Todd extended the hand.
Robert 2, Todd 0