Finals: Vidianto Wijaya vs. Caleb Scherer
Vidianto Wijaya ponders his next move!
Since Vidianto is our first seed overall, he chooses to play. Caleb keeps his opening seven while Vidanto mulligans to six and places his scry to the bottom. The Finals of the Las Vegas Invitational are under way!
Vidanto leads with a tapped Shambling Vent and Caleb has the Turn 1 Warden of the First Tree off of a Llanowar Wastes. All Vidianto has for his second turn is a tapped Prairie Stream and a pass. Caleb levels his Ward and attacks, passing the turn back.
Vidanto has a Jace, Vryn's Prodigy for his third turn, but misses his third land drop, having to pass back to Caleb. Another attack with the leveled Warden is followed by a second Warden of the First Tree and a tapped Shambling Vent.
A Jace, Vryn's Prodigy loot for Vidianto discards a Painful Truths, and then Vidianto finally plays his third land and passes back to Caleb. Attacks with both Wardens is taken by Vidianto, and Caleb tries to cast a third Warden of the First Tree, but that's countered by a Scatter to the Winds. Vidianto plays a land and passes to Caleb, who levels his second Warden on Vidianto's end step.
The Wardens serve in again, but one pays the Ultimate Price while the other is blocked by Jace. Jace loots, transforming into Jace, Telepath Unbound. Caleb tries to cast his fourth Warden of the First tree, but that is countered by a Silumgar's Scorn.
On Vidianto's turn, Jace flashes back a Ultimate Price to kill the last Warden of the First Tree, and then Vidianto passes. Caleb animates a Shambling Vent to kill Jace, and then passes back to Vidianto, who casts Dig Through Time on Caleb's end step. On his own turn, Vidianto casts a Dragonlord Ojutai, tapping out. Seizing the opportunity, Caleb resolves a Siege Rhino, draining Vidianto's life total at the same time.
Vidianto attacks with Dragonlord Ojutai on his turn, and Caleb tries to kill it before it deals damage with a Murderous Cut, but Vidianto has the Silumgar's Scorn to counter it. Vidianato gets a Foul-Tongue Invocation off of the Dragonlord hit, and uses it to kill the Rhino and gain some life. For his turn, Caleb decides to Abzan Charm the Dragonlord Ojutai, exiling from the game.
A Painful Truths for three nets Vidanto three cards, and he passes the turn back. Caleb takes the opportunity to cast a Gideon, Ally of Zendikar and make a 2/2 Ally Knight token. However, the Gideon is not long for this world, as it meets its Utter End. The Ally Knight token gets in one more attack before it also pays the Ultimate Price as well.
Both players are down to very few cards in hand, but Vidianto plays his draw for the turn: a Dragonlord Ojutai. Draw-go by Caleb and an attack from the Dragonlord is stopped by a timely Abzan Charm by Caleb. On his turn, Caleb animates a Shambling Vent and attacks Vidianto, who animates his own Shambling Vent to block. But before blockers are declared, Caleb tries to cast Dromoka's Comand to put a +1/+1 counter on his Vent and fight Vidianto's creature land, but Vidianto has a Foul-Tongue Invocation to stop anything unpleasant from happening to him.
Both players trade Shambling Vent attacks for quite some time, until finally Caleb draws and casts a Siege Rhino. Vidianto has an equally good topdeck in Jace, Vryn's Prodigy. Trying to put the game away, Caleb animates and attacks with both his Siege Rhino and a Shambling Vent, but Vidianto double blocks with his two Shambling Vents. On his turn, Vidianto transforms his Jace, flashes back a Dig Through Time, and casts a Dragonlord Silumgar to steal Caleb's Siege Rhino. Caleb concedes the game instead of facing down his own Rhino.
Vidianto wins Game 1 and is two games away from being crowned champion!
After sideboarding, Caleb chooses to be on the play. Vidianto keeps his opening seven, while Caleb mulligans to six.
Caleb starts with a fetchland, getting a tapped Horizon Canopy, while Vidianto has a tapped Shambling Vent. A second turn Warden of the First Tree from Caleb and a tapped Shambling Vent is met with a fetchland from Vidianto.
Warden of the First Tree attacks Vidianto for one damage, and then Caleb plays a face-up Den Protector and a tapped Shambling Vent. For his turn, Vidianto fetches an Island, plays another Island, and casts Painful Truths for two. During his discard step, he discards a Jace, Vryn's Prodigy.
More attacks from Caleb, as both the Warden and the Den Protector get in for damage, followed by a Siege Rhino to really put on the pressure. Vidianto plays a Prairie Stream and passes back to Caleb, who continues his attacking ways, this time animating his Shambling Vent to attack Vidianto. Vidianto has an Utter End for the Rhino, followed by the a Crucible of Worlds to kill the rest of Caleb's creatures.
However, Caleb still has more gas in the tank, as he dashes in a Pitiless Horde for lethal, haste damage.
Caleb wins Game 2 to tie up the match, 1-1!
Both players keep their opening seven, and we're down to best 2-out-of-3 to decide the championship!
Players trade land drops until Vidianto plays a second turn Jace, Vryn's Prodigy. Caleb also has a second turn play in the form of Snapping Gnarlid. A Jace loot discards another Jace, and Vidianto passes the turn without a third land drop.
Caleb plays a land and attacks Vidianto for three, followed by casting an Anafenza, the Foremost. Another Jace loot by Vidianto, but again he misses his third land drop and has to pass. Caleb, sensing blood in the water, plays a fetchland and attacks with both the Snapping Gnarlid and the Anafenza, dealing nine damage in the attack. Caleb follows that all up with a Siege Rhino, really putting the pressure on Vidianto.
Vidianto trys one more time with Jace to find a third land and does, discarding an Utter End and playing the Polluted Delta that he found and passing the turn. Caleb plays a land and attacks with the team, which prompts a concession from Vidianto.
Caleb wins Game 3, and is one game away from winning the match and the championship!
Caleb Scherer concentrates on his plays!
Vidianto will be on the play for Game 4 to try to push this match to a fifth, deciding game. Both players keep their opening seven.
Once again, tapped lands for both players for Turn 1, but Caleb has a face-up Den Protector for Turn 2 to try to put some pressure on Vidianto. Caleb tries to attack with the Den Protector, but Vidianto has a Foul-Tongue Invocation, revealing a Dragon to gain four life. Caleb plays a Snapping Gnarlid and a tapped land and passes the turn.
A Painful Truth for two doesn't find Vidianto his fourth land, so he has to pass the turn back to Caleb. Snapping Gnarlid gets in for three damage, and an Anafenza, the Foremost is cast as well for Caleb. He passes back to Vidianto, who plays the Polluted Delta he found on top of his deck. After some thought, Vidianto also plays a Jace, Vryn's Prodigy and passes the turn to Caleb.
Caleb starts his turn by trying to declare attackers, but Vidianto cast Murderous Cut on the Anafenza. The Snapping Gnarlid still gets in for two damage, and Caleb's follow up is a Gideon, Ally of Zendikar, making a 2/2 Knight Ally token. He passes back to Vidianto, who loots with Jace, discarding another Jace before casting a Self-Inflicted Wound, killing the Knight Ally token and causing Caleb to lose two life. He then passes back to Caleb.
Gideon, Ally of Zendikar ticks up, becoming a 5/5 creature, and attack along with the Snapping Gnarlid. However, Vidianto has an Ultimate Price for the Snapping Gnarlid, but still takes five from the Gideon. Caleb casts a Murderous Cut to kill Vidianto's Jace, followed by casting a Warden of the First Tree and passing back to Vidianto. Vidianto draws for the turn, thinks for a bit, and passes back to Caleb without playing a fifth land.
Gideon once again becomes a creature and attacks, along with the Warden, but Vidianto has a Foul-Tongue Invocation, revealing a Dragonlord Ojutai to gain four life. Post combat, Caleb casts Painful Truths for three, and then plays a Snapping Gnarlid.
Vidianto has a Shambling Vent and a Jace, Vryn's Prodigy for his turn and a pass back to Caleb. Caleb has a dashed Pitiless Horde to deal eight damage to Vidianto, putting massive amounts of pressure on Vidianto. After a draw step, Vidianto lays his hand down and extends his hand.
Caleb Scherer wins Game 4 and the match, 3-1! Caleb is your Las Vegas Invitational Champion!