Finals: Yurien Seyssel vs. Brian Page
Looking to complete a hot run with U/W Delver, Brian Page had earned the right to play first in every game one of the Top 8 as the first seed. He and his R/G Aggro opponent Yurien Seyssel wasted no time in jumping into the match, both firing cards at a furious pace.
Brian Page looks glum despite cruising to the finals of the Standard Open.
Delver of Secrets and Runechanter's Pike was a great start for Brian, but Yurien had the perfect answer with Birds of Paradise into Strangleroot Geist and Galvanic Blast for the wizard. Geist of Saint Traft looked to race on Brian's side, but Green Sun's Zenith for another Strangleroot Geist plus another Birds of Paradise put the board at just about even.
Delver of Secrets looked to take the race against the Strangleroot Geists to the skies after Geist of Saint Traft ate a bird, but another Green Sun's Zenith for Huntmaster of the Fells put Yurien right back in the driver's seat, letting him block enough damage to keep pounding away with his team, and a second Huntmaster of the Fells off the top put it down to one final turn.
Vapor Snag repelled the last of the flying blockers on Yurien's side, clearing a path for the Geist of Saint Traft's angel token and Delver of Secrets to steal the game if Brian's library had a spell on top. He prayed to the deity of his choice twice for good measure, knocked on his library hard, and squeezed it out, but it was not to be. Yurien's army piled in and we were quickly off to game two.
Yurien 1, Brian 0
Yurien Seyssel can't believe how good his deck is.
Brian had to be feeling the squeeze when his Gitaxian Probe revealed Llanowar Elf, Sword of War and Peace, Thrun, the Last Troll and Green Sun's Zenith to go with the perfect three lands. That forced him to take the control role instead of deploying his offense, lest he just scoop it up to the powerful sword. Yurien forced him to do just that, losing Llanowar Elf to Gut Shot before getting Sword of War and Peace and Green Sun's Zenith countered by Mana Leaks.
Thrun, the Last Troll would not be stopped by a measly counterspell, however, and a second Sword of War and Peace off the top made Brian's Geist of Saint Traft an afterthought. Thrun grabbed the sword and pounded in for six through the opposing legend before netting an additional chunk of damage with the sword's power. Brian was going to need an answer right now, or he was going to have to give the Standard Open trophy away in the face of Kessig Wolf Run, Sword of War and Peace and Thrun, the Last Troll.
He dug with Ponder, then again after Snapcaster Mage re-enabled it, but Brian was to have no miracles this day. Thrun, the Last Troll busted into the red zone and Brian silently extended the hand in defeat.
Yurien 2, Brian 0