Finals: Vipin Chackonal vs. Brian Liu
Vipin cracks a smile after Game 1.
Both players decided to mulligan and keep their six-card hands. Vipin led off the finals with a Springleaf Drum off an Inkmoth Nexus while Brian dropped to 17 and fetched up a Stomping Ground to hit his turn-1 Noble Hierarch. Vipin deployed a Blinkmoth Nexus and played a Cranial Plating, Ornithopter and a Signal Pest for his second turn.
Brian opted to fall to 15 and play a turn-2 Birthing Pod. Vipin equipped his Inkmoth Nexus with the Cranial Plating and bashed for 8 poison before passing. Brian went to 12 after fetching up an untapped Sacred Foundry and landed a Linvala, Keeper of Silence.
Vipin considered his options before deciding on playing a Vault Skirge, with the help of losing two life. He then suited up the Ornithopter with Cranial Plating and turned it sideways. Brian declined to block so Vipin activated his lands to drop Brian to 4. Brian passed on his next turn with no play, leaving up a significant amount of mana. Vipin animated his Inkmoth Nexus, played another Skirge, then sent his Ornithopter, Pest, and land to bash. Before blocks, Brian flashed in a Restoration Angel, lined up his blocks with angels in front of the Nexus and the Ornithopter, but Vipin moved the Plating onto the Skirge to get in for lethal damage.
Vipin 1, Brian 0
Brian shuffles up for Game 2.
Both players kept their sevens and Vipin started with a Springleaf Drum off an Inkmoth Nexus when Brian led off with a tapped Stomping Ground. Brian dropped a Wall of Roots and Vipin played an Arcbound Ravager and tapped it with the drum to play a Vault Skirge after paying two life.
Brian added a Spellskite to his board and passed with an Arid Mesa untapped. Vipin evened life totals up with a swing from the Skirge and followed it up with an Etched Champion. Brian cracked his Mesa to land a Hallowed Fountain at end of turn. On his turn he simply added another fetch land before passing. Vipin played another Vault Skirge and declined to attack. Brian went to 17 to fetch a Sacred Foundry at end of turn and flashed in a Restoration Angel to blink his Wall, Vipin responded by using a Galvanic Blast to kill the Spellskite.
Brian pondered his next play before landing a Birthing Pod for three mana, then activated it and sacrificed the Wall of Roots to put a Deceiver Exarch into play, untapping the Pod. Brian activated the Pod again, this time dropping the angel to find Kiki-Jiki Mirror Breaker and promote the concession from Vipin.
Vipin 1, Brian 1
On the play for Game 3, Vipin considered his opener before shipping it back for a keepable six-card hand, while Brain performed what can only be described as a snap-keep. Vipin started the final game of GP Richmond with a Vault Skirge, dropping to 18 to play it. Brian used a Grove of the Burnwillows to land a turn-1 Noble Hierarch. Vipin got in for 1, then played another Skirge and a Signal Pest. Brian cracked a Misty Rainforest for a Forest and played two Wall of Roots and a Birds of Paradise.
Vipin sent in his team to drop Brian to 14, while he moved up to 22. Brian untapped and went for a backbreaker in Shatterstorm. It resolved and left Vipin with a lone Island. Vipin’s next turn consisted of playing a Springleaf Drum before passing. Brian played a land and passed, but did use a Chord of Calling to play a Restoration Angel to blink a Wall at the end of Vipin’s turn when Vipin had no play. Brian untapped and went for a Chord of Calling for five, Vipin said “OK” and Brian showed the Kiki-Jiki and Vipin extended the hand.
Brian 2, Vipin 1
Brian Liu is your Grand Prix Richmond champion!