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%2C+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