Finals: Gerry Thompson vs. Dan Musser
Seeking to make a legend and strike the fear of God into the heart of Edgar Flores, Gerry Thompson sat on the edge of history in the Legacy Open finals. A win here, against Dan Musser's Zoo deck, would give him a win in both Standard and Legacy in one weekend—a first for the official Open Series. Could his BUG homebrew go the distance?
Dan won the play and elected to keep his starting hand, as did Gerry, and Dan started with Wooded Foothills for Forest, casting Wild Nacatl—Gerry paid 2 life to Mental Misstep the little kitty. He played Polluted Delta on his own turn, nodding as Mountain and Kird Ape created a little board position for Dan. During the end step, Gerry broke his Delta to grab Tropical Island and Dismember the Kird Ape. On his own turn, Gerry played Wasteland and Tarmogoyf.
Grim Lavamancer for Dan wasn't much in the way of action, and Gerry started to fight back with an attack for 3 before he cast his second Tarmogoyf. Dan laughed at the reversal, untapping to play Taiga and cast Tarmogoyf—Force of Will removing Daze countered, putting Gerry on 12. Both Tarmogoyfs attacked for Gerry, and he Wasted that Taiga prior to passing the turn.
Shooting Gerry for 2 on the end step, Dan untapped and threw Wasteland at Gerry's Tropical Island. The next attack saw Tarmogoyfs reduced to 2/3s as the Lavamancer chewed away all of Dan's dead creatures, but Dan still lacked more dudes of his own on the following turn. Gerry attacked him to 2 life, and played a second Wasteland.
Zapping Gerry to 6 during the end step, Dan cast Goblin Guide to make a blocker and buy one more chance—Gerry played Mental Misstep at the cost of 2 life to counter and Dan shrugged. "Slightly awkward," he admitted, strangled on mana and beaten to death by Tarmogoyfs…much like Dan's previous opponents!
Gerry 1, Dan 0
Dan mulliganed to five for the second game as Gerry kept seven cards—maybe it was just meant to be for Gerry. Wooded Foothills with no one-drop was a sad start, while Gerry played Underground Sea to Ponder and keep the three cards. Breaking Wooded Foothills and Arid Mesa on the second turn, Dan searched for Mountain and Forest to cast Tarmogoyf, which resolved. Gerry untapped to play Tropical Island and his own Tarmogoyf.
An attack from Dan's earned a block from Gerry, and he searched up Plains to cast Lightning Helix and finish the job, making himself immune to Wasteland in the process. Gerry played a Wasteland and passed, Vendilion Clique at the ready. During Dan's draw step he cycled Tarmogoyf from a hand containing only dual lands, tempted to play his Pernicious Deed for it in two turns instead. An attack for 4 hurt Gerry, and Wild Nacatl threatened to hurt him more.
Gerry tapped out for Jace, bouncing Tarmogoyf and leaving Clique back to block the Nacatl—Gerry happily traded on the next turn, and Tarmogoyf rejoined the field as boss hog. Fatesealing, Gerry left the top card of Dan's deck before casting Pernicious Deed and leaving two mana up to kill the Tarmogoyf.
Dan broke a fetch during the end step to shuffle that fateseal and then moved to his own turn, losing that Tarmogoyf when he attacked. No creature in sight, Dan passed the turn right back to Gerry afterward. He cast Brainstorm to try and lock it up, fatesealing and leaving the card on top of Dan's deck with a giggle—it was a Phyrexian Metamorph. Laughing himself as he drew, Dan passed the turn. Gerry cast Hymn to Tourach, pitching Phyrexian Metamorph and Plateau from the hand before fatesealing Red Elemental Blast to the bottom, putting Jace on eight loyalty.
Fetchland for Dan and a pass—Hymn to Tourach from Gerry stripped his last card, a Path to Exile. He left Lightning Helix on top of the deck, shrugging as Dan used the fetchland to shuffle for a fresh one. He hit Wild Nacatl, and Gerry shrugged. Jace fatesealed to twelve loyalty and he played Tarmogoyf. It blocked the Nacatl, and Dan extended the hand.
Gerry 2, Dan 0