Finals: Steve Kaufmann vs. Tyler Phelps
Jund has once more made it into the Open Series finals, but Steve Kaufmann has brought a wild card in R/G Aggro. With the play on his side, Steve was looking to convert first seed into the trophy.
Tyler was quickly sent back to sideboarding after game 1.
Stromkirk Noble into Firefist Striker gave Steve a strong lead, while Tyler played catch-up with tapped shocklands on turns 1 and 2. He fell to 15 on Steve’s third turn, with Flinthoof Boar entering the battlefield as a 3/3 but with no third land available to give it haste. Tyler tapped out on turn 3 to play Bonfire of the Damned for 1, clearing Striker.
Steve swung Tyler to 9 life and passed, a fistful of spells at the ready. When Tyler passed turn, Steve had Searing Spear in the end step and another on his own turn, locking up the game through Tyler’s Abrupt Decay before Tyler could even dream of casting Thragtusk.
Steve's hoping to capitalize on his first seed with R/G Aggro.
Steve 1, Tyler 0
Tyler had the play for the first and last time in game 2, opening on Overgrown Tomb while Steve played Mountain. Blood Crypt and no Farseek continued Tyler’s game, with Steve taking 2 for Rootbound Crag and casting Flinthoof Boar as a 3/3. Falling to 18, Tyler played a shockland and passed the turn, representing Putrefy.
He instead had Abrupt Decay for the Flinthoof Boar, and when Steve followed up with Firefist Striker it was Tragic Slip that slew the 2/1. No doubt he’d been hoping to snag Boros Reckoner here, but Tyler took what he could get before tapping out on turn 4 for Olivia Voldaren at the cost of a shockland.
Searing Spear cleared the Vampire, and Steve played another Firefist Striker. Bonfire of the Damned for 1 killed it, but Tyler was out of lands and ended the turn on just four, with one untapped. Boros Reckoner and Rakdos Cackler both came out to play on Steve’s next turn, with Searing Spear and then Tragic Slip from Tyler emptying the board of creatures once more.
Another Reckoner for Steve, while Tyler tapped five and cast Garruk, Primal Hunter. Making a 3/3 Beast, he passed back to Steve, leaving the aggro player with some decisions to make. The Reckoner attacked Garruk, meriting a chump block from Tyler but Ghor-Clan Rampager saw that the damage made it through, with 3 damage putting Tyler to 13.
Steve 2, Tyler 0