Finals: William Jensen vs. David Reed
“If Huey wins this, surely that’ll be enough to get him into the Hall of Fame!”
William Jensen has heard variations on this ‘joke’ for a year now after his near miss at induction into the Pro Tour Hall of Fame last year. But he doesn’t let it get to him, and he’s moving along as he always does: crushing tournaments. He and his band of Elves have one final hurdle in the finals: Jund, in the hands of David Reed.
Huey’s little green men are bombastic this weekend!
Huey defeated Jund in the semifinals, and had managed to go through all 11 Swiss rounds and the quarterfinals without facing the overwhelming favorite once, which he mentioned was, “very strange.” He defeated it quite soundly in the semifinals though, so we shall see if that trend continues.
As the two seed, David had the choice of play or draw and elected to go first. After a long moment in thought, David chose to keep while Huey mulliganed to six. Once the finals got underway, David led off with a tapped land while Huey dropped Avacyn’s Pilgrim turn one. David simply added Woodland Cemetery tapped for his turn two, while Huey cast Elvish Mystic and Elvish Visionary. Bonfire of the Damned for one cleared out the trio of 1/1s though, so Huey’s turn three saw him only cast Elvish Visionary.
Olivia Voldaren on turn four was the play, quite potent against the mono-green deck full of 1/1s and no true elimination, and after Huey’s attack David was able to untap with the legendary Vampire. Instead of playing out more 1/1s Huey simply passed, and when Thragtusk came down Huey quickly gathered his cards and got to work sideboarding.
David 1, Huey 0.
After board, Huey has Garruk Relentless to deal with the Innistrad mythic pinger. And thanks to the M14 rules changes concerning legendary creatures, having upwards of eight Garruks is no problem. He can simply use his Relentless Garruk’s ability, then cast his Beast Caller Garruk afterwards and simply choose to sacrifice the first one! We’ve seen players take advantage of the legend and planeswalker uniqueness rules a lot this weekend, so let’s see if it becomes relevant in the final two games of the Standard Open.
Huey, now on the play, was cookin’ with peanut oil this game: turn one Arbor Elf, turn two Elvish Archdruid, turn three Kalonian Hydra was the plan. Facing David’s mulligan and slow start, he was far behind but managed to use Pillar of Flame to keep Huey off the god draw. Huey just played some lands and went about his business, having to wait until turn four to drop the Kalonian Hydra. Doom Blade took down the big many-headed monster, but Huey kept his foot on the gas with Acidic Slime targeting Blood Crypt as the follow up play.
David’s on top with Jund!
Huntmaster of the Fells was David’s answer to hold down the fort, and Huey simply played Avacyn’s Pilgrim for his turn. Bonfire for two from hand elicited two Ranger’s Guile to save an Elf, and then both Huntmaster and Wolf swung in. Hydra number two from Huey held the fort now, and David simply passed. The Huntmaster trigger meant Ravager of the Fells knocked off the 1/1, but 8/8 Hydra attacked… and was Putrefied. 1/1 Elvish Mystic was the last card available to Huey, and that quickly died to Tragic Slip. The two spells cast meant that Huntmaster returned to daytime, and Thragtusk also joined the party for the Jund player.
Acidic Slime off the top knocked out a Blood Crypt, but Huey was too far behind. Attacks dropped Huey to 4, then Huntmaster trigger dropped Huey to 2. After drawing a land, Huey congratulated his opponent on the victory.
David 2, Huey 0.
Huey’s match against Jund in the semifinals made it look almost academic, but David’s draws were too strong. A healthy mix of mana, spells, and threats (particularly the right threats) is tough to deal with, particularly out of Jund.
“I called this last night,” said David, still beaming and receiving congratulations from his friends and girlfriend. “That I’d play Huey in the finals, I mean. I said, ‘If I make it to the finals, I want to play a Hall of Famer.’” And he did… and he won! Congratulations David Reed, the winner of the largest Standard Open ever!