Finals: Scott Lipp vs. Barry Smith
Two old friends and card store owners square off in the finals. Will Scott take it down with G/W Aggro or will Barry’s Jund Super Villains build triumph?
Barry sideboards after taking Game 1.
Scott shipped his opener and Barry kept his seven-card hand. Scott grimaced and sent back his six, “this is not the time to go to five,” he said.
Scott shrugged and kept his five and kicked things off with a Forest while Barry had a temple. Scott had a Mana Confluence and a Fleecemane Lion to apply some early pressure. Barry shocked himself to use a Mizzium Mortars on the Lion but Scott replaced it with a Loxodon Smiter. Barry shocked again to use a Hero’s Downfall on the elephant and passed. Scott played another Lion and Barry matched with a Courser of Kruphix that let him play a land off the top for a life.
Scott sent in the Lion and knocked Barry to 14 then played a Voice of Resurgence. Barry got another land off the Courser to reveal a Xenagos, the Reveler then played a Vraska the Unseen to kill the Lion. Scott played a Plains and passed. Barry got another free land off the Courser and shipped the Caryatid he revealed to the bottom to reveal a Mortars. Barry upped Vraska and deployed Xenagos to make a Satyr and attacked his with his Courser, but Scott flashed in a Wurm to kill it.
Scott attacked Xenagos with the Wurm and sent the Voice at Barry so Barry traded the Satyr with the front half of the Voice and put Xenagos in his graveyard. Barry used Vraska to kill the Wurm and played another Vraska, which he ticked up. Scott had another Wurm at the end of the turn. Scott played a Voice and attacked Barry for 8 to knock him down to 8.
Barry used Vraska to kill the Wurm and a Downfall to kill the other Voice then played a Xenagos to get another Satyr. Scott played a Smiter and sent his Elemental tokens at Vraska to kill it off. Barry overloaded Mortars to wipe Scott’s board then attacked with a hasty Satyr. Scott played a land and passed. Barry made another Satyr and attacked Scott down to 10. Barry played Chandra, Pyromaster and ticked her up to knock Scott to 9 and ended his turn with a Caryatid.
Scott found another land, but no play and passed. Barry knocked Scott to 3 then to 2 with Chandra and added a Courser to Kruphix and passed. Scott flashed in a Satyr and knew he had a chance with an Ajani, Caller of the Pride off the top, but drew a blank and scooped up his cards,
Barry 1, Scott 0
Scott looks over Barry’s decklist between games.
Scott again had no Turn-1 play but did have a Fleecemane Lion after Barry dropped a temple. Barry had a Sylvan Caryatid on his second turn so Scott attacked for three and passed after playing a land. Barry added a temple and passed as Scott flashed in a Boon Satyr. Scott sent in his creatures and Barry had a Golgari Charm for the Satyr, but Scott had a Gods Willing to knock Barry down to 10. Scott passed again with three mana up.
Barry had yet another temple and had no play so Scott made a Knight with a charm and Barry responded with another charm of his own to kill the Satyr. Scott attacked with his Knight and Lion so Barry put his 0/3 in front of the Reid Duke token so Scott used another charm of his liking to buff the Knight and drop Barry to 6. Scott ended his turn after adding a Loxodon Smiter to his board.
Barry found a Courser of Kruphix and played a land from his to go to 7 and get rid of the revealed Caryatid to show an Abrupt Decay on top. Scott made his Lion Monstrous and attacked with his board, forcing a chump of a 4/4 with a Courser and knocking Barry down to 1. Barry drew his Decay and thought a moment before conceding the game.
Barry 1, Scott 1
Both were happy with their openers and Barry started off the final game off the tournament with a temple and Scott shocked himself for a Temple Garden for an Experiment One. Barry shocked himself and passed. Scott went for a Voice of Resurgence so Barry responded with a Golgari Charm to kill the Ooze. Barry added a Courser of Kruphix to his board, revealing an Abrupt Decay.
Scott used a Banishing Light on the Courser and attacked Barry down to 16 with his Voice. Barry played a temple then used a Mizzium Mortars on the elk. Scott played an Experiment One and a Lion to evolve it and attacked for 3. Barry shocked himself to play an untapped Blood Crypt and used another Mortars on the Lion, then an Abrupt Decay on the Experiment One, leaving Scott with an Elemental token.
Scott untapped and played Advent of the Wurm to attack for 2 with the token. Barry had another temple to scry and used a Hero’s Downfall on the Wurm. Scott played a land and bestowed a Boon Satyr on the token to knock Barry to 4. Barry used Putrefy on the token on Scott’s upkeep, so Scott attacked with Satyr for the win.
Scott 2, Barry 1