Finals: Trevor Humphries vs. Dylan Murphy
Dylan Murphy has been riding the Mono-Red aggression all the way to the finals. Would it carry him one match further, or would Trevor make it back-to-back Open Series trophies for the Jeskai Way?
Dylan stokes the flames.
Firedrinker+Satyr got the party started immediately for Dylan, while Trevor quickly got on board with a turn 2 Seeker+of+the+Way. Dylan added Frenzied+Goblin to his board and attacked for 2, but didn’t have a second land. Trevor wasted no time getting in with his Seeker, using a Jeskai+Charm in “4 damage” mode to trigger the lifegain. Dylan had Foundry+Street+Denizen next, and another attack, dropping Trevor to 18, but was still without a land.
Trevor went for the same play a second time, attacking with Seeker+of+the+Way and using Jeskai+Charm to hit Dylan for 4 damage, dropping him to 6. Dylan was able to tap out on his next turn to use Stoke+the+Flames to clear the Seeker+of+the+Way from the board, but the damage was done—Chandra%2C+Pyromaster came down next to ping Dylan for one and his Firedrinker+Satyr for another one, leaving Dylan at 4. Dylan attacked the Chandra with his creatures, but a second planeswalker, Sarkan, Dragonspeaker, showed up to fly over for the last 4 points of damage.
Trevor Humphries 1, Dylan Murphy 0
Trevor brings the Brimaz beats.
Frenzied+Goblin led the charge for Dylan. He cast it on turn 1 then enchanted it with a Dragon+Mantle on turn 2, attacking for 1. When he came in a second time, Trevor used Magma+Jet to burn it away, and Dylan replaced it with a Foundry+Street+Denizen. Trevor put the brakes to Dylan’s aggression on his turn 3, adding Brimaz%2C+King+of+Oreskos to his board.
Dylan cast another Frenzied+Goblin and buffed it up with a Hammerhand, but took the hit when Brimaz came swinging again. Trevor passed the turn with mana up, and when Dylan added a Monastery+Swiftspear to his board, enabling a potential Stoke+the+Flames, Trevor responded with a flurry of burn spells, killing off the Frenzied+Goblin and Foundry+Street+Denizen with a Magma+Jet and a Lightning+Strike. This left Dylan defenseless as Trevor untapped and cast Mantis+Rider, jamming in for 8 points of damage.
A third land, in conjunction with the Monastery+Swiftspear, gave Dylan the resources he needed to cast his Stoke+the+Flames on his next turn, dealing with Brimaz. The damage was done, however, as the Mantis+Rider and pair of Cat Soldier tokens attacked again dropping Dylan to 3, and Trevor flashed a Lightning+Strike to close things out.
Trevor Humphries 2, Dylan Murphy 0