Only one man stands between another win for Junk Reanimator in Standard—John Cuvelier, defending champion of the Orlando Standard Open, who had turned to the lesser of two evils in Jund for this event.
It was Jund on Jund in the first Standard semifinal of the weekend, but John’s midrange deck was a very different animal from Sam’s Experiment Jund deck. The pressure would be on John to defend both his life total and his title as reigning Orlando Standard Open champion.
As first seed, Sam earned the play for all of the Top 8—but he’d have to get through Kyle first. Sam’s Experiment Jund list contained maindeck Deathrite Shamans, giving him a game 1 edge, but the post-board games gave Kyle a much more robust deck in the matchup.
Zero copies of Unburial Rites in this finals, but two decks that couldn’t be more different would be facing off. Could Naya Blitz stay undefeated and take down Wolf Run Bant? Aaron certainly hoped so...
Two fast red decks met in the quarterfinals, with Arlie’s innovative R/G list looking to crush with a horde of creatures, while Eric relied on the more traditional mono-red Hellrider model with Thundermaw Hellkite up top.