Even as he fought in his own match Conley had been rooting for Orrin Beasley to take down the other semifinal—U/B control was one of his better pairings while Boros was the worst. When Pat finished off Orrin he was looking to clinch his second Open victory. Pat was already the St. Louis Legacy Open champion and a win here would grant him the illustrious honor of dual trophies.
Pat won the die roll which was bad news for Conley's U/G Genesis Wave deck but he could take solace in the fact that Pat had a sketchy seven. After Pat decided to mulligan Conley decided to keep. “Casually” he added. Pat's mulligan rewarded him with a Plains and a Steppe Lynx while Conley had only a Halimar Depths. Scalding Tarn dug up a Mountain for Pat enabling an attack for 4 and a Plated Geopede.
Pat's start was among the most dangerous for Conley's deck and he decided to Spreading Seas the Mountain on pat's side. A Terramorphic Expanse replaced the lost red source and meant 9 damage into Conley's face. Conley played a second Seas on the fresh Mountain before playing a Khalni Garden—his last line of defense. A Marsh Flats and a Journey to Nowhere did the trick ending the game on Pat's fourth turn.
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“I had double Overgrown Battlement on the next turn” Conley said “but I don't know if that would've done anything.” Pat nodded—his hand had been incredibly saucy for the matchup. Conley decided to play first in game 2 naturally and remained optimistic. He'd overcome Boros once today already and even Sword of Body and Mind was not insurmountable.
Both players kept for game 2 although Pat lacked a creature on turn 1—just a Terramorphic Expanse. Conley had an Overgrown Battlement on turn 2 while Pat had a Plated Geopede. Narcolepsy shut down the 1/1 beater and this game was looking not so rough already. A Steppe Lynx and a Marsh Flats crack for Plains gave Pat the mana to play Stoneforge Mystic for the Sword. Conley already had the Acidic Slime in his hand but he missed his fourth land and also lacked a second blue source for Jace the Mind Sculptor. He passed turn after doing nothing.
Pat sprung at that opportunity playing Journey on the 0/4 and dropping out a Spikeshot Elder. He'd missed his land as well but with Pat's ability to resolve Sword through the Mystic and then begin beating with his Elder Conley was in trouble. He played a Halimar Depths and passed turn. Pat missed his land once again simply chipping in with the Elder as Mystic remained untapped for Sword purposes. Conley's Jace dug him 3 cards deeper while Pat used the end step to Bolt Conley and deploy the equipment.
Steppe Lynx suited up and got huge milling away a good chunk of Conley's deck as Pat passed the turn. Now Conley lacked a Forest—he couldn't make any effective plays and even at 13 he was all but dead. After briefly contemplating his options Conley dropped the three Tectonic Edge he'd drawn onto the field and conceded the match. He'd said it himself—Boros was just the nightmare matchup.
Pat McGregor is your StarCityGames.com Kansas City Open champion!
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